Monthly Archives: February 2017

Kurt Busch takes his first Daytona 500 with a bold move on the last lap


NASCAR and NBC Sports released the 2016 Whelen Modified TV schedule

The Daytona 500 this past Sunday was run before a sold out crowd.

Pos. Driver Car Time Back (Seconds)
1 Kurt Busch 41
2 Ryan Blaney 21 0.228
3 AJ Allmendinger 47 0.419
4 Aric Almirola 43 1.195
5 Paul Menard 27 1.564
6 Joey Logano 22 2.196
7 Kasey Kahne 5 2.288
8 Michael Waltrip 15 8.827
9 Matt DiBenedetto 32 9.452
10 Trevor Bayne 6 9.582
2017 Monster Energy Series Standings
Pos. Driver Car Points
1 Kurt Busch 41 56
2 Ryan Blaney 21 44
3 Joey Logano 22 43
4 Kevin Harvick 4 42
5 AJ Allmendinger 47 39
6 Aric Almirola 43 37
7 Kyle Larson 42 36
8 Chase Elliott 24 33
9 Denny Hamlin 11 33
10 Paul Menard 27 32

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Phil Jacques keeping dream alive at Thompson Speedway

Don Hoenigs Flea Market is the largest event of it's kind in New England motorsports.

Thompson Speedway will be the first track in New England to open for the 2017 racing season on the weekend of  March 31-April 2.

The Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Limited Sportsman Division has a reputation for being one of the most competitive in New England. This makes the achievement of Phil Jacques, driver of the No. 77 entry, even more impressive.  Heading into Icebreaker 2016 he was focused on consistency; finishing every race and keeping the car in one piece. Continue reading

Corliss, Linardy post first official ACT full-season entries

This Sunday, April 17 ACT and PASS will host its first doubleheader.This time at Oxford Plains Speedway in ME.  (Credit; ACT/PASS Tours photo.)

ACT Tour competitors look ahead to the 2017 ACT Tour season.




Barre, VT’s Jason Corliss and Somerville, MA’s Jim Linardy have filed the first official full season entries for the American Canadian Tour’s (ACT’s) 2017 season.  The 10-race ACT Late Model Tour Championship will kick off on Sunday, April 9 with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway. Continue reading

Truck and Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derby, Drag Racing coming to Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Devil's Bowl Speedway   

New motorsports events to highlight busy summer


The ground will shake in 2017 with a series of exciting, all-new motorsports events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The scenic Vermont facility has added a slate of new, high-adrenalin attractions for motorsports fans of all kinds, promising to bring a thrill to fans of all types of horsepower.  While weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned stock car racing continues on the asphalt oval on Saturday nights and on the dirt oval on Sunday nights, the new events will offer a different style of heart-pounding action.

Trucks and tractors will have a thundering presence at Devil’s Bowl in 2017.  The inaugural “Rutland County Rumble” will be held on Saturday, May 13, as the region’s top pulling tractors and trucks will be on hand for an intense display of power and torque.  The popular Altered Farm Tractor class will headline the program, and also chasing the “full pull” will be three truck divisions: Super Stock 4×4, 2.6 Pro Diesel, and 2.5 Diesel.

The pulling event begins at 12:00 noon on May 13, followed that same evening by a wild-and-crazy Demolition Derby – the first at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in several years.  The hard-hitting smashfest is open to any 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder car and will see action through heats, consolations, and a $1,000-to-win feature event.

Truck & Tractor Pulls return on Saturday, July 8, at 12:00 noon, for a second earthshaking event with the same four classes.  The pulling show kicks off “Fast ‘N’ Dirty Weekend” which also features the New England Pro Truck Series in the “Fast 55” Saturday night on the Asphalt Track and the “Dirty 30” Sunday night on the Dirt Track.

Devil’s Bowl is also revving up with another kind of straight-line speed at the brand new “Show & Go” Wednesday Night Drag Series.   The four-race series is old-school fun all the way: A 200-foot, two-lane drag strip will be set up on the frontstretch of the Asphalt Track with heads-up, double-elimination bracket races crowning winners in each class.  Trophies and bragging rights will be on the line on May 24, June 21, July 19, and August 23.

The drags are open to anyone with a valid driver’s license, with no experience required.  Virtually any kind of motorized vehicle is welcome including cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, ATVs, and more; vehicles will be paired up with similar entries across a variety of racing brackets.  Pit passes will be just $10.00, plus a $10.00 registration fee per bracket for racers.  Grandstand admission is just $5.00 per person and free for kids age 12 and under.

Also on tap for the first time are the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience.  Fans can strap in and drive or ride along in real Late Models, Modifieds, and Sprint Cars following a morning training curse with professional instructors.  The Wallace Racing Experience will be at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on the Asphalt Track on Saturday, August 26, and on the Dirt Track on Sunday, August 27; for more information, visit or

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of U.S. Route 4, Exit 2.  For more information, visit or call (802) 265-3112.


Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven, Vt.

2017 Schedule of Special Events (schedule subject to change)                                                                                                                     

Sat., May 13 – 12:00 p.m. – “Rutland County Rumble” –Truck & Tractor Pulls/Demolition Derby

Wed., May 24 – 7:00 p.m. – Show & Go Wednesday Night Drag Series

Wed., June 21 – 7:00 p.m. – Show & Go Wednesday Night Drag Series

Sat., July 8 – 12:00 p.m. – “Fast ‘N’ Dirty Weekend” – Truck & Tractor Pulls

Wed., July 19 – 7:00 p.m. – Show & Go Wednesday Night Drag Series

Wed., Aug. 23 – 7:00 p.m. – Show & Go Wednesday Night Drag Series

Sat., Aug. 26 – 9:00 a.m. – Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Sun., Aug. 27 – 9:00 a.m. – Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Justin St. Louis, Media Director/Devil’s Bowl  Speedways


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Results of the Xfinity Series race at Daytona

NASCAR and NBC Sports released the 2016 Whelen Modified TV schedule

Source: Report


NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 Results
Position Driver Car No.
1 Ryan Reed 16
2 Kasey Kahne 88
3 Austin Dillon 2
4 Brad Keselowski 22
5 Brendan Gaughan 62
6 Scott Lagasse Jr. 24
7 Joey Gase 52
8 Garrett Smithley 0
9 William Byron 9
10 Harrison Rhodes 1

With one race in the books, Reed tops the Xfinity Series standings with a nine-point lead over Brendan Gaughan. Here is a rundown of the current top 10:

NASCAR Xfinity Series Standings
Position Driver Points Behind Leader Wins
1 Ryan Reed 47 Leader 1
2 Brendan Gaughan 38 -9 0
3 Elliott Sadler 33 -14 0
4 Scott Lagasse Jr. 31 -16 0
5 Matt Tifft 31 -16 0
6 Dakoda Armstrong 31 -16 0
7 Joey Gase 30 -17 0
8 Garrett Smithley 29 -18 0
9 Blake Koch 29 -18 0
10 William Byron 28 -19 0

Saturday’s race rewarded those who were skilled and fortunate enough to avoid crashes, as only 20 of 40 cars remained on the track at the conclusion of the event.

Brad Keselowski was in control during the early going by leading nine of the first 10 laps, but one miscue can prove catastrophic at Daytona, and it resulted in him getting shuffled back several positions, as seen in this video courtesy of Fox Sports: NASCAR:

The fireworks truly began on lap No. 23, however, as the first of many big wrecks occurred when Tyler Reddick and Scott Lagasse Jr. traded paint.

A total of 20 cars were involved in the incident, which resulted in a red flag temporarily stopping the race:


The action resumed following a lengthy cleanup process, but it wasn’t long before the race was forced to be halted again.

On the 29th lap, Daniel Hemric knocked Justin Allgaier off-kilter, and the result was a 12-car pileup that claimed several top contenders:

Of the drivers who were knocked out of the race, Allgaier, Erik Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., Brandon Jones and 2016 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez all qualified for the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase last season.

Following the crash, Suarez felt as though the drivers made some tactical errors, per Joe Menzer of “It was way too early to be racing each other that hard.”

According to Tom Jensen of, NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick expressed his belief that inexperience was to blame for the accidents:

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Westborough’s Kaz Grala wins his first Craftsman Truck race of his career at Daytona International Speedway after a wild finish

Kaz Grala
Kaz Grala (33) races alongside Christopher Bell during Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Dave Moulthrop Photo)
Source:  Courtesy of National Speed Sport News



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eighteen-year-old Kaz Grala of Westborough, MA avoided a last-lap melee during Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona Int’l Speedway to score his first series victory. Continue reading

Leo Cleary Memorial set for next Friday, March 3 in Rockland, MA

leo cleary

Paved track NASCAR Modified great will be remembered by all of his fans and fellow competitors at his Memorial in Rockland, MA next Friday March 3 from 5-8 p.m.



Just got the word from Ed Gendreau about the Leo Cleary Memorial that will be held at the McGoun-Biggins Funeral Home on 135 Union St. in Rockland, MA 02370 next Friday, March 3 from 5-8 pm. Expect to see a lot racing folks turn out for this memorial because Leo had a lot of fans and friends.

Results of Can-Am Duels at Daytona

NASCAR and NBC Sports released the 2016 Whelen Modified TV schedule

NASCAR’s 2017 racing season is off and running at Daytona International Speedway

2017   Can-Am Duel 1    –  Sprint Cup Series

Feb 23  –  Daytona International Speedway  –  60 laps  –  150 miles
Leaderboard – Final Points Avg. mph
Chase Elliott #24 – Chevrolet
10 160.095
Jamie McMurray #1 – Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick #4 – Ford
Brad Keselowski #2 – Ford
Matt Kenseth #20 – Toyota
Trevor Bayne #6 – Ford
Aric Almirola #43 – Ford
Joey Logano #22 – Ford
Cole Whitt #72 – Ford
Daniel Suarez #19 – Toyota
Kyle Busch #18 – Toyota
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 – Ford
Matt DiBenedetto #32 – Ford
Landon Cassill #34 – Ford
Joey Gase #23 – Toyota
Corey LaJoie #83 – Toyota
Brendan Gaughan #175 – Chevrolet
Paul Menard #27 – Chevrolet
Reed Sorenson #55 – Toyota
Martin Truex Jr. #78 – Toyota
Chris Buescher #37 – Chevrolet

The results from Can-Am Duel No. 2:

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Kurt Busch
4. AJ Allmendinger
5. Austin Dillon
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Danica Patrick
8. Ryan Newman
9. Kyle Larson
10. Ty Dillon
11. David Ragan
12. Michael McDowell
13. Jimmie Johnson
14. Kasey Kahne
15. DJ Kennington
16. Elliott Sadler
17. Michael Waltrip
18. Jeffrey Earnhardt
19. Erik Jones
20. Ryan Blaney
21. Timmy Hill

Source: Today

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Bradley McCaskill in unexpected position for PASS return to Southern National on March 3

All of the PASS divisions including the Super Late Models will call it a season this Saturday, October 15 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine.  (Credit: PASS Tour photo.)

The PASS Super Late Model tour will open the 2017 racing season at Southern National on Friday, March 3 at the Southern National Speedway in NC. (Credit: PASS Tour photo.)


In the early 2000s, the ranks of Super Late Model racing in the southeast were shrinking.  The few tracks that featured the division, which included Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC, were eliminating them and there was not a series for teams to follow.  By the winter of 2005, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry decided to take a big risk in expanding his sanctioning body that was already finding success in New England. Continue reading

Devil’s Bowl Speedway to receive $10,000 Capital Improvement Grant from NASCAR

Devil's Bowl Speedway

                                                 Projects to be completed with help from sanctioning body

Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway already has its first “win” in the 2017 stock car racing season.  An announcement was made on Saturday, February 18, during a conference at The Plaza Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., that the Rutland County facility has been awarded a $10,000 grant from NASCAR for capital improvements and facility upgrades.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway enters its 51st season of stock car racing in 2017 and its seventh consecutive year under NASCAR sanction.  Located on Route 22A in pastoral West Haven, Vt., the venue has the unique distinction as the only facility in North America with two weekly short tracks – a 1/2-mile Asphalt Track and a 3/10-mile Dirt Track – competing in the grassroots NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

The $10,000 grant has been earmarked to help complete two projects at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Once finished, a technical inspection building – the shell of which was erected in 2015 – will provide officials and race teams with a pit area garage to perform pre-race and post-race work.  In addition, a large section of pavement in the pit area that has been damaged by weather and erosion will be excavated and replaced.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway was one of 10 tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series selected to receive the capital improvement grant.  The footprint of the tracks receiving funds is remarkably widespread, including Alaska Raceway Park near Anchorage, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway, East Carolina Motor Speedway in North Carolina, New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, Meridian Speedway in Idaho, Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia, Wisconsin’s Spring Lake Speedway, Tucson Speedway in Arizona, and Canada’s Eastbound International Speedway in Newfoundland & Labrador.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway previously received a NASCAR grant in 2012.

“It’s an honor to receive the capital improvement funding again,” Devil’s Bowl Speedway promoter Mike Bruno said.  “We are fully committed to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and programs like this are why.  NASCAR treats our race teams incredibly well, and it’s great that they’re reinvesting in the tracks, too.  We are always trying to improve at Devil’s Bowl, and the grant money is a huge help.”

Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing season begins on Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. with the highly-anticipated return of the historic “Spring Green” event.  Weekly racing begins on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, every Saturday night and Sunday night.

Source: Justin St. Louis/Devil’s Bowl Speedways PR.


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