From the monthly archives: "April 2011"

RICHMOND, Va.—With a dominant car that led 199 laps Friday night, Denny Hamlin won the Bubba Burger 250 Nationwide Series race when the third caution of the race slowed the action after Hamlin had taken the white flag to start Lap 251.

A day after winning his own late-model charity race at his hometown .75-mile short track, Hamlin covered the field in his No. 20 Toyota and picked up his first Nationwide Series victory in his second start of the season. The win was the 11th of Hamlin’s career. Read Full Article →

Lonnie Sommerville: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Preview

THE STORY

Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, kicks off his first full-time season of PASS North Series competition with the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. Sommerville has competed several times as a part-time fixture in PASS North with his own team, but this season marks his move to Mulkern Racing to run the entire slate. Sommerville has some experience at Beech Ridge, most notably having led the PASS 300 at the track for several laps last September.

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story by Chris Roy

Evan Beaulieu one of the drivers in the NELCAR Legend Series, will be racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway this weekend. Evan won his 1st NELCAR race at BRMS, and won 2 more times at BRMS before seasons end. Though the 56 car had an amazing season, it finished the 2010 season in 2nd place missing the NELCAR Championship by only 12 points, behind Bob Weymouth. The legends ran their 1st race of the season a few weeks back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, after recovering from an on track incident during one of the restarts Evan, was able to finish the race in 4th place to kick off the 2011 season.
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Scott Mulkern: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Preview

THE STORY

Scott Mulkern of Falmouth, Maine, heads to his home track for the PASS North Series season-opening PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. Mulkern, races the three PASS races at Beech Ridge each season as part of his part-time schedule and he has a best career finish of third on several occasions at the facility in PASS North competition. This season marks the 30th anniversary of Mulkern Racing, as Mulkern began his racing career at Beech Ridge in 1981 in the the Limited Sportsman class.

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Mulkern, Sommerville Ready To Join Forces In 2011

FALMOUTH, Maine – They take two different approaches to their racing, but in the end they have a common goal. Mulkern Racing’s drivers just want to win.

“Obviously, in my mind I want to win the championship,” said the latest addition to the Mulkern Racing lineup, Canadian driver Lonnie Sommerville. “But I’m not going to finish sixth when I could have won the race because I’m worrying just about points. If you win races, points will take care of themselves.

“But at the same time, you have to be smart about it – but that’s what makes good race car drivers.”
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Joey Doiron: PASS North Series
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Race Preview

THE STORY

Joey Doiron aims to collect his first career PASS North Series win when the series opens the 2011 season with the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Saturday, April 30. Doiron won the 2010 Rookie of the Year award in the series, a march he started with a career-best finish of fourth in this very race. Doiron started his racing career at Beech Ridge and considers it his home track. Doiron is coming off a DNF at “The Race” at North Wilkesboro Motor Speedway earlier this month after a blown tire ended his day prematurely.

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Austin Theriault: ACT Late Model Tour
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THE STORY

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, looks for a second straight Top-10 to open the season when the ACT Late Model Tour competes in the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., on Sunday, May 1. Theriault finished seventh in the season-opening event at Lee USA Speedway two weeks ago in his debut with RPM Motorsports, and he’s returning to the site of one of the most impressive performances of his 2010 rookie season. Last June, Theriault finished seventh in his first-ever trip to Thunder Road, prompting ACT president Tom Curley to call it “the most impressive Thunder Road since Dave Dion.”

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Brian Hoar: ACT Late Model Tour
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THE STORY

Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., looks to keep his momentum rolling when the ACT Late Model Tour visits Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., for the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 1. Hoar has won the last two ACT-sanctioned events, including a Goodyear Speedweeks Cup 100 in New Smyrna, Fla., in February and the ACT Tour season opener at Lee USA Speedway two weeks ago. Hoar is the owner of a record 29 career ACT victories and, as the early points leader, has a leg up in his quest for a third straight and eighth overall Tour title. Five of his ACT victories have come at Thunder Road, where he was also the 1999 track champion.
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Barre, VT – The 2011 Thunder Road stock car season will see three divisional track champions enter the Rookie of the Year running at the next level. While the champions will lead the way, the majority of the rookie class will be made up of new faces at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

“The 2011 rookie class is shaping up with a lot of new drivers, which is a different from seasons past. Normally we see a lot more movement through the divisions, but this season the new faces will add a new dynamic,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley. “It’s always exciting watching new drivers develop.”
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Waterbury, VT – The 13th annual Merchants Bank 150 will open the new season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 1, 2011. There is no track on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) schedule that presents a bigger challenge to the ACT regular touring teams than Thunder Road and its regular teams. As many as eight (8) former Thunder Road “King of the Road” champions are expected to be at the opening event.

Defending ACT Champion and 2011 point leader coming out of the opening event at Lee USA Speedway, Brian Hoar said, “I have had some pretty good success over the years at Thunder Road, I even won the King of the Road title in 1999, but that seems like a long, long time ago.”
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Cody Hodgson: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
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THE STORY

Cody Hodgson of Escalon, Calif., will compete alongside the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, April 28. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate sits 12th overall in the K&N Pro Series East standings as the series heads to its first standalone Richmond event in history – on the undercard of a Saturday night Cup race at the .75-mile track. Better yet, Hodgson is fifth in the standings among a field of 24 rookies who have made a start in the series already this season.
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Naples ME (4/25) The 2011 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North campaign goes green at Scarborough Maine’s famed Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday April 30 with all three PASS touring series on track for the first time this season. Every team is tied for the points lead and a good start to the yearl builds momentum for the races to come.

The PASS North Super Late Models, Mods, and Sportsman highlight the season opener and its the perfect cure for those off season racing blues.
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Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour will continue contingency programs from Bassett Race Wheels, Five-Star Race Car Bodies, Racing Electronics and Race Basics Chassis for the 2011 season. These four companies provide product certificates for each event on the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série Castrol Edge, as well as contribute to the yearly point funds.

Five-Star Race Car Bodies of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin has been working with ACT the longest of the four companies. They started their program with ACT in 1991 and they’ve signed on through the 2013 season. Along with certificates for body parts for each ACT event they also raffle off a certificate for a full body at the annual Banquet of Champions held each January.
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