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What Makes the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park Great?

What Makes the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park Great?

Come Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7 and see!

Lime Rock Park’s Vintage Festival is just a bit more than two weeks away and it will truly be one of the best in the Festival’s 27 years. There are at least 240 entries – 70 more than last year – and there are nine huge race groups.

What makes the Vintage Festival such a great event?

  • Hundreds of ready-to-race vintage cars
  • A vibrant paddock, bristling with history, where you can walk right up to the owners and cars
  • New this year: Friday is all practice and qualifying, making Saturday and Monday but non-stop sprint and endurance races
  • The bigger-and-better-every-year “Sunday in the Park,” one of the finest car shows on the East Coast, hundreds of cars lining much of Lime Rock’s 1.53 miles
  • Some of you will remember seeing these cars when they raced in their heydays ... while other folks will know of these cars and their place in racing lore, but have never seen them up close – until now
  • A teeming Swap Meet, where all manner of automotive treasures will be on view and for sale
  • Lime Rock Park is a beautiful venue, unlike any other road racing circuit in North America. No grandstands; just trees, grassy hillsides and a setting that just might take your breath away

You want a taste of the kinds of cars accepted into this year’s Vintage Festival? Click here for a PDF of the entry list. We didn’t have the room to list every car, but you’ll see everything from one-off specials of the 1930s to Lolas, McLarens, Crossles, Chevrons, Alfas, Vettes, Coopers, Brabhams... a stunning entry list, to say the least.

And we haven’t even mentioned the presence of one of the rarest cars in the vintage universe, the Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrow, a Grand Prix racing car designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The W154 competed in the 1938 and 1939 Grand Prix seasons and was used by Rudolf Caracciola to win the 1938 European Championship.

The engine is a 3000cc supercharged V12, attaining an output between 425-474 horse power. In 1939, the 2-stage supercharged version of this 2,961.54cc V12 engine recorded a test-bed power of 476 b.h.p. at 7,800 rpm.

And the current owner, The Collier Collection of Naples, Fla., plans on taking this fantastic Grand Prix car on-track for demonstration laps on Saturday and Monday – a rare occurrence indeed!

The 27th Annual Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park. Come join the extravaganza!

Tickets are available on-line at limerock.com, or by calling 1-800-RACE-LRP (800-722-3577).

As always, parking is free, and children 12-and-under are admitted free. Be sure to ask about purchasing a “VIP Fan Hospitality” pass, too.

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Truex True at Lime Rock, Extends Slim Points Lead

Truex True at Lime Rock, Extends Slim Points Lead

Ryan Truex led the last 17 laps, including surviving a green-white-checker finish that extended the race three laps more than the scheduled 83, to win the Mohegan Sun 200 NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Lime Rock Park. Finishing second was Eddie MacDonald, who professed pre-race that all he wanted to do was “survive and go home!” E-Mac finished 1.4 seconds behind Truex for his best-ever road course result, while third was Skip Barber instructor Jason Holehouse in what was also his best-ever NASCAR finish.

Truex came into Lime Rock as the Camping World East points leader over Jody Lavender, 1,227 to 1,201, and now leaves the track leading MacDonald by 50, 1,412 to 1,362 (Lavender drops to third in points, with 1,325). Truex’s first CWSE win was this year, at another road course, Watkins Glen. He got his first oval win at Thompson a few weeks later.

The Lime Rock polesitter, Matt DiBenedetto, had taken the lead for the second time on lap 32 (after relinquishing P1 to Truex after his pit stop) and was still up front – with a 9-second gap – when he got caught up in an accident in the Uphill involving hard-luck Matt Kobyluck (the local favorite was many laps down thanks to his unsolved fuel-contamination problem from yesterday’s qualifying), who spun, tagged the wall and got tagged by Matt Kurzejewski, whom then DiBenedetto ran into.

Another local, Jonathan Smith of Beacon Falls, was going great and was running in the top five late in the race until some shuffling in the Downhill caught the youngster out and he put it in the wall.

Under beautiful skies and a healthy race-day crowd, the Mohegan Sun 200 saw just four caution periods for a total of 18 laps.

In the two USERA Spec Racer Ford races, the morning 80-lap enduro was won by Lee McNeish over Robert Reed and Skip Barber instructor Roy Albertalli, while the afternoon sprint race was also a McNeish benefit, winning by 3 seconds over Herb Sweeney. Third was Jason Barfield.

In the USERA Formula Car Challenge morning 30-lapper, Matt Scheider bested Shawn Morrison and Joe Sammut; the afternoon’s race was won by Matt Schneider, with Shawn Morrison second and Dennis McCarthy third.

RECAP
http://localracing.nascar.com/node/3461

RESULTS
http://localracing.nascar.com/node/3463

POST-RACE VIDEO WITH RYAN TRUEX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCmN0JQAXBs

POST-RACE AUDIO WITH EDDIE MACDONALD AND JASON HOLEHOUSE

http://americaneg.vo.llnwd.net/o16/nascar/2009/2009hometracks/ncws_east/lime_rock_81409/2009_ncws_east_lime_rock_eddie_macdonald_and_jason_holehouse.MP3

POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH RYAN TRUEX

http://americaneg.vo.llnwd.net/o16/nascar/2009/2009hometracks/ncws_east/lime_rock_81409/2009_ncws_east_lime_rock_post_race_winner_ryan_truex.MP3

POST RACE VIDEO WITH EDDIE MACDONALD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0wmcmxWq0I

POST RACE VIDEO WITH TRUEX CREW CHIEF MIKE GRECCI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JYKkgMWSBw

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Qualifying, NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 at Lime Rock Park

Qualifying, NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 at Lime Rock Park
DiBenedetto on pole, Koby(no)luck 21st

LIME ROCK PARK, Conn. Aug. 14) - The luck of three-time Lime Rock winner Matt Kobyluck ran out during qualifying as a fuel-contamination problem ended his run before it started. Just as Kobyluck took the green to start his first hot lap as part of the final group qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World East Mohegan Sun 200, we heard a pop from his #40 Mohegan Sun Chevy on the front straight. By the time he exited Big Bend, the car was stopped – and so were his chances of qualifying toward the front.

But that isn’t to say that Matt DiBenedetto wasn’t going to take pole anyway. The part-time yet two-time winner (Tri-County and NHIS) turned a :53.727 lap in his Joe Gibbs Driven Toyota – after he saw Kobyluck’s down Chevy – to nip points leader Ryan Truex by 2/10s of a second. It was DiBenedetto’s second pole of the year; his first was also on a road course, Watkins Glen in June.

Third was Jason Holehouse, test driver and chief instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School. Starting alongside Holehouse is Brett Moffitt, sixth in points and winner of the South Boston race in May.

“I was on the start of a good lap when I had to slow for Matt’s stopped car!” DiBenedetto said, “But I put another one together, then parked it. I would have headed back out if I had to.”

Lime Rock is the ninth of 11 races in this year’s NASCAR CWES championship, and the top six drivers in points – Truex, Jody Lavender, Eddie MacDonald, Kobyluck, Steve Park and Moffitt – are within 100 points of each other with three races to go. It is the closest points battle in the series’ 23-year history. The Mohegan Sun 200 will play a large part in determining the 2009 champion.

Lavender qualified 14th, MacDonald ninth and Park 10th for tomorrow’s 1:00 p.m. start.

Starting grid, Mohegan Sun 200 (km) NASCAR Camping World Series East

1. Matt DiBenedetto, :53.727
2. Ryan Truex, :53.900
3. Jason Holehouse, :54.464
4. Brett Moffitt, :54.541
5. Ryan Duff, :54.595
6. Mike Olsen, :54.694
7. Jesus hernandez, :54.766
8. Alex Kennedy, :54.787
9. Eddie MacDonald, :54.873
10. Steve Park, :54.947
11. Jeff Anton,:55.038
12. Jonathan Smith, :55.103
13. Dustin Delaney, :55.797
14. Jody Lavender, :56.038
15. Derek Ramstrom, :56.896
16. Matt Kurzejewski, :57.059
17. Scott Bouleym :57.349
18. John Salemi, :57.523
19. Alan Tardiff, :60.865
20. Tiffany Daniels, :63.624
21. Matt Kobyluck, no time
22. Tim Cowen, no time

In USERA Spec Racer Ford qualifying, H.T. Sweeney was quickest in qualifying with a :59.691, nipping Lee McNeish of Southbury, Conn., by one-tenth of a second. Local favorite John Steinmetz, from Falls Village, Conn., was third.

The fastest cars of the weekend are in the USERA Formula Car Challenge. In qualifying, Doug Rocco took pole with a :50.813 in his Formula Ford 2000, with the Mazda-powered Formula Enterprise of Matt Schneider second-quick at :51.478.

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Just 10 days away: NASCAR race at LRP

Just 10 days away: NASCAR race at LRP

Don’t miss the fender-banging action in the closest championship battle in CWES history

The NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 for the Camping World East Series (CWES) is just around the [right-hand] corner, so we’re giving you a gentle nudge with this e-mail to remind you about what we’re doing new for race day, Saturday, August 15.

But before those reminders, guess what we just found out from the NASCAR press information office?

In the 23-year history of this championship, the points battle has never been this close with just three races to go. Lime Rock is race nine of 11, and the top six drivers in CWES are exactly 100 points apart in the standings. What happens at Lime Rock sets the stage for the second-to-last race at New Hampshire International and the finale at Dover, both in September.

Those six drivers are, in order top to bottom: Ryan Truex, the 17-year-old brother of Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr.; Jody Lavender; Eddie MacDonald, of Massachusetts; defending CWES champion Matt Kobyluck, from Uncasville, Conn.; Steve Park, who’s made 181 Cup starts, winning twice – one of which was at the Watkins Glen road course; and last but not least in the six-man battle for CWES honors is Brett Moffitt, who’s just 16 (turning 17 August 7).

First-place Truex has 1,227 points and sixth-place Moffitt 1,127. Doesn’t get much closer than that, folks.

Okay, here are the reminders!

* Choice of two Fan Hospitality deals, one of which will get you in a Skip Barber Racing School Mazda as a passenger, driven by a race car driver racing against a bunch of other Mazdas on the track. Choice 1, $75: Prime viewing area, All-American buffet lunch, unlimited beer, sodas and water, special paddock tours, guest speakers, and free sign-up for Hot Lap Raffle. Choice 2, $125: All that, plus racing on the track as a co-pilot with a race car driver! You can be in a simulated race between a whole bunch of Skip Barber Race Series instructors. This is something we’ve never offered before, and it’s exclusive to the Lime Rock Park NASCAR race weekend.

* We decided to create a special fan Car Corral for the Mohegan Sun 200 race weekend. We’re calling it the NASCAR Heritage Car Corral. The idea is simple... If you own a nice piece of “Detroit Iron” – a car from a manufacturer of a rear-wheel-drive V8 American car that at some point raced in NASCAR Grand National competition – bring it. We’re going to put all those cool cars together in one special area. Of course, the NASCAR Heritage Car Corral group will get at least one Parade Lap on the track on race day.

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Have a good weekend! But have a better one in two weeks!

Have a good weekend! But have a better one in two weeks!

You don’t want to miss it…
The Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World 200
August 14-15 2009 

Get in the Race!
Fan Hospitality includes race experience on the track

Saturday, 15 August

The Fan Hospitality we offered last year for the NASCAR Camping World East Series was a big hit, but we wanted to figure out a way to make it even more fun this year. And we think we did it...

Choice #1, $75: Prime viewing area, All-American buffet lunch, unlimited beer, sodas and water, private paddock tours, guest speakers, goodie bags and free sign-up for Hot Lap Raffle.

Choice #2, $125: All that, plus (hold on to your hat!)... Racing on the track as a co-pilot with a race car driver! That’s right, there will be a simulated race between a whole bunch of Skip Barber Race Series instructors, and you’ll be in the cars with them. They’ll be ducking and dicing and passing and matting it down the straights before they try to out-brake each other! This is going to be super-exciting and a whole bunch of fun, guaranteed.

This is something we’ve never offered before, and it’s exclusive to the Lime Rock Park NASCAR race weekend.

The Mohegan Sun 200 Fan Hospitality will certainly sell out, so don’t delay if you want to be part of the action. The Fan Hospitality purchase is in addition to the admission ticket (if you have already purchased your ticket for a day, the weekend or a Car Corral, you can still buy the Fan Hospitality pass separately).

You can easily purchase the passes online at limerock.com. If you prefer, you may also call us at 1 800 722 3577 (800 RACE LRP).

NASCAR Heritage Car Corral

The idea is simple... If you own a nice piece of “Detroit Iron” – a car from a manufacturer of a rear-wheel-drive V8 American brand that at some point raced in NASCAR Grand National competition – bring it. We’re going to put all your cool cars together in one special, premium area. And everyone will get Parade Laps on race day!

Come be part of the Saturday, August 15th NASCAR Heritage Car Corral. Only $40 - General Admission ticket included!

Eligible manufacturers include Chevrolet (sorry, Camaros and Corvettes don’t qualify!), Ford (T-birds yes, Mustangs no), Dodge (no Challengers), Plymouth (ix-nay on the Barracudas/Cudas), Mercury (sorry, Cougar owners), Pontiac (Firebirds verboten), Olds, Chrysler, American Motors – even Hudson!

Advance purchase only online at limerock.com or by calling 800 RACE LRP.

Race Fans Know How to Tailgate, Too!

As Lime Rock Park fans are keenly aware, going to a race is more than just the competition on the track. It’s the camaraderie between fellow motorheads, the atmosphere, the vendors, being outdoors with friends and family – the entire kit and kaboodle of motorsports.

To help encourage even more of that Lime Rock fan experience, we’re setting aside a special part of the Park just for “tailgaters” for the Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World 200 race on August 15.

It’s simple: Pack up your beer, coolers and grill, maybe a Frisbee and a football. Come early, go to the Infield Main Entrance, and once you are over the bridge, tell the Parking Attendant, “Send me to the Lime Rock Tailgaters Zone!”

Then drop your gate – or lift your hatch – and get your tailgate party going with a bunch of fans like you!

See you at the track!

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