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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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ACTWaterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Oxford Plains 150 at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25.

 

The classic championship battle shaping up between New Hampshire veterans Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will go on hold until July 25. Helliwell currently holds a 17-point margin over “Joey Pole”, with each driver winning three events so far on the 2015 season.

 

ACT now sets its sights on the International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19

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Credit photos:  Mary & Peter Taylor

Credit photos: Mary & Peter Taylor

Wiscasset, ME – Although it’s hard for some to believe that the Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour has already entered its third month of racing in 2015, it is a testament that time really does fly when you’re having fun! The convoy of car haulers, accompanied by their crew and drivers, rolled into the pits of Wiscasset Speedway on Saturday, for race #5 of the season. With 15 cars on hand, the Tour looked to start off June with some exciting racing for the spectators to enjoy! Picture perfect weather graced the coastal Maine area for the evening, as hundreds embraced the chance to come out and spend some time at the track!

The first heat race of the night, consisting of all the top drivers in the points standings, was paced by the 70 of Tylar Braunschweig, alongside the Racin’ Realtor Ed Getty in the 10. Braunschweig took the lead right away as Getty squeezed in front of Terry Kirk in the 17 to hold down the second spot. The 38 of three-time and defending Tour Champion Mathew Bourgoine was a man on a mission, using the outside line to power past several cars en route to the second spot. Some fierce racing and position swapping went on from 1st to last place, but it was Braunschweig in the Wedgewood Motorsports entry, holding off Bourgoine for his second heat win of 2015. Ed Getty held off a flurry of challenges from the 84 of Matt Grant and the 19 of Kevin Girard Jr. in a near 3-wide finish for the third spot in the caution-free event. Read Full Article →

photo provided by GSPSS

photo provided by GSPSS

HUDSON, NH – With the point battle beginning to take shape early, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to one of the most unique tracks on the circuit, Hudson International Speedway, for the Gate City Classic, June 14.

 

Young Gun Derek Griffith leads the standings entering the fourth of twelve events on the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) schedule.  Finishing in the top four in each race to begin the season, Griffith holds a slim two-point advantage over Barry Gray, and just eight points back to Larry Gelinas in third, entering the event.  Hudson International Speedway is Derek Griffith’s home-track, but has yet to pick up a victory at the ¼ mile facility with the series, whereas Gelinas visited Victory Lane in 2014.

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NELCAR photo

Story by Matt Grant

Hermon, ME –  The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour paid a visit to the northernmost track on the 2015 schedule, Speedway 95, for the second event of the season. A field of 10 cars were on hand, and despite the low attendance, a spectacular race was seen by the fans in what was one of the most evenly matched field of cars anywhere!
Terry Kirk in the 17 and Buckshot Brackett in the 00 paced the field for heat number one. The wiley veteran Kirk put his familiar white and blue coupe on point, while Brackett pursued in his Troiano Waste sedan. 13 year-old Braden Langille, who traveled down from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia to make his first start with NELCAR, caught and  battled Kirk for several laps around the halfway point, and pulled away to pick up the win in the caution-less heat. Kirk finished 2nd, and Brackett took 3rd.

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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

story by Chris Roy

The 2013 PASS North Champion, Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine is gearing up for the PASS season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway, on April 18th. “My crew and I are really excited to get the 2015 season started at Oxford. Yes we have our car 95% done just need to put a set up in it.”

Travis has kept busy over the winter, “In the off season just working at Belfast Variety, playing some basketball and getting the go karts and car ready for the summer.”

Travis will be busy this season, “The plans for the Benjamin Motorsports race team this summer, is to run most if not all of the PASS Series we will also try to defend our title at the Re/Max 250 and we will be racing go karts as much as possible as well.”

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photo by Norm Marx

photo by Norm Marx

Story by Evan Beaulieu

Anderson, SC – After a solid first outing in the #4 Woodman Racing Super Late Model, Joey Doiron made the trek down south once again for the second Pro All Stars Series South and the first in the PASS National championship at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina. After working on the car’s handling throughout the day, the team got the car right for the feature. Doiron drove to the front and fought with eventual winner Ben Rowe for the win after contact while racing for the win lead to Doiron finishing the event in the sixth position.

“I’m proud of how far we came today, this car was really good at the beginning of the race,” Doiron said of his race, “I was racing with Ben (Rowe) and we were putting on a great race and unfortunately we just got together a little bit and it knocked our toe out, it was just hard racing for the win, that’s what people come here to see.” Read Full Article →

IMG_3996 (1280x853)CHARLOTTE, NC (October 14) – With another season headed into the record books over the next month or so for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model division, teams busily prepare for their next challenge coming up this weekend in the Orange County 150 presented by CV Products at Orange County Speedway. Amongst them is the Auramist-sponsored #28 team of young Jared Irvan. The third generation racer currently sits third in PASS South Super Late Model points competing in his first full season racing full-bodied stock cars.

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314456Division titles were on the line last Saturday night at Wiscasset Speedway, and the champs rose to the occasion. Point leaders Adam Chadbourne of the NAPA Super Street division, Nick Hinkley of the Late Model Sportsman class, Ryan Chadwick of the Thunder 4 division, and Jerry McKenna of the Mini Trucks were all on hand to defend their lead and to bring the championship home. The weather was warm and pleasant. The crowd cheered on their favorite drivers and watched as three of the four point leaders won their division races. Wrapping up the night was a one hundred lap Enduro.

The spotlighted race of the week was a thirty-five lap NAPA Super Street feature. Heading into the last point race, Adam Chadbourne of the #1 had only a six point lead over James Osmond of the #05. Prior to race time Osmond said, “Chadbourne has dominated in this division, and his car is fast today. I would need to beat him by four positions for me to win the championship. We will have to see what happens.”

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GSPS2By Shawn Sicard

Walpole, N.H. – Entries have been pouring in for the upcoming Fadden General Store 100 at North Woodstock, New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) this Saturday, September 20th. 

 

There have been 28 drivers who have filed pre-entries for the event at the ¼ mile nestled in the White Mountains.  The usual suspects from the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) are entered into the event, including point leader Matt Frahm, Dillon Moltz, Larry Gelinas, Derek Griffith, and Barry Gray.  Only 17 points separate Frahm, Moltz, and Gelinas, with two races remaining.  Frahm, who has finished on the podium in each of his last four races, and only finished worse than 7th once in the 2014 season (Star 6/28), and is focused on the task ahead.  “We have been working our butts off at the shop,” a determined Frahm spoke.  “We are determined to win the championship.  Everybody has been clicking extremely well at the track, and extremely efficient getting the most out of the car during practice.  Even if we are the fastest on the speed charts, the team never gives up on trying to find more speed, and I feel that is a huge part to our success recently.”

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