July 6, 2012
years ago in 1952 George Lombardo was the Wednesday night
Sportsman winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Johnny Sandberg made
it two in a row in Claiming Car action at the Connecticut shoreline oval. Cy
Yates won a 50 lap special for the Sportsman division at the Speedbowl on
Saturday night. Bud Matter was the Claiming Car winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1957,
Moe Gherzi made it two in a row as he won the 25 lap Sportsman feature on
Wednesday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ted Stack was the
non-Ford winner. Red Foote was the Sportsman winner on Saturday night while
Arnie Harris was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962, the
New London-Waterford Speedbowl ran on Wednesday and on Saturday. Dick
Beauregard was up for the task as he won both Modified features as was Ed
Moody who won both Bomber features. Ron Narducci displaced Bill Slater from
victory lane as he won on the dirt at the Stafford Springs Speedway on
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Stafford ran a 100 lapper on Friday night with Gene Bergin in the M-6 taking
the win over Fred DeSarro, Fred Harbach, Eddie Flemke and Tommie Elliott. At
the Albany Saratoga Speedway Kenny Shoemaker took the top spot over Andy
Romano, Bill Wimble, Don Wayman and Dick Clark. At Norwood Arena on Saturday
night, Mr. Leo Cleary took top honors as he won the modified main event for
the second week in a row. Fonda’s victory lane belonged to Bill Wimble as he
out ran Dave Lape and Andy Romano for the win. Fred "Fuzzy" Baer scored a
popular Modified win at Waterford while Jiggs Beetham took the checkers in
the Daredevils. Utica Rome ran their rained out 100 lapper from the week
before and it was Eddie Flemke taking the win over Bill Wimble, Rene
Charland, Don MacTavish and Ernie Gahan.
Forty years ago in 1972, Fred
DeSarro had Len Boehler's Ole Blu in top form as he dusted the field at
Malta on Friday night. Lou Lazzaro finished second. Ronnie Bouchard, Bobby
Santos and Bugsy Stevens rounded out the top five. Stafford had a 150
planned for Saturday night but rain prevailed. At Islip, Charlie Jarzombek
took the top spot and at Fonda it was Harry Peek over Lou Lazzaro and Don
Wayman. At Utica-Rome on Sunday night, favorite son Richie Evans with his
Rusty Nail Special beat out Denis Giroux, Ron Newman, Bernie Miller and
Jerry Cook. Glynn Shafer was the Saturday night Modified winner at
Waterford. Waterford ran a 75 lap open competition event on Wednesday. Jerry
Dostie took the win. Eddie Flemke finished second with Bob Potter, Dick
Watson and Ronnie Bouchard rounding out the top five.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
rain washed out Friday night racing at Stafford and Monadnock. Saturday
night at Seekonk saw Bugsy Stevens take a 35 lap win over George Summers,
George Murray and Ronnie Bouchard. At Westboro, Jim Landry took the top spot
over Ken Bouchard and Butch Walch. The annual Riverside 500 saw Geoff Bodine
and Bob Stefanik team up for the win. The team of Bob Polverari and Eddie
Flemke finished second. At Islip a 100 lap Race of Champions qualifier was
on tap and it was invader, Richie Evans, stealing the thunder from the Long
Island regulars. Gary Cretty finished second with Charlie Jarzombek, third
and Jerry Cook, fourth. At Freeport, George Brunnhoelzl beat out Russ Klar
and Eddie Brunnhoelzl and at Lancaster it was Maynard Troyer over Roger
Treichler. In Sunday night action at Thompson, Geoff Bodine took the top
spot over Ronnie Bouchard and Bugsy Stevens.
Thirty years ago in 1982,
after seven rain-outs in a row, Waterford Speedbowl promoter Dick Williams
ran a Wednesday night event. Fifty laps, no points. Taking the win was Glynn
Shafer in the Ron Yuhas No.6.Don Bunnell finished second with Moose Hewitt,
Don Fowler and Joe Tiezzi rounding out the top five. At Stafford on Friday
night, Reggie Ruggiero blasted his way to the front and beat Greg Sacks to
the finish line. Kenny Bouchard finished third with Jerry Pearl,fourth. At
New Egypt, John Blewett beat out Richie Evans for the win and at Spencer it
was George Kent over Jerry Cook and Maynard Troyer. Fred Harbach made it two
for two as he won at Riverhead on Friday night and at Islip on Saturday
night. Saturday night at Waterford, it was dry for the first time since mid
May. Jerry Pearl took the win over Randy Lajoie. At Seekonk, Gomer Taylor
was the victor with George Savory and Eddie StAngelo in hot pursuit.
Thompson ran twin 40's on Sunday with Kenny Bouchard and Greg Sacks sharing
the glory. In Winston Cup action at Nashville, Darrel Waltrip took the win.
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
Spencer Speedway ran a 100 lap NASCAR Modified championship event. Mike
Mclaughlin took the win over Reggie Ruggiero, Kenny Bouchard, Jan Leaty and
Jamie Tomaino. Double SK Modified Features were run at Stafford with Sonny O
‘Sullivan and Ted Christopher in victory lane. Christopher followed up his
Stafford win with a victory at Waterford on Saturday night. At Riverside, it
was Bob Polverari over Dan Avery and Mike Stefanik and at Riverhead; Dan
Jivenelli took the top spot. In other Saturday night action, George Kent won
out at Shangri-La over Randy Hedger. Oswego ran the Port City 150 on Sunday.
Tony Hirschman rose to the occasion as he took the victory over George
Brunnhoelzl and Ron Shepherd.
Twenty years ago in 1992, rain
washed out Friday night racing at Stafford and Saturday night racing at
Waterford plus the Featherlite Modifieds at Loudon. At Riverside, Reggie
Ruggiero took the win over Rick Fuller and Chris Kopec and at Riverhead, Ed
Brunnhoelzl beat out Bill Park for the win. Richard Petty, in his last
appearance as a driver at the Daytona 400 and was a DNF.
Fifteen years ago in 1997, Jim
Broderick won the 50 lap holiday program at Stafford on Friday night. At
Waterford, Todd Ceravolo recorded his fifth win of the season after passing
Eric Berndt with 17 laps to go. Scott Spaulding finished second with Berndt,
third. Reggie Ruggiero recorded his 89th career win at Riverside on Saturday
night. Ted Christopher finished second. In Winston Cup action, John Andretti
led the final 23 laps to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona and in Busch
Grandnational action at Milwaukee, Randy Lajoie took the win.
Ten years ago in 2002 the
Fourth of July weekend started on Wednesday night with the NASCAR
Featherlite Tour at Stafford for a 150-lap event. Ted Christopher went from
pole to pole to win the event. Ed Flemke Jr. in the Hill Enterprises entry
was the show as he came from the back twice to finish second. Rick Fuller,
Jerry Marquis and Chris Kopec rounded out the top five. Bo Gunning won the
companion 50 lap SK-Modified event. Jeff Malave survived a rough night at
Thompson to take the win on Thursday night. Ron Yuhas Jr. finished second
with Kerry Malone, third. During the running of the event Eric Berndt rode
over Bert Marvin after Marvin was brake checked by Ted Christopher.
Christopher was later sent to the rear after he spun Bo Gunning
into the wall. Christopher came from the rear and finished fourth ahead of
Tom Bolles who rounded out the top five. Ted Christopher scored his 72nd
career win at Stafford on Friday night.
Christopher‘s win tied him with all-time winner Bugsy Stevens. Lee
Raceway ran an open competition modified event on Friday. Ed Flemke Jr. led
from pole to pole to take the win over Charlie Pasteryak, Carl Pasteryak,
Kirk Alexander and Matt Hirschman. At Waterford, Jeff Pearl started up front
with a car that had been wrecked two weeks previous and went on to win the
Saturday night feature at the shoreline oval. Dennis Gada finished second
and was followed by Rob Janovic and Ed Reed Jr. The Busch North Series was
also on hand at Waterford and it was veteran Kelly Moore taking the win. At
the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, JR Bertuccio took the holiday 50
lapper over Wayne Anderson and Bill Park. Rounding out the weekend was the
Race of Champions Tour event at the Adirondack Speedway in upstate New York.
Eric Beers inherited the lead on lap 134 of the 150-lap event and went on to
take the win. Ted Christopher was leading the event when he was turned into
the fence while trying to block George Kent. Kent was sent to the rear. Jim
Willis finished second with Rick Zacharis, third. In Winston Cup action at
Daytona, the DEI cars continued to dominate as Michael Waltrip took the win.
On a sad note, four spectators were injured after being struck by lightning.
Five years ago in 2007, the
2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Twin State Speedway in
Claremont, N.H on Sunday for the second of three “Flash Format Events”
scheduled in 2007. Posted Awards were $56,762 which was considerably less
than regular Tour events. As of July 5, only 29 teams had filed entries.
Among the missing were Ron Yuhas Jr, Woody Pitkat, Tony Hirschman and Bobby
Santos III. Car owners were attempting to make a statement that the race
purses for the “Flash Events” were sub-par. Twenty-six Modifieds, a light
field in comparison to previous Whelen Modified Tour series events, were on
hand for the Sunday evening event. The top six, Ronnie Silk, Ryan Preece,
Matt Hirschman, Don Lia, Mike Stefanik and James Civali, qualified through
time trials. Heat winners were Ted Christopher and Jon McKennedy. Hirschman
was fresh off a Saturday night 75 lap Race of Champions Series win at the
Lancaster Speedway in Western New York State.
James Civali avoided the raindrops and held off Matt Hirschman as
he won the Twin State event. Civali took the lead from Ron Silk going into
turn 1 on lap 27 of the 100-lap contest. Ronnie Silk finished third and was
followed by Donnie Lia, Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik who recovered from
an early spin. Civali led al but one of the final 90 laps. The race distance
was extended to 117 laps because of caution laps in the first 50 laps, which
The True Value Modified Racing Series returned to Monadnock
Speedway for a 100-lap feature on Saturday evening. Kirk Alexander passed
Rob Goodenough with seven laps remaining to record the win at the
Winchester, NH ¼ mile high banked oval. Goodenough finished second with
Dwight Jarvis, third. Ted Christopher was an early contender until he was
eliminated in a wreck on lap 65.
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway
Keith Rocco scored a hard fought win as he scored his second win of the
season at the northeast Connecticut oval. A late race confrontation with
Bert Marvin added to the excitement. Harry Rheaume took the lead at the
start followed by Danny Cates, Bert Marvin and Jimmy Blewett. The racing was
slowed on lap three by a caution for a single car spin by Eric Goodale. On
the ensuing restart Marvin moved ahead of Cates and set his sites on Rheaume.
Marvin was able to drive around Rheaume for the lead on lap five. Jimmy
Blewett moved into third ahead of Cates on the next circuit. John Blewett
ran in fifth but was looking for more as he too battled with Cates. Keith
Rocco joined the fray catching John Blewett in fifth. The second caution
flew on lap 10 when Kerry Malone and Buddy Charette tangled exiting turn
two.On the restart, Marvin jumped out to the lead followed by Jimmy Blewett
Blewett made a run on Marvin but the action was halted for an incident that
involved Shelly Perry, Eric Goodale, Brian Tagg and others. Marvin was again
the man to beat on the restart getting the edge on Blewett. Rheaume held
strong in third. Just as Blewett was making his run on the leader Marvin,
the lead the race was slowed again when the Josh Steeves came to rest in
turn three. The ensuing restart set off a chain reaction that claimed a
number of cars including Steeves, Brett LeBlanc, and Ricky Shawn.The restart
gave. Blewett the opening that he needed. Marvin and Blewett went
side-by-side for nearly a lap before Blewett assumed his place at the head
of the pack on lap 13. Another quick caution and a subsequent attempt at the
restart was called back. Under the caution John Blewett headed down pit road
for service. Once back under green, Jimmy Blewett took control of the race
once again. Tommy Cravenho and Keith Rocco were locked in a battle for the
third spot while Woody Pitkat sat in fifth.
Marvin pressured Blewett by running the outside groove in search of
the lead once again. Jimmy Blewett appeared to bobble entering turn three
opening the door for Marvin and Rocco. Contact between the three leaders
ended with the leader Marvin with contact with outside wall on the front
stretch. Marvin felt that Rocco had done him in and his resulting actions
found him getting ejected from the event. When racing finally resumed, Rocco
was the new leader. Pitkat gave Rocco a run on the restart but could not
make the pass. Todd Ceravolo was able to take over the second spot from
Pitkat. Pitkat, however, after regaining his composure successfully went
back after Ceravolo. Pitkat ran in second again on lap 24. Meanwhile Rocco
began to check out on the field. Things settled down over the closing laps
with Rocco handily taking his second win of the season over Pitkat and
Ceravalo. Cravenho and Cates rounded out the top five.
Other Thursday night Thunder winners at Thompson were Ben Seitz of
Pocasset, MA, who carried the checkers in the traditional holiday visit of
the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) to Thompson. In regular weekly
series action, Kurt Vigeant earned a hard-fought victory in the annual
extra-distance race for the TIS Modifieds. Also earning his second feature
win of the season was Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, in the Pro Stocks.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway the Late Models took center stage for the 13th Annual DiGiorgi
Roofing & Siding Late Model 100. Mike O'Sullivan scored the win, with Ted
Christopher winning the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Brit Andersen taking the
20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Bill Davis taking the 20-lap Limited Late
Model feature, and Bill Dunn winning the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. The 13th
Annual DiGiorgi Late Model 100-lap feature saw Mike O'Sullivan outlast Jim
Peterson to take the victory.
Ted Christopher, Stafford’s winningest driver, ended a long dry
spell as he won the 40-lap SK Modified feature, his first feature victory
since the 2006 Spring Sizzler. Kerry Malone held the early lead, but retired
on lap-7 after contact with Bo Gunning. Malone's misfortune put Keith Rocco
out front and Rocco held the lead until lap-31 when Christopher dove under
Rocco in turn 3 to take over the lead. One lap later, Rocco and Brad Hietala
made contact and spun in turn 3 to bring out the caution. On the restart,
Christopher powered to the lead and ran unchallenged to the checkered flag
to take the victory. Woody Pitkat, who spun twice during the race, came back
up through the field to finish second with Bo Gunning, Zach Sylvester, and
Todd Owen rounding out the top-5.
The fastest open wheel cars in the Northeast returned to Stafford
Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 10th as the IMSA Supermodifieds made their
fourth annual appearance at the Connecticut half-mile. Joining the ISMA
Supers were the NEMA Midgets and the Pro-4 Modifieds, making for an exciting
evening of open wheel competition. Rob Summers scored his first career ISMA
Supermodified feature victory by winning the 50-lap feature, Erica Santos
was the winner of the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature, and Jeff Zuidema was the
winner of the 20-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl Jeff Pearl eased by Diego Monahan for the lead in turn three on
lap 29 of the 100 lap SK Modified feature. He survived three restarts, the
last with 19 laps remaining and finished a car length in front of Dennis
Gada. Gada, involved in a first-lap crash that required considerable pit
work, took second from Rob Janovic Jr. on the final restart.
In other action at the shoreline oval Dennis Botticello assumed command on
lap 24 and went on to win the 100-lap Late Model feature.
Botticello handled a number of restarts including three over the
final 10 laps. In his first-ever Speedbowl ride, Tom O'Sullivan set a track
record in qualifying (a 17.370 second lap) and then romped to victory in the
50-lap Sportsman feature. Point leader Ken Cassidy Jr. won the 50-lap Mini
Stock feature after battling Danny Field side-by-side over the final six
laps in the closest race of the night. O’Sullivan, winner of the 50-lap
Sportsman event was disqualified. According to the release from the track
the Camaro run by O'Sullivan and owned by Scott Fearn was found to be: “in
violation of left-side weight requirements in post-race inspection.” Bill
Gertsch Jr., who finished second, was declared the winner Jamie McMurray
ended a massive losing streak in dramatic fashion, beating Kyle Busch by a
bumper in the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night in Daytona Beach, Fla. McMurray
snapped a 166-race winless streak by drag racing with Busch for much of the
final two laps at Daytona International Speedway. The cars appeared to touch
several times on their final trip around the famed track, and McMurray nosed
across the finish line a mere 0.005 of a second ahead of Busch. It denied
Busch a shot at a rare double victory - he won the rain-rescheduled Busch
Series race 12 hours earlier.
In some sad news a twin-engine NASCAR plane crashed and destroyed
two homes, killing five people. The tragedy began in Daytona Beach where Dr.
Bruce Kennedy, husband of International Speedway Corp. executive Lesa France
Kennedy, and Michael Klemm, a pilot who had worked for NASCAR aviation for
21 years, took off for Lakeland at 8:21 a.m., according to the Federal
Aviation Administration. Shortly after, the pair reported smoke in the
cockpit to air traffic controllers and said they would try to land at
Orlando Sanford International Airport. They never made it.
Last year, 2011, The Whelen
Modified Tour made its second visit of the season to the Thompson Speedway.
Despite the fact that there were only 27 Modifieds on hand, 20 of them were
potential winners. In New Jersey they refer to Jimmy Blewett as "Show Time".
In New England that moniker belongs to Ted Christopher. Christopher put on a
display of hard charging - belly to the ground racing as he scored a
convincing win in the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 at the high banked,
northeastern Connecticut oval. After setting fast time for the pole position
Christopher was sent to the rear of the field at the start of the race after
missing the driver’s meeting, and then had to come through the field again
after getting involved in a spin on Lap 66, but it didn’t stop the
Plainville, Conn., driver from picking up his fourth-consecutive NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson. Christopher pitted for a second time
on Lap 121 and knifed through the field after restarting outside the top 10.
He made the decisive pass of Ron Silk on Lap 142 and survived a four-lap
sprint to the finish after the final caution flag was given to the field on
The victory was the 40th in Christopher’s Whelen Modified Tour
career and 13th at Thompson. He has won seven of the last nine races at the
.625-mile oval. Silk held on for second and point leader Rowan Pennink
enjoyed another consistent run with a third-place finish. Bobby Santos and
Eric Berndt completed the top five. Todd Szegedy, Doug Coby, Eric Beers,
James Civali and Eric Goodale rounded out the top 10.
Rowan Pennink inherited the pole position for the start and after
taking the lead at the initial start led the opening 56 laps before giving
way to Doug Coby. Bryon Chew became the first casualty when his engine
expired on lap 29. Matt Hirschman was having a less than impressive run in
the early going as he became a lapped car on lap 50. Hirschman rebounded to
finish 12th after a pit stop for adjustments and receiving the Lucky Dog
award which put him back on the lead lap. The first caution of the night
flew for Mike Stefanik who stopped on the racing surface after his engine
sputtered and quit. It was later determined that the fuel pump on his engine
had malfunctioned and quit. Stefanik ended up 26th. Under caution, Pennink
pitted along with Bobby Santos, Todd Szegedy and Ron Silk. Coby, who chose
not to pit, inherited the lead with Justin Bonsignore hot on his tail.
Shortly after the green came out on lap 62, Santos came alive as he moved
into the second spot.
The second caution flew on lap 66 when three cars including that of
Christopher made contact in turn three. Coby led the restart on lap 71.
Pennink, who had made his way to fourth, moved into the second spot on lap
72 as Santos began to fade. Shortly after completing lap 75 Pennink shot by
Coby as they entered turn three. Bonsignore, who had been running in the top
five, dropped out on lap 83 when his battery shorted out and killed his
engine. Bonsignore ended up 24th in the final run-down. The third caution
flew on lap 118 for Wade Cole who spun in turn two. Meanwhile, a determined
Christopher had worked his way back into the top ten. Shortly after the
field restarted on lap 124 Ronnie Silk took the lead in turn two.
Christopher had now broken into the top five. On lap 133 Christopher passed
Santos for third only to see the field slow again for a spin by Richie
Pallai. One lap after the lap 139 restart Christopher shot from third to
second and after completing lap 141 took the lead from Silk in turn four. A
minor spin on lap 142 and a restart on lap146 did not hinder Christopher's
efforts as he sprinted home the winner.
It was simply a fantastic race, especially the last half. The
checkered flag dropped at 10:02pm.
In regular weekly action at Thompson, Keith Rocco waged a heated
battle with Ryan Preece to score a victory in the Sunoco Modifieds. Mike
O’Sullivan was victorious in the Super Model division. His triumph was
matched by his brother Tommy O’Sullivan who scored his second straight Late
Model feature win. Chris Douton earned the victory in a rough-and-tumble
Limited Sportsman feature. Glenn Boss wired the field to score his first TIS
Modified feature win of the season. Danny Field continues to make history at
Thompson International Speedway with his sixth consecutive victory in the
The Sunoco Modified field which drew a season high 14 cars saw
Rocco take down a hotly contested event to score his third win of the season
The Stafford Motor Speedway started the week off on Tuesday night
with the 8th annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program. Chris Perley won the
50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, Russ Stoehr won the 30-lap NEMA Midget
feature event, and Norm Wrenn made it four wins in a row at Stafford by
taking the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event. In the CARQUEST Champions
For Charities event, Keith Rocco took the checkered flag but the real winner
was charity as the 14 champion drivers raised over $40,000 for their
In the Supermodified feature, Perley made the pass for the lead on
lap-43 and he led the remaining 7 laps as early leader Ted Christopher began
to fall back from Perley. Johnny Benson came home in third behind Perley and
Christopher, with Timmy Jedrzejek, and Russ Wood making up the top-5.
In regular Friday night action at Stafford Keith Rocco carried his
winning ways over. Rocco was the big winner of the night as he doubled up by
winning both the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event and the 30-lap Late Model
feature, Joey Cipriano took his third feature win of the season in the
20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Cory Casagrande was the winner of the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Cory's brother Kyle Casagrande nailed
down his third win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
n action at the Waterford Speedbowl, the shoreline oval presented
the Speedbowl.com 300 mid-season championship event Saturday evening. In
all, six divisions were on hand with five competing in extra-distance length
races. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories were Keith Rocco,
who claimed his second consecutive and sixth overall win in the SK Modified®
division on the year. Ray Parent Jr. won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late
Model feature, Ed Puleo took the Street Stocks and Ken Cassidy Jr. was the
winner in the Mini Stock feature. Dana Dimatteo was the benefactor of a
last-lap tangle in the Legends Cars race, vaulting him to the checkered
flag. Twelve-year old Ken Morin Jr. rounded out the winners on the night,
taking down the Bandolero feature win.
For Rocco, the 100 lap win capped off a perfect weekend as his
stats showed three for three in open wheel Modified competition. The
defending NASCAR National Champion had also won the Late Model event at
Stafford on Friday night.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series was at the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH for a 100 lapper on Saturday night. Jon McKennedy scored his
first ever win at the fast quarter mile oval. McKennedy, who started seventh
broke the strangle hold that Kirk Alexander had previously held as he won
the previous four races at the place they call "Mad Dog". McKennedy took the
lead from Alexander on lap 65 and never looked back. Alexander finished
second and was followed by Les Hinckley, Rowan Pennink and Rob Goodenough.
Sixth through tenth were Dwight Jarvis, Mike Holdridge, Jim Boniface, Chris
Pasteryak and Max Zachem.
The race, slowed by three caution flags, was completed in 40
minutes. There were 23 race teams entered in the event, 17 cars were running
at the conclusion, 14 on the lead lap.
In the Southland at the Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC, L.W.
Miller capped off a dominating run Friday night with a furious finish to
claim the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Firecracker 150 presented by
Budweiser. Miller held off George Brunnhoelzl III on two
green-white-checkered finish attempts before claiming his first NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified win since August 10, 2010.
Andy Seuss finished third. John Smith and Burt Myers were fourth
and fifth, respectively.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC was silent and will
resume racing this week.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Shawn Solomito was the
Joey Logano picked up his first win of the season Friday night with
a last-lap push from teammate Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race
at Daytona International Speedway. It comes on the heels of him winning the
pole at Sonoma then finishing a career-high sixth on the road course.
In Sprint Cup action at Daytona, Matt Kenseth pushed David Ragan
for the final two laps as Ragan cruised to his first career Sprint Cup win
in 163 starts.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467.
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