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Thank You to the Race Fans for supporting the Race Chatter Nation and short tracks on the East Coast. 513,565 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 207 Total wins. ( 146 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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Keith Rocco is back in the Championship hunt at Thompson

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

 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was back in action with the night’s highlight events were a pair of Sunoco Modified Series races in a double feature that made for a massive points night and a total purse of over $11,000 across the two 25-lap races. The car count was down with regulars  #5 Keith (Cam) McDermott (1 win) and #14 Nikki Ouellette among the no shows.

In the SK Standings to start the night we had with 3 point races to go in 2015.

 #6 Woody Pitkat at 300 Points
 #31 Ryan Preece at 274 -26
 #16 Kid Rocco at 272 -28
 #79 Kerry Malone at 255 -45

The first of the two races saw complete domination by one of the best in the business, Keith Rocco. Rocco started in the top ten and worked his way up quickly to the lead, taking advantage of an early caution when Adam Norton, who had concerns during practice about the engine in his car, made hard contact with the turn three wall. Rocco raced his way to second with 23 laps to go and engaged in a neck-and-neck battle with Nick Ladyga for several laps before another caution slowed the field with 19 laps remaining.

Rocco would benefit from a great restart and never look back to claim the first of the two Sunoco Modified races of the night, and his first of the season in the series, holding off heavy hitters Woody Pitkat, Ryan Preece, Nick Ladyga and his own teammate Eric Berndt who rounded out the top five.

 And all this with one hand and the other in a cast with a broken wrist from a earlier season SK collision which has caused other problems for Rocco with his very full plate of rides throughout the East Coast and Bristol,Tenn. A National Championship is at stake and the good news is that the cast should be taken off this Wed. according to Rocco.

Following the win Rocco commented on his dominating performance in Victory Lane. “We finally got the car turning really good. It was turning a little too good. I was pretty free through the middle there. I was holding on for dear life trying to get a good run off the corner,” said Rocco. “It’s pretty awesome to win this.”

Rocco’s return to victory lane would not be short lived as he continued to run up front in the second Sunoco Modified event as well. Rocco worked his way to the top three with fifteen of the twenty-five laps remaining and engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for the lead with Ryan Preece, who claimed a victory in Bristol the week before. A daring dive-bomb with ten to go gave Rocco the lead and it was full steam ahead as he held off Preece to sweep the Sunoco Modified double header.

One Race to Go !    World Series on October 16th to 18th for the 2015 Sunoco SK Modified Championship !  Inclement Weather dates are Oct. 23rd to 25th


The cast should be removed this week.


Pepsi Night: Sunoco Modified Feature 2 results     

116Keith Rocco25
231Ryan Preece25
338Nick Ladyga25
436Jason Sundeen25
579Kerry Malone25
68Ryan Morgan25
76MaWoody Pitkat25
876Eric Berndt25
92MaJohn Studley25
1052John Catania25
1154Joey Parker25
1275Richie Ferreira24
131mAdam Norton2
147Andrew Charron
Race 1 Results
116Keith Rocco25
26Woody Pitkat25
331Ryan Preece25
438Nick Ladyga25
576Eric Berndt25
636Jason Sundeen25
779Kerry Malone25
82MaJohn Studley25
98Ryan Morgan25
106MaDennis Perry25
117Andrew Charron25
1252John Catania25
1375Richie Ferreira24
1454Joey Parker6
  Adam Norton


Kurt Busch gets engaged

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Kurt Busch announced Wednesday night on Twitter that he is engaged to Ashley Van Metre.
The couple first became public at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Van Metre is represented by Wilhelmina Models, a talent management agency, and also plays polo. Van Metre is 24, Busch is 37. She is from Middleburg, Va. and has played polo for 13 years.
They met last fall at Martinsville Speedway. Busch told that “the relationship really blossomed in the offseason. She’s been with me through a lot, but I’m happy and in a much better place right now.”
No date has been announced for their wedding.
This will be the second marriage for Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. He was married to Eva Bryan from 2006-11.

Setting the Scene for the North East Street Stock Tour

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Photos by Wayne G. Barber

WATERFORD, CT – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the sixth event of the tour’s schedule, on August 29.  The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the North East Street Stock Tour at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS).
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl opened on April 15, 1951.  It began as a 1/3 mile crushed blue stone oval race track, but was quickly paved due to excessive dust.  The initial owners were actually 6 local businessmen, and called themselves The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Inc.  The original headlining division were called Sportsmen Stocks, which are now considered Modifieds. 
Several people have owned the facility after it was sold by the original owners in 1974, including Harvey Tattersall Jr, Dick Williams, Jack Arute, the Korteweg family and Terry Eames.  Current owner Bruce Bemer bought the track prior to the 2015 season, and appointed former track champion Shawn Monahan as the General Manager.
On the track, the Speedbowl has been home to NEAR Hall of Famers Dave Humphrey, Moe Gherzi, Fred Luchesi, Don Collins and Bob Potter. It’s also home to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champions like Keith Rocco (2010-Division I) & Ken Cassidy Jr (2012-Division IV) and INEX Legend Car National Champions like Dave Garbo Jr & Matt Pappa (both in 2012).
NLWS EVENT:  Race 6 of the 2015 season
TRACK LENGTH:  .375 mile oval
TOTAL PURSE:  $3565 (including $100 gift certificate from Dur-A-Flex, and $100 gift certificate from North East Race Cars + Parts)
LAST PLACE:  (23rd) $60
DRIVER STATS (entering event):
1.  Geoff Rollins                2
T2.  Chris Douton              1
T2.  Joe Arena                    1
T2.  Anthony Belfiore     1
T1.  Geoff Rollins              4
T1.  Joe Arena                    4
3.  Chris Douton               3                
4.  Anthony Belfiore        2
T5.  Patrick Tanguay        1
T5.  Larry Barnett              1
TOP 10S:
T1.  Geoff Rollins              5
T1.  Chris Douton              5
T1.  Joe Arena                    5
T1.  Jim Boyle                     5
T5.  Patrick Tanguay        4
AVERAGE FEATURE FINISH (minimum 3 events):
1.  Geoff Rollins                2.4
2.  Chris Douton                3.2               
3.  Joe Arena                      3.6
4.  Anthony Belfiore        5
5.  Patrick Tanguay           5.8
#33 Geoff Rollins
-              Point leader entering the NLWS event.
-              Has two wins on the season (Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway).
-              Has four top 3s, and five top 10s in five races with the NESST.
-              Has an average feature finish of 2.4.
-              Finished second in the last NESST event.
#79 Patrick Tanguay 
-              Currently sits fourth in points.
-              Picked up a season-best third twice (Speedway 51, Lee USA Speedway).
-              Owns two top 3s, and four top 10s in five races this season.
-              Has an average feature finish of 5.8.
-              Finished fourth in the last NESST event.
#39 Chris Douton
-              Is second in points, 10 marks behind, entering the August 29 event.
-              Won the inaugural championship event at Seekonk Speedway.
-              Along with a win, has three top 3s, and five top 10s in five events.
-              Has enjoyed an average feature finish of 3.2.
-              Finished seventh at the most recent NESST event.
#51 Bryan Town
-              Currently sits sixth in the championship standings entering Saturday’s event.
-              Has suffered numerous mechanical issues this season, but earned a sixth place finish at Speedway 51 on August 15.
-              Owns an average feature finish of 11.
#2 Jim Boyle
-              Is in fifth place in the championship standings entering the August 29 event.
-              Picked up his season-best fourth at Speedway 51 in June.
-              Has finished in the top 10 in each event this season.
-              Owns an average feature finish of 6.8 in five events.
#74 Joe Arena
-              Arena sits third in the championship standings, just 13 marks behind the point leader.
-              Picked up the win at Speedway 51 in June.
-              Along with his win, has four top 3s, and five top 10s this year.
-              Has a 3.6 average feature finish in five events.
-              Finished third in the last NESST event.

#38 Steve Kenneway
-              Earned a season-best sixth place finish at Lee USA Speedway.
-              Has finished in the top 10 three times.
-              Has an average feature finish of 9.25.
#90 Anthony Belfiore
-              The most recent winner on the NESST, winning at Speedway 51.
-              Has added a second-place finish to his win this season.
-              Owns an average feature finish of 5 in three events.
For more information on the North East Street Stock Tour, visit
New London-Waterford Speedbowl track history gathered from 

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                                          Get Well Soon, 
                                        Chase Bennett

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scott Sundeen Hammers Down and takes the Win at Thompson Speedway

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Scott Sundeen win #2 in 2015
Photos by Wayne G. Barber

The Xtramart Limited Sportsman Series provided some of the most action packed racing of the night, with the top three in points separated by only ten points and the top two only separated by a single point coming into the event. The top three in the standings, Scott Sundeen, Larry Barnett and Corey Hutchings respectively, each saw their own issues early in the race with Sundeen and Hutchings both involved in an incident in turns 3 and 4 only two laps into the event and Barnett spinning on his own later on in the race.

All three competitors would make their way back to the front of the field before the end of the event with Sundeen and Hutchings making their way back to the top five by the time another caution slowed the field with only seven laps to go.
  #81 Jesse Gleason who has a win and last race at Thompson dented all 4 fenders in a third place miracle finish was not so fortunate this night and slammed the turn two wall and became a member of captain hook club. His 66 year old dad is gong to work hard to get this race car ready for the World Series.
  Sundeen took the lead on the restart and engaged in an intense side-by-side battle with Hutchings until Hutchings found his championships hopes fade after being collected in his second wreck of the night, a hard hit into the turn two wall after contact with a hard charging Ryan Waterman.

The crash resulted in a green-white-checkered finish with Sundeen on point and his closest points rival, Barnett, in second. Sundeen would go on to win the race but with Barnett taking a second place finish he would fail to gain much in the points going into the season finale in October.

“Corey (Hutchings) was using me up so I figured that I had a faster car and I wasn’t going to settle for second place,” said Sundeen after the win. “I thought I ran him cleaner than he drives anyone. I know I can drive (Barnett) lap after lap side by side and I never have to worry about him and he doesn’t have to worry about me, but there are certain people I can’t stand being around. Larry (Barnett) is not one of them. I’ll race him any day of the week. I’ve never won the championships two years in a row and I’m not banking on it. I want to win races.”

Limited Sportsman Finish

1st Scott  Sundeen , 2nd Larry Barnett, 3d Mike Malbaurn,4th Frank LeToile Jr 5th Jack Aquilina,6th Ed Puleo , 7thTodd Dean,8th Randy Waterman,9th James Bendiak,10th Hank Stott,11th Dana Young,12th Steve Cole,13th Corey Hutchins,14th Ryan Waterman,15th Tommy Shea Sr.,16th Phil Jacques,17th Joshua Wood,18th Mike Palin and 19th Jesse Gleason .