Monday, November 20, 2017

Martin Truex Jr. Claims Monster Energy Cup

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Congratulations from the entire Race Chatter Nation. You deserved this one !

Race Fast Facts - Championship Fast Facts - Martin Truex Jr has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, becoming the 32nd different series champion.

- Truex wins in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the 2017 title.

- Truex has become the third different driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the elimination-style format of the Playoffs; joining Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015).

- Truex joins Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as only the fifth driver all-time to boast both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championships.

- In 2017, Truex has posted eight wins, 19 top fives, 26 top 10s and three poles.

- Truex (Mayetta) is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion from the state of New Jersey.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Keith Rocco, Glen Reen, Cory DiMatteo, Duane Provost, & Johnny Walker Honored As 2017 Stafford Speedway Track Champions

Posted by Wayne G. Barber  Photo by Wayne G. Barber


(Stafford Springs, CT)---Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 450 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 17 at Maneely’s in South Windsor to officially honor Keith Rocco, Glen Reen, Cory DiMatteo, Duane Provost, and Johnny Walker as the 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.
With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcaster Matt Buckler serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 48th annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the five track champions, they also recognized the top-10 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions.  Special awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, NAPA Auto Parts Parts Rookie of the Year, R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year, and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.
Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team used a combination of consistency and clutch performances to take the title.  Rocco began strong with 10 top-9 finishes but began to struggle in August and the beginning of September.  Entering the final 2 races of the season, Rocco trailed Chase Dowling by 34 points.  Rocco and the #88 team then rised to the occasion by winning the final 2 races to claim the championship by a 6 point margin over Dowling.  For the season, the #88 team posted 2 wins, 9 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes for an average finish of 5.8
Glen Reen and the #31 LifeCare Family Chiropractic team were a model of consistency throughout the 2017 season en route to winning the championship.  In 17 starts this season, Reen posted 16 top-7 finishes with his worst finish for the season an 11th place effort on Sept. 15.  Despite not leading the Late Model division in wins, top-5s, or top-10s this year, Reen’s consistency carried him to the championship with Tom Fearn and Kevin Gambacorta tied for second, 8 points behind Reen.  For the season, Reen and the #31 team posted 3 wins, 13 top-5, and 16 top-10 finishes and they finished on the podium in 10 of the 17 races.
Cory DiMatteo made the move from Legend Cars into SK Lights at Stafford for the 2017 season and he proved he was a quick study by winning the first 2 races of the season.  DiMatteo used that early momentum to establish himself as a championship contender but several finishes outside the top-15 dropped him out of the points lead.  DiMatteo spent much of the summer recovering lost points from his finishes outside the top-15 and he posted top-6 finishes in 11 of the final 12 races to erase his deficit to the point leaders and win the championship at the NAPA Fall Final with a 4th place finish.  For the season DiMatteo posted 4 wins, 12 top-5s and 14 top-10s and he becomes the fourth rookie driver, joining Michael Gervais, Jr. in 2009, Matt Galko in 2010, and Jeremy Sorel in 2014 as rookie drivers who also won the SK Light championship.
While Duane Provost had a bit of luck and circumstance on his side last season in winning the Limited Late Model championship, he needed no such favors this season as he locked down a second consecutive track championship.  Provost and the #88 Michael Facchini Law Firm team scored top-5 finishes in 16 of the 17 races this season with 3 wins.  Provost scored back to back wins in early June and then won again on Sept. 15 to help cement his place at the top of the standings heading into the final 2 races of the season.  For the season Provost scored 3 wins, 16 top-5s, and 16 top-10s.
After winning the DARE Stock championship in 2016, Johnny Walker and the #01 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair team came back and put together one of the most dominant seasons in Stafford history in any division.  After a loose steering wheel relegated him to a 12th place finish in the season opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature event, Walker finished each of the remaining 16 races on the podium with 8 wins, 5 second place finishes, and 3 third place finishes.  The 8 wins set a DARE Stock record for most wins in a season and Walker easily accumulated the highest point total of any driver at Stafford this season with 806 points over 17 races.
The NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year awards were presented to Josh Wood from the SK Modified® division and Paul Arute from the Late Model division.  Taking home R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year honors were Cory DiMatteo in the SK Light division, Alexandra Fearn in the Limited Late Model division, and George Bessette, Jr. in the DARE Stock division.  The NAPA Auto Parts rookie awards will be worth a $1,000.00 gift card redeemable at participating NAPA Stores to Wood and Arute, with DiMatteo, Fearn, and Bessette each winning a $500 bonus from R.A.D. Automachine that will be paid out in $100.00 weekly increments to each driver as they attend events during the 2018 season.
The winners of the Most Popular Driver Awards were Ted Christopher in the SK Modified® division, Tom Fearn in the Late Model division, Marcello Rufrano from the SK Light division, Alexandra Fearn from the Limited Late Model division, and Nicole Chambrello in the DARE Stock division.  The Most Popular Driver Awards are voted on by the fans who attend Stafford Motor Speedway race events and fill out the ballots found in the track’s weekly PitStopper Magazine.
The UNOH Youth Achievement award was won by SK Light Modified driver Daniel Wesson for the second consecutive season.  The UNOH Youth Achievement Award is a program that is open to all drivers at Stafford between the ages of 14-17.  The eligible driver who scored the most track points from their best 14 finishes this season won a $500 cash award from UNOH as well as a $500 scholarship award from UNOH. 
For more information about the 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway Champions Awards Ceremony, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway’s track office at (860) 684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Who do you like ?

Posted by Wayne G. Barber


Monster Energy  Championship at Homestead, Fla.

                                 Kyle Busch  Toyota

                                 Kevin Harvick  Ford
                               
                                 Brad Keselowski  Ford

                                 Martin Truex Jr.    Toyota

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ryan Preece Racing News.....

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Excited to announce that I will be racing the JGR #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota
this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway!



Friday, November 10, 2017

Celebrate....

Posted by Wayne G. Barber


Congratulations to all the race teams from the entire Race Chatter Nation

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Camping World Truck Series News

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - For the first time in Cody Coughlin's career, he'll be racing in the Valley of the Sun, and he'll be doing so with positive momentum on his side. After scoring strong finishes in recent races, including a career-best of sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Coughlin and his JEGS.com/RIDE TV team at ThorSport Racing are ready to head west again to race the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night.
 
While Coughlin has never raced at the one-mile triangle in Avondale, Arizona, Coughlin is confident that he'll know just what to expect out of the tricky track before he arrives in the desert.
 
"My spotter, Terry Cook, does a great job helping me prepare for each track we go to, especially the new ones," said Coughlin.  "I'll study the notes that he usually gives me and we'll go from there and hopefully be strong right off the truck on Friday."
 
Coughlin and his team have been strong as of late, in fact, he led laps at Talladega Superspeedway a couple races ago. The 21-year-old driver said he feels like they're in the process of ending the 2017 season on a high note.
 
"It's definitely the right way to close the year out. We've shown good speed at most of the races this year, but we'd have trouble getting the finishes to show it. Our luck has not matched our performance, but our plan is to fight hard like we have all year long and hopefully get strong finishes at Phoenix and Homestead to end the year."
 
Coughlin's race weekend is actually just a race day in Phoenix as it is a one-day show this weekend. Coughlin's day will begin with a one hour and 50-minute practice session at 9 a.m. MT. Pole qualifying will take place at 3:30 p.m. MT with the green flag set to follow at 6:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. ET.
 
Friday's race is 150 laps/150 miles in length. The event is broken down into three stages. The first stage will end on lap 40. The middle stage will end on lap 80 and the final stage will end with the checkered flag at lap 150 unless NASCAR Overtime is required.
 
Race fans hoping to meet Cody Coughlin can do so at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series autograph session from 1 - 1:45 p.m. on Friday.
 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Therrien, Woodard, Davis, and Martin Honored at Banquet of Champions

Posted by Wayne G. Barber


Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road Speedbowl honored the top performers of the 2017 racing season at the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, November 4 at the Barre Elks Club. Hundreds of drivers, crew members, and officials were in attendance to present season-long and special awards.

Bobby Therrien received the honors of “King of the Road” for his first championship in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Jason Woodard and Jamie Davis were recognized for their second career championships in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks, respectively. Mike Martin earned the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series title for the Flying Tigers.

Hinesburg, Vt.’s Therrien became the first driver in Thunder Road’s modern era to win championships in three different divisions. He previously won the Flying Tiger championship in 2012 and the Street Stock title in 2007. This past season, he won the season-opening Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic and led the standings after 12 of the 14 regular-season events. He posted five podium finishes, including a runner-up in the Vermont Governor’s Cup, and 12 top-10 results. Therrien also had five Maplewood Semi-Feature victories.

Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard claimed his second Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Championship after previously winning the title in 2014. Woodard bounced back from a slow start to record four feature victories on the season, including two in 75-lap Triple Crown events. On June 22, he became the eighth driver in Thunder Road history to win two features in one night. Hardwick’s Jaden Perry received the Flying Tiger Rookie of the Year Award after posting 14 top-10 finishes on the season.

Wolcott’s Jamie Davis joined Woodard as two-time champions with his Allen Lumber Street Stock title. Davis overcame adversity on multiple occasions throughout the season, posting 14 top-10 finishes and two wins – the second of which came in the season finale to come out on top of a multi-way battle for the title. Craftsbury Common’s Stephen Martin was honored as the Street Stock Rookie of the Year after edging out Middlesex’s Logan Powers by just one point in the rookie standings.

Mike Martin was the Myers Container Services Triple Crown Series Champion. Martin won the second leg of the three-race series and edged Woodard by just three points in the final rundown.

Thunder Road officials also handed out several special awards throughout the evening. Marvin Galarneau received the annual Ken Squier Award for his contributions to Thunder Road. Galarneau has been the marketing director at Thunder Road for more than a decade and has worked for numerous tracks and series throughout the region.
Tina Gallison was the recipient of the inaugural Thomas M. Curley Award given in honor of the late Thunder Road co-owner and promoter. Gallison has worked at the speedway for more than 20 years as an administrator, race-day official and in other behind-the-scenes positions.

Waterbury Center’s Kelsea Woodard was named the 2017 Thunder Road Most Improved Driver. After finishing 21st in Allen Lumber Street Stock points in 2016, Woodard jumped to third in the final standings in 2017 with four podium finishes.

Late Model driver Jim “Boomer” Morris received the Thunder Road Sportsmanship Award. Morris maintained an upbeat attitude while persevering through numerous hard wrecks and other adversity throughout the season. Fairfax’s Alan Maynard was presented with the Ed Carroll Memorial Sportsmanship Award for his positive influence in the Street Stock pits and his contributions to the Race to Read program.

Carl Parton of CVTSport.net received the Pete Hartt Memorial Media Award. Parton has been the official Thunder Road videographer for the past nine seasons and his videos are viewed around the world through his web site and through partnerships with Speed51.com and other media outlets.

The Banquet of Champions officially concludes the 2017 Thunder Road season. Announcements regarding 2018 schedules, division rules, and season passes are expected in the near future.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. Source: Thunder Road Press Release