Russell Dowd, the Voice of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, to Retire in 2016

THOMPSON, CT – Russ Dowd, the Voice of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) for over thirty years, has announced his retirement. Dowd, a resident of Woodstock, CT, has spent some 46 years behind a microphone.

Dowd has been a familiar part of the Thompson landscape most of his life. He first raced go karts on the old Thompson ¼ mile oval and then raced NASCAR Modified cars until 1980. Shortly thereafter, Thompson’s race director, the late Bill Slater convinced Dowd to join Rich Bonneau in the announcer’s booth at Thompson. He then went on to announce at tracks up and down the east coast including thirteen years at the Stafford Motor Speedway. He also worked at The New London – Waterford Speedbowl, Westboro Speedway, Riverside Park Speedway, Pocono and many more but he always considered Thompson to be home.

“For nearly four decades, Russ’ voice has boomed over our PA,” recalled TSMP General Manager, Josh Vanada.  He’s become synonymous with the character of our facility, and our presentation has been, in large part, his. We will certainly miss him, and all the contributions that he has made over his accomplished career. We wish to express our sincere gratitude for his dedicated service, attention to detail, and his deep care and concern for Thompson’s best interest. Thank you, Russ, and congratulations!, Vanada concluded”

Dowd began his broadcasting career in his teen years when he announced Go Kart races at Woodstock, CT Fair. He went on to develop his skills and got his first radio job in 1969 while serving in the U. S. Army in Washington, DC.  After leaving the military, Dowd returned home and went to work at WESO & WQVR radio in Southbridge, MA. He was soon named News Director and then Operations Manager. He spent the next 27 years running those stations.

“I leave the announcer’s booth with very mixed emotions,” Dowd said.  “Thompson Speedway has been a huge part of my life. Not only have I worked the announcer’s booth, but have served as the Track’s General Manager and its Director of Operations. Thompson is in my blood. However, there comes a time when things must change and I feel that that time has come. I can’t begin to thank Don Hoenig and his family enough for all of these wonderful years. I also wish to thank virtually everyone I have had the privilege to work with over the years. It has been a very special experience and I feel fortunate to have been able to be a part of this historic speedway.”  In 2014, Dowd was named the Best Short Track Announcer by voters on the Speed51.com web site.

“I certainly will miss being on the PA system on race days. I’ll miss the fun that we have had over the years in the booth and will miss the camaraderie that exists with a great group of people who work and have worked in race control. I have had a chance to work with some of the very best announcers in the business and I was able to learn from each one of them,” said Dowd.  I have been very fortunate to have been in the booth for every race held at Thompson since I became an announcer and have had the pleasure of doing play by play of all 130 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races that have been run at Thompson along with Tour races at both Stafford and Waterford, Riverside Park and elsewhere”.

Dowd’s retirement does not mean that he will disappear from the Thompson scene. He will continue to provide assistance to his administrative successor to make for a smooth transition.  Fans can also expect to see him on some race days and he might even make an occasional guest appearance on the track’s PA system.

Oswego Speedway and Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase’ Raises Nearly $10,000 for Local Charitable Organizations

IMG_0081OSWEGO, NY (January 7, 2016) – With the environment and community in mind, Novelis once again partnered with Oswego Speedway and Scriba Lane Redemption in 2015 to continue the popular Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase,’ now completing its 11th 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 2015, with the assistance of Scriba Lane Redemption, collecting a record 126,000 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. Aluminum is an infinitely recyclable resource and the ‘Fan Can Chase’ is a strong example of the company’s commitment to sustainability and community.

“This was by far our biggest year yet,” said Tom Salvador, Finance Lead at Novelis and the Novelis coordinator of the ‘Fan Can Chase.’  “We surpassed our record from last season by over 44,000 cans, making our eleven year total now over 1.1 million.  To put this in perspective that is now over $70,000 we have been able to give back to the community through the years by working with local schools and other organizations.”

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, Don Sherwood of Scriba Lane Redemption was able to present Novelis with a check for $9,945.

“All money raised will be used to fund important charitable endeavors here in our Oswego community,” said Salvador.  “We cannot thank the fans enough for their support, as well as the Speedway for their donations.  I want to specifically mention Jim Larkin, who was our ‘Fan Can Chase’ winner bringing in over 18,000 cans in total for our three drives.”

Within each community in which it globally operates, Novelis supports programs and non-profit organizations focused on advancing safety, enhancing math and science education and increasing recycling.

Oswego Speedway is proud to announce that this partnership will continue into 2016 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 28, the Independence Weekend Grand Prix on Saturday, July 2, as well as the 30th annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified Championship on Saturday, July 23.

For more information on Novelis, including their community outreach initiatives, visit online at www.novelis.com.

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GSPSS Release’s The 2016 Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

A quick turnaround will see the driver’s compete at Lee USA Speedway on June 3, before taking a month off from action for an early season break. GSPSS will celebrate Independence Day weekend at Speedway 51 for the second straight year with a stop on Saturday July 2.

An inaugural event at the 1/4 mile bullring Riverhead Raceway on July 30 will test the talents of GSPSS drivers when they travel the Long Island Sound for the furthest trip ever in series history.

Return stops at Monadnock Speedway (Aug. 13) and Claremont Speedway (Aug. 19) will close out the month of August and send the Pro Stocks into an intense championship stretch.

An inaugural race at Wiscasset Speedway on Sept. 3-4 will be followed by the annual Star Classic 100 at Star Speedway on Sept. 10. The month will conclude with a race at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Sept. 24, before the series heads for the championship deciding event.

For the second straight season, the champion will be crowned as part of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl “Bemer’s Big Show,” on Oct. 22 with a 100 lap feature to close out the season.

“We are very happy with the schedule we have put in place for 2016,” Mike Parks, President of the Granite State Pro Stock Series said.

“As we build the schedule our goal is always to host 10 to 14 events and at this point we have 11 in place for this year. Building our schedule is one of the hardest things we have to do and we really try not to have back-to-back races so there is time between events. All and all, we are very pleased as to how it all worked out,” Parks said.

With the addition of two new tracks to the schedule for this season, the series is happy to be branching out into different states and giving more drivers a chance to showcase their talents.

“We are thrilled to add both Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway, going to both tracks shows the strength we have in this series. Riverhead will be tough, it is a tight little bullring and the local teams will be tough to compete against. Going to Wiscasset will be our first event in the state of Maine and we are excited about that. We have talked to Richard and Vanessa Jordan since they purchased the facility and the timing just wasn’t right. However, with a couple of years under their belt, we feel the time is right to bring our drivers there,” Parks continued.

With the announcement of the schedule also comes the opening of car registration for the season. Teams can register their car number by completing the forms online and making a payment via Pay/Pal or credit card. If they wish, teams can use the alternative option to the online payment and mail a completed form with a check. The series will hold car numbers from the 2015 season until February 13.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, fans should visit www.gspss.net

 

 

2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule:

 

Date — Venue – Location

 

May 13 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H.

May 28 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H.

June 3 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H.

July 2 — Speedway 51 — Groveton, N.H.

July 30 — Riverhead Raceway — Riverhead, N.Y.

Aug. 13 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H.

Aug. 19 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H.

Sept. 3-4 — Wiscasset Speedway — Wiscasset, Maine

Sept. 10 — Star Speedway — Epping, N.H.

Sept. 24 — White Mountain Motorsports Park — North Woodstock, N.H.

Oct. 22 — New London-Waterford Speedbowl — Waterford, Conn.

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