OPS Oxford Plains Speedway


The glory days of racing will return to Saturday nights at Oxford
Plains Speedway beginning this Saturday, August 2nd with Whited RV from
Auburn hosting the evening’s activities. After trying to make a go of things
on Friday nights for the past two seasons, the decision was made to switch
to Saturday night racing for the balance of the season.
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photo by Alan Ward

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, August 9. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.


Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and also recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge ACT event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.

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photo by Christopher Roy

Story by Matt Grant

Loudon, NH – The Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour rolled through the gates of the largest speedway in New England, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, to race the 14th event on the calendar. The drivers competing regularly at the track with the Granite State Legends Cars were also present, as the race was considered a “combination” for both series. Another beautiful summer day graced the area, and 13 drivers took to the uniquely shaped quarter mile for their 25 lap feature event.

The 2 of Darren Johnson and the 70 of Tylar Braunschweig made up the front row after the random draw. On the first turn of the first lap, a crash involving Johnson and the 18 of multi time NHMS winner Tom Gray brought out the red flag, effectively ending both of their nights. On the restart, Braunschweig took control of the lead, but it was short lived as the 23 of Shaun Buffington quickly found his way to the point, a place he is very familiar with at NHMS.
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photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series invaded the Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with some 30 teams filling the infield pit area in preparation for the night’s racing action.  Three heats, a consolation round, and the 100-lap main event were on the card for the GSPSS, with the weekly Late Model Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, and Ironmen filling out the program.


Lee’s regular NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions put on an entertaining show for the fans, with Groton, MA driver Geoff Rollins making his first trip to victory lane in 2014 in the Prime Storage and Warehouse Late Model Sportsman 30-lap main event.


Fresh off a heat win earlier in the night, Ray Dinsmore of Alfred, ME broke out to the early lead, but he was quickly knocked off the point by rookie contender Mark Parenteau of Groveland, MA, who took the lead on lap three aboard the Brian House entry.

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photo by Alan Ward

Barre, VT – Barre’s own Thunder Road International Speedbowl hits the home stretch for its 2014 season this Thursday, July 31 with WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets night. Thursday night will close out the month of July leaving just four more Thursdays plus the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic in August to decide the 2014 Late Model “King of the Road.”


Two-time Late Model Champion and 2014 Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet of Barre currently sits atop the standings by a slim three-point lead over another two-time “King of the Road” Dave Pembroke. Pembroke is looking toward this Thursday to claim his first win of the season and erase the three-point deficit. Defending Thunder Road track champion Derrick O’Donnell and this year’s Times-Argus Mid-Season Champion Trampas Demers ride just eight points behind Pembroke, while outstanding rookie driver Eric Badore holds the final top five spot.

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Monday, 7/28/14
Abington Ale House(Rt. 18, Abington, MA)-Cruise Night, 50/50 drawing, prizes, DJ, cars and motorcycles presented by So. Shore Corvettes, 5 p.m.
Cardi’s Furniture(W. Warwick, RI)-Cruise Night, music, food, 5 p.m.
Haywagon Restaurant(Uxbridge, MA)-Cruise Night, food, music, 5 p.m.
Mark’s Auto Part(Granby, CT)-Cruise Night, music, food, entertainment, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 7/29/14
A&W Restaurant(Greenville, RI)-Cruise Night, food music, 5 p.m.
Auto Zone(Weymouth, MA)-All Vehicle Cruise Night, 3:30 p.m. food,music, raffles, give-a-ways.
Rite Aid Plaza(Cobb’s Corner, Canton, MA)-Cruise Night, food, music, 5 p.m.
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No 12 derek griffith had his hands full with no 4 brad babb as they battled for the 3rd spot. griffith would come away in 3rd as babb crashed

PR/Photo – Eric LaFleche

Young driver continues to impress in 2014

Lee, NH – Consistency is the key to competing for championships and that’s the motto for Hudson, NH native, Derek Griffith. The young driver of the No. 12 MOM’s of Manchester/LCM Racing Toyota Camry is right in the middle of his first championship points battle with the Granite State Pro Stock Series.


Griffith, who is sitting in fourth place, is just 44 points from the top-spot and knew he needed a good run on July 25th at Lee Speedway to maintain his point’s position.

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photo by Alan Ward

Barre, VT – Barre’s Jason Corliss claimed his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and became the first repeat winner in the division for 2014 during Safelite Auto Glass night on Thursday, July 24. Corliss came from the ninth starting spot and got under Lt. Governor Phil Scott late in the 50 lap event to gain the lead and eventually the win.


Young Kyle Pembroke led early in the race until relinquishing the lead to Brett Gervais on a restart just past halfway. Gervais then held the lead until losing control on a lap 32 restart handing the lead to Scott. Corliss ran down Scott and took over the lead with under 15 to go. He cruised to the win over the final laps. Derrick O’Donnell also got by Scott to claim second. Kyle Pembroke took fourth and Eric Badore completed the top five.

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photo by Leif Tillotson

There are race car drivers who make a lot of “noise” on the racetrack. The phrase “checkers or wreckers” comes to mind. Some are content with being a headline story after the race, even if it is because they wrecked in spectacular fashion while fighting for the lead.

Shawn Fleury is not that kind of driver.


Throughout his career, Fleury has made a name for himself by being a driver who uses his head as much as his hands and feet. With handicapping putting the good drivers at the back of the pack each week, it takes the right mix of patience and impatience to make it to the front by the end of the race. A driver who also works on the cars is more likely to pay attention to not wrecking the car while going through the field, as the driver knows full-well how much time and money are required to repair damaged racecars.

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Beech Ridge

Nineteen year-old Tyler King, of Livermore Falls, won Saturday’s NASCAR Nite Pro-Series 40-lap feature event.
7/26/2014 Beech Ridge Results
Scarborough, ME

After taking a week of from feature racing, Oakland’s Mike Landry paced the 20-car field to the green flag. Landry led until lap four when rookie Mike Fowler, of Scarborough, was able to claim the lead from Landry with ease. Fowler who was fast in qualifying, opened up a multiple car-length lead over Landry and the entire field.
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Speedway 95


Sixteen year old Emma Libby of Glenburn led the first 13 laps of the 25 lap Darling’s Ford Sportsman feature at Speedway 95 Saturday night, but lost it to points leader Kris Matchett of Skowhegan on a lap 14 restart. As Matchett pulled away from the teen driver, Libby held on to the second spot until Matchett unexpectedly slowed on the 23rd lap. Libby was able to overtake him and cruise to her first win as a rookie in the division. Dean Clements of Brooks, making his first appearance since an early season wreck sidelined his activity, took second with Jay Robichaud of Eddington, also returning after several weeks away following an accident that seriously damaged his car, finished third. Fourth went to pole sitter Karl Stanhope of Hampden with Matchett limping home in fifth with a sick engine. Matchett won the division’s single qualifying race.
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