From the monthly archives: "March 2008"

Pluffybilt Racing Tractors to Sponsor PASS Sportsman Series
Two Intense Types of Racing Come Together for 2008 Season

Saco, Maine (March 31, 2008) A true racer will try to get the best

 performance out of anything that they get behind the wheel of,

 whether it is a race car, their street vehicle or even a lawn tractor.

 The next step after just going fast is to get another racer also pushing

 the limits. When you have that, you have yourself a race…and soon a
racing series.

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In just few short weeks Wiscasset Raceway will pull back the curtain on the 2008 season and the start of a new era for "Maine's Center of Speed". Owners Doug and Becky White will roll out an ambitious schedule to start their first full season at the helm. While 2007 was a year of uncertainty, speculation and transition, 2008 is bringing a new feeling of excitement and anticipation.
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Hendrick Motorsports flexed its muscles Sunday, but Denny Hamlin’s team made the right call in the pits, propelling the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to victory in the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

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Williams Leads PASS South to the South Carolina Clash

NAPLES ME ( March 30, 2008) Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South point leader Corey Williams will lead a strong field of PASS South competitors to Dillon South Carolina Saturday April 5th for the South Carolina Clash 125 at Dillon Motor Speedway. 

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MARTINSVILLE, VA (March 28, 2008) – Jeff Gordon continued his mastery of Martinsville Speedway Friday afternoon, winning the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

            It was Gordon’s seventh pole win at Martinsville, matching his seven race victories on the historic half-mile track. The pole win left him one short of Darrell Waltrip’s record eight poles

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Age: 15
Hometown: Wakefield, NH
Race Series: Allison Legacy North Series
Car: Mazda, Chevy Monte Carlo, 17
Pit Crew: Ken Fifield – Crew Chief

Racing Stats – 2006 Londonderry Raceway Jr Champ Kart Class Champion

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American-Canadian Tour Opener Anything But Ordinary For “Outlaw” MacDonald

Driver to attempt ACT/NASCAR double duty weekend

LEE, NH – Stock car driver “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald has lofty goals. The Rowley, MA driver plans to run the American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship season opener – the prestigious New Hampshire Governor’s Cup – at his home track, Lee USA Speedway, on Sunday, April 20. Ordinarily for MacDonald, that would mean a simple 40-mile drive north across the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.
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The Northeastern Midget Association begins its 56th season at Thompson International Speedway’s Icebreaker April 5-6. Club President Mike Scrivani Jr. expects upward to 30 cars for the 25-lapper on what is the fastest track NEMA visits.
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Naples ME (March 26, 2008) Plenty of cars and several generations of Maine
and New Hampshire racing stars will meet and greet fans at this weekend's
PASS Motorsports Extravaganza. Your Space (formerly Gorham Sports Center)
will play host to race cars from nearly every form of local motorsport;
dragsters, go-karts, circle track race cars from Legends and classis race
cars to the latest PASS Super Late Models will all be on display.

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Naples ME (March 26, 2008) Five Star Stock Car Bodies of Twin Lakes Wisconsin will provide awards for super late model racers that compete in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North and South divisions in 2008. It’s the eighth consecutive season that the well known manufacturer of race car bodies and accessories has provided awards for PASS points competitors.
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On The Bubble: Hornish Is In, Franchitti’s Not

With five races in the books for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, the weekly guaranteed starting spots start going to the top 35 teams in current car owner point standings. (For this season’s first five races, the guarantees went to the top 35 teams in the final 2007 points.)

There are some definite surprises thus far — on both sides of the “bubble.”

Michael Waltrip Racing has all three of its teams in the top 35 — with Waltrip (No. 55 NAPA Toyota), David Reutimann (No. 44 UPS Toyota) and Michael McDowell (No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota) driving.

Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge) the former Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion, is safe for now. Hornish, who started the year with an impressive 15th-place run at the Daytona 500 for Penske Racing, has the 35th and final spot going into Martinsville.

Casey Mears (No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg’s Chevrolet), part of Hendrick Motorsports’ powerhouse lineup, is 33rd, only 12 points ahead of Hornish. Mears, keep in mind, was a winner of one of NASCAR’s biggest events last season, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray, a member of Jack Roush’s well-stocked stable of drivers, is 36th this week, forced to rely on his qualifying speed to make Sunday’s field. Like Mears, McMurray also had a marquee win last season, capturing the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July.

Dario Franchitti, last year’s Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion, is down in 38th, amid a challenging start to his first NASCAR season driving for Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates.

And veteran Kyle Petty is 40th, with his team an already-perilous 60 points behind Hornish’s. Encouraging: In recent years, Petty has shown glimpses of his 1980s form at Martinsville; he finished 10th in the 2006 fall race. … “I have a lot of experience at Martinsville and that should help us qualify our way in to Sunday’s race,” Petty said. “This is not an enviable position to be in, but I have a good team around me and we can dig our way out of this. … I’ve been in this situation before and we’ve come out just fine. We’re more than capable of hitting a streak where we get a string of top-10 or top-15 finishes. Martinsville would be a good place to start one.”

-by Justin St. Louis

The American-Canadian Tour stock car racing season begins in less than a month at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway.  The fast 3/8-mile oval has been home to some great racers over the years, including champions Paul Richardson, Buzzie Bezanson, Scott Bonney, Ricky Wolf, Jr., and J.R. Baril.  Past and present Lee USA drivers that will be more familiar to ACT fans include Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, A.J. Begin, Mark Anzalone, and the last ACT runner-up at Lee, Jeremy Harclerode of Newmarket, NH.

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       WATERBURY, VT – Nearly thirty of the northeast’s top stock car racing teams have filed full-season entries for the 2008 American-Canadian Tour Late Model championship series.  Drivers from four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces will contest the full 12-race schedule, beginning with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 100 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 20.

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