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Thank You to the Race Fans for supporting the Race Chatter Nation and short tracks on the East Coast. 488,931 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 a Victory at Riverhead, NY. Crate Motors rule, but the #4 Mystic Missile comes home 3rd with a piece built.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 202 Total wins. ( 144 in SK) New England Street Stock Tour will debut in 2015 and the Mr.Rooter New England Truck Series grew by leaps and bounds. 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.
































Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Racer !

Posted by Wayne G. Barber and Facebook Share photos & Crystal Snape
                                                                     Nikki Ouellette
Nikki drives on Dirt at Lebanon Valley in New York.  Thompson Speedway & Monadnock Speedway on the Hard surface.
World Class Skating and just Graduated from UConn on Crutches.
HAPPY Birthday Nikki,from the entire "Race Chatter" Nation







Monadnock Speedway Double Feature Results from 8-1-15

    
Posted by Wayne G. Barber
WINCHESTER—The racing revved up once again and there was a rumble of thunder on the mountain last Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway for a night of double features. The STAR Antiques were also on hand to give everyone a good show.

The features on June 20th were washed out by rain and last Saturday the Thunder Stocks, Super Stocks and Sportsman Mod features were made up as part of a double feature night.

Thunder Stocks led off the night with their first feature, June 20th make up, which saw defending champion and current points leader Marshall Usher take home the win followed by Paul Barnard in second. David Greenslit is looking to take a run at the points championship this season, he finished third in the first feature but we would see a lot more of the bright green #20 machine later in the evening.

Chris Lawrence just missed out on the podium finish as he crossed the line 4th. Rookie Richard Vincent wheeled the #4 car around to a top 5 with a 5th place finish.

Super Stocks rolled out next for their June 20th make up feature. Unfortunately for the Super Stocks, a car from the field lost their rear end and put some slick substance on the track. The man who paid most dearly was the man who sits 2nd in the points standings now, Dave Striebel.

Striebel slid out of control coming out of turn 2 on lap 4 and violently slammed into the outside wall, ending his night prematurely.

Misfortune created opportunity for Tyler Leary in the #11x to close the gap in points on Striebel and Leary pounced on the chance, winning the first feature. Chris Curtis came across 2nd and point leader Dennis Stange took home the final spot on the podium with a 3rd place finish
Cole Littlewood brought the #73 home 4th and Nancy Muni took the #96 to a top 5 coming in 5th.

Fans were then treated to a special early Sportsman Modified feature. It’s not every night you can come to Monadnock and see fast cars to start the program, but that’s what made last Saturday a little extra special.
Point's leader Kimball had to go hard from the drop, and he had some ground to make up as he worked through the field. The points leader had a strong car early on, but in the end had too much traffic to work through and wheeled his #43 machine to a 6th place finish. Yellow came out early as the #15 of Trevor Bleau made contact with the rear tire of Normandin. Bleau would recover  after the spin to capture 7th place. At the front, Kim Rivet was out front early in the #99, but Brett Gonyaw in the #87 came and muscled his way into the lead   Keith Carzello whipped the #8 car past Gonyaw for the lead to bring home the win for the 2nd time this season. Gonyaw captured 2nd and Tyler Jarvenpaa came across in 3rd.

“I’m whooped!” was the message from Carzello after the race, and he still had one more to go later

Scott MacMichael is currently 2nd in the points behind Bill Kimball. Last week he had a rough time as he blew an engine in practice and had to rush to go get and install his backup engine.

Well, this week MacMichael’s spell of bad luck continued as he lost his backup engine in the opening feature on lap 10 this past Saturday.

After the early victory lane ceremony, the heat races commenced, lead off by two divisions of STAR antique racers, followed by Young Guns, Lightning Stocks and Mini Stocks.
Young Guns had a few teams with tough nights. After having such a promising run to start his young racing career, Alex Pearl blew his engine in practice, Shelby Avery lost the handle and hit the backstretch wall head on leaving only 4 cars remaining to run Young Guns as both Hailey Guy and Chris Sontag also dropped out of the event.
In the feature for Young Guns it was Chase Curtis in the #88 out wheeling the #76 of Bow Smith for the win. Chris Buffone in the #29 passed the other Smith brother, Colton driving the #55.

Things got exciting when the Lightning Stocks took the track and hit the gas in their feature. Pat Houle, a little too anxious, got into the #11 Richard Whipple causing him to get into the #4 of Eric Silvernale propping the left front tire up over the right front of Whipple’s car. With the cars interlocked the two headed towards the infield grass where the impact with the softer surface jarred the two cars loose, sending Silvernale for a roll, landing upright on all 4 tires.  Both went into the pit area and with minor repairs made it back out before the green to complete the race.

After the red flag came out to clear up the debris, Kyle Boniface in the #27 went to work when they went back green. Boniface jumped out ahead and never looked back, bringing home the win.

#95 CJ Johnson and #52 Tim Leblanc battled it out for 2nd and 3rd with Leblanc edging Johnson for the position. Kris Kristolaitis in the #28 finished 4th and Tim Paquette finished 5th in the #93.

Mini Stocks came out after and went green to checkers clean with no cautions. It was #13 Cameron Sontag out dueling wheel to wheel with #62 Julia Raymond for the win. Rookie Matt Gauffin in #68 passed #50 Matt Kimball for 3rd place. Point leader Eric Pomasco rounded out the top 5 in the #71.
 Next out was the Thunder Stocks for their 2nd feature. The race was decided on lap 4 when David Greenslit took his #20 by then leader Paul Barnard in the #24 and never looked back. Barnard fell to 4th where he would finish.

In the meantime, Greenslit was busy trying to escape Marshall Usher’s #11 and Chris Lawrence in the #62. Usher looked to be running Greenslit down, but just as the points leader caught his closest competitor, Greenslit pulled away and brought home the win.

“I knew the track was going to come to me,” Greenslit said after the race, “We’re use to running at night.”

“I don’t know how I held off Marshall,” Greenslit went on, “He was fast. We came out on top, that’s all the matters.”

Super Stocks came out for their 2nd feature, and put on a show for the ages, the young ages that is, as the podium was dominated by drivers younger than 18 years old.

Youngest of them all, 14 year old Cole Littlewood had one of the most impressive displays of driving for a driver of his age all year at Monadnock. On a day where so much oil and grease was laid down on the track, and on a track where there is limited space to run on the outside to begin with, Littlewood was able to not only make it stick on the outside, but make it work up there. The young driver made the pass on the outside on 4 or 5 cars to take position. With leader Tyler Leary in his sights, everyone could tell Littlewood had it working, but would he have enough space to make the pass? The answer was a resounding yes, as Littlewood took the lead. With about half the race remaining, the question became, could he hold on?

Even after a late spin brought out the caution and brought the field level, Littlewood was able to get a good jump on the restart and hold on for the win.
“We put the body together and we got this car hooked up,” Littlewood said, “We could run anywhere tonight.”

Tyler Leary came home with 2nd place and #03 Joel Monahan came home 3rd.

The final race of the evening was next, with Sportsman Mods back out on the track.

Early on, #22 Tyler Jarvenpaa was out front, but he was bullied out of the lead by Brett Gonyaw in the #87.

As the laps ticked away Bill Kimball’s #43 started to make his move towards the front. After last week’s win, Kimball said it was “Time for business.” Well Bill was all business as Kimball charged to the front of the pack and never looked back, taking home the win.

The first place finish for Kimball vaulted him back up into the points lead to end the night.

Gonyaw came across 2nd and Keith Carzello’s #8 got around Jarvenpaa for 3rd.

#25 Brian Robie didn’t run the 2nd feature, as he did a noble thing and lent his car to Scott MacMichael so MacMichael wouldn’t lose too much ground on Kimball in the championship points race while MacMichael works out his engine issues.

Next week the Granite State Pro Stock Series comes to Monadnock to join with the weekly Nascar Whelan All-American series. Racing starts at 6PM.
Top Ten Sportsman Modified First Feature: Keith Carzello, Brett Gonyaw, Tyler Jarvenpaa, Kim Rivet, Eric Leclair, Bill Kimball, Trevor Bleau, Dennis Charrette, Casey Ouellette, Chris Iganzio, Scott Nordman
Top Ten Sportsman Modified Second Feature: Bill Kimball, Brett Gonyaw, Keith Carzello, Tyler Jarvenpaa, Scott MacMichael, Ben Byrne, Trevor Bleau, Kim Rivet, Jason Barden, Dana Smith
Super Stock First Feature:  Tyler Leary, Chris Curtis, Dennis Stange, Cole Littlewood, Nancy Muni, Tyler Lescord, Joel Monahan, Dave Striebel
Top Ten Super Stock Second Feature: Cole Littlewood, Tyler Leary, Joel Monahan, Dennis Stange, Tyler Lescord, Duane Noll, Ken Springer, nancy Muni, Scott Beck, Ian MacDonald
Top Ten Mini Stocks: Cameron Sontag, Julia Raymond, Matt Gauffin, Matt Kimball, Eric Pomasko, Kevin McKnight, Joel Monahan, Solomon Brow, Justin Faford, DJ lazelle 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Radio Alert: Tonights Line up on the Race Chatter at 6:05pm

One of these guys has won a few Daytona 500's

  T C

Keith Rocco


6 Victories in 2015  Roger Turbush
Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Two sets of 2 free tickets to the Seekonk Speedway any Fast Friday or Saturday regular event.

E-Mail from now through the broadcast at waynewnri@yahoo.com with your congratulations and questions

What a week of Racing in New England !


Tentatively Scheduled at 6:15pm #20 David Greenslit, Monadnock, Claremont &North East Street Stock Tour Owner & Driver


Then at about 6:35 pm #81 Jesse Gleason, a limited sportsman winner from Thompson


Then 6 time winner in 2015 Roger Turbush from Long Island, NY to discuss his run for the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series Tour Championship,

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Derek Griffith Scores his 4th Win in 2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series

Posted by Wayne G. Barber & Photos by Remember when Photography

NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH – Derek Griffith becomes the only driver to win four races in one season, after the Hudson, NH driver picked up the victory at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
 
Dillon Moltz jumped ahead of the field on the drop of the green flag until lap 11, when Mike Parks caught the berm of the new pavement, screeching to a halt before touching the front stretch wall.  Moltz would see Griffith alongside his door on the restart, but won the battle, retaining the lead.  Griffith stayed within striking distance, and took the lead on lap 44.
 
After an incident involving Barry Gray and Nick Sweet on lap 57, Griffith would engage in battle with Moltz on the restart once more.  Griffith would win the battle, and put on a blistering pace to capture the win. 
 
When asked about this season’s success, Griffith pointed to the support from the Mechalides family, saying “It’s huge.  I stress on it every time we do well.  The Mechalides family, they aren’t just friends, they are family.  We go over to their house, we eat dinner there, and hang out, it’s just huge.”
 
Louie Mechalides, who has enjoyed so much success in his storied racing career, has not only been turning the wrenches on Griffith’s FEP Insurance/Motorcycles of Manchester Toyota, but guiding the youngster as well.  “Louie [Mechalides] has been tutoring me, and dialing me in, it’s huge.  That’s the biggest thing I could focus on.”
 
Moltz was in line to finish in the runner-up spot, but suffered a blistered right-front tire with less than five laps to go, and had to pit.  D.J. Shaw would inherit the spot, and finish the job.  Shaw had a good car, but not enough to run down Griffith.
 
“[Griffith] was good.  He was just in a league of his own tonight,” complimented Shaw.  “He’s been really impressive how far he’s come, and how far their program has come.  He’s definitely a top-tier driver.  The track threw us off a little bit with the new pavement, and we just missed it.”
 
Jeremy Davis failed in his attempt to three-peat, but still earned a podium spot, finishing third.  The Jeremy Davis Motorsports team has been firing on all cylinders this year, as well, and Davis pointed that out, saying “If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be doing nearly as good.  We have a good time, and everybody comes up with something to do.”
 
Barry Gray earned a hard-fought fourth, and Derek Ming recovered from an incident during qualifying, and finished fifth.  Nick Sweet finished in the sixth spot in his second-straight Granite State Pro Stock Series start, with Cory Casagrande tying his best career finish in the series of seventh.  Jeremy Harclerode, Josh King, and Mike Parks completed the top ten.  Parks and Moltz picked up the win their respective qualifying heats.
 
The Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Monadnock Speedway for the JBH Memorial 100, on August 8.  The race will have an extra $5000 added to the purse, thanks to efforts from Josh King and Barry Gray, amongst others, giving the winner a solid $3000 payday.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net.
 
WMMP 100
OFFICIAL FINISH
White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH)
8/1/15
Pos (Start)           Driver                                   Hometown
1. (3)                      Derek Griffith                    Hudson, NH
2. (4)                      D.J. Shaw                             Center Conway, NH
3. (5)                      Jeremy Davis                     Tamworth, NH
4. (9)                      Barry Gray                           Belchertown, MA
5. (13)                   Derek Ming                        West Burke, VT
6. (6)                      Nick Sweet                         Barre, VT
7. (11)                   Cory Casagrande              Stafford Springs, CT
8. (7)                      Jeremy Harclerode          Newmarket, NH
9. (8)                      Josh King                             Vernon, VT
10. (2)                   Mike Parks                          Walpole, NH
11. (10)                 John-Michael Shenette Thompson, CT
12. (1)                   Dillon Moltz                        Waterford, CT
13. (12)                 Tyler Fiscus                         Pembroke, NH
 
CONTINGENCY AWARDS
AR BODIES (Hard Luck)                                                  5 – Dillon Moltz
BOND AUTO PARTS (Last Car on Lead Lap)            5NH – Derek Ming
BOND AUTO PARTS (Halfway Leader)                     12 – Derek Griffith
DRACO SPRINGS (Most Positions Gained)            5NH – Derek Ming
FIVE STAR AUTO BODIES (5th Place)                        5NH – Derek Ming
MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 1 Winner) 66 – Mike Parks
MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 2 Winner) 5 – Dillon Moltz
SEYMOUR PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS (Random)              66 – Mike Parks
RB PERFORMANCE (3rd Place)                                   09 – Jeremy Davis
RB PERFORMANCE (7th Place)                                   1 – Cory Casagrande
FIVE STAR AUTO BODIES (5th Place)                        5NH – Derek Ming
MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 1 Winner) 66 – Mike Parks
MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 2 Winner) 5 – Dillon Moltz
SEYMOUR PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS (Random)              66 – Mike Parks
RB PERFORMANCE (3rd Place)                                   09 – Jeremy Davis
RB PERFORMANCE (7th Place)                                   1 – Cory Casagrande
SHERWOOD WHEELS (Most Laps Led)                     12 – Derek Griffith
SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 1 Winner)                   66 – Mike Parks
SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 2 Winner)                   5 – Dillon Moltz
VDL FUEL SYSTEMS (5th Place)                                   5NH – Derek Ming
POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY (4th Place)                29 – Barry Gray
COIL-OVER COMMANDER (Feature Winner)       12 – Derek Griffith

All Photo Credits  Remember when Photography
 

Twice is Nice: Geoff Rollins Earns Second Straight Victory on North East Street Stock Tour

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

LEE, NH – Geoff Rollins becomes the first person to win two feature events in the North East Street Stock Tour, as the Groton, MA driver picked up the victory in the “Friday Night Lights” event, presented by the Gobbi Corporation, at Lee USA Speedway.
 
Rollins jumped to the lead at the start of the race, pulling away from Larry Barnett at the drop of the green.  His lead was erased on lap 9, when Matt Morrill came to rest in turn 4 after suffering a broken right-front suspension. 
 
Press release photo
Rollins would fend off Chris Douton and John Hanafin, and increased his lead on the field until the second and final caution flew for Bryan Town, who was involved in an incident with Charlie Beal, sending both drivers to the back of the pack.
 
On the ensuing restart, Douton was glued to Rollins’ back bumper, but an electrical issue sapped power from Douton’s Ford Thunderbird, as he slowly dropped back.  Anthony Belfiore took advantage, and took the second spot from Douton, setting his sights on Rollins.  Belfiore chipped into Rollins’ lead, and made a last ditch effort in the final corner of the race, but Rollins held on to earn back-to-back victories on the tour.
 
“The car was really good on restarts,” exclaimed Rollins.  “There was so much work put in this car to get it done in two weeks, it’s unbelievable.”
 
Rollins made it a perfect night, picking up the feature win in the Late Model Sportsman weekly division at Lee USA Speedway.
 
Belfiore settled for the second spot, which is a bit of redemption after his twelfth-place finish at Monadnock Speedway.  Belfiore explained “My whole crew worked hard on the car this week so [Monadnock] didn’t happen.  We’ve had a lot of failures.”
 
Belfiore used the outside groove multiple times to advance his position.  When asked about the outside, Belfiore continued “Everyone goes to the bottom.  I go high, I like to go up there.  It’s fast for me.  When the car is going good, I have no problem up there.”

Belfiore used the outside groove multiple times to advance his position.  When asked about the outside, Belfiore continued “Everyone goes to the bottom.  I go high, I like to go up there.  It’s fast for me.  When the car is going good, I have no problem up there.”
 
Patrick Tanguay enjoyed running at his home track, as well.  Tanguay finished third, after starting in the eighth position.
 
“It feels good to come back and do our home track good,” Tanguay said.  “We were off just a little bit on the adjustments we made.  We took some big swings at it, and made it a lot better, but it wasn’t quite enough.”
 
Douton would survive to take the fourth spot, with Hanafin settling for fifth.  Steve Kenneway fought his way up to sixth, with Barnett falling back to the seventh spot.  Robbie Bodwell, Joe Arena, and Jim Boyle completed the top ten.  Rollins and Barnett won their respective qualifying heats.
 
The North East Street Stock Tour is back in action August 15, returning to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.  For more information on the North East Street Stock Tour, visit www.nestreetstocktour.com, on Facebook (N.E. Street Stock Tour), Twitter @NEStreetStock, or on Instagram at NorthEastStreetStockTour.
 
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS presented by the Gobbi Corporation
Lee USA Speedway
7/31/15
Pos. (Start)         Driver                                   Hometown
1. (1)                      Geoff Rollins                      Groton, MA
2. (6)                      Anthony Belfiore             Haverhill, MA
3. (8)                      Patrick Tanguay                Lebanon, ME
4. (3)                      Chris Douton                      Waterford, CT
5. (4)                      John Hanafin                      Quincy, MA
6. (11)                   Steve Kenneway              Lowell, MA
7. (2)                      Larry Barnett                      Moosup, CT
8. (9)                      Robbie Bodwell                Sanford, ME
9. (7)                      Joe Arena                            Bristol, CT
10. (5)                   Jim Boyle                             Waterford, CT
11. (14)                 Charlie Beal                        Ledyard, CT
12. (12)                 John Carpenter                 Danielson, CT
13. (10)                 Bryan Town                        Charlestown, NH
14. (13)                 Matt Morrill                        Moultonborough, NH
 
Dur-A-Flex ($100 gift certificate to halfway leader) – Geoff Rollins
Northeast Race Cars + Parts (Lucky Dog) – Joe Arena




 
 




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Stafford Springs Speedway,Conn. SK Mod. Results 7-31-15

        Posted by Wayne G. Barber

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Todd Owen took the lead at the green but Ted Christopher was all over his back bumper and nearly made a move for the lead in turn 3 before backing out.  Eric Berndt got a good run on the outside and he went to the lead at the line.  Jeff Malave took a hard hit into the turn 1 wall to bring the red and yellow flags out.
The race went back green with Berndt taking the lead.  Rowan Pennink was side by side with Owen for second and Ronnie Williams was right behind them in fourth with Ted Christopher fifth.  Pennink got clear to second on lap-5 and he made a move to the inside of Berndt on lap-6 to take over the race lead.  Williams was now third with Owen fourth and Christopher fifth.  Ryan Preece, who started last in the field, was already up to sixth and going by Christopher to move into fifth on lap-8.
Preece took fourth from Owen on lap-9 as Pennink was starting to pull away from Williams and Berndt, who were running side by side for second.  Williams got clear of Berndt on lap-11 and Preece was closing in on Berndt’s bumper.  Preece made his move to take over third on lap-14 while behind them, Mike Christopher, Jr. went by Owen, Keith Rocco, and Ted Christopher to move up to fifth place.  The caution came out with 21 laps complete for spins in turn 1 by Richie Cooper and John Catania.
Back under green, Preece made a bid for the lead to the inside of Pennink, but he fell back in line.  Williams went by Pennink to take over the lead on lap-25 with Preece and Berndt now side by side for third behind Williams and Pennink. 
The fight for the lead was beginning to heat up with 10 laps to go as Pennink was looking to the high and low sides of Williams with Preece right behind the lead duo.  The three leaders deftly avoided lapped traffic on lap-32 and resumed their fight for the lead.
Pennink nearly got his nose under Williams in turn 1 on lap-36 but Williams was able to keep his car out front.  Williams held Pennink off to the checkered flag to pick up his second consecutive and fourth overall win of the 2015 season.  Preece finished third, with Mike Christopher, Jr. fourth and Berndt rounding out the top-5.

SK MODIFIED® (40)

1) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
2) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa
3) Ryan Preece, Berlin
4) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
5) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
6) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire
7) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
8) Keith Rocco, Berlin
9) Matt Galko, Meriden
10) Ted Christopher, Plainville
11) Tyler Hines, North Haven
12) Todd Owen, Somers
13) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
14) John Catania, Agawam, Ma
15) Richard Cooper, West Long Branch, Nj
16) Jeff Malave, Manchester

Friday, July 31, 2015

Late Model Standings 7-31-15 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

5 down and three 25 lap races to go !

19BRIAN TAGG2300
288 MAKEITH ROCCO228-2
370RICK GENTES217-13
491LARRY GELINAS197-33
54WILLIAM WALL188-42
668JEFF ROCCO192-38
715JEFF SMITH184-46
83GLENN BOSS172-58
92ANTHONY RYAN163-67
1097ERNEST LaROSE156-74
1144CHAD LaBASTIE14684
1227MARC CURTIS13793
1313JARED MATERAS107123
1420JOHN P. LOWINSKI-LOH98132
1596ART MORAN III96134
1662LESLIE ROSE, JR74156
17ROBERT HANLEY66164
1817PARENT RAY60170
1945DAMON TINIO52178
2026CHRIS CURTIS51179
210ZACHARY FISHER44186