51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Stafford Winners Team Up, TV Mods and PASS Get Ready, Late Modeler Moves Up & More
SZEGEDY TO PILOT OLE BLUE AT STAFFORD
week that Kenseth will run the race again this summer.  Word is that he won’t be the only Cup driver entered in the race either.  Speed51.com’s Bob Dillner, a regular in the NASCAR garage as a Speed Channel personality, is looking for the latest new on that front and we will have full updates at Speed51.com as they become known to us.

PASS READY TO ROLL

It’s been a long off-season with some of the PASS Pro Stock (Super Late Model) competitors being able to take in Southern Super Late Model races in North Carolina and Florida, but now all of the series competitors will be able to kick off their official 2005 seasons this weekend with Sunday’s running of the aptly-named Cabin Fever 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH).
KENSETH WILL RETURN FOR 250

Before his NASCAR Nextel Cup career got going, Matt Kenseth was one heck of a short track driver in the Midwest.  The Wisconsin racer even worked building racecars at Lefthander before getting his big break.
TRUE VALUE MODS ALSO GEAR UP

Fresh off a practice session at the track last week, the True Value Modified Racing Series will roll into the gates of Monadnock Speedway (NH) this weekend for their season opener.  The event is slated for a 6pm post time on Saturday night.

Among the 19 teams that showed up at Monadnock last weekend for the open test were Andy Seuss, Gary Casella, Sean Bodreau, Luke Royea, and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Jimmy Kuhn.

It’s going to be a doubleheader weekend for Speed51.com in New Hampshire as we will also have coverage of the TVMRS race from Monadnock in addition to our PASS coverage from up I-93 at White Mountain.

POSOCCO TO TRY BUSCH NORTH

With back to back Late Model championships in 2003 and 2004 at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) and a 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack New England Region crown on his trophy shelf, Ryan Posocco has made quite a name for himself in Connecticut short track racing in recent years.  He has been a regular in the Late Models at Stafford and in the Pro Stocks at Thompson Speedway (CT)

For 2005, Posocco will try a new venture.  He plans on running up to five events in the NASCAR Busch North Series with the #6 entry fielded by his own team.

Posocco will also defend his Stafford title as well as continuing to run his Pro Stock at Thompson.

BENJAMIN GETS READY FOR WHITE MOUNTAIN
Travis Benjamin
It’s not under circumstances that ether party wished for, but two great names in NASCAR Modifieds will join forces for the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway next weekend.
Todd Szegedy will take a few days off from his new job working in the shock department of Robert Yates Racing to fill in for the injured Eric Beers as the driver for the Boehler #3 Modified at Stafford.  Beers broke his collarbone in a savage crash at Thompson Speedway (CT).

Both the #3 team, with Jerry Marquis, and Szegedy won at Stafford during the 2004 season.  The 2003 Modified Tour champion was driving the #50 car now wheeled by Chuck Hossfeld at the time.

Beers is hoping for a quick recovery at home in Pennsylvania and will likely be back in the car for the May 27th race at Stafford.  If this proves to be the case, he will only end up missing one event on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule thanks to a long layoff of events in early May.

The Spring Sizzler at Stafford is scheduled for April 23rd and 24th.  Speed51.com will have full coverage of the event.
Szegedy won at Stafford in '04.
The event will be the first of 18 points events for PASS in 2005.  The series will visit numerous tracks in Canada, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut over the course of the season.

The race card for the White Mountain event is set to start at 12:30pm on Sunday and also includes PASS Modifieds and All Star Race Trucks .  There will also be an open practice at the track on Saturday from Noon until 4pm.

Speed51.com will have full coverage of this weekend’s PASS event and extensive news and race reports from the series throughout the 2005 season.
So it’s no surprise that he tries to return to his short track roots when he gets the rare opportunity.  Last year, he ran the Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) along with Roush Racing teammate Kurt Busch.  The race is not known for being kind to newcomers or NASCAR invaders, but Kenseth must have not gotten that memo.  He started at the rear of the field and clawed his way to a finish of third in a car fielded by Whorff Motorsports.

So when the race was scheduled for an off Cup weekend this July 31st and one of the Whorff team sponsors, AAA Insurance, also signed up as an a-a-associate sponsor for Kenseth’s #17 Cup car, it was only natural to expect a return appearance for 2005.

Now speculation has become official.  It was announced this
Kenseth will have his seat back for this year's Banknorth 250 at Oxford.
Ben Rowe wants another WMMP trophy.
Travis Benjamin is ready for the PASS opener at White Mountain.  The Belfast, Maine driver recently shook down his #17 Pro Stock at Wiscasset Speedway in preparation for his first race of 2005.

Benjamin ran a partial schedule of PASS events in 2004 and is a former NASCAR Busch North Series driver.
PASS PICKS UP RoY BACKER

It has been announced that Northern Race Tires of Ossipee, NH will again sponsor the PASS Rookie of The Year program.

The top finishing rookie in each of the 18 PASS races in 2005 will receive a free American Racer tire at the next PASS race. The highest finishing declared Rookie of the Year candidate in the season’s points will receive the big trophy and a certificate for four free American Racer tires. To be eligible, drivers must declare for the program, hold a PASS 2005 license, and may not have competed in more than half of any Pro Stock touring series events or NASCAR-sanctioned touring events in a single season.

TOO SOFT FOR STAR THIS WEEKEND

It might be spring in New England, but winter was not that long ago.  A few snowflakes even flew in New Hampshire and Maine this week.

With all of the snow still melting, drainage can be a problem.  So the mud and soft ground at Star Speedway (NH) has cancelled their racing card that was scheduled for Saturday night.  The track now hopes to hold their 2005 season opener on April 23rd with Enduros, NASCAR Super Streets, Strictly Stocks, Roadrunners, Flagpole Race and Spectator Drags.

BEECH RIDGE SET TO GO GREEN

There will be racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) this weekend.  The track will host a full card of their regular divisions this Sunday with a post time of 1:30pm.

THE REG READY FOR SPRING SIZZLER

One of the top guys to wheel a NASCAR Modified in recent history, Reggie Ruggiero, will make his 2005 debut in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) next weekend.  The Reg has filed an entry for the Spring Sizzler with the #41 Dick Barney-owned Modified.