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Thank You to the Race Fans for supporting the Race Chatter Nation and the short tracks on the East Coast. Seekonk Speedway welcomes NASCAR and a 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Date and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park adds a 4th Whelen Tour race in 2015. New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Twin State live for another racing season in 2015. New England Street Stock Tour will debut in 2015, Congratulations to Joe Arena Champion. Is the Friday night SK Modified Race at Stafford Speedway the most competitive in the Country ? Rowan Pennink Champion, Our 2nd Choice is the Late Models at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with 2015 Champion Brian Tagg and our 3rd choice go's to the Sports Trucks at Seekonk Speedway with 2015 Champion Chase Belcher. My Opinion, What's your's ?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces New Season Pass Program for 2016 Season

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

(THOMPSON, CT) - Thompson Speedway Motorsports announced today a new 2016 season pass program that will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Nov. 27. The passes will be sold at a special Black Friday discount from Friday through Monday, Nov. 30. This exciting new program gives loyal fans and teams the ability to purchase paddock passes or general admission tickets for select events at huge discounts. 
The Platinum Paddock Pass offers the ultimate package for the racing enthusiast, including general admission and paddock access to all oval and road course events to be held in the 2016 season. With a minimum of 18 races already scheduled for next year, this option is a great way to enjoy everything that TSMP has to offer, including four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, all NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events, the Historic Oval Invitational, the Vintage Motorsports Festival, Open Wheel Weekend, SCCA races and more. The Platinum Paddock Pass will be on sale for Black Friday for $399 from Friday, Nov. 27 to Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. The price for the pass from Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 will be $449. After April 1, 2016 the price for the pass will go up to $499.

TSMP is also offering a Silver Paddock Pass and Silver General Admission Pass for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fans. These include admission to all four events at a discount of up to 15%. The Silver Paddock Pass will be offered for just $199 for the Black Friday sale. From Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $209 and after April 1, will be offered for $219. The Silver General Admission Pass will be offered at $159 during the Black Friday sale event. From Dec. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $169 and after April 1, will be offered for $179.

TSMP will be announcing the full 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series oval schedule on Tuesday, December 8th. Following this announcement, Gold Season Passes, which include admission to all 2016 oval events will also go on sale.

To purchase a season pass, visit or call the office at 860-923-2280. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube for the most recent news and announcements about the 2016 racing season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NASCAR Touring Most Popular Drivers Announced

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Congratulations to the 34,000 who took the time to vote and to all the 2015 recipients.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After nearly 34,000 votes were cast around the world for NASCAR regional touring series’ 2015 Most Popular Driver Awards, seven drivers earned the ultimate honor from fans – including four rookie drivers and a pair of repeat winners.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2015 are:
• Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Nicole Behar (Spokane, Wash.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• Jason Hathaway (St. Thomas, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Alon Day (Ashdod, Israel), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Trey Hutchens (Lexington, N.C.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Underscoring the exciting young talent entering NASCAR’s ranks, award winners Abreu, Behar, Day and Hutchens are all in their first full season of NASCAR touring series competition, with Hutchens also earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Both Fifield and Marban won the Most Popular Driver Award for their series last year, with Fifield making history as the first female to win the award for the tour.
Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Series garnered more votes than any other driver in 2015, just ahead of NASCAR Next drivers Behar and Abreu. Behar dethroned 2014 Most Popular Driver Brandon McReynolds, while Abreu earned the award in his first year in stock cars after transitioning from a successful open-wheel career.
The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Hathaway edged Alex Tagliani by just 104 votes. It is the second year in a row in which Tagliani missed out on the top spot by a slim margin. Last year, he was beaten by JR Fitzpatrick by just 48 votes.
Similarly, Fifield beat Preece for the Whelen Modified Tour award by 110 votes. Hutchens collected more than 40 percent of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour vote to top tour champion Andy Seuss, a three-time winner of the award.
Day won three of the final four races of the Whelen Euro Series season to finish as runner-up in the championship standings in his first year in the series.
The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 12 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Source: NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Media Release

Jeff Gordon walks away on cloud nine, even without title

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

 There were smiles and there were tears, but there was no storybook ending for Jeff Gordon.
The 44-year-old will retire after 797 races, 93 wins and four championships. An incredible first-ballot Hall of Fame career. But there will be no fifth championship as a send-off into the next phase of his career as a broadcaster and more frequent attendee of kids’ birthday parties and soccer games.
That last page proved too fantastical to come true even in what has been a storybook finish to his career on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In finishing sixth, Gordon did not leave a champion but he left with grace.
"I’m a little disappointed; I’ll be honest," Gordon said when the race ended. "When the sun went down, we were missing a little something … just didn’t have something. ... It’s a happy, happy, good day. I wanted to win but we’re still going to celebrate.”
He knew when it was time to go, knew even a few years ago but continued to race and thrived under the urging of friends and family and his team owner Rick Hendrick. In displaying a self-awareness rare in ultra-successful athletes, he left on his own terms, and awash in respect and praise from fans and peers who surrounded his No. 24 Chevrolet before the race.
This was no John Elway ending, winning a championship and an MVP award in his final game, as the Denver Broncos quarterback did in winning Super Bowl XXXIII. But this was no Derek Jeter slow fade, not in any way.
Gordon qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup on points after not earning a win in the 26-race regular season, but advanced through two rounds to force he and Hendrick to dare believe this sort of ending was possible. For those who have been close to Gordon as he rose from California-via-Indiana sprint car dervish to template for modern drivers – NASCAR, IndyCar, the lot - this dash for a final title may have been no surprise. But for the cynical outside world, where fairytale endings are quashed, this should not have happened.
It seemed more destined to happen when Gordon won for the ninth time at Martinsville Speedway in the first race of the third round of this Chase, benefitting from Matt Kenseth’s punt of race-leading Joey Logano to earn an automatic berth in the one-off final here.
But on Sunday, reality. And in this case, not a bad reality, despite the initial disappointment.
Jeff Gordon didn’t give his fans one more championship. But he gave them one more memory, and an exit worthy of his career. Source: Brant James, USA TODAY Sports

Monday, November 23, 2015

Radio Alert: Champions Night Continues Tonight

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Champions Night Continues !
E-mail from now through the broadcast with your congratulations or any questions for our guests.

Tentatively scheduled for 6:10pm Thompson Speedway Monster Mini 2015 Champion

Dave Trudeau

"Woman in Racing' Updates

Tentatively scheduled for 6:30pm Seekonk Speedway Late Model 2015 Champion Dylan Estrella

Discussion of the
NASCAR 3 champion crowning's from Homestead, Florida

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Kyle Busch wins at Homestead and the 2015 Championship

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 #18-Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 1st win at Homestead, 2nd Chase race win (first since 2005) and 34th career win. Busch led 41 of the 267 laps.
With the win, Busch won the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, his first, beating out #4-Kevin Harvick, who finished 2nd.
It is the 4th Sprint Cup Series Championship for Joe Gibbs Racing, the first for sponsor M&M's Mars, first for rookie crew chief Adam Stevens and first driver championship for Toyota.

 Kyle (2015) and Kurt Busch ( 2004) are the second set of brothers to win the Sprint Cup Series Championship, the first were Terry( 1984 + 1996) and Bobby Labonte. (2000)

 With Busch's win at Homestead, there are only four tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs out that Busch has not won a Sprint Cup Series race at: Kansas, Martinsville, Charlotte and Pocono.
The race was rain delayed for about one and a half hours, with the green flag waving at 4:50pm/et.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 13th time in 2015 and 44th runner-up finish in his career) followed by #2-Keselowski (led the most laps, 86), #22-Logano, #42-Larson, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson and #11-Hamlin (pole winner).
The four drivers in the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE of The Chase finished:
#18-Kyle Busch, won the race
#4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd
#24-Jeff Gordon, 6th ( Final Race)
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 12th
There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers and 7 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 131.755mph.
Race Fast Facts - Homestead: #18-Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400, his 34th victory in 390 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 15 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 28th top-10 finish in 2015.
#2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
#34-Brett Moffitt (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
#18-Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 1 points over #78-Kevin Harvick.
Source: Media Press Release (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-23-2015)

Chris Buescher Brings Home Roush Fenway's 5th XFINITY Championship

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        Chris Buescher ran to an 11th-place finish in Saturday's season finale to bring home the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship. Buescher led the championship point standings for the final 24 races of the season. The championship marked the fifth time a Roush Fenway Racing driver has hoisted the XFINITY Series trophy and the third time in the past five seasons. It also marked Jack Roush's eighth NASCAR title.
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"I'm blessed to be here," said Buescher. "It is so cool to be able to pull it off. It's so nice to have everybody out here to support us and be with us for this accomplishment. This is what we have been fighting for since February and Daytona and these guys have done such a great job and stuck in there with us all year," added Buescher. "It's a huge accomplishment for our team."
Buescher becomes the third driver to power the famed #60 Roush Fenway Ford to the XFINITY Series title, joining fellow champions Greg Biffle (2002) and Carl Edwards (2007). Adding to the rich legacy of the No. 60, Buescher was the fourth Roush Fenway driver to drive the iconic #60 Ford to victory lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Mark Martin drove the #60 to victory lane 39 times and led almost 7,000 laps in the car, in addition to Biffle and Edwards' championships in the car.
"Chris was on his game this year," said team owner Jack Roush. "His crew chief Scott Graves was on his game as well. They managed to win two races and they didn't give up points on days when they weren't at their best."
Most recently Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won back-to-back XFINITY series titles for Roush Fenway in 2011 and 2012 and the No. 60 Ford brought home the owner's championship in 2011.
Buescher, in only his second season of full-time NASCAR racing, adds to his list of accomplishments that includes becoming the youngest driver to ever win an ARCA title in 2012. Buescher scored his first NASCAR win last season at Mid-Ohio and followed up his rookie-year performance with wins at Iowa and Dover this season en route to the championship. On the season Buescher never ranked lower than third in the driver championship standings, the Prosper, Texas native finished the season with zero DNFs (Did Not Finish). He did has not finished outside of the top-20 in any of the 33 races on the season, completing 99.9 percent of the laps during the 2015 campaign, while leading a total of 263 laps.Source: Media Press Release (Roush Fenway Racing)(11-23-2015)

Kyle Larson wins XFINITY race at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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 #42-Kyle Larson won the Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. #33-Austin Dillon finished second, followed by #20-Erik Jones, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #18-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr.

#54-Kyle Busch had a late race penalty for an uncontrolled tire, got caught in traffic, was involved in an accident and finished 30th.
There were 6 cautions for 26 laps and 13 lead changes among 5 leaders.
Homestead XFINITY Race Fast Facts: Kyle Larson(i) won the 21st Annual Ford EcoBoost 300, his third victory in 75 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Austin Dillon(i) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2015.
Erik Jones(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in his first start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.

Source: (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-23-2015)