Monthly Archives: January 2018

Mayhew Tools Extends Partnership With NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Driver Doug Coby

Connecticut's Doug Coby will be honored by NASCAR next weekend at the Whelen Modified Tour banquet.  (Credit: NASCAR Home Tracks photo.)

Connecticut’s Doug Coby, NASCAR Modified Champion.   (Credit: NASCAR Home Tracks photo.)



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TURNERS FALLS, Mass. — Mayhew Steel Products, Inc. (Mayhew Tools), has announced an extension of their partnership with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Doug Coby. The No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet, driven by Coby, most recently completed a championship run on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2017, with partnership support from Mayhew.


“They have been a pleasure to work with since day one,” driver Doug Coby said of Mayhew Tools. “Their company attitude really fits well with our team and a lot of people they bring to the races have become like team members for us.”


Although this isn’t Coby’s first opportunity to work with a sponsor in racing, he has definitely enjoyed visiting some events with Mayhew employees and just simply having them attend the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events.


“It’s been really fun because they are new to racing in a sense, and it’s really fun to be able to introduce them to the modifieds,” Coby said. “We are making them modified fans first. They are seeing the power behind the NASCAR tour. It’s really cool to be able to take a hometown type company like Mayhew and pair them into a hometown type series like this one.”


Coby’s incredible run to a fourth straight title during the 2017 racing season included one victory and two pole awards. In total, Coby has 23 wins across 204 career Whelen Modified Tour races. He has also collected four of the last five series championships, winning his most recent title by just six points.


The partnership between Coby, his Mike Smeriglio III racing team and Mayhew is a win-win situation for all involved.


“Doug has a winning program, so that’s someone we would like to be associated with,” John Lawless, the President of Mayhew Tools said. “We make high quality hand tools for professionals, so this connection allows us to help get the word out about our company.”


Coby says the combination has helped improved the team in more than one way.


“They bring such a fresh perspective to us, it was really helpful for us last season when we had a rough season for our standards, but we always had them back at the trailer,” Coby said. “Their positive attitude definitely helped point us in the right direction.”


Even though the combination started just last year, John has been pleased with the success Coby and his team have put forward on the track.


“I don’t know if I can put it into words,” Lawless said of how exciting the success is. “The first third of last season was rough, but you could tell that they were doing everything right. They had some bad luck happen, but they managed to pull it off in the end.”


From a sales and marketing standpoint, the combination is allowing Mayhew Tools to open their horizons into one of the many markets they can excel in.


“I think one of the primary reasons we were able to do this is that one of our largest markets is in automotive,” Eric Mills, the VP of Sales and Marketing at Mayhew Tools said. “A lot of people who work on their cars are using our tools, and a lot of those people are race fans.”


Much like Mills, Bianca Law, the Marketing Coordinator at Mayhew, was excited to see Coby have so much success in their first season together.


“This partnership gets the Mayhew name out there and it brings brand awareness for us as a company,” Law said. “I got to meet Doug when we brought the car out to one of our trade shows. It was great to get to see the race car and learn about it all.”


In 2016, Mayhew Tools served as the associate sponsor of Bob Garbarino’s famed Mystic Missile on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with driver Jimmy Blewett. A racing sponsorship provides both Mayhew and their racing partner, Coby, a chance to showcase the tools the company provides for all.


In 2018, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule includes nine different racetracks and teams will travel across seven different states. The season begins at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina on March 17.




About Mayhew Tools

Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools), founded in 1856, is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States. Headquartered in Turners Falls, MA, the company’s transition from a small tool house to industry leader comes as a direct result of their dedication, quality, reliability, and craftsmanship. While their passion for manufacturing quality hand tools has continued to fuel its century-old product line growth. Mayhew Tools, serving primarily the Industrial, Automotive and Hardware industries, are sold globally through an extensive distributor network.

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R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year Bonus returns in 2018 at Stafford Speedway

It's not very often that a driver like Tom Fearn can back up another  Late Model Championship after 18 years.



(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the 6th consecutive year, Ludlow, MA based R.A.D. Auto Machine will present a Rookie of the Year Bonus for Stafford’s Street Stock, Limited Late Model, and SK Light divisions.  The highest finishing rookie drivers in each division will receive a $500 bonus courtesy of R.A.D. Auto Machine.  All drivers who have made less than 5 division starts in previous seasons are eligible to compete in the R.A.D. Rookie of the Year program. Continue reading

NASCAR driver Don McCullough passed away

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MCCULLOUGH Donald Frederic of Walpole passed away with his family by his side on January 21, 2018 at the age of 81. Beloved and cherished husband of 37 years to Susan Elizabeth (Marks) McCullough. Devoted father of Karen McCullough of FL, Kevin McCullough of CA, Kristin Thurbide and her husband Buddy of Braintree, Keith McCullough and his wife Lynda of Plymouth, Krista Elia and her husband Chris of CT, Alison O’Hara and her husband Stephen of Walpole and Craig Smith of CT.
Dear brother of Joyce Piekarski of N. Andover. Loving grandfather of Jillian, Chelsey, Savannah, Olivia, Chloe, Gabrielle, Reilly and Samantha. Great grandfather of Jackson and Henry. Son of the late Alexander and Nora (Joyce) McCullough. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Don drove modified race cars for NASCAR during the ’60s at Norwood Arena Speedway as well as many tracks up and down the east coast. He was a Retired employee of AT&T for over 30 years. Don was loved and will be missed my many.
Visiting hours were  held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 from 4-7pm at the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home 1248 Washington St. NORWOOD, MA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 11am at the Trinity Community Church 234 Walpole St. Norwood, MA 02062. At the request of the family burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Trinity Community Church 234 Walpole St. Norwood, MA 02062.

Published in Boston Herald on Jan. 24, 2018

Bob Webber, Sr. owner of Star and Hudson Speedways in NH passes


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SEPTEMBER 16, 1947 ~ JANUARY 26, 2018 (AGE 70)


Robert H. Webber, Sr., 70, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 26, 2018, with his devoted family at his side, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.


The son of Evelyn (Southwell) Webber and the late William Webber, Bob was born in Amesbury, MA on September 16, 1947.  He attended Amesbury schools and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Class of 1965.  He furthered his education at Worcester Polytechnical Institute and Merrimack College.  He started his career at Triad Engineering in Burlington, MA in developing the circuit board of the original “Pong” video game.  With his love of Super-Modified auto racing, Bob purchased Star Speedway in Epping, NH in 1980 and later purchased Hudson Speedway in Hudson, NH in 1989. He received much recognition and many awards from his auto racing peers.  The highlight of Bob’s life was his two grandchildren Timmy and Jaime.  Bob also enjoyed spending his winters in Aruba, where he was well-known and very active in the community.  At Star Speedway and Hudson Speedway, Bob treated every racer as part of his extended family.


Bob is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jeanne A. (Croteau) Webber of Epping, NH; a son, Robert H. Webber, Jr. and his daughter-in-law Jennifer of Topsfield, MA; his two grandchildren, Timothy Webber and Jaime Webber of Topsfield, MA; his mother, Evelyn Webber of Newburyport, MA; a sister, Anita Faye Rossi of East Boston, MA; and several nieces and nephews.  Bob was predeceased by his brother, Paul Webber of Rowley, MA.


Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dewhirst and Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway (Rt. 28), Methuen, MA 01844.  Funeral Services and burial will be private.  A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held in the spring at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, and will be announced later.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Bob’s Memory be made to Hospice of Rockingham County, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833; Fifty Legs, Boston, P. O. Box 1086, Lithia, FL 33547; or Autism Society of Maine, 72 Main Street  B, Winthrop, ME 04364.  For directions and online condolences, please visit

There’s still time to send flowers to the Visitation at the Charles F. Dewhirst Family of Funeral Homes from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on January 31, 2018.


Source: Union Leader of Manchester, NH

Future uncertain for Maine’s Austin Theriault despite 2017 ARCA stock car Championship

Courtesy of Fox 46 Charlotte,NC

POSTED: JAN 26 2018 12:07AM EST


UPDATED: JAN 26 2018 08:36PM EST

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Austin Theriault of Fort Ken, Maine was on top of the world in 2017. He had a record breaking year on route to the ARCA championship. He capped of the season by cleaning up at the end of the year awards banquet. Continue reading

World of Wheels set for March 23, 24 and 25 at the Boston Seaport in Boston, MA


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  • Mar 23 – 25: Boston, MA
  • World of Wheels

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44th Annual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels




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Racin Preview set for Fri. and Sat., Feb.23-24 in Portland ME

Feb. 23 & 24, 2018
at the
Portland Exposition Building
239 Park Ave.
Portland, ME
Fri. 2/23:
4 PM to 10 PM
Sat. 2/24:
9 AM to 9 PMTickets

Adults: $10.00

(62 & over):

(6 to 12):

5 and Under: FREE
Past Shows:

2017  2016
2015  2014


Inns & Suites
340 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04102
You  Must Call for the Discount Rate of $69.00.
Mention that you want the RACIN PREVIEW Rate when you book.Cut off Date for discounted room rate
is 2/17/17
STEVE PERRY – 207-229-1449

Tidabak remains in hospital after Friday accident at Atlantic City indoor racing event


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The indoor race course at Atlantic City Board Boardwalk Hall. ( Photo credit: Atlantic City Journal)_


TRENTON, NJ January 28, 2018 . . . During Friday qualifying for Saturday’s TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, 2008 event champion Mike Tidaback was involved in a crash which resulted in serious injuries. Continue reading

WRC Monte Carlo: Sebastien Ogier wins incident-packed season opener

Sebastien Ogier kicked off the 2018 World Rally Championship season with a commanding victory on the Monte Carlo Rally. Continue reading