Hemeric Wins at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

October 18 2015: Daniel Hemeric celebrates after winning the All-American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
October 18 2015: Daniel Hemeric celebrates after winning the All-American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

There was a chill in the air on Sunday morning, but that chill quickly turned into plenty of heat on the track when the green flag dropped for the 37th Annual All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Thirty-six of the best pro late model drivers took the green flag on Sunday afternoon chasing after that $12,500 top prize to culminate an action packed weekend of racing at the storied Nashville racing facility.

Among the field of drivers was local favorite Willie Allen, 2-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin, both of which did not fare well in the race as Sterling Marlin suffered mechanical problems prior to the first competition caution and pole sitter Willie Allen suffered a hard crash taking him out of the race late in the day. Willie Allen never lead a lap despite winning the pole position.  Once the green flag dropped, it was Stonington, CT’s David Garbo Jr who jumped out to the early lead setting a fast pace early. This lead however didn’t last long as Cole Williams (lead 59 laps) jumped out to the lead before giving it up to Cole Rouse.

October 18 2015: Cole Rouse (20) lapping a car during the All-American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
October 18 2015: Cole Rouse (20) lapping a car during the All-American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Much of the race was dominated by Cole Rouse, who lead 145 laps on the day and at time seemed like was on cruise control. It seemed throughout the afternoon that Cole was going to be the man to beat, but quietly sitting back and conserving fuel was the eventual race winner, Daniel Hemeric who in the end lead the final 71 laps of the race and took home the checkers and the much sought after guitar trophy which is iconic to the Fairgrounds Speedway.

Finishing second was Georgia native, Bubba Pollard who crossed the line 2.3 seconds behind Daniel Hemeric.  A pre-race favorite to win, John Hunter Nemechek finished in third place after having to work his way back through the field when a tire issue sent him to pit road [and ultimately the rear of the field] early in the race.

October 18 2015: Daniel Hemeric leads a group of cars during the All-American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
October 18 2015: Daniel Hemeric leads a group of cars during the All-American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
While Daniel Hemeric races full time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he is no stranger to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.  Two years ago Daniel finished second to Chase Elliott and visited victory lane at the historical half mile track when he won the Southern Super Series race at the speedway in April of this year.
Of the 36 cars that took the green flag, 12 cars were still running on the track when the checkered flag was waving.  There was a total of nine cautions including the two competition cautions at laps 125 and 250.  The combined caution laps totaled for 55 of the 300 laps run in the race.

Granite State Pro Stock Series to Crown Champion at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

GSPSSPro Stocks Return to Facility for Bemer’s Big Show 150

 WATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ inaugural trip to New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be a race to remember for at least one driver, as the series’ champion will be crowned at the Bemer’s Big Show 150, on October 24.

Derek Griffith, who has enjoyed a breakout season, leads Barry Gray by 40 points entering the event.  Griffith has picked up a total of four wins in this campaign, the most this season by any driver, after earning his first career win in April, at Claremont Speedway.

Griffith is treating the Bemer’s Big Show 150 like any other race, however, saying, “I want to go out there and compete for the win, and if we do well, then we will clinch that championship.”

The Hudson, NH resident is taken back by his team’s success this year, continuing, “Just to be a contender for a championship is huge for me and my whole crew.  Two years ago we had struggled to finish a race without body damage, heck we struggled to finish the race.  If we do go get the championship, it’s just proof that when you put your mind, and put a lot of effort into something, and you have some good people behind, you anything can happen.”

Gray has had a successful season as well.  The Belchertown, MA driver has not finished worse than ninth all season, and has added a win at Monadnock Speedway in May.  Gray also owns four career Granite State Pro Stock Series victories, and needs one more to tie Matt Frahm for the overall lead with five.

As an added bonus to the Bemer’s Big Show 150, James Schaefer and Dick Williams have added a total of $1100 to the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ purse.  The winner of the race will receive an extra $200, while the remaining $900 will be divided between the top five Riverhead Raceway and Seekonk Speedway regulars in the field.

Riverhead Raceway driver Jarrod Hayes is eyeing the extra cash, and has been preparing his ride for New London-Waterford Speedbowl, including turning practice laps recently at the facility.  Hayes, who has run with the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, is confident in his debut at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, commenting, “I’ve never raced there, but I adapt quickly to other tracks.  If I didn’t think I have some kind of chance, I’d stay home.  I don’t show up for 4th place.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will conclude the season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the Bemer’s Big Show 150, on October 24.  The series will crown the fourth champion in the tour’s history, as Pro Stocks make their second appearance in the tracks’ storied history.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks via email, mparks@gspss.net.

Coby Celebrates Championship

nwmt-lgSweeps Thompson To Win Third Whelen Modified Tour Title

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 18, 2015) – The season finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour featured three drivers in contention for the championship in the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was unfortunate that two of those competitors had to go up against Doug Coby.

IMG_8422Coby dominated the event in his No. 2 Dunleavy’s/HEX/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet, and despite having to just finish second to Justin Bonsignore to clinch the title, made a daring pass on Lap 145 to sweep all four races this season at the track and win his third tour championship.

Coby dominated the first half of the race leading up until the leaders all pitted on Lap 92. Patrick Emerling stayed on the track to inherit the lead and was passed by Bonsignore on the restart on Lap 103.

Timmy Solomito followed Bonsignore in third at the checkered flag with Todd Szegedy fourth. Woody Pitkat, who entered the race just four points behind co-leaders Coby and Ryan Preece in contention for the title, rebounded from an early caution and penalty that put him a lap down to finished fifth.

Emerling was sixth with Preece seventh. Ted Christopher, Chase Dowling and Donny Lia completed the top 10.

The win and championship add to an already impressive resume for the Milford, Connecticut, native Coby. He joined Mike Stefanik (seven) and Tony Hirschman (five) to become just the third driver in the 31-year history of the tour to win three or more championships. He also joins Stefanik (1998) and Steve Park (1996) as the only drivers to record a season sweep at Thompson.

The final championship margin for the trio was Coby at 613, Preece at 602 and Pitkat at 600. The 11-point margin for Coby tied his 2012 mark for the third-closest championship chase in Whelen Modified Tour history, also over Preece.

Coby and Preece have finished 1-2 in the final points standings in each of the last four seasons, with Preece’s title in 2013.

The Sunoco World Series 150 will be televised on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results


At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 76.897 mph.
  2. (8) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (2) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  4. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 150.
  5. (3) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (19) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (5) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (15) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (6) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (7) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (21) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (18) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (26) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (10) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  16. (16) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
  17. (27) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  18. (28) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  19. (25) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  20. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  21. (23) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
  22. (9) John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118, handling.
  23. (11) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 98, accident.
  24. (32) Danny Watts, Jr., Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 89, accident.
  25. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 83, suspension.
  26. (14) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 74, rear end.
  27. (20) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 53, rear end.
  28. (12) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 51, accident.
  29. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 41, accident.
  30. (24) Ray Graham, Fulton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 40, accident.
  31. (17) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 2, accident.
  32. (22) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 2, accident.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 9 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.690 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (121.189 mph, 18.566 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-93; P. Emerling 94-102; J. Bonsignore 103-144; D. Coby 145-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 613; 2. R. Preece, 602; 3. W. Pitkat, 600; 4. T. Szegedy, 535; 5. P. Emerling, 515; 6. T. Solomito, 514; 7. D. Lia, 490; 8. E. Goodale, 486; 9. C. Dowling, 481; 10. J. Bonsignore, 478.

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