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.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 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, October 23, 2014

Stewart-Haas Racing Announces Personnel Swap 10 & 41 Teams

Kannapolis, N.C. - Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will swap crew chiefs and road crews between its # 10 and # 41 teams beginning with the AAA Texas 500 race weekend Oct.31 - Nov.2 at Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth.
 Crew chief Tony Gibson will move from the # 10 Go-Daddy team of driver Danica Patrick to the # 41 Haas Automation team of driver Kurt Busch. Crew chief Daniel Knost will move from the #41 team to serve as the interim crew chief for Patrick and the # 10 team. The road crews assembled by each crew chief will also make the swap. However the pit crews for each respective team will not be moved.
 ' We made this change to evaluate our program and to get a head start on the 2015 racing season," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, Stewart - Haas Racing. "With the ban on testing next year, the last three races of this season take on even greater importance. For Tony Gibson and Kurt, they'll get three races together that will provide direction for next year. And for Daniel Knost and Danica, this is a opportunity for them to develop a rapport that could potentially continue into 2015,"
 This weekend's Sprint Cup event at Martinsville (VA) Speedway will be the last for Gibson with Patrick and Knost with Kusch.
  In 70 Sprint Cup races with Patrick dating back to the last two races of the 2012 season, Gibson helped deliver her first career pole in the 2013 Daytona 500 and her best career finish of sixth earned on Aug. 31, 2014 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
 In 32 Sprint Cup races with Busch, all of which took place in 2014, Knost helped him make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the second straight season and the eighth time in his career. Knost, a first- year crew chief with a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, directed Busch to six top- fives and nine top-tens finishes. highlighted by a win when the series raced at Martinsville in March,2014.
 Kevin Harvick in the Budweiser #4 at

Stewart- Haas is the last team in the hunt for the 2014 championship at Homestead. Harvick will pilot Chassis No.4-684 at Martinsville(VA) Speedway. Built new for 2014,Chassis 4-684 started 18th and finished seventh at Martinsville in April, its only time in competition.
 In 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Happy has one win, five top-fives finishes and 12 top-tens. Additionally, the 38- year-old driver has a average starting position of 13.7, an average finish of 15.8 and has completed 97.7 percent of the laps he's contested ( 12,736 of 13,036)
 In Harvick's career. he now has 26 wins, 111 top-five finishes and 226 top-ten's in 498 career starts.
 The next three races should favor Harvick and any top 10 equals a win for Race Fans- Outback Steak House has given race fans one more reason to cheer for Harvick and the No. 4 race team this season. When Harvick finishes in the top-10 of a Sprint Cup race, fans get a free Bloomin' Onion (r) at Outback Steakhouse on the following Monday immediately following the race. All fans have to do is mention Harvick's top-ten finish.  Wayne G. Barber "Race Chatter"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ISMA, Seitz takes Advantage of McKennedy's Misfortune

Hall Of Famer Dick Berrgren,&Wayne G.Barber
photo by W.Gauvin Barber Library
Lap Leaders  #37 Jeff Locke (1-40)   #11 Chris Perley  (41-50) #17 Ben Seitz, Bourne, Mass. Finished 2nd, good enough for the 2014 ISMA Championship at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
#29 Bobby Chartier
photo by W.WGauvin Barber

This was practice
photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Practice photo by W.Gauvin Barber
Photo by Simply the Best,Crystal Snape
# 18 Howie Page
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 Points leader coming in #79 Jon McKennedy
photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Started the day with 46 point advantage till car caught fire and parked
Photo by W.Gauvin Barber

No starters, Magneto and Methanol instead of gasoline
photo by W.Gauvin Barber

photo by W.Gauvin Barber
#29 Bobby Chartier

Modified driver, Ryan Preece drove this car Sat. in practice
#70 David McKnight photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Photo by W.Gauvin Barber
#18 Howie Page

$50,000 a motor, $75,000 to $100,000 per race car
photo by W.Gauvin Barber
# 97 Russ Wood Sr.

Some of the greatest drivers in the World
photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Photo by W. Gauvin Barber
# 37 Jeff Locke   Led the first 40 Laps

Detail impeccable ,Photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Car #74 Rob Summers had a outside chance in third, 74 points back
# 84 Mike Lichty #95 Dave Shullick  # Craig Rayvals, Photo by W. Gauvin Barber

photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Between 150 - 165 mph with no spotters or headsets
photo by W.Gauvin Barber
2014 World Series Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Thank You, for hosting this spectacular fall event.
photo by W.Gauvin Barber

Die hard race fans for three days and three rain delays. Seats 99% filled.
photo by W.Gauvin Barber
What a Show ! # 79 John McKennedy & #17 the 2014 Champion Ben Seitz
photo by ISMA P/R Dept.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waterford/ Speedbowl remain afloat in 2015

60 year old Bruce Bemer of Glastonbury,Conn high bidder at track auction. His associate Jerry Collect said the track would remain in 2015. The two lein holders Arbitell and Borelli bid up to 1.7 million until Bemer of a large petroleum company bid $1.75 million. We will  see if the track remains a NASCAR track or independent. Good luck to the new owners for a prosperous year in 2015.

Kyle Busch,wife Samantha expecting first child in 2015

Congratulations from " Race Chatter Nation "

They are kissing between a pair of classic cars, with a child version of a classic car in front of the expectant parents.      A sign propped against one of the cars announces that the baby Busch will be "Racing at You in May 2015"

Life will be Full.

Living the Dream !

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thank You for Tuning in tonight. 224 photos & stories from Thompson to Follow !

all photo's by W.Gauvin Barber
Champion Mike Veins
# 55 Nick Anderson beat the Best !

Dick Berggren, Hall of Fame
Bellingham's#13 Steve Masse Winner ! Pole to Checker !
6 Time Champion L/M Burrillville's own Rick Gentes  74 career wins +
Champion Justine Bonsignore, Great Crew !
As #70 Rick Gentes finished race for the Championship !
Hall of Famer Dick Berggren and Wayne G. Barber
2nd place Donnie Lia and winner Ryan Preece
Ryan Preece !
99 % capacity !
2013 Valenti Champion and a third today, 2nd for 2014, Rowan Pennick

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Waterford Speedbowl on the Chopping Block Sat. 10/18/14 Noontime

Waterford,Conn.  The future of the Waterford/ Speedbowl race track will likely be decided this Saturday. A foreclosure auction is scheduled to take place at the 3/8 th mile asphalt oval track Saturday at noon. Terry Eames,current owner of Waterford Speedbowl, confirmed to Racedayct today that the odds of him refinancing the track are slim to none at this point in time.
 A demolition derby and enduro scheduled for Saturday at the track could very well be the last events held at the track, which opened 64 years ago.
  The forclosure auction slated for Saturday was scheduled for January.Eames has twice before prevented the track from going up for auction, but this time it appears there is nothing Eames can do to stop it . Source NSSN staff at

NEMA Bethany Stoehr and NEMA Light Megan Cugini

Whelen Modified 2012 champion Doug Coby and 2014 ?
Terry Eames last Straw ?