2016-05-03

JF DUMOULIN PARAPHE UN PARTENARIAT D’ENVERGURE AVEC SPECTRA PREMIUM

JF DUMOULIN PARAPHE UN PARTENARIAT D'ENVERGURE AVEC SPECTRA PREMIUM

 

Les ingénieurs de Spectra Premium s'associent à Dumoulin Compétition dans le développement de radiateurs

 

Laval (Québec, Canada), le 28 avril 2016 – Pour la première fois dans la série NASCAR Pinty's, Dumoulin Compétition annonce cet après-midi une entente d'envergure entre le pilote de renom Jean-François Dumoulin et Les Industries Spectra Premium, un manufacturier et distributeur québécois de pièces automobiles, pour la saison 2016. La performance, la passion et la persévérance permettent à Jean-François Dumoulin de concrétiser ce partenariat et de participer, dans un premier temps, à six épreuves du championnat au volant de la Dodge #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau/ Bellemare / MIA (calendrier détaillé en page 4). De plus, les ingénieurs de Spectra Premium collaboreront étroitement avec les équipiers de Dumoulin Compétition afin de développer un radiateur adapté pour la voiture de Jean-Francois Dumoulin.

 

« C'est en 2014 que j'ai eu la chance de rencontrer pour la première fois Jean-François lors d'un événement et, depuis ce temps, j'ai été captivé par son professionnalisme jumelé à de très grandes qualités humaines. Toute l'équipe de Spectra Premium est enthousiaste de mettre son expertise au service du développement d'un nouveau produit performant, dans ce partenariat avec Dumoulin Compétition. Jean-François est né au volant d'une voiture et son engouement fait de lui un représentant exemplaire de la marque Spectra Premium », précise Jason Best, Vice-président senior, marché secondaire de Spectra Premium.

 

« C'est un tournant important pour moi et pour Dumoulin Compétition. Plusieurs entreprises sont avec nous depuis des années et l'ajout de Spectra Premium consolide notre place d'équipe de pointe en Série NASCAR Pinty's. La venue de Spectra Premium nous a permis d'ajouter des ressources dans l'atelier en ingénierie et développement pour améliorer le niveau de performance de la voiture. Je suis vraiment fier de porter les couleurs de Spectra Premium et de représenter des produits fiables, de qualité, fabriqués au Québec », partage avec enthousiasme Jean-François Dumoulin.

 

Origine du partenariat

Jean-Paul Blais, reconnu dans le monde du sport automobile notamment à titre de président de Player's Ltée, de la Filière Player's (1995 à 2000) et du Grand Prix F1 du Canada (2002 à 2004), a initié la première rencontre en 2014 entre Jean-François Dumoulin et les dirigeants de Spectra Premium.

 

Vers la fin de la saison 1995, Jean-François Dumoulin est remarqué par les recruteurs de la Filière Player's (Formule Ford et Atlantique). Il devient un des plus jeunes pilotes de la légendaire Filière à être pressenti comme un sérieux candidat pour le titre de champion en Formule Ford (saisons 1996 et 1997). Démontrant de la maturité autant en piste que hors-piste, combiné à son talent, celui que l'on a surnommé le Kid a su laisser sa trace en compétitionnant avec détermination auprès des vétérans.

 

La synergie entre les objectifs et les valeurs ont mené à la concrétisation d'un partenariat d'affaires en 2015, lors de l'événement le plus convoité de la saison, le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Tout était en place pour créer le momentum pour une association performante. Les discussions se sont poursuivies depuis et, avec une vision commune à long terme, Spectra Premium et le pilote de la voiture #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Bellemare / MIA forment une équipe de confiance.

 

« Avec l'appui de Spectra Premium, nous travaillons pour bâtir notre propre écurie et grâce à l'expertise technique et l'inspiration d'une entreprise familiale, québécoise, qui fait sa marque à travers le monde, cela nous donne l'élan dont nous avions besoin pour passer à une autre vitesse », poursuit celui qui a remporté à deux reprises les 24 heures de Daytona.

 

Préparation mécanique : Robin McCluskey, chef d'équipe #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Bellemare / MIA

En 2016, Dumoulin Compétition passe à une autre étape qui nécessite un support spécialisé pour la préparation des voitures. Grâce à l'achat des deux voitures en 2015 par Eric Kerub (Motorsports In Action), Jean-François Dumoulin a eu l'opportunité de faire ses armes sur circuits ovales dans la série NASCAR Pinty's. L'objectif 2016 est de potentialiser la performance avec la collaboration de Robin McCluskey, chef d'équipe de la voiture #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Bellemare / MIA.

 

Robin McCluskey a commencé sa carrière dans l'Ouest Canadien en tant que pilote dans une série régionale. Issue d'une famille dans le monde de la course automobile, il suit les traces de son père et son oncle en développant une expertise dans la fabrication de châssis performants chez McColl, Levitt et, ces dernières années, avec White Motorsports.

 

« Robin est vraiment un atout pour l'équipe, tant au niveau de son expertise que dans la logistique. Nous mettons tout en œuvre pour développer des voitures performantes », explique avec aplomb l'instructeur de pilotage à l'international, Jean-François Dumoulin.

 

Ouverture de la saison 2016 – Série NASCAR Pinty's

Le premier départ de la saison 2016 aura lieu le 22 mai prochain au Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (The Victoria Day Speedfest). « J'ai vraiment hâte de commencer la saison au CTMP avec la voiture développée par l'équipe de confiance #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Bellemare / MIA, je suis certain qu'on pourra offrir des performances à la hauteur », mentionne avec engouement Jean-François Dumoulin. 

« Passion – Performance – Partenariats »

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Saturday Night’s Alright for Racing at Brockville Ontario Speedway

Saturday Night's Alright for Racing at Brockville Ontario Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media



 

Motorsports enthusiasts have never been known for their patience. They're attracted to action and fueled by the performance they see on the racetrack. After an uncharacteristically mild winter – especially by Canadian standards – Brockville Ontario Speedway supporters will have their patience rewarded, as the 2016 campaign takes the green flag Saturday, May 14th. Track owner and promoter Paul Kirkland says it'll be an exciting year for fans and race teams alike.

 

"I've heard people describe this as a season of change and you only need to look as far as our Facebook page or Twitter feed to understand why," said Kirkland. "We have drivers who are making the switch from Sportsman to Modifieds, from karts to the Rookie Sportsman class and even some teams who'll be running here weekly for the first time in years…or the first time ever."

 

Kirkland says that a strong start – as early as opening night – can be the first step toward a championship winning season. This year's lid-lifter, Saturday, May 14th, presented by 103.7 BOB-FM, Kayden Construction and Kitley Collision features the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and Sportsman Mods. Rookie Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini Stock and Outlaw Vintage divisions. As with most Saturday nights, spectator gates will open at 5:00, with green flag action at 7:00.

 

Throughout the calendar, The BOS will host a number of special events, starting with the annual Ogilvie's Auto & Fleet Triple Crown Series for Small Block and Sportsman Modifieds – May 28th, June 25th and August 6th. There will also be a pair of visits by the Patriot Sprint Tour – July 16th and August 20th – and the season wraps-up with the annual 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals – Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th.

 

Saturday night short track news: Even in a season of change, some things are destined to remain the same. The price for a season grandstand admission pass remains at $195 – the same price as last year – for 18 Saturday night events, excluding the Fall Nationals…Another of this year's changes – designed to make a night at the speedway more affordable for families – will see children 14 and under admitted free, with an adult…After returning to the team late last season, Tim O'Brien will be back at the wheel Jim's Performance #88 Modified for the entire season.

 

Full details on the 2016 schedule can always be found by visitingwww.brockvillespeedway.com. Like the Brockville Ontario Speedway page atwww.facebook.com and follow the track on Twitter for the latest news and information throughout the year.

 

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

Dylan Evoy (#83) who took the title last year and 2013 & 2014 track champion Shane Pecore pace the Sportsman Modified pack to the line at The BOS. Brockville Ontario Speedway's 2016 season opens Saturday, May 14th.

 

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


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Next Era of Racing Ready to Begin at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2016





ATTACHED PHOTOS (credit MemorEvents): Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., will host full schedules of asphalt and dirt racing in 2016.
 
 
Next Era of Racing Ready to Begin at Devil's Bowl Speedway in 2016

New schedule to see Vermont track host full-time asphalt and dirt racing in 50th season

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                 DBS-050216-1

 

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Transformation has been almost constant at Devil's Bowl Speedway in its first 49 seasons, and the Vermont track's 50th summer in 2016 will continue the trend.  Since its opening, the speedway has seen action shift from natural Slate Valley clay to asphalt – and back again – twice.  As both a nod to the past and a look toward the future, the facility will host races on both surfaces on a full-time basis this year for the first time.

A brief history: Founder C.J. Richards built Devil's Bowl Speedway in 1967 as a half-mile dirt track before paving it in 1971.  The clay returned in 1975 and remained for the next 35 seasons, and then Richards repaved the track in 2010.  Mike and Alayne Bruno began promoting the track in 2012 and have grown the asphalt program as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, but also realized that many local fans missed the dirt.

In response, a new 3/10-mile dirt track was constructed inside the asphalt oval, and eight races were run during a trial period in 2014-15.  After learning the quirks of the new layout, both the asphalt and dirt tracks got the green light to each hold full seasons of NASCAR-sanctioned racing in 2016 – a "best of both worlds" scenario.

For the 50th season, the biggest change is the schedule itself.  Racing has moved to an earlier6:00 p.m. start so that most events will end around 9:00 p.m. and allow fans and racers to return home earlier.  Weekly asphalt events, 14 in all, have been moved to Saturday nights – instead ofFriday nights in recent years – to better accommodate fans and racers during the work week.  And in keeping with a tradition that was held for most of the "dirt years" at Devil's Bowl, the 13-race schedule for the dirt track will see Sunday night racing at 6:00 p.m.

"I've always felt that if you keep doing the same things over and over every year, the product becomes boring and stale," Devil's Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said.  "We have exciting racing, but we saw the need to shake things up a little bit.  We're really excited to kick off the 50th season at Devil's Bowl in a couple weeks."

The rulebooks for both surfaces are virtually identical in the Sportsman Modified, Renegade, and Mini Stock divisions, and a dual NASCAR sanction means double the post-season money. Several drivers in each class have indicated that they will race full-time on one surface and at least part-time on the other, and Modified veterans Vince Quenneville Jr., Billy Lussier, and Jackie Brown Jr. have each committed to running all 27 events.

The asphalt oval opens on Saturday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m., and the dirt track opens onSunday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m.  Each track will have kids bicycle races, 50-lap Modified features, and lots of other action.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt.  For more information, visitwww.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

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Pratiques 2016 à l'Autodrome Granby

1er mai 2016,

 

 

 

 

 

Pour diffusion immédiate

 

 

Objet : Pratiques 2016 à l'Autodrome Granby

 

- Autodrome Granby. À la journée de pratique du 30 avril 2016 à l'Autodrome Granby, il y avait près d'une centaine de voitures de nos quatre catégories régulières soit Sport Compact, Prostock, Sportsman et Modifié et près d'une trentaine de bolides de série et d'enduro : Lightning Sprint, Modlite, Sling Shot, STR et ESS.

 

Modifié

 

Une vingtaine de Modifiés étaient sur place, dont le gros-bloc de Yan Bussière, les trois voitures ONE et les recrues Mathieu Desjardins #1M et Mikael Labrèche #99. Desjardins habitué à la piste dont il a été champion Sportsman en 2014 a fait le sixième temps, le cinquième puis le troisième s'améliorant à chaque période de pratique. Yan Bussière #21 est allé chercher le meilleur temps de la pratique initiale, Michaël Parent #25 la deuxième et Dominic Dufault #63 la troisième.

 

Sportsman

 

Nous vous avons présenté sur le site l'Autodrome Granby les nouveaux André Manny #35, François Adam #01, Jonny Allaire #21, Kevin Berthiaume #1K et Manuel Piette #14. S'ajoutent à eux un ancien pilote de 4 cylindres à Saint-Valère, Junior Mailhot #101 tandis que Steve Nadeau #94 et Jean-François Lussier #40 font leur retour dans la classe. Lussier a d'ailleurs marqué le temps de la première pratique. Alexandre Salvas #8 a eu le meilleur de la deuxième pratique et Matthieu Laramée dans le 91P piloté dans les deux premières pratiques par son père, a fait le plus vite du groupe dans la troisième période d'essai.

 

Prostock

 

En plus de Dominik Blais #45, Jeffrey Lapalme #88, qui s'étaient déjà manifestés comme nouveaux, on retrouve Yves Hamel, pilote d'Enduro dans la catégorie. Notre champion défendant Jocelyn Roy a eu le dessus sur les autres lors des trois pratiques.

 

Sport Compact

 

Tel qu'annoncé Benoit Bérubé #7 et Éric Lequin #27 sont revenus à la course de même que Nancy Landry dans son #D1. Jean-Philippe Tétreault #89X se greffe au groupe des nouveaux formés de Luc Biron #71, Marc-André Leduc #96, Gabriel Marquis #22, Shawn Côté #4, Claude Cournoyer #47, Jean-Philippe Guay #09J et Joanie Raymond #15. Guillaume Daoust #24 a été le plus rapide dans les sessions de pratique 1 et 3 alors qu'Alain Poirier #3 s'en est occupé dans la deuxième.

 

 

Lightning Sprint

 

Jordan Poirier #28P et son père Yannick #28 ont dominé les pratiques, Jordan la première et troisième et Yannick la deuxième. Guillaume Neiderer #51 champion défendant Lightning Sprint a aussi fait l'essai de son ESS. Charles Bélanger #71 était la seule recrue sur place, mais on ne pouvait le manquer avec son habit anti-feu acheté du Modifié Matt Sheppard!

 

Mod Lite

 

Martin Fleurent #88, président de l'Association Mod Lite a atteint les sommets dans les pratiques #1 et #3 alors que Benjamin Cartier #22 a pris d'assaut la deuxième. Les recrues Kevin Parenteau #10 et Alysson Prince #56 ont fait leurs premiers tours de piste.

 

STR

 

Pas de résultat pour le moment, car seul Antoine Parent #17 était équipé d'un transpondeur. Par contre viennent grossir le groupe des Revstar STR :  Sébastien Couture #03, Gaby Tétreault #55, Manuel Messier #63, Jérémy Roy #90 et Sébastien Bélanger #99. On pouvait voir deux voitures pour Jonathan Archambault : son rapide #24 qui avait remporté les deux finales l'an dernier en fin de saison et un #42.

 

 

C'est un rendez-vous chez nous le 13 mai prochain pour la soirée d'ouverture officielle !

 

Bonne saison !

 

Caroline Champigny

Relationniste de l'Autodrome Granby.

 

 

 


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2016-04-30

Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

                                                     

Rescheduled for Sunday May 8

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         ACT-043016-24

 

Waterbury, VT –The dismal forecast for Sunday May 1 has forced Thunder Road Speedbowl to postpone the Merchants Bank 150. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday May 8, post time set for 2:00pm.

 

 More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify including defending  2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH, along with 2015 Merchants Bank champion Brad Babb and multi-feature winner Nick Sweet.

 

Almost 70 Late Models, Tiger Sportsman and Street Stocks lined Main Street in Barre, VT for the annual car show on Saturday April 30. Race Fans were able to check-out the new race cars and meet the drivers, before the parade up Quarry Hill to the "Nations Site of Excitement". Drivers were able to get in practice on Saturday and will be ready to go on Sunday May 8, for the running of the 18th Merchants Bank 150.

 

 

For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.comorwww.thunderroadspeedbowl.com

 

 

 

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Wade Purchase Re-Tools in a Charge Toward the 2016 Pro Stock Crown

Wade Purchase Re-Tools in a Charge Toward the 2016 Pro Stock Crown





By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Brighton Speedway's new season of action is underway and after some late night's at their Prince Edward Country shop, Wade Purchase is ready to rock. With a year of running the fan favourite 1962 Chevrolet Belair in the rear-view mirror, the team has converted the #53 machine – that finished 5th in the final 2015 point standings, after suffering engine problems in the final double points night of the year – into a more conventional Monte Carlo bodied ride.

"The Belair got a lot of attention at the track and on social media," said the 20 year-old second generation speedster. "While the car was a fun project for us to put together, it was a much heavier than the others in the field and wasn't as competitive as we had hoped. Still, after being awarded the Pro Stock division's best appearing car and getting nominated as one of the best appearing in the province, we deemed the experiment as a success. Now, its time to focus on the future."

Switching to a body kit that will blend-in with a highly competitive field at the popular local clay oval, Wade Purchase – who'll be entering his 4th season of action – says he's looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.

With Mat Purchase – the driver's father and crew chief – calling the shots and orchestrating the switch, team members Kali Michael, Stephanie Purchase, Travis Coates, Jessy Doornbos, Katie McKinley and Kevin Rallison are also helping to get things ready for battle. Wade Purchase says that no success on the track comes without some teamwork behind the scenes and its great to have so many people pitching-in to make sure he's ready for opening night.

 

"There is always a lot to do and my entire team is putting in some long hours in the shop," said the driver. "It seems like a lot of work now, but every second we've spent tweaking body panels and fitting pieces together will all have its own reward when we're relaxing after a strong run after the year's first main event."

For 2016, the #53 Purchase Racing Pro Stock will be proudly supported by Independent Alternator & Starter, Team Re/Max Real Estate of Wellington, K-D Transmissions, PartSource, Millpond Music & Entertainment, Tag Ironworks & Fabrication, The Vinyl Solution and Dino's Pizza. Team media and promotional services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

Follow the team throughout the season by liking 'Wade Purchase Racing' at www.facebook.com.

Photo attachment: Wade Purchase Racing collection

With a brand new look for new season, the #53 Pro Stock of Wade Purchase is set to content for the 2016 track championship at Brighton Speedway.

 Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


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Team 33 s’implique en Sport Compact Élite

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Le 29 avril 2016, Vallée-Jonction

 



Team 33 s'implique en Sport Compact Élite

Après l'annonce faite récemment qui annonçait la venue de 2 partenaires pour des bonis de courses à chaque programme soit Jack Performance et Équipe Sportsman Qc 67 Dominic Jacques nous sommes très heureux de vous annoncer l'implication d'une autre équipe qui a fait ses débuts en Sport Compact Élite soit le Team #33 Philippe Poulin.

En effet, le pilote de Saint-Prosper et son équipe ont décidé de s'impliquer afin de supporter le développement en remettant la somme de 33$ à la meilleure recrue en finale à chaque programme. Un prix représentatif pour l'équipe qui a remporté le championnat Sportsman Qc Lucas Oil en 2014.

Cette saison, l'Autodrome Chaudière accueillera parmi ses pilotes Sport Compact Élite 7 recrues soient; #9 Gabrielle Lamontagne, #12 Mario Perron, #29 Danny Groleau, #46 Carl Genois, #51 Jeff Côté, #92 Kim Ouellette et finalement le #113 Samuel Boyer.

Un 3e prix de soirée qui vient confirmer l'importance pour le promoteur, André Poulin, d'aller chercher le maximum pour les pilotes régionales et qui démontre l'implication de ses deux équipes de la Série Sportsman Qc de redonner à une classe qui leur a permis d'évoluer en stock-car.

Premier rendez-vous de la saison samedi prochain, le 7 mai pour les séances de pratiques et d'inspections. Une journée où nombreux seront les amateurs présents impatients de voir le début de la saison arriver!

Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste


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2016-04-29

22 RACING & SCOTT STECKLY TO FIELD THREE TEAMS AT CTMP IN MAY

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

22 RACING & SCOTT STECKLY TO FIELD THREE TEAMS AT CTMP IN MAY

 

Scott Steckly Expands Role as Team Owner

 

 

Friday April 29, 2016:  Four time NASCAR Pintys Series Champion (2008, 2011, 2013 & 2015) Scott Steckly will be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the opening event of the 2016 season, however it will be in a slightly different role than in the past. Steckly will field three teams as a team owner and not a driver.

Steckly is one of only three drivers to have made all 109 starts in the NASCAR Pintys Series to date.  "I am not saying I have finished with competing as you never know what can happen," said Steckly from his shop in Milverton, Ontario.  "However I can honestly say I feel I have proved everything I need to as a driver even though you never lose the drive to win, so if my helmet is hung up for good then I will fill this new role and do what's best for the business of 22 Racing."

 

Returning full time out of the 22 Racing shop for the third year will be former Indy 500 pole sitter Alex Tagliani in the #18 Epi Pen car. Tagliani will miss the opening event as a driver due to his duties preparing for the Indy 500. The replacement driver for him will be announced at a later date. Follow Alex Tagliani on his website at www.tagliani.com or on Twitter @Tagliani or @TagAutosport.

Racing in the #46 entry in 2016 will be Brett Taylor from Calgary, Alberta.  Taylor will compete in the 22 Racing fielded #46 car for four events including, CTMP in May and September as well as Toronto Indy and GP3R.  Taylor is coming off a successful season in the CACC series where he won Rookie of the Year. For more information on Brett Taylor visitwww.bretttaylorracing.com or follow on Twitter @brett_taylor46.

Seventeen-year-old Kaz Grala from the NASCAR K & N Pro Series East will debut in the #22 car at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 21/22.  Grala hails from Westborough, Mass.  He has raced in the K & N Pro Series East since 2014 and has posted a career high second place finish at Dover in 2014 and Virginia in 2015. For more information on Kaz Grala check out his website www.kazgrala.com or follow on Twitter @KazGrala or on Facebook KazGralaRacing.

Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC will drive a 22 Racing entry at the second NASCAR Pintys Series event at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday June 11th.  Theetge is a two-time ACT Series Champion and is the Tour's all-time winningest driver.  Follow Theetge on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Donald.Theetge

Steckly continues the search for partners in 2016. "If a sponsorship opportunity comes along I would definitely get back in the car as I know I can still win races and championships for my partners," commented Steckly. "But for right this moment my team is focused on giving these drivers cars they can win with in the upcoming two events."

 

The 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors:  Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, Sturdy Formed Concrete, Reefer Sales, Wendell Motors, Twin City Graphics, Lincoln Electric, Auto Glym, Mechanix Wear, Great Dane Glasvan, Safety Kleen & Permatex.

 

Fans can follow the team on Twitter @22RacingTeam or you can Like the 22RacingTeam Fan Page on Facebook. 

 

The NASCAR Pintys Series is made up of 12 events across Canada with events in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.  A notable addition to the 2016 schedule is the Toronto Honda Indy July 14-16th

 

For more information on the NASCAR Pintys Series please visit www.hometracks.nascar.com

 

For more information on 22 Racing please contact:
Linda Jones

705-730-4044

ljones@drivenmi.com


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2016-04-28

Danny Benedict Breaks New Ground in Sunset Speedway’s Late Model Field

Danny Benedict Breaks New Ground in Sunset Speedway's Late Model Field

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media




 

His performance at the controls of a Mini Stock racecar saw him dubbed as 'The Showstopper' after he claimed the final regular season feature events at Kawartha Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park's half-mile oval. When the green flag flies to start the 2016 season, Danny Benedict will face a new challenge, as the Orono, Ontario resident joins the Late Model division at Sunset Speedway.

 

Fresh from finishing his second year of studies in the Powerline Technician Program at Ottawa's Algonquin College, the 19 year-old Benedict says he's looking forward to wheeling his new ride at the track where he finished 6th in last year's final point standings and was 52nd out of 100 North American drivers in Division 3 of NASCAR's Whelan Racing Series.

 

"The car arrived in our shop late in the 2015 season and its been almost completely rebuilt since then," said the talented youngster. "Dad and I made a lot of changes of our own and we've had input from some good friends, including Dan McHattie. We'll be running in a very competitive field and faced with a steep learning curve, but I think as long as we're able to gain some knowledge a little at a time, it'll be a great season."

 

During a mid April open test session at Sunset Speedway with McHattie and Scott Shaw on-hand to lend assistance, Benedict was able to put his new piece through its paces in race trim for one of the first times. Experimenting with some different lines and a variety of set-ups, the team was able to get a good idea of what they can expect during the year.

 

"Even though I was out there for just a few laps at a time, it was great to get back behind the wheel," said Benedict. "A good set of notes is always important; especially when you're in a new car or moving to a different division and this year, we're doing both. We've started with an empty book, but the pages are filling up very quickly. There is still some work to do, but whatever time we spend in the shop allows us to get more out of the car on the track and that's what this level of racing is all about."  

 

For 2016, Benedict Racing is pleased to welcome new sponsors Only Solutions and Dan McHattie Racecars to their existing group of marketing partners that includes Hoy's Garage, Kim Irwin of Irwin Tax & Accounting, Baudo Auto Service, B & W Enterprises, Mark Rainford Auto Centre, Camsport Truck Caps & Accessories, Dent Dynamics and Mayhew Graphics. Team media and promotional services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

 

Fans can follow the team on Twitter throughout the season, by checking @dannybenedict54.

 

Photo attachment: Thompson Motorsports Photography www.thompsonphotography.ca

 

Danny Benedict puts his Late Model through its paces at Sunset Speedway. The 19 year-old from Orono, Ontario will make his debut in the new division this year at the track north of Toronto.

 

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


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2016-04-27

Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

 

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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (lee04241614.jpg)Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top. (Alan Ward photo)>>

 

   

Barre, VT—Hinesburg, VT's Bobby Therrien heads to the "Nations Site of Excitement" as the American Canadian Tour (ACT) points leader this weekend for the 57th season opener of Barre, VT's Thunder Road. Therrien, with a dominating win in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway and a 7th place finish last Sunday at Lee USA Speedway, leads three-time ACT Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. by just two points heading into the 18th Merchants Bank 150 on Sundayat 1:00pm. Helliwell, with a fourth place finish in the opener at Oxford and a strong second last week at Lee, is looking to carry the checkered flag around the high banked ¼ mile track again like he did in 2014. Brad Babb, driving the Joey Laquerre owned 15NH, stole the show in last year's Merchants Bank 150 with Helliwell settling for second place.  Babb became the 12th different winner in 17 editions of the event.

The ACT Tour drivers will not only be competing against each other but will also have to battle many of the weekly Thunder Road Late Model competitors. Second generation driver Cody Blake, Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers have filed entries to compete and Lt. Governor Phil Scott attended an open practice session at Thunder Road on April 20th.

Thunder Road's 57th season-opening weekend begins on Saturday, May 2 with the annual Thunder Road Car Show on Main Street in Barre from 9:00am to 12:00pm, followed by the race car parade up Quarry Hill to the track featuring the Catamount Pipe Band, the "Warpipes of Thunder Road." An open practice session for all divisions will follow and is open to the public. Post time for the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 1 is 1:00pm. Admission is $25 for adults with kids 12 and under admitted free.

 

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VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES SET TO INVADE SPEEDWAY 51 IN GROVETON, NH FOR FIRST TIME

VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES SET TO
INVADE SPEEDWAY 51 IN GROVETON, NH FOR FIRST TIME


History will be made on Saturday, May 28th at the Northern New Hampshire speed
plant, Speedway 51 in Groveton, as for the first time, the ground pounding Modifieds of
the Valenti Modified Racing Series will take to the track at the NAPA Spectacular. These
sleek, high horse powered rockets will blast around the ¼ mile asphalt facility at record
speeds.
Series promoter Jack Bateman is excited about their first venture to Northern, New
Hampshire stating, "Our drivers love to run on the bullrings of the northeast, and we have
heard so much about the two grooves of racing here at Speedway 51. We will definitely put
on a great show for the fans."
Speedway 51 owner, Joey Laquerre is also looking forward to the Valenti Modified
Racing Series coming to Speedway 51. "This is our second year of operation and when we
looked for entertainment to bring in, the Valenti Series was a perfect fit for our fans. I
can't wait until May 28th."
Joining the Valenti Modified Racing Series at the NAPA Spectacular will be the
North Country Ford Late Models, The Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi / Schweppes Street Stocks,
White Mountain Community College Pure Stocks, and the AB Excavating Daredevils. Post
time for this giant event is 5:30pm.
For more information on this event and others please visit our website at
www.speedway51int.com, or call the Track hotline at 802-479-2074. Speedway 51 is located
on Brown Road in Groveton, New Hampshire.
New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and track owner, Joey Laquerre, opens
the gates to his Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, for the first ever VMRS visit.

The event will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28.


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Mike Wallace Steps into the Ring for the Late Model Championship Fight

 

Mike Wallace Steps into the Ring for the Late Model Championship Fight

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

When Peterborough Speedway's 2016 season takes the green flag, a hometown kid hopes to be one of the leading contenders for the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model track championship.

 

Mike Wallace isn't just a familiar face in the pit area at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. Its where he grew up. His passion for the sport began during the 12 years that his family owned the Mount Pleasant Road raceway and after advancing through the driving ranks with some solid seasons in the Mini Stock division, the 37 year-old scored his first career Late Model main event win Late Model victory in the later stages of the 2015 campaign. With the new season less than a month away, Wallace will make a fresh start with an invigorated program.

 

"That feature race win couldn't have come at a better time," admitted Mike Wallace. "So much of what gets done in weekly racing is about attitude and that checkered flag was the spark that ignited the fuse for my team. I'd already started thinking about making some changes in our operation and now we're definitely headed in the right direction."

 

One of the first steps Wallace, a 3rdgeneration racer – whose father and grandfather also logged seat-time in the sport – took is to acquire a new car to begin the 2016 calendar. The machine is a McColl Racing Enterprises chassis from the shops of former Kawartha Speedway Late Model runner Bryan Watts. Usually one of the more reserved drivers in the highly competitive field, Mike Wallace is proud to say that he's fired-up about the new season and can't wait to hit the track.

 

"Self confidence is a wonderful thing," said Mike Wallace. "I can start the year with the knowledge that I've been to victory lane and there aren't a lot of drivers in the field who can say that. The experience of getting out of the car after a big win is amazing and something I never want to forget. It makes you sit a little taller in the seat, looks great on a resume and is a strong conversation starter when you're meeting with potential sponsors."

 

For 2016, the #27 Late Model program is proudly supported by marketing partners JRB Engines & Performance, JBEX Construction, Kirk Morris State Farm Insurance, Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Group, Custom Mobile Wash, Sitescape Landscape, Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre, Mister Transmission Peterborough, Shawn Micks Investments, Morgan-Amber Photography and Spencer Lewis Promotions. Mike Wallace Racing is actively seeking additional advertising assistance for the upcoming season.

 

Prospective sponsors can reach and follow the team through the Mike Wallace Racing page at www.facebook.com or @Blueprint27MW on Twitter. 

 

Photo attachment: Morgan-Amber Photography

 

After regrouping during the winter months, Peterborough's Mike Wallace is ready to mount a charge toward the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model title at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.

 

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

                      


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L'action commence bientôt



 

Samedi le 7 mai l'Autodrome Drummond ouvrira ses portes pour une 66e saison de courses, la 11e sous la gouverne de Yan Bussière. Et comme toutes les années les amateurs d'émotions fortes sont fébriles et attendent cette soirée avec impatience. 

 

L'action débute le 7 mai avec le retour de la "Soirée découverte". Une soiréà 14$ dollar qui permet à plusieurs de découvrir la dextérité et le spectacle offert par les pilotes de stock-car sur terre battue, un spectacle unique. Les Modlite, Pro-Stock, Lightning Sprint, Sportsman et les Modifiés seront en piste avec chacun une finale. Mais surtout, la course spéciale en duel, le "Marche ou crève" sera de retour. L'an passé Sébastien Gougeon l'avait remporté contre Alan Therrien et plus tard en fin de saison, tous se souviennent de la victoire de Jean-François Corriveau devant nul autre que Chris Raabe. Ce dernier sera de retour régulièrement à L'Autodrome Drummond pour le plus grand plaisir des amateurs.

 

Grosse saison en vue avec pas moins de 15 programmes de coursesa l'horaire. L'ouverture officielle se déroulera le 21 mai, pour le reste de la programmation en résumé, les ESS (Empire Super Sprint) seront de retour le 4 juin, la série Gros block "Super DIRTcar séries" le 26 juillet et le 10 septembre dans le cadre du Racemania 12. Et tout se termine lors de la classique Automnale Série DIRT le 24 septembre. Et pour le reste de la programmation il sera extrêmement intéressant de surveiller les performances du champion 2015, Steve Bernard. Sera-t-il en mesure de contrer les attaques de Mario et Gino Clair, la famille Therrien et Sebastien Gougeon entre autres!

 

Bonne saison à tous et se donne rendez-vous le 7 mai.

 

Marc "Enzo" Tessier

Directeur des communications 



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