Big Money on the Line in ACT-Style Late Model Show at Thompson Speedway World Series
Thompson, CT — Late Model drivers in New England won’t want to miss a big 50-lap feature?as part of the 58th?Annual?World?Series of Speedway Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.?On Saturday,?October 10,?some of the top competitors in ACT-style Late Models will bear down on the Thompson high-banks with more than $17,000 in total prize money on the line.
The race pays $2,000 to win, $1,200 for second, and $1,000 for third?with a minimum $300 payout to take the green flag. However, the lucrative purse?throughout the field isn’t the only value drivers will be chasing.?For the first time in recent World Series memory, drivers will also be chasing lap money in the Late Model feature, with most laps slated for $50 to the driver who leads that circuit.
Granite State Pro Stock Series Headed Back to New London Waterford Speedbowl
On Saturday September 26 the Granite State Pro Stock Series will return to the newly remodeled New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford Connecticut. The last event held at the Speedbowl was on October 20, 2018 and it was a thrilling race featuring a side by side battle between veteran Ben Rowe and then newcomer Ray Christain III.
Christain III comes back to his home track second in points for the first time in 2020 and looks to use home track advantage to retake the lead. The Uncasville CT driver grew up racing at the Speedbowl and couldn’t be happier that the series is going back.
Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk has a stellar record at the southern CT Speed plant and will arrive as the new GSPSS point’s leader. In four starts there in late models, the Hudson NH driver has scored three wins and looks to continue that pattern of success. Coming off a thrilling victory at the Star Classic, “Pole” holds a slim two point lead over Christain III with just three races to go in the 2020 season.
RIVERSIDE READY FOR TOROMONT CAT 150 THIS SATURDAY
JAMES RIVER, NS (September 24, 2020) – Riverside International Speedway is ready to roar this Saturday with the Toromont Cat 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The event is the first of the year for the facility which has been idle for all of its typical season due to COVID-19.
When the facility was shortlisted by Nova Scotia’s Public Health authorities as one of four sports stadiums in the province being considered for larger gatherings, it was all hands on deck to have a Guest Management Plan approved and prepare the facility accordingly.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since our last event,” said Donald Chisholm, owner of Riverside. “It will be amazing to see it come to life again this Saturday with cars on the track and fans in the stands. It’s good for the sport and awesome to be able to bring some sense of normalcy to our fans and racers.”
Top Names, Local Heroes Add Names to Milk Bowl Entry List
Barre, VT — The 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is once again shaping up as the Northeast’s premier Late Model showcase. Well-known regional racers and local heroes are eagerly throwing their names into the hat for “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America” at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, October 4.
With nearly two weeks still to go before race day, the early entry list is already filling up with regional ACT-type Late Model racers and Thunder Road stars. Many more names will be added over the coming days for the 58th edition of the nationally-known event.
GSPSS Kicks off Star Classic with a spectacular finish
The Granite State Pro Stock series made its annual trip to Star Speedway to compete on opening night of the 55th annual Star Classic Friday night and Derek Griffith and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk put on a show for the ages.
Griffith, the hottest man in northeast pro stock racing of late, showed up to star just off an airplane after competing in an ARCA car at Bristol the night before. “Pole” came to star winless in 2020 and feeling like their season had been sub-par. Their seasons would collide in spectacular fashion before the night was over.
In Claremont Derek Griffith was perfect. Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge winner, heat winner, drew #1 in the GSPSS redraw and won the race. Star seemed to be more of the same. Fast time, heat race win, #1 in the redraw and dominant through 83 laps of the race.
TOROMONT CAT 150 TO HEADLINE SEPTEMBER 26 SHOW AT RIVERSIDE
JAMES RIVER, NS (September 15, 2020) – The high banks of Riverside International Speedway will roar into action September 26 with the Toromont Cat 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The facility has been approved by Nova Scotia’s Public Health authorities to host as many as 1,250 fans at the event with appropriate COVID-19 restrictions in place.
“We’re thrilled to make this announcement,” said Donald Chisholm, owner of Riverside International Speedway. “While things will be different, we hope this brings some sense of normalcy to our fans in what has been an anything but normal year. I want to thank everyone for their continued loyal support of Riverside and especially the sponsors, like Toromont Cat, who are participating in this event.”
Helliwell Puts Orange Crush on ACT Field in Full Throttle 75
Loudon, NH — Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. reigned supreme at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 12 by taking the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Full Throttle 75. Helliwell took the lead for good from Newmarket, NH’s Bryan Kruczek on lap 42 and crushed the competition down the stretch in his familiar orange #27NH to earn the 14th point-counting win of his ACT Late Model Tour career.
LOUDON, N.H. – A wild finish featuring a mind-blowing 20 lead changes in the last 20 laps, Bobby Santos III found a way to keep points leader Justin Bonsignore in his rearview mirror for the last few turns to earn a hard-fought checkered flag at the Musket 200 presented by Whelen Saturday afternoon during the third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend, earning his sixth win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Wayne Helliwell Jr. won the ACT 75 while Shaun Buffington won both Granite State Legends Cars events.
Santos hung back in the pack until lap 167 when he slingshot around a trio of frontrunners going into turn three and pulled a similar move a few turns later to take the lead, setting up a thrilling string of lead changes with Bonsignore. The two traded the lead 20 times over 20 laps; Bonsignore dominating turn three and Santos showing how to pass going into turn one. Over and over they traded places, with Ron Silk briefly nudging his way into second, with four laps remaining. Bonsignore took the spot back, but not before Santos took advantage and drove just far enough away from the other leaders to keep from being caught before the checkered flag waved.
Williams, Donahue Take Caron Fabrication Twin 100s at White Mountain
N. Woodstock, NH — Ellington, CT’s Ronnie Williams and Graniteville, VT’s Stephen Donahue were both standing tall after 100 laps of action at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 5. Williams won the Honor to Essential Workers 100 for the Modified Racing Series (MRS) while Donahue captured the Leaf Peepers 100 for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models on Caron Fabrication Night.
Williams earned his first career MRS victory in the first series visit to White Mountain since 2005. Despite a lower car count than what series officials were expecting, the action was hot and heavy for the ground-pounders. West Swanzey, NH’s Kirk Alexander, the winner of the last MRS event at the track, grabbed the early lead off the outside pole. Alexander easily paced the field for the first half of the event while Williams and Bellingham, MA’s Woody Pitkat worked their way through the field.
Griffith Dominates 10K to win GSPSS Newport Chevrolet 150
The Granite State Pro Stock Series held its biggest event ever on Sunday and Derek Griffith dominated the day.
It was a picture perfect day for racing in southern New Hampshire as the gates swung open for an incredible day of racing at Claremont Motorsports Park. The highlight of the day would be the presentation of the $10,000 check to the races winner but qualifying and 150 laps of intense racing had to take place first.
As the Crazy Horse Racing fast time challenge played out, two things became apparent. First; Derek Griffith was going to be a force to be reckoned with and second; point leader Ray Christian III was in trouble.
Therrien Asserts Control Late for Labor Day Classic Victor
Barre, VT — Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien saved his best for last to win the Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, September 6 at Barre’s Thunder Road. Therrien got the top spot for good from Barre’s Jason Corliss on a lap-140 restart and stormed into the sunset for his fourth career win both at Thunder Road and on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).
Therrien started sixth for the 200-lap endurance test and put on a charge early. The 2018 “King of the Road” moved around Matt White into the runner-up spot on lap 22 and went to work reeling in polesitter Stephen Donahue. Therrien went around the outside of Donahue for the lead on the 42nd circuit. However, after the second caution on lap 45 for Ryan Kuhn broken suspension, it was Donahue who got the jump to regain the point.
Silk Gets Late Break for Win in Thompson 150 Barnburner
Thompson, CT — Norwalk, CT’s Ron Silk had both the fast car and good fortune he needed to triumph over a stout NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in a wild and wooly Thompson 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Thursday, September 3.
Silk was handed the lead under caution on lap 149 when NASCAR Cup Series invader Ryan Preece ran out of fuel. The veteran Silk then held off point leader Justin Bonsignore on a green-white-checkered overtime finish to capture his 14th career Whelen Modified Tour victory and put an end to Bonsignore’s grip on the historic speedway.
Kaffel set for return to Oxford Plains Speedway on September 12 Work schedule, college prep consumed driver all summer
RAYMOND, Maine (Sept. 2, 2020) — Sometimes, for even the most talented and determined racers, life gets in the way of pursuing their dreams. Business demands and furthering one’s education are often cited as key factors, but first and foremost, a man has to do what it takes to grow and prosper.
Weekly short track racing is, after all, for most at least, just a hobby. There are other priorities.
For 18-year-old Ivan Kaffel, the summer of 2020 was going to be filled with promise. Yet as the global pandemic began to shut down the short track industry, he wisely shifted his attention.