In what has been a bitterly cold off-season from racing, the racing community surrounding the pavement racing scene in the Twin Tiers has been swirling. Opinions regarding schedules and a nearby track discussing re-opening seems to have been the biggest buzz.
As he prepares to head to New Smyrna Speedway for the 52nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Super Late Model driver Derek Griffith has plenty of momentum on his side. The Hudson driver is coming off a second-place finish in the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna on January 6, a race that opened the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series season. The runner-up finish was his best career at the 0.500-mile Florida oval.
Just prior to the holiday season third year Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz released their 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro race series schedule on the track’s web page much to the delight of race teams and race fans alike.
In recent years the racing in Stafford’s SK Modified® division has been second to none, with weekly excitement and jaw dropping finishes. The 2018 season promises to be much of the same with a driver roster full of young talent and crafty veterans. New for the 2018 season, Starrett Tools has signed on as a contingency partner for the entire season, awarding a $150 bonus each week to the winner of each SK Modified® feature.
Just under five months before the drop of the first green flag, the 2018 Seekonk Sports Trucks season is already setting up to be a tight battle for the championship. In 2017, Mike Duarte stormed onto the scene at the 0.333-mile oval, winning just one feature, but capturing his first track championship behind the wheel of the No. 50. The Dighton, Mass. driver scored top five finishes in all but five races, which was the best among all drivers. He celebrated his title in November at the Venus De Milo.
Seekonk Speedway is ready to roll for its 73rd season and they are excited to be able to showcase their NASCAR Saturday Night divisions with increased laps and higher purses for much of the season. In 2018, the NASCAR Saturday Nights start on their traditional first weekend in May kicking off the season on May 6 with the Annual Classic Car Show on May 5. The season will run through September 22 with a few scheduled weekends off.
NASCAR officials released a statement on Thursday morning regarding the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, following the recent arrest of track owner Bruce Bemer.
Coming into the 2017 Pro Stock season, Tom Scully Jr. is at the top of the list when it comes to championship favorites. Last year, Scully finally was able to capture his first title in a consistent season while he captured some victories along the way.
Bridgewater, Massachusetts driver Ryan Kuhn will be taking a step to the next level for the 2017 season, competing in the Late Model division at Seekonk Speedway.
Using the same mental game that won him the Icebreaker in February, Lee Pulliam completed a late-race charge to the front to win Saturday’s 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model feature at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
With the 2017 season on the horizon at Stafford Motor Speedway, Cromwell native Eric Berndt is preparing to embark on his 23rd consecutive season of SK Modified® competition at the half-mile facility. Berndt began his modified career in 1995 at the age of 16 and has been part of the SK Modified® landscape at Stafford ever since.
When the final checkered flag of the 2016 season was unfurled at the NAPA Fall Final, it brought an end to a season that awarded Stafford drivers over $55,000 through the track’s Contingency Program Partners.