weeks ago, stated Therrien. I have secured all the necessary permits and insurance for the event, and it should be absolutely awesome. Depending on track conditions, this could be the wildest event ever held at Riverside Speedway. Only God will know what shape the track will be in, and even he / she might make some last minute adjustments. So far we haven't had much snow but that could change overnight."
Rules and registration forms for the Pre-Hangover 150 can be found on the Riverside Speedway website at www.riversidespeedway.org. Registration is just $25 and pit fee is just $20 per person. Post time for the event will be 2pm, with the pit gates opening at 10am. Riverside Speedway is located on Brown Road, off Route 3 in Groveton, New Hampshire. For more information call the track hotline at 603-636-2005 or 802-626-9617.
PASS HONORED BY RACING AGAINST CANCER
On Friday December 8, 2006, the Racing Against Cancer Annual Banquet was held at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, CT. This was the tenth year that the RAC organization has been raising money for cancer research and cancer care through race teams, race tracks, and race sanctioning bodies like PASS Racing, Inc throughout New England.
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Racing into the New Year, Racing for a Good Cause and More
The 150 lap enduro will take place on the snow covered (maybe?), high banked 1/4 mile Speedway in Northern New Hampshire on New Year's eve afternoon beginning at 2pm. The 150 lap endurance race will be open to all cars, trucks, and vans. No four wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles will be allowed. No studded tires, chains or traction devices will be allowed.
"This is an event that I have always wanted to host and interest is very high, ever since I announced it a few
RACING ON NEW YEAR’S EVE?
One of the wildest and wackiest shows in the Northeast auto racing scene will take place on Sunday, December 31st at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, New Hampshire, as Dick Therrien presents the Pre-Hangover 150. Inclement weather date for this event will be Monday, January 1st at 1pm.
PASS was recognized for its continuing contribution and work on behalf of Racing Against Cancer as the organization passed the half million dollar mark in contributions made to the American Cancer Society and David’s House in Lebanon, NH. For those who don’t know of the work done at David’s House to support the families of children receiving care at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth of a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, go to www.davids-house.org to see what these wonderful people have created over the last 20 years with the help of many, including the racing community throughout New England.
The recognition award was not the end of the day for PASS, however, as the William J. Fales Sportsmanship
Award was presented to Amanda Mayberry of PASS and Jack Gerbrands of Northern Race Tires. The award recognizes the work Amanda does throughout the year and especially on the Racing Against Cancer fundraising cruise and Jack’s “Match Jack” tire sales program in which the PASS teams made a contribution with each tire they bought that was matched by Northern Race Tire.
NASCAR BANQUETS THIS WEEKEND
The 2006 Banquets for the NASCAR Busch East Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour respectively are set for this weekend at Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut. The Busch East Series celebrates their 2006 season on Friday night, while the Mod community assembles on Saturday night. Speed51.com will be on hand at both banquets to bring you all of the news and happenings.
ACT BALLOTING AND BANQUET TIME IS COMING UP
Nominating ballots for several season-ending awards have been put in the mail to licensed ACT and Thunder Road competitors and officials. Each participating driver from the 2006 ACT Late Model Tour and ACT Sportsman Series as well as weekly divisions at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl can submit a nominating ballot for their division.
PASS is about more than racing. The sanctioning body was recently honored for their charity as well. (Norm Marx Photo)
It' will soon be award time for the competitors of ACT. (Justin St. Louis Photo)
The Late Models and NAPA Sportsmen (weekly and Tour/Series) will each offer up deserving candidates for their division’s “Most Improved Driver” award. Additionally the two classes will also nominate names of fellow competitors who are deserving of the “Sportsmanship” award. The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will propose names for the Ed Carroll Memorial Award which honors the driver who is deemed a sportsman by his peers.
Each license holder can nominate up to four names. The names appearing most frequently will go on the final which will be sent out in mid-December. Nominating ballots, which can be sent by mail (P.O. Box 296, Waterbury, VT 05676) or fax (802-244-1616), must be
received by the ACT/Thunder Road office no later than Friday, December 15.
Past recipients of the Late Model Most Improved Driver Award include Roger Brown (2005), Steve Fisher (2004), Trampas Demers (2003), Chad Wheeler (1997 & 1999), Phil Scott (1992) and multi-time Thunder Road Late Model King of the Road, Cris Michaud (1994 & 1996), among others. The Late Model Sportsmanship Award has gone to Ron Henry (2004 and 2005), Brent Dragon (2003), Dave Wilcox (2001), Cris Michaud (1999) and Dave Whitcomb (1998) to name a few. Both Late Model awards were instituted in 1992.
Recent recipients for the NAPA Sportsmen Most Improved award, which dates back to 1990, include Brian Delphia (2005), Chris Gendreau (2004), Steve Bennett (2003), Robin Wood (1992), and Doug Murphy (1994). The Sportsmanship Award winner’s list includes Chris Gendreau (2005), Kerry Henry (2004), Chip Grenier (2003), Joe Steffen (2002 & 2001), as well as many others dating back to 1985. Kip Stockwell, who will be returning to ACT Late Model racing in 2007, was the 1990 Sportsmanship award winner for the Tiger Sportsman class.
The Ed Carroll Memorial Award was founded in 2002 following the accidental death of long-time ACT official Ed Carroll. By a vote of his peers, “Super” Joe Fecteau was honored with the inaugural award for his sportsman-like attitude and actions. Gary Mullen was the 2004 honoree and Lloyd Blakely received the most votes last year.
The 2006 ACT and Thunder Road Banquet is set for Saturday, January 13 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. Ticket information has been sent to all licensed drivers and is also available from the ACT/Thunder Road office by calling 802-244-6963.
RACING AGAINST CANCER MARKS 10th YEAR AT BANQUET
The Racing Against Cancer Team gathered at the Foxwoods Resort Casino to celebrate it's 10th anniversary on Friday, December 8, 2006 as part of the annual awards luncheon. The banquet, honored those that helped the Racing Against Cancer TM team achieve a new single one-year fundraising record of $78,000 to bring the cumulative fundraising effort to over a half-million dollars since 1997.
The celebration came on the heals of the announcement that the Foxwoods Resort Casino would once again support the Racing Against Cancer TM Program for the 2007 season.
Ken Davie accepted an award on behalf of the Senior Executives from Scott Gregory, Director of Operations for the Racing Against Cancer TM Program. Foxwoods Employee Volunteers were also recognized for the commitment to the Program. This team, which numbers upward of 25 members, volunteers their time to support R.A.C. promotional events throughout New England during the year. Each volunteer in attendance was presented with a Foxwoods Racing hat personally autographed by Tony Stewart.
Bruce Marshall (L) of the American Cancer Society receives a check for $35,000 from Scott Gregory (R) Director of Operations of the Racing Against Cancer Program to help in the fight against cancer. (Glen Brehio Photo)
"Congratulations on 10 years and a half-million dollars," said Davie. "This is a tremendous effort, a fantastic job done by everyone involved. Foxwoods is delighted to be part of it."
Steve Fales, Vice President of the Racing Against Cancer TM Program, attributed the record-setting season to a number of items including the expansion of "Join the Team" and Junior Ambassador Programs; the success of the R.A.C. spirit bands sales; and the continued support of racetracks and racing organizations. The single most successful fundraiser of the 2006 season was the Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire International Speedway in July featuring Tony Stewart.
"We have never had a driver of this caliber representing the program," said Fales. "Thanks to the generosity of car owners Curt & Joan Chase, we were able to raise
considerable funds for the American Cancer Society and Tony's high-profile earned us unprecedented media coverage which has ultimately helped put us on the map nationally."
Along with the record fundraising came record donations. On Friday, the American Cancer Society received a check for $35,000 while David's House of Lebanon, NH was presented with $15,000. The remaining funds have been earmarked for the continuation of the nationwide marketing campaign as well as new and expanded fundraising measures.
"I do not know what the actual 10-year grand total is but I do know that every penny that the Racing Against Cancer Team has given to the American Cancer Society has gone to good use," said Bruce Marshall, New England Vice President of Income Development of the A.C.S. "This year marks the 60th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Research Program. That program has resulted in a number of cancer breakthroughs. Today there are more than 10-million cancer survivors in America and scientists are bringing us ever closer to a cure everyday. Your commitment over the last decade is helping us get closer."
Founder Dick Cyr accepted the check on behalf of David's House- a haven for terminally ill children and their families near the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. Dick & Gerry Cyr, inspired by their young son David, who died of acute lymphocytic leukemia in 1984, created David's House so that families would have a quality home-like atmosphere during their time of need.
Cyr recounted the emotional story of their adopted son David and his astounding vision "to bring all the kids home". Started with just over $300 that David had "squirreled" away for his fellow patients and funded with private donations, David's House opened its doors on January 20, 1986. Several years later a new, larger David's House was built on the campus of the Medical Center. Some 20 years later, over 9,000 families, from 38 states and 20 different countries, have found solace at David's House. With an annual operating budget of over $600,000, David's House continues to be fully funded by private donations like those received from the Racing Against Cancer Program. To learn more about David's House visit www.davids-house.org.
"I don't know how I could ever express my gratitude for what you people have done for us at David's House," said Cyr. "All I can say is thank you."
This year's contribution of $15,000 brings the cumulative
total to $73,797. A portion of the funding for the 2006
donation to David's House came from the first annual
"Endure for a Cure" event at Sugar Hill Speedway.
"Sugar Hill Speedway is a very important part of the
Racing Against Cancer TM Program," continued Fales.
"It is amazing how much they continue to raise. It is
amazing what they have done with their Junior
The "Endure for a Cure" go-kart endurance event raised
$4,500 including $1,500 in sponsorship and donations
secured by former Jr. Ambassador Danny Bowes. The
Junior Ambassador Program fosters sportsmanship and
altruism among the young competitors at Sugar Hill
"The Program is open to all drivers and families who are
interested in helping raise money for the Racing Against
Cancer TM Program," said program creator Debbie
Archambault. "In 2006, there were 12 drivers who
contributed to the success of the Junior Ambassador
Silver Level Ambassadors from Sugar Hill Speedway who raised between $250-$999 through a variety of fundraising activities included Josh Bickford and Chris and John Kenyon. The Gold Level Ambassadors with $1000 or more in fundraising were Austin Brehio, Luke LaBonte, Kyle Poodiack, and Russell and Laura Wood. The combined efforts of Sugar Hill Speedway and the Junior Ambassador Program contributed $12,583 to the Racing Against Cancer TM Program in 2006.
Richmond Raceway has followed the lead of Sugar Hill and created a Junior Ambassador Program as well. In this, the inaugural year of the program, a total of nine teams joined together in fundraising for R.A.C. Bronze-Level Ambassadors included Justin and Jordan Bisson while Silver Level Ambassadors, who reached $250-$999, in fundraising included Josh Adams, Michael Haley and Willie Pelotte.
Both Sugar Hill Speedway and Richmond Raceway were presented with plaques in recognition of their support of the RA.C. Program. Other tracks honored included Londonderry Raceway, Poughkeepsie Speedway, and Thompson International Speedway, who hosted the Racing Against Cancer TM Team for fundraising events at their facilities. The racing series and organizations that were acknowledged for their continued support included the Pro All Star Series (PASS), the Northeast Pavement Series, the World Karting Association, and the Allison Legacy Series.
Last month the Legends of Auto Racing honored Mr. Jim Martel for his noteworthy contributions to the auto racing community during his 50 years in Auto Racing. At the request of Mr. Martel all proceeds from the event ($2,119.56) including ticket sales, auction and raffle revenues went to the Racing Against Cancer TM Program. Wes Pettengil and Rick Eastman accepted a plaque on behalf of the Legends of Auto Racing event coordinators.
Racing Against Cancer TM Volunteer Dave Crout created a pictorial look over the last 10 years of the program. The theme of his presentation was simple-10 Years of Racing, 10 Years of Caring and 10 Years of Giving.
"Everyone on the Racing Against Cancer TM Team gives so freely," said Crout, "so that some day there will be a cure for this dreadful disease."
Several individuals have set themselves apart by giving freely of their time to support the Racing Against Cancer TM Team. Earning accolades at the Silver Level for fundraising efforts of $250-$999 were Andy Santerre Motorsports, Czarnecki Bros. Racing, Steve Pukas, Max Zachem, Art LeBlanc, Josh Currier, and Brian "Skip" Culbertson of Dubuque, Iowa. Gold Level honorees, those that earned between $1,000-$4,999 in fundraising, included Danny Bowes and B & M Motorsports with memorial donations for William "Wimpy" Bailey.
Custom-made Racing Against Cancer TM watches were presented to the members who reached the Platinum Level in 2006 with fundraising in excess of $5000. Bill Doll was recognized for his involvement with the WKA and for his personal fundraising efforts. Debbie Archambault was applauded for her work with the Sugar Hill Speedway programs while newcomers to the R.A.C. Program, Mr. and Mrs. Curt Chase, were honored for facilitating the Tony Stewart fundraiser.
Curt and Joan Chase were also presented with the "Jodi B. Blanchette Fundraising Award". They not only helped create the most lucrative event for R.A.C. this season but the most exciting as well. Two-time NEXTEL Cup champion Tony Stewart, driving the NASCAR Modified for Chase Racing, had a shot at winning the event but an incident on the last lap resulted in a spectacular display of driving by Stewart and a ninth-place finish. Foxwoods was to have made a contribution to the American Cancer Society equivalent to Stewart's winnings that day. They matched the winner's purse instead. A total of $14,450 was raised that day. The program likely will net a considerable amount more for the A.C.S. when the autographed body panels and Tony's fire suit are raffled off later in 2007.
Bill Quirk of the Pro All Star Series accepted the "William J. Fales Spirit of Sportsmanship Award" on behalf of Amanda Mayberry and Jack Gerbrands for their group approach to fundraising. Throughout the 2006 season, a monetary donation was made to the Racing Against Cancer TM Program for every tire that was sold to the Pro All Stars Series through the "Match Jack" program. The Pro All Star Series also held their Annual Racing Against Cancer TM Cruise on the Songo River Queen II in July 22, 2006.
The moving ceremony was concluded when Steve Fales implored the team members to rally together again in 2007.
"Together we can continue to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Together we can continue to raise awareness for our program. Together we can continue a tradition that was started 10 years ago. The Racing Against Cancer TM Team is one big family, always getting bigger, always getting stronger."
The Racing Against Cancer TM Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research, patient services, youth tobacco educational programs, and awareness. To learn more about this federally recognized non-profit organization please call (860) 608-1885 or visit www.racingagainstcancer.com.
Joan and Curt Chase accept the "Jodi B. Blanchette Fundraising Award" for Outstanding Fundraising for the 2006 season.