Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bellerose To Drive For Godfather Motorsports at Hickory

Former Thunder Road (VT) International Speedbowl champion Tracie Bellerose will drive the #30 Godfather Motorsports/Sirius Speedway Chevrolet in the “Hickory 150” Pro All Stars Series event at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 29.

Bellerose tested with the team at the legendary North Carolina oval this week, and impressed Godfather Motorsports co-owner Jim Gallison, Jr. with her smoothness and adaptability. “She has never even seen the race track until we unloaded,” said Gallison, “but with five laps, she was running competitive laps. She found the groove almost immediately, gave me great feedback on the car and really seemed to have a good feel for what she was doing.”

Bellerose turned a fast lap of 15.3 seconds on old tires, just a tenth of a second off the fastest lap of the day, recorded by Hickory’s 2011 track champion on new tires. “The car was comfortable right from the start,” said Bellerose, “and when Jim made a rear spring change, it really came to life. The set-up on this car really suited my driving style, and I can’t wait to get at it for real!”

Bellerose won the the 2000 “Queen of the Road” title at Vermont’s Thunder Road, a track founded and owned by longtime CBS-TV motorsports anchor Ken Squier. That championship is believed to have made her the first woman to win a lead-division title in weekly auto racing. Her resume also includes a 1993 Super Stock Championship at Groveton, New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway, along with multiple Late Model wins at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway, White Mountain (NH) Motorsports Park and Thunder Road, as well as on the highly competitive American-Canadian Tour.

Her career was curtailed in a 2003 crash that left her with a badly broken left arm. Months of recovery – including early talk of possible amputation – sidelined the Gorham, NH, native for the better part of three years. But after relocating to Mooresville, NC, recently, she struck a deal with longtime friend (and Godfather Motorsports co-owner) Dave Moody to shake down the #30 Chevrolet a Hickory.

“Once she climbed back through the window of a race car, I suspected it would be just like old times,” said Moody. “We were very pleased with this week’s test; pleased enough to put her in the car for the `Hickory 150.’ I can’t wait to see how it goes.”

Practice for the “Hickory 150” begins Saturday, October 29 at 2 pm, with qualifying set for 4:30. Feature events for the Bandolero, Legends car, Allison Legacy and CCS Sportsman divisions begin at 6 pm, culminating with the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model main event.

About Godfather Motorsports – Godfather Motorsports is jointly owned by Motor Racing Network and Sirius NASCAR Radio personality Dave Moody and partner Jim Gallison, Jr. The team enjoys technological and marketing support from Eibach Springs, JRI Shock Absorbers, Wilwood Brakes, C&R Racing Inc., Five Star Race Car Bodies, Dynotech Engineering, RaceCom of Virginia, ASM Graphics and X-Flex Racers Tape. For additional information on the team and marketing opportunities with Godfather Motorsports, contact Dave Moody --


  1. Anonymous11:01 AM

    I love the name of the team

  2. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Proud of ya, too bad I won't be able to see that race because of the race in Martinsville. Good luck