Monthly Archives: May 2018

Entry forms and rules available for PASS Commonwealth Classic At Richmond

The PASS Super Late Model Tour drivers are gearing up for their first race at the Richmond Speedway in late October 2018 (Credit: PASS Tour photo.)


NAPLES, ME (May 31) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that entry forms and rules for all divisions competing at the Inaugural PASS Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway have been finalized and are now available at  The PASS Commonwealth Classic will go green on Saturday afternoon, October 20 at 4 PM and will see some of the biggest divisions in short track racing in competition.  Nearly 400 laps of racing will be contested at Richmond Raceway by the PASS Super Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, and MASS Street Stocks.  Teams can save money towards their entry with an early entry discount available until June 30.  Tickets are available online at

 “The response to the PASS Commonwealth Classic has truly been amazing and racers from all over North America are ready to get to Richmond Raceway in October,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “The Commonwealth Classic will pay big money across the board for all the divisions that will be in action.  A lot of people have been asking about the rules and we are glad to get them out now so everyone can start to get ready.  We think the Commonwealth Classic is the biggest thing to hit short track racing in the last 20 years and we can’t wait for it to get here.”

The PASS Super Late Models will run under the same rules that applied at Thompson Speedway’s Icebreaker in March, while the Tour-Type Modifieds, returning for the first time since 2002, will compete under rules very similar to those used at New Smyrna Speedway in February.  The Late Model Stocks will compete under the NASCAR guidelines used at Martinsville Speedway in September and the Limiteds will follow the SouthEast Limited Late Model rulebook.  Finally, the Street Stocks will be sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock (MASS) Series and will follow their standards.  For tech questions please call the following: PASS Super Late Models (Charlie Rockwell 802-754-2822, after 5 PM please), Tour-Type Modifieds (Jeff Zuidema 508-769-2890, Pete Frappier 603-521-2718, or Bobby Mcilveen 603-918-0698), Late Model Stocks and Limited Late Models (Mike Bushee 252-908-2021 or Ron Barfield 843-496-4792), and Street Stocks (Ron Barfield 843-496-4792).  Email addresses, the complete weekend schedule, and entry forms are available at

Source: Alan Dietz/PASS Tours PR


Anthony Flannery ready for Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 at Stafford




(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 takes the green flag at Stafford Speedway Friday, June 8, one driver who will be looking to make a statement is East Hampton, CT native Anthony Flannery.  Flannery, still a relative newcomer to open wheel modified racing, started running modifieds in 2017 after a background in Legend Cars and Late Models.  Flannery and the #25 Leonard’s of Stafford Springs team ran into misfortune in the VMRS 80 at Stafford on May 18 and are looking to turn their luck around despite their limited experience.

“This is my second year racing modifieds and we only ran the Connecticut tracks last year with the Modified Racing Series and we’re doing the same thing this year,” said Flannery.  “I’d say I have 12 or 13 starts under my belt right now in a modified.  I’m pretty confident about the race.  Everyone wants to win but realistically if we can have a good, clean race and get a top-5, we’d all be pretty happy. We had a good car a couple weeks ago for the MRS race at Stafford but got caught up in a wreck early, which was just bad luck.  Rather than having people look at us as just another car in the field, we want them to see us as one of the contenders.”

Despite his lack of experience compared to some of the other drivers in the field for the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80, Flannery already has an idea of how he can be among the front runners in the race.

“I really enjoy racing at Stafford and I think we have a car that can run on the top,” said Flannery.  “If you have a car that can run where no one else is running, that seems to be the deciding factor, especially at Stafford where most guys like to run on the bottom. If we can be in the top-5 towards the end of the race, I definitely think we’d have a good chance.”

In addition to having the right car setup, another factor for the Twisted Tea 80 is tire strategy.  Teams are allowed a total of 6 tires for the Twisted Tea Open 80, giving teams the option to change 2 tires during the race instead of having to try to save tires for the end of the race.

“I think the race will be a lot more interesting and you’ll be able to drive hard right from the beginning,” said Flannery.  “Being able to change a couple tires might get you to a point where you can run hard and get up front and keep your equipment clean and still have something for the end.  There might be a couple of guys who try to save their tires and go without pitting but I think you’ll see all the guys up front stop and take tires.  Everyone has the option of taking new tires or not, but knowing that you don’t have to save or save as much, will definitely make for a whole different race.”

Flannery is running a team car with Dave Etheridge, a former weekly racer at Stafford and a 10-year veteran of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  Working with Etheridge has helped accelerate Flannery’s learning curve and he knows that when he gets behind the wheel of his #25 car that he has a car that is capable of winning races and it all comes down to him as the driver.

“It’s awesome working with Dave,” said Flannery.  “He’s got a lot of experience and he’s a big reason why we have a great car that can compete.  It’s all up to me as the driver to make adjustments and decisions on the track rather than having to worry about if the car is good enough or not.  Dave is always talking with me about how I can get better and where I can improve.  Dave is a front running driver and I’m glad to be a part of his team.”

Flannery enjoyed a career best second place finish earlier this season in the MRS race at Waterford and with the confidence of that finish combined with the capabilities of his #25 car, Flannery feels like he could get his first modified win in the Twisted Tea Modified Open 80.

“I do feel like we have a car that can win,” said Flannery.  “We had a really strong run at Waterford with the MRS finishing second, and that race really raised everyone’s hopes.  Racing with guys like Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, and Anthony Nocella, it was awesome just to have my name mentioned alongside those guys and it’ll be even better if I can get my name in front of theirs in the finish.  I think coming off that race and we had a good car the last time at Stafford, we can have a good shot at winning the race.  The team puts a great car in my hands and it’s all up to me to get the car where it belongs in victory lane.”

Teams can register for the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 online or by calling the track office.  Register online by following this link:, or by calling the track office at (860)-684-2783.  Rules for the two Open Modified 80 shows can be found here:

Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will join the Open Modifieds in feature action.  Tickets for this event are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self contained Recreational Vehicles.

Source: Sctt Running/Staffrd Speedway PR

Note: If your track, tour or event is not posted on this blog send your press releases and flyers to:

Foxwoods and NHMS announce major sponsorship

MediaAlert_Header 2017 620x80.jpg

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Announcement 620x430.jpg

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith, Foxwoods Resort Casino President and CEO Felix Rappaport, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath announce multi-year partnership between Foxwoods Resort Casino and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Foxwoods Resort Casino and New Hampshire Motor Speedway Announce Major Sponsorship of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to be held Sunday, July 22, 2018 as part of a multi-year agreement with NHMS.


LOUDON, N.H. – Foxwoods Resort Casino, home of “The Wonder of it All” and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have teamed up to bring a little extra wonder to “The Magic Mile” in Loudon, N.H. The two New England destinations have joined forces for a multi-year entitlement partnership naming the July 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race the “Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.”

“This is just the beginning of a wonderful new partnership with the region’s most popular destination resort,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Foxwoods Resort Casino will help deliver high-speed fun to our facility, providing unforgettable experiences our fans will love. This is a win for the racing industry and our fans.”

In addition, the two partners will explore other entertainment opportunities for fans beyond sponsoring New England’s largest and most exciting annual sporting event.


“Uniting with New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a natural alignment for Foxwoods given our history of creating unique and exciting experiences,” said Foxwoods Resort Casino president and CEO Felix Rappaport. “The amplification of our partnership will allow us to continue to deliver on that promise giving our New England racing fans sought-after thrills infused with a new twist.”


This is an extension of a successful relationship that began in 2017 when the two companies became partners with a ticket incentive program that awarded fans who renewed tickets on July race weekend with a free overnight. We’re continuing that incentive plan this year, but with added bonuses. Additionally, during last year’s September race weekend, Foxwoods Resort Casino announced On Track Karting, a new high-performance, European-style indoor karting experience set to open this summer.

“It only takes a few moments on property here to see the possibilities of this partnership,” said Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith. “This is a natural partnership of two entertainment brands, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ hottest driver and 2014 series champion, Kevin Harvick helped make the announcement earlier today outside of the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Harvick is a three-time winner at NHMS.

“This is an exciting day for New Hampshire Motor Speedway and for fans of racing here in New England,” said Harvick. “It’s also a great day for the Cup drivers, because this reinforces the fact that the future of NASCAR is bright.”

Following the announcement, McGrath, Rappaport, Smith and Harvick, accompanied by his son Keelan, took a victory parade lap around Foxwoods Resort Casino’s property to greet fans who came out to hear the big news. The excitement followed them right over to the top of Fox Tower, where McGrath, Rappaport, Smith and Harvick were harnessed in and raced down the zipline.

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as the premier resort destination in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, exclusive retailers and free-to-play casino games at Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,

Contact_Footer 2017 620x145.jpg

September NASCAR Whelen Modified race named Musket 250 at NHMS

MediaAlert_Header 2017 620x80.jpg

Musket 250 logo 2018 620x368.jpg

September NASCAR Whelen Modified Race Named Musket 250.

September NASCAR Whelen Modified Race Named Musket 250
The Full Throttle Fall Weekend’s main feature posts $181,000 – the highest purse of the season, including a $25,000 lap leader bonus.


LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway reinforced its New England roots for Full Throttle Fall Weekend’s main feature by naming the Sept. 22 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race the Musket 250.

The stakes are high as the winner of the Musket 250 will claim a share of the $181,100 purse to go along with a custom Revolutionary War-era musket and tricorn hat.


“This will be an epic weekend for short track racers and fans from across the Northeast, so we knew we had to give it some New England flare,” explained David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We’ll have minutemen in victory lane with a customized musket, a tricorn hat and a big check for the winner of The Musket 250. You can’t get any more New England than that!”


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will be racing for the highest payouts for the tour this season. The winner of the Musket 250 will take home $25,000, including the $3,500 Whelen Winner of the race bonus. A new $25,000 lap leader bonus has just been added paying $100 to the leader of each lap during the 250-lap event.


“Every driver wants to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway more than any other track,” said five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby. “Mentally it is intense during the 100 lap races so I can only imagine how intense it will be for 250 laps. And to top it all off, not only are we racing for the Modified Tour’s biggest winners purse ever, but the added lap money for leading throughout the race gives the potential for a massive pay day if you can lead a lot of laps and win the race. It’s going to be tough to find the balance between wanting to be up front to earn the lap money and saving enough of your equipment to make sure you have a shot in the end. Add to that the live pit stops for tires and fuel, and you’ve got one exciting package that Modified fans have never seen before. It’s going to be quite a show.”


The musket and tricorn hat will be similar to what was given to Dale Earnhardt Jr. during his 2017 Appreci88tion Tour. The musket will be customized over the course of a few weeks by Black Hart Long Arms in Eastford, Conn., which has twice been featured on the History Channel. The unique winner’s award will have New England-styling including the ramrod pipes, trigger guard, color-casehardened lock and 46-inch barrel.

The Full Throttle Fall Weekend will feature a unique NASCAR tripleheader. Headlined by the Musket 250 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Saturday of racing will also include a 125-lap championship points race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as a 100-lap NASCAR Pinty’s Series race.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been a crown jewel of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East since the 1.058-mile oval opened in 1990. The Whelen Modified Tour has run 67 times, through 2017, with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik leading the wins list with eight victories. The action is always ratcheted up, and when you combine the nerf bars and restrictor plates with the significance of winning on one of the tour’s biggest stages, the event often features multiple passes for the lead every lap.

The K&N Pro Series has been a fixture at NHMS since its days as the Busch North. Brad Leighton has a record eight wins, while the late Ted Christopher has five K&N Pro Series wins to go with his five Whelen Modified Tour wins. Past NHMS winners in the K&N Pro Series include 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion William Byron. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series race will be the first points event outside Canada for that country’s national stock car championship series.

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Contact_Footer 2017 620x145.jpg

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, PO Box 7888, Loudon, NH 03307-7888 United States

Top Fuel champion crew chief Jason McCulloch to join CatSpot Organic Litter team in Chicago

Top Fuel champion crew chief Jason McCulloch to join CatSpot Organic Litter team in Chicago
JOLIET, Ill. (May 31) — Veteran drag racer Scott Palmer and his CatSpot Organic Litter Top Fuel team hope to benefit greatly from the tuning expertise of reigning Top Fuel champion crew chief Jason McCulloch at this weekend’s 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
McCulloch, who together with tuner Brian Husen helped Brittany Force win the 2017 world title, joins Scott Palmer Racing through the team’s existing relationship with Torrence Racing and their crew chief Richard Hogan.
“I know most people don’t ever get the opportunity to run Top Fuel,” Palmer said. “Let alone run this class with a car that can legitimately win rounds and contend for race wins. It’s one thing to come out here and get a car down the track and have some fun. It’s another thing altogether to have a car that can consistently run in the 3.70s.
“Adding Jason to the mix shows we’re serious about what we’re doing. He knows how to go fast and since we basically run a slightly more conservative version of Steve (Torrence’s) tune-up, which Jason already knows from all his time with Richard and Alan Johnson over the years, we’re very hopeful this is going to enhance our program.”
After recording the first final-round appearance of his career earlier this year in Phoenix, Palmer is quick to credit team sponsor Tommy Thompson for his rise to contender status. Thompson, a drag boat racer from Oklahoma, owns CatSpot Organic Litter, an all-natural, environmentally-friendly, biodegradable cat litter made entirely from coconut. CatSpot Organic Litter recently announced title sponsorship of the Seattle race.
“I have the best sponsor in drag racing, period, no doubt about it,” Palmer said. “Tommy is my friend, a fellow racer and the most genuine guy I’ve ever met. When we first got together he said he wanted to help us win. He doesn’t give me a budget; whatever I need, he gets it for me. His only request is that we stay true to ourselves and have fun. He doesn’t want a big, corporate race team. He likes it the way we are.
“I’m an optimistic guy by nature, and I feel that more so now than ever before because I see what we’re doing on the track. We turn on win lights now. People know they have to run hard to beat us. The last few times we’ve lost it’s by thousandths of a second, not tenths. We don’t have to go into races hoping for the other car to smoke the tires any more. We go into races saying, ‘let’s go.'”
Palmer and the CatSpot Organic Litter crew have become crowd favorites this season. The blue-collar team pulls their car into pit row when they warm up so more fans can gather around and enjoy the process and they always whack the throttle a few times to let people feel the power of their nitro-burning engine. In the evening, they open their pit to fans and invite them to have a look around a real Top Fuel team.
“We love the fans,” Palmer said. “Those are our kind of people. Heck, I was on the other side of the ropes many times. I know what it’s like. We just want everyone to have fun.”

Note: The coast-to-coast NHRA National Series will make a stop at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH on the weekend of July 6-8, 2018

Geiger Media Global Ltd., 526 Kingwood Drive,Suite 96, Kingwood, TX 77339

JEGS, Route 66 and the NHRA will feed your need for speed

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View on Instagram
Scott “Woody” Woodruff
 JEGS, Route 66 and the NHRA
Will Feed your Need for Speed
Drag racing’s best descend upon Route 66 Raceway near
Chicago to compete in a multi-series battle this weekend.
JOLIET, Ill. (May 30, 2018) – Whether you are a longtime fan of drag racing, have been meaning to check it out for the first time, or a hot rod enthusiast looking for excitement this weekend-the JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals and Allstar Race, May 31-June 3, is sure to satisfy. JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS), one of the largest e-commerce and mail order high-performance auto parts retailers worldwide, and title-rights sponsor of the race, along with the NHRA and Route 66 Raceway, offer a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national race event and a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series “clash of the titans” in one action-packed drag racing weekend. The event will also give fans a chance to see their favorite racing legends, including JEGS Founder, Hall of Fame Drag Racer and Grand Marshall of the Race, Jeg Coughlin Sr.
JEGS’ sponsorship is the latest in a decades-long tradition of investing and participating in drag racing; from primary sponsorships in the NHRA’s Pro Stock, Pro Mod and Top Dragster vehicles, being a 12-year title sponsor for the JEGS SPORTSNationals, to becoming the title sponsor of the JEGS Route 66 NRHA Nationals and Allstar Race-to name a few. Over the year, JEGS’ investment into motorsports has grown outside of drag racing, to include sponsorships for the Champion Racing Association (CRA) series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“JEGS has deep roots in drag racing that have existed since our founder, Jeg Coughlin Sr. was speeding down the strip,” said JEGS CEO, Jeffrey R. Hennion. “Our business aligns with the needs and interests of racing teams and fans, so we are proud to partner with the NHRA and Route 66 Raceway to bring multiple series together and showcase the highest level of drag racing competition.”
In addition to its founding legacy, JEGS has remained family-owned for more than fifty years, maintaining the authentic tie between JEGS, as a business, and drag racing. The Coughlin family has competed, or actively competes in multiple motorsports formats, and is one of drag racing’s most winningest families.
The JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals
The JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals is the ninth of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and is the first of four consecutive events that will prove critical for NHRA teams with title aspirations. Route 66 Raceway features the first true stadium of drag racing and has witnessed impressive performances by the top racers in the sport. Fans watching from home can catch the action on FS1.
Team JEGS will be well represented at the JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals, including six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., his brother, Mike Coughlin, nephew, Troy Coughlin Jr. and niece, Paige Coughlin. Jeg Jr. will be racing in Pro Stock as a member of the Elite Motorsports team. Mike is one of the leading contenders in Top Dragster. Troy Jr. is racing in Top Alcohol Dragster. In addition, Samantha Coughlin, wife of Jeg Jr., will join Paige in the Super Comp class.
The 2018 JEGS Allstars 
This race-within-a-race will pit the top points earners from NHRA’s seven geographic divisions of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and four Top Alcohol regions against each other in the culmination of a yearlong points battle.
Competitors in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Stock, and Super Street will compete for team and individual honors as well as a share of the $124,000 purse.
“I consider this one of the biggest events on the year, outside of the World Championship. We do a lot of tuning and studying to prepare, and I am hoping for a big win in my third year participating in the race,” said Jeff Strickland, Super Stock and Top Dragster Competitor. “JEGS steps-up for drag racing and sportsman, so I am proud to be a part of the action.”
Local favorite Bruno Massel Jr., announcer for NHRAonFOX and past NHRA Champion, will be racing in Comp Eliminator this weekend.
“I have known the Coughlin family since I was a kid, and although we are competitors, we are also friends. I am a huge fan of JEGS-the company and the race team,” said Bruno. “The JEGS Allstar Race is the second biggest race, after the U.S. nationals. My dad won the JEGS Allstar Race in 1989 when it was held in Columbus, Ohio. Now, with the race running out of Chicago, my home track, I am proud to have won the race three times and would sure like to win number four.”

For race event and ticket information, visit


For venue and seating information, visit


To learn more about JEGS Automotive, Inc., call (800) 345-4545 or visit us at


Follow JEGS on social media: Facebook:, Twitter:, Instagram:, YouTube:


Meet Team JEGS, follow the Team JEGS race schedule and results, and learn more about racing by visiting


About JEGS Automotive, Inc.
JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS) is one of the largest e-commerce and mail order high-performance auto parts retailers worldwide. Founded in 1960 by racing legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., JEGS remains family-owned to this day and offers more than 1 million SKUs available for purchase. The JEGS corporate headquarters is located in Delaware, Ohio, and is home to a 225,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, two state-of-the-art call centers, the Coughlin Family classic car and truck collection, the Team JEGS racing research and development facility and The JEGS Foundation. For more information, call (800) 345-4545 or visit us at
About Team JEGS
Team JEGS is the official racing team of JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS), and is fueled by the legacy of one of racing’s most winningest families, the Coughlin Family. Led by JEGS founder and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his four eldest sons, John, Troy Sr., Mike and Jeg Jr., Team JEGS has claimed eight National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) World Championships, 16 divisional championships and 114 NHRA national event victories. JEGS, in a partnership with GMS Racing, also supports the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Cody Coughlin. Meet Team JEGS, follow the Team JEGS race schedule and results, and learn more about racing by visiting

Note: The Jegs Racing Teams will be in action at the upcoming NHRA National at New England Dragway in Epping, NH which is set for the weekend of July 6-8.

Team JEGS, 101 JEGS Place, Delaware, OH 43015

7 Days until the Limited Sportsman long distance night presented by Pepsi! Free Admission to Active Military and Veterans at Thompson Speedway! 

Upcoming Events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park:

June 1st & 2nd: Lucas Oil School of Racing

Featuring the newest fleet of school cars in the country, every car at the Lucas Oil School of Racing is equipped with a Pro Shift paddle-shifted sequential gearbox, and an AiM Formula Steering Wheel 2 with data acquisition and SmartyCam video system. Click Here to register or find out more information!

June 2nd: Gig Motorsports

June 7th: Limited Sportsman Military Night Sponsored by Pepsi 

Active Military and Veterans: Free
General Admission: $12 

June 8th: Tony’s Track Days

June 10th: Summer Road Race Series #1
Click Here for more Info

The Lucas Oil School of Racing makes its debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park road course. the weekend of June 1-2!

Featuring the newest fleet of school cars in the country, every car at the Lucas Oil School of Racing is equipped with a Pro Shift paddle-shifted sequential gearbox, and an AiM Formula Steering Wheel 2 with data acquisition and SmartyCam video system.

Basic 2-Day ($2,999) – The first step in your driver development program. Two eight-hour days of instruction combined with 5 hours of on-track time get you acclimated with the art and science of driving a modern race car. Successful completion of a Basic 2 Day program qualifies you for a provisional SCCA Regional Competition License.

2-Day Advanced Lapping ($2,999) – Gain speed, gain confidence, and get more familiar with the track. A minimum of three 30-minute sessions will get you up to speed, while available post-session data debrief and video analysis help you maximize your results.

We are excited to partner with and support the inaugural McCourt Foundation Boston Waterfront 5K presented by Reebok! Limited entries remain for the June 17th event, which includes Reebok-led fitness classes like Crossfit, Power Yoga and more. Visit to learn more and sign up your family today!

We are honored and excited about the release of Terry O’Neil’s new book:

The Golden Days: Thompson Speedway & Raceway
Sports and Formula Car Events 1945-1977 


This two-volume set, illustrated with many previously unseen photographs, traces the history of the raceway during its active years and describes the personalities involved in the changing fortunes of the course until its closure in 1977.

Don’t miss the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction coming to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, June 20th – 23rd.

For the last 45 years, enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to Barrett-Jackson auctions. Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions are world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience — in person and on live national and international television. Barrett-Jackson produces The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the millions watching the events via live worldwide television coverage on Discovery Channel and Velocity, over 500,000 people are in attendance at all four auctions, looking to capture the car of their dreams, mingle with celebrities, shop in the vast Vendor Marketplace, experience heart-stopping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers, or witness auction action at its best.

For tickets and more information, visit

Our mailing address is:

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT

ThompsonCT 06277

Bennett, O’Sullivan rack up wins in Twin 20 Legends Loomis, Shafer, Harkin, also post Wild and Wacky victories at New London-Waterford

Wednesday night action was on tap at New London-Waterford Speedbowol


WATERFORD — Marc Shafer was the winner in the Super X car division. Ed
Loomis won the X-Car feature, Maddie Harkin was the winner in the
Bandoleros. Peter Bennett was the Legend car division winner in feature
one. John O’Sullivan was the Legend car winner in feature two.
Peter Bennett and John O’Sullivan were the two fastest Legend car
drivers Wednesday. Mike Blaskey, meanwhile, was the most consistent. All
three had big nights in the Twin 20 Legend car races, which were the
feature attractions during the Wild and Wacky Wednesday competition May
30 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Continue reading

Eric Goodale looking to get back on track in Stafford Speedway’s Twisted Tea Open Modified 80

Eric Goodale of Long Island, NY (Credit: NASCAR Home Tracks photo)


(Stafford Springs, CT)— Following Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Fall Final last October, Riverhead, NY native Eric Goodale was on cloud nine after scoring his first Stafford victory.  Since that win, the #58 GAF Roofing team has found the road back to victory lane a bumpy ride.  Goodale finished 7th in the Whelen Modified Tour season opener, but finished 27th at Thompson and then an ignition problem relegated him to a 30thplace finish in the NAPA Spring Sizzler back in April.  Goodale and the #58 team will be looking to get their season back on track with a good run in Stafford’s Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 set for June 8.

“We have a pretty good Stafford program and I love racing there,” said Goodale.  “We know how to get around Stafford and I’m confident in my team’s ability to give me a good car.  Our racing program has been going downhill since we won the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford last October so we’re looking to get back on track and right the ship.  The more races we can run at Stafford, the better.  We had an ignition problem at the Sizzler that limited us to only 28 laps and things haven’t been going the way we need them to and the only way to fix that is to keep on racing.  We’re a much better race team than we’ve shown the last couple months so there’s no better track than Stafford for myself and the team to be going.  It would be huge for us to get a win.  The way things have been going the last 2 or 3 months we’d be happy with a top-5.  Certainly you always come to the track to get a win, but if we can’t win, we can drive home happy with a top-5.”

In addition to getting his season back on track, Goodale is looking forward to the challenge of racing against some competitors that he might not normally get the opportunity to race against in the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80.

“I’m eager for the race since there’s drivers from all different touring series, which is pretty cool,” said Goodale.  “Normally the Tri-Track Series tends to race at smaller race tracks so it’s good to have an opportunity to race against some of those drivers that I otherwise might not have a chance to race against.  It should be an interesting field of cars to make for a great show for the fans.  I think that the Mod Tour guys are going to be the drivers to beat but there’s a lot of other modified drivers who have their eyes set on this race at Stafford, so I think you could see some surprise contenders for the win.”

One aspect of the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 that will play right into Goodale’s hands is the opportunity for teams to be able to change two tires during the 80-lap race.  Teams will get a total of 6 tires for qualifying heats and the race and they can change two tires during the race.  Goodale used pit strategy to his advantage when he won the NAPA Fall Final last October at Stafford and he says that drivers will need to have the right strategy in order to win the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80.

“I love the tire rule,” said Goodale.  “I drive really hard every lap and it’s tough for me to conserve tires as a driver.  Tires is what won the race for us at Stafford in the Fall Final last year and whoever puts the 2 right tires on at the right time is probably going to win the race.  It definitely adds another element to the race rather than an MRS race where you can’t change tires.  This race will take the tactic of riding around in the back out of the race and I think it’ll be more wide open with a lot more racing going on, especially right from the green flag.  Track position is also important at Stafford so you’re going to need to have the right pit strategy if you want to win the race.”

Teams can register for the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 online or by calling the track office at (860)-684-2783.  Rules for the two Open Modified 80 shows can be found in the TEAMS section

Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will join the Open Modifieds in feature action.  Tickets for this event are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self contained Recreational Vehicles.

Source: Scott Running/Stafford PR

Note: If your track, tour or event is not posted on this blog send your press releases and flyers to:

Newport Car Museum adds new cars, new gallery to rare automotive treasures


               Newport Car Museum Adds to its Rare Automotive Treasures


New Cars, New Displays, New Gallery, New Gift Shop

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (May 30, 2018) – The []Newport Car Museum, which has wowed tens of thousands of visitors, elicited hundreds of five-star reviews and earned readers’ and editors’ choice awards from USA Today and Yankee Magazine since it opened a year ago June in Portsmouth, R.I., is adding new cars, new displays, a new gallery and a new gift shop. The enhancements will be completed by Saturday, June 9, and those planning trips to the museum should note that it will be closed the week prior to this – from Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8 – for the final phase of construction and move-in.

Clockwise from left: Newly added to the Newport Car Museum’s collection is a 2015 Porsche 918, a 1961 Chevy Impala SS 409 convertible, a 1957 BMW Isetta, the1965 Ford GT40 “Fast and Furious” movie car, and the 2019 Dodge Demon. (photo credit: B25 Studios/Ken Buschner) Individual photos available in high resolution by clicking image above

The new gallery, named AMERICAN MUSCLE “THEN AND NOW”, will showcase astonishing new cars added to the museum’s private collection. They include a 1965 Mustang convertible, 1964 GTO, 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger, 1961 Chevy Impala SS 409 convertible, two 1969 Camaro Z/28s, and a 2019 Camaro ZL/1. The addition will bring the total number of galleries in the museum to six and the total number of cars to 70+ in an exhibit area that covers 70,000 square feet.

Added to the FORD/SHELBY gallery will be the 1965 Ford GT40 recreation that was used in the famous train heist scene from The Fast and the Furious movie (2011). It will be accompanied by a film clip of the scene and an original mural painted by renowned artist David Lloyd Glover. (Glover also was commissioned for the Marilyn Monroe/Joe Dimaggio mural that has become an iconic centerpiece in the museum’s FIN CAR gallery. The GT40 will be displayed in the vicinity of the 1965 Ford Shelby 427 SC that is the rarest car in the museum’s collection.

Starting June 9, visitors to the award-winning Newport Car Museum will have even more to enjoy with the addition of new cars, new displays, a new gallery and a new gift shop. (photos courtesy Newport Car Museum)

The CORVETTE gallery, which features Corvettes from every generation (C-1 through C-7), will get a visual boost from two 2019 Corvette ZR1s from the C-7 era: one a yellow coupe and one a white convertible.

The WORLD CARS gallery, which features exquisite Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes Benz, BMWs and an Acura NSX, will have added to its mix a 2015 Porsche 918, 2014 BMW i8, and 1957 BMW Isetta, while the FIN CARS will expand a walk down memory lane with a newly acquired 1954 Kaiser Darrin and 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. These join some of the museum’s more popular classics: the 1954 Buick Skylark, the 1959 Cadillac Series 62 and the 1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible.

A 2019 Dodge Demon will find its new home with the Dodge Vipers, Hellcat, Hemi ’Cuda and Superbird in the MOPAR gallery.  It has the highest horsepower (840) of any production car in the world, and its feisty personality will be demonstrated in the museum’s parking lot on occasion throughout the summer.

All six galleries are housed in a 114,000 square foot building that has been painted red (in keeping with the museum’s red and black motif) and was once used for missile manufacturing by the Raytheon Company, a major U.S. defense contractor located next door. The museum’s 17-acre grounds include parking for 500+ cars. This is a rare commodity for a car museum and one embraced with great enthusiasm by car clubs that drive to Portsmouth specifically to enjoy the museum’s signature “Corral and Coffee” events.

More About Newport Car Museum

The Newport Car Museum’s artistic presentation of its cars represents seven decades of automotive design – from the fabulous ’50s to today’s hottest designs – and appeals to men as well as women and to all generations, from grandparents to parents to children. Special wall art; theatrical lighting; turntables; and award-winning videos with directional sound celebrate the cars as works of art.

There are no ropes around the cars, and an eclectic collection of Mid-Century Modern Furniture (representing iconic designers such as Eames, Knoll Bassett, Jacobsen and Wegner) is integrated into the exhibit areas, giving visitors a comfortable place for rest and reflection. The 90 minutes it typically takes to tour the museum includes time for testing driving skills on a choice of virtually any race course in the world with one of the museum’s eight Playseat driving simulators (powered by Forza Motorsport).

Newport Car Museum is handicap accessible and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Sunday.

Tickets $18/adults; $15/Seniors, Military, Students; $8/Ages 5-15 (with an adult); Free/Ages 4 and under (with an adult)

1947 West Main Rd. (Enter at Light), Portsmouth, R.I. 02871, 401-848-2277,  

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and Pinterest.