LOU CICCONI ADDS MOTOTOWNUSA TO VICTORY
MOTOTOWNUSA BUD LIGHT 12 PACK SERIES
March 9, 2008
Lou Cicconi, of Aston, Pa., added MototownUSA to his resume of indoor
race victories by winning the 600cc micro sprint main here Sunday
afternoon. Matt Norrie, of W. Suffield, Conn., held on for his third
1,200 cc. mini sprint main of the Bud Light 12 Pack Race Series. Marc
Guerard, of Hartford, won the 750cc micro main over former NASCAR
regional modified stock car champion Ted Christopher. Jay Pepin, of
Ridgefield, held off class king Jonathan Routhier, of Canaan, in a
17-car eight cylinder street stock feature. Friday night class winners
Joe Jacobs, of E. Hartford, and Ryan Charland, of Somers, continued
their respective four cylinder street stock and Modified Lite winning
Cicconi, in his second career MototownUSA start, won the
600cc division's 10-lap heat and 20-lap feature. "Liquid Lou" led the
entire headliner from the pole, guiding the Castle Pedals Power No. X2
Lafler-Kawasaki to a full turn victory margin on Randy Cabral and Edward
Wilberg. Cicconi has previously won in the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
Jan. 21, 2006 and the Niagara Falls Convention Center March 9, 2002 -
both in three-quarter midgets The 1991 and 1993-94 American Racing
Driver Club midget champion has also won in International Super Modified
"I've never been indoors on dirt before coming to Mototown,"
said Cicconi. "The (clay one-quarter-mile) track is fast. I thank car
owner Timex Morgan for letting me drive his car." Cicconi's victory may
have likely tempered Morgan's own disappointment. Morgan, who won his
Friday night feature, collided with Paul Bigelow on the first lap. Both
Morgan and Bigelow considered their turn three mishap as a racing
accident and shook hands.
Norrie collected his third 12 Pack mini sprint main by
getting the drop on front row mate Geurard and enduring four caution
periods. Heat winner Jimmy "Bubba" Broderick came from spinning into
last place early to take second. Geurard completed the podium. "It
seemed like we'd get a caution every three or four laps," said Norrie
beside his Day Hill Automotive/Spectro Oils of America No. 16M
Henchcraft-GSXR. "The track was getting slicker." Justin Phillips,
Norrie's teammate, was the race's sole nonfinisher after his drivechain
came apart on lap 10.
Friday night 750cc feature winner Guerard completed his
Mototown weekend by taking Sunday's edition. Although the Ciammella
Contracting No. 95 Henchraft-GSXR pilot led throughout, a fourth turn
exit bobble on lap 14 cut his full-turn lead on Christopher to a car
length. Edward Leclerc took third from racing commentator Jack Arute
after a race-long duel. "I made a big mistake and recovered before Ted
could take the lead," said Guerard. "I knew he was behind me. The track
was getting faster."
Charland, who left Mototown for East Bay (Fla.) Raceway Park
last month, won his second Modified Lite feature here in three days. The
Seals-it Pro 1,100cc GSXR driver held off current class leader Sherman
Baumann, of Moodus, the whole way. Debutant Jon Provost, of Hudson, N.H.
came from the rear of the five car field with his 600cc-GSXR No. 8
"Classic Lite" to take third.
Jacobs, who won his first four-cylinder street stock main
Feb. 24, earned his third straight victory despite intense pressure from
Brad Voglesong. The D'Adario's Auto Service No. 33 Infiniti G20 started
2008 atop a local scrapyard pile before Jacobs' find.
Pepin won his second Mototown eight-cylinder main by passing
divisional leader Routhier, of Canaan, on lap 11. The Village
Earth/Baird Plumbing No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro driver used lapped traffic
to repel Routhier and Friday winner Keith Rocco.
The eight cylinder set and the mini sprints were paced by
Stafford Motor Speedway's Dodge Charger Daytona. The class-high 17
entries required two 10-lap heats, which Pepin and Ray Hall won.
2006 Wall Township (N.J.) Speedway street stock champ Bill
Vanderveen and "Road Pirate" Rich Blomberg were among Sunday's rookies.
Vanderveen, of Beachwood, N.J., used his asphalt setup to finish 15th.
Blomberg, of Newtown, Conn., finished 13th.
The Slingshots of Tobias - half-scale dirt modified stock
cars powered by 600cc. Briggs and Stratton engines - are to make their
Mototown debut Noon March 16. This event is a prelude to joining an
April 19 wingless New York State Mini Sprint Assn. program here.
Remaining 12 Pack races are also set for April 6, 20 and 27.
MOTOTOWNUSA BUD LIGHT SUNDAY RESULTS
1,200cc. MINI SPRINT
Heat Winner (10 laps): Jimmy Broderick
FEATURE (20 laps): MATT NORRIE, W. SUFFIELD, CONN; Jimmy
Broderick, Marc Guerard, Bill Singer, Pat Kuerner, Dale R. Friedly, Jr.;
(DNF) Justin Phillips.
750cc. MICRO SPRINT
Heat Winner: Ted Christopher
FEATURE: MARC GUERARD, HARTFORD; Ted Christopher, Edward Leclerc,
Jack Arute, Rob Walendy, Matthew Brown, Michael Parolo;
(DNF) Chester Hinkle.
600cc. MICRO SPRINT
Heat Winner: Lou Cicconi
FEATURE: LOU CICCONI, ASTON, PA.; Randy Cabral, Edward Wilberg;
(DNF) Paul Bigelow, Timex Morgan.
Heat Winner: Sherman Baumann
FEATURE: RYAN CHARLAND, SOMERS; Sherman Baumann, Jon Provost,
(DNF) Michael Keeler.
FOUR CYLINDER STREET STOCK
Heat Winner: Joe Jacobs
FEATURE: JOE JACOBS, E. HARTFORD; Brad Voglesong;
(DNF) Robert Chapdelaine.
EIGHT CYL. STREET STOCK
Heat Winners: Jay Pepin, Ray Hall
FEATURE: JAY PEPIN, RIDGEFIELD, CONN.; Jonathan Routhier, Keith
Rocco, Ray Hall, Dave Yardley III, Bob Palmer, Duane Stonier, Victoria
Bergenty, Blaze Stonier, Jim Consalvo, Bill Stockert, Rich Blomberg,
Trevor Lee Dyer, Bill Vanderveen;
(DNF) William Reiman;
(DNS) E.J. Le Geyt.
NOON, MARCH 16 -- Regular Program Plus Slingshots.
NOON APRIL 6, 20, 27 -- Regular Program
NOON APRIL 19 -- NEW YORK STATE MINI SPRINTS Plus Slingshots by
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