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Speedway Children’s Charities Distributes $75,190 to New England Children in Need

LOUDON, N.H. – The room was filled with holiday spirit on Thursday as New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig joined Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter at its 10th annual grant distribution ceremony at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. Grants were handed out to 55 local nonprofits totaling $75,190 in front of the festive backdrop from “A Christmas Carol.”“I couldn’t be prouder of this team today,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We all get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle, but it’s days like this that really show us what’s important and make you feel good.” Since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCC have distributed more than $1.7 million, supporting more than 749,000 children in the local community. “I am just overwhelmed with joy,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “To see everyone from all of the organizations come together after another year of hard work and dedication from our board and volunteers is so heartwarming, knowing how many kids are being helped. It certainly makes it all worth it and the setting just really helped to put everyone in the holiday mood.” Funds raised through the New Hampshire Chapter includes events such as a comedy show, the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301, a motorcycle ride, Laps for Charity, Ricky Craven’s “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament, Champions Breakfast, the Wicked Good Live Auction, helicopter rides, Track Walk Presented by PPG, the Red Bucket Brigade by PPG, the Charity Clay Shoot, Full Throttle Fall Weekend, 24 Hours of Lemons, Yule Light Up The Night Run/Walk and Gift of Lights. Both Craig and Sununu expressed how important it is to support the organizations, not only in Manchester and throughout New Hampshire, but across New England that work every day to improve the lives of children. “During the season of giving, we’re coming together with many thanks to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Craig. “The nonprofits here today are among many wonderful organizations in Manchester and throughout our state that truly make a difference in the lives of children in need. I am so proud to be here to recognize the outstanding work they do.” “This event really defines not just what the season is all about, but what New Hampshire is all about,” said Sununu. “To be able to spend a little one-on-one time as opposed to just mailing a check really makes it special at this time of year. It was great to be here and great to be part of something that really brings out the best of everyone at this time of year.” The New Hampshire Chapter is one of eight chapters around the country, and combined, Speedway Children’s Charities raised more than $3 million nationally this year, bringing the total distributed to $55,300,000 since it was founded in 1982. The money raised comes in large part thanks to the fundraising efforts of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.’s eight facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. Fundraising continues during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil, where a portion of all proceeds benefits SCC. Yule Light Up The Night, a 2.1-mile run with Millennium Running, will give visitors a unique view of the lights on Dec. 9 and will also benefit SCCNH (Gift of Lights will have a delayed opening for the run). The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show is open 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., and admission is $20.00 per car through Dec. 14 and $25.00 per car Dec. 15 – Dec. 31. Be sure to check the schedule for days of operation when planning your trip. About Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC)The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children with educational, financial, social and medical needs to help them lead productive lives. Founded by Bruton Smith in 1982, Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit 501c (3) organization providing funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations that meet the direct needs of children. The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities was officially established in 2009. Since then, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has raised more than $1.7 million. The goal is to ensure that every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthier future. For more information, visit www.SpeedwayCharities.org. For more information about other upcoming events for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, call Hillarie Scott at (603) 513-5738 or visitSpeedwayCharities.org/NewHampshire/. For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the Gift of Lights, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931. 

–NHMS– The 55 Nonprofits That Received Grants Today Include:New HampshireBelknap HouseBest Buddies New HampshireBoys & Girls Club of Central New HampshireBoys & Girls Club of Greater NashuaCapital Region Food ProgramChildren’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) – Injury Prevention CenterConcord Family YMCAConcord Hospital TrustCornucopia ProjectCrisis Center of Central New HampshireDavid’s HouseEasterseals New HampshireFuture In SightGateways Community ServicesGirls at WorkGranite State Children’s Alliance – Belknap CountyGranite State Children’s Alliance – Hillsborough CountyGranite YMCAManchester Community Music SchoolManchester Police Athletic LeagueThe Mayhew ProgramMonadnock Region Child Advocacy CenterNew Hampshire Catholic Charities dba New Hampshire Food BankOn Belay Inc.Ossipee Children’s FundThe Palace TheatreQueen City Bicycle CollectiveSHARE Fund, Inc.Spaulding Youth CenterThe Special Needs Support CenterWaypoint (formerly Child & Family Services of New Hampshire)The Webster HouseYMCA of Greater NashuaConnecticutAlmada Lodge – Times Farm Camp DBA The Channel 3 Kids CampMaineCamp SunshineThe Cromwell Center for Disabilities AwarenessMassachusettsBoys & Girls Club of Greater BillericaBoys & Girls Club of Greater LowellBoys & Girls Club of LawrenceBoys & Girls Club of MetrowestCircle ProgramDana-Farber Cancer InstituteDream Day on Cape Cod Inc.Dreams for EmilyFamily Services of the Merrimack ValleyThe Kennek Foundation (Trouble the Dog)Lazarus House, Inc.Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.The Sports Museum of New EnglandThrive Support & AdvocacyRhode IslandBeat The Streets ProvidenceVermontBoys & Girls Club of BrattleboroEasterseals VermontRace to Read

BOBBY BUTLER READY FOR TRENTON INDOOR DIRT NATIONALS AND ALLENTOWN INDOOR CONCRETE RACING

TRENTON, NJ DECEMBER 5, 2018 . . . In a racing era where specialization is ever escalating, Bobby Butler, 30, of Milford, NJ, is breaking the mold entering one car for Indoor Auto Racing Series events first on both dirt then on concrete.

The Dirt track Modified ace will first compete in the second annual 600 Micro Sprint East Coast Dirt Nationals on a banked clay oval to be built inside CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton for racing on December 13, 14 & 15, 2018. 

After the checkered flag has fallen, Butler will change his 600 Micro over to competitive form to be raced on the concrete floor inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center TQ Midget races on Friday and Saturday, January 4-5, 2019.

“I was competitive in the same car last year at Trenton,” Butler reminded. “I was running sixth when the big tangle happened with the leaders. I’m not saying I would have won, but I started pretty far back and got to the front pretty quick.”

Butler will be driving a BOSS chassis Micro which he describes as “an older car” that is owned by Bill Butler of Saylorsburg, PA. Curiously, these two Butlers are not family-related.

The entry list for the Indoor Dirt Nationals has been filled with 120 race teams clamoring for the chance to run on the black clay speedway.

Butler said that he expects the same lighting fast, smooth dustless track conditions that prevailed at last year’s critically acclaimed first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals.

It’s the next phase of Butler’s Indoor season that is the most unusual. The dirt will be cleaned off the Micro and the car will be prepped for the Allentown concrete race.

“I have done a mock-up of the way we want to set the car up for concrete,” Butler said. “The things we have to change are the ride height, the shocks and springs, and the front spindles. It can be changed over in two nights.”

Indoors, Butler is also experienced having run TQs, 600s, Slingshots and Champ Karts on concrete.

Though Butler is the only entry that will run the same car on both dirt and concrete, several other racers have entered both events with purpose-built cars for each.

Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, NY, a three time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion, will  be driving a 600 Micro owned by King Of Prussia, PA’s Tom Fraschetta at Trenton on the dirt. The runner-up in this year’s Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified series will then will saddle up for the three indoor races that will follow on concrete floors of arenas in three different states. In these races he’ll be running a TQ Midget built by Mark Lafler. 

Other drivers running on both the Indoor dirt race and the three on concrete include former Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall winners Ryan Flores, Lou Cicconi and Anthony Sesely.  Tim Buckwalter, Kyle Lick, Scott Kreutter, Matt Roselli, Matt Smith and Pat Bealer are also entered in both events.

The First Annual East Coast Dirt Car Nationals was won by 36-year-old Staten Island, N.Y. resident Whitey Kidd, III who executed made a late race pass on Alex Bright, Collegeville, PA, to win the thriller over Brian Carber, New Holland, PA, Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA and Austin Quick, Etters, PA. All five are entered for this year’s race.

This year’s schedule calls for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races for split fields on both Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday, with all 120 cars on hand, Alphabet mains are scheduled, with racers having the opportunity to advance from G, F, E, D, C, and B, will precede the 50 lap A-Main paying $5,000 to win. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com.  Tickets are also available at the box offices at each arena. A post-race gathering each night after the races will be held at Chickie and Pete’s, a renowned area Sports Bar in nearby Bordentown, N.J. with special bar and food discounts along with the kitchen open late.

Following the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

The final event of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE

14-RACE SCHEDULE INCLUDES RETURNS TO SPEEDWAY 51 & SEEKONK

By Kyle Souza, for the Granite State Pro Stock Series

WALPOLE, N.H. – Returns to two bullrings and an event that will produce the highest purse in the history of the Granite State Pro Stock Series are among the headlines of the 2019 schedule for the New Hampshire based Super Late Model touring division.

The schedule begins at Claremont Speedway on Friday, May 3, and ends with the crowning of the series champion back at the New London Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut in October. The series will visit nine different tracks and three different states across the 14-race slate.

“Fourteen events has always been the number we have shot for when producing our schedule,” series president Mike Parks said. “We had the chance for a couple more dates, but this is the most we have ever scheduled and we want to make sure our teams will be able to compete at the highest level.”

After a test and tune on April 27, teams will open the season on the tight confines of Claremont Speedway in New Hampshire on Friday, May 3 with a 100-lap feature event. Just two weeks later, drivers will move just across the state to visit Lee USA Speedway as part of a combination event with the newly formed Steel Sportsman Series in their inaugural event. The first of three dates at Lee is slated for May 18 and 19.

A busy month of May concludes at New London Waterford Speedbowl, where the season will once again experiment with three, 35-lap feature races in one night. The event was a success in 2017, with three different drivers carrying the checkered flag during the night.

June begins with the return to Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire for the first time in two years. “Speedway 51 in New Hampshire is a fast quarter-mile that our teams will feel right at home on,” Parks said.

With the rest of the month off, the Independence Day celebration gets underway right back at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, July 4. The series will celebrate the holiday under the lights of the .375-mile New Hampshire oval with the fifth race of the season.

A Sunday afternoon stop is slated for Hudson International Speedway on July 14 – a track where eventual 2018 champion Devin O’Connell visited Victory Lane last season.

The series returns to the New London Waterford Speedbowl for the second time on Saturday, August 3, before returning to the high-banks of Monadnock Speedway for the annual JBH 100 on August 10 or 17. That date is the only one left on the schedule that is yet to be nailed down, but teams can expect that to be solidified in the near future.

The marquee event for the 2019 schedule is going to be on Sunday, September 1, where the Granite State Pro Stock Series will return to Claremont Speedway on Labor Day weekend for the Rocky Ridge 150.

“This is definitely our premiere event for 2019, the Rocky Ridge 150 presented by Springfield Buick GMC at Claremont,” Parks continued. “The event will pay $5,000 to the winner, and will have the largest purse to date for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. We are excited to watch drivers fight for the added cash.”

As the final stages of the championship battle begin to take shape, Star Speedway returns to the schedule on Classic weekend. The Friday, September 6, date is slated for 100 laps, and will help to kick-off another Classic weekend in style.

Teams will have a few weeks off after Star, but the battle heats up in a big way with the return to Massachusetts and Seekonk Speedway on September 27 and 28. For the first time, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will headline the D.A.V. Fall Classic for a 100-lap Seekonk thriller that will put Seekonk’s local stars up against touring series invaders. In the only previous appearance, a local champion picked up the trophy.

“Returning to Seekonk for their annual D.A.V. Fall Classic is going to be great for our series,” Parks said. “Seekonk is a premiere race facility in the Northeast and we are proud to have been able to put this event together with them. We are looking forward to returning.”

October includes the final three races of the season – one of them in New Hampshire and the other two at staple Connecticut racing ovals. All of the final three events will come on the tracks marquee weekends.

The final stop at Lee USA Speedway comes on Sunday, October 6, as part of their Octoberfest, followed by a return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series on Friday, October 11, and a 50-lap event. The champion is crowned at the Speedbowl as part of their Championship Chiller weekend on Saturday, October 19.

Teams and fans can follow the series on social media for the latest updates throughout the offseason, while also visiting www.gspss.net.

2019 GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES SCHEDULE

April 27th Claremont Speedway Test & Tune

May 3rd Claremont Speedway 100 Laps

May 18th & 19th Lee USA Laps TBA

May 25th New London Waterford Speedbowl Triple 35s

June 15th Speedway 51 100 Laps

July 4th  Lee USA 100 Laps

July 14th Hudson Int’l Speedway 100 Laps

Aug 3rd New London Waterford Speedbowl 100 laps

Aug 10th or 17th Monadnock Speedway JBH 100

Sept 1st Claremont Speedway 150 Laps

Sept 6th Star Speedway 100 Laps

Sept 27th & 28th Seekonk Speedway DAV Fall Classic 100 Laps

Oct 6th Lee USA Octoberfest 100 Laps

Oct 11th Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 50 Laps

Oct 19th New London Waterford Speedbowl 100 Laps