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Latest information on the Indy 500

Only 25% of seating capacity will be allowed


July 22, 2020 | By Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Masks To Be Mandatory

Race To Air Live in Indianapolis

Officials from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today released a detailed 88-page plan they have put in place to welcome the estimated 25 percent of capacity crowd expected to attend the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Mark Miles, Penske Entertainment Corp. president & CEO, also announced that this year’s race will air live in Indianapolis on NBC, allowing more Hoosiers to watch in real-time from their homes.

“Everything will be different about this year’s race, from the reduced crowd size, to a new distanced seating arrangement, to mandatory masks and a live broadcast throughout Central Indiana,” Miles said. “We will welcome fans to the ‘500’ based on a highly detailed, careful plan that was developed in collaboration with national, state and local health experts.”

The plan was developed over the last four months by a team of Indy officials and national health experts, including Dr. Edward Racht, chief medical officer of Global Medical Response, the largest emergency medical services provider in the nation. It has also been approved by the Marion County Department of Public Health subject to continued review.

“The IMS plan has been developed in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health, and reflects the current best practices and mitigating steps outdoor venues should have in place to host public events,” Marion County Public Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine said. “It meets or exceeds all local guidelines and is approved subject to continued review. I appreciate the serious and collaborative approach IMS has displayed throughout this process.”

“The IMS plan is detailed and extensive and takes all the right steps to ensure the best measures and precautions are in place,” Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said. “Speedway officials have been transparent and communicative throughout this process, and we appreciate the opportunities we’ve had to provide input.”

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Attendance will be at approximately 25 percent.
  • Seats will be reassigned to provide for greater distancing.
  • Masks will be mandated throughout the entire venue, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Everyone will be screened with a contactless thermometer, and individuals with a temperature in excess of 100.4 degrees will be prohibited from entering the Speedway.
  • All drinking fountains and misting stations will be removed.
  • Capacity limits on elevators will be enforced.
  • Options from concession stands will be limited to mostly pre-packaged foods.
  • To reduce crowding, many activities will be eliminated, including all concerts, the VIP Red Carpet and the Indiana Press Foundation’s Last Row Party.
  • To help the venue and community prepare for Indy 500 Race Day, all Saturday activities, including Legends Day at IMS and the downtown 500 Festival Parade, have been canceled. Key 500 Festival programming will transition to digital platforms.
  • Signage will be displayed throughout the venue to encourage healthy practices, and staff will move about the facility to monitor conditions and assist customers.

The plan dives deeply into facility sanitation, cleaning and disinfecting practices, and workforce preparation training and deployment.

“We think it’s important to welcome race fans to the ‘500’ and to demonstrate that America, Indiana and Indianapolis do not need to shut down,” Miles said. “We can and will operate with every precaution we can think of as we welcome fans to the race. We will continue to work with our local and state health officials to ensure we’re doing whatever is necessary to protect our fans.”

Rum Town Speedway in Wentworth, NH Schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season

Legion Sp;eedway has been renamed Rumtown Speedway in Wentworth, NH by the track’s new operators.

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2020 season
Aug 1, 2020Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Aug 8, 2020Jakes Market Sportsman Modifieds,Aerial Tree Outlaw Late Models,Peanuts Auto Fast Fours,Kids 4cyl
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Aug 15, 2020Cannon Man Race
Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets,Granite State Mini Sprints (Wingless)
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Aug 22, 2020Jakes Market Sportsman Modifieds,Aerial Tree Outlaw Late Models,Peanuts Auto Fast Fours,Kids 4cyl
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Aug 29, 2020Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets,Granite State Mini Sprints
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Sept 5, 2020Jakes Market Sportsman Modifieds,Aerial Tree Outlaw Late Models,Peanuts Auto Fast Fours,Kids 4cyl
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Sept 12, 2020Sabrena’s Creative Styles
Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Sprint Cars of New England,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets,Granite State Mini Sprints
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Sept 19, 2020Jakes Market Sportsman Modifieds,Aerial Tree Outlaw Late Models,Peanuts Auto Fast Fours,Kids 4cyl
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Sept 26, 2020Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Oct 3, 2020Jakes Market Sportsman Modifieds,Aerial Tree Outlaw Late Models,Peanuts Auto Fast Fours,Kids 4cyl
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Oct 10, 2020Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Sprint Cars of New England,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets,Granite State Mini Sprints
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM
Oct 17, 2020Mirror Lake Automotive Wingless Sprints,Sprint Cars of New England,Pleasant Valley Store Rumtown Outlaw Midgets,Granite State Mini Sprints
Gates at Noon, Green Flag at 4PM

PIT BOX: Whelen Modified Tour Runs It Back At White Mountain

Justin Bonsignore, driver of the #51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet, during the Independence Day 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire on Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

Justin Bonsignore, driver of the #51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet, is looking to become the first driver in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history to win the first three races of a season. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)


The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour couldn’t have asked for a more exciting finish to its first trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park.

They’ll be back for an encore Saturday night.

Justin Bonsignore is 2-for-2 of 2020 and will look to become the first driver in tour history to win the first three races of a season. After a wire-to-wire win in race one, he led just 12 laps in the inaugural visit to White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, but they were the most important ones — the last ones.

Bonsignore heads back to the banked quarter-mile in a bid to continue his domination on the banked quarter-mile, while the field will look to end his run.



White Mountain Logo Ainsworth

Bonsignore joined the late Ted Christopher in becoming just the second driver to win the first two races of a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. Christopher accomplished the feat in 2009, and came up just short — finishing second to Jimmy Blewett at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

Christopher, however, won just once more that season and finished a distant third behind champion Donny Lia and runner-up Ryan Preece in the championship race.

Bonsignore will look to establish his own historic mark, and will look to translate his hot start into a second tour title.

He’s certainly been the hottest driver on the tour since last August, as he’s compiled five wins, two seconds and a fifth in his last eight races on the tour.

Six-time tour champion Doug Coby finished a close third at White Mountain, nearly edging Matt Hirschman at the line for second. His finish moved him into a tie for third in points behind Bonsignore and Hirschman, where he’s tied with Craig Lutz.

Tommy Catalano is coming off his first career top five, a fourth at White Mountain, while Dave Sapienza and Chris Pasteryak both turned in strong top 10 runs in the first visit.


PLACEWhite Mountain Motorsports Park
DATESaturday, Aug. 1, 2020
TIME17 p.m. ET
TELEVISIONTrackpass on NBC Gold (live), 7 p.m. ET; NBCSN — Friday, Aug. 7, 12 a.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUTQuarter-mile paved oval
EVENT SCHEDULESaturday, Aug. 1 — Garage opens: Noon ET; Practice: 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; White Mountain Showdown 200: 7 p.m.

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the White Mountain Showdown 200 is limited to 28, including provisional positions. The field will be set by qualifying (1-22) and provisional process per the entry blank (23-28) for the White Mountain Showdown 200. In the event that qualifying as stated on this entry blank does not take place for any unforeseen circumstance, the field will be set in accordance with the 2020 NASCAR Touring Series Rule Book.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race set up.

The White Mountain Showdown 200 will be 200 laps (50 miles) and is to be run without a break.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eight (8) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change rule is zero (0) tires, any position.

Sourfe: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

NHRA legend John Force Shutting Down John Force Racing team for 2020

Source: Auto Week

The 71-year-old, 16-time Funny Car champ says the pandemic has made it impossible to do business.


John Force is officially pulling the plug on his John Force Racing team for the remainder of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.

After his team unexpectedly missed back-to-back return races at Lucas Oil Raceway with not so much as a press release or explanation for his massive fan base, Force announced today that he was parking his team for the rest of the season.

That means that not only will Force concede that he’s not running for his 17th Funny Car championship, but it also means the end of the season for the rest of his stable, including defending Funny Car champion Robert Hight, past Top Fuel champion Brittany Force and up-and-coming Top Fuel star Austin Prock.

john force racing nhra funny car


Force, 71, said that the NHRA shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic simply made it impossible to honor sponsor agreements and to be fair to the partners who have been loyal to him. He plans to bring his team back “strong than ever” to NHRA competition in 2021.

Force released the following statement on Monday:

“When I first got into racing, I always had a love for cars, I loved the camaraderie of the team, I loved the competition,” said Force, owner and CEO of John Force Racing. “As I evolved, I realized what it took to become a winner. It took money and that’s when I started chasing corporate America. I had no personal wealth, I had to find sponsors to get me the crew chiefs I needed to win.

“As the winning happened, I found a new love. The fans. The fans are what kept me motivated and made me never ever think anything would come to an end. Even in the hardest of times, I call them crossroads, I got through it with the help of the fans and my sponsors. I went from a one car team to a multi-car team, to having machine shops, chassis shops and paint shops and the technology to win.

“Suddenly, the virus hit, and it changed the world. Robert Hight, president of the company, and I got back from Gainesville and we started working on a plan, we had to reset John Force Racing. Everyone was having to adapt. We had to make cuts everywhere. We ran numbers over and over. In our contracts with sponsors we have guarantees. They get social media, certain number of races, certain number of race days, activation at races and other commitments. No matter how I looked at it I couldn’t deliver on those commitments. It just wasn’t fair to them. The impact of not being able to deliver on these commitments makes sitting out the rest of the 2020 season the right thing to do. No matter how I looked at it, no matter how much I personally invested, I couldn’t make it.

“At that point, I made the decision to ‘live to fight another day.’ We can’t fight now, we can’t race right now, but with what I have, with the help of my sponsors and my own personal money, I can maintain. I have to protect my family, my employees, my teams and my sponsors. What I built was a team that could win. All I have to do is get to next year. It will look different, but I have all my department leads and my sponsors, Auto Club, Chevrolet, PEAK, Monster, Frank Tiegs owner of Flav-R-Pac and Montana Brand, Cornwell Tools, Parker Store, Baldwin Filters, they’re all supportive.Related StoryJFR Absence Gives NHRA Privateers Chance to Shine

“What I’m saying is that I’m going to prepare to come back next year stronger than ever. Watching all the people that went racing, NHRA, the track, Safety Safari, TV, the media, all the winners, all the teams, thank you for racing and keeping the sport alive. I am really heartbroken I’m not out there. If I had stayed and raced, I couldn’t come back. If I step back now, I can.

“I want to be with all of you again and I want to be competitive. We will continue to support all our sponsors, doing their promotions as planned and stay relevant on social media for the fans; we are going to continue to build race cars, as we always have, build engines, mount bodies, parts and do everything we can because we are open for business in Indy and California.”

Starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire

By Staff Report July 30, 2020  

The starting lineup for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has been set.

Aric Almirola will start from the pole position, while three-time New Hampshire winner Denny Hamlin will start alongside him on the the front row for the 301-lap, 318.46-mile race at the 1.058-mile track.

The lineup for the race was determined by a random draw, with NBC Sports announcing the results online. The parameters for the draw were as follows:

  • Positions 1-12 determined by a random draw from charter teams in those positions in team owner points
  • Positions 13-24: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 25-36: Random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 37-38: will be filled out by open, non-chartered teams in order of owner points

Here is a look at the full lineup:

Starting spotDriverCar #Team
1Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
3Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
4Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
5Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
6Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing
7Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports
9Joey Logano22Team Penske
10Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
11Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
14Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
15Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports
16William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
17Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing
18Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
19Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
20Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports
21Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing
22Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
23Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
24Chris Buescher37Roush Fenway Racing
25Ty Dillon13Germain Racing
26James Davison53Rick Ware Racing
27Garrett Smithley77Spire Motorsports
28Joey Gase51Petty Ware Raicng
29J.J. Yeley27Rick Ware Racing
30Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
31Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
33Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing
34Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports
35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing
36John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports
37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing
38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management

Berlin, CT’s Ryan Preece looking for streak of bad luck to turn around

Source: Kickin’ the Tires

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

The last four events of the season haven’t been kind to JTG-Daugherty Racing’s Ryan Preece. Preece has finishes of 34th of worse since Indianapolis. Kansas Speedway last Thursday evening marked event number four on the bad luck streak.

85 laps remained in the Super Start Batteries 400 when Preece was involved in a vicious wreck. A wreck that would see the red flag displayed. The incident started when Leavine Family Racing’s Christopher Bell and Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman made contact on the backstretch of Kansas Speedway.

Bell’s No.95 Toyota hit the wall and came down in front of Preece – ultimately, Preece and his No. 37 Bush’s Beans Chevrolet had nowhere to go. His Chevy was sent head on into the inside safer barrier, and lifted into the air before landing on all four tires on the backstretch.

Preece although frustrated, was able to exit his No. 37 under his owner power and walk away.

“To be honest with you, we had a fast race car right there at the end,” expressed Preece. “It’s frustrating for all of us at JTG Daugherty because we’ve been working really hard and probably had a top-10 car there at the end. I’m alright, just ready for this year to turn around. Thanks to Bush’s Beans, the No. 37 and JTG Daugherty – we’ll be back next week.”

Back Sunday he will be, at a track he has seen success at in racing. The NASCAR Cup Series heads to The Magic Mile of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 2.

The track located in Loudon, NH also happens to be a home track for the Berlin, Connecticut native. In his two previous NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track, he has a best finish of 21st in the 2019 event for JTG-Daugherty Racing.

He has also made five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at The Magic Mile, earning two top-five finishes. Preece’s best NXS finish is second in 2017 behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

However, Preece has seen the most success at Loudon in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. In 24 starts he has amassed an impressive seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. He has a best finish of second in 2017 after starting on the pole.

Preece’s best finish of the season is 12th at Bristol Motor Speedway at the end of May. He currently sits 31st in the driver points standings.

Tune into the Foxwoods Resort Casino 300 from NHMS live on NBCSN on Sunday August 2 at 3:00 PM ET.

Joey Logano of Middletown, CT on racing at his ‘home track’ and NASCAR during the pandemic

Middleton, Connecticut NASCAR Joey Logano. (Credit: AP photo)

By Justin Leger NBC Sports Boston Jul 30, 2020

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NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, and no driver is looking forward to Sunday’s race than former Cup Series champion Joey Logano.

Logano, a two-time winner at Loudon and a native of Middletown, Conn., is looking forward to competing at “The Magic Mile” in front of thousands of fans who will be in attendance. He caught up with NBC Sports Boston’s Danielle Trotta about his return to his “home track.”

“I don’t think [there’s anything better than winning at New Hampshire],” Logano said. “I always put winning at Loudon right up there with winning the Daytona 500. Just because it’s home, it’s a very challenging race track, but the celebration of winning at your home track — and typically you have a lot of your friends and family there — that’s what makes it special.- ADVERTISEMENT –

“Loudon’s always been special because I started my first Cup race there, I watched my first Cup race there back in ’95. So it’s just always kind of been a special place for myself.”

Logano also talked about what it’s been like to race during the coronavirus pandemic, and how different it has been to race with a smaller crowd or in some cases, no crowd at all.

“You may think you strap in a race car and you don’t hear anybody because it’s so loud and you’re by yourself inside that thing. But beforehand is where as a race car driver you always kind of fed off that energy. Whether it’s driver intros just before the race when they’re singing the national anthem, whatever it may be. Fans are cheering, booing, whatever. They’re just making noise, there’s people there and there’s a lot of energy because of that. We’re so used to that as athletes. We’re so used to people being there and that’s what we use to pump ourselves up. Not just the drivers, but also the pit crews.”

The Team Penske star can expect more cheers than boos when he returns home on Sunday. Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang GT will start in the ninth position as he looks for his third career win at NHMS.

Sunday’s race is set to begin at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports.

Blake Dodges Late Carnage for Win on WDEV/Calkins Night; Four Racers Join First-Time Winner’s Club at Thunder Road

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Blake Dodges Late Carnage for Win on WDEV/Calkins Night

Four Racers Join First-Time Winner’s Club at Thunder Road

Barre’s Cody Blake avoided a major crash on his way to the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model victory on WDEV/Calkins Night. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT — Local racer Cody Blake combined a little speed with a lot of luck to score the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model victory at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday, July 30. Blake took the lead for the first time from Graniteville’s Christopher Pelkey on a restart following a massive crash with 10 laps to go and pulled away to win the 50-lap feature on WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets Night.

The second-generation racer spent much of the race in the back half of the top-10 while rookie Matthew Smith tried to pull the upset. Essex Jct.’s Smith grabbed the point from polesitter Kyle Pembroke at the drop of the green and eventually pulled out to a straightaway lead.

Just when it seemed Smith had the race in hand, Matt White and Chris Roberts spun on the front chute to bring out the first caution on lap-30. Although Smith easily held off Barre’s Jim “Boomer” Morris on the restart, recent Midseason Champion Scott Dragon went for a front stretch spin eight laps later to trigger another yellow.

This time on the restart, it was Morris who got the upper hand, leading laps 39 and 40. Going into turn one on the 41st circuit, though, the two duo made contact and Morris went around in front of the field. With nowhere to go, many of the top-10 drivers piled in, drawing a red flag. Tyler Cahoon, Stephen Donahue, Nick Sweet, and Tom Sheehan were all unable to continue following the wreck while Morris, point leader Marcel J. Gravel, Bobby Therrien, Trampas Demers, and Brendan Moodie were among those who sustained damage.

When the dust finally settled, it was Pelkey and Blake who found themselves on the new front row. Blake, who got off to a late start this season, made up for lost time by leaping out in front of Pelkey and cruising into the night for his seventh career win.

Pelkey earned his best result of the year with a second-place finish. Defending “King of the Road” Jason Corliss of Barre made it an all–Central Vermont podium by dodging the big accident and making a late charge for third. Pembroke, Dragon, Therrien, Smith, Gravel, Darrell Morin, and Chris Roberts rounded out the top-10.

Third-generation racer Bryan P. Wall of East Kingston, NH became a first-time winner in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger 40-lap feature. The 17-year-old rookie was running second to Hardwick’s Bunker Hodgdon when the race’s second caution came out on lap 23 for an incident involving Jason Pelkey and Brett Wood.

On the restart, Hodgdon got dead sideways, and Wall darted into the lead. Hodgdon and Keegan Lamson then got into a lengthy battle for second that ended with Hodgdon getting shuffled three-wide to the back of the pack. The commotion allowed Wall to build a big lead.

Hinesburg’s Cooper Bouchard, Barre’s Cameron Ouellette, and Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard eventually broke through the logjam at the front. While Bouchard and Ouellette were able to reel in Wall as the laps wound down, the veterans ran out of time and the teenager carried the checkered flag.

Bouchard took second with Ouellette third. Point leader and defending champion Woodard came in fourth. Rich Lowrey, Mike Martin, Lamson, Tyler Austin, Chris LaForest, and Colin Cornell also earned top-10 finishes.

An even younger racer stood in Allen Lumber Street Stock Victory Lane as 13-year-old Kaiden “Tropical Storm” Fisher grabbed his first Thunder Road win. Fisher, the son of 2003 track champion Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher, followed in the footsteps of his dad by storming up the outside lane for the victory.

After starting fifth, the youngster took the long way around both two-time Street Stock Champion Jamie Davis and polesitter J.T. Blanchard to get the lead just before halfway in the 25-lap feature. He went untouched from there to become the youngest feature winner in Thunder Road history.

Graniteville’s Blanchard held off Wolcott’s Davis and point leader Brandon Gray of East Thetford for second. Scott Weston, Tanner Woodard, Luke Peters, Tum Hunt, Kyler Davis, and James Dopp chased them across the finish line.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors doubled up with a pair of 25-lap features. In the make-up of their Vermont Governor’s Cup feature, Milton’s Trevor Jaques joined the first-time winner’s club. Jaques started pole based on the line-up set two weeks ago and ran away early. Brookfield’s Nate “Tater” Brien got to his back bumper on multiple occasions, but Jaques found a little extra each time to win the caution-free event.

Brien finished second with Tyler Whittemore third. Brian Putney, Justin Prescott, Dan Garrett Jr., Frank Putney, Fred Fleury, Josh Vilbrin, and Sean McCarthy completed the top-10.

In a rough-and-tumble second feature, Boston, MA’s Luke Marcheski make the trek to central Vermont worth it by becoming the fourth first-time winner of the night. Marcheski started on the pole after mechanical problems in the first feature and was dominant for the first 24 laps through a series of crashes and spills behind him.

But as he took the white flag, Marcheski slowed, possibly thinking it was the checkered flag. Williston’s Justin Prescott swung to outside to take the lead as both approached a lapped car. Marcheski quickly recovered, though, and muscled his way back around Prescott in the final corner to edge him at the actual checkered.

Prescott ended up second with Northfield’s Josh Vilbrin third. Jaques, Dan Garrett Jr., Brian Putney, Paige Whittemore, Fred Fleury, Rodney Campbell, and Sean McCarthy finished fourth through 10th.

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers are back in the spotlight next Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm as part of Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night. Round two of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series means a 75-lap main event for Thunder Road’s oldest and most storied division. There will also be a full card of championship stock car racing for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models and Allen Lumber Street Stocks.

Admission is $15 for adults and $3 for kids ages 12 and under with limited fan attendance. Advance tickets will be on sale until 10:00am Thursday, August 6 at A $15 pay-per-view is also available on the Northeast Sports Network at

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

For more about the Northeast Sports Network, visit or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @NSNsports.






Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Cody Blake ( 99VT ) Barre, VT

2. Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) Graniteville, VT

3. Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) Barre, VT

4. Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) Montpelier, VT

5. Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) Milton, VT

6. Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) Hinesburg, VT

7. #Matthew Smith ( 04VT ) Essex Jct., VT

8. Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) Wolcott, VT

9. Darrell Morin ( 17VT ) Westford, VT

10. Chris Roberts ( 3ME ) Washington, VT

11. Brendan Moodie ( 94VT ) Wolcott, VT

12. Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) Shelburne, VT

13. Matt White ( 42VT ) Northfield, VT

14. James Aube ( 41VT ) Charlotte, VT

15. Boomer Morris ( 13VT ) Barre, VT

16. Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) St. Johnsbury, VT

17. Stephen Donahue ( 2ME ) Graniteville, VT

18. Nick Sweet ( 88VT ) Barre, VT

19. Tom Sheehan ( 65NH ) Bow, NH


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. #Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) East Kingston, NH

2. Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) Hinesburg, VT

3. Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) Barre, VT

4. Jason Woodard ( 68VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

5. Rich Lowrey ( 8NH ) Charlotte, VT

6. Michael Martin ( 01VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT

7. #Keegan Lamson ( 55NH ) Berlin, VT

8. Tyler Austin ( 5VT ) East Calais, VT

9. Chris Laforest ( 56VT ) Barre, VT

10. Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) E. Burke, VT

11. Kyle Streeter ( 37VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

12. Stephen Martin ( 9VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT

13. Mike Billado ( 8VT ) Grand Isle, VT

14. Derrick Calkins ( 15VT ) Hinesburg, VT

15. Logan Powers ( 31VT ) Middlesex, VT

16. Brandon Lanphear ( 11VT ) Morrisville, VT

17. Danny Doyle ( 51VT ) Randolph Ctr., VT

18. Sam Caron ( 07VT ) Colchester, VT

19. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

20. Brett Wood ( 29VT ) Georgia, VT

21. Jaden Perry ( 92VT ) Hardwick, VT

22. Jason Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT

23. Bunker Hodgdon ( 83VT ) Wolcott, VT

24. Robert Gordon ( 20VT ) Milton, VT

25. #Kasey Beattie ( 45NH ) St.Johnsbury, VT

26. Adam Maynard ( 45VT ) Milton, VT

27. Eric Messier ( 88NY ) Hinesburg, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. #Kaiden Fisher ( 18 ) Shelburne, VT

2. JT Blanchard ( 66 ) Graniteville, VT

3. Jamie Davis ( 43 ) Wolcott, VT

4. Brandon Gray ( 00 ) E. Thetford, VT

5. Scott Weston ( 04 ) Berlin, VT

6. Tanner Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

7. #Luke Peters ( 26 ) Groton, VT

8. Tim Hunt ( 93 ) Derby, VT

9. #Kyler Davis ( 69 ) Berlin, VT

10. James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT

11. Cooper French ( 4 ) Northfield, VT

12. Justin Blakey ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT

13. Juan Marshall ( 79 ) Pittfield, VT

14. Josh Lovely ( 54 ) Williamstown, VT

15. Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT

16. Kyle MacAskill ( 7 ) Williamstown, VT

17. Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Waterbury, VT

18. Eric MacLaughlin ( 6 ) Milton, VT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Trevor Jaques ( 57 ) Milton, VT

2. Nate Brien ( 16 ) Williamstown, VT

3. Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT

4. Brian Putney ( 87 ) E. Cornith, VT

5. Justin Prescott ( 44 ) Williston, VT

6. Dan Garrett Jr. ( 54 ) Berlin, VT

7. Frank Putney ( 78 ) Graniteville, VT

8. Fred Fleury ( 99 ) Graniteville, VT

9. Josh Vilbrin ( 07 ) Northfield, VT

10. Sean McCarthy ( 86 ) Williamstown, VT

11. Keith Normand ( 28 ) Waterford, VT

12. Jamie York ( 68 ) Barre, VT

13. Steven Reno ( 00 ) Barre, VT

14. Clay Badger ( 9 ) E. Montpelier, VT

15. Jacob Hall-Larson ( 42 ) Northfield, VT

16. Rodney Campbell ( 10 ) Worcester, VT

17. Todd Raymo ( 26 ) Swanton, VT

18. Paige Whittemore ( 47 ) Graniteville, VT

19. Jonathan Hill ( 35 ) Corinth, VT

20. Luke Marcheski ( 65 ) Boston, MA


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Luke Marcheski ( 65 ) Boston, MA

2. Justin Prescott ( 44 ) Williston, VT

3. Josh Vilbrin ( 07 ) Northfield, VT

4. Trevor Jaques ( 57 ) Milton, VT

5. Dan Garrett Jr. ( 54 ) Berlin, VT

6. Brian Putney ( 87 ) E. Cornith, VT

7. Paige Whittemore ( 47 ) Graniteville, VT

8. Fred Fleury ( 99 ) Graniteville, VT

9. Rodney Campbell ( 10 ) Worcester, VT

10. Sean McCarthy ( 86 ) Williamstown, VT

11. Britney Lampro ( 00 ) Barre, VT

12. Jamie York ( 68 ) Barre, VT

13. Keith Normand ( 28 ) Waterford, VT

14. Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT

15. Nate Brien ( 16 ) Williamstown, VT

16. Frank Putney ( 78 ) Graniteville, VT

17. Jonathan Hill ( 35 ) Corinth, VT

18. Todd Raymo ( 26 ) Swanton, VT

19. Jacob Hall-Larson ( 42 ) Northfield, VT

20. Clay Badger ( 9 ) E. Montpelier, VT

Source: Thunder Road Speedbowl Media Director

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Upcoming NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to include changes for fans and drivers


Masks, social distancing, changes for drivers


New Hampshire Motor Speedway is preparing to host up to 18,000 people this weekend at the track’s annual NASCAR race, major changes will be made to the event.

Officials at the track have asked people to wear masks on the property, except for taking them off once seated. Seats will be spread out between groups, coolers are not allowed inside, tickets will be electronic and there will be no camping allowed.

“We take this very seriously and we know there will be a lot of eyeballs on us and we want to get it right,” General Manager David McGrath said.

There will be no practice or qualifying laps held for drivers.

On race day, gates to the park will open at 10 a.m. while gates to the track open at 1 p.m. and the green flag is set to fly at 3 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson completes initial IndyCar test (IndyCar)


Jimmie Johnson

Third time’s the charm – and what a charm it was for Jimmie Johnson

After missing out on planned NTT IndyCar Series tests at both Barber Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the past few months, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion was finally able to complete a test session at Indianapolis with Chip Ganassi Racing on Tuesday

When the run was complete, Johnson only found himself hungrier to compete with the tour after his impending NASCAR retirement. 

“It only lit the fire more. I want to do this more than ever before,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “It was something new, something different. NASCAR has been so good to me and I am so proud of the success I’ve had. But to try something new, man, this was really cool.”

The session wasn’t all smooth for Johnson. He had a limited allotment of tires, and hindered a pair of them with a pair of spins on the IMS road course as he got up to speed with the open wheel machine. But in the end the Californian emerged with runs that current points leader Scott Dixon called “very impressive” and left eager for another stint behind the wheel.