Familiar Faces & Father-Son Duos Make Up Mini Stock Roster
(February 27, 2014 - Thompson, CT) - Ripe with young talent and seasoned with experience, the Mini Stock Division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) has long been known for thrilling three-wide competition. In 2012 and 2013 the championship battle came down to the wire. Based upon early entries, it appears that 2014’s may also.
Twenty-one year old Nick Anderson has registered his No. 55 Chevrolet Cavalier. The Oxford, MA driver remembers when he first started racing at TSMP and was unable to drive a standard, but had to learn quickly. Anderson reflects: “The speed and the size is intimidating sometimes. For a…beginner’s class, that’s pretty fast.” Now, though, he has matured and is a competitive driver who has registered race wins at the historic 5/8-mile oval. He is anxious to add a few more trophies to his mantle in 2014.
Buckeye Cable Sports Network to Televise 7-UP 150 Combo Event at Toledo Speedway
(Salem, IN -February 26, 2014) – Toledo Speedway officials have announced that the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN) will once again televise the 7-UP 150 Combo event featuring the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and the ARCA Midwest Tour Presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12th at Toledo Speedway and will once again showcase the best drivers from both series, plus many of the top late model drivers from around the country competing for bragging rights in claiming victory in the 7-UP 150.
The 7-UP 150 will be aired as part of the popular “Sunday Night at the Races” programming on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN). The telecasts are slated for the 9 p.m. time slot beginning in late April. Each event airs the Sunday night following its actual race date.
Sweeney RUSH Racing Series to Host Technical Seminars March 8 for Promoters, Tech Officials & Engine Rebuilders/Repair Facilities
(February 20, 2014 - Pulaski, PA)...With the inaugural season of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series in the rearview mirror, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2014 season. The growing Series has been expanded to include the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds under the Sweeney RUSH Racing Series banner. With the continued growth of crate racing throughout the Northeast, RUSH has organized a technical seminar to be held on Saturday, March 8 at Edmond's Restaurant in Lowellville, Ohio.
Two separate seminars will be conducted by RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry; one for Authorized NeSmith/RUSH Engine Rebuilders and RUSH Authorized Repair Facilities and a second for speedway tech officials. Regional speedway promoters are also invited to attend.
Billy Moyer Survives Battle with Blankenship to Win Friday Night at East Bay
TAMPA, FL (February 14, 2014) - Billy Moyer survived a back-and-forth battle with John Blankenship to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Moyer denied Blankenship's first ever win at East Bay by taking the lead with eight laps to go from Blankenship and went unchallenged the remaining laps. With his win Moyer scored his 778th win of his career. Blankenship finished second, followed by Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, and Gregg Satterlee rounded out the top five.
"The car was just phenomenal all night long. When he (Blankenship) got around me, I thought I was in trouble. There was a bunch of heavy traffic, and I lost contact with him. That caution about halfway through the race really helped me," said Moyer.
Davey Johnson Wins Thriller at East Bay Raceway Park
TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2014) - Davey Johnson returned to East Bay Raceway Park's victory lane tonight, for the first time since the 2001. The veteran driver took the lead on lap 12 and held off a hard charging Earl Pearson Jr. in the closing laps for his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. Trailing Johnson and Pearson to the finish line in the 38th Winternationals finale was Don O'Neal, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Jimmy Owens.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Limited Sportsman Division Ripe with Talent
Thompson, CT- Big car counts, wheel-to-wheel racing, and edge-of your-seat excitement have long been the trademarks of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (TSMP) Limited Sportsman Division. If early registrations are any indication, those characteristics will be even more prominent in 2014. With just under two months remaining before the season-opening Icebreaker, over 40 drivers have registered.
The Division’s defending titlist, Steve Kenneway, will be returning in 2014 to compete in his Greener Blast Technologies No. 55. In 2013, the Lowell, MA native enjoyed a spectacular season, providing car owners, David and Charlie Banta, with the championship they coveted for quite some time. With that goal accomplished, Kenneway says that the focus in 2014 is on race wins. “I felt we left a little bit on the table in the winning races department to sacrifice points a few times. We put so much emphasis on winning the championship last year, that now we can just go back to racing again,” the veteran driver observed. Kenneway plainly concluded, “At this point I want to win races.”
Following a two-year hiatus, Shawn Monahan, has registered his No. 51 in preparation to compete at TSMP once again. With the rebirth of his racing career, Monahan said he is turning over a new leaf. His goals are modest: “To show respect to the competitors, to be aggressive, yet patient, and to display some things on the race track in regards to patience that I haven’t done before.” Monahan’s hope is that this new approach will yield the results that he and his Critical Signs-supported team are looking for.
After finishing in the runner-up spot in 2013, Scott Sundeen will be back to chase down another crown. The two-time (2008 & 2012) TSMP Limited Sportsman Champion is looking to add another title to his mantle. What’s his plan of attack? – Consistency. “With this type of season, it isn’t always the fastest guy every week that will win the championship, it’s the guy that can finish every race,” the Sutton, MA driver stated. With seven events on the docket, Sundeen knows the importance of making each one count.
Celebrating his 30th year of racing, George Baldwin, has announced his intention to run his first full season at TSMP. Baldwin has enjoyed great success in his storied career, which in 2013 included a dominating performance at Twin State Speedway (NH) in which he lapped the entire field in an open competition race. When asked what drew him to TSMP, the Lowell, MA driver, answered, “Thompson is run very professionally, and the people are nice. I’ve always wanted to race down there.” Baldwin will have his chance as he wheels the No. 03. Chappy’s Auto Repair mount.
Bill McNeil, Brandon Chamberlain, and Larry Barnett are registered, also. No stranger to TSMP, fans will see a different number for McNeil this season as his car will don the No. 21. Brandon Chamberland will keep the family tradition going in 2014 as he pilots the #24, which was previously driven by his grandfather, Butch. Butch passed away suddenly this winter, but Brandon will run his grandfather’s number in his honor. One of the most successful drivers in Limited Sportsman history, Barnett plans on returning to TSMP to chase his fifth championship. A mid-season wreck thwarted the Moosup, CT driver’s hopes in 2013, but he has reassembled his car and is in hot pursuit of another divisional crown.
Ed Puleo, the multi-car team of John Carpenter, Sr., Corey Hutchings, and a host of others are also registered. Just as has been evident in the Sunoco Modified and Late Model Division rosters, there is a great balance with varying experience levels and familiarity to TSMP. As one driver put it, “this field could present some of the best racing TSMP has to offer in 2014.”
TSMP will swing the doors open on its 74th season with the running of the Icebreaker on April 5-6. For more information on the 2014 season at TSMP visit us online at www.thompsonspeedway.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Congratulations to the top 3 finishers at the Lucas Late Model Dirt Series Winternationals, all got to victory lane using Sunoco Race Fuels.
Precise Racing Products to Reward Nightly “Pedal Down” Hard Charger $100 Gift Card Awards to both Sweeney RUSH Late Model and Sportsman Mod Tour Events
(February 6, 2014 - Pulaski, PA)...With every passing cold and snowy day, the 2014 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series season is one day closer for its Late Model and Sportsman Modified divisions. Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone continue to work on a daily basis on programs for each series, and are excited to announce that Sarver, PA-based Precise Racing Products, which also serves as home of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Pittsburgh, has signed on as a 2014 Major Contingency Sponsor.
This year's Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger Award will not only be renewed on the Late Model side, but will also include the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified division. Precise joins FK Rod Ends as the second company to become a Major Contingency Sponsor of both of the Sweeney RUSH Series!
Billy Moyer Masters East Bay on Tuesday
Diverse Late Model Roster Growing at TSMP
Thompson, CT- Registrations are pouring in for the Late Model Division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP). To date, over 30 different drivers, hailing from four states, have registered for competition. A blend of seasoned veterans as well as young, up-and-coming drivers make up the 2014 roster.
The Materas family is a perfect snapshot, as seasoned father, John, and his son, Jared, intend to run the full schedule in 2014. John has enjoyed a storied career, including a Late Model Division track championship in 2009. His son, Jared, competed in the Late Model Division in 2013, and finished the season 11th in the championship point standings. The father-son duo only raced together once last year, and it was Jared who came out on top, as John was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the race. When asked about the family goals for 2014, John said, “We’d like a top 10 in the Icebreaker and to be able to load the car on the trailer.” Jared has similar ideas: “We want to run every race, finish every race, run up front, and work together.” John did indicate that on the track, the father and son are fellow drivers: “If it came down to my son and I to win the race, I’m not really sure what would happen. We’ll have to see when it happens.”