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Ryan Preece Crash Is Another “Why Are They Doing This?” Moment For NASCAR At Daytona 

Ryan Preece is still looking for his first victory in NASCAR’s highest level Cup Series.  But on Saturday night the Berlin native and former Whelen Modified Tour champion cemented a moment in series history that will shine for years to come, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons.  With five laps remaining in the […]

Missing The Mark: Time For New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame To Induct Mark And Lisa Arute 

On Sunday the New England Antique Racers announced its historic 25th induction class to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.  The class announced included former NASCAR Busch North Series standouts Andy Santerre and Brad Leighton, Old Lyme based team owner Ted Marsh, former Modified team owner the late John Stygar, longtime SuperModified racing […]

Black Flag: Missed Calls Make For Bad Look For Whelen Modified Tour In Recent Events 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mohegan Sun 100 on July 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ended in thrilling fashion, with three former series champions battling for the win on the final lap.  When the checkered flag flew it was Justin Bonsignore edging Doug Coby for the victory, with Ron Silk finishing third.  It was […]

A Tribute To My Dear Friend Melissa  

LEBANON, N.H. – This is a story about friendship, friends that become like family and heartbreak. I don’t know how else to define further what this is that you’re reading today because I’m heartbroken. This is a dedication to my friend Melissa Trow.  Most of you probably have no idea who Melissa is, but I […]

Decision To Reinvent Procedure During Race Makes For Bad Precedent Going Forward At Speedbowl

It doesn’t matter if it’s the NFL, high school lacrosse, even a game of chess, if you make a decision to deviate from the standards and rules of normally regulated procedure after a competition has begun then you’re creating an unleveled playing field for that competition.  And what happened Saturday night in the SK Modified […]

Broadcaster Laziness Makes Whelen Modified Tour Look Like NASCAR’s Laughable Afterthought

Online short track racing event streaming. In less than a decade it’s gone from a rarity to commonplace across the spectrum of grassroots motorsports.  Anyone that watches a variety of streamed short track events understands that production levels can run the gamut. Some look like something close to a network television broadcast effort, while others […]

Why 2023 Was Right For Chase Elliott Late Model Comeback

Crew chief Ricky Turner has open dates with Jake Garcia graduating to Trucks Chase Elliott isn’t entirely sure his story plays out the way it has without Ricky Turner. So, whenever the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion returns to the Super Late Model environment that shaped him as a teenager, Elliott wants to do it […]

Reflecting: Of The Sandy Hook Tragedy, A Mother’s Spirit And The Holiday Season

10 years ago today the state of Connecticut – and the entire country – was rocked by the brutal tragedy of what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown. This story was published on RaceDayCT on Dec. 14, 2013, one year after that tragedy in Newtown. Like so many others one year ago today, […]

In Memory: Short Track Racing Lost An Irreplaceable Giant In Ted Christopher

Republished from RaceDayCT from Sept. 17, 2017 When I started helping out covering auto racing at the Hartford Courant in the mid-1990’s Dave Heuschkel – then the lead reporter covering motorsports – gave me a tip. He told me if I wanted to get the best stories around the local racing scene that I needed […]

Despicable Accusations From Matt Hirschman Camp Turning Controversy Into Bitterly Nasty Escapade 

Matt Hirschman was upset Saturday night following the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series SBM 125 at Star Speedway.  And that anger shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.  With temperatures soaring in Epping, N.H. Saturday, Hirschman had a long and frustrating day that culminated with a pit area speeding penalty that essentially ended any hopes he […]

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