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

Monday, November 24, 2014

ACT Tour Returns to Thompson to Close 2015 Racing Season
Click on www.acttour, for the "Rest of the Story'
Last visit was in 1992, yes 23 years ago The race is set for Sat. Oct. 17
The field will be set at 30 race cars so the heats will be tremendous !

NEMST Announces Two Big Races in Maine for 2015
Click on Red Highlight, for the "Rest of the Story"  Mike Veins Thompson 2014 Champion

all photos by W.Gauvin Barber

NASCAR Whelen Mod. Driver, Tommy Barrett Jr. to test ARCA Race Car

Tommy Barrett Jr. from Millis Massachusetts will be testing a full size ARCA race car at the  Daytona International Speedway, Florida in December. Barrett moved up from the Valenti Modifed Racing Series and replaced Mike Stefanik in the #22. After a full 13 race schedule in the NASCAR Whelen North 2014 season in which he accomplished a runner up to Long Island's Timmy Solimito for the Rookie of the Year honors, 1 big win at Bristol, Tenn., 3 top 5's and 5 top ten's for a final 12th place finish with 400 points. 111 points back of the 2014 champion Doug Coby.
 Roger Carter Racing will be supplying the race car and his hope is to get certified. More details to follow at a later date. Wayne
Photo by "Simply the Best" Crystal Snape

photo by W.Gauvin Barber Thompson World Series 2014

Famous front bumper of Tommy Barrett Jr. Thompson World Series 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Woman in Racing" Melissa Fifield NASCAR Whelen Modified Most Popular Driver 2014

Congratulations to NASCAR Whelen North Modified Driver, Rookie and Wakefield, New Hampshire's own Melissa Fifield on winning the fan vote as the Most Popular Driver 2014.
 Melissa Fifield has been a member of our 'Woman in Racing" 2013 & 2014 on our weekly radio broadcast on the award winning, 'Race Chatter" on WNRI.COM Worldwide.
Melissa has her own chapter in our new book "New England's Golden Years of Racing; Their History and a Glimpse into the Future.. At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park her dad even insisted that I join the race team in their pre- race prayer "Racing with Jesus"and I got to say it moved me. The NASCAR Whelen Modified North has really made me feel welcome into their fraternity the last three years and I,  Thank You, all. The Fifield race team would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. See you in 2015 and big Thank You, to all who took the time to vote for me. Melissa Fifield
Most Photos by W.Gauvin Barber

photo by "Simply the Best" Crystal Snape

Fifield signed autographs for everyone at every track that I attended.
Ken Fifield
Awesome Facebook share photo   "Eyes"

2014 World Series, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Conn.
2013 Valenti Modified Racing Series,&  2014 NASCAR Whelen North Modified Series

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Big Three, NASCAR Champions are Crowned

Homestead Fla.
NASCAR crowned its top three divisional champions this weekend in Homestead, Fla.
Matt Crafton #88 became the first Camping World Truck Series driver to repeat in his hot Toyota over #29 Ryan Blaney in his Ford who had entered the race 25 points back. He drove for Thor Racing. KBM Racing , Kyle Busch claimed the Owners Championship, third overall and in a tie #31 Ben Kennedy Chevrolet wins the Rookie of the Year, because of a higher finish in the final standings against #19 Ford driver Tyler Reddick.
Bill Elliot's son Chase Elliot became the youngest champion and rookie of the year in the same year in the second highest division, Nation Wide Series in a race car owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dba as JR Motorsports. Look for Elliot to take one of the seats at Hendrick Motorsports with either Jeff Gordon hanging it up or Kasey Kahne being replaced and Hendrick capped at 4 drivers.
 The Elliot family become the fifth father & son combo to complete the feat. Jarrett's Ned &Dale, Pettys Lee & Richard, Pearsons David & Larry,  Earnhardts Dale and Dale Jr. in the top three divisions. The championship is the third for Earnhardt Jr.who was the two time owner for Martin Truex Jr. at Chace Racing before Truex Jr. made the leap to Mikey Waltrip and Napa. The excitement built all weekend for a first time , top finisher, winner take all in the Sprint Cup. All 4 participants were seeking their very first championship. Denny Hamlin a bridesmade once to Jimmi Johnson in (2010) a heart breaker and Kevin Harvick who finished third three times in his 13 year career in Cup. 2010,2011,2013 all with RCR Racing after replacing Dale Earnhardt. At age 38, Harvick also garnered Chevrolet its 38 Manufactures Championship for the bow-tie. Budweiser's 2nd championship, 1985 Darrell Waltrip and 66 wins for the sponsor with numerous drivers. Harvick showed the most speed all year and led the most laps and could have won a few more races with some better luck. In 502 career Sprint Cup starts, Harvick now has 28 career wins. Never known for being a great qualifier, Harvick nailed 8 poles in 2014 and 20 top tens. #42 Kyle Larson captured the Rookie of the Year award. Harvick joins Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as champions in both of NASCAR's top divisions. Harvick is a two time champion in the Nationwide Series coming in 2001 & 2006. All told Harvick has accomplished 8 Championships in his racing career.
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship
2002 IROC Series Championship
2001 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship
1998 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship
1993 Late Model Track Championship at Mesa Martin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA
1987 World Karting Association National Championship
1985 World Karting Association National Championship
This also marks the first championship for crew chief Rodney Childers in NASCAR
This is also the second Sprint Cup Championship for owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.
Tony Stewart in 2011 & Kevin Harvick 2014
This is Stewart's 21st Championship as a race car owner. The empire of Stewart/Haas works out of Kannapolis, NC. in a 140,000 square foot facility and employ 270 people for their 4 race teams.
Next is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony from Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday Dec. 5th, 2014 and racing at the Daytona Unlimited (old bud shootout) on Fox Sat. Feb.14th, 2015, a non points race
Homestead Fla.

Budweiser and Harvick moved from RCR to Stewart/Haas in 2014 and get's the deal done !

Did you know? Harvick's nickname is" Happy"

Friday, November 14, 2014

Kyle Larson on the Pole for Tonights Camping World Truck Race

Kyle Larson #42 wins Pole for Final Camping World Truck Race at Homestead, Fla.


Yes Kyle Busch #51 will have some competition tonight. 2nd place hopeful # 29 Ryan Blaney starts outside and will have to climb over the 25 point lead of #88 Matt Crafton to claim the 2014 Championship .

Race # 22 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Homestead, Fla.

#19 Tyler Reddick and teammate #29 Ryan Blaney  red hot Fords !
#19 Tyler Reddick going for ROTY tonight !

#00 Cole Custer sits this one out after a great 3rd place shortened race last week at the "Diamond in the Desert"
Last race in the Truck Series. Next year 2015 the field will be capped at 32 trucks to stop the start and park regulars and all trucks will have the drivers name on the rear plexiglass. Matt Crafton #98 can become the first to win back to back in his hot Toyota with a 25 point lead and needing a 21st or better finish to seal the deal.
 KBM owner Kyle Busch #54 & #51 can claim back to back owners championships by a 14th or better finish and would give him 3 overall owner championships in the series. The last to win back to back as a owner was in 2002-2003 Xpress Motors/ Steve Clouter.
 The big excitement will be for Rookie of the Year. #31 Ben Kennedy Chevrolet @ 184 points over #19 Tyler Reddick Ford @181points. Tyler has only competed in 15 of the 21 in 2014
 Young Daniel Hemric will pilot the #20 and 2014 ARCA Champion #48 Mason Mitchell auditions also in a truck Brad Keselowski sold him. #9 Brian Newberry was originally entered in the race but became ill and will be replaced by Richard Childress grandson Ty Dillion. Sprint Cup, Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson moves down in another #42 to give #54 Kyle Busch and #29 Ryan Blaney some competition. This seems to be where the training grounds for the young drivers is developing the much lower cost Sprint Cup drivers.

Daniel Hemric

KBM Powerhouse Toyota's

#51 Eric Jones earns full time status in 2015 for Kyle. Championship ?

3 Time Championship Truck Owner ?