Monthly Archives: November 2018

NASCAR-Awards in Las Vegas, Most Popular Driver Winner, Betty Jane France Award

Joey Logano’s full champion’s speech
Watch Joey Logano’s complete speech at the NASCAR Awards in Las Vegas as the 2018 Monster… Read More
Elliott wins NMPA Most Popular Driver; see who finished in the top 5
Kim Coon wraps up the NMPA Most Popular Driver voting that saw Chase Elliott take home… Read More
Sadler earns third straight 2018 Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver Award
Elliott Sadler has been named the NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver for the third… Read More
Carl Dakes wins 2018 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 29, 2018) – Carl Dakes, a longtime volunteer with the Maryland-based… Read More
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Austin Dillon: ‘I’m lit and fired up’ for reunion with Danny Stockman
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Stafford Speedway News-Order 2019 season tickets | Sami Anderson to SK Lights in 2019

Stafford Motor Speedway Fast Times NewsletterVol. 41 – November 30, 2018

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Sami Anderson Joins Stafford’s 2019 SK Light Rookie Class

While some teams are still making plans for the upcoming 2019 season, Wolcott, CT native Sami Anderson has her plans finalized as she will make the move from the Street Stock division to the SK Light Modified division at Stafford Speedway. Anderson will take the wheel of the same #35 car that Andrew Molleur piloted to 4 wins in 2018 and she couldn’t be more excited about her new opportunity…..Full Story

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Drivers can now register numbers for the 2019 season at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Number Registrations received before Dec. 15 are $35, all registrations after Dec. 15 are $50.

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Sami Anderson joins Stafford’s 2019 SK Light Rookie Class



While some teams are still making plans for the upcoming 2019 season, Wolcott, CT native Sami Anderson has her plans finalized as she will make the move from the Street Stock division to the SK Light Modified division at Stafford Speedway.  Anderson will take the wheel of the same #35 car that Andrew Molleur piloted to 4 wins in 2018 and she couldn’t be more excited about her new opportunity.

“We’ve always been close with Mike and Andrew Molleur from racing quarter midgets and we’ve always been around Ken Barry and after talking with him the pieces fell into place for me to run the car next season,” said Anderson.  “I actually ran the last SK Light race at Waterford and it was a lot of fun, I loved it.  It’s so exciting.  Quarter midgets are open wheel but they don’t have any power compared to the SK Light.  After having a chance to get used to the car by running that race at Waterford, now I’m obsessed with it.”

Strictly on paper, Anderson’s SK Light debut looks disappointing with a 19thplace finish after a crash took her out of the race.  Despite the crash, Anderson says that everything went well and she now has a good baseline to start out with in 2019.

“The Waterford race actually went pretty well but unfortunately we got put into the wall which ended our day,” said Anderson.  “We had to start last in the feature and my Dad was actually preparing me for what to do if I got lapped.  I was up to 8th early in the race rolling the top groove and as I was going past the 7th place car, the car behind us punted the inside car and that car went straight into me and we hit the wall.  My overall goal was to finish the race and unfortunately we didn’t do that, but I was able to pass way more cars than we thought we would and hopefully it will only get better from here.  It was definitely a good start for me.”

In addition to getting her first feel of an SK Light versus the Street Stock, Anderson was able to work with Ken Barry for the first time and establish a good working relationship in preparation for the 2019 season.

“I’m sure I’m going to have a decent learning curve this season,” said Anderson.  “I have a really good team behind me with Ken Barry and SPAFCO and we work so well together.  From the first time I got onto the track at Waterford to the race, I made such an improvement that a lot of people thought I was racing full time at Stafford.  That really made me feel good and confident for the race.  You’re always learning something in racing.  If you’re not learning, you’re not improving.  Knowing how well Andrew ran in the car is a big confidence booster and Kenny and I really understood each other and we have great chemistry working together.”

When Anderson takes to the track for the 2019 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 26-28, she will be following in her father Bill’s, her Uncle John’s, and the Membrino side of her family’s footsteps behind the wheel of a modified.

“It’s so cool to be following in my family’s footsteps and not just my father’s,” said Anderson.  “My father, my Uncle Johnny, and the Membrino side of my family all raced modifieds so to follow them is something special.  I’ll be the first female in my family to break into modified racing at Stafford which I think is pretty cool.”

Anderson will carry sponsorship from First Class Automotive,, Tick Mike with Tick Free Organic Tick and Deer Control, M & G Towing, and Sky Top during her debut SK Light season and just like any racer, she has one goal in mind and that is to reach NAPA Victory Lane.

“My goal is to become better each time I go out on the track and I want to win races,” said Anderson.  “I was dying for a win in the Street Stocks.  We almost had the car figured out but sometimes there’s not much you can do when you’re fighting to keep the car off the wall because it’s too tight.  The first couple of practice sessions and races are going to be important for me to listen to Kenny and his feedback.  I think learning the line around the track will hopefully be the hardest thing for me and after that it can all be downhill.  Rookie of the Year is definitely something I’d like to win but when it comes down to it, I’d rather win races.  If I can win races we’ll win Rookie of the Year.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we’re going to give it our all.”

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Last call to register: Sam Schmidt is featured speaker for special IMS Museum ‘Distinguished Speaker Series’ event Thursday, Dec. 6

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 – A few seats remain for a very special edition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s popular “Distinguished Speaker Series,” featuring IndyCar Series team owner Sam Schmidt, on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Museum’s atrium, featuring one of IndyCar’s most popular and compelling team owners. Bob Jenkins, the popular longtime television and radio play-by-play announcer, will serve as emcee.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $40 for IMS Museum members and $55 for non-members, which includes hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Ruth’s Chris Steak House and a cash bar. Patrons are welcome to sign up for an IMS Museum annual membership to receive the discounted ticket price; memberships include numerous year-round benefits.
To purchase tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at 317-492-6568 or
Schmidt, a resident of Henderson, Nev., co-owns Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) along with Canadian businessman and former driver Ric Peterson. For 2019, the team will field full-time IndyCar Series entries for James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericcson. Robert Wickens, who remains part of the team, drove a successful rookie campaign for SPM in 2018 until he sustained injuries in a crash at Pocono Raceway.
Schmidt entered the ranks of team ownership in 2001, only 14 months after his driving career was cut short due to a crash at Walt Disney World Speedway that left him a quadriplegic. In response to his spinal injuries, Schmidt founded Conquer Paralysis Now (, which has raised millions for spinal cord injury awareness, research and technological development.
SPM is the most successful team in Indy Lights history, winning seven championships and more than 70 races. In IndyCar, SPM has scored six wins (between Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud) and two Indianapolis 500 pole awards (Alex Tagliani, 2011; Hinchcliffe, 2016).
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the Distinguished Speakers Series with Schmidt, with food and refreshments immediately available. Schmidt’s presentation and question-and-answer session will get underway following introductions at 6 p.m.
About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with emphasis on the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, the Brickyard 400 and the cultural and technological impact of IMS.
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Newport Car Museum donates Mini Electric Car to Samuels Sinclair Dental Center

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Newport Car Museum Donates Mini Electric Car
to Samuels Sinclair Dental Center


Battery-operated Vehicle is the Second to be Gifted by the Museum in Order for Young Patients to “Drive” to Exam Rooms

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (November 28, 2018) – Young patients at the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center in Providence now can make a grand entrance for their appointments thanks to the donation of a mini electric car by the Newport Car Museum, located in Portsmouth, R.I. On Monday, November 26, museum representatives made a special visit to the center to deliver the pink Henes Broon F830 so its patients can “drive” themselves to an exam room for their appointment.

During the presentation of the car, Celia Furtado, age 8, of Cranston, and a longtime patient of the dental center, was all smiles as the first to sit behind the wheel.

Celia Furtado, 8, of Cranston, R.I. gives a smile of approval as she checks out the mini electric car donated to the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center by the Newport Car Museum on November 26. (photos courtesy Hasbro Children’s Hospital)


“Much like going to the hospital, we know a trip to the dentist can lead to nervousness for many children,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “That our dental center now has this amazing ride-on vehicle available to patients will no doubt result in wide smiles and less anxiety as kids drive down its hallways. We are beyond grateful to the Newport Car Museum for both its generosity and understanding the extras that make a big difference for patients.”

The November donation is the second battery-operated vehicle gifted by the Newport Car Museum this Fall to help kids. In September, the Museum donated a red mini electric car to Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center. Both cars feature an integrated tablet PC smart system.

“We are fortunate to have Hasbro Children’s Hospital in our state and we wanted to give back in appreciation of all they do for our community, including providing dental services for so many families,” said Newport Car Museum’s Vincent Moretti. “When people visit the Newport Car Museum, they put aside whatever is happening in their lives to spend time enjoying the art of the car. We wanted to foster that same feeling in kids – that with the mini electric cars, they’d be thinking about driving, instead of being at the dentist’s office or in the hospital.”

The electric ride-on vehicles were purchased to bring smiles to children from funds raised through the museum’s Fast Five raffle event. Leading up to its September showing of Fast Five– the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious movie series – the museum sold raffle tickets to members of the community for a chance to ride to lunch with the museum founders in the Ford GT40 used in the film’s famous train heist scene. The blue Ford muscle car is a recent addition to the museum’s impressive collection.

A program of Rhode Island Hospital and founded in 1931, the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center ensures that children whose parents cannot afford to pay are provided with dental care. In addition to providing dental care to children, the center is the primary dental provider for patients of all ages with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the region.

Left to right (back row): Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Vincent Moretti, Newport Car Museum; Elizabeth G. Benz, DMD, Director of the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center; and Kathryn Furtado; Front: Celia Furtado. (photos courtesy Hasbro Children’s Hospital)


More About Newport Car Museum

Housed in a 114,000 sq. ft. building in Portsmouth, R.I., the Newport Car Museum features 70+ cars exhibited in six galleries (Ford Shelby, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, Mopars, American Muscle “Then & Now”) that represent seven decades of automotive design, starting with the 1950s to the present. There are no barrier ropes around the cars and plenty of docents to help answer questions and enhance the experience, which includes educational videos, eight driving simulators, and a collection of Mid-Century modern furniture integrated into spacious, inspiring surroundings. The Newport Car Museum was named to USA’s “Top 10 Best New Attractions” in America (2017) and named “Best Specialty Museum” by Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England (2018).

Newport Car Museum is handicap accessible and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Sunday. Tickets can be bought at the door or online at where more information and directions are available.

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The Newport Car Museum’s 114,000 sq. ft. building was once a missile manufacturing facility. It is now home to a 70+ car collection that spans seven decades of automotive design.

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East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals in Trenton developing into quite a rivalry



Event Promoter: Len Sammons 

Source: MEDIA INFORMATION: Ernie Saxton Communications 


 A fierce rivalry is expected at the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals, December 13-15 at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

Stars of the Central PA Posse Sprint circuit, Dirt Modified and Midget Car competitors want nothing more than to show up the 600cc Micro Sprint regulars at their own game. Drivers who compete weekly on pavement speedways want to show the dirt drivers they can slide around and go fast on a tacky clay oval. The 120 drivers that have entered from 11 different states each want to prove they are the best.

The First Dirt Nationals was won by 36-year-old Staten Island, NY resident Whitey Kidd, III, a Micro Sprint regular. Kidd came from deep in the starting field to make a late race pass for the lead on Midget Car/Micro standout Alex Bright of Collegville, PA. Brian Carber of New Holland, Pa., a Sprint Car/ Micro Star, came from fifth to third on the final lap last year.

Tim Buckwalter of Douglassville, PA, a full-time racer in USAC Sprints, Dirt Modifieds, SpeedSTRs and Micros, finished fourth last year. Austin Quick of Etters, PA, who works full-time in Micro Sprint racing, finished fifth.

To win the top prize of $5,000 last year, Kidd threw caution to the winds to make a brazen outside move on Bright, who had led most of the race.

“He (Bright) gave me the room and I just shot to the outside and held on,” Kidd said. “I’ve been going to Atlantic City since the beginning trying to win there, got close, but never won. I had hoped they (Indoor Auto Racing Series) would do a dirt race, and I’m glad they did,” Kidd exalted.

Kidd’s returning for what he hopes is a second career highlight victory, but the competition will be tougher than ever.

A two car team entered by Tom Fraschetta will be composed of two heavyweights, Lincoln Speedway 410 Sprint champion Brian Montieth of Phoenixville, PA and dirt Modified Super Star Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY. 

Montieth just missed qualifying for last year’s event, but added experience in a Micro Sprint he should be a contender for the win. Rudolph, fresh off finishing second in the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified series points and winning two other track championships will also rely on his indoor race experience. Rudolph has won three Indoor Racing Series championships in TQ Midget competition on the concrete floor of arenas including one in Trenton.

Lucas Wolfe, 2018 Williams Grove Speedway 410 Sprint champion has also filed an entry. The Mechanicsburg, PA driver will be part of the team entered by Lou Cicconi, Jr. of Aston, PA., who himself will suit up for the event. Scott Kreutter, a Sprint Car regular from Buffalo, NY who won an Indoor Race on the concrete floor in Allentown, Pa. last year, is also entered in a Trey Hoddick No. 49.

Tim Buckwalter, and his cousin Steve of Royersford, PA are returning as is another Sprint driver Joe Trenca of Clay, NY. Brian Carber and his brother Michael, a member of Chase Elliott’s NASCAR Cup team, are also returning.

Dirt Late Model and Modified rising star Mike Maresca of Potsdam, NY, one of racing’s busiest drivers, is also entered after a strong first ever start in a 600 Micro last year.

Other Dirt Modified racing stars include Billy Pauch, Jr., of Frenchtown, NJ, Dominic Buffalino of Sayreville, NJ and Mike Iles of Medford, NJ. Pauch Jr. won the 600 Micro Sprint and SpeedSTR titles this season at Pa.’s Kutztown Action Track.

Popular Ryan Flores, the Indoor Racing Series winner on the concrete floor inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in 2017, will be making his first ever start on dirt. The former New Jersey resident now living in North Carolina, is a tire changer for Ryan Blaney’s Roger Penske owned NASCAR Cup team. Transplanted upstate New York pavement TQ racer Tim Nye of Troutman, NC will also race indoors this season on dirt as well as three concrete series races.

Dirt Micro Sprint racer and another Indoor TQ Midget specialist, Matt Roselli from Brodheadsville, PA is entered  along with ARDC Midget standout Eric Heyenreich of Bloomsburg, PA.

This year’s Indoor Dirt Nationals calls for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races for split fields on both Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday, with all 120 cars on hand, Alphabet mains are scheduled, with racers having the opportunity to advance from double G, F, E, D, C, and B mains to the 50 lap A-Main paying $5,000 to win. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

The CURE Insurance Arena itself has undergone a makeover from floor to ceiling to enhance the viewing experience for race fans at this year’s Nationals. The goal has been to make the arena one of finest in the state.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at  Other information and select tickets are available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

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