Friday, February 5, 2016

Hayley to return to ThorSport

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

 Canadian racer Cameron Hayley will drive the #13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in 2016. The 19-year-old Calgary native, who is currently the only Canadian to compete full-time in NASCAR's top three tours, finished sixth in the Camping World Truck Series standings last season with four top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 11th. Hayley's best result came in the fall race at Martinsville Speedway where he started on the front row and finished a career-high of third. He made his truck series debut with Turner-Scott Motorsports in 2014. He posted two top-10 finishes in three starts and earned a remarkable average qualifying effort of 5.7. Hayley's return marks the first time the Sandusky, Ohio based-operation has campaigned four truck team's since its inception in 1996. ThorSport is the longest-running organization in the NCWTS and holds the series' record for competing at least one truck in the last 454 races. Hayley joins two-time Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton as we'll as newcomers Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu. Eddie Troconis, the former engineer on the #4 Toyota Tundra at Kyle Busch Motorsports, will serve as Hayley's crew chief. In addition to Hayley's experience in trucks, he ran two seasons in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2012-2013 and the 2014 season in the K&N Pro Series East where he finished second in the standings.(Motorsport)(2-3-2016)
AND: Calgary, Alberta, Canada native, Cameron Hayley, will return to ThorSport Racing and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2016, piloting the #13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra. Hayley, who competed for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, finished sixth in the championship point standings, amassing four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Hayley's 2016 campaign will be led by crew chief, Eddie Troconis. Troconis, who has an engineering background, spent the last three NCWTS seasons as a race engineer at Kyle Busch Motorsports, and called the shots for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Gray Gaulding and Matt Tift in 2015. In 12 NCWTS races, the San Antonio, Texas native, has collected one top-five and five top-10 finishes. Hayley will complete the roster for the Sandusky, Ohio-based team for the 2016 NCWTS season. Rounding out ThorSport Racing's stable of drivers will be Ben Rhodes, driver of the # 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. Two-time NCWTS champion, Matt Crafton, who will pilot the #88 Menards Toyota Tundra, and Rico Abreu who will pilot the #98 CURB Records Toyota Tundra. As the longest tenured team in the NCWTS garage, ThorSport Racing will kick off its 21st season of competition in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 19.Source:(ThorSport Racing)(2-3-2016)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tony Stewart hospitalized after flipping sand buggy,

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Tony Stewart might have to retire sooner than expected. 
The three-time NASCAR champion was injured in a non-racing accident on Sunday and has been hospitalized with a back injury, The Associated Press reported. 
The Stewart-Hass Racing co-owner, who is retiring at the end of the 2016 NASCAR season, is being evaluated in an undisclosed hospital but is able to move all extremities. 
According to Fox Sports, Stewart flipped a sand buggy near San Diego, taken to the hospital by EMT air rescue. 
Stewart's spokesman Mike Arning told The AP that the driver's condition will not be updated again until Thursday.
"We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart's accident and injury," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in a statement. "On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he's ready to return."
Stewart, 44, missed a third of the 2013 season with a broken leg he sustained in a sprint car accident. With the Sprint Unlimited less than 10 days away and the Daytona 500 kicking off the 2016 season later this month, Stewart's start to his final season may be jeopardy. Source:
Tony Stewart Injury Update from Stewart-Haas Racing
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sustained a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday while vacationing on the West Coast.
Stewart was transported to a local hospital following the non-racing accident and promptly evaluated. He was awake and alert throughout the process and able to move all of his extremities.
Stewart flew to North Carolina Tuesday evening and was admitted to a Charlotte-area hospital for further evaluation. On Wednesday, he underwent surgery.
The subsequent recovery period means Stewart will miss the beginning of the Sprint Cup season. A timetable for Stewart’s return has not been determined, but he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2016. Plans for an interim driver have not been finalized.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Pay Out Over $600,000 in Purses in 2016

Posted by Wayne G. Barber Photos Wayne G. Barber Collection

THOMPSON, CT) - Over the course of it’s 10-event season, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) will pay out over $600,000 in prize money – a $100,000 increase from 2015. Over $220,000 of those funds will go directly to its own six divisions.The Sunoco Modified division will have more than $12,000 in purse money on the line for their big event, the 3rd annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint on Wednesday, July 27. This event will see the winner walk home with $2,000, and pay out $1,500 and $1,000 to 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The race will pay $325 for 10th and $200 to start. The first two points races of the night will be 20 laps, but it’s the final 10-lap race which will determine the purse payout, making for an exciting finish to the segment-race event.  Over the course of the 10-event season, Sunoco Modified teams will be the beneficiary of nearly $100,000 in prize money, before contingencies.

The Late Model division’s main event of the season will be their own 20/20 Sprint event on Wednesday, June 1. This segment-race format will be run the same way, with the winner taking home $1,000 at the end of the night, as well as a guaranteed starter position for the American-Canadian Tour race at the World Series. The drivers in 2nd and 3rd place will take home $700 and $575, respectively, and the total purse for the night will be $7,675.  Late Model drivers will fight for nearly $60,000 over the course of their 2016 campaign.

The big night to win for the Limited Sportsman division will be the Limited Sportsman Long Distance race on Wednesday, May 18. The winner of this 40-lap feature will take home $750, with 2nd and 3rd taking $500 and $350, respectively. The total purse for this event will be $4,255.  This is part of over $30,000 in prize money for TSMP;s Division 3 drivers.

The Mini Stock division will have the opportunity to take home a little extra at their special 25-lap feature on For the Fans Night, on Saturday, July 9th. This event will see the purse raised to $300 for the winner, $225 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd, for a total purse of over $2,000, part of the $15,000-plus to be paid to Mini Stock teams.

TSMP’s non-NASCAR divisions, the Trucks and Lite Modifieds, will also have their own purses for their 20-lap events. The Trucks will receive an evenly-distributed purse of $2,615 and the Lite Modifieds will receive $2,590 in awards.
In addition to the event purses, a healthy contingency program will be announced in the weeks leading up to the season-opening, Icebreaker.  At the season-ending awards banquet, over $25,000 will be paid out in point fund money for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Triple Crown Series. 

With more races and more prize money on the line, this promises to be a strong season for car counts at the famed 5/8-mile historic oval. For more information about the 2016 season, visit our website Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube for the most up-to-date information about our events.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Even 15 wins and a title won't make Stewart reconsider retirement:

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Tony Stewart isn't anticipating a dream season in his final tour of the Sprint Cup circuit. And if it materializes, the three-time champion isn't sticking around NASCAR anyway. The Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner and driver said even the most successful campaign of his 18-season career won't cause him to reverse course on exiting the #14 Chevy after the 2016 season. "The reason I'm retiring is not performance based, but when you go into your last season, you hope you go out on top," Stewart said last week during the preseason Media Tour. "Whether the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NHL, you want to finish on top. That's the way every athlete wants to finish. If we went out there and won 15 races and won the championship, it would not make me go, 'Man, I want to come back next year.' It'd be like, 'That's the way I want to go out. I'll take that.' When (the 2016 season is over), no matter how the year went, it's done. If it's a terrible year, I'm not going to say that defined my career. The stats will show what we did over 18 years. I think no matter how the season goes, I'm going to be able to say I had a successful run in the Sprint Cup Series." Stewart has 48 victories on NASCAR's premier circuit but none since Dover International Speedway in June 2013.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Major – Charette honored at New England Pro 4 banquet.

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Story and Photos by James & Crystal Snape

The Ramada Inn, Seekonk, MA was the site of the N. E. Pro. 4 modifieds banquet to celebrate their 2015 season with food, drinks, music and awards.
Andy Major of Wales, MA took top honors in the Pro 4 modified's while Mark Charette of Wolcott, CT took down the Pro 4 Lites championship. Majors' impressive run to the championship included three victories and eight top 10 finishes while Charette was just as successful in his way to the Lites championship with three victories and eight top five's.
Major said "We weren't sure about running the entire 2015 schedule but after we won the first race of the year the ball just kept rolling for us. Now for 2016 we have an extra motor in the shop and we are working on a second car. I'd love to have back-to-back championships."
Series president Phil Lausier said "The 2015 season had a 13 race schedule, but lost out to some rain outs and the teams indicated they wanted more race dates so we are excited to announce a 15 race schedule and basically our home track will be the Waterford Speedbowl with Thompson, Lee USA, Seekonk, Monadnock and Star Speedway mixed in for a nice variety of tracks. We're really excited about going back to Star Speedway this year, the cars really go good there, it's a blast for me because I won the last time we ran there. The one thing I like about this group is we had a lot of very good teams and will have a couple of new teams joining our regular competitors and everyone is committed to putting on a good, clean show and the promoters seem to be happy with what we put forth. I think we will see a larger turnout of cars because of our new schedule. We have the best officers and officials that put together a clean, tight well-run show. I'm pretty excited about the 2016 season."
1-Andy Major – 407 – 3 wins.
2 – Derek Robbie – 407.
3 – Norm Wrenn III – 393. – 1 win
4 – Phil Lausier – 370. –2 wins
5 – Randy Clark – 298.
6 – Robin Berghman – 260
7 – Dan Merservey Sr. – 238
8 – Brett Merservey – 219.
9 – Dave Richardi – 136 –1 win.
10 – Rob Richardi Jr. – 119 –1 win.
Pro 4 Lites
1 – Mark Charette – 344 –3 wins.
2 – Doug Merservey Jr. – 284 –3 wins.
3 – Dion Doyle – 182
Sportsmen of the year – Mark Charette.
Rookie of the year Pro 4 – Brett Merservey.
Rookie of the year Lites – Dion Doyle.
Mechanic of the year Pro 4 – Len Major.
Mechanic of the year Lites – Keith and Ken Harwood.
Most improved – Randy Clark Jr.
Hard charger – Andy Maj.
Hard luck – Doug Merservey Jr​

Monday, January 25, 2016

Preece fulltime in Xfinity series in 2016

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Photo by Wayne G. Barber 2015 Thompson World Series
to drive for JD Motorsports:
The 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will be brand new, and the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team is ready to shine in the new landscape. NASCAR has changed the system that decides the championship in the Xfinity Series, adding a version of the Chase format that has been successful for several seasons in the Sprint Cup Series. JDM plans to field three cars again this season in the Xfinity Series.
Ross Chastain, who turned in a superior performance in his rookie Xfinity season last year, returns to the team's #4 Chevrolets with backing from the watermelon industry. Brian Berry will be the team's crew chief, with Gary Cogswell also on board at JDM as a co-crew chief and key mechanic across all of the team's operations.
Former NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Ryan Preece takes over JDM's #01 Chevys. Zach McGowan, already familiar with Preece from working with him in both Sprint Cup and Xfinity races, will be the team's crew chief. Preece, who won the Modified championship in 2013, has raced with support from Mohawk Northeast, Inc., Mizzy Construction and Falmouth Ready Mix.
Eric McClure joins JDM to drive the team's #0 Chevrolet in the season-opener Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway. Todd Myers will be crew chief. Reynolds Wrap will be McClure's sponsor. JDM plans to field the #0 cars throughout the season and is actively pursuing driver/sponsor partnerships going forward.
G&K Services, a long-time JDM sponsor, returns in 2016 as one of the team's key ingredients. "Everything is lining up well," Davis said. "We expect to have three strong teams when we get things started next month in Daytona. We should be astronomically better than last year. We're better prepared, and we have more resources."(JD Motorsports)(1-25-2016)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

North East Street Stock Tour Boasts New Tracks, Marquee Events in 2016 Schedule

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

The North East Street Stock Tour will visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park twice to bookend the sophomore season, as well as visit two new tracks, to highlight the 2016 season. 
The North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) will begin the second season at the 5/8 mile Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as part of the 42nd annual Icebreaker, on April 8-10.  The tour will be one of twelve divisions on the weekend, including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. 
Next on the schedule will be a first for the NESST, as the tour travels to Claremont, NH on May 6, to tackle the unique layout of Claremont Speedway.  Revisiting New London-Waterford Speedbowl, the tour will be a part of the Showdown at the Speedbowl on May 28, followed by a return visit to Lee USA Speedway on June 17. 
The second half of the season begins at another new facility on the schedule, as the NESST travels to Oxford, ME to be a part of Colossal Carnage Night at the 3/8 mile raceway.  The event will include an enduro, the Pro All Star Series non-winners race, spectator drags, and a 35-lap feature event for the tour.
Monadnock Speedway will host two back-to-back events in the 2016 season, the first on July 30, with the second as part of the championship night at the facility, Super Saturday, on October 1. 
A champion will be crowned, once again, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 15-17, as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
The series will honor the inaugural champion, Joe Arena, at the Champions Awards Banquet on the rescheduled date of February 20, at the Raceway Restaurant at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. 
For more information on the North East Street Stock Tour, visit

Saturday, April 9 42nd Annual Icebreaker (20 laps)

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (Thompson, CT)

Friday, May 6 Claremont Speedway

Claremont Speedway (Claremont, NH)

Saturday, May 28 Showdown at the Speedbowl (35 laps)

New London-Waterford Speedbowl (Waterford, CT)

Friday, June 17 Lee USA Speedway (35 laps)

Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH)

Sunday, July 3 Colossal Carnage Night (35 laps)

Oxford Plains Speedway (Oxford, ME)

Saturday, July 30 Monadnock Speedway (35 laps)

Monadnock Speedway (Winchester, NH)

Saturday, October 1 Super Saturday (35 laps)

Monadnock Speedway (Winchester, NH)

Friday, October 14 - Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing (20 laps)