The Chrome Horn News

3/16/2008

THE MOTOTOWN USA BEAT
SUNDAY 3/16
by Polly Reid

    It was a good day and a not so good day for Hartford, CTs Marc Guerard who pulls double duty every race day at Mototown USA in Windsor, CT competing in the 750 and 1200 sprint divisions. Guerard leads the 750 division in points and with three races in April remaining on the winter schedule, Guerard is still a threat in the 1200s making Sundays event all that more important. But an incident in the 1200 heat race found the Ciammella Construction sprint suddenly on its side. It was just racing, explained Guerard. I was going underneath someone on the back straight away. We got tangled a little bit, enough to get me sideways and put me into the wall. It looked like it was going to be a pretty hard hit, and actually all the safety devices worked pretty well and cushioned it, thankfully. The car looked pretty bad but it was a lot of bolt on stuff so we able to hammer it back together and get the car back out there for the main event. It wasnt perfect but it was close enough to be competitive. Indeed, Guerard was able to rally in the main and finish a respectful 4th.
    There was a bright part of the day for Guerard who cruised to another victory in the 750 main where he holds a 26-point lead over Ed Leclerc. Im going along to have fun and not worry about the points- Im here to support the club, said Guerard. Ive been fortunate and lucky that everything is working out in the 750 class. And I have to thank a lot of friends and even competitors after the 1200 accident. They all came over looking for any help that I needed and spare parts, its a good group of guys out here, its fun racing them. It gets pretty competitive out there, but when you need help in the pits, theyre there.
    Hats off to Justin Phillips of West Suffield, CT taking down his first 1200 win holding off team car and division point leader Matt Norrie.
    A new face in the 600 division at Mototown USA, Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, PA scored his first victory at the Windsor, CT oval diving under Timex Morgan of Rochester, NY in the closing circuit for the checkers. Running nose to tail with Morgan the entire feature, Smith, the 2007 ARDC Rookie of the Year made his move and has added his name to the Mototown USA record books, the debut of his new PMP Chassis a solid one. I was waiting, said the 19-year-old Smith, and finally I was able to set up to make that pass. Morgan or one of his Lafler Chassis sprints has been the car to beat in the 600s. Im not sure why I changed my line, said Morgan smiling about the last lap pass. It had worked for me for 19 laps, but he got me. He raced me clean.
    Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT made it 2 for 4 today, the Thompson International Speedway SK Champion winning his second feature in the 8 cylinder main in four tries. But not after dicing it up, swapping the lead and working lap traffic with last weeks winner Jay Pepin of Ridgefield, CT.
    Jays a good guy, said Rocco. Hes from the same neck of the woods where I work, he stops in every now and again where I work, but we never got to race against each other until here. Jay, hes a dirt guy, I followed him in practice a little bit, I think he showed me a few tricks. He tries to help me out, I try to help him out, but I think its him more helping me. It was good, we swapped the lead back and forth once or twice.
    A healthy car count, it didnt take long for the leaders to encounter lap traffic I was a little nervous, confessed Rocco who had at one time a lap car sideways in front of him coming out of turn two. I knew we had a little bit better car but when it comes to running on dirt and lap traffic, Jays got a lot more experience, but we managed to hold on. Rocco will be back for the one remaining race that does not conflict with his SK modified schedule at the Thompson Icebreaker and Stafford Spring Sizzler. But hell have his car ready for Mototown just in case of inclement weather, Rocco adding as he left Mototown, Who knows, I might pray for rain!
    By the way, Ted Chalmers is still working at figuring out the dirt with his 8 cylinder, But Im learning it, said Chalmers. Several adjustments to help get rid of the push earlier in the day, Chalmers is getting closer- he claimed a top five finish today.
    ESPN/ABC Reporter Jack Arute will be hanging up his Mototown USA helmet for now as he gears up for the Indy Racing Series season. Arute has been and no doubt will continue, as his schedule allows, to support Mototown USA. And of course, we have the 2009 Jack Arutes Chowder Bowl to look forward to also.
    As reported on The Chrome Horn message board, we got the news at Mototown today that Ryan Preece will be in the Boehler #3 Whelen Modified Tour ride for the 2008 season. The Boehler legend lives on.
    A couple of weeks off, the next Bud Light 12 Pack Racing Series event at Mototown USA is Sunday April 6th. The remaining schedule can be found at www.mototownusa.com.

    Other winners photos:

           
    1200 Winner                                          Mod Lite Winner
  Justin Phillips                                          Ryan Charland  

           
Slingshots Winner                                    4 Cylinder Winner
Anthony Perrego                                        Darren Jacobs  

THE END

Source:  Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted:  March 16, 2008

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