The 2019 EXiT Realty Challenge season officially is underway after the completion of two events at Thompson Speedway's Ice Breaker on April 6th. Both the EXiT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman and the EXiT Realty Challenge ProTrucks put on exciting shows.
Pro Trucks: In practice the truck to beat was Dave Koenig's 97. Dave had turned times in the 22.8 second range while his competition had trouble getting any times in faster than a 23 flat. In qualifying, the 97 was only able to turn a 23.363, still near the front of the field, but not good enough for the pole. Gerard Giordano Jr. grabbed the pole position with a lap of 22.910. Jacob Perry grabbed the outside pole He was .011 hundredths of a second slower .
The Pro Trucks kicked off racing for the weekend. The start time was moved up for outside pole sitter Perry was headed to a prom directly after the race. Giordano selected the inside position on the start, and won the drag race to turn one. Perry hounded Giordano through the early stages but was unable to wrestle the top spot away.
Meanwhile Koenig in the 97, and Duane Noll in the 2 battled for 3rd. The battle went on throughout the first half of the race Noll wanted by low. In the words of the announcers, he was trying to "Croquet his way" by. He eventually powered his way out of two under Koenig and took over the position in turn 3. The 97 attempted to cross back under out of 4. The two headed to turn 1 side by side. Noll headed to the bottom groove as the duo entered turn one but was not clear of the 97. Noll spun and the first yellow flew on lap 16.
The restart featured the same front row. Ivory in the 54 grabbed 4th. Todd Taylor lined up behind Leone in 5th. The field took the green flag from starter George DeCoster and powered in to turn 1. Todd Taylor had a braking issue and spun his Silverado in to Ivory's 54 , and also collected the 2 of Noll. Both Ivory and Noll looked to be contenders early, but were done for the day due to the incident. Amazingly the crew of Taylor was able to get the 21 repaired and back out without losing a lap.
From there the story of the race was the Giordano and Perry show up front. Lap after lap Perry mounted a challenge and Giordano held him off. Heading for the white flag, with one to go, Perry moved the nose of the 71 under the 15jr. but could not pull up along side. Giordano tried to close the bottom through turn one. Perry just went even lower. Coming on to the back stretch Perry used the nose of the 71 to move Giordano up the track and powered by low. There was no time to mount a comeback. Jacob Perry would complete the lap and score his first Pro Truck victory. Gerard Giordano would hold on to second. Dave Koenig worked his way to the 3rd spot. Lucas Leone was able to skillfully finish 4th. Tony Naglieri sporting his new Silverado bodied Pro Truck rounded out the top 5.
The story was not over for Perry though. He had a prom to head off too. He had to take a shower using water bottles in the back of the hauler, then into the tux, and on to a golf cart where he and his prom date headed away on time. Complete results can be found by going to the Results & Standings page and click the race date at the top of the points column for the Ice Breaker.
375 Pro Sportsman: Later on in
the Ice Breaker program it was time for the 375 Pro
Sportsman feature. The 375 Pro Sportsman feature a
field of what amounts to All-Stars from racetrack throughout
New England. Alby Ovitt, in the immaculate number 35
Renfrew Camaro had time trialed on the pole earlier in the
day with a lap of 22.674. This car is a show piece and fast.
Everyone knew Alby would be a threat. On his outside
was teammate Jimmy Renfrew jr. in the familiar 00 Camaro.
Surprisingly, defending champion Shawn Monahan, in his new
#55 Critical Signs Monte Carlo, only timed in 8th.
Thanks go out to Thompson Speedway for hosting such an entertaining
weekend. Photo credit goes to MLB photography.
375 Pro Sportsman
2019 ERC Contingency Programs Announced
The EXiT Realty
Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman and Pro Truck teams will head to
Thompson Speedway April 5th,6th and 7th to take part in the 45th Annual
Ice Breaker. Being included in the historic event that
kicks off the New England Race Season is an honor in itself.
For Challenge Teams a win here goes a long way in securing a
spot in the Chase.
Teams that attended all of the
races in 2018 are also rewarded with a guarantee of
$100 minimum per start. Those teams are the ProTrucks
#80 Mike Cavallaro, #97 Dave Koenig and #28 Rick Ashlaw
on this website courtesy of mlb Photography.
The New England short
track off season's major story had to be the creation of the
NHSTRA. Five tracks in New England banded together to
unify rules. Ours is not to question why. It seems a project
that is aimed to benefit the racer. Whether is does or not
remains to be seen. One thing is for sure. If a team's
season starts out a little off, and they want to try other
tracks, now they can.
In our corner of the racing world, the big question is centered around rules comparison. Steve Dickey has taken the role as rules czar enough so that the new slang for the division is the "Dickey Stocks". He deserves all the credit. The good news is, wth Steve's input, the NHSTRA Street Stocks end up very competitive at any EXIT Realty Challenge event. Here are the top 10 areas of concern when it comes to performance. NHSTRA street stocks fair quite well:
2018 ERC Banquet News and Notes
the EXiT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman and Pro Truck
teams made their way to X1 Boston to celebrate the 2018
Teams headed to the indoor Karting and
function facility for a night that included racing with
friends, family and crew, a dinner, and awards.
Jim Thompson earned the Hard Charger award based on
statistics. He was able to average improving four positions
per event in 2018.
There are 4 divisions in the Pro Trucks. A/B, C, D, and new for 2018, S. S trucks are based off the Chassis that run at Seekonk. Mike Cavallaro received the Pro Truck Innovation Award for 2018 for his rules development work , and was the S division Champion. The awards total $350.00 bringing Mike's 2018 earnings to just over $2000.00
Making the EXiT Realty Challenge
Chase is the first objective for most teams that compete.
There are 5 positions. Each comes with benefits which
include a cash award and banner on banquet night, and
benefits in 2019. American Race Tire provides the
points fund for the 375 Pro Sportsman.
Hoosier Tires East provides the points fund for the Pro
5th Place EXiT Realty Challenge
4th Place EXiT Realty Challenge
#14 Rick "Bear"
Charette was the Most Popular Driver in the 375 Pro
Sportsman. Bear finished 4th in the EXiT Realty
Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman Chase standings.
3rd Place EXiT Realty Challenge
#22 Scott Serydynski earned the Mr. Consistency Award by maintaining an average
finish of 2.72 over the season. Scott wound up
3rd in the EXiT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman Chase
standings. The two awards were accompanied with a check for
$475.00 bringing Scott's season earnings to just over
2nd Place EXiT Realty Challenge
Jimmy Renfrew Jr. put on a show in the Chase Race at Waterford. He was the 2018 Hard Charger of the Year, and finished runner up in the EXiT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman Chase standings.
Josh Stringer also put on a show in his Chase Race. The 29 started dead last in the field as the Wild Card entry and carved his way to the front, 1 spot short. Second place in the Chase earned Stringer $1100 dollars from Hoosier.
375 Pro Sportsman EXiT Realty Challenge Champion
Coates had a dominant year in the #90 Dunleavy Pro Truck.
He was the A/B Division Champ. He won the Mr.
Consistency award with an average finish of 1.5.
He won 6 out of 8 including the Chase race.
The titles were accompanied with a check for $2100 which
brought Allen's 2018 Season earnings up and over $8500.00.
on this website courtesy of mlb Photography.
X1 Boston to Host the
The EXiT Realty Challenge is the concept
of Derrick Beatrice. The vision was to use short track
racing in a big time way by offering contests above
and beyond conventional racing for both the competitor and
fan. The Challenge started preseason with a Challenge to 375
Pro Sportsman drivers to gather the most likes on Face book.
At Thompson's Ice Breaker fans were challenged to pick the
order of finish in the 375 Pro Sportsman race, and they
could win a Camaro! The Pro Truck Challenge fastest
qualifier was the first to be offered the "Back of the Pack'
challenge. If the fastest qualifier gave up the pole
and still won the race his winners check would double. These
Challenges went on all year. It was a season of Challenges
paired with exciting on-track racing. To cap of the exciting
2018 season and preview a little of 2019, the EXIT
Realty Challenge fans, sponsors and teams will celebrate on
In the off season most racing
divisions have some type of awards ceremony at a Hall.
Our teams enjoy a good dinner and awards like the rest, but
a little fun mixed in. For the second year in a
row, X1 Boston will host the awards banquet at RJ Valentine's facility.
Located in Braintree MA, X1 Boston is a
kart racing venue for corporate events and social functions,
featuring two indoor kart tracks. X1
Boston provides a wide array of race-themed programming for
events including off-site meetings, dinners, sales/staff
meetings, trade shows, incentive events, rewards programs,
team building, recruiting, and holiday events. All events
are race-ready; with racing suits, helmets and karts
This fits our style!
Following the Go-Kart Races the teams will get a break
to change to their banquet clothes and then it is
off to dinner . Awards will follow. The Chase
the Pro Truck and 375 Pro Sportsman series in attendance will receive
cash awards. Others will
receive recognition awards. Categories for
awards this year include Rookie of the Year, Iron Man,
Mr. Consistency, Hard Charger, Social Media MVP, and a
special recognition for Innovation Excellence.
Coates and Monahan are
2018 Chase Champions
The EXIT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman and ProTrucks
concluded their seasons with exciting action packed Chase
races in October.
The ProTrucks battled first. Oktoberfest offered up the final chances to qualify for one of the 5 spots available. The heated truck battle featured a charge from the back by Andy Lindeman in his familiar 3. Lindeman wrestled the lead away from Allen Coates in his 90 Dodge late in the event. Lindeman led entering turn three. Coates laid the bumper to Lindeman's Silverado and moved the defending champ out of the low groove. Lindeman powered up the 3 and bounced off the wall in an attempt to grab back the top spot at the line. Coates was able to hold on for the win however Lindeman slammed in to the 90 and sent it careening off of the turn one wall. Coates walked back to victory lane. The fireworks set the stage for the Chase event at Thompson.
The Chase, presented by Hoosier Tires East, at Thompson's World Series of Racing had the makings of a classic. On the pole was the 71of Jacob Perry. On the outside pole was the 29x of Joshua Hedges. The Championship contenders, #90 Allen Coates, #15jr, Gerard Giordano Jr, #3, Andy Lindeman and #81ny Corey Coates started in the back of the field. Wild card entry Josh Stringer started behind them. Stringer had the task of winning the event to be Champion, otherwise the Champion would come in order of how the 5 trucks finished.
The charge from the back proved to be an exciting one. When the caution flew on lap 4 the 90 of Allen Coates was in 4th. Son Corey was in 6th and Josh Stringer had moved to the 7th spot. Giordano and Lindeman were still mired in traffic.
The field was under green quickly. Perry was cruising out front while the Senior Coates followed in second. Corey Coates was comfortably in third. Josh Stringer made an daring 3 wide move. By midway he was in 4th. With just 10 to go Giordano ran 5th and Lindeman had quietly moved into 6th. Suddenly the 15jr exploded his engine. Flames curled out from both fenders as fire crews rolled. The season was over for Giordano Jr .
There would be one restart to decide the Championship for
2018. The 71 of Jacob Perry paced the field with Allen
Coates to his outside. Corey Coates had his Silverado in the
second row inside of Josh Stringer. The 71 did not
fire off well and Coates in the 90 powered into the lead
with ease. The younger Coates followed along with
Stringer in tow. For the final 3 laps, it was up to
these 3 competitors to duke it out for the Championship.
Battle they did. The younger Coates was able to get up
to the rear wheel well on his dad. Coming to the white
flag Stringer pulled under the 81ny but just could not
complete the pass. They were
by side in the final corner. When they got to the flag it
was Allen Coates Sr. that prevailed winning the race and the
EXIT Realty ProTruck Championship presented by Hoosier Tires
for 2018. There would be an adjustment to the
finishing order after officials found a component on the
81ny that was not at specifications. Josh Stringer was
awarded second place. Duane Noll, despite missing all of
practice, finished third. Jacob Perry had an awesome
run and held on for fourth. Defending series Champion Andy
Lindeman rounded out the top 5. The finish moved Andy
to 3rd in the final season standings.
Photo Credit to MLB Photography
Shirley Lindeman Memorial Returns to Oktoberfest
Lee USA Speedway's Oktoberfest is up next for the EXIT
Realty Challenge October 6th. The EXIT Realty
Challenge event is by far the most important race of the
2018 season to date. The race marks the return of the
ProTrucks to Lee USA for the first time since 2015. With
that return the series will cap off Saturday's racing with
The Shirley Lindeman Memorial. Shirley was
mother of 8 times series Champion Andy Lindeman. She
was the friend and fan of every driver that competed. She
loved the series and the series competitors loved her.
Bert Ouellette won the Shirley Lindeman Memorial race the
last time it was held at Lee. Bert described the win
as the biggest and most emotional win of his career.
Many of the Pro Truck competitors carry remembrances of
Shirley on their trucks throughout the year. One thing is
for sure. Shirley would have enjoyed seeing all the Pro
Truck teams battle it out for a Chase berth. That is why we
save the final race to qualify for the Chase for her
Chase is a one race playoff to decide the Champion. Five
drivers will be placed at the back of the field in the
upcoming race at Thompson Speedway's World Series.
Drivers need to win during the season to get in. No
one has done more winning this season than Allen Coates in
the Dunleavy number 90 Dodge. Allen has 4 wins.
is locked in to a berth so fans might think he could cruise
into the playoffs but he has plenty of incentive to snag yet
another victory. If Allen, his son Corey, Gerard
Giordano Jr. or Andy Lindeman win at Lee, Corey Coates will
stay qualified for the chase however, there are other
drivers that can knock Corey out of his Chase spot. A
victory by (29) Josh Stringer, (80) Mike Cavallaro, (97)
Dave Koenig, or (94) Tony Naglieri would bounce Corey out.
An additional threat is the 28 of Rick Ashlaw. A
victory by Rick
could also mathematically eliminate Corey.
|The Chase has one Wild Card spot that is determined by the highest points total without consideration of wins. If he does not win at Lee, Josh Stringer and his 29 team will be the Wild Card entry. If Josh wins, then the battle is on for that Wild Card between (80) Mike Cavallaro, (97) Dave Koenig, and (94) Tony Naglieri . Cavallaro has a 7 point advantage over Koenig and holds an 18 point lead over Naglieri. Mike Cavallaro has been a show in himself. He has pioneered bringing the S Chassis into Challenge racing. The S Chassis is based on the newer style Sport Trucks. Mike is 6th in points just one position short of making the Chase. He has surprised everyone by staying in contention for the Championship all year.|
Veteran EXIT Realty Challenge Pro Truck competitor Rick Ashlaw has not been the luckiest of drivers this season. He can still make the Chase, but has suffered through engine gremlins and mishaps. The 28 team has been struggling to get back into the top 10 in points. Rick remains a fan favorite. His F-150 keeps the Ford fans happy with its wild pain scheme. Allen Coates often assists his fellow competitors. Coates worked with the 28 team over the last few weeks The rumor is Rick's Pro Truck has a new experimental Coates chassis setup. Don't be surprised to see the 28 challenging for the win at Lee.
The series has a couple of young guns to keep your eyes on
too. Lucas Leone in the 1ne finished 3rd in the most
recent event at Hudson Speedway. The 15 year old
Connecticut racer is smooth and calculating, races like a
veteran and is certainly fast enough to win. Another
up and coming star is Dylan Cabral in the 19. "Dozer Cabral"
has found his way to victory lane in everything he has ever
driven. He finished 7th in his first EXIT Realty
Challenge Pro Truck event ever.
Whether you are watching the battle to get into the EXIT Realty Challenge Chase, keeping an eye on the young guns, or interested in seeing great side by side Pro Truck racing action, the Shirley Lindeman Memorial at Lee USA Speedway's Oktoberfest is surely expected to be a great race. For tickets or additional information on Oktoberfest go to www.leeusaspeedway.com or call 978-462-4253.
* For Chase standings click here. Photo credits to Kenneth Brunell
Robinson Wins Into the Chase at Hudson !
The 5th Annual John Swain Memorial race at Hudson Speedway
proved to be a battle of wills. Teams fought sweltering
temperatures. The event featured a special format. Teams
competed in 3 Challenge events. The overall win would
go to the team with the best average finish after all 3
The pre-race buzz was more about who was not there as opposed to who was. Missing from the field was Corey Fanning and Steve Dickey. There were fireworks between the two in the first event at Hudson. Even more stunning was the absence of the points leader. Scott Serydynski's Dodge had been sold leaving a driver having a banner year without a ride. Another Chase contender, Bear Charette, had his #14 Monte Carlo loaded and ready to go only to have an emergency prevent his team from competing. The door was wide open for a new winner and maybe some new faces in the Chase.
Jimmy Renfrew Jr. had his 00 there. The 15 year old was fresh off of an EXIT Realty Challenge win at Star Speedway. He also found victory lane at the Street Stock event at Claremont the night before. Renfrew was fast as always. The 00 won his heat, and dominated the first Challenge race. Crystal Serydynski Jr. could not run down the 00 and finished second. Matt Robinson grabbed the last podium spot and finished 3rd.
The field was inverted for Challenge race 2. The 73 of Joe Tetreault led the field to green. Steve Kennaway was able to grab the lead from the outside pole. As the field powered down the back stretch on lap 4, the 31 of Stephen Potter slid high out of turn 2. The black Mustang climbed the tire barrier and flew nose down in spectacular fashion. The 31 landed behind the barrier , flipped over and settled on it's roof. The field was placed under red flag conditions. Potter emerged from the incident unscathed and not the least bit rattled. He would say " If I was sure the motor was full of oil, I would rip the fenders off and get back out there." Stephen credited his crew for building a rock solid safe car that he expects to be ready for the finale at Waterford.
The field was realigned and back to green after a slight delay. On the restart the 38 of Steve Kennaway, the 55 of Shawn Monahan and the 51 of Bryce Howard paced the field while Renfrew, Robinson and Serydynski battled their way to the front. Renfrew worked his way behind Howard by lap 15. Pressure to win mounted as the laps counted down. Howard did away with Monahan first . He reeled in Kennaway shortly after. As the leaders headed down the back stretch on lap 20 the 51 looked low for the lead while the 00 tried to sneak even lower under him. Howard and Renfrew then tangled on the backstretch sending the 51 spinning and causing the events second caution. Both cars were moved to the rear. Unfortunately the 51 of Howard headed to the pits.
The final restart still had Kennaway on the point but this time the challenger was Matt Robinson. The leaders ran side by side while Crystal Serydynski looked for a way by. The 00 of Renfrew was charging from the back. He still had sights on a win. With 2 to go Robinson wrestled away the top spot. Crystal Serydynski, in the 8 Camaro moved the 38 and settled into second as the leaders took the white flag. Renfrew followed through to finish third.
The final 10 lap Challenge was a straight up dash. The 99 of Matt Robinson led the field to green with the 8 of Crystal Serydynski on his outside. Renfrew was inside row 2. The 33 of Frank L'Etolle jr. was outside row 2. Robinson got a great start while Crystal fell back. Renfrew's 00 was glued to the 99 and the battle was on. Just to keep the battle honest, the 33 of L'Etolle kept his Monte Carlo right there just in case either of the leaders might slip. As the 00 went high, the 33 went low. Renfrew needed to protect and challenge. It was a valiant effort by Renfrew. He tried multiple lines but could not find a way by. Matt Robinson, in his 99, pulled off the win. Renfrew would have to settle for second. Frank L'Etolle Jr. was third.
The overall standings were based on the average finish. Matt Robinson was the official winner of the John Swain Memorial. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. was awarded second and Crystal Serydynski rounded out the top 3.
The field for the EXIT Realty Challenge Play-Off race was also set. The Champion of the season is decided by taking the Chase qualifiers and putting them to the back of the field in the final event. The contenders will race their way to the front, and where ever they finish in relation to each other is how they finish in the Championship. There is also a Wild Card entry. That contender has to win the final event to be Champ. The Wild Card qualifier for this season is #31 Stephen Potter. He has finished as high as third at Waterford in the past. With a little bit of luck the 31 Mustang could find themselves in Victory lane.
Jimmy Renfrew Jr. qualified for the Chase with a win at Star Speedway. The talented 15 year old driver from Candia New Hampshire has an impressive resume that includes a recent win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series. To earn that victory Jimmy wheeled the 00 past every car in the field. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. would like nothing better than to to the same and bring that Championship trophy North.
Matt Robinson surprised everyone but his team when he won at Hudson. He is surrounded by a crew with years of experience on the short tracks and always has an awesome handling machine. The Speedbowl will be new to Matt. The team talked it over and they feel they just might be able to pull off the upset. Look for a strong run from the 99 in the Chase Race.
The Velvet Hammer, Shawn Monahan has to be a favorite to win it all. Waterford is home turf for the 55 team. Monahan wrapped up his second Championship in a row at Thompson Speedway last week. He still has room to fit the EXIT Realty Challenge Championship trophy on the mantel. Shawn qualified for the Chase on the road course and does not have a circle track win. Never the less Shawn plans on the Championship Trophy staying in Connecticut at his shop when the battle is over.
Scott Serydynski has clearly been the dominant EXIT Realty Challenge driver this season. Many teams were ready to simply hand over the trophy. Unfortunately the 22 team was thrown a curve ball when their Dodge Challenger was sold just before the Hudson event. Scott is scrambling to secure another car for the Championship event. If he does find the right car, his bid is all about making the new car perform like the Dodge. Is he still the favorite? Maybe.
The first alternate for the Chase is Frank L'Etolle jr. If any of the Chase contenders do not race, then he will be the Wild Car. The 33 team won the first ever 375 Pro Sportsman event. They finished second to the 22 team in a visit to Waterford earlier this year. The only reason the 33 team is not in the Chase is they could not attend the road course. Had they made the start , they were in . They certainly have to be considered favorites for the win should they not make the Chase. Either way the 33 just might be in for a great day at the SpeedBowl.
* For complete race results from the John Swain Memorial click here.
* For EXIT Realty Challenge Chase standings click here.
Photo credits to Katelyn's Racing Videos & Kenneth Brunell
5th Annual John Swain Memorial Monday
The John Swain Memorial Race takes
place this Monday, September 3rd at Hudson Speedway. It is
an honor for the EXIT Realty Challenge competitors to race
in this truly meaningful event. John Swain was a
competitor in Enduro and Rookie Stock races. He was a
friend to all and was lost to cancer after a lengthy battle.
#31 Stephen Potter: Stephen Potter has made every race
and run well in his #31 Mustang. The easiest route for
Stephen to qualify for the Chase is to win. If someone
new that is Chase eligible wins, he will have to compete
with the 14 for the wild card spot. Otherwise he holds
a 31 point lead over the next competitor, Corey Fanning.
Fanning is not expected to compete in Monday's event.
The Race to the Chase is On in New
The Pro Trucks at Hudson: The story of the
ProTrucks this season revolves around the Chase. Lots of
drivers want in. Corey Coates is but has low season points.
Should a team other than the ones holding spots now win,
they would most likely bounce Corey out of the playoffs.
On the restart Coates opened up a lead. Boyle was stuck on the outside and got freight trained until Koenig went too low off of the inside the track. He then slid the nose of the 97 up into Boyles left rear causing the 2 to spin. The field was under caution one more time.
Allen Coates was able to power away on the final restart on
his way to the checkers. Officially Coates led all 100
laps. The win was the second for the 90 team in 2018.
The 375's at Star Speedway: The 375 Pro Sportsman
headed to Star Speedway August 4th. Weather threatened to
cancel the event, but promoter Bob Webber Jr. made the call
and ran a full racing card. Fans want racing Saturday nights
at Star Speedway, and it is a tradition. If
they can get the show in they do.
Pro Trucks at Star Speedway :
The Pro Trucks were also on the August 4th race card at Star
Speedway. Time trials set the field. Corey Coates in
the 81ny Chevrolet won the pole by fractions of a
second over his father Allen. On the drop of the
green Corey showed tthe fast time was no fluke as he set sail pacing the field in a manner that made
all watching think he was unbeatable. One person was
not convinced. That was Allen Coates. Slowly but
surely the 90 of the senior Coates reeled in his son.
Both series are in action at
Hudson Speedway Monday September 3rd. Both series decide
their Champion by a one race playoff in which all the Chase contenders must start in the
back. For the 375 Pro Sportsman, the race at Hudson is
their last chance to qualify. 22 Scott Serydynski and
55 Shawn Monahan have Chase Spots locked up. Provided
he races at Hudson, Jimmy Renfrew Jr. also has a Chase
spot locked up. If the winner at Hudson comes out of
those 3, then the remaining two playoff positions will be
filled by points. If we have a new winner that qualifies,
Stephen Potter and Bear Charette will be racing for the Wild
Card berth. The EXIT Realty Challenge
playoff race will be held at Waterford in October.
Double Header EXIT
The EXIT Realty Challenge heads to Hudson
International Speedway July 29th. The EXIT Realty Challenge
ProTrucks will be making their annual appearance. The EXIT
Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman will be at the track for
the first time. Entries are pouring in for both events with
good reason. Hudson Speedway is the second oldest oval in
the North East, and remains at the top of the list for
entertainment when it comes to value for your racing dollar.
Both EXIT Realty Challenge divisions have Chase type
championships where teams fight for a playoff spot and the
entire season comes down to a battle between the contenders
in the last event. There is no better place to fight for a
spot in that battle than Hudson Speedway.
The EXIT Realty Challenge Pro Trucks
Leading the ProTruck division to Hudson will be Gerard Giordano Jr.. The 15jr team has made the Chase playoff every season. Giordano powered his way to the top spot in this season's Chase with a win on the Thompson Road Course June 30th. Gerard is a second generation driver racing for a family team. The Sr. Giordano was an awesome racer back in the day and certainly prepares a potent race truck for his son. Erika, Gerard's mom, does her part as team manager and spotter.
When it comes to Championships, Andy Lindeman has been unstoppable. The 3 Silverado, which is a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs well at Hudson. Lindeman has been victorious in his last 2 trips to the Speedway. He'll do his best to take the points lead back from Giordano. Currently Lindeman is in a qualified Chase berth.
On ovals this year the story has been the Coates family. Corey Coates was victorious at Thompson's Ice Breaker driving for Dangerous Dave's racing 81ny Silverado. Corey's dad, #90 Allen Coates evened the 2018 win score card up at Stafford Speedway with a trip to victory lane of his own. Both drivers were struck by mechanical gremlins at the last event . Expect this father son battle resume inn full force at Hudson.
#29 Joshua Stringer and #2ct Jim Boyle are battling for the Wild Card spot in the chase. Josh holds the sport currently by a slim 3 point margin over Jim. A win by either team would bounce Corey Coates out of his Chase spot. Traditionally the event at Hudson Speedway has been pivotal and determining our final chase competitors.
The EXIT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman
Thompson's Road Course is Total Challenge
When the Road
Course event was planned for the 375 Pro's and the Pro
Trucks , no one expected mother nature to join into the
Challenge. The lefts and rights of the circuit
combined with grueling heat last Saturday may be the
toughest race many of the teams have ever had to survive.
The EXIT Realty Challenge Pro Trucks
Morning practice had temperatures in the high 80's. A surprise entry, Duane Noll, in his extended cab Silverado was the first to suffer mechanical woes. Fans were disappointed when bad luck struck and the Red 2 was loaded back on the trailer without competing however Duane managed to still have a smile. "I got to cross another thing off my bucket list," said Noll. "I raced on a road course."
Corey Coates won the Ice Breaker in the opener however the heat Saturday proved to be too much for his number 81 Silverado. He was another entry loaded on the trailer before the event started. Points are important as a tie breaker. By not taking the green Corey was unable to be awarded points. This may be a factor as the playoffs get closer
The Stringer Racing Silverado's were also struggling to keep their transmissions cool. Despite the issue both trucks were able to take the green flag.
The EXIT Realty Challenge Pro Trucks and the EXIT Realty Challenge 375's were on the track at the same time, lined up approximately a half lap apart. The ProTrucks, let by the 80 of Mike Cavallaro , charged down the super long main straight and headed to turn one to kick off the racing. Jim Boyle in his #2 Silverado grabbed the early lead and looked absolutely untouchable cruising out front for the first seven circuits. Boyle won the Stock Car portion of this event when it was known as the Stock Car Road Race Challenge in 2015. Having a ProTruck win on the same course would look nice on the resume, but it was not to be. The hot track proved a bit to slick , and Jim spun out of the lead.
Gerard Giordano Jr. inherited the lead at this point and never looked back. Giordano has plenty of experience on Thompson's Road Course . He has been known to pilot a BMW there for car owner Fred Heinly. In his mirror there was only one driver to be concerned with. The points leader, Allen Coates had switched from Dodge to a Chevrolet Silverado for this event. The 90 was the fastest truck in practice, and even faster in the race. Half way through the event Allen set a ProTruck track record time of 1:23.526, erasing Frank Dumicich Jr. from the record books. Unfortunately the rear end gear started to heat up as Mother Nature chimed in with on track temperatures over 118 degrees. Coates slowed as he nursed his Silverado to a 7th place finish.
Josh Stringer was still battling transmission overheating problems. Despite the woes, Stringer turned laps faster and faster as the event wore on. His fastest, was the last lap only 2 tenths off Allen Coates EXIT ProTruck Track record. The 29 was faster late, but there was no shot of catching the 15jr. cruising out front.
When it was over it was Long Island's Gerard Giordano Jr. in victory lane. Stringer had to settle for the runner up spot. Early leader Jim Boyle grabbed the third and final podium position.
The race for the Chase also heated up. Allen Coates, Gerard Giordano Jr., Andy Lindeman and Corey Coates are currently in the Chase spots. After the mechanical setback Saturday, Corey is vulnerable to being bounced out of the Chase, should another team win their way in. The tie breaker when teams are tied with wins is the points total. The battle for the Wild Card chase entry is also a hot one. Josh Stringer leads Jim Boyle in those standings by a mere 3 points.
Click here for> Points Standings After the Road Course Challenge
Click here for> EXIT Realty ProTruck Road Course Challenge Final Standings
The EXIT Realty Challenge 375 Pro Sportsman
The 375 Pro Sportsman were also battling the
heat Saturday. In practice, #26 Steve Kennaway set
fast time, and a new track record for Sportsman cars on
Thompson's Road Course with a lap of 1:25.863.
Shawn Monahan and Scott Cestodio were also pacing within
2 tenths of a second.
EXIT Realty Challenge drivers head to Thompson Speedway next
as they are part of the show at the Bracket Grand Prix. In
2015 Josh Vanada introduced the Stock Car Road Race
Challenge that brought stock cars back on the road course.
The Challenge is back!
EXIT Realty Challenge drivers have an "Anytime, Anywhere" attitude. No one could represent that attitude better than Jim Boyle. In 2015 he won the Street Stock Tour race. This time he will be in his Pro Truck. Jim won the ProTruck event on Dirt last year. He finished the ProTruck Season with a win on Thompson's half mile. He ran National Street Stock events at Dillon Speedway in North Carolina and Bristol Tennessee earlier this year. By the way, the Bracket Grand Prix has a 6 hour endurance event after the Pro Truck race. He'll have a car entered in that too.
The hottest 375 Pro Sportsman driver this season is Scott
Serydynski. His #22 Dodge Challenger was able to pull
off a last lap pass to win the season opener. He followed
that up with a dominating run at Waterford. Meanwhile,
on the ProTruck side, the Coates family has all the
headlines. Corey Coates won the opener at Thompson.
Allen, Corey's dad scored the win at Stafford. Both
series use a chase format to win. The road course may open a
door for a new team to grab a win.
This is also the earliest race of the season
The teams will practice at 9:00am and race at 10:00.
Although they are racing and scored in separate events, both
divisions will be on the track at the same time. The 375 Pro
Sportsman will be paced by the EXIT Realty pace car one half
lap ahead of the trucks. The practice is common in
road racing. The great news is most of the drivers are
the stars of their local tracks, and will have plenty of
time to make their event due to the early start.
Doubles Thrown at Full Fendered Throwdown
Round 2 of the EXIT Realty 375 Pro Sportsman Challenge took place Saturday night as an All Star field of 375 Sportsman drivers competed as part of the Waterford SpeedBowl's Full Fendered Throwdown. American Racer is the official tire of the EXIT Realty 375's. Team's may run other brands. The SpeedBowl's event would be the first opportunity to find out if they truly are as fast as advertised.
Frank Le'Toile Jr. set the fastest time in practice with a lap of 16.758 seconds. For this event's qualifying two heat races determined the starting lineup. The #22 of Scott Serydynski Sr. was able to win the pole position with a victory in qualifying race #1. Frank Le'Toile Jr. backed up his fast time in practice with a victory in qualifying race #2. American Racer was the first to "double up" by being the tire on both race winners.
The Throwdown feature event also had a special format. Serydynski and Le'Toile made up row one. The 14x of Bear Charette and the 11 of Corey Fanning made up row two. The 30 of Anthony Kohler and the 55 of Shawn Monahan lined up in row three. Serydynski moved into the lead early with Le'Toile in tow. By lap three the top three had pulled away. Bear Charette and Shawn Monahan battled side by side until the 30 of Ant Kohler pilled into Bear's 14x, knocking him sideways. Monahan took advantage and motored into third. The fireworks continued with Kohler. Stephen Potter, in the 31 ducked low and ended up climbing over Kohler. Both cars spun to the infield. The 31 of Potter was able to continue. Kohler, visibly upset, threw his helmet at Potter in frustration. The SpeedBowl Wrecker crew cleared the track quickly and racing was back underway.
On the restart the front row remained the same. Corey Fanning lined up with Shawn Monahan in row two. Bear Charette and Corey Hutchings now were in row 3. Fanning worked his way forward to take sole possession of third only to have Monahan give the 11 a shot in the rear in turn 3. The contact knocked Fanning's 11 into the high groove. The 55 snuck under . Fanning was having none of those type of tactics. He returned the favor in between turns 3 and 4 on the next lap. Monahan dove sideways in the high groove while the 11 motored right on by.
While all the
commotion went on behind them, first and second place
Serydynski and Le'Toile took advantage of being the only two
race cars on the new American Racer 970's . They put on a
show cruising away to the checkers. Le'Toile won the 375's
first race ever and Serydynski won at th Ice Breaker. Both
cars are capable of winning anywhere. With a superior tire
they were untouchable. Le'Toile followed the 22, but
never was able to get in position to make a pass.
Fanning held on to third. Monahan cruised to fourth
and Bear Charette scored another top five.
The battle for the Chase Spots is in
full swing. Corey Fanning's great run in the 11 moved him
into second. Shawn Monahan's 55 is holding on to the
third chase berth. Bear's 14 team is solidly in the 4th
slot. If the Chase Playoff Race was tomorrow, Corey
Hutchings' 36 team would be in the Wild Card slot.
Coates vs Coates
The EXIT Realty Challenge ProTrucks
headed to Stafford Springs Connecticut to cap of the first
day of "Sizzler Saturday". Under sunny skies 14 trucks
took to the half mile. Corey Coates looked untouchable
as he rounded the speedway at 22.204 seconds. Practice
ended the day for a special driver in the felid, Brazil's
Junior Turcetti. The throttle stuck on his #28ma
Silverado. The hit was hard enough to place Junior in the
Speedway's Concussion Protocol, ending his day.
Back in the pack Josh Stringer and Dave Koenig were having a
battle of their own. The 29 wanted by and used his
bumper to move the 97 spinning Dangerous Dave. The caution
was out for the second time. Stringer's 29 looked to be a
contender for the win early. The task of earning a win would
become much more difficult as he was moved to the rear of
If you follow the EXIT Realty Pro Truck
Challenge , you know of Jim Boyle and his 2ct
Silverado. The truck itself is always sharp
looking. The team uses mechanical skills and a
great crew where others might spend thousands to achieve
success. The crew is made up of family members
and friends. There is always great food in the trailer
and smiles all around.
Jim Boyle was intrigued last season with one particular event. The Pro Trucks were off to Devils Bowl for a race on dirt, and the 2ct team planned on winning. They made the trip to Vermont for practice.
The event was special to a lot of teams. Frank Dumicich Jr, owner of Teddy Bear Graphics in Long Island, made a special trophy. The race was a lane swapping battle between Dave Koenig and Jim Boyle. The 2ct found their way to victory lane.
These events take an astronomical effort by all involved. Hundreds of hours are invested. Some events just turn out perfect. This event was everything competitors want a race to be, especially in victory lane where the 2ct team celebrated. Certainly this night was special.
In that crew, celebrating with Jim was Charlie McMullin, Jim's brother. Charlie truly enjoyed everyone. You can just see when someone belongs. Charlie was always happy to be interacting with Boyle's crew. Charlie enjoyed the adventure win or loose. Any outcome would be fine long as he was there.
The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge drivers compete on the track. Off track, there is an extended family. Charlie McMullin is the model of how those family members should be. He went to the race to be with friends, enjoy the competition , enjoy his family and team with his brother. There is no doubt this night was all about Charlie and Jim. Sometimes the guy that is supposed to win seems to for reasons we could never foresee. That was the case at Devil's Bowl Speedway last July.
Earlier this month Charlie was hospitalized. This week he was lost to illness. Please join us at this Saturday's Stafford Speedway Spring Sizzler as we have one more night all about Charlie and Jim. This weekends EXIT Realty Challenge Pro Truck race is dedicated to Charlie McMullin and all like him that are part of the racing family and just happy to be with us. It's not the outcome, it's the journey. We offer our deepest condolences to the Boyle family. We will miss Charlie. We are sure he is watching over as we journey on today.
For more information on the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
WTC is proud to announce that American Racer is
now the official tire supplier of the 375 Pro Sportsman
Challenge. The American Racer 970 is the official tire.
It will be available through Dave Lind Tires. American
Racer will also keep with the Challenge theme and provide a
few Challenges of their own.
Corey Coates Victorious
at the Ice Breaker!
4-7 The EXIT REALTY Challenge ProTrucks
kicked off their season at Thompson Speedway's 44th Annual
Ice Breaker Saturday. Group qualifying sets the field
for New England's fastest race trucks. When time trials were
over it was Gerard Giordano Jr. setting the fast time with a
lap of 22.800 seconds. With that time he had a
choice to make . He could start the
from the pole position, or he could take the EXIT Realty
Challenge and give up that spot and start last. If he
could win from last he would increase his winners share from
$1000 to $2000. The lure of the money was not enough
to give up the pole position. The 15jr opted to start from
Soon it was time for the much anticipated race. Giordano's 15jr Silverado was joined in the front row by Corey Coates in the Dangerous Dave's Racing 81ny. Jim Boyle and Josh Stringer lined up in row two. Allen Coates rounded out the top 5. Despite the traditionally cold weather, a fine crowd was on hand to watch as the final feature event of the day got underway. Starter George DeCoster waived the green as the leader approached turn 4, but there was trouble with the start. Giordano felt Coates had jumped the start and left early. The 15jr did not accelerate and the field passed on both sides. Coates charged off into the lead only to spin exiting turn 2. The yellow was out. With less than a lap complete both front row trucks were now relegated to the rear.
Last year's World Series winner Jim Boyle and Josh Stringer inherited the front row for the lap 4 restart. Boyle jumped ahead on the front stretch, but Stringer took advantage of the momentum of the high groove of turns 1&2 and motored off of the high banks and into the lead on the the backstretch. The field settled down to single file racing.
It was not long until the 81ny was back in the hunt. By lap 7 the leaders were Stringer's 29 , followed by Boyle in the 2ct. Allen Coates followed in 3rd. Behind Allen was the battle of the 81s. Tyler Chapman had his 81ct Silverado holding down the 4th spot. Amazingly Corey Coates had charged in his 81ny from the back of the pack to fifth.
Many race fans were watching the progress of Mike Cavallaro in his #80 Sport Truck. Sport Trucks regularly at the Seekonk Speedway. This was the first race that the downsized models were allowed to compete with the full size ProTrucks. Cavallaro's truck was very popular with the fans. He was up to 8th early.
By lap 13 Corey Coates had moved his 81ny into contention for a much anticipated family battle. Allen Coates had all he could do to keep the 81ny of his son back. The pair fought side by side.
The mid stages of the event had 3 pairs battling. Up front Boyle was giving Stringer all the competition he could handle. Coates verses Coates was in full swing. Tyler Chapman had his hands full with Gerard Giordano.
The pairs soon turned into a cluster of 5. Giordano had joined the lead battle. he was looking for any opening to get by. Suddenly on lap 23, while exiting turn 4, Joshua Stringers Silverado snapped around and spun into the infield. The caution flew and Corey Coates inherited the lead.
The field was restarted with 6 laps remaining. Jim Boyle's 2 was set up for the long run and did not come up to full speed right away. He dropped back into the clutches of a charging pack. Allen Coates was able to power by on the outside. Giordano moved to 3rd. Jim Boyle held on for 4th. The 29 of Stringer some how slice and diced his way from the back and rounded out the top 5.
Corey and Allen have had battles in the trucks before. On this day Allen was not going to be able to mount a serious challenge to his son. The younger Coates was on top and cruised to his first Thompson Speedway Ice breaker win. In victory lane Corey was quick to thank Dave Koenig, his car owner for choosing him to wheel the Dangerous Dave's Racing 81ny. "All I can say is the truck does the work. I just sit behind the wheel." said Corey.
This year's Pro Truck schedule has less events, therefore there is added pressure to get into the Chase. With the Ice Breaker victory Corey Coates is on top of the standings with a win and the most points. Andy Lindeman also has a credit for a win. He grabbed a victory at the Waterford Speedbowl that counted towards this year's Chase. He is in second due to tat victory. Allen Coates currently sits in the 3rd Chase spot based on points. Gerard Giordano is in the 4th spot, and Jim Boyle currently is holding on to the wild Card berth. Leading in Rookie of the Year Standings is none other than Mile Cavallaro in his #80 Sport Truck.
The Exit Realty Challenge ProTrucks next event is the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway April 28th. Last year Stringer racing pulled off a 1-2 finish with their 2 trucks. Pro Tucks are always awesome at Stafford. Hope to see you all there.
2018 EXIT REALTY Pro
Truck Challenge Video
Emotional Win in Ice Breaker
4/7 The EXIT Realty Challenge was in
full swing at Thompson Speedway's Ice Breaker. Friday's snow
cast doubt that the race weekend would even take place.
Some say the Speedway's GM, Josh Vanada has a deal with the
weather gods. The snow gave way to sunny skies and the 44th
annual ice Breaker weekend was underway.
The much anticipated 375 Pro Sportsman Challenge was on tap for 35 laps of full bodied race action. Fans were also Challenged to pick the finishing order of the top 10 and win a $30,000 dollar Camaro.
The Challenge cars qualify by time. The 36 of Corey Hutchings set down a lap of 22.701 seconds to win the pole. Scott Serydynski was only 3 thousandths of a second behind Corey. Ryan Waterman was also close just 2 hundredths of a second behind the pole sitter.
There was a shuffle in the line-up that moved the75 of Waterman to the front row outside of Hutchings 36 for the start. In the second row was Corey Fanning. Ryan Lineham had his 19 Camaro in the 4th position. Winner of the first 375 Pro Sportsman race, Frank Le'Toile Jr. would round out the top 5. Other notables included current Thompson Speedway Champion Shawn Monahan in the 55 starting sixth and Scott Serydynski, who had adjustments made post qualifying necessitating a start from the 10th position.
Hutchings led the field to the green. Entering turn one, the 3 Twisted Tea Camaro of Jordan Pearson slid high and made contact with the outside wall. The contact ended the Maine driver's day and brought out the first caution.
The field was back underway on lap 4. Hutchings pulled out to a lead while the 75 of Waterman and the 11 of Corey Fanning ran side by side. Eventually Waterman prevailed.
Shawn Monahan moved into 4th spot by passing Lineham's 19 Camaro on lap 10. The 33 of Le'toile followed along . The 22 of Serydynski moved up to 7th. Up front the 36 of Hutchings was being hounded by Waterman. The 36 Monte Carlo was also leaving a trail of smoke. Waterman was able to pull up and challenge only to be held off time after time. Finally on lap 17, he was able to establish position low and nose slightly ahead. Suddenly, while side by side, Hutchings spun. Fanning and Monahan avoided the 36 which backed to a rest on the apron in turn 4.
The Challenge has a contact rule. If two cars have contact, and one spins, both drivers must be sent to the back. Officials were not sure if there was contact, or if a mechanical issue may have caused the spin. The incident would be reviewed on video post race. Waterman stayed on the point indicating that maybe there was no contact.
The lap 21 restart had the 75 of Waterman and the 55 of Monahan in the front row. Fanning and Lineham made up row two. Serydynski 's 22 and Rick Charette's 14 made up row three. Monahan pulled off a perfect cross over and challenged low for the lead heading down the back stretch. Behind the leaders, Serydynski, Fanning and Lineham were 3 wide. Caution flew when the 76 of John Hanafin made contact with the wall.
On the lap 28 restart Waterman lined up to hold of Monahan again. The 75 lost rear traction allowing the 55 of Monahan to pull ahead on the back stretch. Ryan Lindeman slid high in between turns one and two. This left Serydynski and Fanning battling. Fanning was able to hold on to 3rd. Caution was out for Lineham's 19.
This set up the final restart on lap 30. For this restart Monahan now had control of the field. Waterman lined up outside. Corey Fanning and Serydynski now made up row two. Rick Charette and Stephen Potter in the 31 made up row three. Monahan got a great jump and led. Serydynski managed to move from outside Fanning to inside Waterman to challenge for second. With 3 to go, on the back stretch the 22 moved low but Monahan threw the block. This allowed Waterman to roll up along the outside through turns 3 and 4.
As the trio headed down the back stretch it was Monahan inside, Waterman outside and Serydynski looking for a way by both. By the time they made the front stretch it was 3 wide. entering turn one the 22 made contact with Monahan's left rear. This forced Monahan into Waterman. The door was open and Scott Serydynski motored under and on to the win. Monahan had to settle for the runner up spot. Corey Fanning took advantage of all of the contact to finish third.
The win was an emotional one for the entire team. March 28th the Serydynski 's lost a family member. Meri Serydynski, Scott's wife lost her dad. This is a racing family and Norman George's presence was felt by all. Meri thanked her dad for "bringing Scottie to victory lane."
Post race Waterman was moved behind Corey Hutchings in the standings. Competition director Marshall Hurley said, "During the event we don't want an error on our part to take a chance to win away, so we review the tape. It is clear there was contact between the 36 and the 75. The contact rule was applied and the standings were adjusted . It is not a huge change. Both drivers put on a great show."
The EXIT REALTY 375 Pro Sportsman Challenge heads to the Waterford Speedbowl May 26th. Join us for outstanding on-track action . Be sure to take your shot at winning a $30,000 Camaro. No purchase is necessary.
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Take the EXIT REALTY Challenge at the Ice Breaker
EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates is excited for the 2018 Race Season in New England. “I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had enough of this snow and we’re all ready for racing to start,” says Challenge Sponsor Derek Beatrice. EXIT Realty is going to “CHALLENGE” both the Fans & Drivers throughout the 2018 Season. We open on April 7th at Thompson Motor Speedway for the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge & EXIT Realty 375 Pro Sportsman Challenge.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines with EXIT Realty’s
fabulous “Back of the Pack Challenge.” To kick off the 44th
Annual Ice Breaker EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates is going
to “CHALLENGE” the Pole Winner from the EXIT Realty Pro
Truck Challenge Time Trials to go to the “BACK of the PACK”
for a chance to Double their winnings! According to the
World Series Event Winner at Thompson in 2017, Jim Boyle of
the #2CT Silverado, “If the truck is good enough to get the
Pole, it should be good enough to get back there!”
Next up is the Challenge for the Fans! The EXIT
Realty Fan Challenge will take place during the 375
Pro Sportsman race.
All a lucky fan needs to do to become a winner is correctly
predict the Top 10 Finishers in order from 1-10 and the
Lucky Fan will win a 2018 Camaro or Truck ($30,000 Value).*
The fans will be able to sign up for the EXIT Realty Fan
Challenge at Thompson Motor Speedway the day of the race and
must be present following race in order to claim their
Stay tuned to this page as EXIT Realty plans on bringing more Challenges for both Fans and Drivers alike during the 2018 Race Season.