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Barre, VT – Local driver Cody Blake got the jump on a late restart and cruised to his second career Thunder Road Late Model victory in the Aubuchon Hardware Trophy Dash on Thursday, July 2.

 

Blake was running third when John Donahue, attempting to challenge Boomer Morris for the lead, lost control and hammered the turn 4 wall, flipping on his roof. After a subsequent caution on the first restart attempt, Blake got the break on the second attempt and took home his first victory since 2013.

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Waterbury, VT – The third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) International 500, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway, is sure to see some the best racing in the history of the fast 1/2-mile oval. The twin 200-lap events for the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models has more than $110,000 in posted awards and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The event has drawn big interest from both the United States and Canada, creating a true International feel for for fans.

 

The top ACT Late Model drivers from Quebec are expected, including five former Série ACT Champions. 2014 ACT International winner and multi-time Série ACT Champion Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC is an early favorite to keep the top prize in la belle province. Laperle won last year’s event after a thrilling 30-lap battle with former Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet.

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Eddie MacDonald will drive in the Pro All-Star Series inaugural appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 4 and 5. The series will partner with The North East Mini Stock Tour at Loudon for the Sunday doubleheader. The Pro All Stars will practice Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with qualifying and the 60 lap feature scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

“The Outlaw” will drive the brand new #66 owned by Dave Lemieux and Brian Neal and built in the BCR shop owned and operated by longtime race driver Bobby Cabral. The team has been busy building the car at Cabral’s Plaistow, N.H. shop for the debut of the racing series on the one mile oval. Few drivers, if any, have logged more miles and wins at Loudon through the years. Eddie Mac is a multiple time winner in both the K&N Pro Series East and American Canadian Tour. His racing experience at NHMS also includes starts in the Sprint Cup, Xfinity, Craftsman Trucks, and the Whelen Modifieds. Eddie Mac will race in the Cup, K&N, and the ACT again this summer. Read Full Article →

GSPS2GROVETON, NH – Tracy Gordon will be back behind the wheel of a Pro Stock this weekend, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Speedway 51 (NH), on July 4.

 

The twelve-time K&N Pro Series East feature winner will pilot the Alphacon/WDW Machine ride, normally driven by Matt Frahm. 

 

Even though Gordon has not been behind the wheel in over a year, the Maine driver is confident to be back in the driver’s seat, saying “I think it will be just like taking a winter off.  The Frahm’s are a well-prepared team, and I am confident going into the event.”

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Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers throughout the northeast United States and Canada are now gearing up for the third annual ACT International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. The two-day event on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 is setting up as the summer showpiece of local short-track racing in in the northeastern United States and Canada.

The International is also the third doubleheader of the year between ACT and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). Both the ACT Late Models and PASS Super Late Models will run 200-lap straight-up features, with more than $110,000 in total prize money and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The ACT portion of the event marks a change from the three-segment format used in the first two Internationals. Read Full Article →

GSPS2GROVETON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will see new blood joining the ranks, as Derek Ming returns to his home track to compete in the Twisted Tea Firecracker 151, at Speedway 51 (NH), July 4.

 

Ming, of West Burke, VT, has plenty of laps under his belt at the ¼ mile facility, including three championships in two different divisions.  While winning a title in the former Outlaw division in 2009, Ming went undefeated, winning every race he entered.  Ming has multiple wins in the Late Model division at the track, and picked up a sixth-place finish in the Generation Next 151 under the ACT banner, after starting tenth.

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Barre, VT – The 56th Independence Day celebration at Barre’s Thunder Road kicks off this Thursday, July 2. The holiday doubleheader weekend sees two events in four days at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, and many of the championship contenders will be established by the time the final checkered flag flies.

 

The weekend begins on Thursday, July 2 at 6:30pm with Aubuchon Hardware Night featuring the annual fireworks show. The battle royale in the Thunder Road Late Models will be the feature attraction on the track, as Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell enter the night tied for the points lead. The evening concludes with one of the best fireworks displays in the Northeast.

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Photo- Derek Griffith’s Facebook Page

(Epping, NH) – Derek Griffith, the 18 year-old Hudson, NH native picked up another victory in Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) competition this past weekend at Star Speedway and set a series record in the process.

Griffith became the first driver to win three races in a single season on the fledgling series. Derek led all 100 laps, en route to his second consecutive victory and third in the last four GSPSS races.

15 Pro Stocks were at Star Speedway and Griffith had a fast car right off the trailer, Derek explains, “I know it seems like a broken record sometimes but Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] gave us another extremely fast, well handling race car. Louie, in my opinion is one of the best in the business, we are really gelling at the right time.” Read Full Article →

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By Lisa Maguire

Last Saturday the Wiscasset Speedway presented some action packed racing entertainment for the gathered fans.  Fans were not disappointed by the group one racing division which included the Thunder 4 Mini’s, Napa Super Streets, New England Four Cylinder Prostock, and the flex race of the week, which was the Amsoil Nelcar Legends.

First on the track were the spotlighted group of the evening, the Thunder 4 Mini’s in a thirty lap feature.  Starting at the pole was the #54 of Noah Haggett.  Beside him was the #74 of Aaron Sevigny.  Behind him was Michael Golding of the #26.  There was shuffling during the opening lap, with leader changes.  By the conclusion of lap one, Curtis Anderson of the #04 was leading the pack.  Sevigny was still holding second, and the #48 of Michael Harrison was in third.

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Star 100 Derek Griffith in Victory Lane ( Remember When Photography)

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Griffith Fends Off Parks, Moltz in Green-White-Checker Finish

 

EPPING, NH – Derek Griffith fended off two late restarts to, and a hard charge by Mike Parks, to pick up his third victory of the season, in the Star 100 at Star Speedway.

 

Griffith shot out to the lead early, with Matt Frahm in tow.  Frahm seemed to be the only car that could give Griffith a run for his money early, but his Alphacon/Lambert Roofing automobile shut down on lap 45, forcing the Hampstead, NH driver to retire from the race. 

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ACTWaterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Oxford Plains 150 at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25.

 

The classic championship battle shaping up between New Hampshire veterans Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will go on hold until July 25. Helliwell currently holds a 17-point margin over “Joey Pole”, with each driver winning three events so far on the 2015 season.

 

ACT now sets its sights on the International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19

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EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – This weekend marks the return of the American Canadian Tour to Oxford Plains Speedway, and the 18-year old Emily Packard is eager to return to the track.  Earlier this season, Packard and her 9ME Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car raced OPS for the first time, and the end results was a fourth place finish.  “I liked racing at Oxford, it’s a unique track and different than other tracks we run,” Packard said.  “It’s a low breaking track and it has really helped me to calm my breaking, so I can better attack the track.  I am definitely looking forward to returning to race there.”

 

Packard and the team understand that the Oxford Plains Speedway that they raced in April is a completely different track as they return in late June.  “I have no expectations as we head back to Oxford Plains Speedway,” said Packard.  “I would like to have a good solid run.  Hopefully we can get the car dialed in during practice and have a good heat race so we can start up front, and be able to contend at the end.”

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Barre, VT – Local driver Jason Corliss continued his resurgence after a tough start to the season by winning the North Country Federal Credit Union Late Model Trophy Dash at Thunder Road on Thursday, June 25.

 

Corliss started fourth and took the lead from Matt White on lap 29 of the 50-lap event. He then held off a late charge from sophomore competitor Josh Demers to earn his first win of the year and third of his Thunder Road Late Model career.

 

Demers finished second, while defending Champion Derrick O’Donnell caught White in the final laps for third. John Donahue, rookie Darrell Morin, Cody Blake, Phil Scott, Dave Pembroke, and Trampas Demers rounded out the top-10.

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GSPS2EPPING, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Star Speedway, June 27, for the Star 100.  The Star 100 will be the fifth event of the 12-race season, and will be the sixth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Star Speedway.

 

STAR SPEEDWAY NOTES:

-Star Speedway was built in 1966.

-Formerly known as “All-Star Speedway”.

-Known for the “Star Classic”, this track boasts divisions such as 350 Supermodifieds, Outlaws, Strictly Stocks, and Roadrunners.  The speedway has seen such greats as Ollie Silva, “Big Daddy” Don McLaren, Eddie West, Jim Cheney, Bentley Warren, Chris Perley, Russ Wood, and Lou Cicconi take to the track.  In the 1970’s, the facility used to host celebrity races, featuring Boston Bruins players.

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