By Lou Modestino

As the Granite State Pro Stock Series enters its 3rd season of competition in 2014 there are changes ahead. Series President Mike Parks stated today that the afflation with Modified Racing Series will come to a close at the end of 2013. The Race day operations will all remain the same so things will continue as normal. Parks and the entire staff of the GSPSS wish to thank Jack Bateman and the entire group from the Modified Racing Series for their help the last two seasons. As we enter our 3rd season we are ready to stand on our own two feet. We are currently working on the 2014 schedule with a 12 to 14 race schedule. Series officials stated the schedule will be released at the 2013 Awards Banquet on Friday Dec 27th.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.
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By Lou Modestino

On October 19th, the sound of high-powered engines will once again be present on the Groveton high banks of Riverside Speedway.

Five divisions will be making the trek to try and win some big money for the 2nd annual North Country Ford Fall Brawl. Late Models will be coming in droves to try their hand at picking up the $10,000 check for winning the Fall Brawl, the biggest winner’s purse ever at Riverside Speedway.

Two-time Thunder Road track champ and 2013 Milk Bowl winner Nick Sweet has publicly thrown his name into the hat, as well as “The Punisher” Wayne Helliwell, Jr, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr, last year’s winner Derrick O’Donnell, and 4-time Riverside track champ Bryan Mason.

Helliwell has already qualified by winning the Subway Fresh Fit 150 at Canaan, NH earlier this year, and another driver will have a chance to punch his ticket to the feature at the Fall Brawl by winning this weekend’s Late Model event at Oktoberfest in Lee, NH. This 200 lap event brought fans to the edge of their seat last year, and looks to do the same in 2013.
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The Last Party Weekend at the Lee USA Speedway is just around the corner. The 28th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend presented by Haffner’s will commence October 11, 12, &13. Whether it’s gasoline, propane, or home heating oil, “for more than 80 years, Haffner’s has been dedicated to customer satisfaction with quality service and quality products at competitive prices” and has been a fervent Lee USA Speedway supporter for many years.

Over 300 racing cars from all over the northeast are expected to compete in 14 exciting feature events. All four regular NASCAR Whelen Weekly Racing Series divisions will be in action along with four major racing series events, and cars and competitors from many other New England tracks. Oktoberfest Weekend is traditionally Lee USA’s premier autumn classic and a trophy from Oktoberfest is one that every driver wants.
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By Lou Modestino

It was day one of the two day affair at Oxford Plains Speedway, known as P.A.S.S. Championship Weekend. On this night, the Oxford Acceleration Series took center stage with four divisions in action on Ripley and Fletcher Ford night. Winners included Kyle Hewins, Nate Dubuc, Chad Binette, and Rachel Dubois.

The premiere division of the night was the 50 lap Outlaw feature event. By virtue of the heads-up start format Kyle Hewins started on the pole and never wavered the entire event. Hewins was dogged for more than 30 laps by Troy Jordan and Jonah Farrington. With five laps to go Jordan dove underneath Hewins in turn three and looked to make the pass, but unfortunately a lapped car spun directly in front of the leaders, and Jordan, with nowhere to go, crashed his mount out of the feature event. On the restart, Hewins got the jump and never looked back. Chris Burgess raced home second ahead of Kyle Treadwell, Farrington and Matt Dufault. Heat checkers flew for Hewins and Farrington.
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By Lou Modestino

The 51st Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will return to its historic three (3) 50-lap segment format on Sunday, October 6 at Barre’s Thunder Road. In recent years, the final two segments had been run with extended 75-laps. After listening to the fans, it has been decided that the shortened 50-lap segments will create more “edge of your seat” action.

“The 50-lap segments were always more volatile,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley. “The third and final segment was the highlight of the Milk Bowl, as drivers had to go flat out every lap. The 75-lap segments allowed drivers to relax and gave them too much time to work their way through traffic. That isn’t what the Milk Bowl is about. It’s about white-knuckled, up-on-the-wheel, three-wide for the win action. It’s what makes the Milk Bowl the ‘Toughest Short Track Event in North America’.”

While the shortened segments will bring the overall scores up, it should also put more drivers in a spot to win the overall, as they head into the third and final segment. The Milk Bowl uses a combined scoring system, with the winner of each segment receiving one (1) point, second two (2), etc. with the lowest combined score winning the Milk Bowl. The finishing order from each segment is partially inverted to line up the next segment.
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By Lou Modestino

Adam Norton, Eddie Brehio III, Mike Stebbins, Joe Ethier, and Kyle Boniface won the battles Saturday, Sept. 14, at Monadnock Speedway. But of the quintet of feature winner, only Brehio achieved the ultimate conquest of winning his division’s season championship.

While Norton earned his fifth victory of the summer in the blockbuster Sportsman Modified division, Bill Kimball was content to hold his position further back and lock up his third speedway championship. Likewise in the Mini Stock main event, where Mike Stebbins rocketed to his fourth win of the season, with Beth Adams following him under the checkers to earn her first track title.

Ed Lofland copped the 2013 Thunder Stock championship with a risky strategy, but one that paid off. While Joe Ethier earned his first victory of the season, Lofland was content to ride in third, tying Ethier in points, but grabbing the title on a tiebreaker, outnumbering the night’s winner in feature victories by a five-to-one margin.
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By Lou Modestino

This Saturday, September 14th, marks the end of the regular season for all divisions at Riverside Speedway on Roger’s Campground Championship Night. The battle most fans are keeping an eye on, the Sign Depot Limited Late Model top two drivers are separated by a mere 1 point. “Hollywood” Chandler Davis has been trailing most of the year, but gained just enough points to give him the advantage over Doug Laleme entering Championship Night. Sitting third, still mathematically in the hunt, Jourdan Davis is just 25 points from the lead. The Sign Depot Limited Late Models have put on a heck of a show all year long, and look to continue that trend this Saturday.

The Angels division has a great finish waiting in the wings. Vanessa Brown leads the way with 567 points, but is flanked by Jenna Randall with 562 points, and Tina Leveille with 561. Brown and Randall have racked up the wins this year, but Leveille’s consistency has kept her right in the hunt. Keep an eye on these ladies as they engage in battle on Roger’s Campground Championship Night.
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NEW ENGLAND MOTORSPORTS NORTH
By Lou Modestino

On Saturday night September 7th, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will invade the high banked ¼ mile of the Riverside Speedway in Groveton NH. This will mark the first visit to Riverside for the GSPSS. “We are looking forward to bringing Pro Stock/Super Late Model racing back to Riverside”, stated series president Mike Parks A limited number of teams have turned laps on the ¼ mile but all and all it will be a first for 90% of the teams.

Current point leader Jeremy Davis hopes to turn his recent string of bad luck around, Davis holds a slim 7 point lead over defending Thompson Speedway champion Mike O’Sullivan. As with Davis, O’Sullivan has struggled over the last couple of events. Third place point man Matt Frahm has been on a roll over the last few events and has turned the most laps on the ¼ mile oval, Frahm is one of the favorites for the event. Rounding out the top 5 in the point standings is former Oxford 250 champion Larry Gelinas and longtime Pro Stock competitor Mike Parks.
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By Lou Modestino

Todd Stone put an exclamation point on a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, August 23, sweeping a pair of 25-lap features in the track’s headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division. Stone was joined on the winner’s list during the Sugar & Spice Restaurant Night card by Late Model drivers Chris Bergeron and Josh Masterson, Renegade racers Stephen Donahue and Richie Turner, and Mini Stock competitors Jake Noble and Chuck Bradford.

Stone put on a passing clinic in the two main events, driving from 12th and 13th starting positions in the respective feature races. The Middlebury, VT driver was unstoppable in the opening race, driving from the back to pass Dave Snow for the lead at lap 15 and then cruising to an easy victory. Joe Williams of Scotia, NY came from seventh to take the runner-up spot, with Joey Roberts of Fletcher, VT third. Snow, of Brandon, VT, held on for a career-best fourth, with Vince Quenneville, Jr., of Brandon, VT fifth.
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By Lou Modestino

Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald of Rowley, MA came from 11th on the field to take the win in the American Canadian Tour 150-lap event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 17. MacDonald held off fierce competition over the final 13 lap sprint to take the victory.

MacDonald took over the lead from Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. after starting in the outside lane on a lap 131 restart. It looked like MacDonald would win easily until the fourth and final caution of the event flew on lap 137. This setup up the final battle with MacDonald and Polewarczyk on the front row followed by rookies Bobby Therrien and Travis Stearns.

Therrien made a veteran move to the inside of MacDonald following the restart, kicking Polewarczyk back to third. The Rookie and the Outlaw battled with Therrien on the inside and MacDonald trying to keep him pinched down. The pair raced door-to-door with Therrien gaining the edge at the line for the lead on two laps. MacDonald kept the momentum on the outside and dispatched Therrien with two to go. It then turned into a three-way fight for the runner-up spot as Polewarczyk, Therrien and Stearns took the checkered flag three-wide.
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