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Thank You to the Race Fans for supporting the Race Chatter Nation and short tracks on the East Coast. 700,101 views and counting and we now have 5,000 Facebook Friends. Doug Coby 2014 Whelen Champion will switch from the Troyer chassis in 2015 to the LFR brand. Troyer Chassis and now Spafco with a nice 2nd place finish for #51 Justin Bonsignore at Thompson Speedway and then 2 Victories at Riverhead, NY. Crate Motors rule. Seekonk Speedway welcomes NASCAR and Taylor Therrien to the sales staff. and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park adds 4th Whelen Tour race in 2015. New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Twin State live for another racing season in 2015. Keith Rocco now has 209 Total wins. ( 148 in SK) New England Street Stock Tour will debut in 2015 Is the Friday night SK Modified Race at Stafford Speedway the most competitive in the Country ? 2nd Choice is the Late Models at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and 3rd go's to the Sports Trucks at Seekonk Speedway. My Opinion, What's your's ? We will try to give a pair of racing tickets every Monday night broadcast for the season.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Regan Smith Smokes the Field in Xfinity Series

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Regan Smith wins XFINITY race at Dover International Speedway: #7-Regan Smith won the Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway for his 2nd win of the season. #20-Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by #54-Kyle Busch, polesitter #22-Ryan Blaney, #42-Larson, #33-Autin Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #60-Chris Buescher, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #18-Daniel Suarez.
There were 4 cautions for 29 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders. The race was red flagged once for rain, for just under 31 minutes.
The average speed was 105.156mph.

  • Dover XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Regan Smith won the 30th Annual Hisense 200, his sixth victory in 197 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 12 races at Dover International Speedway. His previous best finish at Dover was third, earlier this season.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 20 races at Dover International Speedway. He has finished in the top five in every race he has started since returning from injury in May.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 24 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-3-2015)
  • XFINITY Driver standings following Dover:
    [5 races remaining]
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 1018
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 994, -24
    3) #7-Regan Smith, 982, -36
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 979, -39
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 908, -110
  • Camping World Truck Series Results

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    Townley wins Las Vegas

    #05-John Wes Townley won his first Camping World Truck Series race, the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on Saturday night after taking the lead with less than five laps to go. #88-Matt Crafton held the lead before pitting for fuel, relinquishing the top spot to Townley, who started second. #17-Timothy Peters finished second after #13-Cameron Hayley ran out of gas as Townley took the white flag. Peters was followed by: #11-Ben Kennedy, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #33-Brandon Jones, #14-Daniel Hemric, #19-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #4-Erik Jones, and #13-Cameron Hayley. There were 3 caution flags for 19 laps and 15 lead changes among 9 leaders.
    #29-Austin Theriault was airlifted to a local hospital for further evaluation after a wreck on lap 14. He climbed from his truck under his own power.
  • Las Vegas Race Fast Facts:

  •  John Wes Townley won the 19th Annual Rhino Linings 350, his first victory in 87 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Timothy Peters (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Ben Kennedy (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    John H. Nemechek (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Erik Jones # leads the point standings by 4 points over Matt Crafton.
    (NASCAR Statistics) (10-3-2015)
  • Driver standings following Las Vegas:
    1) #4-Erik Jones, 701
    2) #88-Matt Crafton, 697, -4
    3) #19-Tyler Reddick, 685, -16
    4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 650, -51
    5) #14-Daniel Hemric, 596, -105
  • Friday, October 2, 2015

    NASCAR Dover Rain Kills Qualifying

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    Qualifying: for the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was canceled due to weather/rain. The starting lineup was set by the rule book: Top 36 in owners points. 37-43 by race attempts (with ties broken by owner points).
    #20-Kenseth will start first [not credited with a pole award] followed by #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., and #24-Gordon.
    With only 43 team entered, no one misses the race.

  • Where the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Dover:
    [listed by driver points position]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1st
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
    3) #19-Carl Edwards, 3rd
    4) #22-Joey Logano, 4th
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
    6) #31-Ryan Newman, 6th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 7th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 8th
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 9th
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 11th
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 12th
    13) #18-Kyle Busch, 13th
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 14th
    15) #4-Kevin Harvick, 15th
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 16th
  • Seekonk Speedway DAV Fall Classic Postponed

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    DAV Fall Classic Postponed

    The DAV Fall Classic has been postponed this weekend and re-scheduled to Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th. The schedule of events will remain the same. Due to the uncertainty of the forecast throughout the weekend Seekonk Speedway is postponing the event in the best interest of our competitors and fans. Employees, please call the office as soon as possible. Have a safe weekend.

    Sources: Seekonk Speedway Media Press Release

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    ‘Smoke’ Signals Exit

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber
    Stewart To Retire After 2016 Season; Passes Torch To Bowyer In 2017

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2015) – After 17 years competing at NASCAR’s highest level, Tony Stewart has decided his 18th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be his last. The three-time series champion will retire following the 2016 season, whereupon Clint Bowyer will take the wheel of the No. 14 machine beginning in 2017.
    Since 2009 Stewart has held the dual title of driver/owner at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He co-owns the team with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. Stewart will join Haas as a fulltime owner in 2017, with Bowyer being Stewart’s hand-picked successor to drive the No. 14 car.
    “This is a moment every driver eventually comes to terms with, and I know this is the right decision for me,” said Stewart, owner of 48 Sprint Cup victories, 15 of which have come with SHR. “2016 will be my last year in a Sprint Cup car, but it’s not my last year in NASCAR. I love this sport and I love being a part of it, and instead of seeing me in a fire suit on Sundays, you’ll see me in a pair of jeans, and maybe even a pair of khakis.
    “I plan to make the most of my final year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and part of that is to ensure that when Clint Bowyer takes over the No. 14 in 2017, he has everything he needs to win races and contend for the championship. I’m very comfortable with this decision and what the future holds for me and Stewart-Haas Racing.”
    Bowyer is an eight-time race winner in the Sprint Cup Series and finished second in the 2012 championship standings.
    “Today is an incredible opportunity and I’m proud and excited to take over the No. 14 in 2017,” said Bowyer, the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. “Whether it’s racing him on Sunday or watching my dirt late model teams race at his famed Eldora Speedway, Tony and I share the same passion for racing. That makes this opportunity a perfect fit for me. I appreciate everything he’s done for me and the sport of auto racing. These are big shoes to fill, but boy am I ever looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a champion’s ride, and have Tony there with me along the way.”
    Haas, who formed Haas CNC Racing in 2002 before partnering with Stewart to create SHR in 2009, embraces the transition.
    “Tony Stewart has been a game-changer for Stewart-Haas Racing and for motorsports,” Haas said. “I always had an incredible amount of respect for what he could do with a racecar – any racecar, as he’s been successful in everything he’s ever driven. In getting to know Tony Stewart the businessman, I found a very smart person with excellent people skills. He’s extremely valuable to our race team and a strong voice in our sport. His passion for motorsports is unmatched, and I’m proud that his future outside of the No. 14 Chevrolet remains with Stewart-Haas Racing.”
    The primary partners currently represented on the No. 14 Chevrolet include Bass Pro Shops, Mobil 1, Rush Truck Centers, Code 3 Associates, Coca-Cola, Jimmy Johns and Haas Automation. Announcements regarding the partnership lineup for the No. 14 team in 2016 and beyond will be made in the lead up to the 58th Daytona 500 on Feb. 21 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. 
    “I have been blessed with fantastic partners throughout my racing career, and I take a lot of pride in the lifelong friendships formed and the great business successes we’ve been a part of,” Stewart said. “I never would’ve accomplished all that I’ve achieved in racing if it weren’t for the support of corporate America. They helped a kid from Columbus, Indiana, reach his dreams and I’ll be forever grateful.”
    About Stewart-Haas Racing:
    Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The team fields four entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart, the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Danica Patrick, the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 280 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at, on Facebook at, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing. 

    Congratulations "Bullet" Deserving National Award !

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    Congratulations to AUSTIN BLAIS!

    He is our UNOH Youth Achievement award winner for the 2015 race season. Austin gets a $500 cash prize along with a $500 scholarship to UNOH. Congratulations to Austin and his whole crew for their awesome performance this season! ‪#‎nwaas‬ ‪#‎nascarhometracks‬ ‪#‎UNOH‬

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    KYLE BUSCH Earning your Stripes

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2015) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season heads to the 28th race of the season this weekend, one thing is for certain: Kyle Busch, crew chief Adam Stevens and the entire Interstate Batteries team have been “Outrageously Dependable” in the face of adversity.
    So it’s only appropriate as the Sprint Cup competitors head to the third race in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs  – Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway – that Busch will have the Outrageously Dependable green-and-white-striped colors of Interstate Batteries along for the ride on his No. 18 Toyota.
    There isn’t likely a team in the garage that has faced more adversity this season than the Interstate Batteries team. After losing Busch for the first 11 races after being injured on opening weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the No. 18 team rallied back in several ways. First, it brought home four wins over the summer months, along with rallying to make it into the top-30 in the driver standings, solidifying Busch’s spot in the 2015 Chase field.
    After a solid ninth-place finish in the Chase opener two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, the next bit of adversity struck last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. With Busch running in the top-10, a right-front-tire issue sent Busch into the outside SAFER barrier and eventually to the garage for repairs. The team returned to the track as quickly as possible, but the result was a disappointing 37th-place finish.
    There is some good news on the horizon as the Interstate Batteries team heads to the first cutoff race of this year’s Chase. Busch will head to Dover – statistically one of his better tracks – in hopes of scoring a win, and thus an automatic bid to the Contender Round as one of the final 12 drivers left in NASCAR’s playoffs. However, Busch sits only one point out of the 12th and final transfer spot, so even a solid finish could vault him into the Contender Round that begins next weekend at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
    Strapped in and ready to go !
    The Dover stats for Busch and his Interstate Batteries team are impressive – two Sprint Cup wins, five NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins. Busch has led 1,018 laps in his previous 21 Sprint Cup starts at Dover, an average of almost 50 per race.
    Busch will look to finish what he started in his first trip this season to the “Monster Mile” back in June, when he had a strong run in just his second event back from injury. He ran third with 30 laps to go before an unfortunate incident with a lapped car caused an accident that ended his race early.
    So, as Busch and his Interstate Batteries team try to advance to the next round of the Chase, they look to build on recent strong runs at Dover in hopes of closing the deal with their green-and-white-striped Interstate Batteries Camry Sunday afternoon on the Delmarva Peninsula. Busch and the No. 18 team will need to continue to earn their stripes in order to be a “contender” in the 2015 Chase following Sunday’s grueling 400-miler. 
    KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
    What will be the team’s goals this weekend at Dover?
    “We just need to execute as a team. Dover has been a good place for me. We ran really well there in June until we got in an accident late. I know Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and all the Interstate Batteries guys are working hard to have a good car off the truck and get us off to a strong start this weekend and, hopefully, we can finish off a strong run there this time.”
    What does it take to be successful at Dover?
    “Dover, being a concrete track, is challenging. They’re all a challenge, but Dover is especially so, just because of the way you have to run around that place. The way tires sometimes wear out. The way the rubber gets put down there. You’ve got to be fast through the corner. Two-thirds of your lap time is through the turns rather than down the straightaway, so you definitely have to make sure you have a good-handling racecar – one that’s good in the beginning of the run on low air pressures and one that’s good at the end of the run on high air pressures, and even through traffic, too. Some of the most challenging times are when you’re trying to get through traffic with guys.”
    Do you enjoy racing at Dover?
    “It’s definitely a fast racetrack. It’s a fun racetrack, too. It makes it interesting when you get to traffic, when you have to pass guys, when you’re kind of falling down into the hole and jumping back up out of the hole to the straightaways. It’s a good place to race. It’s a competitive racetrack and, when the rubber gets laid down, it definitely changes the whole atmosphere and the whole way you run around that place.”
    Does going from concrete to asphalt change the way the car handles?
    “We don’t run on an asphalt racetrack that’s banked like that or shaped like that. The mile tracks we go to that are asphalt are Phoenix and Loudon, and they are relatively flat. The concrete just changes the feel a little bit, of course, and changes the way you approach the racetrack, too.”
    You have two Sprint Cup wins and a competitive history at Dover. What is your outlook with your history there?
    “I love that place. It’s fun to race there and it’s a place I’m looking forward to going to with our Interstate Batteries Camry. I went there when I was 18 to race in the Xfinity Series for my first time. It will scare you the first time you race there. You carry so much speed at that racetrack and, for it to be a mile in length and for it to be concrete – concrete surfaces that we race on, anyway, are a little bit slick. It’s definitely a roller-coaster ride and you need to treat it like it’s fun and not to be scared of the place, I think, because you can get so much out of that place. There are two ways about it – you can probably be really, really good there, or really, really bad there. Some days you’re going to be better than others, obviously, with how you can get your car set up compared to the competition.”