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29 Theriault 26 PeltierCHARLOTTE, NC (February 24) – With Speedweeks 2015 concluding at Daytona International Speedway, race fans and pundits are now reflecting on what this year’s action might tell us about the new season. Upon observation, several Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model graduates had a successful start. 2011 PASS South Super Late Model rookie, Ryan Reed, shocked the racing fraternity by capturing his first Xfinity Series win with a last lap pass of former PASS South car owner Brad Keselowski.

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Waterbury, VT – American Canadian Tour (ACT) sophomore driver Josh Demers of East Montpelier, VT graduated from the Bond Auto Tiger division in 2013, an intermediate division at his home track Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

That year, Demers also bought a used ACT Late Model in anticipation of moving full-time to the ACT Late Models at Thunder Road in 2014. He entered his first ACT Late Model event at the inaugural International race held in July 2013 at Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY. It was a $25,000.00 to win race with every major team in ACT registered to compete. After qualifying heats and consolations, Demers had one final chance to get into the biggest race of the year. He needed to win the “last chance race” which offered a purse of $3,000.00 to win or, give up the money, and receive a starting spot in the 300-lap segment main event and start dead last in 40th position. He gave up the money and went into his first ever ACT Late Model event. Read Full Article →

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida – After competing in the Florida Governors Cup and the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna late last year and early in 2015, the Derek Griffith race team were gearing up for their most successful speedweeks to date.

Unfortunately, after a lap one skirmish that left the No 12 Mom’s of Manchester Toyota Camry on the wrecker back in the pits, the young New Hampshire driver had a lot to think about.

I hated what happened on lap one, Louie [Crew Chief Louie Mechalides] put such a good car under me, for us to get wrecked on lap one was terrible. Read Full Article →

309-PASS South Print LogoCHARLOTTE, NC (February 19) – As the 2015 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) season approaches in just over two weeks at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway, a pair of talented brothers fully expect to be part of the championship chase. Coulter Motorsports expands in 2015, fielding the Noles Cabinets #2 Chevrolet for Trevor Noles in the PASS South Super Late Model division, while newcomer Wesley Noles will drive the Wurth Military Missions In Action #22 Chevrolet in the PASS Pro Late Model division.
Trevor Noles heads to Dillon Motor Speedway for the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash as a preseason favorite for the PASS South Super Late Model championship. But, that optimism is tempered by the memory of a slow start to the season in 2014 which the team could never fully recover from. Noles finished a very disappointing 28th in last year’s season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and followed that up with more disappointment by finishing 14th at Dillon. However, with a full year now under his belt racing PASS South Super Late Models and teamed again with veteran crew chief Randy Renfrow, Trevor believes the team will fare much better in this year’s “Clash.”

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EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – Excited to be back in the race car, Packard rolled the 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels car out of the hauler for the first practice of the 2015 American Canadian Tour season.  “We have never been racing down south with the ACT car and New Smyrna was a different track than what we have up north,” said Packard. “The track was really fast, but a lot of fun to drive and a great experience for me and the team.”

 

With the sun shining and warm temperatures, Packard began getting acclimated with New Smyrna Speedway.  Since her fellow competitors already had an advantage of practicing and racing 100 laps the day before, Packard spent the first practice learning the track and dialing the car in.  “We were a little behind by not racing on Sunday, and all the things that we fought in practice on Monday; the other teams had already been able to overcome,” Packard said, “but we spent the day gaining on the car and getting it ready for the race.”

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New Smyrna Beach, FL – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA completed the sweep by winning all three American Canadian Tour events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL. His third win in four days came on Wednesday, February 18 in the second 100-lap segment of the American Racer Challenge Cup. His two wins in the American Racer Challenge Cup segments earned him the overall Challenge Cup win.

MacDonald came from deep in the field after the inversion of Monday night’s finish in the first segment. Two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. tried to play spoiler to MacDonald’s perfect week as he led the way up through the field. The duo made it inside the top ten until Helliwell spun to bring out the second caution of the event on lap 28. MacDonald continued to work his way toward the front methodically, while Helliwell came tearing back through the field. Read Full Article →

gfgdfNew Smyrna Beach, FL – New Smyrna Speedway has postponed tonight’s event due to rain. The second leg of the ACT American Racer Challenge Cup 100 will run tomorrow night (Wednesday, February 18) at 7:30pm.

Eddie MacDonald has swept the first two ACT events at New Smyrna Speedway and will look for his third win tomorrow night. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. will look to spoil his plans and claim the American Racer Challenge Cup overall win after claiming back-to-back podium finishes in the first two events. A total of 21 cars will take the green tomorrow night for the final ACT event at New Smyrna.

 

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New Smyrna Beach, FL – Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA claimed his second win in two nights of ACT competition at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Monday, February 16th. MacDonald followed up his Sunday night win with another trip to victory lane in the first leg of the American Racer Challenge Cup. His second win, however, didn’t come so easy.

Unlike Sunday night, MacDonald didn’t earn the pole, lead every lap or even appear to have the fastest car of the race. He started in the third position and challenged pole sitter Patrick Laperle and outside pole Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. early in the event. Laperle led the way through the first 26 caution free laps, while Polewarczyk struggled and faded back with a tire going flat. Polewarczyk finally spun on lap 26 bringing out the first caution of the event. Read Full Article →

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Photo by Eric LaFleche

New Smyrna Beach, FL – “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA led flag-to-flag in the caution free American Canadian Tour 100 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Sunday, February 15. MacDonald earned the pole position after racing from 9th to 2nd in his heat race to give him a +7 in ACT’s unique plus/minus handicap system.

MacDonald led the 26 car field to the green and held off defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbe through the early stages of the event. He set a blistering pace, but couldn’t shake Labbe, Travis Stearns and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. during the first half of the race.

Another Quebecer in Patrick Laperle challenged MacDonald through the second half of the race. Laperle marched from his 14th starting postion to take over the second spot just past the halfway mark. He made it to MacDonald’s back bumper, but couldn’t make a move for the lead. He chased MacDonald through heavy lapped traffic and appeared to be in position to make a challenge on several occasions, but couldn’t get it done. Read Full Article →

309-PASS South Print LogoNAPLES, ME (February 12) – Entries have already started coming in for the 42nd Annual Oxford 250, slated for August 28-30 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. 21 drivers have already filed entries for the event with local drivers making up the majority of those entries. Early entries include Cassius Clark, the 2013 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model champion from Farmington, ME, who filed the first entry for the 2015 Oxford 250. Two-time defending Oxford 250 champion Travis Benjamin out of Morrill, ME will be attempting to pull off what only one other driver has ever done in the history of the Oxford 250 as he tries to win three back-to-back Oxford 250s.

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Tommy O'SullivanO’Sullivan, Casagrande Looking to Rebound in 2015

 

Walpole, NH-     With the 2015 schedule fast approaching; the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) kicking off the 11-race series on April 10-12, drivers are preparing their rides in hopes of a strong season with the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS).

 

Tommy “The Shadow” O’Sullivan’s 2014 season did not meet his standards, even though the Wilbraham, MA driver finished in the Top 10 in points (7th) and recorded six (6) Top 10 finishes.  “We made changes that didn’t work out last year, and ended up struggling the whole year, with both cars actually,” O’Sullivan said, speaking of his brother’s car, 2013 champ Mike O’Sullivan.  “This year we are going back to what we know to get back on track.” 

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nhmspromoOn August 3,  2014 the North East Mini Stock Tour and its sponsors Texas Roadhouse, Twisted Tea, Froling Energy, and Weidner Services made history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For the first time in track history an entry level stock car division ran on the 1 mile NASCAR circuit. During the previous season the NEMST ran on a number of configurations along the NHMS Road Course and Mini-Oval within turns 1 and 2.  The Magic Mile was a completely different animal. Speeds were estimated to reach an astonishing 130MPH, faster than most of these cars have ever gone before, and set one of New England’s fastest growing tours on the largest track in the region.

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NEMST1The North East Mini Stock Tour is proud to welcome back presenting sponsor Twisted Tea for its second year partnering with fast growing mini stock series. In 2014 the NEMST had its most successful season in its 6 year history including groundbreaking Triple Crown Championships for North and South drivers as well as the 1st annual Magic Mile event held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Averaging 28 cars per event and over 70 cars for the season the NEMST pushes into 2015 with excellent momentum.
“I am very excited to welcome Twisted Tea in for their second season with the NEMST. Twisted Tea is a great fit for the NEMST, our drivers and fans fit their brand models perfectly. During the 2014 campaign we realized some excellent brand strategies for the NEMST and its partnering companies.” Said NEMST promoter Bob Guptill.

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GSPS2Bow, NH. Resident Accepts Chief Starter Position

Walpole, NH-     The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has added another seasoned member to its staff.  Mike Rainville, of Bow, NH, has accepted the position of Chief Starter for the 2015 season. 

 

Originally from Groveton, NH, Rainville has been involved in the racing industry since 1997, beginning his career at Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway, NH), in various disciplines, including Flagman, Pit Road Coordinator and Corner Official through 2001.  Taking time off to earn a degree from UNH, Rainville returned to his home track and the flag stand, for two full years.  In 2007, Rainville jumped behind the wheel, participating in the Outlaw Division at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).  After enjoying some success behind the wheel, Rainville hung his helmet, working for Oxford Plains Speedway for the 2008 season.  His career became international in the 2009 season, working the flag stand for the Serie Castrol, ACT’s Canadian touring series.  Rainville returned to Speedway 51, where he spent the 2011-13 seasons.  Rainville will return to the racing industry this season, after taking a year to start a family. 

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