On Tap Presented By Ric’s Place: Racing All Over New England This Weekend

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SMS Logo 2015Where: Stafford Motor Speedway

What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

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 Intrepid Fallen Heroes Track Walk.

More: The 13th event of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway. … Stafford Speedway will host the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Track Walk between qualifying and features. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised for the charity walk will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. … Stafford hosts its Girls Night Out on Friday. Women can purchase general admission seats, normally priced at $17.50, for $10. … Ryan Preece won last week’s second NAPA SK5K at Stafford. It was the first victory of the season for Preece. … Rowan Pennink leads the division with five wins in 12 starts this year. Other winners in the division this year include Keith Rocco (three wins), Ronnie Williams (two wins) and Michael Gervais Jr. … Pennink continues to lead the division standings, but saw his 38-point lead over Preece going into last weeks event cut to just eight points this week. Rocco is third in the division standings, 20 points behind Pennink. … Preece has 11 top-10 finishes in 12 starts this year. Pennink and Rocco each have 10 top-10 finishes. … Pennink’s nine top-five finishes leads the division. … Michael Bennett won for the fourth time in 12 starts this year in the Late Model division last week. … Other winners in the division this year include Tom Fearn (five wins), Josh Wood (two wins) and Michael Scorzelli. … Bennett leads the standings with 530 points. Josh Wood is second in the standings, 20 points behind Bennett. Kevin Gambacorta is third, 26 points behind Bennett. … Bennett is the only driver in the division with top-10 finishes in all 12 events this year. … Joey Ferrigno and D.J. Burnham are tied for the lead in the SK Light Modified division. Tony Membrino Jr. is third, 18 points behind. … Albert Saunders leads second place Andrew Hayes by 30 points in the Limited Late Model standings. Austin Bessette is third, 36 points behind Saunders. … Frank L’Etoile holds a six point lead over Dan Dembek in the DARE Stock division with Tyler Trott in third, eight points behind the lead. … For more information visit the Stafford Motor Speedway website.

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Where: New London-Waterford Speedbowl

What: Whelen All-American Series racing card

When: Saturday

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

More: The 10th event of the season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The track was dark last Saturday. … In the last event at Waterford, Keith Rocco held off Ted Christopher to win the SK Modified feature. … Rocco has five victories in eight starts in the SK Modified division at the Speedbowl this year. Rocco missed one event because of a conflict with a Whelen Modified Tour event. Other winners this year include Ted Christopher (two wins), Tim Jordan and Craig Lutz. … Rocco leads second place Tyler Chadwick by 21 points in the division standings. Diego Monahan is third in the standings, 30 points off the lead. Joey Gada is fourth, 31 points behind and Rob Janovic Jr. fifth, 32 behind. … Rocco won the last Late Model event at the track and has won five of the eight events run in the division this year. Jason Palmer (two wins) and Anthony Flannery are the only other Late Model winners at the track this year. … Palmer leads Rocco by four points at the top of the division standings. Flannery is third, nine points behind Rocco. … Al Stone III holds a 41-point lead over second place Monte Gibbs in the Limited Sportsman division standings. … Wayne Burroughs Jr. leads second place Larry Loomis Jr. by 26 points in the Mini Stock division. … Corey Barry has a 16-point edge over Paul Buzel at the top of the SK Light Modified division standings. … For more information check the New London-Waterford Speedbowl website.

NHMS Square LogoWhat: NASCAR 5-Hour Energy 301 weekend
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
When: Friday – Sunday
Friday: Sprint Cup Series qualifying (TV, 4:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network); Whelen Modified Tour Whelen All-Star Shootout (non-points exhibition), K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70.
Saturday: Whelen Modified Tour Andy Blacksmith 100; XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 (TV, 3:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Sunday: Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 301. (TV: 1:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network)

More: The 5-Hour Energy 301 marks the 41st Sprint Cup Series event hosted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1993. … Brad Keselowski is the defending champion of the 5-Hour Energy 301. … Middletown native Joey Logano won in the last appearance for the Sprint Cup Series at NHMS last September. … NHMS will play host to a pair of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events over the weekend. … The second Whelen Modified Tour Whelen All-Star Shootout takes place Friday. The non-points, invitational exhibition event will be a 35-lap race with a 30-minute time limit. The race will be run in two segments, with a competition caution at about lap 20. … The starting lineup will include 20 cars whose participation is determined by championships won, race victories, highest championship finishes and the 2014 Sunoco Rookies of the Year from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. .. The starting grid will be determined by random draw at the conclusion of the driver/crew chief meeting and the second segment will begin with a redraw of the top finishers from the first, as determined by a track promotion. Pit road will be closed for the entirety of the race, including during the competition caution. … The Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track Saturday for the running of the Andy Blacksmith 100. … The event is the seventh of 15 Whelen Modified Tour events this season and the first of two events this year at NHMS. The division returns to Loudon on Sept. 26. … Bobby Santos III won in last year’s July appearance at NHMS for the Modified Tour. Ron Silk won the pole for the event last July. … Woody Pitkat won in the most recent appearance for the Modified Tour at NHMS, last September. … Saturday’s race marks the 62nd appearance at NHMS for the Modified Tour. There have been 20 different race winners at the track, led by Mike Stefanik with eight victories. … Ted Christopher is the active leader in Whelen Modified Tour wins at the track with five. Christopher and Stefanik are tied at the top of the track’s all-time win list with 10 victories. Christopher has five K&N Pro Series East wins at the track. Stefanik had two K&N Pro Series East wins in Loudon. … Todd Szegedy (three wins), Doug Coby (two wins), Donny Lia (two wins), Ron Silk (two wins) and Ryan Newman (two wins) are the only other active Whelen Modified Tour drivers with multiple wins at NHMS. … Coby, the reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion and 2013 Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece go into the event tied at the top of the standings. Pitkat is third, two points behind the lead. Szegedy is fourth in the standings, 26 points off the lead. Santos is fifth, 37 points behind the leaders. … Preece is the only driver in the top-five in the standings without a victory at NHMS. … Qualifying for the Andy Blacksmith 100 takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday with the feature set to start at 2 p.m. … The race will be broadcast on July 23 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. … For more information check the New Hampshire Motor Speedway website.

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  1. Shawn,

    Will you be at Loudon this weekend

  2. Lou,
    Yes I will be covering the events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

  3. justafella says

    Why isn’t Todd Szeghedy driving the Mystic Missle in the Shoot Out ?

  4. Justafella,
    Guessing they didn’t want to chance it with one car.

  5. How many cars is Lia bringing?

  6. Shawn,

    Great. See you there. Please find me.

  7. Andy Boright says

    How come ACT & PASS are the only ones trying to run a big race against the Cup race at NHMS?

  8. Andy Boright says

    Funny, with the Cuppers in the area this week, the only place to go see a big name take on the locals will be Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT. Ken Schrader will be racing in the USAC DMA Midget class along with some names that are familiar to southern NE fans like Ray Miller and Jeff Horn.

    Bear Ridge isn’t fancy, but week in and week out it puts on some of the best racing in New England with excellent car counts.

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