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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 […]

Showcase Showdown: Could Sunday Whelen Modified Tour All-Star Shootout Be Feasible At NHMS?

— By Shawn Courchesne LOUDON, N.H. – On Friday New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted the second Whelen Modified Tour Whelen All-Star Shootout. The non-points exhibition event gives the drivers of the Whelen Modified Tour an extra chance to showcase their action packed brand of New Hampshire Motor Speedway racing. The 35-lap shootout event seems to […]

Another Wakeup Call Crash Shows Again The Tragedy In-Waiting Of NASCAR Restrictor Plate Racing

When the dust settled on what was the ultra-violent and visually horrific completion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 very early Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway, six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson expressed sincere disbelief that driver Austin Dillon was still alive. Absorb that for a minute. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. came […]

Never Surrender: No Compromising Journalistic Standards Just To Offer Coverage

Sunday afternoon I was driving down Route 101 in New Hampshire headed toward Lee, N.H. on my way to cover the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event at Lee USA Speedway.  Then I had a serious epiphany. Wait, let’s call it rather a Sirius epiphany. With the “80’s on 8” playing on Sirius-XM Radio in the […]

No Excuses To Be Made For Tommy Barrett Jr. Throwing Away Whelen Mod Tour Ride

At short tracks across America drivers arrive week after week to run weekly grassroots divisions in possession of the dream that maybe one day a team owner will discover them and carry them to the next level of racing. Tommy Barrett Jr. got to the live that dream. Less than three years removed from the […]

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