Posted: 05 May 2017 08:26 AM PDT

On a bitter cold spring evening this past Sunday April 30, the fans were treated to another exciting night of action on Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night that saw some late race fireworks and late race charges to the win. Rocky Warner made a late race pass of leader Dave Marcuccilli to win the DIRTcar Sportsman Series event.  Another last lap pass by Robbie Speed brought him another win as he took the checkered in the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series feature event.

The start of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series 30 lap main event saw pole sitter Matt Janczuk launch to the lead with Kyle Kiehn, Dave Marcuccilli, Kyle Inman, and Tyler Trump in tow.  It didn't take long for Marcuccilli to make his presence felt as he was in second on the following lap and by lap three he was the leader.  Much like the week prior, Marcuccilli was pulling away for the rest of the field, leaving Janczuk, Rocky Warner, Kiehn, and Chris Mackey to battle for the remaining top five spots.  A pair of cautions brought Marcuccilli back to the rest of the field just past the halfway point on laps 16 and 17, but again Marcuccilli was too strong and pulled away on the restarts.

The final caution on lap 23 gave the field on more shot at the leader and now second place was looking to capitalize on it. Janczuk was able to regain the runner-up spot on lap 24 but Warner regained the spot a circuit later.  Warner then set off after Marcuccilli and the duo then ran side by side for a lap and a half until Warner was able to wrestle the lead away on lap 28.  Warner would hold to score the big series win over Marcuccilli, Janczuk, a hard charging David Schilling and AJ Miller.

Rob Yetman and Pascual Payeur made up the front row of the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series 30 lap feature with Yetman jumping out to the lead at the green.  The winner from the previous week, Robbie Speed, took over the lead on lap four as he looked for his second consecutive win at the Vernon oval.  Speed was dominating the early portion of the event.  Luke Horning, after starting 11th on the grid, was into the mix as the field neared halfway as he made his way into the second spot by the halfway mark that saw Speed as the leader over Horning, Yetman, Nick Stone, and Jason Casey.

A couple of late race cautions took the 30-lap event into "overtime" with series rules calling for a green, white, and then checkered flag finish.  A wild lap 29 restart saw Horning slip into the lead to be scored the leader and as the field was going to the checkered, Horning went around in the front of the field after some contact as the cars bounced through the hole in turn four, bringing out the yellow again and setting up another two-lap dash.  After Horning's spin, Yetman was the leader with Speed right with him on the restart.  Yetman was able to hold on to the lead as the field took the white flag but as the top two exited turn four for the checkered, Speed slid up in front of Yetman to make another dramatic late race pass for the win.  Yetman crossed in second ahead of Mike Welch who made a late charge to gab the third spot.  Casey and Dan Older rounded out the top five.

Next Sunday, May 7, the 2017 season keeps on rolling with another show Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Novice/Rookie Sportsman.  Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to go at 6 p.m.

DIRTCAR SPORTSMAN SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-ROCKY WARNER, Dave Marcuccilli, Matt Janczuk, David Schilling, AJ Miller, Tyler Trump, AJ Filbeck, Stephen Denton, Kevin Root, Matt Guererri, Will Shields, Tyler Thompson, Kyle Inman, Jessica Power, Kyle Kiehn, Zach Sobotka, Tommy Collins Jr., Todd Root, Chris Cunningham, Kyle DeMetro, CJ Castelletti, Charles Tibbitts, Ronnie Davis III, Chris Mackey, Jason Rood, Jeremy Nestved, Earl Rudy, Jackson Gill, and Mark Effner. DNS-Daryl Nutting.

DIRTCAR PRO STOCK SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-ROBBIE SPEED, Rob Yetman, Mike Welch, Dan Older, Jason Casey, Pete Stefanski, Dave Bissonnette, Jim Normoyle, Pascual Payeur, Roch Aubin, Jay Corbin, Byron Wescott, Gus Hollner, Jeff LePalme, Kevin Fetterly Jr., Jay Casey, Devon Camenga, Ernie Staelens, Luke Horning, Stephen Lebrun, Jerry Streeter, Nick Stone, Kim Duell, Jocelyn Roy, Chris Wemple, David Emigh, Ivan Joslin, Bruno Cyr, and Todd Hoffman. DNS-Aaron Page.

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Matt Craig Powers To 3rd PASS South Win Of Season At Caraway


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SOPHIA, NC (May 5) – Matt Craig edged out rookie Tanner Thorson Friday night to score his third Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win of the season in the Caraway 125.  Craig's second straight PASS South win at Caraway Speedway lengthens his point lead as he seeks to become the first driver to ever win back-to-back titles in the series' 12 year history.

            "We had to run hard the whole race, Tate [Fogleman] was really good, the 55 [Thorson] was really good, but none of these races are ever easy to win," said Craig, driving the family-owned C&C Boilers Chevrolet #54.  "I can't thank the guys enough for all the time they take to work on these cars, taking time off from work and family to be here at the track every weekend.  I don't know how far that horseshoe is up in my butt right now, but I like it."

            In qualifying, Thorson just beat out Fogleman by three, one thousandths of a second for his first quick qualifying time in PASSwith a lap of 16.620 seconds (98.556 MPH).  After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Thorson and the other fast qualifiers would move to the bottom half of the top 10 on the grid, while 2014 PASS South champion, Tyler Church, and rookie Roy Hayes would move to the front row for the start.

            At the drop of the green flag, Church would move to the point, while Craig, Thorson, and Fogleman diced their way up through the field.  Meanwhile, Kodie Conner was dropping back, falling to the rear of the field by lap seven.  Church would continue to lead over Craig and Jordan McCallum until the caution waved for the first time for a spin by Jimmy Doyle in turn one on lap 33.

            On the restart, Craig was able to get the advantage over Church heading down the back straightaway to take the lead.  Fogleman and Thorson quickly followed suit as the trio tried to separate themselves from the rest of the field. By lap 74, Church had fallen back to fifth and was trying to hold off Hayes to stay in the top five.  Hayes made contact with Church in turn two to move by and take the position.  But, the two would again make contact entering turn three with Hayes going around to bring out the second caution of the night.

            Back under green, Craig continued to lead, but was being closely pursued by Fogleman and Thorson.  On several occasions the two would get close to Craig, but not quite enough to challenge for the lead.  Fogleman's bid for the win would end five laps shy of the finish due to a motor problem while running second.

            On the final restart, Craig took the advantage, but Thorson would apply heavy pressure, along with Conner who had rebounded to third.  Despite some contact over the final laps, Craig held on to take the win over Thorson, Conner, Dave Farrington, Jr., and Jody Measamer.  Rounding out the top ten were Church, Sarah Cornett-Ching, JP Josiasse, Hayes, and Fogleman.

             The PASS South Super Late Models will be in action again for a big Memorial Day weekend kickoff at Concord Speedway onFriday nightMay 26.  Entry forms are currently available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  Be sure to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.

                PASS South Super Late Model – Caraway 125 – Unofficial Results

  1. 54 – Matt Craig 125                               11. 15x – Christian Eckes 100
  2. 55 – Tanner Thorson 125                       12. 11 – Jordan McCallum 94
  3. 45 – Kodie Conner 125                         13. 71 – Jimmy Doyle 32
  4. 7 – Dave Farrington, Jr. 125                  14. 37 – Charlie Barnes 4
  5. 98 – Jody Measamer 125                      15. 4m – Kyle McCallum 3
  6. 7c – Tyler Church 125                            DNS 74 – Ryan Moore
  7. 99 – Sarah Cornett-Ching 125             DNS 12 – Mark Reedy
  8. 24 – JP Josiasse 125   
  9. 15 – Roy Hayes 123                  
 8f – Tate Fogleman 119      

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Longtime Thunder Road Co-Owner Tom Curley Passes at 73

Longtime Thunder Road Co-Owner Tom Curley Passes at 73


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (c7.JPG): Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner Tom Curley, seen here addressing a driver's meeting, passed away on Friday, May 5 after a lengthy illness. (Alan Ward photo)>>


Barre, VT – Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner and promoter Thomas M. Curley passed away on Friday, May 5 due to complications from a lengthy illness. Curley was 73 years old.


Born May 10, 1943, Curley was involved in local and regional auto racing for most of his adult life. After spending considerable time at Thunder Road as a spectator and driver in the 1960s, he became the NASCAR Northeast regional director in 1978, and a year later created the NASCAR North Tour. He and Thunder Road founder Ken Squier then acquired the track in 1982 from former owner Tommy Kalomiris. 


After leaving NASCAR, Curley created the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) sanctioning body in 1986. Under Curley's leadership, both Thunder Road and ACT became household names for racers and fans throughout the Northeast, making the Barre high banks one of the most popular auto racing destinations in the region. Among his many accomplishments, he helped relaunch the famed Flying Tiger division that has competed since 1982, and created the ACT Late Model rules package used at Thunder Road and numerous other tracks.


Curley's stewardship was driven by the philosophy of making racing more exciting for the fans and more affordable for the racers. This commitment extended to all divisions, and his "ladder system" for weekly racing became known throughout the country. Many racers who came up through his system went on to both regional and national prominence, and he also made the track a popular destination for the nation's top racing stars.


Racing Promotion Monthly named Curley the North American Promoter of the Year in 2004 in recognition of his efforts. He also received the Lowes Motor Speedway National Short Track Promoter of the Year Award in 2003 and the Trackside Magazine Promoter of the Year Award in 1992. Curley was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.


Though his health had declined in recent years, Curley continued to be a presence at Thunder Road. He and Squier had recently completed the sale of the track prior to his passing. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.


For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.



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