DRIVER ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR
PROVIDENCE INDOOR RACE
Dunkin' Donuts Center TQ
The driver roster has been announced for the upcoming event for
three-quarter size race cars (TQ-Midgets) at the Dunkiní Donuts Center in
Providence on March 6-7.Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted
Christopher leads the way. The Plainville, Conn., racer won the Gamblerís
Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 17.
But Christopher will have plenty of competition.
Previous Atlantic City winners who will attempt to qualify for the
first race held in Rhode Island in 50 years include Joey Payne (2004 and
2007), Lou Cicconi Jr. (2006), Mike Tidaback (2008) and Jeff Heotzler
Entries were accepted from drivers or their respective cars that
qualified for at least one of the two feature races held at the recent
two-day (Jan. 16-17) indoor event in Atlantic City.
Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Mike Stefanik of
Coventry, R.I., will drive an entry owned by Colin Martin, who fielded a car
driven by Frank Fischer in Atlantic City .
Bobby Santos III of Franklin , Mass. , will pilot a TQ-Midget owned
by Johnny Payne. Santos competed in AC for Lou Cicconi Jr.
Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown , N.J. , is set to race in a car that
his father drove to Victory Lane in a preliminary feature last month.
Other drivers include Stewart Friesen, James Michael Friesen, Joe
Lord Jr., Tim Proctor, Don Zrinski, Amanda Quinones, Heath Hehnly, Jeff Kot,
Glenn Heverin, Jon Holmquist, Matt Janisch, Ryan Smith, Ian Cumens, Alex
Bright, Bob Watkins Jr., Mike Lichty and Timex Morgan.
The top 10 drivers in AC time trials who did not qualify for a main
event were accepted. Those drivers included Mike Iles, Matt Roselli, Chris
Haskell (car driven by Curtis Friesen), Alison Cumens, Jeff Heotzler Jr.,
Ryan Bartlett, Mike Osite, Billy Murphy, Mark Yoder and Randy Cabral.
Paul Lotier Jr., the TQ-Midget winner at the Wall Stadium (N.J.)
Turkey Derby in November, was accepted as he won the Slingshot main event in
AC, a division not on the Providence card.
Jack Spence, Tim Adams, Jonathan Reid and Chris Allen will
participate in the indoor race based on the support theyíve given to the AC
indoor events since Len Sammons Productions began promoting races there in
2003. Spence and Adams are drivers who have competed at every Boardwalk Hall
event, while Reidís car owner Harry Macy, and Allenís owners John and Ed
Malik have been loyal to the AC events.
Richie Coy, Monnie Wonder and Steve Craig are listed as event
alternates in the order in which they timed in AC.
Drivers for inaugural Dunkiní Donuts Center TQ Midget race: Ted
Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Stewart Friesen, James Michael Friesen, Mike
Tidaback, Joesph Lord Jr., Tim Proctor, Don Zrinski, Jeff Heotzler, Amanda
Quinones, Heath Hehnly, Jeff Kot, Glenn Heverin, Jon Holmquist, Matt Janisch,
Ryan Smith, Joey Payne, Ian Cumens, Alex Bright, Bob Watkins Jr., Bob Santos
III, Billy Pauch Jr., Lou Cicconi Jr., Mike Lichty, Timex Morgan, Mike Iles,
Matt Roselli, Chris Haskell, Alison Cumens, Jeff Heotzler Jr., Ryan
Bartlett, Mike Osite, Billy Murphy, Mark Yoder, Randy Cabral, Paul Lotier
Jr., Jack Spence, Tim Adams, Jonathan Reid, Chris Allen. Alternates: Richie
Coy, Monnie Wonder, Steve Craig.
Source: Len Sammons / Dunkin' Donuts Center TQ Races