Some days you'll never forget. This past Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl was one of those days. There was a ProTruck race that demonstrated how far the series has come going green to checkers without caution. The race saw the first ever converted street stock- extended cab truck created and raced by Duane Noll.  The race had the debut of another new driver, Dan Butler, and a masterful  performance from our Champion, Andy Lindeman both in qualifying and as he led all the laps enroute to winning the race.  Those stories and others should be the headline, but somewhere in the middle of the afternoon, cell phones were chiming and and unbelievable news set teams buzzing. Soon tears were flowing. The news was so terrible that track workers were challenged to complete the evening.  

     If you are even a casual fan of racing, you understand what Dale Earnhardt meant to NASCAR.  In New England our Dale E is TC.  As we go forward September 16, 2017 will always be known as day the racing world lost Ted Christopher. The similarities in these two men are unreal. They were both champions with a style that may ruffle some feathers. They both were undeniably legendary racers.  They were both mentors. You'll read of  the countless racing accomplishments of Ted Christopher over the next few weeks. What is most important is that the best part of Ted Christopher, even if you consider all of those records and accomplishments was how Ted Christopher lived once he unstrapped the seat belts.
      
      In the  grand scheme of racing, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series is regional.  As it struggled to grow, Ted Christopher came to help.  " He drove my truck, but it had to have a 13 on it so I lettered it up." said General manager Vinny Beedle. It was a thrill for the series drivers to race him. It was a thrill for the fans to watch.  "He had a big smile on his face. He said, "This is fun." "

    
     Ted loved all type of racing.  He won in anything and everything but what you might  not know is if it  was an extra special win, the team just might get treated to another one of his favorite things, Ice Cream.  "He loved ice cream. He wasn't a drinker. He was a hard worker, a true hero, and a role model."   Beedle went on to say, "Teddy was a great man, more caring than most. In my earlier years I was honored to sponsor his tour car. He's been there for me as I have gone though so much in my personal life. We spoke often.  I will never forget him and will consider him for ever a personal friend." 
  
       Vinny announced today, "He meant so much to us. Although he was not a regular on our tour, the number 13 has been officially retired today from use on the Mr Rooter ProTour in honor of Teddy ".  Thoughts and prayers go out to the Christopher family, friends and all those feeling this tragic loss from all of us at the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series. 
     

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Exit Realty's Beatrice Associates Raises Stakes
for World Series Pole

 
Exit Realty's Beatrice Associates of Middleton Mass has just made pole qualifying on Championship weekend more interesting. Anytime there is more on the line, the battle for  the top prize heats up.  Race fans with the phone app Race Monitor,  or those that follow along on the Thompson Speedway scoreboard can get qualifying times live as the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks fight for hundredths of a second that may mean the pole position to them.

    How can race fans monitor like the teams do?   To follow time trials live on a cell phone all fans have to do is download the Race Monitor app.   Click and Hold the Thompson World Series race listing.  Click follow.

      Pay attention to the second practice.  Non Chase teams will try to get into the top 10 in times in this session. Times are updated live so you can see if your driver made the cut.

     The drivers are scheduled to qualify one more time. The top 10 ProTrucks will be grouped together. Whatever way they qualify is the way they will line up or the 35 lap Championship event.

 There is a little more on the line than starting position though.  Beatrice Associates of the Exit Realty's Middleton office has posted $50 dollars for the third place qualifier. 2nd place will pocket $100.00.  The truck that turns the fast time will  earn $250 and the first starting position.

    Follow it all live.  Time matters. If your agent isn't aware of the latest listings, you may miss the house of your dreams. Be first with Exit Realty and Beatrice Associates, 191 South Main Street, Middleton Ma. 01949.   Call us at 978-777-3948

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    Saturday Night, September 2 was Military Night at the Waterford SpeedBowl. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series was honored to be part of this special event. 19 trucks were onsite ready to battle for 35 laps.

      Time trials are done in the form of group qualifying. Corey Coates, in the 81 McGuire's Silverado turned a blistering lap of 16.455 seconds to claim is second pole position in as many weeks. The time is a ProTruck track record. Danny Anderson, in the 50 Ford F-150 turned a lap  0.031 seconds slower and had to settle for second.

    There was a threat of weather prompting officials at the speedway to move the show right along. It wasn't long until the field as lined up and ready to take the green. Lined up behind Coates and Anderson was the 2ct of Jim Boyle. Dave Koenig was staged outside of him. In the fifth starting spot was the 15jr. of Gerard Giordano Jr.  Last weeks winner, Allen Coates started in 6th.

      At the drop of the green Corey Coates  pulled the 81 out front.  The 50 of Anderson dropped into second. There was a light trail of sparks under the nose of the 81.  The yellow flew on lap 8 for a spin by Al Stone III.  The field was slowed and Corey was able to take the  81 into the pits for repairs.

     Anderson inherited the top spot for the lap 15 restart. Allen Coates was now lined up on the outside. The field was shown green.  The 99 of Coates darted into the lead however officials did not like the jump Coates got on the leader. The field was slowed and brought around for another attempt.

     Anderson and Coates motored on side by side this time. Anderson was able to clear Coates as the pair headed into turn three .   They settled in for some green flag racing while Jim Boyle and Gerard Giordano Jr. had a heated battle for 3rd.  The 15jr finally worked by Boyle on lap 17.   Back in the pack Frank Dumicich Jr. battled and banged with the number 318 of Alex Canestrari .  Dumicich Jr. was having an off night, bouncing off many in the field.  He eventually ended up spinning after contact with the number 3 of Series defending Champion Andy Lindeman. The incident brought out the final caution on lap 32.

       The field  was set for a green-white-checkered finish. Anderson and Coates pulled away even on the start. Coates powered around the outside and held a slight lead as the duo headed down the back stretch. Entering turn 3 Anderson was able to carve his #50 Ford right to the bottom and owned the top spot with one to go.  He cruised from there to the checkers for the win. Coates and Giordano battled side by side the entire last lap, with Coates prevailing. Duane Noll, Josh Stringer and Dave Koenig  rounded out the top five.

      The Mr. Rooter Truck Series returns to the Waterford Speedbowl September 16th to finish a trio of SpeedBowl events.  Get your tickets as the ProTrucks drivers battle into the chase by calling  860-442-7223 or visiting the web site at www.speedbowlct.com .
 

 Results : 1st  #50 Danny Anderson,  2nd:  #99 Allen Coates,  3rd:  #15jr Gerard Giordano Jr.,   4th: #2ct Duane Noll,  5th: 29 Josh Stringer,  6th: #97 Dave Koenig ,  7th: #2ct Jim Boyle ,  8th: #68 Jeff Karns   9th: #21ct Todd Taylor  10th: #318 Alex Canestrari

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    The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series visited the Waterford Speedbowl for the second of 3 in a row at the famed Connecticut oval. August is for Autographs so race fans were able to meet the ProTruck drivers on this Saturday night.

     On track action heated up right away in qualifying. The teams participate in group qualifying and at the SpeedBowl the fans can follow the action live on the back stretch scoreboard.  Teams use an early session to earn their way into two groups. The Fast 8 then headed to the track for one more session to set the line-up and the father son battle was on.  Corey Coates in the Dangerous Dave's Racing 81 edged out his dad by 16 thousandths of a second ,  to earn the top starting spot..

     Corey led right from the start.  The Dunleavy's 99 settled into second by the end of lap one.  A cluster of 9 trucks followed led by a side by side battle between multi-feature winner Duane Noll and Long Island's Gerard Giordano Jr.  The pair battled side by side for the first 7 circuits until Giordano was finally able to clear Noll.  Josh Stringer, in the Charlie's Water Wagon 29 was right there to hound Noll in fifth. Jim Boyle and  Andy Lindeman were nose to tail battling for the 6th spot.

     Up front the father son battle on.  The truck series competitors have two types of chassis to consider. This battle between father and son. It was also a battle between the A/B Chassis which is a chassis that ProTruck fans would consider the classic basic option, and the C chassis, which is a design originated at Riverhead NY.  If that  was not enough it was also a battle between Dodge and Chevrolet.  Need more.  It was a family feud.  There was even a side bet.  Mom had her money on her son Corey while Cassandra Coates, who also drives in the series part time, put her money on dad.  One thing was certain. Corey was not letting  his dad under.  He  had the bottom shut Allen had no other choice then to move to  the outside setting up one of the greatest side by side battles in the history of the series.  They rubbed and scraped, and exchanged the led lap after lap. At one point sparks flew off of the 99 as it was pinned against the backstretch wall.  It seemed like an eternity to complete. After the 7 lap skirmish it was Allen Coates with the lead, and son Corey in second.  SpeedBowl truck Division points leader and defending champion Duane Noll followed along in third.  Gerard Giordano Jr. was fourth.  Josh Stringer and Jim Boyle battled for fifth. The race went green until with 2 to go, the yellow flew for the 21ct of Todd Taylor.  This set up one final restart to decide it all.

    The senior Coates opted for the inside line. Behind Allen was the 15jr. of Gerard Giordano. Outside of  Giordano was Noll. Stringer and Boyle made up the fifth and sixth spots.  Allen led into turn one but Corey battled back as the duo headed down the back stretch. They were side by side into 3. Out of 4 was less controlled as both trucks were sideways crossing the start finish line. Allen led.  Back in the  pack Koenig lost control and crashed on the front stretch. The caution flew while the trucks were on their final lap ending the race. 

   For this round the family bragging rights went to Allen.  The fans had witnessed one of the best father son battles, if not the best anyone will ever see. The  good news is they  will be back at it again this Saturday evening for Military Night in  the same trucks and fans should expect more of the same great action. Get your tickets as the ProTrucks drivers battle into the chase by calling  860-442-7223 or visiting the web site at www.speedbowlct.com


Top 5:  1st:  #99 Allen Coates, 2nd: #81 Corey Cates  , 3rd: #15jr. Gerard Giordano  Jr., 4th: 2vt Duane Noll, 5th: #29 Joshua Stringer 
             Click  here for complete results                      Photo credit to Robert Bagot.           Click here for his video replay
 

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Danny Anderson wins the Riverhead Nationals

  
    Riverhead Long Island is one of the best places any fan can go to take in a race.  The area is a tourist delight with Vineyards, an Aquarium, and of course the Hamptons close by. The fans love the track which has been host to awesome historic events.   Some of today's Championship contending NASCAR modified drivers honed their skills at Riverhead. Part of the night's entertainment includes  a live band.  Tiki Huts are at the corners of the track where you  can pull up a bar stool and have an ice cold beer.  For a  fun night of racing, head to Riverhead Raceway.

    Danny Anderson visited Riverhead for the first time last summer. The state of Florida has watched Danny Anderson racing ProTrucks since 1998.  With over 40 wins, teams know the driver of the number 50 is always a threat to win .   Danny actually raced in last year's Riverhead Nationals. The bull ring  is very similar to a track at home where many of those 40 victories were tallied at
 
    The race day moves fast when you race a ProTruck.  What would be most divisions second practice is actually time trials. Turn a fast enough time, and you guarantee a spot in the top 8 to start.

         Drivers that make the fast 8 participate in a second round of qualifying for the fast 8 that determines the starting  line-up for the Nationals.  Danny Anderson turned a lap of 13.977 , two tenths slower then last year's fast time, but good enough for the pole position.  The 97 of Dave Koenig grabbed the  outside pole.  Mark Stewart, in his first Mr. Rooter ProTruck race, rounded out the top 3. Another driver in his first ProTruck Series,  Tom Walkowiak qualified 4th. Gerard Giordano Jr. qualified a solid  5th. Tony Naglieri , Frank Dumicich Jr, and Jim Boyle rounded  out the Fast 8.

   75 laps was the distance.  Anderson and Koenig led the field to green.  Koenig motored by Anderson to lead lap 1 but Anderson fought back on the inside and had the lead back by the next circuit.  The yellow flew early when the318 of Alex Canestrari retired.

     
On the lap 9 restart Koenig fought hard on the outside again.  He grabbed the lead or a brief moment on the completion of the lap only to have Anderson slip back by on the inside and gain control of the race. The green session did not last long. On lap 13 the number 42 of Frank Dumicich Jr. dug into the back of Mark Stewarts  number 18, sending the Silverado around.  The yellow was out again. Both drivers were put to the rear.

It was Anderson and Koenig out front again for the restart. The 50 jumped out into the lead, leaving  Koenig to battle with the 00 of Tom Walkowiak. Gerard Giordano Jr. followed along in 4th while Jimmy Rennick Jr. had moved from his 9th starting spot into 5th. Rennick's #7 moved to the outside of Giordano to challenge for the 4th spot on lap 21.  As the two made their way out of turn 2 there was contact.  Rennick fought to control the 7, but bounced off of the 15jr. and into the wall ending his night.

    The safety crew at Riverhead Raceway is top notch, and after a mere 5 laps of yellow the field was being restarted but this time it was the 00 of Tom Walkowiak to the outside of Anderson. Restarts for the Mr. Rooter Truck Series were at the line after the starters box.  There was misunderstanding by the 00 of which restart line  the series was utilizing.  Walkowiak took off early.  The penalty was to drop to the rear of  the field. It was a costly error for the 00 was definitely one of the fastest trucks racing.  Despite the penalty Tom would battle back into the top 10.

   The yellow flag flew again. This time it was for crowd favorite Erin Dumicich. Erin's number 95 suffered a suspension failure ending her night.

  The final restart of the night was on lap 36. On the outside of Anderson was Gerard Giordano Jr.   Dave Koenig had his 97 Silverado up to 3rd.  Jim Boyle had methodically worked his way to 4th.  Tony Naglieri rounded out the top 5.  Anderson had control of the top spot by the end of the restart lap.
   Jim Boyle and Andy Lindeman put on a great battle for the 4th spot lap after lap when suddenly Boyle slowed and headed for the infield. The 2ct slowed dramatically on lap 44 and headed for the infield. Mechanical demons had sidelined the 2ct for the night.

        One of the best shows of the evening had to be the run from the back of the field to the front by Mark Stewart. Stewart is another one of those young drivers in the ProTrucks that the series is proud to have race. At 19  years old he already has 11 wins in the trucks at Riverhead. By lap 60 he was by  the 3 of Lindeman. On lap 72 he went  by Koenig.  He clearly had the 18 heading to challenge Anderson.  He simply ran out of laps. We'll never know if he had anything for Anderson because the race field was too spread out . One thing is for sure. A restart would have been very interesting.

  Missed the race? You can watch the video to the left from Pitstoppitbull.com .   The pictures above are also all credited to Peter Milano.

The series heads to the Waterford Speedbowl for another 35 lap event Saturday where the  fierce battle for the 4 series Chase spots will continue.

Frank Dummicich Jr. sits atop of the point standings with 2 wins. Andy Lindeman also has a pair of wins.
 

       Josh Stringer and Gerard Giordano Jr. both have 1 win.  4 drivers, Rick Ashlaw, Dave Koenig, Jim Boyle and Duane Noll all have a shot of taking the wild card points spot. The all could win their ways in with a victory at Waterford.   Qualifying for the series Championship is getting tight.  Get your tickets as the ProTrucks drivers battle into the chase by calling  860-442-7223 or visiting the web site at www.speedbowlct.com
 

Results 1st:#50 Danny Anderson,   2nd: #18 Mark Stewart,   3rd: #97 Dave Koenig, 4th: #42 Frank Dumicich Jr.    5th: #3 Andy Lindeman,  6h: #2vt Duane Noll,   7th: #29 Joshua Stringer,  8th: #00 Tom Walkowiak,   9th: #03 Tony Naglieri, 10th: #42 Frank Dumicich Sr.  
Complete results click here

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Stringer Takes Controversial Win

                  
 

WATERFORD, CT (August 5, 2017) It was race number one with the merger of the Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series and the NLWS Trucks. Two groups of qualifying started the night off for Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series, group one had  nine trucks battling for starting spots eleven on back. The second group would produce the pole through position ten. Once the dust cleared it was the #42 Truck of Frank Dumicich Jr on the pole.

Tonight’s main would be a 35-lap event with a twist. For the first thirty laps the cautions would count. The five remaining laps had to be completed under green flag conditions. The group qualifying and the added twist for the feature had the fans buzzing.

   When the green waved it was Dumicich Jr shooting out front with Duane Noll and Joshua Stringer in tow. The trio would battle until the caution waved as a couple truck in the rear got tangled up. The restart got the fans up as both Dumicich Jr and Noll got their trucks sideways allowing Stringer to move his #29 Truck into second.

The caution would wave slowing down the pace as Jordan Churchill and Frank Dumicich Sr got together on the frontstretch, ending Dumicich Sr night in his #5 Truck.

The restart with twelve laps to go had Dumicich Jr grabbing the lead with Stringer right on his rear bumper. Stringer tried the inside and was able to make it stick but the caution once again waved for the #1 Truck of Brian Norman slapping the back stretch wall.

The restart got a little dicey as Noll was able to get to the inside and make it three wide. The three trucks swapped positions numerous occasions until the fourth and final yellow flag waved after a hard hit into the turn three wall by Jordan Churchill. Churchill was shakene up and the race was red flagged, setting up a Green/Checkered shoot out.

The restart featured Dumicich Jr and Stringer on the front row. The green waved and Drumicich Jr grabbed the lead and moved up and left the inside groove open for Stringer and Noll. The trio entered turn three and Stringer shot to the inside in his #29 Truck. The two trucks would lean on each other with both trucks banging and neither driver giving the other an inch.

The checkered flag would wave as Dumicich Jr crossing the line first with Stringer all but glued to Dumicich Jr truck. Noll let off and finished third. It was uncertain who won the race for a few minutes as the trucks came back around and stopped on the frontstretch. The race win was awarded to Stringer in the #29, who actually crossed the line second. The decision was made that Dumicich Jr was penalized one spot for aggressive driving on the last lap. The decision gave Stringer his 2nd win at The Speedbowl along with the $1,000 winners purse.  Dumicich Jr showed his displeasure in victory lane with a tap to the rear of the Stringer machine.

The Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series continues on August 19th at the Riverhead Raceway with the running of the 2nd annual Riverhead Nationals.

Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series (35-lap)  Unofficial Results: #29 Joshua Stringer, #42 Frank Dumicich Jr, 2VT Duane Noll, #99 Corey Coates, #21CT Yodd Taylor, #15JR Gerard Giordano Jr, #2 Jim Boyle, #28CT Rick Ashlaw, #81 Dave Koening, #3 Andy Linderman, #19 Dale Owen, #47 Shayne Young, #199 Eric Finkbein, #25 Jordan Churchill, #318 Alex Canestrari, #1 Brian Norman, #98 Allen Coates, #5 Frank Dumicich Sr, #68 Jeff Karns

 Article by SpeedBowl Pr.                                    Photos from  Video by Robert Bagot.  Click here for link to the video.

 
 

Best Wishes from Victory Lane!

 
    The Mr. Rooter Truck Series visited Hudson Speedway.  There were plenty of stories but none were bigger than sending of Caleb Cashman to Military Service.  Pictured above from left to right are 18x Caleb Cashman, 97 Dave Koenig, #3 Andy Lindeman, #15jr. Gerard Giordano Jr. and #42 Frank Dumicich Jr.

Quick Results:   1st : #3 Andy  Lindeman, 2nd:: #15jr Gerard Giordano Jr.,  3rd: #42Fank Dumicich Jr., 
                       4th: #97 Dave Koenig Jr., 5th: #199 Bert Ouellette,  6th: #5 Frank Dumicich Sr.
                          7th: #28 Rick Ashlaw,  8th: #19 Dale Owen,  9th: #2ct Jim Boyle,  10th: #29 Joshua Stringer
                          11th: #18x Caleb Cashman,  12th: #2vt Duane Noll

 

 

Mr. Rooter ProTrucks and SpeedBowl Trucks Merge

 

  The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series race at Seekonk Speedway was one of the most successful truck races in series history.  Key factors that contributed to making the race exciting were competitive trucks and plenty of them. A mere two years ago, the series had dwindled down to just a handful of trucks.  Saturday's field started twenty.
      Competition director Marshall Hurley has made it clear that anything under 20 trucks is unacceptable. With that theory in mind, the series has merged their efforts with the  Waterford SpeedBowl's efforts to ensure full fields for the remainder of 2017.  The remaining Waterford Speedbowl truck events will now run under the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series banner.
     The change in schedules resulted from conversations between Hurley and the Speedbowl's General Manager George Whitney.   Speedbowl Trucks and Mr. Rooter ProTrucks have similar rules. They are close enough that competitors run both series with no significant changes to the race truck.  Most SpeedBowl competitors have already run with the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series this season. By merging the two series at the Speedbowl, the goal is to produce 20 truck fields.
     For those wishing to compete for SpeedBowl points, the eligible trucks will be awarded points based on the position of Speedbowl trucks in relation to each other.  Mr. Rooter Truck Series points will be awarded throughout the field.  The SpeedBowl races will count to qualify teams for the Chase. Speedbowl races are not mandatory.
     " Merging efforts is important to ensure quality truck racing " said Hurley.  "It will be taxing on the teams, but I am  sure they understand that unifying our efforts will ultimately benefit all of our ProTruck  teams."
           The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series competes Sunday at Hudson Speedway  for the Armed Forces 100, and then returns to action August 5th for the first dual race at the SpeedBowl.

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  The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series traveled to Seekonk Speedway for their first appearance ever in Massachusetts Saturday night.  The series format of group qualifying and 55 lap events made for interesting developments early.

   The  trucks were out first for a warm up.  Two trucks had issues. The 82 of Tony Lafo had a fluid leak and the 25 of Jordan Churchill suffered a failed rear end.  For Lafo the cure was easy. Not so for the 25 of Churchill.  Luckily the 28 team of Rick Ashlaw was in a position to come to the rescue. They were able to lend a his spare rear end enabling the 25 truck to compete.

     Qualifying starts early in ProTruck events.  Certain warm-ups are designated as qualifying sessions.  Times from these session set the top 10.  On this evening, the 3 of Andy Lindeman had a mechanical issue. He was unable to turn a fast lap.  On the other hand, in a truck built by Lindeman, was Alex Canestrari.  His super sharp looking number 318 Silverado set the fast time at 14.615.  Jim Boyle qualified 13 hundredths behind him   The 15jr of Gerard Giordano rounded out the top 3.  Josh Stringers 29 qualified 4th. Duane Noll was 5th. Corey Coates, Frank Dumicich Jr, Tony Lafo, Eric Finkbein Jr, and Caleb Cashman rounded out the top 10. These drivers were deemed Seekonk's Fast 10.

    After a brief intermission, it was time for the teams to go out in the final qualifying sessions that set the line-up.  Andy Lindeman's 3 was lightening fast. He set the fast time of the day at 14.502 seconds.  Because Lindeman did not make the fast 10 earlier, his fast time only moved him to 11th.

    Next up it was the "Fast 10". Josh Stringer set down a blistering lap of 14.419, which put the Charlie's Water Wagon Silverado on the pole. Boyle took his best shot and turned a lap of 14.427.  That time was good enough to put the 2ct on the outside of the front row. Canestrari, Dumicich and Corey Coates rounded out the top five.

    The  ProTruck field was the first feature of an action packed night of racing at Seekonk Speedway. Driver introduction were first and then pole sitter Josh Stringer led the field to green. Stringer got a great jump and looked unbeatable early on. Boyle settled into second. The 318 of Canestrari and the 42 of Dumicich swapped some paint battling for third. Alex eventually got into the side of Dumicich knocking the 42 sideways.  He lifted to allow Frank to gather it up. This allowed the 15jr. of Giordano to move into the top 5.  

     Lap 14 saw the 28 spin to the inside of turn 3. The ProTrucks were under caution. 

    The line-up for the restart had Boyle's 2ct outside of Stringer again. Dumicich lined up 3rd. The 15jr was 4th. Tony Lafo had the 82 settled into 5th.  Stringer took the green on lap 21.   Dumicich took advantage of his inside restart position and moved his 42 to second place.  He then nosed his Silverado under the 29 entering turn 3, and took the top spot on lap 23. Stringer crossed over entering turn 1,  and grabbed the inside position back. He was able to wrestle the top spot back on the very next circuit.  Tony Lafo moved his number 82 Ford F150 into 3rd right on Dumicich's  bumper. Duane Noll's 2vt followed in 4th. Gerard Giordano Jr, in the 15jr rounded out the top 5.  Dumicich was able to nose back under Stringer's 29 on lap 27. One lap later it was Stringer back under. The battle had fans on their feet and only was interrupted when Gerard Giordano Jr. made an error in judgment. He cut under the 2 of Noll as Noll moved down to challenge the leaders. The two made contact.  Noll spun to the infield and the yellow flew on lap 31. 


    The lap 34 restart was one of the most controversial moments in the event. As the leaders moved down the back stretch, Dumicich moved the 29 up high.  He turned right , slamming Stringer's Silverado in the left front fender. The move gained him extra track space low. When reviewed by officials it was clear they felt Dumicich got away with one during this restart.  The move was the  only dark moment in a great run thus far for the 42.

     Dumicich went on to lead.  The contact on the restart seemed to hurt the 29 as Stringer faded.  Some new faces were now  making their presence known up front.  Jim Boyle was back challenging Dumicich.  Dave Koenig's 97 joined. he was up to third.   

     The  two drivers that had brought out the last caution, Giordano and Noll were carving their way back through  the pack  quite easily when Noll made an error and make contact with Andy Lindeman.  The contact sent the  3 to the infield. The yellow flew. That was the end of Noll's night.

    On the restart it was still Dumicich up front. Boyle hounded the leader and with the benefit of some contact slipped into the top spot with just 3 laps left.  Dumicich was quick to return the favor.  The 42 charged right back, dove back to the inside of Boyle, and wrestled back the top spot.   Three laps later it was checkers for the 42ny team. The win was Dumicich's second for 2017 and all but locks the 42 team into the Chase Race at Thompson's World Series in the fall.  Dave Koenig managed to work his way to second.  Jordan Churchill crossed the line in third. Giordano Jr. and  Jim Boyle rounded out the top five.

    Dumicich led 28 laps, just besting Stringer by 2 circuits to earn a championship point for most laps led.  The win places the  42 at the top of the standings. The win also comes with a cool check for $1000.  Post race Dumicich would say " That track was fun. and the fans were great! I have never had that many people stand up and applaud after a race win. It was definitely a nice feeling.

    The series heads to the famed Hudson Speedway for a 100 lap slug fest Sunday July 30th for the Armed Forces 100. The event has special meaning as Caleb Cashman, driver of the 18x will be going off to the service after the event.  He ships out August first.  For advance tickets call the speedway office at 603-882-7293

Results : 1st  42ny Frank Dumicich Jr.,  2nd:  97 Dave Koenig  3rd:  15jr Gerard Giordano Jr.,  4th: Jim Boyle
               5th: 99 Corey Coates,  6th: 98 Allen Coates,  7th: 29 Josh Stringer ,  8th: 82 Tony Lafo 
               9th: 25 Jordan Churchill  10th: Andy Lindeman
                For complete results click here. 

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Devil's Bowl Retaliations Place Teams on Probation
 

     The race weekend at Devil's Bowl was one of the best in the history of ProTruck racing in New England but did  not escape controversy.  Teams had a special payout that was inclusive of both the pavement and dirt events, so any penalties would span over both events.

     The crux of the matter was a move by the 2 of Duane Noll. Early in Saturday's event, the 42 of Frank Dumicich pulled along side of Noll's deuce.  Noll should have given the 42 ample racing room. He opted to simply turn down left, damaging the 42. The style of racing is not appreciated at Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series.  He was warned and both trucks continued.

   
Late during Sunday's dirt event, the 42 had opportunity to return the favor. He simply spun Noll.  Officials did not catch the incident during the race however, with the wealth of pictures and video clips, these type of actions are reviewed with ease. Noll's crew retaliated as the 42 left the racing surface.  On track issues are one thing.  Crew retaliations are considered even more problematic for the series.

      On initial review the 2 was assessed penalties for the off track incident. A 2 race suspension coupled with a disqualification from all events for the weekend was assessed.  On review of the race footage, the 42 of Frank Dumicich Jr. was removed by rule, from his podium finish and placed to the tail end of the lead lap.

      The initial penalties to Duane Noll did not consider the actions of the 42 team. Team's are strongly discouraged to retaliate for on track incidents.  Teams are to report issues to the race director, and appropriate actions can always be applied post race.

  In view of all information reviewed competition director Marshall Hurley has placed Frank Dumicich Jr. and the 42 team on probation until the end of this season . Any retaliatory acts viewed during competition will result in penalties that may include being declared ineligible for the Chase and post season awards.   Duane Noll and his 2 team's two race suspension has been reduced to probation.  He is eligible to compete however the crew members involved in the retaliatory acts are under suspension for the next two events.  Despite being removed from the standings for Devil's Bowl weekend, the events still count towards his Chase eligibility.







      In hind site, as race director, I could have done a better job by moving the 2 behind the 42 when Duane did not give the lane to Frank.", said competition and race director Marshall Hurley. "Had I handled that incident better, the retaliations are unlikely.  I won't make the same mistake again. "

     The series heads for another first as the ProTrucks will race 55 laps at Seekonk Speedway on July 22nd. For tickets and additional information call 508-336-9959 or visit www.seekonkspeedway.com
    

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     The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series completed the second half of  Fast & Dirty weekend at Devil's Bowl on the dirt. For all the drivers with the exception of series Champion Andy Lindeman, this event on dirt was a career first. The show moves quickly at Devil's Bowl for there is lots of racing entertainment in a short time.  The fact is the action never quits.

    Teams participated in 2 short practices.  The times were used to set the field of the two qualifying events. Andy Lindeman looked unbeatable as he won his qualifying race.  Jim Boyle looked just as strong in his.
    
    The track was resurfaced for feature race competition and by 8:30 the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks were staged for the first dirt race in series history.  Lined up behind the front row of Lindeman and Boyle gridded third was the 97 of Dave Koenig.  The 199 of Eric Finkbein Jr. was ready in 4th. Gerard Giordano Jr. rounded out the top five.

   After a few pace laps the ProTruck were charging into turn one. Andy Lindeman led the opening  laps. The 3 bolted out to  a straight away lead, when mechanical woes hit the 3. Lindeman was not to be a factor.

  Behind Lindeman, the 2 of  Boyle and the 97 of  Koenig were at war.  Inside , outside, and door to door the two drag raced down the  main straight and slid through the corners. The lead swapped between the two until Boyle was able to sneak clear low.  Koenig's number 97 Silverado seemed  to be losing grip. A suspension failure eventually contributed to  spin on the main straight. Koenig would not finish the event.

   The surprise of the night was the 199  of Eric Finkbein .  The team made the trip with no intention of running on the dirt.  The team was talked into making a few laps and just taking it easy.  The problem was the helmet. Once you strap one on a race drivers head their outlook changes.  The 199 made it's way to the front, and battled Boyle for the lead on the final restarts.  The 199 team  settled for second and surely were contenders for the win.

    Gerard Giordano turned in another podium finish.  Last year's Rookie of the Year ran up front all night. The 15jr has been constantly in position to win and is emerging as a driver that has a great shot at the title this year.

    Frank Dumicich jr. charged from the back to finish 4th. Frank Sr. rounded out the top 5.

    The series heads for another first as the ProTrucks will race 55 laps at Seekonk Speedway on July 22nd. For tickets and additional information call 508-336-9959 or visit www.seekonkspeedway.com

 Unofficial finish: 1st: #2ct Jim Boyle,  2nd: #199 Eric Finkbein,  3rd: #15jr Gerard Giordano jr., 4th: #42 Frank Dumicich jr.
                          5th: #5 Frank Dumicich sr.  ,  6th:  #29 Josh Stringer ,  7th: 28ct Rick Ashlaw ,  8th: #97 Dave Koenig
                          9th:  #87  Jim Thompson , 10th: #3 Andy Lindeman
                           

    Lap leaders : 1-6 Andy Lindeman    7-8 Jim Boyle   9 Dave Koenig    10-11 Jim Boyle   12   Dave Koenig 
                         13-30 Jim Boyle.

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    The Mr. Rooter Truck Series headed to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Vt. for the first half of a double header of racing that slates the ProTrucks for 55 laps on the smooth half mile, and 30 on dirt.  The fast 55 was threatened by rain as storms delayed the start. The awesome crew at Devil's Bowl had the track ready for racing in record time. Racing went on with a slight delay. 

     ProTruck racing uses group qualifying for most events, and when the session was over it was the 2 of Duane Noll at the top of the leader board. This was Duane's first pole position by time with the series. Rounding out the front row was the 15jr. Row two was a family affair as Frank Dumicich Jr. qualified 3rd.  Frank Sr. placed the 5 in the fourth spot. Series Champion Andy Lindeman rounded out the top 5.

    The field rolled over to the front stretch for driver introductions when the first major story of the night developed. Andy Lindeman was a favorite to win the event however the 3 quit running unexpectedly as it rolled over to the intros. Lindeman's 3 was pushed to pit row, and after a few courtesy laps, the field was formed and the green flag flew.

     The first big move of the night came early. The 29 of Josh Stringer went 3 wide low down the back stretch.  The Charlie's Water Wagon Silverado used the daring move to go from 8th to 4th by the completion of lap one.
    
    Up front the 42 of Dumicich was hounding Noll. The 42 ducked low on the front stretch .  Noll turned hard down .  There was contact between the leaders resulting in some damage to the 42.  The damage slowed Dumicich Jr.  He would run well but did not have the speed demonstrated earlier.  Noll was warned about the incident.

      Andy Lindeman returned to the track on lap 13.  The 3 had suffered a battery failure. The crew did a great job to switch it in record time enabling the champ to finish 11th and score some valuable points.

     The next challenger was the 15jr of Giordano. The 2016 Rookie of the Year hounded Noll.  He looked  high , low and in between but could not find room as the 2vt cut through lap traffic and turned perfect laps out front.

     Late race officials were concerned that the smoking Ford F-150 of Tony Lafo may be leaking. Noll did not want to see a caution as a few contenders were tuning their fastest laps of the day late.  Lafo was black flagged.  The 82 crews battled rear end problems all weekend. They changed out rear gears and despite the valiant effort had to settle for 12th.
   
    Despite some gear oil on the track, Noll clicked off precise error free laps . The race went green to checkers caution free.

 Lindeman actually had fast time of the race, followed by teammate Stinger, but neither would get a shot at Vermont's own ProTruck driver Duane Noll as the race went caution free. 

For Noll it was his first Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series win of the year. An awesome fireworks display helped Noll celebrate his win.

   The excitement continues today at 6pm when the ProTrucks move on to the dirt track.  Noll was fast in a special practice session some weeks ago. He is certainly a threat to win two this weekend.  Other favorites include Jim Boyle, who races anything anywhere and practiced earlier this month and Andy Lindeman who has run dirt in the past.  Join us if you can at Devil''s Bowl Speedway for the Dirty 30! 
For tickets or more information on Fast & Dirty weekend go to
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Finish:  1st: 2vt Duane Noll,  2nd: 15jr Gerard Giordano,  3rd: #42 Frank Dumicich Jr.,  4th: #29 Josh Stringer
            5th: #199 Eric Finkbein   6th: #5 Frank Dumicich Sr.,  7th: Dave Koenig,  8th:  28 Rick Ashlaw
            9th: 18x Caleb Cashman  10th: 87 Jim Thompson   Complete results will be posted once official.

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      The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks Series teams are busy preparing for Devil's Bowl Speedway's Fast & Dirty weekend, July 8th and 9th. Part of that preparation included a visit this week by competition director Marshall Hurley, and some veteran drivers.  It was certainly a worthwhile trip. 

     Racing is all about people. You won't find a family that loves racing more than Brunos. Track owner Mike used to race,  and was in instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience. He and his wife Alayne run the track side by side. "We are here to have fun." said Alayne as she signed in competitors. "If it wasn't fun anymore, we would do something else."  No truer words could be spoken. Everyone there, from the drivers, and fans, to Mike himself seem to be having a great time.

      Rick Ashlaw was the first competitor there. He traveled to Vermont early Sunday and put his number 28 Snap-on Tools Ford F-150 on display for the evening. Rick talked with the fans all night as they flocked to one of the sharpest looking ProTrucks on tour. He also kept a watchful eye on the track.   
    "The surface changes rapidly, all night. It is surprising how fast." said Ashlaw.


      The good news is Intermission is long.  Soon as practice and qualifying ends, Mike Bruno himself heads out and re-grooms the track for the feature events. The show itself moves right along. Sunday evening's  racing wrapped up by 9:30.  When it was done, Mike was back out to re-groom the race surface.   If you watch him you'll see this is one of the hardest working track owners in racing. Bruno never stopped moving all night.  He hopped from grader to packer to 4 wheeler and back and never quit what he calls "Living the dream".  He worked late into the night ensuring the track surface was ready for ProTruck practice in the morning.

     Mr. Rooter ProTruck practice was Monday. Six Mr. Rooter ProTruck  teams were in line by 8am.  Unfortunately the day started with rain. Most in attendance doubted practice would get in, but the sun did reappear, and track owner Mike Bruno was back on the paper clip dirt track preparing the surface by 9. The delay gave time for the teams to groove tires. 

    Both Duane and Glen Noll had their trucks there.  " Dirt racing is on my bucket list." explained Duane.  Glenn was also there just for the experience. He will be in Ireland on race day.  He was glad to see brother Duane's #2 Silverado seemed fastest around the top .

         On the other hand, Andy Lindeman had reason to prepare.  If the 3 team pulls off a win, Andy is almost assured a chase spot.  He was the first on track and looked right at home on the tight turns. Expect a strong effort from Stringer Racing

          Then there is Jim Boyle.  He has raced the  high banks of Bristol, Thompson and now the dirt.  The  fact is Jim Boyle races anytime and anywhere . You get 100% with every lap. Armed with a 360 degree camera, this team is all about having a great time and sharing the experience with everyone that will join in  When the day was over it was clear that the 2ct of Boyle will be a factor come race day.

       Competition director Marshall Hurley had a list of goals to get through.. First and foremost, the teams had to decide on rules.  "Teams are very limited to what they can change from Saturday's pavement event to Sunday's dirt race." said Hurley.

    A supplemental rule section was added and has been posted here on the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series site to cover the event. Some specialty rules include eliminating gear ratios changes, requiring the use of the same shocks and springs to be used in both events, and limiting teams  to use used tires for the dirt race.  To get post season cash, this is  a required event. The series is mandating that teams participate, so a special effort is being made to keep the playing field even.

       One project that did not go as planned, but still shows great promise for the future is the race broadcast program.  The internet service was not strong enough to support a telecast for this event. Expect live broadcasts in the near future.

      Dave Koenig had an in-car camera for dirt practice. Again the lack of internet service so far north ended his efforts for live coverage.  " I wish it had worked. I had the mount installed. It is a blast out there."   Dangerous Dave clearly had the 97 working on the bottom, top and in between. 

      One thing is for sure.  Fast & Dirty weekend at Devil's Bowl is shaping up to be the most entertaining show of the year.  For tickets or more information on Fast & Dirty weekend go to www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or cal (802) 265-3112. 

      
    

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Time to Drive Dirty!
Devil's Bowl Practice up Next.
 

       The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks will make New England Short Track Touring series history again July 11th.  The ProTruck Series was the first New England Touring Series to use a playoff  "Chase " style to decide their champion.  The Series was first to use a chassis dyno to guarantee competitors all have the same horsepower.  The ProTrucks are first to use an open time trial session to set their line-up for most events. The Series is also the first to provide fans with a "Spotters Guide" for their phones so they can tell who drives which truck. So what is next?   The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks will be the first touring series to run a double header race weekend that features an event on asphalt, and then an event on dirt.

      The first racer to notice the novelty of trucks racing on dirt was Tony Stewart.  Eldora is the site of some of the most exciting racing of the summer drawing huge crowds as the NASCAR Camping World Series takes to dirt each season.  "I have seen the racing first hand.  The competitors like how they drive, and the fans love the racing. Truck racing on dirt is awesome." says Marshall Hurley, the series director of competition.  " The fans are going to love it!"

     A lot of factors had to come together to put together what is expected to be the best racing event of the 2017 season.  First and foremost is the track.   Devil's Bowl has a smooth, super fast half mile paved oval.  The track layout is similar to Stafford, and we already know every truck series Stafford event has been a nail biter.  To the inside of the oval, Devil's Bowl has a dirt track. The unique design is the most important factor in putting together such an entertaining event.

    The ProTruck Series stars will line up for the "Fast 55" on the asphalt half mile Saturday July 8th.   Andy Lindeman was able to win the pole and lead all the laps in the Fane Trucking number 3 at Stafford earlier this season. Teammate Josh Stringer, in the Charlie's Water Wagon 29 fought his way through late restarts and finished second in the same event. That performance sets The Stringer Racing team as the team to beat for the asphalt portion of the weekend at Devil's Bowl.

    Trucks will be impounded after Saturday's asphalt event. Limited changes predetermined by a test session will be allowed between races.    The idea is to keep expenses down while setting the ProTrucks up for the dirt. Then it is time to get dirty.

       Sunday the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks will finish out the weekend with the first ever competition in the slop.  Heat races will set the line-up for "The Dirty 30" at Devil's Bowl Speedway, Vermont. 
        
        Interest in the event has been nationwide.   Drivers from as far away as Texas have tried to rent trucks. When a favorite is considered, the name Lindeman is again at the top of the list.  Andy has experience on the dirt, and of course is the reigning Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series champion.

     The  field has a few others that might steal a win.  Willy Auchmoody was involved with Halmar racing when they ran the dirt truck race at Eldora.  He is a known dirt racer. Willy will be in Dangerous Dave's 81ny.  Rick Ashlaw in the 28 has dirt track experience.   The Iron Man, Trevor Dyer also has experience running dirt and may have the Orange Crush 70 slinging some stones. With a little luck Erin Dumicich could sneak away with a victory.

      Want a sneak preview of the trucks on dirt? Devil's Bowl has the series scheduled to practice Monday, June 19th from 9qm to 1pm..  Look right here for updates.  Rumors are the series is working on some limited live coverage of practice as teams prepare for the most exciting weekend of racing in series history.

Photo Credit: #16 of Halmar International Chevrolet driven by Stewart Freisen at Eldora.
                          Taken by Jonathan McCoy of RubbingsRacing.com 7/24/16.

Track photo by Justin St. Louis ,  Devil's Bowl Staff
                         
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The Champ is Back!
Turbush Wins on Military Night

       The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series returned to Thompson Speedway for a special night of racing honoring and recognizing the sacrifices of men and women in uniform. The event, presented by Pepsi had a great crowd on a beautiful sun filled day. Active duty and veterans were able to attend free of charge. 

        Race fans know the sport is all about the story lines, which much like a book, unfold before the event and carry through long past the checkers. The early story line for Sunday's event featured Erin Solomito, and the entire 95 team.  Erin's race at Stafford was cut short by a wreck that she had no control over. Her number 95 Dodge left with the aid of  two wreckers. It  was doubtful she would make Thompson at all.
 

         Derek Beatrice, a long time supporter of racers throughout New England, owns Exit Realty in Middleton Mass.  His franchise honors those in uniform by giving a 25% commission rebate for military, police, nurses, EMT and paramedics.  Doctors, teachers and coaches are also included .  Derek got in contact with Erin, and sponsored the 95 to be part of this great event.  It still had to get there.  Husband Jerry, and the entire Dumicich family worked night and day and when the first qualifying session went out, Erin was in the top ten.

         Jordan Churchill is a season long success story. Jordan moved up to the ProTrucks from the Legends cars. The new qualifying format was  effect for this event.  Jordan had his eyes on a top 10 spot. He missed the cut by 13 hundredths of a second. He would have to start 11th. Spoiler alert! Jordan would run as high as 3rd in only his third event. Jordan Churchill is certainly making his mark early in the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Season.

        Misfortune struck a few drivers pre-race.  Alex Canestrari had his immaculately prepared 318 ready to compete but was hindered by oil pressure problems. Eric Finkbein has been fast this season, but a new motor had issues that took the 199 out of competition.   The 81 of Tyler Chapman had engine issues and was unable to start. The 29 of Josh Stinger was suffering through transmssion issues.  His crew was able to repair the Charlie's Water Wagon Silverado in time.

      The 35 lap feature event started with a bang. Unfortunately the bang was the clutch of  pole sitter Frank Dumicich Jr.'s 42. As the drivers took the green, the 42 lost forward drive.  Frank tried to edge up near the wall to get out of the way. Frank Dumicich Sr.  in the #5 tried to hold up but was tagged  by the 21 of Todd Taylor who was full throttle.  The 5 careened off Frank Jr's truck and then bounced of Erin's 95.   Somehow the 15jr. of Gerard Giordano slipped by low. The field was under caution with less than a lap complete.

     On the restart the 88 of Roger Turbush demonstrated why he was on the front row. He pulled away while Gerard Giordano, Erin Dumicich, and Allen Coates battled.  Some noticeable runs were being turned in through out the field.  Josh Stringer went from 15th to 5th before his transmission took him out of the event. Jordan Churchill carved his way though the veterans. The 18x of Caleb Cashman moved from 14th to 6th.
 
     Dave Koenig's season has been trying to say the least.  Dave Koenig was trailing Erin Dumicich's 95 in the races mid stages. Erin had suffered damage in the initial start incident. The damage caused the axel of the Exit Realty 95 to come loose. Erin's truck suddenly turned right and  bounced off of the turn 4 wall. Koenig could not avoid her. The contact ripped most of the right front suspension away. Being the sportsman that he is, Dave was all smiles for he knew his truck had finally run well. A great finish is just a matter of time.

   The late restart did give Allen Coates a shot at Turbush. The 88 Rheem Silverado was sporting a new body and was unscratched cruising around in the lead all night.  The 99 and 88 teams already have a history. Earlier this season, during the Ice Breaker, Allen Coates was slid into by the 88 with brother Chris driving. The contact bounced the 99 into the wall and ended Allen's race. The leader has lane choice during restarts. Those aware of the situation were surprised when Turbush chose the outside lane for this set up a golden opportunity for payback. Many would have retaliated, but Coates, who was battling a tight race truck, raced clean. 2015 Mr. Rooter Truck Series Champion Roger Turbush went on to win the event.
 


     Gerard Giordano ran solidly up front all day. He battled by Coates to take the runner up spot matching his run in the Ice Breaker.  Coates in his 99 ended up third.  Forth was the highest finishing rookie of the race Jordan Churchill. Series Champion Andy Lindeman rounded out the top 5.

    The 18x of Caleb Cashman had his best Mr. Rooter Truck Series finish of his career .  He cruised into 6th.  Jeff Karns drove the 68 to a seventh place finish. Frank Dumicich Sr., Shayne Young and Rick Ashlaw rounded out the top 10.

    June gives teams a break while testing goes on for the most anticipated event in series history. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series travels to Devil's Bowl Speedway for a weekend of racing like no other.  The ProTrucks will run a 55 lap event on the pavement on Saturday July 8th and then follow that up with the Dirty 30, a dirt track event on Sunday the 9th.

   If there was one common thought after the event it was to give a big thank-you to all of our men and women in uniform for truly that is what the race was about, and as a series, a big thank  you goes out to Thompson Speedway and Pepsi for including us in such an awesome event.

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Special thanks to 21 Todd Taylor for his inc-ar video photo

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New Qualifying Format Debuts at Thompson!
 

    When race fans see a touring series come to their local race track, the only novelty is usually the race vehicle.  The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series does not use a cookie cutter to shape their race format. The ProTrucks are certainly exciting to watch, but there are other twists, and qualifying is about to get more interesting.

    Southern racing for many years lined up their race fields by time trials. One car time trialing at a time isn't always thrilling.  In the North East, heat racing has often been utilized to qualify. The problem is qualifying races some times have crashes, and the drivers that the fans came to see could be eliminated from the actual race. Things are about to change. The new Mr. Rooter ProTrucks qualifying format blends the two. 

     "Today everyone has a phone. We wanted a format that fans could follow along with on their phone. "  said competition director Marshall Hurley.   The suggested app to use is Race Monitor.  Most of our tracks use transponders to time. Fans can download the app and watch live timing.

      "Our qualifying is based on fast times in practice.  Each practice also doubles as a qualifying session. For Thompson's Military Night we have tweaked the format to make things more exciting to watch"

      Teams need to come off the truck ready to race.  Race times from the first and second practice/qualifying sessions will be used to divide the field into two groups.  The top 10 times from early sessions will qualify for group 1.  The group 2 qualifiers will run a final qualifying session.  The times from that session will set the line up from 11th back.  The group 1 teams will compete in their final session for the pole, and also to line-up the top 10.

      " It is exciting for you  will see those top 10 teams, and on your phone you have real time scoring." says Hurley.  "This is how I keep up. I enjoy it. I think the fans will too."    The  Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series is working on plans to add the real time scoring to the web site for those fans that do not have the app.

       The new qualifying format will be in use at Thompson Speedway Sunday May 21st.  For tickets to the Limited Sportsman Long Distance and Military Night call 860-934-2280 or visit the website at www.thompsonspeedway.com    #LimitedSportsmanLongDistance   #LSLD2017 


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Lindeman, Stringer Racing
Sweep at the Sizzler!
 

 

    For the second year in a row, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series was part of  Stafford Speedway's NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, and just like last year, this year's race carried a wealth of story lines.

 The ProTruck Series reorganized in the spring of 2016.  Last year's Sizzler was the first event for the new series management. 2016 saw record growth.  This year the popularity of the Series was apparent as 22 beautifully prepared Mr. Rooter ProTrucks lined up to take the green flag.

    Two teams put forth monumental efforts to make the Sizzler. The 199 of Eric Finkbein, and the 2ct of Jim Boyle were all but destroyed at Thompson Speedway's Ice Breaker.  Both teams stripped their trucks down to bare frames. Their ProTrucks were then hauled to a frame machine where they were reset to factory specs.  Then each team completely reassembled their race vehicles and practiced on Friday.

   There were others that burned the midnight oil to put on the show. Alex Canestrari worked with Andy Lindeman day and night to complete his number 318 Silverado, but came up a bit short.  Alex will be at the next event at Thompson Speedway. Saturday morning Lindeman was noticeably tired from the marathon effort.  Due to the effort, the 3 did not get practice on Friday. Lindeman still managed to turned a blistering lap during the first qualifying session.  His lap of 22.187 was good enough to earn the pole.

    The 35 lap race had it's share of drama.  The most serious incident took place early.  Erin Dumicich sat out last season to have her first child.  The Sizzler marked her return.  She looked awesome in practice and qualifying. Erin earned the 8th spot on the grid.  Her return was short lived.  Erin was forced into the backstretch wall on lap 8.  The number 95 Sea Level Construction Dodge hit hard and was sliding to a stop when the 81 Silverado of Willy Auchmoody slammed hard into the right rear. Both drivers were fine. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage and were done for the evening.
 
    Quite a few drivers had admirable race performances. Duane Noll's run from 12th to 3rd was impressive. Tony Lafo's debut in the former 151 was worth noting.  He ran as high as second.  Jim Boyle ran up front until the very last few laps.  Rick Ashlaw kept the 28 out of trouble and finished well.  

     There was one story line that overpowered them all.  April 29th is the birthday of the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr.  Andy Lindeman has always dedicated his efforts in honor of his idol. His ProTruck has the Childress 3 proudly displayed.     Lindeman not only won the pole, but led all the laps . He survived multiple challenges including a mid race charge from last week's winner, Frank Dumicich Jr.  Stringer Racing fields the 3 Silverado for Lindeman.  Josh Stringer managed to get his number 29 into the runner up spot.  The 1-2 Earnhardt Sr. themed finish made for a popular win and a very exciting victory lane.

     It is early but the chase for the championship is already heating up.  Frank Dumicich Jr. has a victory .   Lindeman's win puts him in one of the 4 coveted Chase berths for now as he campaigns for his 8th Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series Championship.  Josh Stringer is holding down the third berth.  Duane Noll's has been super competitive and holds on to the 4th spot for now.

   The series is heading back to Thompson Speedway May 21st for round three of the 2017 season.  For tickets to the Limited Sportsman Long Distance and Military Night call 860-934-2280 or visit the website at www.thompsonspeedway.com    #LimitedSportsmanLongDistance   #LSLD2017 

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Thompson Speedway / Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series Special Announcement

  After a strong showing at the season-opening Icebreaker, officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series jointly announced that the regional touring series will be added to the Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi, on Sunday, May 21. This will be the second of three stops for the Trucks at Thompson, with the final championship event taking place at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
  
        2015 ProTruck Champion Roger Turbush was quick to let series officials know the  88 team would be making the trip to the special event.  Roger's truck qualified on the pole, but prior commitments necessitated handing the ride over to Chris Turbush in April   "I am thankful that Thompson Speedway added the trucks to the show. I am excited to get the chance to race here after having to miss the Ice Breaker." 

      The other half of the front row at the Ice Breaker was Allen Coates in the #99 Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer Repair Dodge. " I have some unfinished business there. " said Coates when he was told of the announcement.   The 99 Dodge was crashed out on lap 2 after contact with the 88 truck with brother Chris Turbush driving. " We had a truck capable of winning. No one likes to be raced like that. The truck is almost back together. It would be nice to make up for that day with a win."|

      The series is off to the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway next.  Check the web site often for we will have there will be much more coverage after this weekend of the Mr. Rooter Truck Series special appearance at the Thompson Speedway in May.     
      
For tickets to the Limited Sportsman Long Distance and Military Night call 860-934-2280 or visit the website at www.thompsonspeedway.com    #LimitedSportsmanLongDistance   #LSLD2017 

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New-London Waterford SpeedBowl
Race Dates Cancelled for 2017
 

  The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series will not race at the New London -Waterford Speedbowl in 2017.   The track ownership is in the midst of some legal issues.  For the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series these issues have necessitated the cancellation of all four 2017 race dates.

Our ProTruck owners, drivers, sponsors, and families have overwhelmingly expressed that they are uncomfortable with the series traveling to the SpeedBowl this season.", explained competition director Marshall Hurley.  "They all love the track, and are close to the staff.  It feels like a family problem more than a business issue.  All you have to do is look at the picture of the 42 in victory lane at Thompson and you can see this is a family sport.  When all the factors are considered, there was no other alternative solution."

There is a price to be paid by losing the venue. As mentioned earlier, the series loses four valuable race dates from the schedule.

"The tracks have been very supportive from my first day with this series." commented Hurley.  "The owners and general managers are remarkable people that love the ProTrucks. I know they understand the decision and will help us out in any way they can."  Expect at least one new race date to be announced within the week.

 Click the Schedule Link to the left for the latest Mr. Rooter ProTruck race dates. Expect updates soon so check back often.
 

 
 

       
    The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series returned to the Thompson Speedway Saturday for the 43rd Annual IceBreaker. 18 trucks were in the paddock for the long awaited debut of a new aero package, new paint schemes, new drivers, and a new race format.  Heat races have been replaced by group qualifying.  The  fastest time from any practice/qualifying session is utilized to set the line-up. Essentially pole qualifying got underway the second the ProTrucks hit the track.

         One of the more colorful drivers to make their first appearance was Junior Turcetti.  Unfortunately the Brazilian driver's number 28ma Silverado derailed his efforts when his engine went up in smoke early.  Frank Dumicich Sr.'s number 5 was another ProTruck that suffered engine failure.  The 5's motor was new, therefore the team did not travel with their spare. His race weekend was over.

        A driver that had things going his way early was the 88, Chris Turbush.  His lap of 22.670 in session 1 was good enough to hold onto the pole. Allen Coates put the Donleavy #99 on the outside pole in the same session. Gerard Giordano Jr . qualified the 15jr. third with a lap of 22.727.   The top three qualifiers were separated by less than one half of a tenth of a second. Rounding out the top 5 in qualifying were Frank Dumicich Jr.. and Josh Stringer. Other notables were reigning series champion Andy Lindeman stating from 8th and Dave Koenig rolling off 13th.

         The field lined up under partly cloudy skies.  Te green flag flew. Turbush and Coates barreled off into turn 1. Coates used momentum gained running high in the corner and pulled ahead as the pair powered down the back stretch. Into turn three the 88 squeezed up. Coates made room and had the lead as they motored by the flag stand.  The duo charged into turn one. Turbush slid the 88 into the side of the Donleavy 99.   The contact knocked Coates into the turn 2 wall ending his day.  Turbush was sent to the rear of the field amongst a chorus of cheers from the crowd.

         The  restart was a battle between the 15jr of Giordano and the 42 of Frank Dumicich Jr. Side by side they battled up front .  Turbush put on a charge from the back.  he had a winning truck. The question was if he had the skills to work traffic cleanly. Officials warned the team for their driver t drive clean. Could he compete with out further contact?

          After 2 laps of green the field was under caution from Rick Ashlaw's spin .  Rick's #28 has a bright paint scheme that fans love, and you certainly can't miss. Certainly the bright paint scheme may have contributed to his  his surviving the incident without damage for he spun in the middle of traffic with no contact.

         Dumicich had lane choice for the next restart. He moved outside. The two leaders put on another display of professional racing with entertaining side by side action . Turbush was also putting on a show of his own as he charged from the back.  Having a great run was the 199 of Eric Finkbein.  The upstart team constantly improved throughout 2016. Over the winter their ProTruck was completely reworked.  The 199 seemed to be stronger lap by lap as Eric marched forward .   Turbush caught Finkbein and challenged side by side.  Eric, using the top groove could hold off Chris on the low line. Unfortunately Turbush tuned right, slamming the 199 into the front stretch wall.  Race officials disqualified the 88. The crowd cheered as the black flag flew. It was obvious that the overaggressive and careless style was not received well by fans.

      On the ensuing restart the 42 was able to maintain his lead.  Laps clicked off and the race was winding down.    It was looking like Dumicich, in his immaculately prepared Silverado was on cruise control when the 25 of Jordan Churchill spun.  Jordan was in his first Mr. Rooter ProTruck series event.  The spin was a mild set back for his run throughout practice, qualifying and to this point in the race had been flawless. The 25 was undamaged and the field was soon set for the restart.

       The 42 had a tougher time holding off  the 15jr. this time.  Dumicich would say post race, "He got next to be but a quick caution flag helped to fix the problem."  The yellow was caused when a suspension component of  Dave Koenig's 97 failed.  The right front collapsed.  Koenig's 97 slammed into Jim Boyle. The hit destroyed Boyles #2 . Boyle had put together a fine run, and was running in 6th place at the time of the incident.

          The multiple restarts created some challenges for the 29 of Josh Stringer. His battles with the 2 of Duane Noll resulted in a few warnings from race control to Noll.  On the  restarts Noll would take 3rd back, but Stringer was not to be outdone. He scratched his 29 back into the 3rd position again and again.

          Dumicich survived all the restarts and cruised the rest of the way to the win. For racers in New England, having a victory at Thompson Speedway is a rewarding accomplishment.  Ice Breaker weekend victories are even more rewarding. This victory lane had even another level of special. In victory lane was the Dumicich family. On the car, a thanks to Mom and Dad. Franks niece and daughter were soon in his arms as the cameras clicked away. A few moments later, the whole family joined on the photo. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series could not have a better representative in victory lane. Frank Dumicich Jr. is a tough competitor, a smart racer, and a family man.  That combination is tough to beat.

        The series is off to Stafford Speedway for the Spring Sizzler next.  A full field of ProTrucks is expected to be on hand. This is the 46th running of the Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. For more information or to order tickets for the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
    
     
  Capitol Pole position : 88 Chris Turbush  22.680 seconds  
Lap leaders : (1)  99 Allen Coates, (2-5) 15jr. Gerard Giordano,  (6-35)  42 Frank Dumicich Jr.
For complete results go to the schedule and click on the winner's number.
 

All Photos on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography. 
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2017 Rule Changes 

 
  The off season is the time when all of the Mr. Rooter ProTruck series rules are re-evaluated, and changes are implemented for the upcoming year.  All rules are designed with  two goals. The rules must keep costs down while improving competition.

    10 inch spoilers that run fender to fender are required for all trucks in 2017.  Air flow over the cab of ProTrucks renders small spoilers ineffective. Fans like the big blades on the back of the  race trucks. In the past our C Chassis trucks had smaller spoilers.  Some crew chief's that could run the large spoiler also opted for smaller version.  For the upcoming season, all teams will have the big blades on the rear tailgate.


     Steel quick change rear ends are now allowed. ProTrucks historically have utilized a production car rear end. Initial costs comparisons between quick change rears and production based rear ends are very comparable. The quick change gets the edge in durability, and lower cost gear ratio changes.  They are easier to work with too. This rule change is optional.   There is a disadvantage to the quick change. It looses 5-10 horsepower compared to the production based rears. The expectation is that despite the horsepower loss, teams will ultimately transition to quick changes over time.

    Debate over nerf bars has been an area of discussion over the last few seasons. Nerf Bars are metal tubing placed at axel height between the front and rear wheels placed to protect the bodies. Often they do more harm than good. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series ultimately would like nerf bars phased out. For 2017, any bar that is placed outside, or not  covered by the body will be assessed a 10 lb penalty. Expect the weight penalty to increase every season until the bars are completely phased out.

       The engine rules are unchanged. Rear wheel horsepower is the key. It is highly suggested that team using open type motors have their trucks chassis dyno tested before racing, for exceeding the horsepower rule in post race dyno testing could prove costly.

      The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series has a focus on minimizing rule changes. Rule changes often translate to added expense for team owners.  There are only a few tweaks to the rule books 2017.  Hopefully this cost controlling attitude will result in more owners opting to move to ProTruck racing.  The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series is the most cost effective touring series in the North East. 

All Photos on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography. 
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2017 Mr. Rooter ProTruck Schedule Announced
 

The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series season is right around the corner.  The race dates for 2017 have been announced.  The ProTrucks will visit 7 tracks and compete in 13 races. This is the most exciting schedule ever announced for truck racing in New England.

      The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks kick the season off at Thompson Speedway for a 35 lap event as part of the  43rd Annual Ice Breaker . The trucks will line up for their feature by times turned in warm ups. Fans with cell phone aps like Race Monitor will be able to follow live as teams try to gain an edge and qualify up front by turning one perfect lap. 
     The season also closes at Thompson Speedway. A 35 lap shootout will decide the 2017 Championship as part of Championship Weekend at the 55th Annual Sunoco World Series.

    Stafford Speedway hosts the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks twice this season. The ProTrucks are part of the  46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler and  also included as part of the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final weekend. Row after row of  three wide racing highlighted last years events on the smooth half mile oval.  Expect more door to door action at this season's Spring Sizzler Saturday, April 29th. 


      The New London Waterford Speedbowl hosts the series for 4 events in 2017 starting with a Sunday May 7th event on Blast-off weekend.   The ProTrucks make a return in June and again in September and then close out the racing season with a special event during the 3rd annual Bemer's Superbowl.    Mr. Rooter's Wild Card 35 pays $1000 to win. The race also has points implications for 2018.  Competitors can take the points earned during the Wild Card race and apply them towards the 2018 Championship as a replacement for the upcoming season's lowest points tally.

      Seekonk Speedway hosts the truck series for the first time ever this summer.  Based in North Andover Ma, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series is excited to be racing an event in their home state July 22nd. Expect 55 laps of door to door excitement when the ProTrucks take to the tight quarter mile oval. Rumor's are a few Seekonk Speedway regulars are planning on finding rides for the much anticipated event.

Riverhead Raceway in Long Island will host the 2nd Annual Riverhead Nationals on August 19th. Last year's event drew trucks from as far away as Florida. The grueling 75 lap distance will test drivers and crews. Long Island is the  perfect venue. Catch the race. Visit a winery. Enjoy the coast. The is an event that should be on everyone's racing calendar.

Ever since NASCAR fans caught a glimpse of the Camping World Trucks running at Tony Stewarts Eldora Speedway, there has been the hopes of a similar event here in New England on Dirt. Again it is another first as the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks race for the first time in Vermont. Devil's Bowl Speedway will host a 55 lap race on the Asphalt July 8th, followed by the most anticipated event of the year, the ProTrucks on dirt on Sunday July 9th.

     Hudson Speedway is expected to host a 100 lap event in late July. The race will be the longest in recent tour history. That event will be officially announced at a later date. 

     The countdown is on. Thompson Speedway's Ice Breaker practice gets underway March 31st, 2017.  Thompson Speedway is centrally located between Boston, Providence and New York City, and just 45 minutes from Mohegan Sun.
Tickets are on sale now.  Click here to get yours.  Click the button to the left for the complete 2017 schedule.

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