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Waterbury, VT –Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open this weekend for the 55th season of championship stock car racing. Billed as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Thunder Road is known for its close door-banging, “take no prisoners” style of racing action.

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The Merchants Bank 150 for the ACT Championship Late Model teams is the featured event this Sunday, but there will be plenty of racing action from the Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. They will also open their 2014 championship charge.

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This week we talk with Scott Tapley about his radio show, the VMRS racing series and Thompson International Speedway.
Then we talk with Archie St Hilaire about his involvement with NASCAR’s Sprint Cup racing.

FONTANA, Calif. (March 21, 2014) – Matt Kenseth (No. 20, Dollar General Toyota) took the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th annual Auto Club 400 with a lap of 38.438 seconds (187.315 mph) on Friday during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.

Kenseth, who now has 12 poles in 513 career attempts and had never finished on the pole in 22 races at ACS, edged ahead of Brad Keselowski (No. 2, Wurth Ford) and five-time Fontana winner Jimmie Johnson (No. 48, Lowe’s Spring Is Calling Chevrolet) for the top spot in Sunday’s 400 mile, 200-lap race under NASCAR’s new qualifying format.

Kenseth has won three times at Fontana, most recently in 2009
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By Lou Modestino

With the 2014 season lurking, the GSPSS is heading into its third season with some experienced staff members on board, as well as a couple of new faces joining the team.

President Mike Parks is rejoined by core staff Josh Vanada and Jenn Ready. Vanada, the Managing Event Director of the GSPSS, is confident of the staff around him. Vanada states “We are glad to welcome back our talented group of officials, as well as welcome a few new ones. Our staff is the lifeblood of our race day operation, and we are fortunate enough to have a talented and accommodating team.” Ready, the Director of Operations and Race Day Coordinator, is quick to applaud the GSPSS staff as well. “I am personally looking forward to 2014 as we will, quite possibly, have the best touring staff in the Northeast,” declares Ready. The team also welcomes back Handicapper Carrie Kelly, Starter Bryon Callen, and Spotter Official Rich Keator.

Scott Miller and Pete Frappier will be teaming up to oversee the technical staff in the series’ third season. The duo are long time officials in the racing business, and Parks assures they possess the knowledge and drive to keep things running smoothly. Frappier and Miller will be joined by Randy Stefanik, Mike Green, Ken Fowler, and Ray King on the tech pad.

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FONTANA, Calif. (March 11, 2014) – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, founded on a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends, will serve as “The Official Craft Beer” of Auto Club Speedway for 2014.

Located in nearby Redlands, Hangar 24 products as well as other craft beers, will be served on race day in the FanZone and throughout the facility during Auto Club 400 Race Weekend, March 21-23. Hangar 24 will also be available in the VONS Infield Store.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to serve our locally produced beer at such a large national event as NASCAR’s Auto Club 400,” said Ben Cook, Hangar 24 founder and Master Brewer. “When we opened in 2008, you would’ve been hard pressed to find flavorful beer at a national venue like the Auto Club Speedway. Craft beer has come a long way and we are proud to represent an industry of small brewers at such a grand event.”

“Hangar 24’s passion for their product and our fans passion for NASCAR are at the same peak level,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “We’re proud to introduce and highlight a local business like Hangar 24 Craft Brewery. Our goal is to drive race fans to be passionate about the Hangar 24 brand and through this relationship to continue to grow two great Southern California brands.”

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 across from the Redlands, California airport. Widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat, the brewery takes its name from the hangar in which Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his fellow pilots would meet up with family and friends for a day of flying. Afterwards they would share stories, barbecue, play music and enjoy Ben’s latest batch of homebrews. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery embodies that spirit: good beer, a love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being among good friends.

ACT American Canadian TourWaterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.

The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.
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vlr new logo(Spencer, MA) – Victory Lane Radio, one of the leaders for live internet motorsports race talk in the New England region is joining forces with ETV Motorsports Radio and will be now heard on the popular live streaming audio website, HD Radio Network (HDRN).
 
2014 will mark the fifth year of broadcasting for the Massachusetts based online radio station and this affiliation with HDRN will open up the network to a much broader audience.

GSPS2Walpole NH – As the Granite State Pro Stock Series enters its 3rd season of competition in 2014 there are changes ahead.  Series President Mike Parks stated today that the afflation with Modified Racing Series will come to a close at the end of 2013. The Race day operations will all remain the same so things will continue as normal.  Parks and the entire staff of the GSPSS wish to thank Jack Bateman and the entire group from the Modified Racing Series for their help the last two seasons. As we enter our 3rd season we are ready to stand on our own two feet.  We are currently working on the 2014 schedule with a 12 to 14 race schedule.  Series officials stated the schedule will be released at the 2013 Awards Banquet on Friday Dec 27th.  You can find us on Facebook at Granite State Pro Stock Series or at GSPSS.net

 

austin mug 2013Driver Rides BKR Momentum Into All-American 400 This Weekend

FORT KENT, Maine – Austin Theriault likes where his Brad Keselowski Racing team is at as it heads into the homestretch of the 2013 season.

Fresh off a podium finish at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway last weekend, the BKR development driver believes that momentum could pay big dividends as he enters this weekend’s Southern Super Series All-American 400 at the history Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.

“I’m really looking forward to running this race,” Theriault said. “It’s one of the biggest races in the country, one of the biggest Super Late Model races that we run all year. Having two big races coming up, it’s important to make good use of the momentum we’ve built up over the last couple of months and have some success. This would be a good time to do that.”
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austin mug 2013Winchester 400: Austin Theriault
Winchester Speedway Race Report

WINCHESTER, Ind. – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, finished sixth in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Ind., on Sunday, October 13. Theriault overcame a flat tire early in the race to move into the Top-5 in the closing laps, but contact from another car shot him up the track and into the wall – costing him a valuable track position and a potential shot at victory. The Brad Keselowski Racing development driver left Winchester with his best career finish at the track, even after losing a lap early on and having the late-race incident.

WHO: Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, Maine
TEAM: Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
WHAT: ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400
WHERE: Winchester Speedway, Winchester, Ind. (.500-mile banked oval)
STARTED: 14th
FINISHED: 6th
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DSC_5512story by Chris Roy

13 year old TJ Bleau, of Troy, NH has made a late season charge in the MOAT Mountain Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Scoring 2 top 3 finishes this past weekend at NHMS, TJ has moved into the top 10 in points with 2 races left in the season.  “It was amazing.  We put a new engine in the car last week and the car is really fast and Kenny my Crew Chief has the car handling perfectly.  We had some bad luck at the beginning of the season so it feels great to have a successful weekend.  I hope it continues for the last weekend of the season.”

 The road course race on Sunday was an interesting as Mother Nature decide to watch the race and brought the rain. “It was a little scary at first, my dad told me to race safe but if I wanted a good finish I would have to race on the edge.  That’s what I did.  The longer the race went on the more comfortable I got and was able to get 2nd.”

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VLF_3418Wayne Helliwell returned to the Granite State Pro Stocks and added his first GSPSS win to his resume. The defending ACT champion started on the front row, and never looked back, leading all 100 laps to win the group’s first ever visit to the Groveton, NH 1/4 mile oval.

 

The event got off with a bang, as several cars got together on the opening lap. Points leaders Jeremy Davis and Mike O’Sullivan were caught up with Tom O’Sullivan. All cars were able to continue.

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leeLee, NH – The main event at Lee USA Speedway last Friday night was the annual Lance Davis Memorial, a 50-lap Late Model Sportsman race held in honor of the popular driver whose sudden passing shocked and saddened the Lee USA community in the summer of 2003.

 

The Davis family was on hand to present the top ten finishers with trophies commemorating the event, and it was once again Grant Aither taking home the biggest one after a convincing victory in the extra-distance affair for the Prime Storage and Warehouse-sponsored LMS division.

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