Danny Benedict Looks for a Seat at the Head of the Late Model Class


Danny Benedict Looks for a Seat at the Head of the Late Model Class

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Weekly short track stock car racers are widely known for going fast and turning left. After 6 seasons of wheeling a Mini Stock at a variety of different speedways, Danny Benedict decided it was time to take his career in a different direction. The 19 year-old from Orono, Ontario – who recently completed the Powerline Technician program at Algonquin College in Ottawa – began the 2016 season racing in the headline Late Model division at Sunset Speedway.


"Our efforts this season are focused on just one track, but I think we're actually racing more than we ever have before," said the talented rookie, who less than 2 months into his freshman season, scored his first career top 10 finish on Saturday, June 11th and currently sits near the top 20 in track points as one of the top rookies in the field. "At each show we're practicing, qualifying and running a pair of 35 lap feature events. That's a lot of track time, but its also the perfect environment to learn about a new car, a different division and to fill our notebook with plenty of set-up information."


With starting fields numbering in the mid to upper 20's on a regular basis and 29 drivers scoring points in the division this season, many people would understand if Benedict was even slightly intimidated by what could be considered as a daunting task. The driver known as 'The Showstopper' by his family, friends and fans has maintained a positive attitude and looks at the new experience as a growth opportunity that will help further develop his talents behind the wheel.


"From the moment we first announced that we were switching to the Late Model program, Dad and I have had a number of people including Dan McHattie, Scott Shaw and Linc and Bailey Brown step-up to offer their help; whether behind the scenes in the shop or on raceday," said Benedict. "That's one of the best things about racing at this level. No matter how badly someone wants to beat you on the track, they'll always help you find a package that'll work when the green flag falls."


For 2016, Benedict Racing's marketing partner include 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, Only Solutions, Dan McHattie Racecars 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


Its been a strong inaugural season for Danny Benedict in the Late Model division at Sunset Speedway. The 19 year-old from Orono, Ontario scored his first top 10 finish Saturday, June 11th


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


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2 fois 40 tours modifiés


2 fois 40 tours modifiés
Un samedi à ne pas manquer!
L'été est enfin arrivé et l'Autodrome Drummond en profitera pour présenter
aux amateurs de courses une soirée estivale avec un spectacle digne des
soirées les plus chaudes en terme d'action. Les gens qui habitent la ville de
Sorel-Tracy seront le bienvenue gratuitement ce samedi 18 juin.

Les Modlite sont de retour à L'Autodrome Drummond et le championnat est
très serré le 28 de Éric Désilets est premier suivi par seulement 2 petits
points par le champion de l'an passé Kevin Brurke le 91, donc un beau
championnat à surveiller.

Les Sportsman offre tout un spectacle depuis le début de saison. Pleins de
courses à rebondissements en donne plein la vues aux spectateurs.
Vraiment les Sportsman donne tout un "show", des luttes et des
dépassements jusqu'aux dernier tour c'est l'histoire de la saison 2016, on
ne pourrait demander mieux. Dany Gagné est en tête du championnat avec
8 points d'avance sur Bryan Cloutier et Fel Murray les talonne de près.

Et les Modifiés seront en piste avec la formule 2 fois 40 tours. Comme
toujours c'est très intéressant de voir la grille de départ inversée lors du 2e
40 tours, ca cause des surprises. Chez les Modifés 358, le promoteur Yan
Bussière domine le classement actuellement devant Mario Clair avec 8
points d'avance et la recrue Mathieu Desjardins qui suit pas très loin
derrière en 3e position. Le 1M est impressionnant à sa première saison en

La doyenne des pistes en action au Canada saura vous en mettre plein la
vue. L'Autodrome Drummond "La F1 de la terre battue ».

Marc "Enzo" Tessier
Directeur des communications
Autodrome Drummond

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PASS Carolina Doubleheader Moves To Hickory On Saturday Night

PASS Carolina Doubleheader Moves To Hickory On Saturday Night


-       For Immediate Release


CHARLOTTE, NC (June 16) – The best racers in the south will be busy this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models will compete on back-to-back nights for the first time in series history this weekend.  The PASS Carolina Doubleheader will see the South's original Super Late Model tour compete for 125 laps on Friday night at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina before moving across the border on Saturday night to Hickory Motor Speedway for the 10thRunning of the Over The Mountain 150.

Hickory has a long and storied history, not just for stock car racing in general, but for PASS South as well.  PASS set the standard for Super Late Model racing in the region when PASS South was launched at Hickory in 2006 with the inaugural running of the Easter Bunny 150.  Since then, Hickory Motor Speedway has hosted the PASS South Super Late Models nearly 30 times, the most of any track on the schedule.

One driver hoping to score his first win in one of this weekend's doubleheader events is Trey Jarrell.  The young driver from Martinsville, VA has been impressive in a limited number of starts with PASS, but not any more than he was this past March at Hickory in the Easter Bunny 150.  Jarrell traded the lead back-and-forth with eventual winner, Ben Rowe, showing that he has what it takes to win on one of short track racing's biggest stages.  Jarrell and the Mark Reedy racing team head into the weekend brimming with confidence that they can get their first PASS South win.

"As a driver I have always liked Hickory going back to my days racing Legends cars," says Jarrell, who will pilot the Kaytech Inc. Ford this weekend.  "My crew worked extremely hard at the Easter Bunny 150 to put a fast car on the track for me.  To run inside the top five and lead a couple laps like we did on seven and later six-cylinders was quite an accomplishment.  Now, going back with a fresh motor and the knowledge we gained at the Easter Bunny 150, we feel like we have as good a shot at racing for the win as anybody.  Last time we raced at Hickory they had just laid sealer down on the cracks and it really gave the track a lot of grip.  I've heard since the Easter Bunny the sealer has worn off and the times have slowed back down.  I expect we'll be racing on the same slick Hickory track we're all accustomed to this Saturday."

But, it's not just at Hickory that Jarrell has excelled.  Last year, strong runs at South Boston Speedway and Caraway Speedway were foiled by late-race crashes.  In four starts this year, Jarrell has three top 10 finishes, with a best finish of sixth coming at Caraway in April.  Lessons learned last year have paid dividends for Jarrell so far in 2016.

"We've had 3 top 10s in-a-row now with the Kaytech-Reedy Racing Ford at Hickory, Caraway, and Concord," said Jarrell.  "I'm pleased with our consistency, but I honestly think each of those top 10 finishes should be top five finishes.  We finished eighth at Hickory on six-cylinders, sixth at Caraway the first time we ran a crate motor, and seventh the other week at Concord with fuel pickup problems down the straights.  As long as we keep showing up with fast racecars, we are going to be knocking on the door of stringing together top five runs and wins."

  Jarrell will be one of several drivers planning on double duty this weekend at Anderson and Hickory, including, PASS South points leaders, Kodie Conner and Matt Craig, as well as Tyler and Jeff Scofield, Dalton Sargeant, Wes Burton, defending series champion, Tate Fogleman, Jimmy Doyle, and, track record holder, Jody Measamer.  In addition, Georgia's Chris Dilbeck has filed an entry for Hickory as well as Tanner Gray and Jeff Batten.

All the action gets under way on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway with practice beginning at 2:30 PM, followed by qualifying at 5 PM, then the Pit Party, and main events going green at 7 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, Mid-Atlantic Limited Late Models, and USAC Eastern Midgets.

PASS South Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules for Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and Modifieds and boasts such marquee events as the legendary HP Hood Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.


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The American Canadian Tour, aka ACT Tour returns to Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire this coming Saturday night, June 18th at 5:30pm. Last years' event featured a solid field of ACT Late Models, and another full field is expected for Saturday night's event.


ACT's top dogs including Nick Sweet, Eddie MacDonald, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Bobby Therrien and more are all set to take on Speedway 51's own Mason brothers, Brian and Corey, plus hard charging Shawn Swallow, Derek Ming and a  host of other Speedway 51 super stars.


This year's Generation Next 151 will be sponsored by Ed Stanley's, Central Asphalt Paving Company out of Jefferson, New Hampshire. Ed and his company have been longtime supporters of the Track, and also laid down the new pavement in the pits and around the Speedway.


Joining the ACT Tour will be Speedway 51's own Sign Depot Tigers, Pepsi / Schweppes Street 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.

Event race schedule is posted below.

Central Asphalt Paving of Jefferson, NH

Generation Next ACT 151 – Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 18, 2016

12:15pm Pits open (ACT- Speedway 51 Late Models ONLY)

12:30pm ACT Tire Compound and Tech open

1:00pm Pits open Speedway 51 teams

1:00pm Front Gate opens


1:30pm ACT Late Models

2:00pm Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman

2:20pm Schweppes Street Stocks

2:35pm A & B Excavating Dare Devils

2:45pm ACT Late Models

3:15pm Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman

3:35pm Schweppes Street Stocks

3:50pm A & B Excavating Dare Devils

4:00pm ACT Late Models

4:50pm Track Closed

Driver Meetings

5:30pm Post Parade

Schweppes Street Stock Heats – 10laps

ACT Late Model Heats – 15 laps

Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman -12 laps

A & B Excavating Dave Devils – 8 laps

ACT Late Model Consi – tba


Schweppes Street Stock Feature – 25 laps

ACT Late Model – B Feature (if needed)

Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman – 40 laps

A & B Excavating Dare Devils – 12 laps

Intermission – 50/50 Draw

American & National Anthems

ACT Generation Next 151

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