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Story by Chris Roy

Patrick Dillon of Portland, Maine is racing the #45 legend car in the MOAT Mountain Legend road course series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). “I raced the NHKA Racing Series (Karting) for two years. I loved the racing experience and the NHKA group, but at 240 lbs. I broke a lot of kart parts. After totaling my last kart, I decided to invest in a Legends car.”

The road course at NHMS has long straight aways’, hair pin turns, inclines and declines, so for the race teams setting up the race cars is a lot of work. Though Patrick has quite a bit of experience racing on the road course. “Time, team and the people in the paddock. Between NHKA, The 24 Hours of Lemons and The Moat Mountain Road Course Series, I have quite a few laps on the track, but I’m still learning the course. In five years on the track, I’ve been happy with my line through turn three only a handful of times.
I’m grateful to have Bob Weymouth and Jeff Gaudette set up the car.
I’m lucky to have a team that pulls together when there’s a problem.
When teammate Luke Hiebert’s motor blew, Luke, Steve and myself, were able to replace the motor in an afternoon due the support of the track and other people in the paddock. The competition on the track is transitioned into help and support off the track.”

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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.

 

Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and also recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge ACT event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.

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Story by Matt Grant

Loudon, NH – The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour rolled through the gates of the largest speedway in New England, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, to race the 14th event on the calendar. The drivers competing regularly at the track with the Granite State Legends Cars were also present, as the race was considered a “combination” for both series. Another beautiful summer day graced the area, and 13 drivers took to the uniquely shaped quarter mile for their 25 lap feature event.

The 2 of Darren Johnson and the 70 of Tylar Braunschweig made up the front row after the random draw. On the first turn of the first lap, a crash involving Johnson and the 18 of multi time NHMS winner Tom Gray brought out the red flag, effectively ending both of their nights. On the restart, Braunschweig took control of the lead, but it was short lived as the 23 of Shaun Buffington quickly found his way to the point, a place he is very familiar with at NHMS.
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Barre, VT – Barre’s own Thunder Road International Speedbowl hits the home stretch for its 2014 season this Thursday, July 31 with WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets night. Thursday night will close out the month of July leaving just four more Thursdays plus the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic in August to decide the 2014 Late Model “King of the Road.”

 

Two-time Late Model Champion and 2014 Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet of Barre currently sits atop the standings by a slim three-point lead over another two-time “King of the Road” Dave Pembroke. Pembroke is looking toward this Thursday to claim his first win of the season and erase the three-point deficit. Defending Thunder Road track champion Derrick O’Donnell and this year’s Times-Argus Mid-Season Champion Trampas Demers ride just eight points behind Pembroke, while outstanding rookie driver Eric Badore holds the final top five spot.

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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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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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Polewarczyk, JR. Steals Seacoast 100 Win at Lee USA Speedway

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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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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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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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Photo By Eric LaFleche, Joey Pole in Victory Lane in 2013 at Canaan Fair Speedway

Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series competitors will have one more car to beat at the Seacoast 100 at Lee USA Speedway this Friday, July 25th. 

 

American-Canadian Tour point leader Joey Polewarczyk, JR has entered the Seacoast 100 in hopes to make it two-for-two with the GSPSS in his career.

 

The Hudson, NH native has one win under his belt with the GSPSS, a victory at the now closed Canaan Fair Speedway in 2013, and is looking to double that total at Lee.  “We are definitely going to try and go two-for-two with the GSPSS,” says Polewarczyk, JR. “I think we will have a good car so we will see what happens.  No matter where you race or what you race, it’s always tough to get a win, but we will certainly try our hardest.”

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Eddie MacDonald “struggled” with the Hancock Electric Motor Chevy for most of the 2nd annual ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. posting a 13th place finish. The #17Mass. Late Model owned by Freddie Peterson from Peterson’s Auto Body located in Saugus, Mass. completed the first two segments in eighth and ninth place respectively but was unable to complete a lap on the half-mile oval’s final 75 lap segment.

 

“We struggled right from the first practice trying to find some speed but nothing worked,” said the frustrated Eddie Mac. “It was one of those days that you can honestly say we tried every possible combination but nothing gave us the speed we needed. We seem to struggle at this track. We had one good run here last year and we even tried that set-up but that didn’t work either. It was frustrating for Rollie, the crew and me. We thought we maybe hit on something during the first segment but even that didn’t last.”

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The 41st running of the Oxford 250 was a crowd pleaser as sixty of the best Super Late Model teams in the country converged on the small town of Oxford, Maine to participate in the historic event. The fans were treated to over seven hundred laps of racing, with several teams collecting checkered flags, but none as happy and as excited as Travis Benjamin, whom collected his second straight $25,000 payday, plus lap money.

Forty-four Super Late Models lined up on the grid with Concord, N.C. speedster, Preston Peltier and Turner, Maine’s, Shawn Martin filling the front row when the green flag flew. Peltier jumped to lead and held the point for the first 21 laps with the exception of lap six when Kelley Moore edged him out at the stripe. Joey Doiron raced by Peltier on lap 21 and held the point for the next 66 laps with Austin Theriault, Shawn Martin, Scott Mulkern and Moore in tow. Theriault held the lead through four restarts before he and Travis Benjamin pitted for tires and fuel on lap 185, setting the stage for a storybook ending. Cassius Clark took over the lead from Theriault as pit stops completely changed the lineup around. DJ Shaw, Richie Dearborn, Scott Moore and Johnny Clark were all now in the top five and ready to challenge for the lead. Clark held the lead all the way until lap 220 when Richie Dearborn edged him to the stripe when the final caution waved.
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Mark Lucas took advantage of another driver’s displeasure to capture the inaugural Mayhan Antiques & More 75 lap main event. Other support division winners visiting Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy victory lane on day three of the Oxford 250 weekend included Josh Childs, Mathew Bourgoine, and Kris Watson.

Joshua Brown was headed for an easy win in the PASS Modified race, but tangled with a lapped car around lap 50. Contact sent the #05 of Ron Henry around in turn three bringing out the caution. The field raced back to green with Brown pulling away once again. Mitch Miller raced his way to second while Mark Lucas and Andy Shaw battled for third. Lucas raced by both Shaw and Miller to take over the second spot, but had nothing for Brown until Brown was run high by Henry in turn four allowing much of the field to race by, handing Lucas the lead. Lucas cruised to his second win of the weekend, and the hefty $1,000 payday. Miller placed second ahead of Shaw, Brown and Billy Dixon.
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