From the monthly archives: "March 2010"

Hickory Motor Speedway Race Preview

Reigning PASS North Series champion Johnny Clark of Farmingdale, Maine, will compete in the PASS Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C., on Saturday, April 3. Clark is second in the 2010 PASS National Series standings after one of five events.

WHO: Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Maine
TEAM: No. 54 Port City/Clark’s Car Crushing Chevrolet

WHAT: PASS Easter Bunny 150
WHERE: Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, N.C. (.363-mile oval)
WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday, April 3

LAST RACE (Jan. 31): Finished 2nd (New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)
POINTS POSITION: 2nd (after one of five races)

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NSCS Race Recap: Hamlin Wins Second Straight At Martinsville

(March 29, 2010)

MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Mr. Martinsville is dead.

Long live Mr. Martinsville!

Denny Hamlin plowed through traffic after a green-white-checkered-flag restart Monday to post his second straight victory at Martinsville Speedway, wresting the title “Mr. Martinsville”—at least temporarily—from Jimmie Johnson, who rode a nondescript ninth-place finish to the NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead.

On fresh tires, thanks to a pit stop under caution on Lap 493, Hamlin powered past Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon on Lap 507 of 508 after Kenseth and Gordon traded shots earlier on the same lap.

Hamlin cleared Gordon’s Chevrolet through Turns 3 and 4 and finished the race on a cut tire, .670 seconds ahead of teammate Joey Logano, who weaved his way through the melee to give Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2 finish at the .526-mile short track.

“Whose house is this?” Hamlin radioed after taking the checkered flag.

“Denny Hamlin’s house,” spotter Curtis Markham answered.

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LePage sweeps Pro finals at Rock Maple Racing snocross finale
Todd, Woskob split Semi-Pro finals

FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. (Mar. 29, 2010) – Veteran snowmobile racer Bobby LePage had only one option heading into last weekend’s season finale. Trailing his weekly rival Mathieu Morin by just one point in Pro Open and two in Pro Stock, his goal was to win both finals.

With determination in his eyes and well-prepared sleds in his grasp, LePage went out and swept the Pro finals as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed the ninth and final round on the 2009-10 snocross series Sunday afternoon at the beautiful Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa. Unofficially, LePage locked up the 2010 RMR Pro championships.

In Saturday’s grueling 20-lap Pro Open final, LePage (Hulten Speed Sports/Polaris), of Hermantown, MN, grabbed the holeshot and led all the way. Poirier slotted into second at the start and stayed there until Morin (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) powered by at the end of lap five. Morin, of Val D’Or, QC, tried to reel in LePage but settled for second (by an 18-second margin), while Poirier filled out the podium. The final point tally and class champions within all five divisions will be official later this week.

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FARMINGDALE, Maine — Johnny Clark will head back to Hickory Motor Speedway next week hoping that the third time is the charm.

After a pair of races at the North Carolina short track in which Clark felt he had a much better car than the final results showed, he’s set to turn things around in the second round of the PASS National Series. Clark has entered the PASS Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory on April 3, the second of five PASS National Series events in 2010.

“Hopefully, we’ll go down there and have a good run and see if we can’t get the (National) points lead,” said Clark, who finished second in the Winterfest 150 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in January and trails Brad Leighton on the PASS National standings.

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FALMOUTH, Maine — Ben Rowe decided Easter weekend was a perfect time to take a road trip. 

Rowe will defend his 2009 Hickory Motor Speedway victory when he returns to North Carolina for the PASS Easter Bunny 150 at the storied track on April 2. The defending champion of both the PASS National Series and PASS South Series is the all-time winningest driver in PASS history with six total championships and 39 career victories. 

The decision to participate in the second of five 2010 PASS National Series events was a last-minute one. 

“Things have been kind of slow at work, and my father (inaugural PASS South Series champion Mike Rowe) decided we should go racing,” Ben Rowe said. “I figured, ‘Why not?’ He kind of got the whole thing rolling.” 

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Greenville-Pickens Speedway Race Preview

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, N.H. will make his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 27. Polewarczyk tested with Fadden Racing at Greenville-Pickens on March 2.

WHO: Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H.
TEAM: No. 16 Fadden Racing Chevrolet

WHAT: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
WHERE: Greenville Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C. (.500-mile oval)
WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday, March 27


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Waterbury, VT – Center Harbor, New Hampshire’s Brad Leighton, defending Champion of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup has entered the opening event for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Leighton won the 2009 event after holding off the 2008 Governor’s Cup winner, Joey Polewarczyk, from nearby Hudson, NH.

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Ice Center and NASCAR Driver Joey Logano Send Congrats to the Paralympic Champions

INDIAN TRAIL, NC (March 23, 2010) – The Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC, took great pride in the news they heard on Saturday evening.  Word came in that the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team won the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Fadden Racing Set For Greenville And South Boston With Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk

North Haverhill, N.H. (March 22, 2010): Fadden Racing won’t begin campaigning their new development driver, Julian Camilo Albarracin, in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East until June, but their presence will be strong in the series until then. Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk will return to the Fadden Racing drivers seat to compete at the series opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 27 and will return for South Boston Speedway on April 2. 

“Joey is a very talented driver and we’re excited to be giving him the chance to show that at this level,” said Fadden Racing car owner and K&N Pro Series two-time champion Mike Olsen. “Joey came and tested with us earlier this month and he showed he could get the job done. We’re pretty confident heading into this race.” 

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Kobyluck Headed To Greenville With Eye On Top-Five

Waterford, Conn. (March 22, 2010): This weekend, Matt Kobyluck and the Mohegan Sun race team expect nothing but a top-five finish at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. A championship run almost demands it. 

“With the schedule as it is this year, you can not afford to have a bad week,” said the driver of the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. “We start off our season like the Cup ends their season. You have to come out strong and ready to go. It’s the beginning of our Chase.” 

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WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. – Eighteen year-old Derek Ramstrom, a graduate of the PASS North Series and a Thompson International Speedway weekly Super Late Model racer, will run for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Pro Series East for NDS Motorsport’s Waste Management Recycling team’s #35 car this season. 

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NSCS Race Recap: Johnson Gets First Win At Bristol, 50th Overall

BRISTOL, Tenn.—In a milestone race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson—the last driver third-place finisher Kurt Busch wanted to see win the race—took the checkered flag for the 50th time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career in the Food City 500.

Taking four tires on his final pit stop on Lap 484 of 500, and fortuitously drawing the outside lane for a restart on Lap 491, Johnson surged past four cars that had taken only right-side tires and passed runner-up Tony Stewart for the lead on Lap 494.

Busch, who had led 278 laps and restarted fifth after a four-tire call, was bottled up in the inside lane behind Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards and watched in frustration as Johnson worked past fourth-place finisher Greg Biffle and Stewart for the lead.

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