Driver Watch !

Congratulations to everyone who raced or won in 2014."Thank You' to the Race Fans for supporting the Race Chatter Nation and short tracks on the East Coast. Doug Coby 2014 Whelen Champion will switch from a Troyer chassis in 2015 to the LFR brand. Seekonk's Pro-Stock 4 time champ Dave Darling dethroned by Kenneth Spenser and 7 time late model champ Jerry DeGasparre Jr. by Robert Pelland III and Thompson Speedway adds 4th Whelen Tour race in 2015. Waterford/Speedbowl and Twin State live for another racing season in 2015. Sept.27th a SK Modified Champion is crowned for a 9th time at Stafford Speedway, Conn. Teddy Christopher finish's third after being sent to the rear and claims the prize. Keith Rocco achieves 100 victories and wins the Sk Modified and the Late Model Championships at the Waterford/Speedbowl,Conn.The Valenti Modified Touring Series, at Thompson Speedway Oct.19th Justine Bonsignore captures the Championship and #13 Steve Masse races wire to wire for the win. Whelen Mod. Tour, Ryan Preece wins two in a row and Doug Coby ,2012 & 2014 Champion, with two different teams. Can Ryan Preece hold the 10 point lead over Keith Rocco for SK Mod.Track Championship at Thompson ? YES, Late/Model Rick Gentes 6th Track Championship at Thompson. Randy Cabral dominates NEMA again ISMA champion Ben Seitz steals one from Jon McKennedy who caught on fire

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Broadcast Correction on the Race Chatter,

I stated that Ryan Reed won the first race for Jack Roush at Daytona and that is in-correct.

Ryan Reed won the first (Infinity) formerly Nationwide, Busch, Division race for Jack Roush in 76 attempts.

The last Ford that has won the Infinity race in February was driver Chad Little on 2/18/95
He started 42nd and won driving the Bayer Aspirin car of owner Greg Polex

Matt Kenseth who now drives for Joe Gibbs in a Toyota won driving for Roush in the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Race twice.

Ryan Reed first career win in the series cannot get any bigger.

#17 Matt Kenseth won 2  Daytona 500 for Roush in Cup


2/18/95 Winner in the old Busch Series was the last Ford to do it !

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Race Chatter" Third Season Premier Tonight 6:00pm WNRI.COM

Welcome back race fans to our third season of the "Race Chatter" on WNRI.COM Worldwide, Tune in Radio, a Free App or 1380am 2,500 watts, Cape Cod to Sturbridge Village
Tentative scheduled call in guests; Scott Fanning, director of the anaugural New England Street Stock Tour, Peter Cayer, driver, spokesman for Mr.Rooter New England Truck Series Tour, Tyler Reddick, Camping World Daytona winner and our good friend and a member of our "Woman in Racing' driver Taylor Therrien, #99 Ford Seekonk Sports Truck and now the new Sales Manager at the expanding "Action Track of the East"celebrating their 70th year of racing. Driver changes and we take live e-mail at waynewnri@yahoo.com
 Raffle tickets to (2) Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Ass. with 60 Seminars in Providence, good for any of the shows Feb 27, Feb.28, Mar.1
Two tickets to any (regular) Seekonk Speedway Saturday racing card, first race scheduled May 3, 2015 Please furnish a name and phone number when calling in at 401-766-1380 or 1-401-769-0600
Tickets for Salt Water Fishing Show can be picked up at the studio Tue to Fri 9-4 and I will call you when the 2 Seekonk tickets come back from the printer. Wayne
Recap of the Sprint Unlimited and Bud Shootouts
Camping World Truck Race & Xfinity race from Daytona
and the running of the 57th annual Daytona 500 Race.
NASCAR Whelen Modified 2014 Most Popular Driver Melissa Fifield and her Dad

Local superstar,Woody Pitkat and Sliced Bread

I picked the right friendship at Loudon last year !

Yes Tyler Reddick is the real deal !


Kyle Busch and wife Samantha on injured reserve list for 5-6 months.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Connecticut Waterford- Speedbowl Lawsuit Settled !


High bidder, Bruce Bemer now can close the deal and set up a 2015 Racing Season. Stayed tuned for further details as they are released.
 The 2014 Awards Banquet will be March 7, 2015 at the Groton & Suites c/o Bill Mcneil, future details for ticket information coming soon !  Program your mind for a successful 2015 Racing Season

NBCSN to Broadcast 10 NASCAR Whelen Mod. Tour Events in 2015



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Will Motovation Propel Carl Edwards to the 2015 NASCAR Championship ?

                                         Carl Edwards Profile and Prediction for 2015

This is the time of year when we start looking back on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and looking at the new 2015 lineup for the potential champion. Always a lot of driver movement, sponsor movement, crew chief changes and even car manufacture changes.
  #4 Kevin Harvick was no fluke on winning it all in 2014. If you intelligently look at his track record since being thrust into the most popular seat in NASCAR when Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in the Daytona 500 in 2001 and then filled that seat like a seasoned veteran and said all the right things for his new team and sponsors. The classic battle with Jeff Gordon just a few races into the season for a photo finish win took all the pressure off his back to start his NASCAR top level career on the right foundation.
 Harvick won his share of races and attracted some real big sponsors for RCR and his racing feuds and actions always put him on the first few pages of the racing media reports. Some say he spread himself to thin with the Nationwide Series and being a owner in the Camping World Truck Series during this next segment of his career. Did it take away the total commitment that is needed to be a Sprint Cup Champion ?
 He changed his business plan and downsized his workload in the two lower series and also put him self into the conversation of leaving RCR Racing for a better deal or being a owner/driver. He always insisted he would be loyal to Chevrolet and his new sponsor Budweiser.
 It got to a point he was quoted that it was a job coming to work and that attitude would not warrant a championship season with the competition level around him in NASCAR.
 Stewart/Haas saw a opening to sign Harvick who brought Budweiser with him to add to Tony's championship organization for the 2014 season. This kept Harvick in a Chevrolet with his friend and some Hendrick power.
 Harvick excelled and it was just what the veteran needed to motivate him and his hidden drive to win his first Sprint Cup Championship. Led the most laps in 2014 and peaked at the right time with the new format of winner take all. 4 car race team with two former champions did not hurt his chances.
  That being said, this scribe observes the same pattern with Carl Edwards leaving Roush/Fenway in a Ford to join Gibbs Racing as the 4th member in a Toyota for the first time.

Carl joins his former champion teammate Matt Kenseth along with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin for a all-star lineup and partners on and off the track. Arris will pickup 17 races, Stanley Tools for 12 races. Sport Clip for 2 races and Subway wants to keep their relationship with Edwards. Sports Clips will be the primary sponsor at New Hampshire in July and at Texas in Nov. Subway comes over from Roush/Fenway Racing, no word how many races they will be a primary, but usually they do a 6 race deal. Todd Berrier comes over from Furniture Row Racing as the Director of Inspections for JGR. Darrien Grubb moves over from JGR's #11 team to be Edwards crew chief in 2015
 The new team will run the #19.
 Carl Edwards was born Aug. 15,1979 and at 36 is in his prime to finally win the championship.
 Edwards started late by today's standards at 24 in 2004 and competed in 13 of the 36 race schedule and racked up a top 5 and 5 top tens. He than proceeded to run the next 360 races to become Ford and Roush/Fenway top shoe after Kenseth left for ($) greener pastures at JGR Racing in 2013
 2005 ranked third, 2008 ranked #2 with 11 million for the year and the heartbreak of the 2011 Sprint Cup season of ending up in a tie with Tony Stewart and losing the championship at Homestead while garnering another 11 million in his run. 3 legitimate chances and coming up just a little short.
 The racing rumor mill always said that Edwards stayed at Roush/Fenway and Ford with his old school loyalty and turned downed more lucrative contracts in his career along the way. Matt Kenseth leaving and a aging Jack Roush with now new partners calling some of the direction may have figured into his decision to move on for one last payday and a legitimate opportunity to win a championship.  I personally think he did the right thing in moving in 2015 to a new team, manufacture, crew chief and should have the same jolt of adrenaline and the excitement of the new challenge that Harvick achieved in 2014.
 11 years, 373 starts, 23 wins, 108 top 5's, 187 top 10's, 13 poles and led 4,862 laps.
No matter what the final standings say in 2015, do not worry about Edwards joining a soup kitchen after his racing career. He has proved to be a shrewd negotiator and is signed through 2017 and has amazed $74 million in his career earnings. Edwards is also in the fraternity of having won in all the top three NASCAR divisions, 23 Sprint, 38 Xfinity and 6 Camping World Truck series wins in his stellar racing career.


 

Monday, January 19, 2015

New England Pro 4 Modified Banquet Honors 2014 Competitors

  The 2014 Pro 4 Modified season saw some of the best racing in its long illustrious history and when the final tally came in, owner/driver Phil Lausier of Hudson, NH was crowned the 2014 champion. His Boston/Bruins paint schemed number 07 visited victory lane two times, earning him the 2014 title.

   Mechanic of the year in the Pro 4 division was Kris "Skirt" Swain
  
  Tom Royer of Swanzey, NH was even more successful in the Pro 4 Mod. Lites bring home 6 first place trophies in the season long schedule, thus earning him the Pro 4 Mod Lites championship.
 Royer also collected the Lites Division "Mechanic of the Year" hardware.

 Other Awards handed out were:

Most Improved was Norm Wrenn III

"Rookie of the Year"  Pro 4 Modified Division Derek Robbie

"Rookie of the Year" Pro Modified Division Lites   Doug Heservey Jr.

The Hard Luck award went to Derek Robbie

"Sportsman of the Year" award went to Ken Ouellette  

 Top 10 Pro 4 Modified Division
            
  1.  07 - Phil Lausier
  2.  1M  Norm Wrenn III
  3.  27   Derek Robbie
  4.  93   Randy Clark Jr.
  5.  07X Robin Berghman
  6.  32  Dan Fresh
  7.  73  Randy Cabral
  8.  11A Dan Meservey Sr.
  9.  07X  David Berghman
  10.  5    Dan Heservey Jr.
Pro 4 Modified Lites Division
  1  80L Tom Royer
  2  21L  Mark Charette
  3  97L  Casey Ouellette

Story and Photos by Crystal Snape