March 17, 2015
The countdown to the season openers at Thompson, Stafford
and New London-Waterford continues. As of this coming Friday, March 20, five
weeks remain before the green flag drops for IceBreaker 2014 at Thompson on
April 19 followed by the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 26 and the long
awaited rebirth of the New London Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, May 2.
Speedbowl general manager Shawn Monahan advises The New London-Waterford
Speedbowl office, located at Critical Signs (next to the Speedbowl) is now
open Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Please stop in for any and all of your
track needs, including registration forms and employment applications!
Tickets for the Stafford Motor Speedway Spring Sizzler are on sale now at
the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general
admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and
under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved
seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway
offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good
for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT
The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season got underway this
past Sunday, March 15at the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina with the
Spring Classic 150, the first of three scheduled visits to the track for the
tour this year. Long Island invader Eric Goodale was able to pass Jason
Myers on Lap 124 on a restart and led the final 26 laps to earn his first
career win on the southern tour. He started eighth.
Myers held on for second. John Smith, David Calabrese and Bobby Measmer
Jr. rounded out the top five. Completing the top 10 were Burt Myers, Gary
Putnam, Frank Fleming, Tom Abele, Jr and JR Bertuccio.
Defending Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss was involved in an
accident on Lap 12 that sent him hard into the wall and out of the race.
Seuss would finish dead last (19th). Four-time series champion George
Brunnhoelzl III, who was the dominant car through the beginning stages, blew
a rear on a restart with 39 laps remaining that sent him packing.
Brunnhoelzl was credited with a 16th-place finish to start the season.
Whelen Modified Tour champions Ryan Preece and Doug Coby both had engine
that cost them their spots in the top ten after making the long haul from
the northern states.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to Caraway Speedway
for the Charles Keply Memorial 150 on March 28.
Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza reports that the
Tri Track Open Modified Series has crossed the threshold of 50 confirmed
entries for their four race series in 2015. Races will be contested at Lee
USA Speedway on May 17, Monadnock Speedway on June 13, Seekonk Speedway on
July 1 and New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday September 13.
The updated entry list includes multiple young guns and a few NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour stars that will attempt to compete for one of the
biggest purses in New England for 2015. "Money" Matt Hirschman will be back
in action in all of the races after scoring top five finishes in two of the
three last season. Defending Tri Track Open Modified Series champion Jon
McKennedy has also filed his entry.
Most recently, Todd Szegedy has sent in his paperwork to be behind the
wheel of Kevin Staurtís No. 85 ride.
On the speedway stock market scene last week two of the three speedway
stocks were down. The International Speedway Corporation went up 0.17 to
31.50 while Dover Entertainment dropped 0.26 to 2.20 and Speedway
Motorsports dropped 0.17 to 21.58. NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy
Transfer) dropped 2.90 to 54.41 while NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear dropped
0.64 to 25.24 and NASCAR cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.21 to 5.12. The car
manufacturers were all positive for the week. Toyota went up 1.28 to 136.17
and General Motors went up 1.21 to 38.05 while Ford went up 0.27 to 16.20.
In the home improvement sector Lowes went up 0.65 to 74.16 and Home Depot
went up 0.37 to 114.82. With the exception of McDonalds which dropped 0.78
to 96.35, the big teamís sponsor stocks were all on the up side. Coca-Cola
went up 4.47 to 106.75, Target went up 1.97 to 79.18, Aarons Rentals went up
0.53 to 28.58 and Fedex went up 0.13 to 173.32.
On the tube this coming week:
Wednesday, March 18
3:00 AM, NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS1
8:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 2
Thursday, March 19
7:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS1
8:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS2
Friday, March 20
2:30 PM, The 10 NASCAR's Closest Calls, FS1
3:00 PM, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series California practice, FS1
4:30 PM, NASCAR Xfinity Series California practice, FS1
5:30 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1
6:00 PM, NXS California final practice, FS1
7:30 PM, NSCS California qualifying, FS1
Saturday, March 21
3:00 AM, NSCS California practice re-air, FS1
4:30 AM, NSCS California qualifying re-air, FS1
9:00 AM, NSCS California qualifying re-air, FS1
11:30 AM, NSCS California practice, FS2
12:30 PM, NXS California qualifying, FS1
2:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1
2:30 PM, NSCS California final practice, FS1
3:30 PM, NASCAR RaceDay, NXS, FS1
4:00 PM, NXS California race, FS1
6:30 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Weekend Edition, FS1
Sunday, March 22
5:30 AM, The 10 NASCAR's Most Bizarre Moments, FS1
2:00 PM, NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
3:00 PM, NASCAR RaceDay, FOX
3:30 PM, NSCS California race, FOX
10:00 PM, NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1
Monday, March 23
10:00 AM, NSCS California race re-air, FS1
2:00 PM, NSCS California race re-air, FS2
Thatís about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467.
Phil Smith has been a
columnist for Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
Smith / Champ Trail