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By Lou Modestino
NASCAR’s problems of not selling tickets and dropping TV ratings is a situation that just has to be solved.  Forget the excuses that all of sports world-wide are suffering with deficits due to a global ailing economy.  Just because Brian France was able to get a huge increase over the previous contracts starting in 2015, it does not mean the problems are solved.  That increase TV money is what is holding NASCAR together. But for how long?   There’s a cliche in the rough and tumble business world. “Don’t tell me what you did for me yesterday. What are you going to do for me today,” say the captains of global industry.
We can’t believe those TV rights contracts don’t contain a performance clause that are tied to increased TV ratings!  It’s time for NASCAR’s Brian France to get  going. Let’s talk about Brian’s job performance review by the fans.  We have seen reports on the social media that Brian is not held in high esteem by the folks who buy the tickets and are not watching the races on TV.

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Date: July 13th 2014

Super Pro/Pro Final Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Bob Cousins    Brewer
2nd Place    Gage Reynolds    Orono

Super Pro Eliminator Race Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Bob Cousins    Brewer
2nd Place    Jerry Hatch    Lubec
Semifinalist    Jennifer Fusco    Turner
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 Pro Eliminator Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Gage Reynolds    Orono
2nd Place    Jim Collins    Waterville
Semifinalist    Luc Beaulieu    Winslow
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Street Eliminator Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Christine Leeman    Letang NB
2nd Place    Randy Herrick    Stockton Springs
Semifinalist    Mark Norwood    Trenton
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Bikes and Sleds Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Paul Keaten II    Athens
2nd Place    Jim Marston    Fairfield
Semifinalist    Dennis Greene    Clinton
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Jr. Dragster Race Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Danielle Fusco    Turner
2nd Place    Johnathan Condon    Chelsea
Semifinalist        
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Street Trophy Race Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Alyssa Walcott    Bernard
2nd Place    Rebecca Lee     Wayne
Semifinalist        


Ford Day Race Results
Place    Name    Hometown
1st Place    Dustin Calder     Campobello NB
2nd Place    Mike Whitaker    S. China
Semifinalist    Raymond Campbell    Winslow

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Emily Parkard

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt – Determined to put the previous finish from last week in the Vermont State Late Model Championship race at Thunder Road behind her, Emily Packard went out and drove her 9x Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels Ford to a third place finish in the second race of the 4 race championship battle.

 

“We had a great run and a great race,” Packard said, “The car was really fast and we were impressed with how well it ran tonight.”  The night began with her starting in the back (7th) in her heat race, Packard found herself held up for a couple laps, but was able to move her way forward.  At the end of the 10 lap heat, Packard finished in the 4th position (with a plus three), which safely got her in the race and a decent starting position for the feature.  “We got held up a little bit in the beginning, but we were able to maneuver past them,” said Packard, “We caught the third place car right there at the end, and with a few more laps could have had at least one more spot, but I am happy with the starting position it gave us.”

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Our yearly Beech Ridge Motor Speedway show. Dan and I talk about how our predictions went for last year, and we reveal our predictions for this coming season. And we tell you about some of the changes that will be happening this year.

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NELCAR Top 3 at OPS

Oxford, ME – While the PASS North teams opened their season at Oxford Plains Speedway, the Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour contested their third race of the season to kick the day off. After being delayed a day due to constant rain in the area, the Legends Car field was ready to get their race under way on Sunday. It was a thrilling race for the win at the finish, and the race ended with Kevin Girard Jr. getting his first Legends Car victory!

“We’ve been at this for a little over a year now but this is our first full season of racing Legends Cars so it’s great to get our first win so early in the season,” Girard said in Victory Lane, “We had a great car and just made the right moves on the bottom, I’m excited for my team and I hope we continue to run as well as we have.”

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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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