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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Oxford, ME – DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM team returned to Oxford Plains Speedway this past weekend for the start of the new Pro All Stars Series North season. After driving what Shaw described early in the day as an ill handling car, he put on an epic show with the “Maine Racing Legend,” Mike Rowe for the win, and started the season with a strong second place effort.

“We weren’t good enough on the short runs there at the end,” Shaw recounted of his effort, “I feel like we had the better car, but getting to Mike and passing him are two different things. He earned this one and after the struggles we had in practice with this new car I’m really happy with the second place run.” Read Full Article →

Emily PackardEAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – After a disappointing run at New Smyrna, Emily Packard and the Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team spent the last 6 weeks focusing on bettering the car for the American Canadian Tour opener, and it looks to have paid off.  In Packard’s first trip to Oxford Plains Speedway, a track that really suits her driving style, the sophomore driver in the ACT tour showed patience of a veteran, which paid off with a fourth place finish.  “When we returned from New Smyrna, we found a few little things that were wrong with the car, but we made those changes and just seeing how it ran this weekend makes me feel a lot better about going forward through the season,” said Packard.

 

With limited practice on Friday, the team unloaded the car Sunday and readied it for first practice.  Packard took to the track for a few laps, posting the fourth fastest time in that first practice then brought the car back to the attention of crew chief, Neal Woodward, to see if they could make any changes to get it a little tighter through turns 3 and 4, but all in all the car was really good.  “After the first practice, we knew that we had a really good car at that point, and we just spent the remaining practices trying a couple things to see if we could make the car better or how the car changed after each adjustment,” Packard said.

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Photos- Eric LaFleche

Photos- Eric LaFleche

Claremont, NH – Derek Griffith, the young, talented Pro-Stock driver from New Hampshire will be making his Claremont Speedway debut this Friday, April 24th as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) makes its return to the 1/3 mile facility for 125 green flag laps.

Formally known as Twin State Speedway, Claremont is under new ownership for 2015 and is ready to set the stage for what should be an exciting event.

Griffith will be entering Claremont not knowing anything about the race track, “I don’t think I’ve ever been there, maybe when I was a little kid but I can’t remember” remarked Derek.

“This will be exciting for our MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing crew as Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] doesn’t even have any set-up sheets for Claremont. I think it’ll be a learning experience, that’s for sure. “ Read Full Article →

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photo by RPM

Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year’s event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

“With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn’t have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run.” Read Full Article →

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151ST career main event win for Hall of Famer tops busy racing card

Oxford, ME – Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine raced to his 151st Oxford Plains Speedway main event win, earning a trip to victory lane in his maiden voyage aboard Peter Petit’s lucky number 7 in AIM Recycling Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model competition at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday afternoon, while Joey ‘Pole’ Polewarczyk prevailed in the co-headlining ACT Late Model Tour 150-lapper.

Rowe, a 64-year-old veteran, multi-time track champion and all-around legend at the speedway where he was a track titlist a full four decades ago, waged a race-long battle with reigning series champion DJ Shaw of Conway, New Hampshire for supremacy in a thrilling 150-lapper for the ultra-quick AIM Super Late Models. Read Full Article →

GSPS2Walpole, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the place where it all began; Claremont Speedway, April 24.

The series, now in the fourth year of existence, held the inaugural event at Claremont Speedway (formerly Twin State Speedway) in August of 2011, which saw Chris Wilk of Mendon, VT fend off a late-race charge from Donnie Lashua to pick up the victory.

Former NH State Champion Barry Gray was a contender in the 2011 event, before a spin early in the race sent the Bechertown, MA resident to the rear. Gray battled his way through the field, and challenged Wilk for the lead on lap 64. The two made contact, sending Wilk sliding, and leaving Gray with right-front suspension damage, forcing him to retire from the race. Read Full Article →

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photo by Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com

Oxford, ME – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. began his title defense in the best way possible at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME on Sunday, April 19. The Hudson, NH driver led every step of the way en route to the victory in the Oxford 150 as part of the first ever ACT/PASS doubleheader.

 

“Joey Pole” lived up to his nickname by earning the pole after winning his qualifying heat and scoring a +3 in ACT’s plus/minus system. Pole led an early three-car breakaway with Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and Auburn, ME’s Travis Stearns before stretching out his margin on the long green-flag runs.

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ACTThe ACT Late Model Tour event at Oxford Plains Speedway scheduled for Saturday, April 18 has been postponed to Sunday, April 19 due to inclement weather forecast. Post time is 2:00pm, with the pit gates opening at 7:30am and front gates at 9:30am.

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photo by RPM 360

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – It’s been 2 long months since Emily Packard had her car out on a race track, and she cannot wait to hit the track this weekend.  The team has spent the last couple of months working on fine tuning from what was learned during Florida Speed Weeks in February.  “New Smyrna was a great opportunity for us to shake down the car and find any issues that we needed to work out prior to the first points race of the season,” said Packard.  “We found a couple small things that we were able to fix over the last few weeks, and the car is ready to go this weekend.”

 

Packard and the team are focusing on running the American Canadian Tour full time this year, and not running a weekly series at a specific track, allowing for the team to really focus on preparing the cars for each individual race track.  “I am thrilled to be running the American Canadian Tour again this season, with the anticipation of going to new tracks as well as returning to tracks that we race at last year,” said Packard, “Concentrating on the ACT Tour will allow us to set up the car just once a weekend, and really give us the chance to dial it in during practice.”

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Durham, ME – After a long and cold Northeast winter, Evan Beaulieu and the Beaulieu Racing team are ready to get the #56 Hancock Lumber Chevrolet back on track for the 2015 racing season to get under way. This season, the team will be getting started early as they hit the track for the first time this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway for the Pro All Stars Series North season opener, the AIM Recycling and Kenny U-Pull 150. The event will feature both the PASS North Series and the American Canadian Tour, two of the most popular short track racing tours in the country, together for the first time ever. This will give the fans a full afternoon of great short track racing. Going into the event, Beaulieu is looking forward to improving on his first run at Oxford last fall. Read Full Article →

Leif Tillotson photo

Leif Tillotson photo

Barre, VT – Before his 2013 rookie season in the Thunder Road Late Models, Barre’s Jason Corliss hoped that his team would be a championship contender in five years’ time. Corliss is now entering his third year in the top division, and already finds himself high on the list of title threats.

 

Corliss enters the upcoming season after a 2014 campaign in which he captured the first two wins of his American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model championship career. He finished fourth in the point standings. His defining moment came at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Corliss muscled underneath two-time “King of the Road” Nick Sweet on the final circuit of the 100-lap event, beating him to the checkered flag by a bumper for his first win. The victory sent a message: he and his Chris Burnett–owned team have arrived. Read Full Article →

photo by Eric LaFleche

photo by Eric LaFleche

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Tour begins its 24th year of competition on Saturday, April 18

at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME. The event is the first of three events in 16 days – a critical early stretch in determining who will contend for the 2015 championship and the $10,000 prize that comes with it.

Following the ACT Late Model’s 150-lap event on the 3/8th-mile oval, the Tour will travel to Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH for the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday, April 26. The event was postponed from its original April 12 date due to on-going winter weather. ACT then goes to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, May 3 for the Merchant’s Bank 150. Read Full Article →

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Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Airborne Park Speedway have announced a new “Triple Crown” program for the Canada-based Série ACT Late Model Tour. The 2015 Triple Crown will offer point fund of more than $10,000 to Série ACT competitors for events held at the ½-mile oval in Plattsburgh, NY.

 

ACT will visit Airborne three times in 2015. The Série ACT season and the Triple Crown will kick off with the Spring Green 115 on Saturday night, May 16 as part of a combination event with the ACT U.S. Tour. The International 500 on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 will be the Triple Crown’s second leg, with the ACT championship cars running a 200-lap open event in their half of the program. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also run a 200-lap event that weekend.

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Photo - Derek Griffith's Facebook Page

Photo – Derek Griffith’s Facebook Page

Thompson, CT – 18 year-old Hudson, NH native Derek Griffith had a plan for the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Icebreaker. The plan was to feel good enough in his Pro Stock to compete for the win at the 5/8th mile, high-banked oval.

His plan almost can to a realization as he ended up with a runner-up finish in the 40-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) season opening event.
Griffith, who is racing a freshly overhauled Toyota Camry stated he felt good in Saturday’s heat race until he started having stagger issues with the tires. “We were having a good heat, until for some reason we started having stagger issues and the handling went away quickly. We got it dialed in for the feature.”

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Ice Breaker Moltz Victory Lane (Chip)

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Griffith, Gelinas Complete Podium

 

THOMPSON, CT –             Continuing his success at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, “Thrillin” Dillon Moltz completed the weekend sweep of the IceBreaker with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

 

The Waterford, CT native inherited the top spot after Todd Stone and Brad Babb made contact on the front stretch battling for the lead, leaving Babb with a damaged automobile, and sending Stone careening into turns one and two, ending his day.

 

Stone had led from the drop of the green flag, and seemed to be on cruise control early in the race.  A lap 5 caution for Mike Parks brought the field together, only to see Stone fend off Mike O’Sullivan and build a small gap between the first and second spots.  Babb worked his way from the fifth starting position to challenge Stone, before Daryl Stampfl spun off turn four, bringing the second caution of the day.  Babb and Stone jockeyed for position after the restart, before the incident took both Babb and Stone out of contention for the win.  Moltz capitalized, and never looked back, as the pilot of the Brackett Mechanical/ RB Performance Chevrolet picked up his second win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

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