Monday, March 27, 2017

Ice Breaker Weekend is here ! March 31 thru April 2

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

SAT.-SUN. APRIL 1-2 ICEBREAKER   $55 $48 $46  (Rain Date 4/8-4/9)

Posted by Wayne G. Barber and Photos by Wayne G. Barber Collection

Can Kid Rock Repeat ?  Preece and Pitkat, and  Pennink will  test him !

Watch this great driver mature in 2017

Can William Wall hold off Tagg, Gentes, Parent,Pitkat and the other All-Stars in this field ?
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150), Sunoco Modified (30), Late Model (25), Limited Sportsman (20), Mini Stock (15), Pro All Stars Series (75), NEMA Lites (20), Thompson Street Stock Open (20), Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series (20),  Lite Mods (20), Vintage Outlaws (15)    

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's All in for Brian Tagg at Thompson Speedway Motorspors Park in 2017

Posted by Wayne G. Barber & Photos Wayne G. Barber Collection

THOMPSON, CT - For nearly four decades the Tagg name has appeared on entry lists at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. John Tagg piloted one of the earliest versions of his Modified. His son, Tom, competed in the Sunoco Modifieds, a division he earned a championship in 1990. Currently, third generation driver, Brian, keeps the family tradition alive, piloting the No. 9 entry in the Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park Late Model Division.
The 2015 Late Model Champion, Brian, started his career behind the wheel of a Thompson Modified. There he achieved reasonable success, missing a 2009 championship due to a self-admitted driver error. After the division was disbanded in 2012, Tagg decided along with his team - AKA his family - that they would take a year off.
In 2014, when Tagg got back behind the wheel, he traveled with the American Canadian Tour, competing with some of the toughest Late Model competitors in the northeast. 
With some experience under his belt, Tagg decided to return to his home track, Thompson, in 2015.  The results were more than the team could have imagined - a Divisional Champion, and one of few father-son combinations to ever win a championship at the famed 5/8-mile oval. It was Tom’s advice that anchored Brian during the final race, “Go out and do what you do all season. Don’t be too eager or defensive,” the 1990 Sunoco Modified Champion reminded his son.
Tagg’s title defense was not what he hoped to be.  Accidents and mechanical issues plagued the Oxford, MA driver.  He was able to rally in the second half of the season, though, visiting victory lane on August 24.  At season’s end, Tagg was able to rebound for a third place finish in championship standings. In spite of this, though, Brian and the entire Tagg family suffered a huge loss in 2016.

 In 2017 Ray Parent #98 from Tiverton RI and Woody Pitkat #91 will be added to this all-star roster in the Late Models and Brian wil run selected ACT races also in 2017.  NH was a fantastic experience in 2016.

Shortly before the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Brian’s biggest fan, his grandmother, passed away after a lengthy illness. The team’s matriarch was at every race, sitting in her usual spot in the grandstands to cheer on her grandson, Brian, and her other grandson, Troy, who occasionally races a Tour Type Modified.  When remembering his grandmother, Brian, recalled, “she was the biggest fan and critic. She would never want me to leave her disappointed.” This is what will motivate Tagg, as he and his family make final preparations to his Crazy Horse Late Model.
On track, Tagg hopes to finish the season with his third consecutive top three finish. Off the track, he and his wife, Kate, are expecting their first child. They’ve chosen not to have the gender revealed, but one thing is for certain - racing will be in that child’s blood.
Brian Tagg leads a strong field of drivers into the season opening, Icebreaker 2017, at a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2. For more information about the event, or Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visit

Sunday, March 19, 2017

NWMT Myrtle Beach 3/18/17 Results

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

NWMT Myrtle Beach 3/18/17 Results

1716Timmy SolomitoStarrett Tools Ford155474Running
2164Rob SummersFastrock Electric Chevrolet155442Running
31511Andy SeussLFR Chassis Chevrolet155421Running
4106Ryan PreeceTS Hauler Chevrolet155411Running
5420Max ZachemMPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs Chevrolet15539Running
61651Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet15538Running
733Rowan PenninkCape Cod Copper Chevrolet155381Running
82546Woody PitkatRiverhead Building Supply Chevrolet15536Running
92900Les Hinckley, III *Chad Freeman Attorney at Law Chevrolet15535Running
10181Burt MyersCitrusafe Cleaners Ford15534Running
112189Matt SwansonStarrett Tools Ford15533Running
122040Danny BohnDunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/Will I Am South15532Running
13222Doug CobyMayhew Tools Chevrolet15531Running
142677Gary PutnamCurb Records Chevrolet15530Running
151317Kyle EllwoodTBD Chevrolet15129Running
161482Ron SilkHorton Avenue Materials Chevrolet14828Accident
17960Matt HirschmanPee Dee Motorsports Chevrolet14827Accident
181158Eric GoodaleGAF/Heritage Millworth Chevrolet14826Accident
191222Kyle BonsignoreSnap-On Tools Chevrolet148261Running
202733Wade ColePerf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford14824Running
21575Shawn SolomitoEastport Feeds Chevrolet14523Accident
22815Jeremy GerstnerThe Carriage House Restaurant/GMR Chevrolet145231Accident
23636Dave SapienzaSapienza Enterprise Chevrolet14521Accident
242499Jamie TomainoDunleavys Repair Chevrolet13720Accident
251785Todd SzegedyMontanari Fuel/Stuarts Automotive Chevrolet12819Accident
262801Melissa FifieldEastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet11718Accident
272339Calvin Carroll *Power with Prestige Chevrolet10317Rear End
291956Craig LutzTBD Toyota1415Rear End
Fastest Qualifier: Rob Summers, Time: 20.028 Seconds, Speed: 95.267 mphTime of Race: 1 hrs., 48 mins, 38 secs Average Speed: 45.373 mph Margin of Victory: 0.244 SecondsCaution Flags: Laps 55-61 (Car #77 turn 1 contact, FP #40); 81-86 (Car #85 spun front stretch, FP #00); 90-95 (Car #39 turn 1 & 2, FP #75); 101-107 (Debris front stretch, FP #85); 129-136 (Multiple car turn 3 & 4, FP #2); 138-144 (Multiple car back stretch, FP #77); 146-147 (Multiple car turn 1 & 2, FP #40); 149-152 (Multiple car front to turn 1, FP #40).  8 for 47 laps.Lap Leaders: Rob Summers 1-56, Rowan Pennink 57-84, Kyle Bonsignore 85-88, Jeremy Gerstner 89-104, Ryan Preece 105-106, Rowan Pennink 107-115, Andy Seuss 116-130, Rowan Pennink 131, Rob Summers 132-147, Timmy Solomito 148-155.Total Laps Led: Rob Summers 72, Rowan Pennink 38, Jeremy Gerstner 16, Andy Seuss 15, Timmy Solomito 8, Kyle Bonsignore 4, Ryan Preece 2.  9 changes involving 7 drivers.
CONTINGENCY AWARDSTop 10 Driver Points: Timmy Solomito 47, Rob Summers 44, Andy Seuss 42, Ryan Preece 41, Max Zachem 39, Justin Bonsignore 38, Rowan Pennink 38, Woody Pitkat 36, Les Hinckley, III * 35, Burt Myers 34Next Race:Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Icebreaker April 1
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Source: NASCAR HOMETRACKS MEDIA

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stats for Mrytle Beach NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Melissa Fifield (No. 01 Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet (Spafco) NASCAR Most Popular Driver, 2014,2015,2016
Doug Coby (No. 2 Mayhew Tools, Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet)
• Four-time NWMT champion; has won the last three championships
• Has 22 wins, 65 top fives, 104 top-10s in 188 career NWMT races.
• 19 career pole awards, which is 11th on the all-time list.
• Welcomes Mayhew Tools as primary sponsor for this season.
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet)
• Finished second in the 2016 championship standings.
• Has 12 wins, 48 top fives, 65 top 10s and 5 poles in 105 career NWMT races.
• Captured four wins in 2016, including the season-finale at Thompson.
• Welcomes Danny Laferriere as new crew chief for this season.
Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford)
• Has four wins, 15 top fives and 28 top 10s in 52 career NWMT races.
• Welcomes Starrett Tools as primary sponsor to his Flamingo Motorsports No. 16.
• Captured all four career wins in 2016, including his first career victory in the Icebreaker at Thompson.
Todd Szegedy (No. 85 Montanari Fuel, Stuarts Automotive Chevrolet)
• The 2003 champion returns to full-time racing after running just select races last year.
• Has 19 wins, 86 top fives and 129 top 10s in 205 career NWMT races.
• His last victory came in 2015 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Danny Bohn (No. 40 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer, Will I Am South Trucking Chevrolet)
• Has four wins, 27 top fives and 42 top 10s in 51 career races in NASCAR Modified competition.
• Finished inside the top 10 in all but one Whelen Southern Modified Tour race in 2016.
• His last victory came at Winston-Salem in 2015; Has lead 615 laps in his career.
Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet)
• Returns for a second season in the famed “Ole Blue” No. 3.
• Has two wins, 29 top fives and 66 top 10s in 141 career NWMT starts.
• His last victory came at Thompson in the 2013 season finale.
Max Zachem (No. 20 MPZ Motorsports, Lu Mac’s Package Store Chevrolet)
• Has three top fives and 14 top 10s in 35 career NWMT races.
• Best career finish of second at Thompson in June of 2016.
• Enters the 2017 racing season with a brand new car.
Ron Silk (No. 82 Horton Ave. Materials Chevrolet)
• Was the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.
• Has 10 wins, 59 top fives and 95 top 10s in 162 career NWMT races.
• Captured one victory in 2016 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in May.
Woody Pitkat (No. 46 Riverhead Building Supply Troyer)
• Has three wins, 23 top fives and 62 top 10s in 119 career starts.
• Finished third in the championship standings in 2015.
• Last victory came at Stafford in 2015.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF, Heritage Millworth Chevrolet)• Has two wins, 15 top fives and 54 top 10s in 118 career starts.
• Captured his last victory at Bristol in August of 2016.
Jamie Tomaino (No. 99 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, 91 top fives and 247 top 10s in 614 career starts.
• Has competed every year since the series started in 1985.
Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers, Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet)
• The 2013 series champion returns to full-time action driving for Eddie and Connie Partridge.
• Has 15 wins, 58 top fives and 84 top 10s in 131 career starts.
• Captured six top 10 finishes in eight races last season.
Up To Speed:
• This is the 33rd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. The first event was held in 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
• The 2017 schedule includes 17 points races at 10 different tracks, across seven different states. It also includes two non-points events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Following the Performance Plus 150, the NWMT will return to action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker on April 2.

Mar 18NWMT Myrtle Beach 3/18/17
Myrtle Beach Speedway
Apr 2NWMT Thompson 4/2/17
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Apr 30NWMT Stafford 4/30/17
Stafford Motor Speedway
May 13NWMT Langley 5/13/17
Langley Speedway
Jun 14NWMT Thompson 6/14/17
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Jun 24NWMT Riverhead 6/24/16
Riverhead Raceway
Jul 14Non-points special event
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jul 15NWMT New Hampshire 7/15/17
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jul 22NWMT New London 7/22/17
New London-Waterford Speedbowl
Aug 4NWMT Stafford 8/4/17
Stafford Motor Speedway
Aug 9NWMT Thompson 8/9/17
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Aug 16NWMT Bristol 8/16/17
Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug 26NWMT Seekonk 8/26/17
Seekonk Speedway
Sep 2NWMT Oswego 9/2/17
Oswego Speedway
Sep 16NWMT Riverhead 9/16/17
Riverhead Raceway
Sep 23FW Webb 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oct 1NWMT Stafford 10/1/17
Stafford Motor Speedway
Oct 5Non-points special event
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 15NWMT Thompson 10/15/17
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park


Paul Arute joins the Late Model ranks at Stafford Springs Speedway, CT

posted by Wayne G. Barber

Paul Arute Moving up to Stafford Late Model Division
(Stafford Springs, CT)---After 3 years of full-time Limited Late Model competition, Tolland native Paul Arute will move to the Late Model Division for the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Arute notched a division high 5 wins and 12 top 5’s during his 2016 campaign in the Limited Late Model division.
"We’ve come a long way since my first season in the Limited Late Models,” explained Arute.  “I can’t thank my crew and all my supporters enough, a lot of people were instrumental to our success in 2016.  My crew chief Steve Johnson has stuck with me over the last 3 years and last year we hit our stride and parked it in victory lane 5 times.”
Arute is making the jump to a revitalized Late Model division in 2017.  Historically the Late Model division has been highly competitive and the 2017 season will be no different with a strong group of returning drivers and a few new drivers that will surely make an impact.
"The Late Model division will be tough,” continued Arute.  “You have veterans like Tom Fearn, Michael Bennett, and Tom Butler but also have the younger guys like Mike Wray, Josh Wood and Kevin Gambacorta who have come into their own the last few years.  The team is excited for the new challenge.”
Arute will be competing for Rookie of the Year against the other new driver in the field, Matt Vassar, who will pilot the number 69 car. Though just a rookie, Arute has his sights on getting to victory lane in 2017.
"Goals for the year would be to get to NAPA Victory Lane,” explained Arute. “That will be hard.  We have a steep learning curve but with the team and supporters we’ve pulled together we know we can get it done.”
The #82 Late Model team will have continued support from primary sponsor Supreme Industries based in Harwinton, CT.  Additional backing will come from associate sponsors Forward Financing, New England Race Fuels, and Big Haus Racing Products.
“I have to thank Supreme Industries of Harwinton, CT for their continued support of our race team, without them none of this is possible,” said Arute.  “Gavin and Nate Boucher of Supreme Industries joined us midway through the 2014 season and have stuck with me ever since.  We’ve had some fun along the way and that will continue in 2017.  If you’re in the market for land clearing, site work, or road building for any project, check them out at, they are the best in the business.”
The team also has a new associate sponsor on board for the 2017 season, Boston Based Alternative Small Business Lender, Forward Financing. 
“Forward Financing has joined us for the new season,” explained Arute.  “Forward Financing supports small businesses by providing working capital in as little as one business day. I’m really excited to have the Forward team on board.  They’re a great company helping small businesses throughout the country and their whole group will be down to the track for the extra distance race May 12th.”
Arute is adamant to thank the long list of supporters of his racing career which started in the Wild Thing Kart Series and moved to the Limited Late Model division in the 2013 season. 
“I have to thank my whole crew and everyone who’s supported me in my racing career,” explained Arute.  “I can’t thank everyone enough; Steve, Everett, Wendy, Rick and Mike Decarli, Tom, Rick Casagrande, Slick Phillips in my kart days, my brother David, and my parents have all helped me along the way.  We’re ready for the Sizzler."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Phoenix Camping World 500

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Camping World 500 at  Phoenix, Arizona

· There have been 24 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Phoenix, eight have won more than once, led by Kevin Harvick, with eight - ('06 spring race and playoff race, '12 playoff race, '13 playoff race, '14 spring race and playoff race, '15 spring race and '16 spring race).
· Eight drivers have multiple wins at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with eight followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two) and Mark Martin (two).
· Of the eight drivers with multiple wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).
· Five drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006) and (2013 playoff race, swept 2014 and '15 spring race); Jimmie Johnson (fall 2007, swept 2008).
· Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
· Five of the 41 (12.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the Coors Light pole: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009), Carl Edwards (fall 2010) and Kevin Harvick (spring 2015).
· Eight of the 41 (19.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
· 21 of the 41 (51.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
· 20 of the 41 (48.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
· 3 of the 41 (7.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· Ricky Rudd won the 1995 Phoenix race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
· Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started.
· Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at Phoenix Raceway.
· 21 of the 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Phoenix participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Tony Stewart (11/7/1999) are the only two drivers to win at Phoenix in their first appearance.
· Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano competed at Phoenix Raceway 16 times before winning (4/21/2007); the longest span of any the 24 winners.
· Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (16), Joey Logano (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11).
· Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 27.
· Youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (11/13/2005 - 20 years, 6 months, 11 days).
· Oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Mark Martin (04/18/2009 - 50 years, 3 months, 9 days).

Only 39 race teams back to back weeks so everyone makes the field.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Hampshire Speedway to lose September Racing Date in 2018

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s September Sprint Cup weekends have been moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway effective 2018. Here’s what that means for the North East Motor Sports Museum.
 The New Hampshire track is secure and will be in business with its July weekend for decades to come. Each track that has lost a date in recent years has found significant increases in ticket sales for the date that remains. I believe the same will happen at New Hampshire.
 As for museum attendance, I have been to every auto racing museum that’s at a race track and I’ve seen them during race weekends. Not one of them get a marked increase in attendance when compared to non-race weekends. Because of that, the museum’s budget does not rely on race weekend ticket sales to meet expenses.
 The North East Motor Sports Museum has a 90-year lease under the building we have erected. We have a home for the long term and will make the best of it. This museum will not fail. It will prosper.
 The museum will open to paid members on June 10 and 11 and will open to the general public shortly thereafter.
 -Dick Berggren