GSPSS Gears up for 2018!

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES
CLAREMONT, N.H.

With opening day of the 2018 Granite State Pro Stock Series fast approaching, officials are preparing for May 4th at Claremont Speedway earnestly.

The season will again be headlined by a 50 lap feature event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of the New England Short Track Showdown June 24th. Hudson International Speedway and Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway will be joining the series along with others from the New England region. (more…)

Thunder Road Welcomes New Event Sponsors in 2018

The annual Thunder Road Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special (pictured) will now be sponsored by Bolduc Metal Recycling. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials announced today that multiple new event sponsors have signed on for the 2018 season. Some have current previous ties to the speedway while others will be joining the Thunder Road family for the first time.

The biggest change is the addition of Bolduc Metal Recycling as the title sponsor of the annual Enduro 200 scheduled for Sunday, August 5. Bolduc has signed a multi-year deal to replace M&M Beverage, who had been the underwriter for the event since its inception in 1986. The company will also sponsor the 50-lap Street Stock Special held on that date.

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ACT Announces Departure of Roy from Quebec Series

Serie ACT is currently scheduled for a 9-event 2018 season that will open at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 2. (Guy Laroche photo)

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced that, effective immediately, Série ACT promoter Marc-Patrick Roy will no longer be associated with the organization. Roy had been in charge of Série ACT operations since early 2017 and had also worked as an official at select ACT Late Model Tour events in the U.S.

 

ACT co-owner Cris Michaud cited differences regarding the direction of the Quebec-based Late Model series as the reason behind Roy’s departure. Despite the move, ACT remains committed to the future of Série ACT and hopes to make additional announcements in the coming days regarding the upcoming season. The series is currently scheduled to open its 2018 campaign at Vallée-Junction, QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 2.

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Eddie Mac to Make a Run at 2018 ACT Title

American Canadian Tour

Eddie Mac to Make a Run at 2018 ACT Title

Waterbury, VT – After spending the 2017 season up to his “Outlaw” ways, Eddie MacDonald will be rejoining the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship battle in 2018. The Rowley, MA driver has filed a full-season entry for the ACT Late Model Tour and will pursue the $10,000 prize for winning this year’s title.
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Jake Matheson Racing to Partner with Liberty House

Hillsboro, NH– Jake Matheson Racing, LLC is proud to announce they will be partnering
with Liberty House Veterans Transitional House for the 2018 season.

“We are so grateful to Liberty House for all they do every day to support homeless veterans
in New Hampshire,” Matheson said. “I am proud to work on their behalf to raise awareness
and resources for their organization. This means so much to our team as our Crew Chief is
a twenty year veteran of the US military and I was actually born in a military hospital. The
veteran community is very important to us, we are planning multiple projects in support of
Liberty House.”

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Thunder Road Flying Tiger Division Looking Strong for 2018

Hinesburg’s Trevor Lyman (#17) enters the season as an early title favorite in a growing Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger division. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – The Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00pm will kick off the 59th season of racing at Barre’s Thunder Road. While the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models headline the card, the track’s famed Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers are certain to shine as well. One of the largest Opening Day fields in years is anticipated for Thunder Road’s longest-running racing class.

The Tigers begin their 2018 championship chase at the Community Bank 150 as the division enters its 37th consecutive season of competition. Many drivers from the 2017 season will return for this year’s campaign with the title up for grabs. Defending Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Champion Jason Woodard will begin the season on the sidelines while runner-up Brendan Moodie has moved up to the Maplewood/Irving Late Models. A number of veterans and rising stars will thus look to ascend the throne.

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Derek Griffith is PASS ace at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Derek Griffith is PASS ace at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Second straight PASS National Championship Series win for Hudson, New Hampshire driver

Thompson, Connecticut – Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire nailed down his first Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory in impressive fashion, outrunning two-time PASS North Super Late Model Champion DJ Shaw to the checkered flag in the Icebreaker 100 Sunday afternoon.

Griffith, who had been a runner-up in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Super Late Model competition in the past, started from fifth position. Aboard his LCM Motorsports ride, Griffith battled Saturday heat race winners and early frontrunners Shaw and Reid Lanpher of Manchester, Maine before grabbing the race lead, which he would not relinquish.
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Bonsignore Returns to Winning ways with Icebreaker Win

Bonsignore Returns to Winning ways with Icebreaker Win

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park concluded its annual season-opening Icebreaker weekend on Sunday, April 8 with a packed crowd on hand who braved the cold New England weather to experience the season debuts of Thompson’s track divisions as well as an appearance by the Pro All Star Series and the highlight event of the weekend, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Icebreaker 150.

After opening their season at Myrtle Beach, the stars of the Whelen Modified Tour took center stage at Thompson hoping to grab momentum early in the 2018 campaign. Several big names found themselves in precarious positions over the course of the event including defending champion Doug Coby had to endure damage to his car during an incident on lap 115. Other big names like Timmy Solomito and Woody Pitkat were also involved incidents throughout the day, but the biggest crash of the race occurred less than 20 laps from the finish when a multicar incident resulted in Jimmy Blewett ending up on his roof bringing out the second red flag of the evening.
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PASS North Set To Begin Sunday At Thompson’s Icebreaker

PASS North Set To Begin Sunday At Thompson’s Icebreaker

NAPLES, ME (April 5) – After a long winter break, that has seen some venture south to compete, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model drivers from across New England and Canada are ready to tackle Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend for the first race of 2018.

In addition to being the first action of the season for New England’s top short trackers, the 44th Annual Icebreaker also serves as the second race of the PASS National Championship Series. Following the first event held at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway in February, race winner, Derek Griffith, finds himself leading 5-Time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, by just two points heading to Thompson.
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Twin State Street Stock Series Finalized for 2018 Season

The Twin State Street Stock Series will feature Thunder Road’s Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Speedway 51’s Caron Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks in a “home-and-home” series. (Buzz Fisher photo)

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials, in conjunction with Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, NH, have finalized the Twin State Street Stock Series for 2018. The 4-race “home-and-home” series will feature the top drivers from Thunder Road’s Allen Lumber Street Stocks, Speedway 51’s Caron Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks, and other 4-cylinder racers from throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

The series will open on Thursday, June 21 with a 50-lap event at Thunder Road as part of North Country Federal Credit Union Night. For the second event, the Twin State Series will head to Speedway 51 on Saturday, July 7 for the Jake McDowell Memorial 75.

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Eddie MacDonald Ready to Defend PASS Title in Icebreaker at Thompson

photo by Rich Hayes

Eddie MacDonald opened last season’s PASS schedule with a victory at Thompson Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker and hopes to repeat that performance this Sunday, April 8 on the famed Thompson speedway. Eddie Mac will pilot the Dave Lemieux owned Pro Stock in as many as nine events with his sights set on an Icebreaker win.

“Racing at Thompson is always fun and you couldn’t ask for anything better than starting the season off competing in the Icebreaker,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer. “Everyone is excited to get going this season and we have the car ready to go so it should be a lot of fun. EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates will be our main sponsor for this race and we are thankful to Derek Beatrice for all his help. We had a great car last year in the opener to get the win so the goal we have is to get another victory to start the season. “

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ACT Opener at Lee Postponed to April 22

The 28th New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 will now kick off the ACT Late Model Tour season on Sunday, April 22. (Alan Ward photo)

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Lee USA Speedway officials announced today that the 28th New Hampshire Governor’s Cup has been postponed due to lingering snow from the past winter. The event has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 22 at 1:15pm.

 

The card of racing will remain the same, with the ACT Late Model Tour going 150 laps in their 33rd season opener. Lee’s R&R Steel Late Model Sportsmen and the Northeast Classic Lites will also be in action.

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Thunder Road Gearing Up for 59th Season Opener

Class Day Ceremonies for all divisions will kick off the 20th Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – Thunder Road is getting set to open its 59th season of racing on Sunday, April 29 with the Community Bank N.A. 150 for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). The 20th edition of the event has teams and fans buzzing as they prepare for another year atop Quarry Hill.

Racers from all across the Northeastern U.S. and Quebec are expected for the event that has served as the traditional season opener since 1999. With the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors also on the card, a huge field of race cars is anticipated.

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