From the monthly archives: "July 2010"

Claremont, NH – Newport, NH’s Mark Hayward earned his first career ACT Late Model Tour win at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on Friday, July 30. Hayward took the lead from Twin State regular Aaron Fellows, who led the first 52 laps of the 100 lap event. Hayward held off the likes of Ben Rowe, current ACT Tour point leader Brian Hoar and Randy Potter over the remaining 48 laps to take the win.

Rowe took second while Fellows finished third. Potter and Jeff Zuidema rounded out the top five. TJ Watson worked his way from his 20th starting position to take sixth followed by John Donahue, Hoar, last week’s Beech Ridge winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and rookie Austin Theriault completing the top ten.

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Rookie Chris McKinstry of East Thetford, VT grabbed his second NEMST victory of the season in dramatic fashion by only 1 inch over Tim Boyle. McKinstry started deep in the field in 15th place but rallied to the front by lap 10.

Early race action saw Tim Collins lead the first lap but that was short lived as the flyin’ Scirocco of Loren Smith overtook Collins on lap 2 where he lead all the way until the halfway point of the event. On lap 8 McKinstry poked his Mustang out in front of all the other competitors to bring the field back around to the stripe. On lap 10 there was contact on the backstretch between Tim Boyle and Loren Smith, that sent Smith into the wall causing some suspension damage ending the night for the 41 car. On the restart McKinstry showed the way but Boyle was fighting hard on the outside and pulled even down every straightaway.

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Ben Rowe: PASS North Series – Riverside Speedway Race Preview

Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, is the PASS North Series’ most recent winner as the series heads to the Summerfest 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Saturday, July 31. Rowe took round three of the PASS National Championship Series by winning the PASS 75 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway last week for his second win of the season. He’s never won at Riverside Speedway — one of the few PASS tracks where he’s never visitied victory lane — but has closed to within 14 points of leader Johnny Clark atop the standings with five races to go. In eight starts this year, he’s yet to miss the top-10 and has seven top-five finishes.

WHO: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine
TEAM: No. 48 Community Pharmacies Dodge

WHAT: PASS North Series Summerfest 150
WHERE: Riverside Speedway, Groveton, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
WHEN: 5 p.m., Saturday, July 31

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Barre, VT – Jeffersonville’s Joey Becker eanred his fourth career Thunder Road Late Model feature win on WDEV/Calkins night on Thursday, July 29. Becker worked his way through the field from his seventh starting position to take the lead on lap 27 from rookie Cody Blake. He held off Senator Phil Scott and Nick Sweet through six more caution flags to earn the win.

Scott took second while Sweet finished third. Last week’s feature winner Rich Lowrey earned fourth and Cris Michaud rounded out the top five. Eric Chase took sixth, while point leader Dave Pembroke bounced back from an early spin to earn seventh. Matt White, Jay Laquerre and Brooks Clark completed the top ten.

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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today another list of potential race teams that may be invited to compete in the second annual ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the opening weekend for the NASCAR Chase weekend on September 17-19, 2010.

Two full days of practice at NHMS will be divided between over 70 invited attendees. With just eight (8) teams guaranteed spots in the expanded field of 43 starters, the test sessions will go a long way in deciding who will get the ‘at large’ invitations to what has become one of the most anticipated events of the year for short track fans and teams in the Northeast and eastern Canada.

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Vertical Outlaws Wow Crowd

Douglas Has Night To Remember

By Caleb Lamb

OXFORD, Maine – With memories from the TD Bank 250 still fresh in the drivers’ minds, both the Acceleration Series and Championship Series divisions got a well-deserved week off from competition. However, there was still plenty of action at the Oxford oval with the third of four Motor Mayhems this year, presented by Aaron’s, taking place.

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For the first time in NEMST’s brief history the touring series is heading to one of the fastest racing facilities in New England. Thompson International Speedway is hosting their inaugural Mini Stock Challenge featuring a 15 lap NASCAR mini stock race, a 20 lap NEMST points race, and then taking the top ten from each race and holding a 20 lap mini stock shootout to see who has the fastest mini in the north east. The winner of the shootout event will be rewarded with additional purse as well as a guaranteed starting spot in the four cylinder nationals being held at Seekonk Speedway on October 2nd.

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Ste-Croix, QC – St-Felicien’s Karl Allard won his fourth Serie ACT Castrol Edge event of the season at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC on Monday, July 26. Allard started in the 10th position and took the lead from Jimmy Cormier after a lap 28 restart. He then held off Patrick Laperle through five more restarts and led the remaining 72 laps.

Laperle had to settle for second while Cormier got back by Donald Theetge late in the race to earn third. Theetge came home fourth followed by Jean-Francois Dery rounding out the top five. Patrick Hamel, Sylvain Lacombe, Max Descoste, Jacques Poulin and Stephane Descoste completed the top ten.

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The race for the championship begins!

The race for the first Maine Late Model championship began this Sunday at The Center of Speed, Wiscasset Raceway! 24 Late Models from all over the state lined up on the front stretch for the first of three Maine Alliance races. The 100 lap feature started with a wave off from all of the drivers as the paraded past the grandstands. The three heat winners started up front with Darren Ripley in his #70 “big race car” starting in the pole position. Also starting up front on Sunday were heat winners Michael Landry in the #40 and Nick Reno in the #41. Corey Morgan, coming off his top 3 Oxford 250 finish, also started up front in the #26 car. Two generations of Maine racers, Dave “Boss Hogg” and Josh St. Clair driving the #14 and #33 also ended up up front with second place heat finishes.

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LEE, NH- For the first time since 2004, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series will
compete in a short track event in the state of New Hampshire this Friday
night with the running of a 125-lap feature event at the Lee USA Speedway.

The evening activities will also include a reunion of competitors and
members from the NASCAR North Series. Dick McCabe, Bobby and Beaver Dragon,
Joey Kourafas, Andy Santerre, Mike and Ben Rowe, and Brad Leighton are just
a few of the names who will be on hand for an autograph session at 5:30 PM.

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Naples ME – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) traveling road show heads for northern New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway this weekend, headlining the Saturday July 31 edition of Summerfest 2010 at the tough little bullring nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River.

The PASS North Super Late Models will transition from the fastest track on the schedule to the series’ tightest when they pay their annual visit to the Groveton New Hampshire quarter mile. Ben Rowe is coming off a win at Thompson International Speedway where the average speeds reach 120 miles per hour, but the short track superstar is equally at home on the quarter miles. Still Rowe doesn’t have a “Grovetona” win to his credit, unlike Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark and Kelly Moore.

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Steve Carrier and Corey Bubar headline Beech Ridge winners.

Scarborough,Maine-Steve Carrier notched his second NASCAR Pro Series feature win on Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Corey Bubar was the winner of the Sport Series main event with Matt Gain taking the Wildcat win. Shawn Brackett rounded out the night of winners with the Road Runner checkered flag. The NASCAR Pro Series 40 lap race was led to the green flag by Jay Sands who led the opening 11 laps. Steve Carrier moved into contention and found racing room to the inside of Sands on the 12th circuit to move to the front. Back in the fourth position behind third place running Chuck Colby, 6 cars were in a 3-row side by side race for position. While the racing back in the field was tight, Carrier was pulling away and took the race win in a caution free 40 lap dash. Jay Sands was second with Chuck Colby third. Bill Rodgers won the battle for fourth place with Dan McKeage fifth.

Corey Bubar posted his second 35 lap Sports Series win on Saturday night. Bubar moved around pole sitter Don Morse on lap 22 after the two drivers spent the previous 7 laps side by side for the lead. Bubar was able to cruise home from that point for the won with Morse finishing second and Lyman McKeage third. Reggie Leeman came home fourth ahead of Chris Smith in fifth.

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Scarborough, ME – Hudson, NH’s Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. earned Ford its first ACT Late Model Tour win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, July 24. Pole moved from his fourth starting position to take the lead on lap 14. He held the lead and lapped the majority of the field until lap 83.


On the lap 83 restart Pole lost the lead to Farmington, ME’s Jeff Taylor, who also competes with a Ford crate engine. Taylor held onto the lead for 13 laps before Pole took back over for good. Taylor remained in second until he blew a tire with just under 20 laps remaining.

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NAPLES ME (7/23) Ben Rowe found a way to get around Preston Peltier with four laps to go in Thursday night’s Thompson (CT) International Speedway Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late model feature to capture the victory in race number three of the 2010 PASS National Championship Series. PASS South and National point leader Peltier settled for second after leading most of the seventy five lap sprint and PASS North point leader Johnny Clark claimed third. Jay Fogleman and Lonnie Sommerville raced home fourth and fifth.

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Burgess, Bellows make it two straight wins at Unity Raceway

Unity, ME – Jeff Burgess of Fairfield won his second straight Late Model feature race Friday night, topping the card at Unity Raceway. Other feature winners on the program included Brad Bellows of China, Andy Turbovsky of Winslow, Cary Davis of Solon, Gregg Cummings of Augusta, Justin Moore of Madison, Mika Wilson of Chelsea, Jayson Bosworth of Cornville and Alex Fernald of Benton.

Burgess had turned around a dismal season the previous week with a triumphant run in his Late Model, and Friday night the veteran car builder made it back-to-back feature victories in the top class at Unity Raceway.

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