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DEREK RAMSTROM WINS the Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep PASS 300

The 2014 PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway brought to you by Southern Maine Chrysler, Dodge,
Jeep has come to an end after what was a very exciting three days of racing.

On Sunday the Super Late Model last chance race was the first event of the day as the driver that had not already
qualified for the 300 lap main event had one more shot to get in the big show. Lonnie Sommerville won the last chance
race as he battled Bradley Babb throughout most of the race.
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Excitement Is The Name Of The Game At Beech Ridge For PASS 400 Weekend

NAPLES, ME (September 11) – Over the past number of years, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway has established itself as one of the top short tracks in New England. And once again, the PASS 400 Weekend Presented by Southern Maine Motors will be one of the highlights as the 2014 season begins to wind down. A stellar field of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models, along with a full complement of PASS support divisions will highlight an extended weekend of racing action that will go from Friday through Sunday.
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ACT LogoWaterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20 has been established. A field of 43 teams will compete in the 50-mile event that pays a minimum of seventy-five hundred dollars ($7,500) to win and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for 43rd. Teams have been chosen from throughout the Northeastern United States and the Province of Quebec, Canada to take part in one of the American Canadian Tour’s (ACT) most anticipated events of each year.
Previous Bond Auto ACT Invitationals have been won by some of the most notable names throughout the short tracks of the Northeast. Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA has three (3) Invitational wins; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH, and Ray Parent from Tiverton, RI each has won an Invitational. Using the unique ACT handicap system, every Invitational winner has come from a starting position no better than 19th-28th to take the wins.

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Photos Howie & Mary Hodge

Epping, NH-        Thrillin’ Dillon Moltz of Waterford, CT. became the newest winner for the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Sunday, which has seen 9 different winners in 9 races in the 2014 season, picking up the win at Star Speedway in the NH Classic 100.  Moltz started on the pole in the 16 car field and led all 100 laps, en route to his win.

 

Moltz and Derek Griffith brought the field down and ran one-two until the first of three cautions came out on the second circuit, when Tom Carey Jr spun in the second turn.

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photo by RPM

Story by Matt Grant

Wiscasset, ME – The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour rolled through the gates of the friendly confines known as Wiscasset Speedway once again, to kick off the final month of racing in the 2014 season.  With thunderstorms threatening the area most of the afternoon, the track crew was determined to get all the racing in, even if it meant waiting for several hours. A field of 13 cars took to the fastest oval in Maine for 25 laps of excitement!
For the first heat, the 8 of Matt Chagnot led the field to the green, but outside pole sitter Darren Johnson in the Circle 2 quickly grabbed the top spot.  The two New Hampshire drivers pulled away from the pack, and held off the late challenges to secure the front row for the feature.  Johnson earned his first career heat win, over Chagnot and the 96 of Wyatt Alexander.
Just before heat 2 was set to take the green, the skies opened up, and rain fell on the speedway for the better part of two hours.  After things cleared up, the 84 of Matt Grant and the 44 of Andy Santerre occupied the front row.  Santerre got a good jump on the start and moved into the lead. Grant and the 38 of Mathew Bourgoine hounded Santerre for nearly all 10 laps, but couldn’t find a way around the four time NASCAR champ.  Santerre held on to win, his first in a legends car, over Grant and Bourgoine.

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    For two Granite State Pro Stock (GSPSS) drivers, a win at the inaugural NH Classic at Star Speedway would be redemption at Star Speedway. 

 

Joey Squeglia, JR has been fast at each race he’s attended all year, including races at Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, and Star Speedway.  The Derry, NH driver started on the pole for the August 16th race at his home track, Star Speedway in Epping, NH, and led early in the race, but had to fight his way back through the field after a trip down pit road with a flat right rear tire, finishing 7th.  To win the NH Classic at his home track, where he was a champion in the Outlaw division a year ago, would be a step in the right direction, according to the pilot of the Auto Mart Trucks + Cars/PH Electric/George Cairns + Sons Chevrolet.  “We would like nothing more than to win on Star Classic night!” says Squeglia.  “Luck has not been on our side at our home track, but we are going to try and turn that around this weekend.  We need a well handling car and to be patient, with some luck sprinkled on top.”

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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Geary, New Brunswick – Joey Doiron and the 73 Wild Willy’s Burgers/JBJ Machine team traveled back to Canada this past weekend to Geary, New Brunswick for one of the biggest short track races in the north, the Re/Max 250 at Speedway 660. 32 Super Late Models were on hand to try their hand at the $15,000 prize including lap money to be earned during the event. The event didn’t go quite as planned however, as rain began to fall just before the start of the race on Sunday night, and was pushed back to early Monday morning. After a hard fought drive at the end, Joey Doiron ended the race just off the podium in fourth place.

 

“We were really loose at the beginning of the race, we made a charge up there but I don’t think we would’ve stayed on the lead lap if we didn’t pit early,” Doiron said of the race, “It was our only shot to win and I think we would’ve had something for them if we had equal tires there at the end, all in all though it was a great run for us, I’m proud of everyone’s effort and we’ll get geared up for Chaudiere next weekend.”

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Photo by Alan Ward

Photo by Alan Ward

Nick Sweet Wins Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200

Barre, VT – Derrick O’Donnell of North Haverhill, NH claimed his second straight Thunder Late Model “King of the Road” title at the conclusion of the 36th annual Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road on Monday, September 1. Second place point man Nick Sweet of Barre did all he could to snatch the title away from O’Donnell by claiming his second career Labor Day Classic victory, but O’Donnell’s seventh consecutive podium finish in second was enough to earn him the title.

 

The event originally scheduled for Sunday, August 31 was pushed back to Labor Day Monday due to rain. When the feature event finally went green, the defending track champion and point leader took the green flag 18th on the 32 car field, while Sweet started 14th and trailed in the standings by 16 points. At the start of the event, Sweet rocketed to the front of the field and settled in to the third spot by lap 41. O’Donnell patiently worked his way through the field and ran just inside the top ten through the first 140 laps

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GSPS2Walpole, NH-    The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will participate in, quite possibly, the biggest race since the series’ inception in 2011.  The NH Classic will take place at Star Speedway, Saturday, September 6th, as part of the 48th annual Star Classic.

 

The NH Classic was added to the GSPSS schedule to coincide with the Star Classic by GSPSS President Mike Parks and Star Speedway General Manager Bob Webber, JR.  “The addition of the GSPSS to this event is a homerun for us and for Star Speedway,” mentioned Parks.  “It will give us a chance to put our product in front of ISMA fans, and a chance for our fans to see their product.”  The Star Classic has been a staple on the ISMA Super Modified tour, and has seen such superstars as Jon McKennedy and Russ Wood be crowned winner. 

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PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

PR/Photos – Eric LaFleche

Epping, NH. – Derek Griffith, the young and talented Hudson, New Hampshire pro-stock driver is looking to rebound after a pair of disappointing finishes as the GSPSS returns to the quarter-mile Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
The 17 year-old driver of the No 12 Mom’s of Machester/LCM Racing Toyota recently finished in the 8th position after a series of misfortunes during the Hudson Hugger at Hudson International Speedway back on August 23rd.
Derek remarked, “We are not very happy with the way things turned out, we needed to finish strong at our home track and we just couldn’t find our rhythm. I know that Star will be different.”

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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

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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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