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RPM_6310Loudon, NH – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Test and Tune session Wednesday, August 26 at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Twenty-four ACT Late Model drivers took to the track in preparation for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Saturday, September 26

 

Lempster, NH’s Guy Caron set the fast time of the day with a lap of 31.926 seconds. Three-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was second-fastest at 31.974 seconds and ranked at the top of the charts in nearly every session.

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Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Thunder Road racing legend and family patriarch Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier has been elected to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

 

The 71-year-old Laquerre is the all-time winningest driver at Barre’s Thunder Road with 45 wins, including a record 17 in the Tiger Sportsmen and 14 in the Late Models. His most recent Thunder Road victory came in a Late Model feature on June 5, 2014. Laquerre was the 1982 “King of the Road” and also won five championships in the Mini Stock division between 1973 and 1980.

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Alan Ward/Big Al’s Photos photo

Barre, VT – The next-to-last Thursday night event of the 56th Thunder Road racing season is this Thursday, August 20 with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell is just three races away from a record-tying third consecutive “King of the Road” title, making each spot critical this Thursday night.

 

The evening will also feature the annual “Run-What-U-Brung” spectator races, allowing people to race their registered and inspected street vehicles mano-a-mano around the ¼-mile oval. Participants must register at the pit gate by 5:30pm, purchase a pit pass, and wear a full racing helmet.

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photo by Rich Hayes

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH –  Hudson racer Phil Lausier ran off to the win in the first
2015 appearance by the Pro-4 Modifieds at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, just one of six feature winners during yet another exciting night of racing action at New Hampshire’s “Center of Speed”.

Lausier jumped out to the lead early in the race, with second-generation racer Norman Wrenn III holding down the second spot until late in the event, when Dave Berghman got past to take runner-up honors.  Wrenn was third across the stripe, with Rob Richardi, Jr. and Derek Robbie rounding out the top five.
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NEMST1Under the hot sunny summer skies of Southern Massachusetts 29 Texas Roadhouse Mini Stocks rolled into the pit area of Seekonk Speedway for the first race of the 2015 Thirty Racewear Triple Crown and the 7th event for the season points championship. Toby Wells has won the previous 6 events in 2015 in dominating fashion.

 

Of the 29 mini stocks in the pit area there was a mix of NEMST veterans, rookies, and Seekonk regulars coming to show their hand in the 40 lap main event to be held later in the evening. The heats races went smooth with Glen Thomas, Derek Robbie, and Darryl Church taking home their respective wins and rolling into the feature with incredible momentum.

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Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT – Seventeen-year-old Stephen Donahue of Graniteville was not to be denied at Thunder Road on Thursday, August 13 as he took the overall win in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Twin 50s on U.S. Army Recruiting Night.

 

The rookie won the first 50-lap feature after Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie blew a right-front tire while racing with Donahue coming to the white flag. But Donahue had a right front of his own go down on lap 12 of the second feature after contact with point leader Jason Woodard.

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(Crystal Snape Photo)

(Crystal Snape Photo)

HUDSON, NH – Derek Griffith continues his breakout year, racking up solid finishes on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including his first four wins on the tour.  In June, Griffith won in front of his hometown crowd at Hudson International Speedway, and is hopeful for another good run on August 23.

 

Griffith has lead the championship standings since the second race of the season, only finishing outside the top 6 once, at Speedway 51 after expiring a motor.  The young star has had a season like no other driver in the tour’s history, and with only three races left, the 2015 championship is lurking in the back Griffith’s mind.

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photo by Rich Hayes

photo by Rich Hayes

Dave Shullick, Jr. tops ISMA Supers, Keyser, Russell, Dumas, Washburn, and Tellier take NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins.

Lee, NH –  Ridgefield, Ohio’s Dave Shullick, Jr. strengthened his points lead in the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) 2015 championship battle at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, taking his second career victory in the annual Ollie Silva Memorial Classic aboard the Jim Bodnar entry.

“Shoe II” snatched the lead away from fellow Ohioan Tim Ice on lap 53 of the 75 lap event, and he set the pace the rest of the way to collect the checkered flag.  Defending race winner Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA made a late-race charge to finish second, after taking the green deep in the field in the 20th spot.
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photo by Sammatha-Hoyt

WINCHESTER, NH – Matt Frahm took advantage of a tangle between the first and second place cars, inheriting the lead on lap 31, and powering to the victory in the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway.

 

Adam Norton took advantage of his pole position starting spot, as the Ludlow, MA driver would lead the first quarter of the race.  A chain reaction incident on lap 24 would send Derek Griffith careening into turn one, damaging the spoiler of his automobile.  Norton would hold off Frahm on two consecutive restarts, before Mike O’Sullivan joined the mix, getting under Norton and battling for the lead.  On lap 31, O’Sullivan and Norton spun in turn four, sending both cars to the back of the pack.

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Barre, VT – Barre’s Nick Sweet picked up his second Thunder Road Late Model win of the season with a thrilling performance late in the Enpro Services/Safelite Auto Glass Trophy Dash on Thursday, August 6.

 

Sweet started 11th and was looking to the outside of Montpelier’s Josh Demers with two circuits remaining in the 50-lap feature when Shawn Fleury spun in turn 1, setting up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish. Sweet got the nose up on the restart and rode the momentum on the outside groove to the win, exiting his car to thunderous applause in Victory Lane.

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GSPS2Winchester, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Monadnock Speedway, on August 8, for the JBH 100.  The JBH 100 will be the ninth event of the 12-race season, and will be the eighth time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception, and the second time in 2015.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Monadnock Speedway.

 

MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY NOTES:

–              Monadnock Speedway opened on Aug. 13, 1971.

–              Nicknamed “Mad Dog”, or “The Dog”. Read Full Article →

Alan Ward photo

Alan Ward photo

St-Felicien, QC – Série American-Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader Dany Trépanier broke into the winner’s circle for the first time this season by capturing the St-Felicien 150 at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Felicien on Saturday, August 1.

 

The St-Edourard, QC driver won the first segment of the two-segment event, leading the final 19 laps en route to the win. Trépanier then finished second to former Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry in the second segment to take the overall win with a combined score of three points. It is the third Série ACT win of Trépanier’s career and first since July 2014.

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photo by Rich Hayes

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – The biggest race of the 2015 Lee USA Speedway season is on the schedule for next Friday night, August 7th, as the ground-pounding open-wheeled action of the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) comes to town for the annual Ollie Silva Memorial Classic at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed”.

 

Defending race winner Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA has to be considered among the favorites again this year, he‘s coming off a big win in the Sandusky, Ohio Hy-Miler event two weeks ago, and currently sits second in the ISMA point standings behind second-generation racer Dave Shullick II of North Ridgefield, OH, who is also among those expected to contend.

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photo submitted byThunder Road

Barre, VT – Milton’s Richie Turner came out on top of a field of 103 cars to win the 31st M&M Beverage Enduro 200 at Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, August 2.

 

The Airborne Park Speedway Renegade driver assumed the lead near the 2/3 mark of the event when then-top cars Terry Pearce Jr., Andrew Hill, and Jesse Switser all experienced problems and were forced to pit within a few laps of each other. Turner then steadily pulled away and finished the event two full laps ahead of the field.

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GSPS2NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to White Mountain Motorsports Park, on August 1, for the WMMP 100.  The WMMP 100 will be the eighth event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since the series’ inception.  The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP).

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN MOTORSPORTS PARK NOTES:

–              Opened in 1994, under owners Donnie and Teri Avery, who still own and operate the facility today. Read Full Article →