From the monthly archives: "June 2010"

NAPLES ME (6/28) The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) will take to the track twice in 24 hours as we celebrate our country’s’ birthday , and both events are guaranteed to add a big dose of excitement to your holiday weekend.

The PASS South super late models get the party started on Friday evening July 2nd with a stop at Greenville-Pickens Speedway for the Firecracker 125. The venerable facility was once a hotbed for southern super late model racing and the stars of PASS South have revived that tradition for the appreciative and knowledgeable fans that frequent the track. David Pearson, Ralph Earnhardt Sr., Robert Pressley, and Pete Silva are but a few of the well known racers that have captured Greenville-Pickens Championships.

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Eddie MacDonald came from 21st on the starting grid in the K&N Pro Series
East New Hampshire 125 at NHMS to post a solid tenth place finish. The New
England Mechanical Overlay sponsored Chevy did not have the typical
qualifying run MacDonald and the Grimm Construction Racing Team has come to
expect but the Rowley, Mass. veteran knew he had a fast car.

“We will be just fine for the race, “said MacDonald after the run. “The car
is fast but the nose just wouldn’t drop down but I know it will be good. We
know how to get around this place and we will be ready to make any
adjustments if necessary. We just have to be careful to avoid anything that
happens but we are not going to be patient and sit back. We are going to
go.”

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Lee, NH – Defending champion and current points leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
returned to his winning ways at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, picking up
his fourth victory of the year in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series event for the E Keys 4 Cars Late Models.

A series of early-race incidents sent several cars to the pits for repairs;
with Bryan Kruczek picking up the point on a lap five restart.  Kruczek
maintained the lead point when they reached the crossed flags, but Helliwell
was coming, and in a hurry.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at New Hampshire and Leads Team Chevy Drivers to Four Top-Five and Seven Top-10 Finishes

Loudon, NH – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, scored his fifth victory of the season today in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. It is the four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion’s third win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the 52nd trip to victory lane of his career. He led three times during the day for a total of nine laps.

Johnson remains second in the standings as the Race to the Chase begins, leaving just nine races remaining before the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Johnson led a contingent of four Team Chevy drivers with top-five finishes and a total of seven in the top-10 final finishing order.



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Green-White-Checker finish makes the sparks fly at Orange County

Naples, ME (6/27/10) Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South rookie Andy Loden scored a hat trick Saturday night, capturing three PASS South series wins in a row with his victory in the Southern Sizzler 150 at the Orange County Speedway. A great side-by-side restart between Andy Loden and Jay Fogleman on lap 149 set up a dramatic finish as the two battled down the back stretch with Loden holding the bottom groove with a half a car length lead over Fogleman to the outside as they entered turn three on the white flag lap. It then appeared that Loden drove up the track clipping the right front of Fogleman’s #4 machine almost sending the veteran spinning, giving the win to Loden as the field checked up behind him.

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Unity, Maine – Unity’s Tim Ferreira survived a couple of early scrapes, bouncing back from a mid-race pit stop to roar past his competition and drive to victory lane for the first time this season in the Late Model division feature event at Unity Raceway Saturday night.

 

Clinton’s Cole Robinson dominated in round one for the Geo & Sons Teen Thunder division, while other feature event victories were posted by Nick Huff (Orrington), Ryan Robinson (Waterville), Steve Rackliff (Starks), Lance Chapman (Benton), Justin Moore (Madison), Chelsea Young (Winterport) and Henry Boudreau (Winterport).

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Brian Hoar Claims 26th Career ACT Win in White Mountain 150

North Woodstock, NH – Williston’s Brian Hoar earned his first ACT Late Model Tour win of the season and his 26th career ACT victory. Hoar took the lead on the final restart with 16 laps remaining from Hyde Park’s Eric Williams. Williams would hold on for second followed by Newport, NH’s Mark Hayward.

Hayward started on the pole and led the majority of the race before battling with Williams in the later stages of the race. Williams came from the seventh starting position to take the lead on lap 90. Williams and Hayward then swapped the lead several times before Hoar made his way to the front from the eleventh starting position.

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Childs, Robertson take Jack & Jill Race

Pineo claims Smokey Donut Show again

Bell wins Spectator Drags

by Caleb Lamb

OXFORD, Maine – It was a wild night at Oxford Plains Speedway under a full moon as Motor Mayhem #2 sponsored by Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy came to the track.

The Spectator Drags were the first competition of the night. All cars must have an inspection sticker and be street legal, but they certainly performed like high-powered racing machines. The cars ranged from a VW Bus to a 1998 Pontiac Firebird, but at the end of the preliminaries, only Scott Merrill in a light blue 1994 Honda Accord and Thom Bell in a purple and black 1986 Ford Mustang remained. Bell won the coin toss and chose to start in the inside lane in the best two out of three championship round. He took the first race and then swept past Merrill on the backstretch to win round two and claim the first place trophy.

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Barre, VT – Barre’s Nick Sweet claims his second Thunder Road win of 2010 in the Carquest Governor’s Cup 100 on Friday, June 25. Sweet took the lead from the pole and battled with Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke throughout the 100 lap event. The two would swap the lead twelve times before Sweet got to the front for good on lap 94.

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Ryan Truex grabbed his first win of 2010 with a dominating performance at the New England 125, on the same day he formally announced his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.

Driving the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, Truex started sixth but spent much of the race leading the field.

“We had the best race car and the best team,” said Ryan Truex. “This feels like the Daytona 500 for me. It’s the biggest race of the year for us and it’s really special.”

The 18 year old Mayetta, NJ native is clearly on the fast track to a successful career. He is the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion; the youngest driver to capture the title.

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Jordan Continues to Dominate – Veinott Earns First Victory

by Caleb Lamb

OXFORD, Maine – The Acceleration Series took to the track under overcast skies for the second Wednesday night event of the year. One hundred thirteen cars checked in to compete in the five different divisions competing in eight feature races.

The Renegades kicked off an action packed night of racing with a 10 lap feature. Last week’s winner, Bill Grover suffered some bad luck on lap 1 as he was tagged by William Dunphy Jr and lost some ground to the leaders. The yellow flag flew a few laps later when Dunphy got loose again and spun into the path of Corey Edwards. Edwards slammed into the front of Dunphy’s #4, totaling the car and spilling water all over the track. After a long caution to clean up the water, the yellow flag flew again when Edward’s damaged #05 spun going into turn 1 and slid into the sand pile at the base of one of the light poles. Jamie Heath eventually overcame Mark Turner to take the win after a back and forth battle. Bill Grover finished third after his car dropped well off the pace while he was battling for the lead.

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Juan Pablo Montoya Grabs the Pole at New Hampshire; Team Chevy Drivers Score Three of Top-Five and Five of Top-10 Starters for Lenox Industrial Tools 301

Loudon, NH – Juan Pablo Montoya captured his first pole of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season by putting the No. 42 Target Chevrolet in the number one starting spot of the 43-car field for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.  It is Montoya’s second pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the third of his NSCS career.

Team Chevy drivers captured three of the top-five starting positions for Sunday’s 301-lap/318.46-mile race.  Mark Martin, No. 5 CARQUEST/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet will roll off in the fourth starting position. Ryan Newman will start the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet from fifth on the grid.

Chevrolet drivers in the top-10 after their qualifying runs were Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Zaxby’s Chevrolet  in ninth and four-time defending NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, landing in the 10th starting position.



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Joey Polewarczyk Jr.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Preview

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, N.H., makes his third start of the season when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., for the New England 125 on Friday, June 25. Polewarczyk reunites with car owner Dave Davis, who supplied the ride which produced Polewarczyk’s best careerk K&N Series finish. In 2008, Polewarczyk finished 6th behind the wheel of the same car he will pilot on Friday. Polewarczyk has made two of his five career series starts at New Hampshire, qualifying fourth for last September’s race at the track. In two starts this season with Fadden Racing to open the year, Polewarczyk posted finishes of 11th at Greenville, S.C., and 21st at South Boston, Va.

WHO: Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H.
TEAM: No. 1 Pole’s Automotive Chevrolet
BEST CAREER NEW HAMPSHIRE FINISH: 6th (September 2008)
LAST RACE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: 28th (September 2009)

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Moffitt Surprises With Run – Earns second career NASCAR K&N East pole award

LOUDON, N.H. — There may not have been anybody more surprised that Brett Moffitt earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying Thursday than Moffitt himself.

After only being 21st fastest in practice earlier in the day, Moffitt rolled off a first lap of 30.356 seconds around the 1.058-mile oval for an average speed of 125.471 mph. Going out 29th out of 32 qualifiers for Friday’s New England 125, Moffitt was quick enough to knock New Hampshire native D.J. Shaw off the provisional pole.

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Newman Slows Santos’ Roll – Sprint Cup driver earns Whelen Mod Coors Light Pole at NHMS

LOUDON, N.H. — With the season Bobby Santos is having, it’s taken a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to steal some of his thunder.

Ryan Newman earned the Coors Light Pole Award Thursday for Saturday’s New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.663 mph (128.402) around the 1.058-mile oval. It’s Newman’s sixth pole at New Hampshire, with four coming in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition and the other in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in September 2008.

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