Driver Watch !

I think the Nationwide race @ Mid-Ohio road course Aug.16th was the best that I have seen in 5 Years,Congratulations to #60 Chris Buescher, NO Cup drivers were in it. Nascar SMARTEN UP.Ford sweeps Bristol,Trucks, Nationwide and Cup ! First time since 2006.Regular racing August 29th at Stafford Speedway, Conn.check their Web-Site on this page for any Rain CancellationValenti Modified Touring Series will be at the Stafford.Conn. Aug. 29th, 2014 5 Races to go. Pennick, Bonsignore, Pasteryak ?Pit reports on Monday night. Jeff Gordon added 3M as a Sponsor. Penske extends contract with the Wood Brothers. Is Chase Elliot ready to move up right now ? It now appears Greg Biffle will finish his career with Roush/Fenway. Subway go's to Gibbs, 3m to Hendrick, who can Roush/Fenway Sign ? Ansewer is Orthro Lawn Products ! Young Ryan Blaney will pilot the Woods Brothers #21 next year in a partial schedule. Clint Boyer #15, resigned with Mikey. Danika back to F1 with Haas when contract is up. If Kurt can get a 6th place,Danika should Win !

Monday, August 25, 2014

Max Zachem Scheduled to Drive #6 Sunoco Modified for Mertz Racing

Just received some good news from Stan Mertz that hot driver Max Zachem , Preston, Conn. who is 21 years old will take over the duties of driving the No. 6 SK Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Sunoco Modified Double Header Sept. 4th, 2014
 With addition of Zachem to the Mertz Racing program,current driver and owner Stan Mertz has decided to step out of the seat to concentrate on car owner duties. This was Stan's second year competing in the Sunoco Modified Series after competing for seven years in the Pro Four Modified Series.
 I'm really excited to see Max in the car for this event. I've watched him race over the past few years and have been impressed with his driving abilities."Mertz said".I know he will preform to our expectations and show the power that our Ashaway Performance Engine package has.
 This will be the first start for Zachem in the series. Zachem replied,"I'm excited about the opportunity Mr. Mertz has given me. I can't wait to be out with the best Modified drivers in the Northeast at the premier facility, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park."
 Mertz Racing has competed in all of the 2014 NASCAR SK Modified events at Thompson, as well as the Tri-Track Series events with Woody Pitkat as the driver. Pitkat finished the 2013 Sk Sunoco Modifed Series at Thompson with a tie with Keith Rocco at 450 Points but Rocco was awarded the Championship by having more wins than Pitkat. Woody Pitkat also has more than 70 career wins at Stafford Speedway,Conn. in different divisions in his stellar career.
                                         Driver  Max Zachem  Track  Records
 Zachem is fresh off a hard fought 4th place finish at Monadnock Speedway Aug. 23,2014 in the Valenti Modifed Tour Series
 2000-2006 Quarter Midgets= 10 Championships/70 wins/ and over 250 Trophies racing from New England to the State of Florida 2006-2011- Legends Style Race Cars = 3 Championships with multiple wins, racing from Maine to Georgia
 Since 2010 Mazx Zachem has competed in the Valenti Modified Racing Series. He has finished in the top 10 in points every season and has accumulated many special awards that include 2010 Dart Steel Head Champion, 2011 Sportsman of the Year, 2012 Spafco Most Improved Driver.2013 Most Popular Driver. As of Aug. 24th 2014 ,Zachem has 13 top 5's and 39 Top 10's in his Modified Career on the VMRS. Zachem also made his debut in the Whelen Series at Thompson and finished 6th at the World Series.
 I was told that Mertz Racing purchased the new Troyer Modified from Brad Lafontaine, Northeast Racecars at the very beginning of the racing season. The race car is pre-pared by the team at APE
Motorsports and is powered by Ashaway Preformance Engines.
  It takes a lot of support from sponsors to operate a race team and these are just of the few who make it happen. Mertz Racing marketing partners include,
   Just Get Dirty Racing Apparel, Whitingsville, Mass.
   Morning Side Lawn and Landscape- Whitinsville, Mass.
  Daimond Chevrolet, Gmc of Auburn Mass.
  Graffittyiworks Sign  Company- Whitingsville, Mass.
  Ashaway Performance Engines- Ashaway, R.I.
Photo by Mertz Racing pr
  National House Bar and Grill- Indian Orchard, Mass.
Photo by simply the Best, Crystal Snape at Monadnock Speedway Sat. Aug. 23,2014

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Whelens at Bristol Tenn.
Our New Book !
Your'e Host W.Gauvin Barber
 

Do not miss this Broadcast of the "Race Chatter Tonight @ 6pm WNRI.COM

All the Racing info from the past weekend and much more ! 3 Live interviews over the air and taking live e-mail questions @ waynewnri@yahoo.com for our host and quests. Snap in the steering wheel, buckle up
DDD Racing Driver Braden Dion @ 6:45pm Tentative He might have a Date ?
WHUS 91.7 Conner Sullivan inside the Conn. pits @ 6:30pm

#14 Professional Driver Nikki Ouelette Asphalt and Dirt and a pretty good Skater too !
Dirt or Asphalt  6:15pm Tentative UCONN Today !
Norm Wrenn , Danika and Nichole Morgillo  re-scheduled to a later Broadcast.
 your 5 point harness and step down you're right foot through the floor boards for a Great Show !  Wayne

Sunday, August 24, 2014

08232014 011 Austin Blais Win's Again at the Seekonk Speedway !

 Current  Street Stock Standings    1 #14 Rey Lovelace 766
                                                       2  #47 Scotty Bruneau 724 (2013 Champion)
                                                       3 #16 Austin Blais       720  One DQ
There is still time to tighten up even more like last year. Scotty, Rey and departed to a Sk Light at Waterford, Crystal




photo by W.Gauvin Barber
photo by .W.Gauvin Barber
photo by W.Gauvin Barber
photo by W.Gauvin Barber
photo by W.Gauvin Barber
photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Victor Johnson Memorial Race at Monadnock Speedway Sat.Aug.23

       Pits open at noon, Practice will start at 3:00 and the first race go's off at 6:00pm Sharp !

                                  Affordable concession prices for a Family Event

  • 100 lap Valenti Modified Series Tour race visits the fastest 1/4 mile asphalt track on the Eastern Seaboard. #99 Richard Savory owned the track in the last visit and will have to watch his back from the hard charging at the tail end of the Seekonk Speedway event. # Justine Bonsignore with a 30point lead is one of the hottest drivers in the Country in all divisions and do not count out #25 Rowan Pennick, last years 2013 division champion. Can # 53 Norm Wrenn win two in a row ? Kirk Alexander knows how to win there ! Young pups and seasoned veterans in the mix for a great competitive race. The heat races and consi will be just awesome ! Bring the phone or camera for great photos of your racing stars !
  •                                                      Sportsman Modifies
  •                                                      Super Stocks
  •                                                      Mini Stocks
  •                                                     Thunder Stocks
  •                                                     Lightning Stocks
  •                                                     Young Guns !
               
              I will be at the Track signing our newest book,  New England's Golden Years of Racing;
                                                                                        Their History and a Glimpse into the Future 
 The History of Monadnock Speedway is featured and the Woman who have Raced their. 

    Author W,Gauvin Barber host of the "Race Chatter" WNRI.COM or Tune in Radio, a free App                                                            on  1380 AM on your'e radio
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tommy Barrett Jr. Wins Bristol Tenn. Whelen Modified 150 Lap Race

Mario Fiori Photo

39 North & South Modified Race Teams made the long trip to Bristol,Tenn. even though there was a real threat of rain. The teams worked around the weather and what a race it was. The first practice the #4 "Mystic Missile" Donnie Lia owned all of the attention with his Whelen and NASCAR record run of 14.744 shattering his own record from the previous season race of 14.806  Ageless #13 Teddy Christopher next at 14.756. The session was marred by a tough spin out for the #73 piloted by Cole Powell when he came out in the 28th practice position. Great first lap and then he sad in the post care center interview that the tire just blew.
 All 39 entries got in the race, instead of the pre-race statement of the best 36. The top 30 from qualifying and 6 more by provisional.
 The chem3.com sponsored race car piloted by one of the hottest drivers in our great country, #51 Justine Bonsignore who made the trip from Long Island, New York and also fresh off a exciting victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Aug. 14 in Conn. set the mark at 14.925, and 128.563 in winning the pole position from a Southern driver #1 Burt Meyers @ 14.939 and 128.442
 My pre-race favorite. only because of my friendship with his spotter, (Larry" Leadfoot" Barnett) #44 Bobby Santos took Larry's advice on his race line and it worked for a opportunity to start third @the closest 14.942 and 128.417
 #16 Ryan Preece's  East/Marine Diversified Metals pit crew made some great adjustments on his beautiful pre-pared race car a @ 14.954 and 128.313 to start fourth. #4 Donny Lia had to settle for the 5 hole @14.977 and 128.116 because of the changing track conditions or maybe a little wind in the very close qualifier.
 #7 Sprint Cup regular Ryan Newman entered and started 8th with well financed set of  Menards and Wix Filters decals on the race car  He started 8th @ 14.985 and a respectable 128.048
 The youngest participant in the show was my new friend, 15 year old, #79 Hillbilly Race/Coors 21 Means 21, team driver Spencer Davis, (Sounds like a flashback old song I use to play) who hails from Dawsonville, Ga.,same town as Hall of Famer, Bill Elliot. Well 32nd and and a start at Bristol is quite an accomplishment in my mind. Fast 15.555 and 123.556 for a young man who has to wait to get a drivers license and to drink one of his sponsors Coor's Beer.
 Regular North Whelen driver Melissa Fifield did not make the expensive trip here or to the Daytona non point race to start the season. Her Dad told me it is real tough on the Tour for a small budget race team moving up from the Valenti Tour to the Whelen Tour. The team is going through the learning curve and would like to thank all of her fraternity members for their support.
Spencer Davis 15 years old and drives like he is much older ! Photo by Facebook Share
History repeated itself today for the #22 race car. Our Racing Team, Top Crew Chief in the Country, Brad Lafontaine and his hot Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. who was the only one who could replace last years winner at Bristol Motor Speedway, Hall of Famer,

Author W.Gauvin Barber and Spencer Davis, Woody Pitkat and the other  Whelen Mod. drivers at Thompson Aug. 14,2014
Mike Stefanik in this awesome ride.
 Everyone in the racing community certainly saw the talent from his driving in the Valenti Tour Series last year.
 Yes, in just his 10th career start in the Whelen's the young man sliced and diced the race car like a seasoned veteran almost like a playing a Nascar simulation video game with his split second decisions on the banked racing surface.. One heck of a party at Hooters for this crew.
 Barrett , who calls Millis, Mass. home simply took this one away from the best in the caution filled race by passing not only Santos, but Bonsignore too ! Lap 139 the 19 year old could taste the victory on his lips and passed his last test of a restart on lap 146 for his first career victory and by competing in his very first sixth annual race between the North Whelen Modified and the Southern Modified Series Tour. Santos held on for second, followed by #6 Ron Silk and the current points leader #2 Doug Colby who now has a 4 point lead over Bonsignore with 4 point races to go. Christopher is third in points 33 back.
 Southern driver #21 JR Bertuccio was the top finisher at 13th and was awarded first place points in his divisions point race, The great race Bush's Beans 150 will air on Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 31,2014  12 pm EDT Next race for NASCAR Whelen Tour will be on Sept. 13,2014 at Riverhead Raceway on New York's, Long Island. The Southern Tour will resume at the Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia on Aug. 30th,2014
  •     1 # 22 Tommy Barrett Jr.150 Laps
  •     2 # 44 Bobby Santos
  •     3 #6 Ron Silk
  •     4 #2 Doug Colby
  •     5 #7 Ryan Newman
  •     6 #51 Justine Bonsignore
  •     7 #58 Eric Goodale
  •     8 #07 Patrick Emerling
  •     9 #75 Timmy Solomito
  •    10 #3 Jimmy Zacharias
  •    11 #16 Ryan Preece
  •    12 #64 Ron Yuhas
  •    13 #21 JR. Bertuccio (South)
  •    14 #28 Geo. Brunhoelzi III
  •    15 #1 Burt Meyers
  •    16 #40 Luke Fleming
  •    17 #79 Spencer Davis 15 Yrs. Old
  •    18 #73 Cole Powell
  •    19 # 88 Woody Pitkat
  •    20 #13 Ted Chistopher
  •    21  #8 Glenn Reen
  •    22 # 65 Danny Bohn
  •    23 # Matt Hirschman
  •    24  #43 Dave Calabrese
  •    25 #15 Joe Ryan Osborne
  •    26 # 99 Jamie Tomaino  Last car on lead lap,150 Laps
  •    27 # 11 Andy Seuss 149
  •    28 #97 Bryan Dauzat 149
  •    29 # 77 Gary Putnam 148
  •    30 # 54 Jeff Fultz 128
  •    31 # 76 Bob Measmer Jr.107
  •    32 # 95 Cale Gale 95
  •    33 #26 Gary McDonald 94
  •    34 # 05 Todd Szegedy 79
  •    35 # 4 Donny Lia  62
  •    36 #5 Kyle Ebersole 54
  •    37 #33 Wade Cole  38
  •    38 #12 Jeremy Gertsner 11
  •    39 #03 Jason Myers 3
    NASCAR Home Tracks Photo  19 Years Old !



    Hillbilly Racing #79 Spencer Davis  15 Years Old ! Facebook Share Photo

    NASCAR Home Track Photo

    Facebook Share Photo Spencer Davis before drivers Ed. !

    NASCAR Home Tracks Photo

    Donny Lia and the Mystic Missile, Images Photo. Early Speed again like he had at Thompson.


    
 
Doug Colby slim lead. Photo at Thompson by W.Gauvin Barber

Melissa Fifield Thompson Photo by simply the Best, Crystal Snape

Larry (Leadfoot) Barnett Thompson Facebook Share Photo

Ted Christopher Facebook Share Photo
NASCAR Home Tracks Photo
 

Author, host W.Gauvin Barber of the "Race Chatter" Photo by Jeff Gamache WNRI.COM
Justine Bonsignore and Woody Pitkat cooling down at Thompson Ice Breaker .Photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monadnock Speedway in the NASCAR Record Books Again !

Track Photo by Chip
Yes, fourteen year old Trevor ( TJ ) Bleau now has the distinction of being the youngest winner of a NASCAR Division 1 weekly points feature race in our great Country. On Saturday night August 16, 2014 at the famous Monadnock Speedway, the fastest 1/4 mile asphalt track on the east coast in scenic Winchester, New Hampshire. He replaces Austin Brehio who had held the previous record of the youngest.
 There was no right place at the right time, or fluke event crash at the end to hand him the Victory. He went out and just plan spanked the field of 19 professional race car drivers from the first lap to the checkers in the most exciting division at the awesome facility. Fellow rookie sensation #99 Kimmy Rivet gave him all he could handle in the early stages of the record breaking performance by the young man who stills has to wait a few more years to get a New Hampshire driving license.Next #44 Brian Chapman set his sights on the challenge and put a slick move on Rivet to take second. The crowd was squirming thinking just maybe the (Kid) TJ could pull it off. A little farther back came a roaring #5 Todd Patnode who has simply dominated this division this season with seven victories to date with three races left in the season. Track favorite #43 Bill Kimball, not Richard Petty, stood in his way briefly of this super edge of you're bleacher race. Most of the crowd sensed a caution with a restart would probably cost him a win against the more experienced seasoned veteran drivers. TJ Bleau ansewered that challenge on
#14 Sensational Young Gun Driver Alicia Springer Photo by W. Gauvin Barber

What they all Race For ! Photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Your host W.Gauvin Barber Photo by Jeff Gamache
 a lap four restart and stayed in his line and continue to hit his marks for the record setting performance at the Monadnock Speedway. The young man is a great student of the sport and is currently 10th in the points standing with 452 and  the race car is a family team with his Dad Bob Bleau listed as the owner and a real sound sponsor in Cheshire Fire Protection. What a Rookie of the Year see saw battle that is going on in this red hot division. 28 different race teams have already qualified, entered and received points in the division to date. Wow !   TJ say's bring um on !   NEXT  ?
 I hopefully will be at the facility this Saturday,August 23, 2014 to cover the awesome show which will include the Valenti Modified Tour and set up a table to sell and Autograph our new book, New England's Golden Years of Racing; Their History and a Glimpse into the Future which features the complete history of Monadnock Speedway, it's racing stars and champions and the 'Woman in Racing' Monadnock celebrities, Champion Beth Adams, Champion Kimmy Rivet,Champion Julia Raymond, Champion(Riverside) Nancy Muni, Alyssa Rivera and others. I hope the young guns and the lighting stocks are running. Wayne G.Barber Author,host of the award winning "Race Chatter" WNRI.COM Worldwide on Tune in App 1380am