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On The Short Run: No Need To Mock Those Who Spend Extended Time In One Division

— On The Short Run is an occasional feature from RaceDayCT offering a quick opinion of a recent hot topic in racing … — Support division. Learner division. Entry level division. Steppingstone division. Many people have plenty of monikers for the multitudes of divisions that make up motorsports, from the top levels to short tracks. […]

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl; What You Read Next Will Shock You

What is happening with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl? It’s the number one question whether at the track, by text message, by e-mail, through Facebook Messenger, on Twitter, etc. Beyond smoke signals or soup cans connected by waxed twine, you name the vehicle for communicating in today’s world and it’s probably been used over the last […]

Tribute: Travis Barrett On The Legend Of Racing That Was Tom Curley

Longtime motorsports journalist and RaceDayCT contributor Travis Barrett shared a close relationship over the years with American Canadian Tour founder and president Tom Curley, who passed Friday at 73. Barrett looks back on that relationship and Curley’s influence below. The American-Canadian Tour rolls into Oxford Plains Speedway for a Sunday afternoon show, nearly a decade […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Formidable Legacy Will Continue Off Track

(NASCAR Wire Service) Reid Spencer ~ NASCAR Wire Service The suddenness and finality of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Tuesday retirement announcement may have sent shock waves through the world of NASCAR racing, but from a global viewpoint, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. And it’s not as if NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver will disappear from […]

Mourning The Loss Of Stafford Speedway Fixture, And Friend, Jack Williams

The welcome was always the same. The smile, the outstretched hand and the greeting. “Hey kid, how’s it going?” In August I will turn 45 years old. That number hardly mattered to Jack Williams. Since 1995, when I first started going to Stafford Motor Speedway, then as a staff writer for the Hartford Courant, whenever […]

Don’t Hate The Player: Melissa Fifield Deserves Credit Not Criticism For NASCAR Award

Learning. It’s what Melissa Fifield has been doing for three years as a driver with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. It’s a fair to say that Fifield really isn’t teaching her competition on the track all that much. Rather, Fifield is learning how to get up to speed with the division. And it’s been a […]

Misleading Special Event Race Promotion Will Only Scare Fans Away In The Future

STAFFORD – The words came with excitement from a longtime Modified racing fan walking the midway at Stafford Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. “My boy Ron Silk is gonna make it two big wins in a row Saturday at Monadnock,” the fan exclaimed. When told that Silk wasn’t actually going to the event, the reaction from […]

NASCAR Made Matt Kenseth Dump Job Happen, And NASCAR Is Its Biggest Victim

Don’t blame Matt Kenseth. When Kenseth gave Joey Logano a front bumper pile-drive into the wall Sunday at Martinsville Speedway it proved to be one of the most dramatic plays of on-track vengeance during a Sprint Cup Series event in years. You can think negatively of Kenseth for what he did, you can lose respect […]

Tri-Track Modified Series Is Great Idea That Won’t Last Playing To Half-Full Grandstands

Arguably, it was the best lineup of Modified drivers for one single event in 2015 that was on the track for Sunday’s Dunleavy Truck & Trailer 100 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. It was a 27-car field that included multiple NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions, a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, a former Valenti […]

Absurdity Reigns Over The Valenti Modified Racing Series

Last Saturday night, in the eyes of Valenti Modified Racing Series officials, Richard Savary was the victim at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me. Thursday he was deemed the guilty party. Try to make sense of it. Wait, don’t try because you’ll get lost trying to. Call it the greatest show of drama […]

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