This past Friday evening, NEMA made a return to Claremont Speedway. Beautiful weather, despite a grim forecast, and a professionally run operation greeted the winged warriors at the Speedway. “I’m still at a loss for words. I don’t even know what to say,” were the first words from Jim Chambers on Saturday, following his first ever NEMA win at Claremont Speedway.
In the NEMA feature, Chambers bolted out into the lead on lap one. A caution for an altercation involving Paul Scally, brought the field back to its original formation. On the restart, which would be the only one of the race, Chambers quickly took command again.
Through the early stages of the race, Chambers paced the field at a torrid rate. Further back, Seth Carlson had quickly worked his way into second, and John Zych & Randy Cabral had worked their way from the last row into third and fourth by the halfway point.
The Carlson, Zych, Cabral trio looked to be gaining on Chambers in the late stages of the race, in heavy lapped traffic, but Chambers would have none of it, as he was flawless over the final laps of the race. He went on to take down the victory over Carlson, Zych, Cabral and Avery Stoehr.
“Throughout the day I focused on not over thinking or over driving the track. The car felt great in the heat race so we decided not to touch it other than getting stagger to where we wanted. During the race I think the biggest thing was having settled down and when the flag dropped I was ready to go. The whole race I had one thought… go as fast as this car will let me.. I had no idea if I had a car length or a straightaway ahead I just tried to be quick through traffic, smooth and hit my points. The last five laps I was so focused that it went by faster that I could ever imagine. I can’t explain how good my first win feels and I owe it to so many that have helped,” concluded Chambers.
In the Lites race, veteran Anthony Nocella wasted no time. He blasted through the field, and honed in on Andy Barrows in the #46. He made the move under Barrows down the back straight on lap eight, and he “ran away and hid” from the field in the Frank Manafort #76 machine. Behind Nocella, there was an exceptional battle for second between Barrows, Scott Bigelow and Randy Cabral. Bigelow made a number of attempts at Barrows, but came up short to finish third. Cabral and Jim Chambers completed the top five.
NEMA continues its summer stretch with a highly anticipated return to Star Speedway in Epping, NH on August 29th. A special “Showdown of Champions” will highlight the night.
Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association fell victim to the rain at Twin State Speedway Saturday night and now looks forward to a return to the famed Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vt. Sunday afternoon. The make-up date for Twin State has not been determined.
The NEMA Lites will be taking on Thunder Road’s banks as well. NEMA has not visited Thunder Road since 1992 when Greg Stoehr, driving for Jim Miller, won the feature. With few exceptions including defending champion Russ Stoehr, most of the NEMA competitors will be on the famed quarter mile for the first time. “There is no question it is a fast place and a challenge,” said NEMA President Mike Scrivani Jr., “but one we’ve been looking forward to. We put on a great show the last time we were there and we’ll do it again.”
Randy Cabral is among those testing Thurder Road for the first time. Others include Jeremy Frankowski, Chris Leonard, John Zych Jr., and Mike Horn. Horn’s dad Jeff was a Thunder Road winner back in 1991. Keith Botelho and Jim Miller, a driver this
time, are also contenders.
Anthony Nocella, who already had two wins this season, leads the Lites into Thunder Road. Bobby and Mike Seymour, Nocella’s owners, were solid Thunder Road performers in the past. The talented Lites group also includes Cabral, Anthony Marvuglio, Jim
Santa Maria and Carl Medeiros Jr., Waterford winner Ryan Bigelow and top rookie Seth Carlson.
Thunder Road was a regular NEMA stop in the early to mid 1960s. Len Thrall, Dick Brown, Jerry Russo, Billy Randall, Bill Eldridge and Joe Csiki, legends all, were winners.
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina- – The second NorthEastern Midget Association (NEMA) event of the year is set for this weekend at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire but former USAC Ford Focus Carolina champion Jeremy Frankoski is ready to hammer down. Boosting his readiness on the heels of a top-three finish in the season-opener at Waterford Speedbowl, the 24-year old is aiming for his first win of the season driving for Adam Cantor Racing (ACR).
Frankoski, the Huntersville, North Carolina resident has been steadily preparing for the second race of the season – despite the downtime between the two events. Significant communication with his ACR team has the entire confidence level high heading into Saturday’s race. “I’ve never been to Twin State Speedway but Adam Cantor Racing has so that’s comforting for me heading into the race. We had a good showing at Waterford, but as any team would, we would like to win. We’re definitely going to give it a shot this weekend.”
Frankoski and the ACR didn’t entirely stay dormant during NEMA’s off-time. Last month, the team qualified for the historic Night Before the 500, a USAC Mopar Midget race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The team had an impressive showing in their No. 7NY IGA / Lucas Oil Mopar but mechanical problems during the event forced a less than satisfying finish. Still, the team in their first ever attempt at the contest out-qualified several veterans racers and teams. “I’m proud of what we accomplished as a team,” Frankoski said. “We came in against the odds but we qualified solid and had a good run going, but
sometimes you just can’t control mechanical failures. We’ll look to make up for what we lost at Twin State Speedway.”
He finished off by saying, “this will be our third race together and with every race we are making gains. We still have a lot of room to grow but I’m excited to see what the rest of the season brings.” In two consecutive years with NEMA, Frankoski has tallied 27 starts, one win, nine top-fives and 18 top-10 finishes.
Claremont, NH – Randy Cabral made it two-for-two at Twin State Speedway, winning the rain-shortened 19-lap Northeastern Midget Association segment of Open Wheel Sunday. It was the fifth win of the season for defending champion and current point leader.
Coming from fifth, Cabral took the lead after a three-lap side-by-side battle with eventual runner-up Adam Cantor. The duel followed a lap 13 restart.
The win keeps Tim Bertrand in the owner’s point lead over Mike Jarret, Nokie Fornoro driving the latter’s car to a third. Jim Miller and Jeff Horn completed the top five.
The race, ended on a red-flag situation, Mike Horn, Greg Stoehr and Lee Bundy involved in an altercation. A sudden rainstorm appeared before the cleanup was complete.
Russ Wood Jr. won the 20-lap “Lites” feature. Wood took the lead with an eighth-lap master move.
Cantor, who started third, had the lead immediately, also lost a restart challenge to Cabral on lap five. He immediately got the lead back, however, and was in control when the second yellow flew.
“My car started to get a little tight and that was good for me,” said Cabral, who moved ahead out of turn four. “I was getting faster and faster and he appeared to be getting loose.”
Cantor was “loose off by then,” and “just couldn’t get wide open fast enough” on the restart.
Wood found a hole between leader Rick Hart and Anthony Nocella coming out of four in the caution-free “Lites” event. It was the first win of the season for the second-generation racer who started on the pole.
The race immediately turned into a four-way battle that continued to the checkered. Anthony Nocella, Jake Stergios and Rick Hart, the latter the only other leader, were in a bunch at the finish.
NEMA and the “Lites” continue the grand slam season finish at this weekend’s DAV at Seekonk Speedway.
NEMA Nuggets: Nokie Fornoro’s 12.484 mark on 17 was the fastest lap in the feature…Nokie’s son Lawson drove his first-ever race in the Lites event. “He kept the car straight and didn’t cause any trouble,” said the happy father…Barry Cannon returned after an eight-year absence to drive the Luggelle 77.
Claremont, NH – Dennis Fleury,owner of Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH; Jack Bateman, founder and president of the True Value Modified Racing Series, and New England racing legend Donnie “The Golden Jet” Miller have jointly announced plans for the second annual “Ricky Miller Memorial 100” modified stock car race, Sunday Oct 4.
The fall event, the second of two True Value Modified races at Twin State Speedway in 2009, will benefit David’s House, a home-away-from-home that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital at David’s House is the dream of a young boy named David Cyr, who passed away from leukemia in 1984 at the age of five. For three and a half years, David was treated at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover NH. Visiting David during his hospitalizations was easy for his parents who lived only 20 minutes away. But during this time his family met others who didn’t have that option; instead they slept in their cars, in the waiting room, or in a chair at bedside to be close to their child.
One week after David passed away, his parents and their friends began raising funds for David’s House. The first money was David’s own: $300.78 in birthday money and his dad’s spare change that David had stashed away throughout the house. Whenever David’s dad asked him what he was saving for, David always replied, “For a special reason, Dad.” That special reason has now served over 10,000 families from around the world!
Family spokesman Donnie Miller, with support from family and friends, raised over $15,000 last fall benefitting the Victory Junction Gang Camp. “Our family wanted to change it up this year and benefit a local organization. We chose David’s House. It’s a wonderful organization that does so much good for kids and their families. I know Ricky would be happy with our choice.”
Miller stated that fans will have the opportunity to sponsor race laps and participate in raffles and special drawings. “We will be announcing some additional plans in the future,” said Miller. This year’s race will also honor two popular racers that passed away last season, Donnie Ayer and Kirby Monteith. Ayer served as an honorary starter for last year’s race, battling cancer. Monteith died a few weeks in advance of the event. Both drivers raced at the Claremont track for years with much success.
“We know what their families are going through. We wanted to honor them out of respect for them and their families. Losing a loved one is a tough thing. Last years race helped us so much in dealing with our loss and hopefully this event will help them deal with their loss.” said Miller.
Last years race was a very competitive event won by Pennsylvania racer Matt Hirschman.
Claremont, NH – (October 27, 2008) — Northampton, PA.,modified star Matt Hirschman made his first start with the New England based True Value Modified Racing Series a successful one, besting a field of 25 racers, to win the New England Outdoor
Furnaces, “Ricky Miller Memorial 100,” Sunday, Oct 26, at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH. The race was the final event of the 2008 season.
It was the first appearance by the fifth year series at the famed New Hampshire oval, and the first time an “outside” driver has won a TVMRS sanctioned race. Hirschman entered the event this past Monday. He is the 2008 RoC modified champion
and winner of 12 major races this season.
At the drop of the green flag by honorary flagman, Claremont racing legend, Donnie Ayer, long-time Twin State racer and former track champion, Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., shot into the lead from his outside front row starting position and would hold the top spot, with Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH., in hot pursuit. Alexander wrestled the lead away for one circuit, on a lap 42 re-start, only to have the 2006 champion, Jarvis, take it back and lead the field until lap 61.
Hirschman moved to the point with Jarvis trying everything he could to get the lead back but the 25 year old hot shoe was able to hold off the Claremont Hall-of Fame member to notch the win.
At one point, Jarvis made a patented move to pull alongside the leader, as he dove low into turn three, to a cheering crowd, only to have one of eight caution flags slow the race. Hirschman said he knew Jarvis was there. ” I seen his move, the way my car was set-up, I could run his line and make that move, but my move was totally different, he made it once or twice and he almost made it work, I just had to run my line and if he got me, I thought I could probably get him back. It was like we were going to go back and forth right to the end, I was able to hold him off.”
The win by Hirschman is another milestone in his already successful season. “It feels good to add this to my season, to win in three of the major modified tours is an accomplishment that speaks for itself,” said the winning driver. “I know Teddy (Christopher), Stefanik, and a few others have run with the series, it’s a good accomplishment.” He added, ” What a race, man what a race, some of the hardest short track racing I’ve ever done, I was out of breath when the race was over, It was
intense, that was some good stuff,” said a smiling Hirschman.
Alexander finished third, followed by Jon McKennedy, and Rob Goodenough making up the top five. Sean Bodreau, Pasteryak, Mike Douglas, Todd Owen, and Kenny Barry rounded out the top ten.
Pasteryak won the 2008 series championship over Alexander and Mike Holdridge. Kenny White Jr, claimed the Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year title. Both drivers will be honored at the series championship banquet Saturday night November 15, at
Francis Farms, Rehoboth, MA.
Series officials requested fans stand on lap 12 and lap 84 in remembrance of Ricky Miller and Kirby Monteith. Monteith, a charter member and driver of the TVMRS, passed away two weeks ago.
Qualifying heat races were won by Douglas, D.Jarvis, and Owen.
28 teams entered the event. 26 cars started. The top 12 finishers were on the lead lap. Eight caution flags were displayed for minor mishaps. It took 56 minutes 22 seconds to complete the race.
CLAREMONT N.H. Racing at Twin State Speedway could not have gone smoother despite some rain on Saturday the postponed some features to Sunday. The New England Outdoor Furnaces Fall Challenge brought out the best of the best, while benefiting the Victory Junction Gang with Ricky’s Race for Kids.
The True Value Modifieds came out in force for the 100-lap event Sunday, putting on a memorable show that truly honored the memory of Ricky Miller. Matt Hirschman came through the victor after putting on a whale of a show. Hirschman started mid-pack, which meant some serious driving was needed to make headway into contention. The young gun wasted no time, going straight to the outside line and eating up the competition until coming alongside Jon McKennedy in the 73. The two battled for 9 laps before Hirschman decided it was best to take a spot in the line to save his tires for second half of the race.
Hirschman made more headway as spins brought out several restarts, allowing him to eat up a couple more cars and put himself into a spot to chase Dwight Jarvis, who had led the race comfortably for 60 laps at that time.
The two battle ferociously for the lead until a restart finally saw Hirschman take the lead, but the war wasn’t over. Jarvis set up the pass several times but couldn’t find the space to fit his pace. A final caution flag ended his chances at retaking the lead and he settled for second. Kirk Alexander finished third.
Twin State Speedway honored long-time racer Roger Raymond with a plaque before the race. The 100-lap feature was Raymond’s last of a storied 53-year-long racing career that started at the Thrasher Road speedplant.
Pro Stock action Saturday proved eventful but there was little movement in the top three. Russ Hersey started on the pole with Bryon baker lined up outside and that’s where they finished as well. Jeff Zuidema made some moves from his start in seventh to take third away from Brandon Ovitt.
The Pepsi Modifieds feature went to Chris Riendeau after a lengthy battle with Nate Kehoe who finished second. Dana Smith took third and put the finishing touch on his 2008 championship season. Chris Bergeron is two-for-two at Twin State Speedway, winning both races he has competed in. Bergeron fought through the pack and took the lead from Guy Caron in the closing laps of the race. Mark Hayward finished third. Todd Davis took home the championship title, beating out Dennis Stange.
Chris Wilk looked to have the Super Streets feature wrapped up, but Scott Zilinski had other plans, taking the lead with just a few laps left in the race. Edward Brehio III finished third in the race. Wilk took home the 2008 Super Streets championship.
The All-Star Trucks put on a show with Andy Lindeman taking home the checkered flag, far from his first at the speedway. Chris Austill took second and Derek Chriss filled out the podium. Ed Laquire Jr. went wire-to-wire in the Strictly Stocks followed by Ben Bushey in second. Jerrad Ledger took third.
The Sportsman race went to Jeff Murray in a final lap pass of Craig Smith for the lead. Dylan Bodreau took third.
Bobby Santos made short work of the NEMA midgets race, flying around the track and taking the checkered flag.
Twin State Speedway would like to thank all the fans and racers for a fantastic end to the season. Estimates on the funds raised for Ricky’s Race for Kids puts the number in the $15,000 region, a wonderful success.
Claremont, NH – Showing off his “traffic game” to perfection, Bobby Santos III won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Twin State Speedway’s Open Wheel Sunday. It was the last show of the season for NEMA.
Starting sixth, Santos drove the family #98 past early leader Mike Horn on lap four. Adam Cantor (Cantor 7ny), who had followed Santos to the front, assumed second less than a lap latter. The top two remained unchanged to the checkered, two thirds of the race run in traffic.
It was the fifth win for Santos who clinched a runner-up spot (behind Tim Bertrand) for his dad in the car owner standings.
Nokie Fornoro (Jarret 4), 2008 champion Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) and Joe Payne Jr., the latter in the #75 campaigned in the past by Lou Cicconi Jr., completed the top five.
There were three restarts including two over the final four laps. Payne got by William Wall on a lap 21 restart and then had to defend it two laps latter. Wall (Wall 5) held on for a hard-earned sixth.
Claremont, NH – The Northeastern Midget Association brings its 2008 campaign to a close at this weekend’s rescheduled Open Wheel Sunday at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH. Although both NEMA and Twin State are among New England’s oldest
racing institutions, the Midgets have run only two features at the semi-banked third mile.
Twin State is a major challenge. Kyle Carpenter was the last winner, besting Joey Payne Jr. and Adam Cantor in 2005. Dave Humphrey (1973) is the only other NEMA Twin State winner.
It is the final opportunity for teams to grab that elusive win. Adam Cantor (Cantor 7ny), Erica Santos (Breault 44), Jeremy Frankoski (Bertrand 47b)and Nokie Fornoro (Jarret 4) have had impressive runs this year. Fornoro came from last to second last
week at Thompson’s World Series. Erica Santos and Frankoski have been second this year (both at Waterford Speedbowl) while Cantor has been in the top five nine times.
They hope to join a win list that includes champion Randy Cabral, Bobby Santos III, Greg Stoehr, Payne and Jeff Abold. Coveted top-10 spots in both the driver and owner standings are still to be determined.
Their respective championships secured, there are still things to be accomplished for Cabral and owner Tim Bertrand. They’re after a fourth straight and a ninth overall win. Fornoro was the last to win four in a row (in was actually six straight) driving for Mike Scrivani in 1981.
The six straight tied the record for consistency established by Joe Csiki in 1963. Csiki won 11 times that year. Fornoro won 10 of 20 in ’81.
Claremont, NH.(September 15, 2008) – - For years as a race driver, legendary Donnie “The Golden Jet” Miller had a strong feeling, something that always gnawed at him. Something he always wished he could change. He tried but often fell on deaf ears. “It always bothered me that the guys putting on the show had to pay to put on the show. We were the only sport that did that, it’s still that way, and if I had a shot at it, I’d do it.” said the Claremont multi-champion.
Miller will have his way on Sunday, Sept 28, the day the True Value Modified Racing Series makes it’s first ever appearance at the Twin State Speedway, a race track that is near and dear to the Miller family. The event will be run in honor of Ricky Miller, who passed away in 2004, an established racer, a former Claremont, RiversidePark, and NASCAR modified standout.
The Golden Jet wants to show appreciation to those that are competing in the first annual, “Ricky Miller Memorial 100”, presented by New England Outdoor Furnaces. “I’m paying the pit fee for the modified drivers. I’ve arranged for their own window, all they have to do is sign in and be on their way. No lines. It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. I appreciate these guys coming out and supporting this race. I want to see modifieds go around TwinState again.”
Miller, who started racing in 1964, is the holder of a special record that will never be broken. He won the track championship at Claremont in 1972 on dirt and then won the track title the year after on asphalt.
Miller and his family have been hard at work with a cast of supporters lining up raffle and door prizes to benefit the Victory Gang Junction organization. Kyle and Patty Petty founded the camp to help chronic and terminally ill children. Miller, and his wife Barb, have donated $1,000 cash that will go to some lucky race day ticket holder.
“I want it to be an event and not just another race.” The support and assistance he’s getting from the Twin State Speedway staff has been big. “I want this to be a big success for Dennis, a bright sunny day, and a big crowd for the return of the modifieds.“This is hard for me, with my son and all, but I wanted this to happen. Barb, Donnie, and Heidi, we are grateful.
Those wishing to contribute to the raffle for the Victory Gang Junction drawings can do so by logging on to www.rickysraceforkids.comAdditional information is also available at the special website Race time is 12 noon Sept 28.
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Time is quickly running out until Twin State Speedway throws open the doors for the New England Outdoor Furnaces’ Fall Challenge.
The two-day race extravaganza has been gaining momentum during the week between Twin States final regular season and the Challenge.
The two day event has been split into a Full Fendered Saturday, featuring Pro Stocks for the first time in 2008. Look out for local names like Aaron Fellows, Barry Gray, Chris Wilk, Mike Parks, Byron Baker, Dave Davis Jeff Zuidmia, Fran Colson, Guy Caron, Kris Lymon, Steve Gauthier George Frost, Walt Hammond, Donnie Lashua, Scott Brooks, James Hancock, Phil Meany, Bucky Demars, Russ Hersey,Brandon Ovitt, Rob Williams, Ron Smith, Zach Jewett, Kevin Bolduc and Adam Brooks, all of which have made clear their intentions to dominate the Thrasher Road Speedplant.
The Pro Stocks are far from the only Saturday show, which will also include Late Models, Super Streets, Stirctly Stocks, 4-Cylinder Enduros, Youth Sportsmen. Race tours Allison Legacy and All Star Race Trucks will also join the Fall fray.
As if that wasn’t enough, Sunday has been dedicated to Open Wheel excitement.
The headliner will of course be the True Value Modified tour in the Ricky Miller Memorial 100, a fundraiser that will benefit the Victory Junction Gang, an organization that runs a camp for chronic and terminally ill children.
Also on the track will be the Twin State Speedway’s own Pepsi Modifieds, the Pro 4 Modifieds and NEMA Midgets.
Practices start Friday with free grandstand admission starting at .
Saturday’s action begins at as well after a practice session. Grand stands open at as well. Sunday shares the same start times.
Grand stand tickets are $20 for each day or $35 for a two-day pass. Kids five-years-old and under get in free while kids six to 15 can get in for $10.
Pit passes are $15 for Friday and $35 for each day of the weekend, a two-day pit pass is also available for $60.
For more information contact the track office at (603) 543-3180 or check out the Web site www.Twinstatespeedway.net. More information on Ricky’s Race for Kids and the Ricky Miller Memorial 100 can be found at www.rickysraceforkids.com.
CLAREMONT – TwinStateSpeedway ended the regular season on a high note Friday night.
With 50 points just for showing up at the New England Outdoor Furnaces two-day race fest, Friday night was the last chance for racers to make moves for the season championship.
Todd Davis has essentially locked up the Late Model crown, playing it safe Friday night and finishing his season with a sizeable lead of 25 points over second place.
In the Modifieds Dana Smith came needed a backup car to make the feature after a heat race wreck left his primary ride out of commission.
Smith finished the season with just a five point buffer between himself and second place Arthur Heino Jr.
Chris Wilk locked up the Super Streets title despite leaving the feature with a broken axle, he leads the pack with 962 points, 49 more than second place Dola Holland.
Joey Jarvis has nailed down a well deserved season title with nearly flawless flair. Jarvis made winning a commonplace thing, tallying 1022 points.
The best car count of the season greeted fans in the stands Friday, of which there were many, and the new competitors shook things up on the track a bit as well.
None shook the asphalt as much as the 2007 Late Model season champion Chris Bergeron, who has been traveling to different tracks in the 2008 season, spending most of his time at White MountainsMotorsportsPark.
That time and experience gained away from the Thrasher Road speedplant paid dividends Friday night, while the 27 pulled away from the pack in both the heat and feature races, eventually earning the checkered flag.
Bergeron started ninth in the feature race but only needed 12 laps to take the lead as he ate up the competition.
Bryan Town held tight after starting the race on the pole, giving up only one spot to finish second.
Chris Riendeau started eighth and pieced together a third place finish ahead of Dennis Greenwood in fourth and Josh King in sixth.
Points leader Davis finished 12, one spot behind Dennis Stange in 11.
Nate Kehoe made short work of the Modified feature, winning the pole and then the feature race as most of the trouble happened behind him.
It’s the first feature win for Kehoe in 2008.
Division rookie NormanForest took second place ahead of fellow rookie Chris Riendeau.
Scott MacMichael has been getting a lot of compliments on the shiny new white bodywork on his number 3 ride, most have yet to realize it’s an entirely new car.
There was no mistaking the new car Friday night as MacMichael pulled away from the pack during heat race action to start on the pole.
The Super Streets race only became a battle for the lead once perennial contenders Holland and Wilk pulled up in second and third place.
Wilk ended up leaving the race with a broken axle, but Holland soldiered on, eventually working his was past MacMichael and taking the lead.
Ryan Bell ran strong and finished third.
Joey Jarvis ended his season like he started it – with a win.
Jarvis started in sixth in a field filled with racers from Canaan Speedway who came to join the fray.
The extra cars didn’t phase Jarvis in the least and there was little time between the start and his pass of Ben Poland for the lead.
Poland held tough and finished second, well ahead of Ben Bushey in third.
Jeff Murray took yet another win in the Sportsman feature race, beating our Craig Smith in second and Dylan Bodreau in third.
Shawna Wallace took fourth and Kaitlin Stone rounded out the top five.
Dickie Houle won the 50-lap Wildcats race in his Honda CRX, beating out another Honda race, Eric Danieli in second.
Cody Small took third in his Volkswagen.
Friday night ended the regular season festivities at the Speedway, but the action isn’t over.
After a one week break the speedplant will throw open the doors once again for a Fall racing extravaganza, featuring two days of racing action. Saturday will feature a bevy of fendered cars on the asphalt, while Sunday will bring out the True Value Modified Racing Tour as well as other opened wheeled divisions.
The car count increased once again Friday night with the reintroduction of several Thrasher Road veterans, including 2007 Super Streets Champion Steve Bly, Ryan Bell, Drew Davis and Joe Lanou. The new competitors have made the already exciting class even better, and are giving the guys who have been winning all season long a run for their money. Allen Fellows piloted the 29 to a pole position for the start and made good use of his forward location by going wire-to-wire. There was some serious pressure applied from behind by Bell,who was looking for a way into the lead for the latter half of the feature. Dola Holland and Chris Wilk started back in the pack but didn’t waste any time before they were battling side-by-side for third and alook at passing Bell for second. Lap after lap passed and both Wilk and Holland had traded chances on taking second, but without success. With laps runningdown, the focus of the battle shifted from a look at second to a place on podium at all. Holland found his way into the lower line while Wilk stayed high, creating a drag race down the final stretch to the finish. Fellows won, Bell took second, and Holland edged out Wilk for the last spot. Travis Cass has been fast in several heat races but couldn’t turn that speed into success in the feature.
With a starting spot in third,Cass had a shot at making a few moves early on to get out of traffic and that’s exactly what he did. Cass passed pole starter Luke Hinkley on the low side and had similar success against Chris Riendeau as well, taking the lead and setting himself up for an easy race with little pressure beyond a few restarts.
Riendeau finished second one week ago, and has already made his mark in the Late Model division. Mark Merrill worked his way from the back of the pack after leaving before the start to fix a loose gas cap to take third. Points leader Todd Davis took seventh after getting pushed up into the wall on the front stretch, losing his front bumper in the process. Dennis Stange, who entered the race second in the points,made no headway on Davis, finishing eighth. Arthur Heino Jr. needed a strong finish Friday night to apply the pressure to his points leading cousin Dana Smith. He got what he needed. Heino started fourth and paired up with Smith to cut their way through traffic before Smith was sent to the back as part of a spin resulting from three-wide racing in turn two. Heino took the lead shortly after and never looked back,while the battle for second was on. Once again Riendeau was sitting in second and racing strongly despite a practice session wreck that left some parts of his car bent up. Smith worked his way through the pack once again, eventually overtaking Riendeau and locking up second. Riendeau finished third.
Joey Jarvis continued his torrid streak in the Strictly Stocks, taking yet another win. Ben Poland passed the speedy Tara Tarbell for with laps running out. Tarbell took third. Twin State rookie Erin Vien proved that a 350 powered car can keep up with the 305′s, taking sixth in the feature. Craig Smith won the Sportsman race, piloting his orange Dodge Neon to a win ahead of Jeff Murray in the number 3 and Dylan Bodreau in the 26. Several Wildcats teams were thrown through a loop when track officials checked rear suspension for rules compliance, disqualifying five cars, including the top three finishers of the race. Technicians checked rear springs, which must remain stock for the make and model year of the car. The only spring that is allowed to be switch is the right front. When the dust settled, David Leitch was awarded the win ahead of Bruce Jaycox and Edward LeClair.
The regular season ends this coming Friday with the LaValley’s Building Supply
“Crowning the champions” night. Racing starts at 7 p.m., and with several close
points races,there could be some serious shakeups. Don’t forget about the weekend of Sept. 28-29. New EnglandOutdoor Furnaces is sponsoring a one of the most exciting shows to ever take tothe Speedway asphalt.
The weekend starts with Full Fender Saturday, featuring Pro Stocks, LateModels, All Star Race Trucks, Super Streets, Strictly Stocks, Allison LegacySeries, Sportsman, Wildcats/Enduros. It doesn’t end there though.
The next day is Open Wheel Sunday, featuring the True Value Modified Tour,
NemaMidgets, Nema Lites, Pepsi Modifieds, Pro-Four Mods and of course the Ricky
Miller Memorial 100.
Come for both days or come for one, it’s a show that can’t be missed.
Nobody has made the season seem as full as Todd Davis, stretching his points lead in the Late Model division at Friday night. Davis started mid-pack and stayed patient until the mid-point of the 30-lap competition to start making some serious moves towards the front.
A couple spins and overheating cars provided just enough restarts for Davis to motor past the competition. Chris Riendeau, who started on pole, was the last obstacle between Davis and a win – he would not be denied. Riendeau slipped back to third as Davis and then Stange passed for first and second. Dallas Trombley had to settle for fourth after being trapped behind an overheating Gary Knight, creating a slick mist. Knight was black flagged on lap 23 for his overheating issues, but remained on the track until a caution was thrown on lap 28 and was sent to the pits. Mark Merrill finished fifth.
Aaron Fellows was fast in the heat races and kept the same blistering pace in the feature race to take yet another win in his brief 2008 Modified campaign.
Fellows started seventh before zipping through traffic with the help of restarts before overtaking pole starter Richard Fournier for the lead with several laps remaining. From there it was smooth sailing for Fellows, who often had a mirror full of Fournier, but was fast enough to slowly pull away for the win. Chris Riendeau pieced together his second podium finish of the night in third.
The Super Streets feature grabbed attention from the pits as Peter Jarvis, Dola Holland and Chris Wilk battled it out well ahead of the rest of the pack.
Jarvis started on the outside pole with Russ Davis on his left in the lead. On the third lap Davis’ car broke down, sending him sliding sideways off the track into the weeds on turn two. Jarvis assumed the lead and didn’t waste the opportunity and started to stretch out a lead while Holland and Wilk were working their way up from mid-pack. Competition between the two has been tight all summer as the two drivers jostle for wins. What has resulted from the close competition has been a healthy sense of respect on the track between the two, and many hand shakes in the pits afterwards. The two racers slowly closed the gap on Jarvis while battling for second place. The two cars made contact several times, nudging and pushing to find that extra inch of track they needed to make the pass. At one point Wilk nudged Holland a little two hard, causing Holland to fall off pace for a second. Wilk slowed as well, allowing the 47 to get back up to speed before resuming their battle.
Holland and Wilk took turns making runs at the veteran leader, failing to find a way past him for seven laps before Holland dove low, and followed by Wilk, passed Jarvis. With Holland in first Wilk couldn’t get a head of steam good enough to take the lead and settled for second. Jarvis finished third. Joey Jarvis took another win in the Strictly Stocks competition. Ben Poland took third and Kyle Davis finished third. Tara Tarbell missed out on the feature when her car ejected an axle on the front stretch during heat racing. The car spun to a stop while the wheel and axle continued down the track before coming to a stop on the infield. Cody Small earned a win in the Wildcats race, outpacing Kyle Small in second and Bruce Jaycox in third.
The high price of steel has made demolition derbys harder to come by. Old cars have been getting sold for scrap metal instead of raced, which led to a four-car show at Twin State Friday night. Eric Danielli locked up the whole deal, winning both the 20-lap race and derby in his Subaru Impreza.
ATV’s showed up to make use of the infield dirt obstacle course, putting on a dusty show of guts and horsepower. The course is growing in popularity each week, doubling the amount of competitors from last week. Sunday action was just as intense as Friday’s as race teams are starting to really feel the time pinch for making moves in the points race. Mark Merrill earned his win in the Late Model feature, rebuilding some of the momentum lost recently to bad luck.
Sunday was Mark Merrill’s turn to take back his race winning form that has been slowed by bad luck. Fast in both the heat and feature race, there was little that could stop the streaking 99. Merrill won the outside pole and checked out on the competition despite several restarts. Todd Davis followed Merrill closely but wasn’t going to put his points lead in jeopardy hunting for the win and settled into second place. Close behind followed Dennis Stange, runner-up in the points and looking to take a bite out of Davis’ lead, but couldn’t muster the speed to do the deed before laps ran out. Dana Smith was worried whether he’d find the lead again before the season closed.
The 14 was in top form Sunday, taking the green flag in fourth and battling shortly with Richard Fournier before the low line gave him the lead. Fournier, a rookie who has come on strong in the past few weeks, started on outside pole and held tight for much of the feature, but settled for second. Arthur Heino Jr. -the points leader – took third. Seth Melcher said sayonara to the competition, pulling way out ahead of the pack and taking the Sportsman feature win. Jeff Murray took second and Craig Smith filled out the podium.
Kyle Small wrapped up the Wildcats race in short order, beating out Friday’s winner Cody Small and constant threat Bruce Jaycox in third.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road Speedplant Friday night sponsored by Advance Trucks, Trailers and Heavy Equipment. The night will feature a full slate of racing and add on the first truck race on the infield Tuff Truck dirt course.
Don’t forget about the weekend of Sept. 28-29. New England Outdoor Furnaces is sponsoring a one of the most exciting shows to ever take to the Speedway asphalt. The weekend starts with Full Fender Saturday, featuring Pro Stocks, Late Models, All Star Race Trucks, Super Streets, Strictly Stocks, Allison Legacy Series, Sportsman, Wildcats/Enduros. It doesn’t end there though.
The next day is Open Wheel Sunday, featuring the True Value Modified Tour, Nema Midgets, Nema Lites, Pepsi Modifieds and Pro-Four Mods.
Come for both days or come for one, it’s a show that can’t be missed.
ATV’s came to the track to try out the new ‘Tuff Truck’ dirt track on the infield, putting on a dirty dusty show on the twists and banked turns. Bryan Town took a win in the Late Model feature, starting mid-pack and patiently working his way forward. Town has been knocking on the door all season, which makes Sunday’s performance no surprise.
Racing finally won the battle Sunday night after three consecutive rain-outs at Twin State Speedway — the opportunity was not wasted. Bryan Town took the top spot in the Late Model feature after starting in eighth and picking off opponents with surgical precision. He didn’t spend much time there, assuming the comfortable lead ahead of Dallas Trombley as the feature came to an end.
Dennis Stange secured third place to take a bite out of Todd Davis’ point race lead. Recent rule changes swelled the ranks of the Super Streets division, which now allowed both Hoosier and American Racer tires. Previously only the Hoosiers were allowed.
In a class constantly seeking more traction, more rubber means more speed.
Thirteen Super Streets took to the track, including some Thrasher Road veterans
including Joe Lanou, Ryan Bell and Robert Hagar to name but a few. While the old shoes put on a show, they couldn’t outrace the guys that have stayed at the track all summer, namely Dola Holland and Chris Wilk, who finished one and two in the feature race. Lanou took third place ahead of Sidney LaQuire in fourth and Bell in fifth.
Holland started in third before working his way behind leader Nicholas Boivin who started on pole. Boivin spun in turn four of the first lap giving MacMichael the lead and Holland second place.
A loose gas cap sent Wilk to the rear to start the race. Holland mixed it up with MacMichael for a few laps, but the difference in handling was obvious –Holland was simply faster. Wilk worked his way through the pack with the help of a few restarts and a quick car through the corners while MacMichael got tangled up in a wreck and restarted at the back of the field. Lanou kept clean to hold on to third at the end of 25-laps.
Arthur Heino Jr. won the Modified feature after a heat race wreck sent his crew
scrambling to replace his front bumper, forgoing the replacement of the sheet-metal that normally adds to the car’s wedge shape and leaving the radiator exposed.
Perhaps the wreck worked to Heino’s advantage, with several cars overheating and spreading water on the racing surface before the race had completed.
Richard Fournier started on the pole and checked out on the field for a comfortable three car lead before a caution brought the field back even for a restart, where Fournier found himself on the outside looking in as first Heino then Dana Smith and David Knight flowed through the low line and took him not only out of the lead but off the podium as well. Heino held on through several restarts to take the win, while Smith faltered on the last restart, allowing Knight to take second place and put himself in a direct battle with Aaron Fellows for third. The two races neck-and-neck for four laps before Fellows nosed ahead for the checkered flag.
Ben Poland took a win in the Strictly Stocks feature despite a rough night of trying to get his 00 car to handle. Joey Jarvis was in the lead until his engine packed up on him, symptoms point towards a lifter issue. Ben Bushey finished second and Tara Tarbell took third place. Kyle Small won the Wildcats feature, besting Bruce Jaycox and Jeremiah Losee who finished second and third. Seth Melcher poured it on in the Sportsman race to take the win. Melcher beat out perennial contender Jeff Murray in second and Craig Smith in third.
This coming weekend will be a double show for the Speedway as management is
searching for a chance to catch up after last week’s complete rain-out.
Racing will take place as usual Friday night, with a Sunday weekend capper night starting at 5 p.m..
With soft car counts in the class racers and management have been scratching their heads for ways to attract more racers.
Monday night, Twin State Speedway had a pow-wow with competitors in the class to get their input on the situation, and they got plenty.
The end results will make it easier for racers to enjoy both Twin State Speedway, and several other tracks in the region that race on other nights.
The main change will be the allowance of American Racer rubber in the division that had previously only been allowed to run a seven inch Hoosier tire.
The new tire rule hits right where racers feel it most, in the wallet, and means nobody will have to buy a full set of Hoosiers just to try out the action at one of the region’s finest racing facilities.
With four races left in the regular season at the Thrasher Road Speedplant, the points racing has never been hotter.
Leading the Late Model pack is Todd Davis with 667 points. The number 34 has been dangerously fast all season, most recently winning Aug. 1.
“We really started to come into it as the race wore on,” Davis said. “I had awesome bite coming off the corner.”
Davis has been biting all season long with three feature wins so far and five podium finishes overall.
Sitting second in the points is Athol, Mass. native Dennis Stange in the 44 car with 646 points, just 21 behind the leader.
Stange has had streaks of hot and cold this season, punctuated with several weeks of sour luck, but he has still managed to be competitive each week.
Stange has won a Davis matching three features and has placed on the podium a total of six times this season.
Third place belongs to Dennis Greenwood in his 73 machine with 612 points. He’s 55 points out of first place, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make some things happen in these closing weeks.
Fourth place Mark Merrill knows how to make things happen this season, and is threatening to take third away from Greenwood before shifting his gaze to Stange and Davis.
Merrill is sitting on 598 points, 69 out of first but only 14 behind Greenwood.
The of course is Dallas Trombley in fifth place with 525 points, who has made his own waves this season with three feature wins, making him a dangerous opponent going into the final stretch.
The Modified division is dominated by the Turkey Hill Racing team right now, with Dana Smith in first place at 689 points followed closely by Arthur Heino Jr. in second with 675, just 14 behind.
Nate Kehoe has stung along a consistent season by staying out of trouble and finishing near the top every week, he’s earned 577 points using his patient method.
Fifth place Calvin Poland has fought through nearly weekly bad luck to hold onto fourth place with 567 points, just 10 points behind Kehoe.
Richard Fournier is holding down fifth place with 536 points.
Chris Wilk and Dola Holland duke it out each week in the Super Streets division, and it shows in the points.
Wilk holds a 68 point lead over Holland with his 728 tally while Holland has 660. The two teams have traded the top spot several times this season, including an exciting race July 24, which really saw what these guys can do.
Third place in the point standings belongs to Scott MacMichael with 618 points, 110 out of first place and 42 behind second.
Joey Jarvis has had a strangle hold on the Strictly Stock division all season, making it a rarer sight to see him out of the lead than in it.
Jarvis has accumulated 758 points for his efforts, placing him on solid ground with a 102 point lead over second place Ben Poland.
Poland has 656 points so far, a number that would be larger had his car not caught fire before he could take the green flag a couple weeks back.
Kyle Davis is in third place with 626 points.
Robert Leitch is on top of the Wildcats list with 632 points. Bruce Jaycox sits in third with 606, just 26 out of the lead.
Jeremiah Losee is a solid third with 548 points.
Racing returns to the Speedway Friday night at 7 p.m. sponsored by Class A Auto & Truck New and Used Parts of Charlestown, NH. The night will include the Atlantic Coast Old Timers in their historic racing rigs, Spectator Drags for the fans and a full weekly card of racing.
The September 28 race, presented by New England Outdoor Furnaces, will honor the memory of one of the regions local heroes who started his racing career at the Upper Valley speed plant. The popular second generation driver passed away in 2004.
When previously announced in March, Donnie Miller, father of the late racer,
disclosed his intent to make the event a fundraiser and chose the Petty family’s Victory Junction Gang organization “I want this event to mean something special and that is why I have decided to make it a fund raiser for Kyle and Patty Petty’s Victory Junction Gang Camp, said the legendary driver.” He added, “They founded this camp to help chronic and terminally ill children. I hope we can get support from all of the businesses in and around the Claremont area and the race fans to make this a great success. It would be great to be able to make a nice sized donation to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.”
An effort to reach the goals Miller speaks off is presently underway. With 100 % of all proceeds going to Victory Junction Gang Camp, a special website has been established where fans can make contributions, sponsor race laps, view prizes to be raffled, and receive fundraising updates, as the special race date draws near. Fans are encouraged to log on to www.rickysraceforkids.com.
A special door prize will be given away to a lucky race fan holding the winning
adult ticket on race day. Donnie and Barb Miller have contributed a crisp $1,000 bill to be awarded to the lucky fan.
The racers will also have a chance at the “green stuff.” The inaugural event for the TVMRS at Twin State Speedway will pay $2,000 to-win and $475 dollars to start the race.
Late Models and Super Streets took to the track simultaneously for their feature races, lending to some exciting racing and an eye opening experience for the drivers.
The mixed class feature was a suggestion that met with some hesitation during a
pre-race meeting with Late Model and Super Streets drivers in the pits. A soft
car count in the Speedway’s most powerful division due to various conditions led race officials to seek an alternative feature that would prove entertaining even with less cars than usual. The solution was to lump the two fastest closed wheel divisions together for 30-laps, the result was a race that proved better thanmost had anticipated. Late Model winner Todd Davis wasn’t entirely sold on the idea. In fact, the race didn’t even spread out very much, with the Super Street field maintaining an eight car gap between themselves and the back of the Late Model field. Dallas Trombley finished second in the Late Models ahead ofGary Knight Jr. Dola Holland finished in the runner-up spot after Phil Hayesblew his engine and Nicholas Boivin was black flagged for rough riding. Aaron Fellows won his second consecutive Modified race,checking out on the field. David Knight pieced together
a second place finish and Arthur Heino Jr. took third. Joey Jarvis won the
Strictly Stock feature. Ben Poland tooksecond and Tara Tarbell finished third.
Dylan Bodreau won the Sportsman race, beating out JeffMurray and Craig Smith.
Bruce Jaycox continued his reign in the Wildcats. Kyle Smalltook second and Eric Danieli filled out the podium.
Dennis Stange hasn’t had much luck as of late, getting tangled in wrecks for a couple weeks and watching the gap in the points race between himself and leader Todd Davis grow larger.
The 44 car was quick through heat racing, earning the pole for the feature race. Stange didn’t waste the opportunity and pulled away from the pack, scarcely having to check his mirror for competition until Travis Cass, who started seventh, worked his way through traffic and was rapidly eating up Stange’s lead.
Stange took to the low line to protect his lead and Cass, though faster, couldn’t find a clean line past and settled for second.
Mark Merrill finished third.
Aaron Fellows took a win in the Modified feature, though it wasn’t the way he would have liked to take it.
Closely following Dana Smith, the two pulled away from traffic and eventually caught up with the tail end of the field once more.
Smith committed to a low line down the back stretch, which resulted in a quick brake check to avoid Richard Fournier. Fellows stayed high and assumed the lead with two laps to go, taking the checkered flag.
Arthur Heino Jr. took a solid third ahead of Calvin Poland in fourth. Zach Jewett finished fifth.
The Super Streets were as quick as ever and none had more speed than Dola Holland and Chris Wilk, who finished first and second in the feature after matching up on a restart.
Holland started in third but pounded into the lead in no time. Wilk started farther back at fifth and had to pick his way through traffic before finding some open air in the gap Holland had created between himself and the pack.
On the restart the two cars were neck and neck, but Holland would not be denied in his quest for the Rookie of the Year award, and edged out the 15 for the win.
Phil Hayes finished third.
Tara Tarbell took her first win in the Strictly Stock feature after Ben Poland caught fire before the green flag dropped and Joey Jarvis left the track less than half-way through with an engine problem.
“The wiring under the dash caught fire,” Poland confessed.
Tarbell didn’t bat an eye as she pulled away from the pack to take the win ahead of Kyle Davis and Michael Spear.
Jeff Murray took the win for the Sportsman feature ahead of Dylan Bodreau who battled with Craig Smith for the runner-up spot. Bodreau won out and Smith finished third.
Jeremiah Losee won the Wildcats feature ahead of Bruce Jaycox in second and Robert Leitch in third.
Eric Danieli and Kyle Small filled out the top five.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant Friday night, sponsored by The Insurance Center and Travelers Insurance Company with kids bike races and a double Strictly Stock feature.
The following week, sponsored by Lambert Auto and Dominos Pizza with a 40-lap Strictly Stock race and the All-Star truck tour as well.
Dallas Trombley was really rolling through the corners Friday night, starting on the outside pole and pacing leader Ricky Bly for a few laps before ducking low for the pass through turn four. From that point on it was bye bye Trombley as he pulled away from the pack and never looked back before taking the checkered flag. Bly’s car was wider than ever as he fought to maintain second place, Luke Hinkley settled for third. Points leader Todd Davis finished fourth ahead of Dennis Greenwood.
Arthur Heino Jr. took the checkered flag in the Modified feature race after an early wreck mixed the field. Nate Kehoe, who started on the pole, took second place and Norman Forest took third. Dana Smith came back from the back of the field to finish fourth ahead of Richard Fournier.
Chris Wilk made short work of the Super Streets feature, stretching out a full straight lead by lap 17 before taking the checkered flag. Phil Hayes took second ahead of Scott MacMichael in third. Dola Holland and Nick Boivin filled out the top five.
Joey Jarvis started at the back of the pack in the Strictly Stocks feature, but after five laps was in the lead and pulling away. Jarvis has won all but one race this season, dominating the class.
Division rookie Tara Tarbell took second place after starting on the pole while Ben Poland used patience to get by Michael Spear for third.
Dylan Bodreau took the top spot in the Sportsman feature, battling with Craig Smith for much of the race before passing for the lead enveloped in lap traffic. Mike Jalbert finished third ahead of Seth Melcher and Kaitlin Stone.
Bruce Jaycox won the Wildcats race, beating out Robert Leitch and Jeremiah Losee.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant this Friday sponsored by Lucky’s Sales. It will be a special night featuring the ACOT tour and a classic car show (two free tickets for every classic car that comes). On top of it all, there will be free tickets to Bear Ridge.
Looking down the stretch, the first race of August, sponsored by The Insurance Group, will feature kids bike race and a double Strictly Stock feature. Racing starts at 7 p.m. every Friday night with rain dates Sunday at 6 p.m..
Results of the Modified feature are unofficial pending an engine test, but Dana Smith easily took the win, streaking away from the pack at the mid-point and never looking back.
It soon became a battle for second, which Richard Fournier was defending from a hard charging Calvin Poland and Nate Kehoe.
Kehoe and Poland collided coming through turn four on the last lap, relegating them to the back of the field and giving David Knight the third spot.
Late Model feature winner Todd Davis proved that the race isn’t over until he decides it is.
Dennis Stange led for most of the race before loosening up and spinning in turn four, sending him to the back of the pack. Second place runner Bryan Town assumed the lead and held tight while Davis have him a mirror full of his bumper.
The two jockeyed for position for three laps and Town appeared to have the upper hand, staying low in the corners, until Davis got under him and accelerated into the lead coming out of turn four on the last lap.
Guy Caron, who returned to the Thrasher Road speedplant for a little fun took third place.
Dola Holland took the top spot in the Super Streets race, finding his way to the front of the pack and taking the checkered flag without incident.
Chris Wilk finished second while Scott MacMichael settled into third.
Phil Hayes and Russ Davis filled out the top five.
Joey Jarvis’ win showed just how dominant he has been in the division this season, picking through traffic and pulling away from the crowd to take the checkered flag for a ride.
Ben Poland took second while Kyle Davis finished third.
Robert Leitch proved the fastest in the Wildcats race, outpacing Eric Danieli in second and Bruce Jaycox in third.
Danieli spent most of the race battling with Kyle Small for the runner-up spot until Small pulled off the track with engine trouble.
Dylan Bodreau won the sportsman division feature ahead of Craig Smith in the 29 and Mike Jalbert in the 55.
Kaitlin Stone and Shawna Wallace filled out the top five finishers.
Racing returns to Twin State Speedway this Friday night at 7 p.m..
Features for the night will include the S.T.A.R. tour and free grandstand admission for kids in uniform – all sponsored by Bond Auto Parts.
Looking ahead, Twin State Speedway will host the ACOT tour on July 25 and a Classic Car show – two free grandstand tickets per car. Also, look out for free tickets to Bear Ridge dirt track all sponsored by Lucky’s Sales in South Royalton Vt..
Other classes paid out similarly high checks.Mark Merrill emerged the victor and survivor of a Late Model feature that had many of the traits associated with a demolition derby. Merrill avoided many of the messes after a first lap spinout, and found himself in second place behind Dallas Trombley after the final restart. It took a few laps, but Merrill finally got around Trombley and into first place to take the win, his second in a row. Merrill avoided a big wreck but only by the skin of his teeth after the 44 and 31 collided coming out of turn 2, sending both cars sliding down the back stretch and the rest of the field diving for cover.
Second place went to Trombley while Todd Davis came back from an early race
tangle to take third place. John Meany Jr. and Luke Hinkley filled out the top five. Arthur Heino Jr. took the checked flag for a ride after streaking away from the pack in the Modified race. As the race ran down, so did Heino’s lead as Aaron Fellows started to close the gap.Fellows ran out of laps and settled for second and Calvin Poland took third. There was no looking back for Chris Wilk, starting on pole and checking out on the competition to take the win in the super Street feature. Dola Holland took second place with a mirror full of Scott MacMichael in third. Calvin Poland found himself the benefactor of smart positioning in the Strictly Stock race. As Joey Jarvis and Ben Bushey battled for the lead, Poland snuck up from behind using the outside line. When Bushey and Jarvis twisted up a little on the backstretch, Poland was in position to take advantage, taking his first win of the season. Jeremiah Losee won the Wildcats race followed by Robert Leitch and Bruce Jaycox.
Jeff Murray was untouchable in the Sportsman feature as Dylan Bodreau and Craig Smith gave chase.Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant this Friday sponsored by Pepsi Bottling Group. The night includes a $1,000 to win Modified feature and on-track Pepsi party. Come meet your favorite drivers and check out their racy rides this Friday night.
The bangs and booms came courtesy of Atlas Fireworks, who lit the sky with a dazzling array of munitions. The on track action came courtesy of Mark Merrill in the Pro Late Models, who came back from a wreck two weeks ago to storm through heat racing and win the pole.
Once the feature started there was no looking back for the black and red 99 car, streaking out in front of the pack and barely feeling pressure as he rolled through the corners and on to the checkered flag. Applying the pressure was Todd Davis in the 34 car who was always close but never able to put himself in a position to pass for the lead. Likewise for third place finisher Dennis Stange. Bryan Town and John Meany Jr. filled out the top five.
Dana Smith had smooth sailing in the Modified feature, – once he got out of the traffic. Smith started mid-pack but wasted little time picking his way through the field and eventually grabbing the lead away for himself. A few laps later Smith was not only out front, but pulling a sizeable lead. Chris Riendeau and Aaron Whipple finished two and three. Heino and Nate Kehoe wrapped up the top five.
Scott MacMichael flew to first place in the Super Streets race leaving his competitors – and a late race wreck – in his wake. With just a few laps left second running Chris Wilk and third place Dola Holland came together coming out of turn two and ended up back in the pack for it. Russ Davis inherited second place and Nicholas Boivin took third. Kris Lyman and Joey Jarvis finished in the top five.
Jarvis won’t be denied in the Strictly Stocks division, starting at the back of the pack and working up to a large lead and taking his ninth win of the season. Ben Poland took second place ahead of Michael Spear in third. Tara Tarbell returned to the track with four more cylinders than when last she raced, finishing fourth. Kyle Davis took fifth.
Bruce Jaycox took the win in the Wild Cats race, flying by Kyle Small for the lead with five laps left and taking the checkered flag. Small took second and Jeremiah Losee finished third.
Seth Melcher took a win in the Sportsman division, battling with Jeff Murray before taking the lead spot. Murray finished second and Dylan Bodreau took third. Kaitlin Stone and Shaylyn Burke filled out the top five.
A track announcement that radios and mirrors would no longer be allowed at the track opened up some passionate conversation between management and racers at a pre-race pit meeting. Management presented that mirror-driving and radio coaching was having a negative effect on racing, which wasn’t argued by the racers. The main concern was one of safety for the drivers, many of whom require communication with a spotter to be sure of those around them. Modern race seats cut down on visibility, making a radio more than merely helpful as one car owner pointed out. The two groups agreed to compromise on the subject in the end. Radios and mirrors stayed in the cars, but all radio frequencies had to be reported to race command for future screening. The two groups will revisit the topic again next week.
Racing returns the Twin State Speedway on the fourth of July, sponsored by 1010 AM WNCL. Spectators will have a chance to make their own fireworks with On-Track burnouts. Even the kids can get in on the action with bike races – every kid who shows up with a bike gets in for free.
Looking ahead to the July 11 race, Twin State Speedway welcomes Pepsi Bottling Group for an on-track Pepsi party. Fans will have a chance to come down on the track and meet their favorite local drivers before the Pepsi Modifieds race for a $1,000 purse.
Also at the track July 5 is the Twin State Speedway Mud Bogs, featuring the dirtiest, nastiest 150’ of muck around.
With similar engine rules to the now defunct Pro-Quads, only with much lower weight, larger rubber and better suspension, the Pro-4 Mods really put on a show turning 14.3 second laps on the 1/3 mile oval.
Rob Richardi took the checkered flag in the 12 ahead of Norm Wrenn in the 1M and Dan Meservy piloting the 11A.
Stan Mertz won the limited division feature in the 16 car. The limited division is a race within a race, running lower power but also lower weight.
The special Super Street feature brought out the drama when Scott MacMichael brought out the caution on lap 28 of the 30 lap feature.
Dola Holland started out front and was on his way to the checkered flag and the $500 bonus check until MacMichael took spun the leader coming out of turn two, sending both to the back of the pack.
Russ Davis, who was staving off Chris Wilk in third place, inherited the lead with two laps to go and took the win.
Wilk finished second while Kris Lyman, who returned to the track this week in the red 20 car, took third.
The Pro Late Model win featured Bryan Town crossing the finish line first, followed closely by Dallas Trombley.
Town started out front and held tight to take the checkered flag as Trombley had enough to stay close but not enough to pass the flying 11 car.
A post race inspection however, disqualified Town and gave Trombley the win.
Dennis Stange elevated to second and Dennis Greenwood finished third.
Arthur Heino Jr. is the man to beat in the modifieds lately, taking another win in his red 27 ride. Heino battled back and forth with Chris Riendeau before flying into the lead on an inside pass with three laps left and taking the checkered flag, his second in a row.
Riendeau finished second. Smith took second.
Modified heat racing sent two cars to the pits in need of some serious repairs. Division rookie Aaron Whipple got tangled up with the back wall, coming away from the ordeal in need of some new front suspension. Calvin Poland did likewise.
Both racers were back together in time to start the feature after their crews worked feverishly to repair the damage.
The Strictly Stocks win went to Joey Jarvis, his eighth in a row in the division.
Kyle Davis finished second and Ben Poland took third.
The Wildcats win went to Bruce Jaycox followed by Jeremiah Losee and Eric Danieli.
Sportsman Craig Jacobs took yet another win the Sportsman division. Jeff Murray finished second and Craig Smith took third.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant Friday night, featuring kids bike races. All kids who show up with a bike will get in to the grandstands free.
The L.E.Weed sponsored race night will feature kids bike races on top of the regular weekly slate of racing. All kids who show up with a bike get in to the grandstands for free.
The Twin State Speedway points fund is humming along nicely, easily passing the $10,000 in week seven and still climbing. The Friday night 50/50 drawing alone paid out $410 to a lucky fan in the stands, while the other half went directly into the point fund.
Dana Smith took second place after starting at the back of the pack with a loose fuel cap. Division rookie Riendeau solidified third place while Fournier and Nate Kehoe rounded out the top five.
Dennis Greenwood was large and in charge of the second of a two feature Pro Late Model night. After starting third, the 73 wasted little time finding the front of the pack, leaving the battle behind him for second and third. That battle brought out three division heavy weights in Dennis Stange, Todd Davis
and Dallas Trombley, who all looked more than capable of applying pressure to
Greenwood should they ever get the chance. Instead the three had to focus on each other to maintain position, battling right up to the finish line.
Stange took second place and Davis finished third. Trombley took a shot to the rear of his car and had to settle for fourth when he ran out of time to retake his spot on the podium. Bryan Town filled out the fifth spot.
In the first Late Model race of the night, a make up from the may 16 rainout,
Trombley made the track look like flypaper, sticking like glue and taking the win with ease. Greenwood finished second and Stange took third. Town and Davis fleshed out the top five finishers. Russ Davis put the boots to his number 5 Super Streets steed and rode off into the sunset with the checkered flag with ease. Davis went wire to wire with little to worry about as the still hot track proved too slick for some and simply too hot for others.
Dola Holland took second and Chris Wilk finished third. Joey Jarvis continued his streak of wins in the Strictly Stocks, coming from the back of the pack and overtaking race leader Ben Poland with laps to spare. Poland finished second and Kyle Davis took the three spot.
The Wildcats raced 100 laps when all was said and done, racing two features in the 90 degree heat. Bruce Jaycox won the first race followed by Kyle Small and Eric Danieli in third. In the second race, a wreck at the start of the race relegated several cars to the ideline but finished in much the same way as the first feature did with Jaycox in the lead. Small finished second and Robert Leitch finished third.
The Sportsman show fielded 11 young racers but the top spot went to Greg Jacobs in the 20. Second place went to Jeff Murray in the 3 and the 29 of Craig Smith finished third. Seth Melcher and Dylan Bodreau finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Five dollar grandstand tickets, double features and the completion of the 61-lap Pro Late Model feature paying $1,000 to win built the framework for the successful night.
Both the Late Models and Wildcats have been rained out in the two weeks previous to Friday night, meaning double features for both divisions both this Friday and the next. The Late Models started the night off right, completing the second half of their weather interrupted 61-lap feature with a $1,000 bonus for the winner. Rain halted the race at lap 29 and that’s right were things picked up again. Todd Davis had the lead and the car to beat as well, pulling away from the pack while several cars battled for second place. Dallas Trombley fought back and forth with Mark Merrill and anybody else, sometimes dropping back to third only to come roaring back into second once again.
The final ten laps saw five cautions as the racers battled it out, bringing the field back together and keeping Davis in striking range of Trombley. The checkers flew before Davis could be challenged; giving him his first win of the season and the bonus check. Trombley finished second and Merrill took third.
Their second feature race of the night went to Dennis Stange, who survived being on the outside of a three-wide situation in turn four and down the front stretch, narrowly avoiding a run in with the wall, and pulling ahead and away for the victory. Trombley took his second runner-up finish of the night, beating out Davis who was making some serious headway at the end of the feature. Results of the second Late Model feature are unofficial pending part testing by track officials. Dana Smith took the top spot in the Modified feature, followed by Arthur Heino Jr. and Nate Kehoe finished third after coming through the pack. Chris Wilk proved to be the fastest Super Street, but he was hotly pursued by Russ Davis sporting a car on loan from the Hinkley family after blowing his engine the week before. Davis made the best of his practice laps with the car to put together the second place finish just ahead of Scott MacMichael in third.
The Strictly Stock division is still looking for a way to beat Joey Jarvis, who took his sixth consecutive win, hanging back in the pack for much of the feature before zipping up to the front for the checkered flag. Ben Poland finished second and Kyle Davis got third.
The Wildcats doubled their feature for 100-laps of racing. In the first race Kyle Small streaked away from the pack and made good use of lap traffic to keep his competitors at bay. Eric Danieli finished second and Robert Leitch took third. The second feature was nearly a mirror image of the first before Small pulled off the track and Leitch took up the lead and held on for the checkered flag. Danieli took another second place finish and Jeremiah Losee took third. Greg Jacobs took off on the field in the Sportsman feature, creating a big lead and winning without a challenger. The battle for second place was between Jeff Murray and Seth Melcher, with Murray coming in second with a rear view mirror full of Melcher in third.
Twin State Speedway returns to action Friday night sponsored by Osgood Welding in Claremont featuring the ACOT antique racing tour and the Q106 and the Wolf race. Looking ahead the track will feature the Pro-4 Mods and a Super Streets feature with $500 to win sponsored by Jim’s Caps and Trailers in Newport.
Beyond the Late Models only the Wildcats failed to complete their feature while the other divisions made it through without a hitch, providing plenty of action on the track.
The Modified division grew by two with the addition of Dan Spear home on a weekend leave from the armed forces and further bolstered by Joe Olmstead making his division debut. Spear dropped out at the beginning of the race when his engine refused to fire and he ended up watching from the pits. There was a lot to watch. Nate Kehoe started on pole but found himself heading mid-pack as his car was obviously not handling correctly. A back stretch brake check bunched several competitors up but Da na Smith, who was in fourth at the time, shot below the group and took up chasing leader Chris Riendeau. Coming into turn three, Riendeau and Smith connected, creating a chain reaction that sent most of the field into defensive maneuvers. The mess wasn’t yet corrected before the cars were on the front stretch headed for turn two when several cars finally broke loose and Calvin Poland snapped around into the wall, colliding on the driver side. The car was removed on a flat bed while the driver was taken into the pits in the ambulance. After a brief checkup Poland was released. Arthur Heino Jr. left the track after the crash as did Olmstead, who was suffering from a loose ground wire on his alternator. Riendeau was sent to the pits by race command, which didn’t sit well with the number four car’s crew. The race continued and David Knight took first place, Kehoe finished second and Smith took third. Aaron Whipple finished in fourth place.
The Super Streets feature went nearly uncontested as Chris Wilk streaked away without pressure from his main competitor Russ Davis. Davis left the track shortly after the start and pulled his car into the trailer with an engine failure. Scott MacMichael finished second and Dola Holland took third.
The Strictly Stocks division is Joey Jarvis’ to lose, and he’s not about to do such a thing. Ben Poland finished second and Michael Spear took third.
Allen Shaw won the sportsman feature ahead of Greg Jacobs and Dylan Bodreau.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant this Friday for the completion of the Late Model 61-lap special race with $1,000 on the line. The Enduro’s will run a double feature for 100-laps of banging and crashing.
Also making their appearance in the GrapponeAutoSales.com sponsored race night will be the All-Star truck series, which always puts on a great show.
Looking ahead, June 6 will feature the ACOT tour and the Q106 and the Wolf race, sponsored by Osgood Welding.
Also, June 7 will be the season opener of the Twin State Speedway Mud Bog races, a great time to laugh and get dirty the first Saturday of every month.
The enduros and Late Model features will be added to the card for May 30, meaning extra laps and extra action. Action on the track was fast, furious and saw some new faces make it to the podium, showing a strong depth of competition.
In the Modified feature Arthur Heino Jr. added to his already impressive 2008 resume with another win. Since buying a new car at the end of the 2007 season, Heino has won three features and finished second just once. His Friday night performance was even more impressive given the fact that he started at the back of the pack before picking through traffic for the lead and the win.
Calvin Poland finished in second place, bouncing back from some lousy luck in the first few weeks of the season. Division rookie Aaron Whipple made his first appearance on the podium with a third place finish after starting on the pole. David Knight returned to the Thrasher Road speedplant to take fourth and Dana Smith rounded out the top five.
The Super Streets have been a revolving door when it comes to feature winners the past few weeks. Newbury native Scott MacMichael took the checkered flag for a ride, starting on pole and holding on for the finish. Second place went to Chris Wilk, who has yet to have finished out of the top three this season.
Russ Davis finished in third.
The Strictly Stocks division continues to belong to Joey Jarvis, who has set a high bar so far this season with four wins in four attempts. Jarvis started in fourth but wasted little time working up to the front of the pack and taking the win. Ben Bushey finished in second place just ahead of Ben Poland in third. Greg Jacobs took the top spot in the Sportsman feature after starting sixth. Craig Smith finished in the runner-up spot ahead of Cody Lafont.
Racing returns to Twin State Speedway Friday night, featuring a 61-lap Late Model race and on track spectator drag races.
There was some bang going into the bank for some of the drivers with the $1,400 payoff in the derby and a $1,000 bonus check to the points leader of the Late Models.
There was no clear winner of the Late Model bonus coming into Friday night but all indicators pointed to a two-man race for the check between Aaron Fellows and Dennis Stange.
Fellows had taken a win and a fifth place finish in the first two weeks while Stange had tallied a third and a win for himself, taking a slim lead.
Though results are unofficial until Tuesday due to an engine being tested, Fellows won the Late Model feature and with it the points lead and check.
An engine test on the dyno will solidify the finish and put Fellows’ name on the check.
Stange finished fourth in the race, starting back in the pack before pulling up to third before being passed by Todd Davis.
Dennis Greenwood finished in the runner-up spot for the second consecutive week.
In the Modifieds division rookie Richard Fournier took home his first checkered flag of the season in his day-glo orange number 20 machine. Fournier started in second before passing pole starter Chris Riendeau for the lead.
Dana Smith finished second after spending several patient laps behind Riendeau.
Riendeau finished third.
Dola Holland took his first win in the Super Streets division, starting on the pole and holding off Chris Wilk.
Wilk finished second and Russ Davis took third.
The Strictly Stocks still belong to Joey Jarvis who won the feature race for the third week in a row. Jarvis started on the outside pole before overtaking Ben Bushey who took second.
Ben Poland finished third.
After the race track technicians checked the engines of the top three finishers, but found nothing amiss.
Eric Danieli took another win in the Enduro feature, starting back in fifth place but quickly making his way through traffic to the lead.
Robert Leitch took second and Bruce Jaycox finished third.
Cody LaFont won the Sportsman feature ahead of Greg Jacobs in second and Allen Shaw in third.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant again Friday, featuring an ATV race through an obstacle course. The night of racing, sponsored by Gobin Disposal Systems will feature all six divisions of racing and only cost $5 for Gobin’s customers. Show us an invoice with your name on it and you’re in the grandstands for just $5.
Looking forward, Twin State Speedway, May 23 action, sponsored by Twin Valley Power Equipment, will feature Spectator drags on the track and a 61-lap Late Model feature with $1,000 to win.
Racers made the most of their features but non made so much of it as Dennis Stange, winning the Late Model feature race, his second top-3 finish in as many races.
The Late Model feature race started Josh King on the pole and Aaron Fellows on the outside pole, but neither would last long. King was loose all the way down the back stretch, colliding with Fellows and sending both to the back of the pack. Stange, who started in third, inherited the lead and held on to it for the rest of the race as most of the trouble was happening outside the top five. Dennis Greenwood of Newport took second place and Dallas Trombley finished third. Mark Merrill and Fellows filled out the top five. Arthur Heino Jr. took his first win of the season in the modified division. Division rookie Chris Riendeau started on the pole but couldn’t hold off the more experienced driver. Heino took the lead and the win, followed by Dana Smith in second. Riendeau finished third.
So far nobody has an answer to Chris Wilk’s super street machine, which won again Sunday night in convincing fashion. Davis finished second for the second time. Luke Hinkley finished third and Scott MacMichael took fourth. West Hartford’s Kris Lyman finished fifth in his division debut. Joey Jarvis streaked to a win in the strictly stock feature race several car lengths ahead of the competition. Ben Poland finished second after starting on the pole and Ben Bushey took third.
Eric Danieli took on 50-laps of competition from some of the best Monadnock Speedway regulars and still came away with the win. The locals prevailed though as Danieli won, Jeremiah Losee finished second and Robert Leitch finished third.
Cody Lafont won the sportsman feature ahead of Allen Shaw and Greg Jacobs.
Craig Smith and Seth Melcher filled out the top five.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant Friday including a 20-lap enduro and demolition derby.
Looking ahead, May 9 will feature a 20-lap enduro race and then a demolition derby. There’s a $1,400 payout to the winner of the derby and a $1,000bonus to the winner of both the enduro and the derby. All of that is of course on top of the six divisions of weekly racing at Twin State Speedway. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.every Friday.For more information you can call the speedway office at1-603-543-3160 or log on the Web at www.twinstatespeedway.net
5The early season race meant some teams weren’t quite ready but action on the track was still top quality.
Aaron Fellows came out of the pits hot and took his first win of the season in the Late Model division.
Fellows started his evening by blasting through the heat race to earn the pole position, with little need to check his rear view mirror.
The story remained the same in the feature race as Fellows went wire-to-wire, winning the event by an even wider margin than he had the heat race.
Travis Cass in the 2 car and Dennis Stange in his 44 battled it out for second place, a fight Cass eventually won. Stange took third ahead of Marc Curtis in fourth and Todd Davis in fifth.
After the feature race track technicians checked the carburetors of the top three finishers and collected shocks as well. Official results await testing of the shocks.
In the Modified race Dana Smith flexed a little seniority in the division, taking the win. Smith started in the race on the outside pole next to division rookie Chris Riendeau.
A little more experience payed off and Smith passed for the lead halfway through the race, followed by Arthur Heino Jr. in the 27 car for second place.
Riendeau finished his debut in third place.
Calvin Poland finished fourth and newcomer Richard Fournier piloted his day-glo orange 20 car to fifth.
Chris Wilk showed the crowd that there was no rust on skills, nor on his car, taking a commanding win in the Super Streets feature race.
Wilk started on the pole and held the position all the way through 25 laps to take home checkered flag, which he proudly gave a ride around the track heading the wrong way.
Russ Davis took second place, Chris Curtis finished third.
Rounding out the top five were Phil Hayes and Scott MacMichael.
Joey Jarvis was dominant all night in the Strictly Stocks, winning the pole and then the feature without breaking a sweat.
Ben Bushey took second place and Ben Poland finished third.
The Enduros went for 50 laps before Robert Leitch took the checkered flag, edging out Eric Danieli for the win. Bruce Laycox finished third.
The Sportsman race went to Greg Jacobs in the 20 Honda Prelude. Cody Lafont finished in second place and Craig Smith finished third.
Racing returns to the Thrasher Road speedplant again Friday, featuring a spectator burnout competition.
Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 2. For more information call the speedway office at 1-603-543-3160 or log on the web at www.twinstatespeedway.net
The 56th NEMA campaign gets underway at Thompson Speedway’s traditional season-opening Icebreaker on April 5-6. The winged wonders are part of Waterford
Speedbowl’s Modified Nationals on April 12-13.
“Over the winter tracks were coming to us,” says president Mike Scrivani Jr. “Good fields of talented drivers and excellent equipment makes NEMA one of the best tours in the northeast. We are excited at the prospect of showing it off.”
All-Star (the former Star Speedway) has had more NEMA races than any other track. Ben Seitz won the 138th NEMA race at All Star last September. Kyle Carpenter won the last visit to Twin State back in 2005, besting
Joey Payne Jr. and Adam Cantor.
Charter members Waterford Speedbowl (four dates), Seekonk Speedway (4) and Stafford Motor Speedway join Thompson (3), Monadnock (3) and Lee USA (2) Speedways are on the busy agenda.
The schedule includes traditional headliners Xtreme Tuesday July 8 at Stafford, Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk on July 16 and the Boston Louie also at Seekonk on Aug. 9.
The traditional triple header finale – Waterford’s Finale Oct. 4-5, Seekonk’s DAV Memorial Oct. 11-12 and Thompson’s World Series Oct. 17-19, is also intact.