Champ Trail -
January 9, 2018
With winter settling in with many having Racing withdrawal one needs only
look to their computer for a racing fix. Many of the events held at
Stafford, Waterford, Thompson and Seekonk have been recorded for all to see
on YouTube. They are just a click away. In addition many of the Whelen
Modified Tour Series events taped by the NBC Sports net are available on
The Stafford Motor Speedway announced last week that they will run “Open
Competition” events in conjunction with regular Friday night programs on
June 8 and on July 13. Both events will run the 80 lap distance and carry a
purse totaling $24,000 and will be paying $3,500 to win. Stafford is looking
to draw cars from the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Race of
Champions Modified Series that don’t normally run at Stafford. A
non-refundable pre-registration is required.
Jimmy Blewett will become a hired gun for Eddie Partridge on the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour Series. Ryan Preece told auto racing web site RaceDayCt
that he will miss Whelen Modified events at Myrtle Beach SC on March 17 and
at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on Sept 8. Preece is scheduled to
compete in a Joe Gibbs NASCAR Xfinity car for ten events.
Good luck to third generation driver Jacob Perry who is now 16 and is
taking a step up on the racing ladder. Perry is moving up to the Valenti
Modified Racing Series and plans on running the full schedule. Norm Perry
will serve as crew chief. In 2017 Perry made four starts in an SK Modified
at the New London – Waterford Speedbowl and recorded three top ten finishes.
ESPN reported that NASCAR president Brian France is heading a group that
is looking to buy the Carolina Panthers NFL team. Since taking over the
leadership of NASCAR France and his expert cronies have all but ruined Cup
racing. Empty grandstands are proof in the pudding. It will be interesting
to see how long it will take him to ruin the NFL.
On the speedway stock market scene last week, two of the three speedway
stocks were down for the week. Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.99 to 18.88
and the International Speedway Corporation dropped 0.75 to 39.10 while Dover
Entertainment went up 0.05 to 2.00. NASCAR cup sponsor Monster Beverage went
up 0.20 to 63.49, NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 0.82
to 18.74 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 0.53 to 32.84. The auto
manufacturers had a record breaking week. Toyota went up 6.69 to 133.86,
General Motors went up 3.02 to 44.01 and Ford went up 0.71 to 13.20. In the
home improvement sector, Home Depot went up 2.99 to 192.50 and Lowes went up
1.80 to 94.74. With the exception of Coca-Cola which dropped 13.26 to
202.00, the big teams sponsors stocks were positive. McDonalds went up 1.93
to 174.05, Target went up 1.30 to 66.55, Fedex went up 16.48 to 265.92 and
Aarons Rentals went up 0.09 to 39.94
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467.
Phil Smith has been a columnist for
Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
Smith / Champ Trail