Waste Management.  Casella will then donate $2.50 from each disposal fee to the Warmth Program.  Tire donations will also be accepted on the day of the “Swap”.

“I was cold and broke because I’ve got a pending disability.  (Central Vermont) Community Action helped me fill my fuel tank and make it through the winter,“ commented Paul M. from Randolph, another of the area residents who received assistance from the inaugural “Wheels for Warmth” effort.

For additional information on the “Wheels for Warmth” program contact Dubois Construction in Montpelier at 802-223-5288.


Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt. has won the 2006 Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Track Championship at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series. 

Driving the No. 9 Goss Dodge sponsored Dodge Charger, Brian finished fifth at the New England 125 in July and second at the New Hampshire 125 in September.  He was the runner-up in the 2005 Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Busch East Series Track Championship.
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According to Jennifer S. of Barre Town, “We didn’t qualify for the federal fuel program because we were over income by $13 per month, but we had no way to pay for home heating oil.  Luckily, CVCAC (Central Vermont Community Action Council) told us that fundraising events like Wheels for Warmth made it possible for families like me to get help keeping our house warm.  We don’t know what we would have done otherwise.”

Expanded funding for home heating help this winter remains the aim as the final details are being ironed out for this Saturday’s (Oct 28) second annual “Wheels for Warmth” campaign.  The event will again take place at Montpelier’s Dubois Construction, from 7 am until 3 pm.

People wishing to drop off tires can bring them in advance to the Dubois Construction location in Montpelier (46 Three Mile Bridge Rd) on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Several representatives from the Motor Vehicle Department will be on hand to inspect tires for road-worthiness.  Those tires deemed safe for use will be sorted and priced according to size.  Tires not passing inspection can be disposed of at a discounted rate of $4.00 through an on-site service provided by Casella

Many central Vermont residents benefited from last year’s inaugural “Wheels for Warmth” fundraiser conceived and implemented by Washington County (VT) State Senator, Phil Scott.  The nearly $10,000 raised was earmarked for home heating help.

Mike Olsen of North Haverhill, N.H., the 2006 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series Champion, has placed second in the Busch East Series Track Championship standings.  Behind the wheel of the No. 61 Little Trees Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Olsen won the New England 125 and was ninth at the New Hampshire 125.  This is Mike’s first visit to the NHIS Holiday Championship Dinner.

Kelly Moore, driver of the No. 47 Bill Dodge/R.C. Moore Transportation/NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo, has captured third place in the Track Championship point standings.  The Scarborough, Maine native was the 1993 NHIS Busch East Series Track Champion.  Kelly
finished 10th at the New England 125 and won the New Hampshire 125.

The Lincoln Electric/Merriam-Graves Championship awards a total purse of $10,000 to the top three finishing drivers at the New Hampshire International Speedway races based on the point system for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series.

John Blewlett, III, James Civali and Mike Stefanik were the top three in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series NHIS track championship standings.

The awards will be presented at the Speedway's Annual Holiday Dinner on Thursday, December 14, 2006.


And then there was one. Only one race remains to determine the 2006 Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) championship. It all comes down to this final race at the Waterford Speedbowl on October 29, 2006. The Northeastern Midget Association championship will be decided at the Double-Down Shootout Special event at the shoreline oval on Sunday.

Despite a large lead, two-time and defending driver champ Ben Seitz of Monument Beach, MA still will have to work for the title. Should Seitz finish in the 14th position or better he will pull off the three-peat.
Brian Hoar's #45 at NHIS.  (51 Photo)
On the other hand, the owner’s championship is still very much up for grabs. Seitz’s car owner Peter Valeri goes into the final event with a 54-point advantage on Mike Jarret, car owner for Nokie Fornoro. Seitz will have to finish sixth or better to seize the championship for Valeri. Jarret leads third-place owner Bertrand by virtue of a start for the Helping Hands of America team by Shane Hammond in Fornoro’s absence.

Randy Cabral, in his first year driving for the potent Bertrand Motorsports team, sits second in the driver points 79 markers behind Seitz. Fornoro is third, 75 points behind Cabral. Even after missing a race due to a devastating crash at Stafford, the “Jersey Jet” Joey Payne sits fourth in points.
Each of the top-four drivers have visited victory lane this year. Payne’s lone win on the season came at the Speedbowl in the opener in April. Seitz, Cabral, and Fornoro each have posted two wins this year.

It is a tight point race from fifth position back to seventh with only points 10 points separating Shane Hammond in fifth, from sixth-place Mike Keeler and Bobby Santos III. Keeler, who sits just outside the top-five, took a career-first at Waterford earlier this season.

Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA is the only three-time winner on the season for the Club. He will be looking for his fourth at the Speedbowl. Hot off his sixth-place finish for Bill Davis Racing in his ARCA Series debut, the rising star will again be behind the wheel of the Seymour #9 for the finale.

Cory Cleary sits eighth, 36 points behind Santos III. Mike Ordway, Jr. and Pete Pernesiglio round out the top five.

The number crunching will conclude on Sunday, October 29, 2006 with the running of the final 25-lap NEMA feature during the Double-Down Shootout at the Speedbowl. Pit tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM with the pit gate opening at 10:30 AM. Practice begins promptly at noon. The grandstand will also open at noon. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 PM including heat races for the Midgets. Features will start at approximately 3:00 PM.


Unity Raceway (ME) will close out its season with the Long John 150 this Saturday, October 28th at 1:00. Pits opens at 9am and the raindate is Sunday Oct 29th at 1:00.

The Long John lineup consists of a 150 lap Pro Stock (Super Late Model) Race, 100 lap Limited Race, 100 lap Super Street Race and 50 lap features for
Minis/Trucks, Pro4s and Wildcats with a 15+ car count.


Three Late Model competitors as well as a NAPA Sportsman racer and an Allen Lumber Street Stock driver at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will get bonus money in their banquet checks thanks to the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Hottest Shoe Award program.  Vermont Late Model drivers Phil Scott, Eric Williams and Brent Dragon will split $500, while NAPA Sportsmen racer, Shawn Fleury of Montpelier, VT takes home an extra $250 and Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor, Eric Badore from Georgia, VT will find an extra $100 in his check.
Ben Seitz is close to another championship.  (NEMA Photo)
The Wheels for Warmth Program was a hit last season.  (ACT Photos)
The “Hottest Shoe” Awards will be presented at the January season ending Banquet of Champions and are given to the drivers who post the most feature wins in their respective divisions at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval.  Scott from Middlesex, Hyde Park’s Williams, Hyde Park, and Dragon, of Milton each posted a pair of wins in 17 events.  Fleury, who will also receive his second championship accolades at the function, was the lone Sportsman to visit the Winner’s Circle three times the division’s 17 races.  Badore, also a “King of the Road” turned in a trio of victories en route to the 4-cylinder class crown.

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Hottest Shoe Award grew out of the clothier’s weekly “Hot Shoe Award” which
rewards drivers when they post their first feature win of the season at Thunder Road.  The Late Models receive $150 for carrying the checkers, NAPA Sportsmen, $100, and the Allen Lumber Street Stocks, $50.  During Thunder Road’s recently completed season 14 Late Model drivers, 12 NAPA Sportsmen, and 14 Allen Lumber Street Stocks garnered a weekly Hot Shoe bonus.  Each “Hot Shoe” also received a commemorative embroidered hat, as well as his cash bonus during the pre-race ceremonies at the next race event.

Additionally in 2005, a secondary tier was added to the weekly award which gave the competitors half the award value for a second victory. Scott, Williams and Dragon all received a second Late Model bonus. Fleury, as well as Chip Grenier (Northfield, VT), Tom Therrien (Hinesburg, VT) and Nick Sweet (Barre, VT) posted repeat NAPA Sportsmen wins.  Joining Badore as a repeat winner in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks was Williamstown, VT driver, Tommy Smith.

“We were delighted to award over $4,500 in Hot Shoe bonuses during Thunder Road’s 2006 season.  This is surely an indicator, with as many individual winners and few repeaters, that Thunder Road has great competition and that almost anyone can win on any given night,” commented Mark McCarthy, Vice President at Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel.  “Coupled with the season-end “Hottest Shoe” awards we’ll present at the Banquet, the total we’ll have contributed to the drivers is more than $5,300!”

“The Lenny’s Hot Shoe program is a favorite with the competitors,” remarked Darla Hartt, Thunder Road’s Administrative Director.  “Not only for the extra money they earn, but for the commemorative hats they receive which are proudly worn around the pits and beyond and are sought after by those who haven’t received one yet.”

Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel has three locations in Vermont – St Albans, Williston and the flagship store in Barre.


A long-running and unique event in New England racing is set for this weekend at Star Speedway (NH).  The 21st annual Halloween Howler is set for Saturday at Star Speedway (NH).  The day of wacky and crazy racing is headlined by a 200-lap Grand Enduro race along with a four cylinder Enduro and races for Ladies race, Trucks, Roadrunners (Mini Stock) and Strictly Stocks.  There will also be spectator drags and a pumpkin drop contest.  Racing starts at 1:30pm on Saturday, October 28th.


The fourth annual "Goblin 166" at Cayuga County Fair Speedway takes center stage at the home of DIRT MotorSports NorthEast on Sun., Oct. 29 starting at 1 p.m. The one-day event features a 166-lap main event for 4& 6-Cylinder Enduro cars as the full-fender ---at least starting that way--- finale will pay the winner $1,000.00; $300 for second and $200 for third.

Pit gates are slated to open Sunday at 10 a.m. The entry fee for every participant/car is $65.00, which includes driver pit admission. The adult general admission ticket price has been set at $10, Senior Citizens $9, Students (11-14 yrs) $5 and Children (10 yrs. + under) Free. The cost of a pit pass is $20.

In the spirit of the holiday, the fan’s pick of Best Decorated car with a Halloween theme will earn an automatic front row starting position. $50 bonuses will be awarded to the highest finishing car using an automatic transmission, the highest finishing station wagon and highest finishing mini van. Kids in attendance will enjoy a Treat-or-Treat Track Tour, participate in both a costume and pumpkin carving contest before the racing starts.

For further questions or to obtain a copy of the official “Goblin 166” rules, either stop in to DIRT NE headquarters or phone the Weedsport office at 315/834-6606 during regular weekday hours.

Brent Dragon's #55  (51 Photo)