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From Connecticut to New Hampshire there’s a little bit of something for all local racing fans this weekend.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon roars back to life for Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend in the Granite State.

But in Connecticut the championship chases roll on at both Stafford Motor Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl.

Stafford hosts a six division schedule Friday.

After two consecutive weeks of rainouts, the Waterford Speedbowl rolls back into action with a six-division schedule that includes a 50-lap national qualifying event for the Legends division.

For more details on everything going on this weekend, check out the capsules below:


What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.

Where: Stafford Motor Speedway

When: Friday

Schedule: 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 20-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Limited Late Model, 15-lap DARE Stock and 20-lap Legends. Grandstands open: 5:15 p.m.; Qualifying: 6:15 p.m.; Features: Immediately following qualifying events.

More: The 17th event of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway. … Last week, Keith Rocco won for the second time this season at the track in the SK Modified division. Rocco snapped Rowan Pennink’s three-race winning streak in the division. … Ryan Preece has won five of the 15 SK Modified features at the track this year. … Other winners this year include Pennink (five wins), Ted Christopher and rookies Chase Dowling and Ronnie Williams. … With two races remaining, eight-time Stafford SK Modified division champion Ted Christopher leads Ryan Preece by 10 points in the division’s standings. Woody Pitkat is third in the standings, 40 points off the lead. … Christopher has seven top-fives and is the only driver to finish in the top-10 in every event this year … Reigning division champion Adam Gray won for the fifth time this season in the Late Model division last week. … Other winners this year include Jay Stuart (three), Michael Bennett (twice), Jim Peterson (twice), JJ Hill, Josh Wood and Tom Fearn. … Gray, the reigning Late Model champion, takes a 50-point lead over Jim Peterson into this week’s event. Kevin Gambacorta is third in the late Model standings, 60 points off the lead. … For more information check the Stafford Motor Speedway website.

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What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event

Where: Waterford Speedbowl

When: Saturday

Schedule: 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model. 25-lap Street Stock, 25-lap Mini Stock, 25-lap SK Light Modified and 50-lap Legends. Grandstands open: 3 p.m.; Qualifying: 5:15 p.m.; Features: Approximately 7 p.m.

More: The 21st event of the season at the shoreline oval. … Last week, racing at the the Speedbowl was rained out for the second consecutive week. … In the last event at the track, on Aug. 30, Tyler Chadwick inherited the lead with 31 laps remaining and won his first Budweiser SK Modified Nationals 150 at Waterford. …. Keith Rocco has won 10 of the 20 SK Modified events at Waterford this year. … Other SK Modified division winners this year include Chadwick (two), Ed Puleo (twice), Kyle James (twice), Rob Janovic Jr., Joey Gada, Jeffrey Gallup and Craig Lutz. … Rocco has a 227-point advantage over second place Lutz in the SK Modified division standings at Waterford. Puleo is third in the standings, 248 points off the lead. With only four events remaining this season Rocco has unofficially clinched the 2014 SK Modified division championship. … Rocco won for the 11th time this season in the Aug. 30 Late Model feature. … Other Late Model division winners this year include Bruce Thomas Jr. (three), Vin Esposito (two) and Jason Palmer (two). Rocco leads Thomas by 71 points in the standings. Esposito is third in the standings, 143 points outside of the lead. … For more information check the Waterford Speedbowl website.


Sylvania 300 Logo NHMS 9-21-14What: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
When: Friday-Sunday
Friday: Sprint Cup Series qualifying (TV, 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1).
Saturday: Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100; Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 (TV, 1 p.m., Fox Sports 1); American Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational (50 laps).
Sunday: Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300. (TV, 2 p.m., TNT)

More: The Sylvania 300 marks the 40th Sprint Cup Series event hosted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1993. … It is the second race in NASCAR’s 10-race Chase for the Championship playoff format. … Matt Kenseth won last year’s Sylvania 300. … The Whelen Modified Tour runs its second event of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. The F.W. Webb 100 is the 11th of 13 Whelen Modified Tour events this season. … Todd Szegedy won last year’s F.Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. … Bobby Santos III won in the Whelen Modified Tour’s first visit to Loudon this year in July. … Doug Coby, the 2012 series champion, goes into Saturday’s event with a four point lead over second place Justin Bonsignore in standings. Ted Christopher, the 2008 series champion, is 33 points off the lead in third and Santos, the 2010 series champion, is 34 points behind in fourth. … Bonsignore is the only driver in the top-six in the standings without a series championship. Ron Silk, the 2011 series champion, is fifth in the standings and reigning series champion Ryan Preece is sixth in the standings. … After the F.W. Webb 100 the Modified Tour runs the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sept. 28 and then closes its 2014 season with the Sunoco World Series on Oct. 19 at Thompson Speedway. … For more information check the New Hampshire Motor Speedway website.

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