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Thompson Speedway exhibiting at The Racer’s Expo

(THOMPSON, CT) – The Racer’s Expo, an annual motor sports trade show, returns on February 3rd and 4th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. This year, under the management of OTB Promotions, the show features some new seminars and world class exhibitors. Over 45 vendors are registered for the expo for 2017. TSMP will once again be showcasing the facility and experiences offered at the expo. Exotic Driving Events, American Muscle Experience and Fiat 500 Rally will be highlighted.

The TSMP booth will boast a great giveaways such as a 2 lap experience driving a Corvette Z06 on the 1.7 mile road course through the American Muscle Experience. It will also include a give away for a 3 lap experience driving one of the Exotic Driving Experience’s cars through an autocross set up. Choose from a Ferrari 458 Italia, Nissan GT-R and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570. 

A pair of tickets to the 2017 Icebreaker are also up for grabs in the giveaway. Show hours on February 3 are 4pm-9pm and on February 4 are 9am-4:30pm. Tickets are $5 per person with kids 12 and under free.

For more information on The Racer’s Expo please visit www.theracersexpo.com. For more information on TSMP please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

Legendary Race Photographer Howie Hodge Has Passed Away.

Getting the opportunity to cover the  sport we love, the added bonus is the great friends we make along the way.   It was my honor  to become friends  with legendary racing photographer Howie Hodge .

Howie was at so many races every year with his wife Mary at his side capturing the racing in a way only Howie could.

I first knew of Howie because of his  photography in Area Auto Racing News and  The Mod Series Scene web site. I  got to know him because of the many posts on the  Mod Series Scene message forum.

I didn’t actually meet Howie until he was taking my picture in the pits at Riverhead Raceway. I was very honored when he asked me to pose until I realized he was trying to make me stand still so Walter Newcomb could steal the $20.00 bill hanging our of my pocket.  Howie posted that picture on the Chrome Horn that week with a caption about stealing money from “Jaws”.  Since that day everyone just knows me as “Jaws”

We use to talk about racing and his friend Lou Cady.  How trying to keep the MSS page going was such a tough thing after Lou died. If you go to the forums which are still up and running  you can read Howie’s last post.

As I read the post today with tears in my eyes I can hear his voice and realize how much I will miss him.  It will not be the same  when we roll into Thompson  for the Icebreaker or many other races this year with Howie.

I once asked for photography advice at Riverhead and his answer was “I don’t know, keep changing setting until the pictures look good. ”  When I told Howie that story years later he smiled and said “Did I say that?

Over that last few years Howie spent many hours scanning in old negatives and posting them on Facebook.  Races and people from Talladega, Daytona, Bristol in addition to all the great photographs from Thompson, Stafford, Waterford and many many other short tracks.  Because of his hard work so mNY of his photos will live on for generations to come.

Two weeks  ago I spoke to Howie,  he called me when I was driving back from Utica to get my son.  He said he wanted to call as that was kind a regular thing when I was on one of my many road trips.  We talked about the upcoming season of racing and which races we were looking forward to.  Not knowing that was the last time we would speak I wish we had talked a little longer.

Rest in Peace my friend  Howie, we will all miss your photography but most of all we will miss you.

Jaws

 

 

 

 

 

Oswego Speedway ‘Fan Can Chase’ Raises Nearly $9,000 for Local Initiatives

OSWEGO, NY (January 25, 2017) – With the environment and community in mind, Novelis once again partnered with Oswego Speedway and Scriba Bottle and Can Return in 2016 to continue the popular Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase,’ now completing its 12th consecutive season.

Also serving as the title sponsor of the headline Novelis Supermodified division at Oswego Speedway, Novelis conducted three recycled can drive collections at the Speedway in 2016, with the assistance of Scriba Bottle and Can Return, collecting a record 149,248 cans.

Novelis is the world leader in rolled aluminum products, delivering unique solutions for the most demanding global applications, such as beverage cans, automobiles, architecture, and consumer electronics.

“The fans of the Oswego Speedway came through once again this past season with another record year of can collections,” said Novelis Finance Lead and Fan Can Chase Coordinator, Tom Salvador.  “We are extremely happy our partnership with the Oswego Speedway helps us get out our message on the importance of recycling aluminum.  We are also grateful to be able to distribute the funds from these collections to many local organizations in the community.”

While the can collection nights play a large role in the fundraising efforts, the Speedway also donates all cans purchased at the Speedway by race fans to the overall total.

After combining all cans collected, Jennifer Parrish of Scriba Bottle and Can Return was able to present Novelis with a check for $8,954.92.

Major contributors to this cause were the top three finishers in the 2016 Novelis Fan Can Chase.

Steve Larkin led the way with an astonishing 18,753 cans donated with Ricky Pritchard the runner-up finisher at 8,815 cans and Mary Spaulding completing the podium at 7,305 cans.

All money raised in 2016 will be given back by Novelis to various community related initiatives.

Oswego Speedway is proud to announce that this partnership will continue into 2017 with the Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase’ again taking place on three race nights during the upcoming season.

Those nights will be the Memorial Day Weekend Port City ‘Super Spectacle’ on Saturday, May 27, the 31st annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified Championship on Saturday, July 22, as well as the Speedway’s $5 admission track championship night on Saturday, August 19.

For more information on Novelis, including their community outreach initiatives, visit online at www.novelis.com as well as www.facebook.com/Novelisinc.

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