FAMILY MATTERS: Crazy Horse Racing Off To Big Start

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Great Run at Waterford Speedbowl Sign of Things to Come in 2012
SOUTH PARIS, Maine – It's still early on a Saturday night, at least by stock car racing's standards, when Mitch Green's cell phone rings.
The first thing I'm thinking is, 'Uh-oh. This can't be good,'” Green recalls. “Usually when you get that call so soon, something must have gone wrong.”

Green bids a hello to the voice on the other end and then tentatively asks how things have gone at a race track on the other side of New England. He is pleased when Jeff Marshall, a competitor in the weekly Late Model division at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., fills him in on some good news.
We won!” Marshall tells Green, and Green is already smiling.
From that night on, Marshall never tried another trick with his stock car – riding Green's advice and a setup provided by Crazy Horse Racing to the 2011 Riverside Speedway track championship.
Those are the things that I enjoy most about being in this business,” said Green, who took over Crazy Horse Racing in 2008 – combining the chassis builder known as Race Basics with his own race car parts business. What competitors have enjoyed the most is Crazy Horse Racing's reputation for success on short tracks across the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
In four short years, Crazy Horse Racing teams have won dozens of feature races and ACT Late Model Tour main events. In a relatively short period of time, the former schoolteacher, his wife, Judy, and his son, Mickey, have made Crazy Horse Racing into a name synonymous with success.
Last weekend during Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl's traditional opening day for New England short-track racing, Crazy Horse Racing teams claimed six of the Top-9 finishing positions in a 50-lap Late Model event, including race winner Keith Rocco for car owner Scott Fearn. The day also featured the debut of the 2012 Crazy Horse chassis, one driven by Travis Stearns.
The reason that we have good-going cars is because we have a lot of great drivers and teams,” Green said. “Because of their outcomes, they propel our business. When Judy and I got into this, we did it because we love the sport. Our enthusiasm sets us apart. We're not in this for the money... We put in ungodly hours – but if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.”
Certainly, Crazy Horse's customers don't feel as though they're part of a business transaction. As important as performance is a commitment to helping its teams both find and maintain success.
No matter where they're competing.
We've got 40-50 cars across the U.S. and Canada, and every one of those guys has my cell phone number and Mickey's cell phone number. So, they know we're accessible,” Green said. “If they have an issue or a concern, they know they can feel free to call anytime they need to.
Our philosophy on that is that the Wednesday night four-cylinder guys at Oxford (Plains Speedway) are just as important to us as the (ACT Tour) cars we setup for Loudon. The guy sitting in that seat, it's just as important to him as it is for the guy running at New Hampshire. Sure, they walk in and they know we build Late Models here, but they also walk in and they know that they are every bit as important to us.
It has to be that way.”
Crazy Horse Racing is located in South Paris, but its reach extends far beyond nearby Oxford Plains Speedway. Welch won the 2011 track championship at White Mountain Motorsports Park – one of the highlights of Green's tenure as a chassis builder – while Marshall and Aaron Fellows (Canaan Fair Speedway) also won track titles.
But, as Stearns rolling out a new car illustrated over the weekend, there is no resting on the laurels of previous wins or championships.
Competition is the best thing that there is to improve your product,” Green said. “Never say you're the best, because it will turn around and bite you. While you're sitting around high-fiving, the other guys are going by you.”
Not in this case they're not.
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For Immediate Release                                   TR – 040612-18

Attached Photos:
pic1.jpg: Nick Sweet celebrates his second straight Merchants Bank 150 win in 2011. (Photo by Eric LaFleche)
pic2.jpg: Brian Hoar (37VT) wins the 2011 Milk Bowl with Nick Sweet (88VT) following him to the line in the closest finish in Milk Bowl history. (Photo by Eric LaFleche)

            Barre, VT – The ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’, Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will open for the 53rd year of stock car racing with the traditional Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29, 2012. There has been over $30,000.00 in purse and prize money posted for the event, with the winner receiving $3,000.00 for the 150 lap contest. Defending event champion Nick Sweet from Barre, VT has an opportunity to become the first driver to win three in a row. The St J Auto team has back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011 already in the record books.

“The opening Merchants Bank 150 has become really special for our family team. I was born and raised in Barre, I live and work in Barre, and winning at Thunder Road in front of a home town crowd is about as good as it gets in racing for us,” said Sweet.

Sweet has three ACT US career wins; all have come at Thunder Road. “We have been lucky to finish second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and second in the Oxford 250--that was unbelievable--but winning at home is, well, there really is nothing like it. I know how tough it is to race with Phil (Scott, three-time Thunder Road Champion), Dave Pembroke (defending Thunder Road Champion) and Cris Michaud (another three-time Champion) every week at the ‘Road. When you add in the ACT US teams….it really sets the bar high. We will sure give it our best effort to win our third one,” concluded Sweet.

The field for this year’s Merchants Bank race is expected to have an exceptionally competitive entry list. Besides the regular Thunder Road teams, the best of the ACT drivers have entered the event. Brian Hoar, an (8) eight-time ACT champion who has won just about every major race on the Tour during his career will look for his first-ever Merchants Bank win.

“I have won a championship title at Thunder Road, I won another Milk Bowl there at the end of last year, it really bugs me that I have not been able to win a Merchants Bank 150 opener. Rick (Paya, owner of RPM racing for whom Hoar drives) and I have talked about how much we would like to add that race to our win list. Unfortunately, there are about a dozen Thunder Road regular teams, and probably that many tour teams, that can make winning any race at Thunder Road a pretty lofty goal to achieve. I do like the idea that, for the first time, we can make a tire change during the race this year. I think it might prove to be a good strategy move, and it should make the race more interesting for the fans,” said Hoar.

Thunder Road will open its doors for the 53rd season on Saturday, April 28, 2012 for the annual car show. With the major construction in downtown Barre, the 2012 car show will be held in the Thunder Road pits from 10am-12am. Admission is free to the public. The pit stop contest will take place at 11:00am. Practice for all divisions will take place from 1-5 pm on Saturday.

Gates open for the 14th Merchants Bank 150 at 10 am on Sunday April 29, 2012. Post time is set for 1:00 pm. Admission is: Adult $20.00, Children 12 and under are free.

For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, www.acttour.com; media@acttour.com


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Newton NC (4/7) -  Kyle Grissom fought off multiple challenges from several different drivers to earn his first career super late model win in the PASS South/PASS National  Easter Bunny 150 at the Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. Grissom was able to pull away in the final five laps from Brad Keselowski Racing development driver Landon Cling, who finish a career best second, and Texas native Trey Mitchell in third. Cassius Clark was the best finishing PASS North driver in fourth with Roger Lee Newton rounding out your top five. Current PASS South Series points leader heading into the Easter Bunny 150, Preston Peltier finished 26th after getting caught up in an accident early on.  

Unnofficial Results: PASS South/National Easter Bunny 150 - Hickory Motor Speedway - Newton NC - 4/7/2012 

1) #31 Kyle Grissom 2) #29 Landon Cling 3) #47 Trey Mitchell 4) #8 Cassius Clark 5) #33 Roger Lee Newton 6) #25 Ross Kenseth 7) #12 Jared Marks 8) #22 Kyle Bonsignore 9) #74 Ryan Lawler 10) #4 Jay Fogleman 11) #4n Ben Rowe 12) #19 Nate Caruth 13) #02 Tim Nooner 14) #62 Brandon Ward 15) #48 John Batten 16) #101 Trevor Sanborn 17) #76 Jerick Johnson 18) #98 Ryan Blaney 19) #66 Steve Wallace 20) #2 Gray Gaulding 21) # 88 Kyle DeSsouza 22) #89 David Latour Jr. 23) #29L Andy Loden 24) #2n Matt Matheson 25) #41 Wes Burton 26) #26 Preston Peltier 27) #81 Craig Goess Jr. 28) #26c Tyler Church 29) #11 Mark Gibson 30) #71 Jimmy Doyle 31) #12c Garrett Campbell 32) #80 Dustin Hubbard

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Craig Scott: Powering a Part-Time Passion

By Jim Clarke, Kawartha Speedway PR/Clarke Motorsports Communications


A busy work schedule can be either a blessing, or a curse.  Omemee, Ontario’s Craig Scott would love to be a regular runner in Kawartha Speedway’s Better Carpet Thunder Car field, but his full-time position as Vice President of Operations for Hy-Tech Drilling places so many demands on his to-do list, he’s only able to make it to the track a couple of times a year.  The 59 year-old father of 4 – who got his first taste of the sport at the now defunct North Bay Speedway, a track once owned by pit crew member Gary Harling – says that even with a limited schedule, he still looks forward to the adrenalin rush that comes with running side-by-side with a trusted driver.


“I’ve never been able to shake the racing bug,” admitted Scott.  “When the North Bay track ceased operations, I just started hauling the car farther south.  The first stop was Barrie and when I moved back to the Peterborough area, bringing the car to Kawartha just made sense.  It’s such an amazing facility.  Everyone is so friendly and having a first class venue practically in my own backyard is like a dream come true.”


While some drivers enjoy the opportunity to advance through the ranks and a track’s different divisions during their time behind the wheel, Craig Scott has remained loyal to the #69 CSC Racing Products Hy-Tech Drilling/AMC Drilling Fluids/Reflex Survey Instruments/West Coast Drilling Supplies Chevy Monte Carlo thunder car throughout his 14 year career.  Even with that level of dedication, Scott does confess to a brief flirtation with something a little more powerful.


“Last year, I was in California on business and during some down time I had the chance to drive a NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car at Auto Club Speedway,” said Scott with a wide smile.  “It was part of the Rusty Wallace driving experience.  I did about 40 laps in the car, reaching speeds of close to 180 miles an hour.  Even with as much fun as I have in my own car on the 3/8th mile layout at Kawartha, there isn’t much that can compare to that thrill ride.”


With the combination of workplace pressures and tight constraints on his leisure time, Scott knows he’s fortunate to have long-time friend Harling and Harvey Sutton’s help to maintain his equipment in the garage and at the racetrack.  Even his wife Monica is quick to offer support to her husband’s favourite hobby.  Competing just a few times a season, Craig Scott knows he’ll always be at a disadvantage when it comes to running against the track regulars.


“Sometimes, it’s hard to keep your skills as sharp as you’d like them to be because you’re not there all the time,” said Scott.  “There are also changes in the rulebook almost every year and you’ve got to be able to adjust to what the others are doing to keep pace with the pack.  I’ve occasionally thought about getting out and maybe what people say about everything being for sale for the right price is correct.  I just think I’m having way too much fun to walk away now, no matter how tempting the offer might be.”


Kawartha klips:  Kawartha Speedway will host a pre-season test session for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.  Check the web-site for details...2012 race action gets started with an open practice Friday, May 25th.  The first night for track points is Friday, June 1st.  Fans can see the complete schedule and the latest off-season news anytime at www.kawarthaspeedway.com.


Photo attachment:  Heather Wiebe – Heather Wiebe Photography

Even though he’s only able to race a couple of times a year, Craig Scott still loves the thrill of competition in the Better Carpet Thunder Car division at Kawartha Speedway.


Prepared by:  Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications



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EMMANUEL AUGER , le François Pételle de Lance et Compte et la Chanteuse CHÂTELAINE, « Corps à corps avec toi » y seront

 Comme l’a confirmé récemment la comédienne Sarah Jeanne Labrosse, du téléroman Yamaska diffusé à TVA , d’autres membres de la colonie artistique ont annoncé leur participation pour la campagne de levée de fonds pour les non-voyants.


Le comédien EMMANUEL AUGER qui campe brillamment  François Pételle dans « Lance et Compte » a accepté l’invitation du président d’honneur Roland Quenneville et sera de la partie, comme co-pilote de la voiture #25 aux côtés du pilote non-voyant Jérome Plante,  lors la Course Xtrême non-voyants qui sera présentée la l’Autodrome St-Eustache le 25 août 2012.


La chanteuse CHÂTELAINE qui s’est fait connaître avec son grand succès, la chanson « Corps à Corps avec toi » a également confirmé sa participation à l’organisateur de l’événement, Yves Ladouceur. On sait que la talentueuse Châtelaine est encore très active dans le domaine du spectacle et se produit régulièrement dans  divers événements artistiques de la région métropolitaine et en province. Châtelaine sera la co-pilote de la voiture #2 aux côtés du pilote non-voyant Jérôme Plante de la Fondation des aveugles du Québec.


D’autre part, le multiple champion de la populaire division Sport-Compactes ANCA, une catégorie qui se produit sur toutes les pistes asphaltées du Québec, STEVE LADOUCEUR, six fois champion à l’Autodrome St-Eustache sera le co-pilote de la voiture Couche Tard #31 qui sera pilotée par la non-voyante Sophie Babeu-Brisebois de la FAQ.


Nous remercions ces personnalités qui seront imités par d’autres dont les noms seront annoncés ultérieurement, pour leur apport à la cause des non-voyants.


Source: Yves Ladouceur Course Xtrême non-voyants 450-735-4444


Yves Ladouceur

Directeur des opérations courses


Prés. ANCA


Bur: (450) 472-6222

Rés:(450) 735-4444



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