2012-05-31

ALEX MONTMINY SATISFAIT

 

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ALEX MONTMINY SATISFAIT
Québec, QC (28 mai 2012) – Le jeune pilote de stock-car, Alex MONTMINY, a entrepris samedi dernier, le 26 mai, la deuxième manche du championnat Sportsman Québec iSpeedzone avec seul objectif de bien finir. Mission accomplie.

La Série itinérante de stock-car disputait une course de 80-tours à l’Autodrome Montmagny dans la capitale de l’Oie blanche à Montmagny, QC. Devant une foule imposante le groupe de vingt-cinq pilotes a offert un spectacle à couper le souffle.

 

 

« En course de qualification nous avons pris le départ en quatrième position et terminé quatrième. Un résultat satisfaisant qui nous a fait gagner une place dans le classement des qualifications. L’objectif de ne pas régresser est atteint » déclara le jeune pilote.
Les équipiers de la Toyota Camry No. 18 ont profité de la pause pour peaufiner les ajustements sur la voiture. Notre jeune pilote la trouvait capricieuse en virage et survireuse (« loose »). Une fois le tout effectué, tout était en place pour une finale où

Alex allait pouvoir profiter d’une position de départ avantageuse, de la 9e position.
Comble de malheur, dans l’empressement à faire les modifications à la suspension, le réservoir à essence a été mal fermé. Une fois rendu en piste, comme la voiture répandait de l’essence, les dirigeants de la Série, par mesure préventive, l’ont invité à regagner les puits.

« Comme ont nous avons travaillé sur la suspension, on a voulu faire vite les autres choses. Trop vite peut être. Le bouchon du réservoir a été fermé, mais le joint d’étanchéité était mal placé. Le résultat : ma visite aux puits pour régler le tout nous a repositionnés à l’arrière du groupe de 25. Toute une pente à remonter » nous confia le pilote visiblement déçu.

Au terme de la course, Alex a terminé douzième (12) et sur le tour des meneurs. Une position d’arriver fort respectable compte tenu des circonstances.
« Je ne peux m’empêcher de penser que le top-5 était à porter de la main si je n’avais pas eu le pépin avec le bouchon du réservoir d’essence. Nous devrons porter une plus grande attention à tous les détails pour terminer dans le premier groupe de cinq » déclara le jeune compétiteur.

La prochaine sortie pour Alex MONTMINY sera le 16 juin prochain, pour une épreuve de 2 fois 35 tours avec inversion du côté du Circuit Riverside Speedway (Ste-Croix-de-Lotbinière, QC).

À PROPOS D’ALEX MONTMINY – Dès l’âge de 10 ans, Alex est initié au karting et deux ans plus tard il suit dans traces de son père Guy et participe à des compétitions de motoneige sur ovale. En 2011, il connait sa meilleur saison en remportant le titre de co-champion en Junior Sprint, a terminé 2e au championnat Formula 340 et 3e au championnat mondial de motoneige à Eagle River (Wisconsin, USA).

C’est en 2010 qu’Alex a entrepris sa carrière en course automobile, à l’âge de 14, au volant d’une voiture de stock-car dans la Série Sportsman Québec. Au terme de la première saison il termine 6e au classement général, obtient une deuxième place comme meilleur résultat et devient ainsi le plus jeune pilote, encore à ce jour, à avoir participé dans la Série.

En 2012, Alex entend participer à chacune des onze manches du championnat de la Série Sportsman Québec iSpeedzone qui se déroulera aux endroits suivants : Circuit Riverside de Sainte-Croix de Lotbinière, l’Autodrome Montmagny, l’Autodrome St-Eustache, l’Autodrome St-Félicien, le Sanair Super Speedway et le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.


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Pour de plus amples informations, contactez :

Préparé par M.P. Roy, courriel : mproy@roy-motorsports.com, 514-907-1773 poste 35

Crédit Photo obligatoire : Roy-Motorsports / Chantal Roy

TAGS : ALEX MONTMINY, AUTODROME MONTMAGNY, SERIE SPORTSMAN QUEBEC, MONTMAGNY, CIRCUIT RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY, STE-CROIX-DE-LOTBINIERE, STOCK-CAR, SPORTS AUTOMOBILE

 


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Mulkern Racing: PASS North Series Riverside Speedway Race Preview

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 5.31.12
For more information, visit http://www.MulkernRacing.com or E-mail GWCNewEngland@gmail.com

THE STORY


FALMOUTH, Maine – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, will try and bounce back from a long day last time out when the PASS North Series holds the PASS 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Sunday, June 3. Sommerville finished 12th at White Mountain Motorsports Park last weekend, plagued by both tire pressure and carburetor issues during the feature event, and the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet will try and rebound this Sunday at Riverside. Sommerville has never competed at Riverside Speedway, which was off the PASS schedule in 2011. Despite the bad luck of the last two weeks, Sommerville still sits third in the PASS North standings, just 13 points out of the lead.

 

WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
BEST CAREER RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY FINISH: N/A
LAST RACE AT RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY: N/A

WHAT: PASS North Series PASS 150
WHERE: Riverside Speedway, Groveton, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 3

PASS North Series
LAST RACE:
May 26, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (12th)
NEXT RACE: June 9, PASS 200, Speedway 660, Geary, N.B. (.333-mile oval)
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 3rd


DID YOU KNOW?

·         Lonnie Sommerville has never competed at Riverside Speedway.

·         Mulkern Racing finished fourth at Riverside Speedway in 2010 with driver Ben Rowe.

·         Lonnie Sommerville is part of a parade of new faces atop the PASS North Series standings. 2010 Rookie of the Year Joey Doiron leads DJ Shaw (2008 ROY) and Sommerville (2011 ROY) in the points after three races. Sommerville trails Doiron by just 13 points.

·         Lonnie Sommerville hasn't been outside the Top-5 in the PASS North Series standings at any point in his two seasons on the tour.

 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

LONNIE SOMMERVILLE, Driver of the Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders Chevrolet, On the bad luck the team has fought in the early part of the 2012 season: “To be honest, I don't consider it bad luck. It's self-inflicted. Star (Speedway) was definitely not doing of our own doing, but we didn't have the best car there. There's no question to me that the setup was off last week, and the carburetor issues, that just put the nail in the coffin. But I'm confident our team will show up with a fast car this week, tune on it in practice and get a little more speed, and then we'll be able to run with anybody.

“To be honest, as bad as the season has started, we're still salvaging (finishes) and not behind too far in the points. But we've got to get going and get a string of good races going and get back to where we were last year, that's for sure.”

On how a team bounces back from disappointing outings:
“You've got to be confident in what you've done in the past, in the success you've had and how good our stuff is. If you're confident in that, you'll be OK. The last thing you want is to show up at the track and be second-guessing things you're doing or decisions you're making.

“We just need to regroup. We know we're good enough. Everybody has an off-day. For our 17 or 18 races together we've been pretty good, so we just missed it this one time (at White Mountain). To be as bad as we were at White Mountain was unacceptable, but we're going to bounce back. Nothing's changed with our race team.”

On heading to a new track this weekend: “Normally, I'm the guy that wants to go to new tracks. I enjoy going to new facilities. Last year, all but three or four of the tracks we went to were new to us, and we were competitive and fast at all of them.

“You don't have any bad habits as a driver. To go to a new track right now – probably we'd rather be going to a place we know well, where we are confident in what we have there (for a setup) – but we'll do what we always do. I'm looking forward to it.”

 

UP NEXT

The PASS North Series takes a break from a stretch of three consecutive races on quarter-mile tracks in New Hampshire to head north of the border for the PASS 200 at Speedway 660 in Geary, N.B., on Saturday, June 9... The .333-mile speedway is the home track of Lonnie Sommerville, and the hometown favorite has won a pair of prestigious Peterbilt 250 events at the facility in his career.

 

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L'équipe M.A prêt pour la première manche de la coupe Best Buy

29 mai 2012

Ste-Anne-Des-Plaines, Québec

 

Après avoir eu un très bon début de saison il y a deux semaines, les membres de l'Équipe de course M.A. en sont à leurs derniers préparatifs en vue de la course de samedi soir prochain sur le circuit de l'Autodrome St-Eustache alors que sera présenté la première des trois événements comptant pour le championnat de la Coupe Best Buy. Mathieu Francoeur et Cindy Francoeur retourneront donc derrière leur volant de leurs Sport Compact #71 et #38 qui afficheront un nouveau commanditaire. CMAX Laurentides-Lanaudière, une entreprise de St-Jérôme spécialisé dans la vente de peinture et de pièce de véhicule œuvrant sous la bannière NAPA, a décidé de revenir avec l'équipe pour une deuxième année. Ils joindre donc Centre du camion Provan en tant que partenaire pour la saison 2012.

 

La course de ce week-end comptera aussi pour le championnat local de St-Eustache alors que Mathieu occupe le deuxième rang et Cindy le cinquième rang suite à de très bonnes performances des deux pilotes lors de la première épreuve.

 

Ils seront donc en piste pour une finale de 75 tours et on devrait s'attendre à un taux de participations très élevé avec des équipes d'un peu partout au Québec. En ce qui attrait aux qualifications, les départs de ces dernières se feront par pige au sort et l'ordre de départ de la course se fera avec les résultats des qualifications.

 

« Nous avons vraiment hâte de retourné sur piste, affirme Cindy. Nous avons travaillé sur les voitures au cours des derniers jours pour apporté des modifications mineurs mais qui devrait améliorer leurs comportements. Ce sera une longue finale mais mon frère et moi sommes prêt pour cette course. »

 

Les puits ouvriront à compté de 14hrs et les qualifications vers 16h40hrs. Lors de cette soirée, toutes les classes ANCA seront aux rendez-vous ainsi que les ACT Castrol et les Vintages. Un rendez-vous plus qu'intérésant.

 

Équipe de course M.A

www.equipedecoursema.com

 

 


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Ouverture officielle de l’Autodrome Drummond, ce samedi 2 juin. Les Empire Super Sprint Cars sont en ville !

Mercredi 30 mai 2012 – Dave Paryzo – Directeur des communications

 

La soirée «Découverte » du 26 mai, aura certainement servi de prélude à l'ouverture officielle de cette 62e saison de l'Autodrome Drummond. Elle nous a fait constater encore une fois que la compétition sera très forte et que le circuit de l'Autodrome Drummond sera très rapide en 2012.

 

Dans le cadre de ce programme d'ouverture, les amateurs pourront voir à l'œuvre la spectaculaire série américaine de Sprint Cars «Empire Super Sprint» qui en est à sa 33e visite en sol drummondvillois. Plusieurs coureurs seront à surveiller, notamment le meneur au championnat, Justin Barger #5. Le gagnant de l'an dernier, Kevin Ward Jr. #13 voudra sans aucun doute reprendre là où il avait laissé. Nos Québécois Steve Poirier #28, Alain Bergeron #8, Michael Parent #25, Patrick Vigneault #55 et Étienne Girard #422 voudront eux aussi tirer leur épingle du jeu.

 

Du côté des Modifié 358, une épreuve de 75 tours est prévue. Mario Clair #22 qui bénéficie de l'opportunité de partir en pôle position fera tout pour  conserver sa position jusqu'au fil d'arrivée.  Chose sûr, il ne sera pas seul à batailler pour les honneurs.  Bernier, Clair, Bussière, Gougeon, Therrien, Bernard, Dufault et Brouillard auront le couteau entre les dents pour mettre la main sur la victoire.

 

Chez les Sportsmans, malgré sa victoire en finale rien n'est joué pour Steve Bernier #25. Puisque plusieurs coureurs ont joué de malchances lors de la soirée « Découverte », entre autre Martin Pelletier #92 et Mathieu Desjardins #3M.

 

En catégorie Pro-Stock, Jocelyn Roy #05 a reprit là où il avait laissé l'an dernier. Pourra-t-il conserver sa couronne de champion pour une 5e année ? Rien n'est gagné il devra batailler férocement avec ses adversaires. 

 

Puis les lightning Sprints poursuivront ce qu'ils ont entamés le 26 mai dernier avec une finale qui risque de nous en mettre plein la vue. Avec comme à l'habitude un peloton de voitures imposants.

 

C'est un rendez vous à ne pas manquer à compté de 18h30 beaucoup d'action est à prévoir. Ouverture des puits à 16h et n'oubliez pas c'est gratuit pour les adolescents de 13 à 17 ans.

 

L'Autodrome Drummond, la F1 de la terre battue !

 

Dave Paryzo

Directeur des communications

Autodrome Drummond

 

 

 


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Innovative Race to Read Kicks Off At Thunder Road

Sweet Claims Victory at Memorial Day Classic

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   TR – 053012-38

 

Attached Photo: NickSweet-AveryMurphy.jpg – Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Winner Nick Sweet looks on as Race to Read winner Avery Murphy signs his car. (Photo by Big Bigelow)

 

Barre, VT – This past Sunday, May 27 at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Nick Sweet won the 50th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.  It completed a dream for the former champion, etching his name into the final spot of the granite block that lists the 50 Memorial Day Classic winners, but his dreams were not the only ones to come true.

 

Fayston, VT’s Avery Murphy was named the first winner of the new Race to Read Program at Thunder Road and selected Sweet as the “Driver of the Week.”  The most innovative and exciting program to come to Thunder Road in years was started by Street Stock driver Troy Kingsbury of Waitsfield, VT.  He has been visiting elementary schools all across Vermont with the promise that if students can read 15 books, they will get to sign the hood of his racecar.  Thunder Road has joined the effort by holding a drawing at the races for children who show progress on their reading list. The winner receives a family pass to the races and gains the privilege of choosing the “Race to Read Driver of the Week”.  If this driver finishes on the podium in their race, the raffle winner will get the chance to celebrate with their favorite driver in victory lane.

 

When Nick Sweet won on Sunday, a teary eyed Murphy jumped down the steps and onto the track where she patiently waited for Sweet to hop out of his car.  When he did, she was interviewed by media, held his trophy in Victory Lane, and was even invited to tech where she signed his car and received his Mekkelsen RV hat.  Memories that would last a lifetime were created, all from a child’s love of reading.  Sweet was thrilled to be part of what he thinks is the next national phenomenon.

 

“It was quite an honor to be picked, there’s nothing better than the feeling that you’re liked by somebody.  Avery had to work very hard to be a part of that, so getting chosen by a girl as smart and dedicated as her was great,” Sweet said.  “This Race to Read program is just doing everything right in the business.  Some day these kids will run our country, and their education is so key right now.  I’m surprised that NASCAR and some of the bigger organizations haven’t signed on.  It gets kids involved, and that’s what this sport is built on,” he finished.

 

Sweet has already committed to visit schools with Kingsbury in the coming weeks to continue his support for Race to Read.  The next Race to Read drawing will be at the Sherwin-Williams event on Sunday, June 10 at Thunder Road.  Post time is 4:00pm.  Adult tickets are $10, family passes are $20, children 6-12 are $3, and children 6 and under are free. 

 

For additional information head to www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com or email us at media@acttour.com or call the Thunder Road office at 1 (802) 244-6963.

 

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Nine-Time ARCA Champ Kimmel Making Menards Store Appearances Before Saturday's Race at Elko Speedway

 

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

 

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - This week, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will arrive for competition in Minnesota for the first time ever, and nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel will be front and center.

 

Kimmel, driver of the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota for ThorSport Racing, will appear at two Menards stores just south of Minneapolis and St. Paul to launch the ARCA race weekend at Elko Speedway in Elko New Market.

 

Kimmel's appearances will take place Thursday, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Burnsville store and from 6:30-8 at the Apple Valley store. The Burnsville Menards is located at 2700 Hwy. 13 W, just west of I-35 W at Exit 3B. The Apple Valley Menards stands at 14960 Florence Trail.

 

The 74-time ARCA race winner will meet and greet fans, sign autographs, and pose for pictures next to his No. 44 show car. Guests who purchase a pair of Ansell gloves inside the store will receive a voucher for a free second pair of gloves, presented by Kimmel outside the store.

 

The race will be the first appearance for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the track south of the Twin Cities, and Menards stores in and around the area will give race fans and store customers the chance to "Save Big Money" on tickets to see the action live for the first time.

 

Through Friday, fans can buy tickets for the ARCA race at $15 - a 40 percent, or $10, discount off of the advertised at-track price - at 32 Menards stores in Minnesota.

 

The store locations are: Alexandria, Apple Valley, Baxter, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Burnsville, Cambridge, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Dundas, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hudson, Hutchinson, Mankato, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Oakdale, Red Wing, two stores in Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Croix Falls, St. Paul Midway, Stillwater, West St. Paul, Willmar, and Winona.

 

The Akona 200 will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, with two 45-minute practices scheduled for 2 and 3:15, and Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5. Each driver in the starting field will participate in an on-track autograph session from 6:30 to 7:30, just before the green flag.

 

All times are Central. Elko Speedway is located at 26350 France Avenue in Elko New Market.

 

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 25 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway for the first time. In June, the first event at Minnesota's Elko Speedway will give ARCA a race in a 26th state.

 

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

 

CONTACT:

Griffin Hickman, ARCA

 

Don Radebaugh, ARCA

 


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2012-05-30

La Série ACT CASTROL EDGE, les SPORTSMAN, la Triple Couronne Bestbuy , les Vintage et les catégories ANCA

 LA TABLE EST MISE POUR TOUT UN SPECTACLE

À ST-EUSTACHE CE SAMEDI.

 

Le premier samedi du mois de juin sera le théâtre d’une journée de courses des plus remplies à l’Autodrome St-Eustache alors que les amateurs seront témoins de la 2e confrontation des pilotes de la série ACT CASTROL EDGE qui disputeront une course de 100 tours sur l’ovale de 4/10e de mille de l’ASE.

 

Le pilote du Lac St-Jean, Karl Allard, vainqueur de la première manche de samedi dernier verra un compétiteur de taille s’ajouter au peloton alors que le réputé Sylvain Lacombe, un habitué et favori à St-Eustache a annoncé sa participation avec sa voiture 3jr à cette épreuve au cours de la semaine. Patrick Laperle et les autres vedettes de cette série n’ont pas l’intention eux non plus de lâcher le morceau et feront une lutte acharnée pour le titre de cette course.

 

Parmi les pilotes de la région métropolitaine, mentionnons Maxime Pelletier, le champion Sportsman ANCA qui participera à cette épreuve ACT, en plus de défendre son titre en Sportsman, Jonathan Bouvrette, le vétéran Claude Leclerc et les autres pilotes en provenance de partout au Québec compléteront la liste des participants.

 

En Sportsman, comme mentionné plus haut, le champion 2011 et meneur au championnat en 2012 après deux épreuves tentera de maintenir sa position en tête du classement, mais aura à faire face aux Steve Côté, Martin Goulet, Jean-François Bouvrette, Martin Lacombe et les autres de la division maîtresse de l’ANCA à St-Eustache.

 

Les Sport Compactes, quand à eux disputeront la première de trois  épreuves de la Triple Couronne Bestbuy, les 2 autres épreuves ayant lieu à Ste-Croix et Montmagny en juillet. Le jeune Maxime Gauvreau, 17 ans, tentera de répéter son exploit de la première course du 19 mai en essayant de réaliser une 2e victoire d’affilée, mais aura à faire face aux pilotes de la région de Québec en plus des autre réguliers de cette populaire catégorie de niveau provincial. Ces derniers pourront, en plus de la bourse attribuée, profiter d'une promotion de Morin Performance qui permettra au meneur du 37e tour (mi-course) de se voir attribuer un bonis d'achat de 200$ appliquable sur tout achat chez Morin Performance.

 

Les amateurs bénéficieront également de la visite de la troupe de Patrick Verner avec leurs voitures « Vintages » des années 70, un groupe toujours impressionnant à regarder évoluer en piste.

 

Le programme sera complété avec les pilotes des catégories Légendes Modifiées, Production et Challenge 4 alors que les pilotes Stéphane Aubin, Patrick Leporé et Jérémie Fournier tenteront de répeter leurs victoires du dernier programme dans leurs catégories respectives.

 

Pour l’occasion les pilotes de la série ACT et Sportsman ANCA seront invités à accéder aux puits à 13h00, tandis que les puits ouvriront à 14h00 pour les autres divisions.

 

Les pratiques débuteront à 14h25, les qualifications à 16h40, tandis que le programme principal débutera par la présentation des finales à 18h30.

 

L’admission dans la section « admission générale »  sera de 30$ pour les adultes, 15$ pour les 13 à 17 ans et gratuit pour les petits de 12 ans et moins. L’admission dans les puits sera de 35$ pour tous.

 

Pour les informations supplémentaires on peut appeler au 450-472-6222 ou 514-591-4388 ou visiter les sites www.autodrome.ca et www.anca-qc-com



--

Yves Ladouceur

Directeur des opérations courses

AUTODROME ST-EUSTACHE

Prés. ANCA

COURSE XTRÊME NON-VOYANTS

Bur: (450) 472-6222

Rés:(450) 735-4444

 

 


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DEVIL'S BOWL SPEEDWAY: Proctor Holds Devil's Bowl Point Lead Entering Carrara Masonry Event

ATTACHED PHOTOS:

proctor.jpg -- Ron Proctor (#27) leads the Bond Auto Parts Modified division entering Friday's Carrara Masonry & Concrete/Mobil 1 event at Devil's Bowl Speedway. (MemorEvents photo)

1.jpg -- Ron Proctor in victory lane at last week's People's United Bank Memorial Day Special at Devil's Bowl Speedway.  (MemorEvents photo)

 

Proctor Holds Devil’s Bowl Point Lead Entering Carrara Masonry Event

Bushey tops Late Models, Renegade leaders deadlocked

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     DBS-052912-1

 

WEST HAVEN, VT – Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing champion Ron Proctor finds himself atop the Devil’s Bowl Speedway point standings for the first time in 2012 entering Friday’s Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1. The Charlton, NY veteran used a stellar double-feature performance to vault ahead of Jessey Mueller at last week’s People’s United Bank Memorial Day Special.

Proctor’s victory and runner-up finishes in twin 20-lap races came at the right time, as previous leaders Jessey Mueller and Vince Quenneville, Jr., suffered their worst showings of the season in the crash-marred second feature.  Proctor now leads Brandon, VT driver Quenneville by 26 points (253-227), while Mueller is part of a three-way tie for third with Alex Bell and rookie Joey Roberts, each with 222 points through the first five feature events.

 

Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT has turned back-to-back wins into the point lead in the J&S Steel Late Model division.  Bushey took the first Late Model win of his career at the Central Vermont Motorcycles Trophy Dash on Sunday, May 20, then backed it up five days later at the People’s United Bank event.  He leads Northfield, VT’s Matt White by 23 points (162-139), with Rutland, VT driver Kevin Elliott third another five points behind.  New Hampshire’s Bryan Town and New Yorker Dan Petronis complete the top five.

The Renegade division is in a tie at the top, as Robert Gordon and Frank Monroe find themselves deadlocked at 204 points apiece.  Gordon, of Milton, VT, has a pair of wins, while former champion Monroe, of Granville, NY, has a win and two runner-up finishes.  People’s United Bank winner Ryan Keith of Pittsford, VT is third (190 points), followed by Jeremy Jones and rookie Robin Cummings.

Bomber rookie Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT is still riding an impressive streak to begin his stock car racing career, and leads his division after three wins in four starts.  Harold LaVair, Jr., of Gabriels, NY trails Masterson by 16 points (218-202) and won at the Central Vermont Motorcycles event.  Garry Bashaw, John McCarron, and Ray Germain, Jr., run 3-4-5.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway rolls along with its Friday summer schedule with Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1 on Friday, June 1 at 7:30pm.  Gates open at 6:00pm, with green flag racing set for 7:30pm.  General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under.  Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, six miles north of Exit 2 on US Route 4.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.

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LIVE AUDIO RACE COVERAGE COVERAGE AT ARCARACING.COM

 

   

Pre-Race Audio Coverage Starts at 8:30 p.m. Race at 9:00 p.m. 

Live Timing & Scoring Coverage of all On-Track Activities
(All Times Eastern) 

 

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE 

 

 

Saturday, June 2      

Practice: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Final Practice: 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell: 6:00 p.m.

Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care at 9:00 p.m. 

(All Times Eastern)  

 

FACTSHEET 

  • RACE: AKona 200 presented by Federated Car Care   
  • TRACK: Elko Speedway
  • LOCATION: Elko, Minnesota
  • WEBSITE:  www.arcaracing.com 
  • RACE DISTANCE: 200 Laps / 75 Miles
  • TRACK CONFIGURATION:  0.375-Mile Paved Oval
  • FIRST ARCA RACE: 2012
  • TOTAL ARCA RACES RUN: 0
  • QUALIFYING RECORD: TBD 
  • RACE RECORD: TBD
  • NO. OF ARCA RACES WON FROM THE POLE: TBD  

Elko Race #6

The Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care, the first-ever appearance of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in the state of Minnesota, is the sixth of 20 events on the 2012 schedule. It follows events at Daytona, Mobile, Salem, Talladega and Toledo.

 

Five Races, Five Different Winners   

Five events so far in 2012 have produced five different winners: Bobby Gerhart at Daytona where he picked up a record eighth career Daytona triumph; Cale Gale at Mobile, who's spending the majority of his time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule; Alex Bowman at Salem, who's currently eighth in Series standings; Brandon McReynolds, who is the son of former NASCAR crew chief and current FOX TV analyst Larry McReynolds; and Chris Buescher at Toledo, his fourth win there in his last five attempts on the northern Ohio half-mile. The win catapulted Buescher to second in Series standings, just 15 points away from leader Tom Hessert.

 

Series Standings: Top-Five Tight to Elko
The diversity in winners and overall competitiveness of the Series has produced a very tight championship points battle headed to Elko Speedway, with one-quarter of the season down. Cherry Hill, New Jersey's Tom Hessert, who drives for Ken Schrader Racing, leads with a slim 15-point margin over Chris Buescher, last year's Rookie of the Year and runner-up championship driver. Buescher, under the Roush-Fenway Racing development banner, drives Fords fielded by longtime ARCA car owners Gary and Russ Roulo, AKA, the Roulo Brothers. Rookie Brennan Poole, who drives for Venturini Motorsports, is third in points, only 20 markers out of the lead with New Philadelphia, Ohio driver Chad Hackenbracht trailing in fourth, just 30 behind the leader. Series veteran and nine-time Series champion Frank Kimmel is fifth in points, 45 points out of first.

 

Veteran Kimmel Back on the March 

Frank Kimmel turned 50 years young in late April, yet the nine-time Series champ is clearly still on his game. Kimmel, whose winless streak is 68 races long, has not gone to victory lane since September of 2008. After struggling with his own team for four seasons, the 74-time Series winner (second all-time to Iggy Katona's 79 wins) has new life with ThorSport Racing in 2012. After a disappointing start in 2012, Kimmel has rebounded with runner-up finishes at Salem and Toledo, coupled with a solid seventh place finish at Talladega. Kimmel is the all-time Series lap leader with 10,354 laps led in 194 races. Kimmel is also the all-time superspeedway lap leader with 2,677 laps led in 81 races. The Clarksville, Indiana second-generation ARCA veteran will see Elko Speedway for the first time this weekend.

 

Venturini Motorsports x 5 at Elko
Venturini Motorsports is headed to Elko well stocked with five teams entered, including a No. 55 Chevrolet with Erik Jones (Byron, Michigan) driving. Jones was 15 years old when he made his Series debut at Mobile Int'l Speedway back on March 10, becoming the youngest driver to ever start an ARCA race. Jones will actually be 16 when the green flag falls at Elko, as his birthday is May 30th. Also entered for Venturini Motorsports are rookie Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, Calif.) in the No. 15, rookie Brennan Poole (The Woodlands, Texas) in the No. 25, rookie Nelson Canache (Caracas, Venezuela) in the No. 35 and series veteran Steve Arpin (Fort Frances, Ontario) in the No. 66.

 

Steve Arpin Returns
Steve Arpin, who has been absent from the tour for more than a year, returns to ARCA competition this weekend at Elko Speedway. Arpin, who ran two full seasons in 2009 and 2010, has not raced in ARCA competition since Daytona, 2011. The Fort Frances, Ontario native cut his teeth running modifieds on dirt tracks in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area; however, he has never raced at Elko, which is true of the majority of ARCA drivers who will compete in this Saturday's Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Arpin is a three time ARCA winner with victories, all in 2010, at Salem Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt.

 

Local Favorite Joey Miller Saddles-Up for Elko 

Lakeville, Minnesota's Joey Miller could not withstand the temptation to climb back into an ARCA car, especially at what he considers his home track at Elko Speedway.

"Elko's a great little track, and it's 10 minutes from my house, so I definitely consider it my home track," said Miller.

"I've got more laps there than anywhere else, that's for sure. The track isn't the widest track I've ever been on, but what's great about it is that it's a two-groove track, so a guy's going to have the ability to come from the back and move forward if he needs to. It's a tight, racy, little track, and with these big heavy ARCA cars on it, it's going to make it even tighter. I think the fans are in for one heck of a show." Miller's previous credentials in ARCA are impressive. He has 20 top-10 finishes among 31 prior starts in ARCA competition, and the first of his five wins came in his series debut at Nashville Superspeedway in 2004. He later won at Berlin Raceway in Michigan, Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Nashville again, and Salem Speedway in Indiana. In 2005, his only full season in the series, he finished second in points to nine-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel. Miller's crew from that time - including crew chief Mike Chaffee and car chief Mike Resop - will work with the driver at the Akona 200. Miller said the volunteer crew gets together twice a week to prepare the car.   

 

Youngest to Oldest: A full 61 years separate the youngest driver in the field at Elko and the oldest. Byron, Michigan's Erik Jones, who turned 16 on May 30, is the youngest driver entered while James Hylton, at 77, is the oldest. As Jones is officially the youngest driver to ever compete in an ARCA race, Hylton is officially the oldest. Hylton, the 1966 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year, will turn 78 on August 26th. Hylton is entered in his own No. 48 Radon.com Ford.

 

One Fast Female Entered
Milka Duno, a three-time Indianapolis 500 starter, is the only female driver entered in the Akona 200 at Elko. Duno, from Caracas, Venezuela, drives for ARCA champion car owner Eddie Sharp with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner directing the effort. Duno will be driving the No. 6 MilkaWay.com-CanTV Toyota.

 

 


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L’ACTION REPREND VENDREDI LE 1 JUIN!

                                                           

                             

C'est vendredi le 1er Juin que l'action reprend à l'Autodrome Chaudière de Vallée-Jonction avec son spécial MIX/SINTO Médias Beauce où les animateurs de Radio Beauce Mix et Cool affronteront ceux de Cheq FM dans une course de six tours.

Lors de ce programme où les quatre classes locales seront en action, de nombreux prix de présence, gracieuseté de MIX 99.7, seront attribués.

 

 

SS AIM QUÉBEC

Toutes les voitures présentent au programme d'ouverture seront de retour en piste. D'autres pilotes SS ont également confirmé leur présence, dont Tony Côté et François Lessard. C'est donc dire que l'opposition sera forte pour Gerry Bilodeau, vainqueur de la dernière course qui devra surveiller les Mercier, Poulin, Drouin et les deux recrues Philippe Poulin et Julien Bernier. Une finale qui promet.

 

SPORT COMPACTE BESTBUY PIÈCES D'AUTOS

Dominic Jacques devra surveiller les Godbout, Blanchette, Carrier et surtout Olivier Labbé Pelletier qui progresse de course en course.

LIMITÉ COOL FM 103.5

Les Marcoux, Cloutier, Simoneau, Vachon, Perreault, Vir et Cie vont tout mettre en œuvre pour tenir tête au favori Stéphane Lecours de Lac Etchemin.

KAMIKAZE FM 101.3

Une finale où la participation augmente à chaque programme.

C'est donc un rendez-vous pour vendredi, 1er juin 19h30. Ouverture des puits à 15H30 et l'entrée des spectateurs à 16H30.

Remis au lendemain samedi 2 juin à 18h00 en cas de mauvaise température.

André Gagnon, Relationniste, Autodrome Chaudière

               

 

PROGRAMME DU VENDREDI 1 JUIN 2012                                                        

LE « MIX 99.7/SINTO MÉDIAS BEAUCE»

15H30--   Ouverture des Puits

16H30--   Ouverture pour les spectateurs

17H45—RÉUNION DES PILOTES

 Pratiques     

18H00—KAMIKAZE

18H10—SPORT COMPACTE

18H30—LIMITÉ

18H50—SS AIM QUÉBEC

19H10--  Piste Fermée

 

19H25— QUALIFICATION LIMITÉ

19H30— SEMI-FINAL KAMIKAZE

19H40— SEMI-FINALE SPORT COMPACTE

19H55— QUALIFICATION SS AIM QUÉBEC

20H05— QUALIFICATION SS AIM QUÉBEC 

20H15—QUALIFICATION LIMITÉ

20H20—COURSE MIX 99.7 MEDIAS BEAUCE

                INTERMISSION

20H45— FINALE SPORT COMPACTE  

21H00—FINALE KAMIKAZE       

21H05—FINALE LIMITÉ

21H20—PRÉSENTATION PILOTES  SS AIM QUÉBEC

21H30—FINALE MIX 99.7/SINTO «SS AIM QUÉBEC»

 

SUJET À CHANGEMENT SANS PRÉAVIS

André Gagnon, Relationniste, Autodrome Chaudière, Vallée-Jonction

 

 


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PASS triple header matinee at Riverside Speedway Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media, contact Norm Desjardins: racewithpass@yahoo.com

 

 

NAPLES ME (5/30) The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) takes its racing road show to northern New Hampshire on Sunday June 3 when all three PASS North touring series tackle the tough quarter mile known as Riverside Speedway.

 

The Groveton speed plant will host the touring pros after a one year hiatus and fans of the Super Late Model, Mod and Sportsman series are anxiously anticipating their return to the Connecticut river valley oval.

 

It's race number three of the Bull Ring Tour, a stretch of three New Hampshire quarter miles in a row that have seen a pair of Clarks in victory lane in the first two editions. Johnny Clark scored at Star Speedway and Cassius Clark showed the way at White Mountain Motorsports Park, and both drivers have Riverside Speedway wins on their resume. Joey Doiron won the super late model season opener at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and he continues to lead the standings with 646 points while DJ Shaw has moved up to second with 635, and Lonnie Sommerville sits in third with 633. 150 green flag laps is the distance.

 

Riverside Speedway has been a staple of the PASS Mod schedule in seaons past and its no surprise that two time series champion Andy Shaw has the two most recent race wins at “Grovetona”. There's a new look to the division in 2012 with a slew of new teams in the open wheel ranks and Shaw has plenty of challengers for the crown. Shaw leads Dana Reed by a single point in the standings; Travis Buzzell trails Reed by five markers. Shaw and series newcomer Rusty Bryant have each scored a feature win. They'll battle for forty green flag laps at Riverside.

 

The PASS Sportsman have had a few weeks off to prepare for Riverside, and you can expect a 75 lap battle between the touring regulars and the local heroes. Dan Mckeage was the 2010 Sportsman winner at Riverside and he will be looking for his first visit to victory lane of 2012. Carey Martin leads Joe Pastore and Craig Smith by twelve markers after two events. Martin and JR Baril claimed the seasons' first two checkers.

 

The ever popular monster trucks and the Allison Legacy series round out a fantastic afternoon of motorsports mayhem, North Country style. Post time at Riverside is 1:30 PM .

 

Take a minute to view the latest Pro All Stars Series news, photos, point standings and more at www.proallstarsseries.com . Riverside Speedway is on line at www.riversidespeedway.org .

 


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NASCAR : J.F. DUMOULIN REJOINDRA SON FRÈRE L.P. EN PISTE À ICAR

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NASCAR : J.F. DUMOULIN REJOINDRA SON FRÈRE L.P. EN PISTE À ICAR

 

Trois-Rivières, le 30 mai 2012 – L’épreuve de Mirabel n’était pas prévue au calendrier 2012 de Jean-François Dumoulin. Toujours à la recherche d’un partenaire majeur pour participer à l’ensemble des circuits routiers de la série NASCAR Canadian Tire et à la course de Nationwide à Montréal (18 et 19 août), c’est grâce au soutien des partenaires que l’aîné des frères Dumoulin sera en piste ce week-end aux côtés de Louis-Philippe au Grand-Prix ICAR Lucas Oil présenté par Budweiser.

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NASCAR: JEAN-FRANCOIS DUMOULIN JOINS BROTHER

 LOUIS-PHILIPPE DUMOULINS’ SIDE AT ICAR

 

Trois-Rivieres, May 30th, 2012 – The Mirabel event was not in Jean-Francois Dumoulins’ 2012 calendar. Continuously searching for major partnerships to participate in the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series road circuit and Montreal’s Nationwide events (August 18th and 19th), it is with our partners’ support that the eldest of the Dumoulin brothers will be on the track alongside Louis-Philippe at the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser.  

 

 

 

La série NASCAR Canadian Tire (NCATS) est de passage pour la deuxième année consécutive au circuit de Mirabel (2 et 3 juin). Jean-François Dumoulin a eu la possibilité de tester une partie du tracé dans différents bolides et ce week-end sera entre autre l’opportunité pour lui d’expérimenter en piste les ajustements effectués au cours de l’hiver sur la voiture n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS.

 

 « Cette épreuve a été confirmée en début de semaine, avec l’appui de nos partenaires dont ACASS, Bellemare, Manac, GP3R, Hairfax et Paraphe. C’est l’occasion d’entrer dans le rythme des courses de NASCAR, de retrouver l’équipe Dumoulin Compétition et de se préparer pour le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières [3, 4 et 5 août]. Les améliorations apportées dernièrement sur la voiture n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS pourront être évaluées en piste. Je suis très content de débuter cette saison plus tôt cette année », partage avec enthousiasme Jean-François Dumoulin.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin se réjouit de compétitionner aux côtés de son frère pour la première fois cette saison. Le pilote de la voiture n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare avait rapidement apprivoisé le circuit ICAR en 2011 et signé une 4e position.

 

 « J’ai vraiment hâte de courir de nouveau à Mirabel. Nous avons terminé dans le top-5 au Canadian Tire Motorsport Park [20 mai, Bowmanville, Ontario] avec la voiture n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare. Je suis confiant que nous pouvons offrir une bonne performance devant nos supporteurs et partenaires », mentionne le détenteur du titre de Recrue de l’année 2011 NCATS.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin ajoute : « La piste à ICAR est serrée, il y aura certainement beaucoup d’action et la stratégie d’équipe sera d’autant plus importante. Quel plaisir de piloter la Dodge Challenger n°47 aux couleurs de notre partenaire majeur WeatherTech Canada. Nous sommes impatients de l’éprouver en piste à nouveau. »

 

WeatherTech Canada conçoit, développe des accessoires automobiles haut de gamme et sur mesure pour les consommateurs et les manufacturiers. Ils fabriquent et manufacturent digitalement des tapis de voiture toutes saisons, tapis de protection arrière ainsi que des garde-boues (sans vis), aux États-Unis, pour tous types de véhicules en Amérique du Nord. Les ingénieurs utilisent les outils les plus sophistiqués disponibles pour la saisie des données et la géométrie complexe des véhicules, telles que les surfaces au sol, les zones de rangement, les ouvertures de fenêtre ou les ailes (standards de qualité optimale).

 

Trente bolides sont attendus au Grand-Prix ICAR Lucas Oil présenté par Budweiser (30 tours, 102 km). Jean-François Dumoulin sera au volant de la voiture nº04 aux couleurs du Groupe Bellemare/ACASS et Louis-Philippe Dumoulin prendra le départ à bord de la voiture WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare nº 47. Les qualifications auront lieu à 16 heures le samedi 2 juin, puis le drapeau vert de la course sera donné à 13h30, le lendemain (dimanche 3 juin).

 

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The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) will feature a race at the Mirabel Circuit for a second consecutive year on June 2nd and 3rd. Jean-Francois Dumoulin has had previous windows to test a variety of cars on this track, and this weekend will be an opportunity to experiment with the adjustments made last winter on the n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS car.

  

“This race was confirmed at the beginning of the week with our partners support, ACASS, Bellemare, Manac, GP3R, Hairfax and Paraphe. It is the perfect occasion to get into the NASCAR rhythm, reunite with the Dumoulin Competition Team, and prepare for the Grand-Prix of Trois-Rivieres [August 3rd, 4th, and 5th]. It will also allow us to test the improvements made on the n°04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS car on the track. I am delighted to begin the season earlier this year,” shared Jean-Francois Dumoulin.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is pleased to compete alongside his brother for the first time this season. The driver of the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car quickly assimilated the ICAR circuit in 2011 resulting in a 4th place finish.

 

“I am eager to race in Mirabel once again. We finished with a top-5 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park [May 20th Bowmanville, Ontario] in the n°47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car. I am confident that we will once again be able to offer a good performance for our partners and supporters,” mentioned the 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year.

 

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin added: “The ICAR circuit is narrow, there will certainly be a lot of action and the team strategy will be crucial. It is a pleasure driving the n°47 Dodge Challenger with our major partner WeatherTech Canadas’ colors. We can’t wait to return on track once again.” 

 

WeatherTech Canada designs, develops and produces high quality digitally custom-fitted FloorLiners, All-Weather Floor Mats, Cargo Liners and No-Drill Mudflaps in the USA on North American machinery for customers and manufacturers. Engineers use the newest technology available for data entry and the geometric complexity required by the vehicles for floor-surface coverings, storage areas, aisles and window openings (at a superior quality standards).

 

Thus far, thirty cars are expected to participate in the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser (30 laps, 102 km). Jean-Francois Dumoulin will be at the wheel of car nº 04 Groupe Bellemare/ACASS and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in the nº 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare car. Qualifications will take place on Saturday June 2nd at 4pm with the green flag waving on Sunday June 3rd at 1:30 pm.

 

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