September 6, 2013
Sixty years ago in 1953, the New London - Waterford Speedbowl
staged three events in six days. Red Foote was the Wednesday and Saturday
night 25 lap winner in the Sportsman division and Ray Delisle won a 50
lapper for the Sportsman on Labor Day. Non-Ford winners at the Bowl were
Jack Connell, Bud Matter and Tom VanEpps.
Fifty five years ago in 1958,
Johnny Sandberg was the 25 lap Modified winner at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Other winners at the shoreline oval were Charlie Webster and Jack
Fifty years ago in 1963, Joe
McNulty won a 50 lap Langhorne Race of Champions qualifier at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. McNulty finished 18th in the Columbus Day
Classic. Jerry Dostie was the Bomber division winner at the Speedbowl.
Racing on the dirt at Stafford was cancelled due to rain..
Forty five years ago in 1968,
Freddie Schulz was the Saturday night winner at the Norwood Arena. At the
Albany – Saratoga Speedway, Sonny Seamon made a rare appearance and walked
off with the win. Pete Corey finished second with Lou Lazzaro, third. Dave
Gaul and Don MacTavish rounded out the top five. No one knew it at the time
but it would be the last time fans would get to see MacTavish in action at
the Malta oval as he would lose his life in a violent accident in Daytona in
February of 1969. Don Collins was the 30 lap Modified winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. Bill Scrivener was the
Modified winner on Labor Day. Bill Sweet and Jim Mazzella were the Daredevil
winners. Lee Osborne was the 30 lap Modified winner at Lancaster. Thompson
ran a 200-lap event on Sunday with Bugsy Stevens taking the win.
Forty years ago in 1973,
Lancaster Speedway ran their season ending 200. Maynard Troyer took the win
over Bugsy Stevens. Shangri La ran the same day and held some of the NASCAR
drivers including Richie Evans who took the win over Geoff Bodine and Eddie
Pieniezak. Devils Bowl, in West Haven Vt. was paved at the time and hosted
the NASCAR modifieds on Sunday afternoon. The Bug cleaned house, as Evans
had to settle for second. Leo Cleary finished third and was followed by
Jerry Cook and Ronnie Bouchard. At the Waterford Speedbowl, Dick Dunn, in
the Al Gaudreau No.3 drove to a convincing win in the Wednesday night New
England 100. George Allum was the Saturday night winner. Marshall White was
the Grand American Late Model winner at the shoreline oval.
Thirty five years ago in 1978,
the modifieds ran at Seekonk on Saturday night after a fast run from
Thompson where many were there for 300 qualifying. Ronnie Bouchard took the
win over George Summers, Bob Santos and Red Barbeau. North Wilkesboro
Speedway in North Carolina ran a modified special, which was won by Ray
Hendrick. Geoff Bodine continued his winning ways as he won the Thompson 300
over Santos and Bugsy Stevens.
Thirty years ago in 1983,Waterford
ran on Saturday night with Glynn Shafer taking the win with Ted Christopher,
second. The annual Race of Champions at Pocono drew 98 modifieds. Jim
Spencer took the win over Jamie Tomaino and Carl Pasteryak.
Twenty five years ago in 1988,
the battle for supremacy at Pocono came down to a last lap battle between
Reggie Ruggerio and Satch Worley. As the pair roared off turn four, Worley
made a move to the outside to go for the win but Ruggerio blocked and Worley
rode the wall and had to settle for second. Finishing third again was Carl
Twenty years ago in 1993,Apple
Valley (Spencer) Speedway ran a special 50 lap event for the modifieds. Jan
Leaty took the win over Jim Rudolph and Lee Sherwood and a 200 lapper
scheduled for Waterford rained out for the second time. At Dover Downs, the
Grand National 200 got a late start because of rain but it was well worth it
as Todd Bodine took the win. In Winston Cup action at Dover, Rusty Wallace
made up two laps to take the win. Numerous wrecks caused by blown right
front tires and broken brake rotors marred the race. The Busch North Series
ran at Lee Raceway and it was veteran Stub Fadden taking the win over Curtis
Markham, Dick McCabe and Tom Bolles.
Fifteen years ago in 1998, the
Race of Champions had been sold and moved to Oswego but the once prestigious
event had lost a lot of its luster because of financial problems of the
events previous Needless to say the event drew 49 modifieds, the majority
from New York and few from the Modified Tour Series. Ted Christopher took
the lead from John Blewett III on lap 24 of the 200-lap event and led to the
125-lap mark when his ignition box shorted out. From there on, Siege Fidenza
led the way and went on to take the win. Tim Mangus finished second with
Ryan Holland, third.
At Waterford on Saturday night it took 67 minutes to run 35 laps.
Mike Gada survived seven wrecks and went on to take the lead with 11 laps to
go and went on to take the win. Ed Dachenhausen finished second with Bert
Marvin, third. Phil Rondeau scored his 97th win at the shoreline oval as he
won the late model event.
Mike Stefanik finished 10th in a BGNN event at Beech Ridge and
sewed up the 1999 title. Tracy Gordon won the 150-lap event over Dave Dion.
In Winston Cup action at Dover, Mark Martin cleaned house as he led 380 of
the scheduled 400 laps. Jeff Gordon finished second. Elton Sawyer won the
Dover Grandnational event.
Ten years ago in 2003, Matty
Adante went pole to pole in Thursday night Thunder Sunoco Modified
competition at Thompson. It was his first win. The action was hot and heavy
behind him. Todd Ceravolo, who had been on a hot streak was eliminated while
running second in the closing stages of the event when he was hit by Ron
Yuhas Jr. while trying to weave his way through lapped traffic. Ceravolo’s
night ended against the front stretch wall. Yuhas, who had previously
tangled with Bert Marvin, went on to finish second. Eric Berndt finished
third and was followed by Ted Christopher and Bob Santos III. Other Thursday
night winners were Chuck Docherty in the Pro Stocks, Scott Bronczyk in the
Late Models, Shawn Monahan in the Limited Sportsman and Roger Larsen in the
The NASCAR Modified Tour Series was at Loudon on Friday for a
100-lap event that was run in conjunction with the Winston Cup weekend.
Thirty-nine Modifieds took time for the event that carried a purse
of$148,275, a $9450 increase over the 2002 September race. Tony Hirschman
took the pole position with a speed of 127.649 mph. Second fastest was John
Blewett III with a speed of 127.474 mph. Rounding out the top five were
Nevin George, Chuck Hossfeld and Mike Stefanik. John Blewett III all but
dominated the event as he cleaned house. After starting on the outside pole,
Blewett made a determined run as he led on five different occasions. Driving
for Curt Chase, Blewett took the lead for the final time on lap 69 when he
passed Ted Christopher for the lead. Christopher was a factor but lacked
that little extra to nail down the win. Christopher settled for second and
was followed at the finish by Ken Woolley, Mike Stefanik and Chuck Hossfeld.
Pole sitter Tony Hirschman led the first four laps. Mike Stefanik, who
started fifth, made a determined charge as he took the lead on lap four.
Stefanik led until lap eight when he gave way to Blewett. By lap ten the
leaders were in lapped traffic and Stefanik was able to sneak by and retake
the lead. Blewett glued himself to Stefanik’s bumper and re-took the lead on
lap 16. The first of four cautions flew on lap 23 when Mike Molleur spun in
turn four. On the re-start it was Blewett in command. Hirshman made a run at
the high flying No. 77 and moved into the lead on lap 28 but lost it as fast
as he got it as one lap later Blewett was on the point again. The second
caution of the event flew on lap 41 when Dave Berube spun in turn two. The
field went back to green on lap 46 for one lap as caution No. 3 flew for
Nevin George who came to a stop in turn two after a spin. The field
re-started on lap fifty. Hirschman made another stab at the lead and was
able to head the pack on lap 53. His lead was short lived as Blewett powered
by one lap later. The fourth and final caution came on lap 59 when Renee
Dupuis came to a halt in turn four. The final restart came on lap 63 with
Blewett leading. Ted Christopher was doing some bump drafting and got by
Blewett to lead lap 68 but from then on it was Blewett on cruise control to
take the win by 1.42 seconds. Blewett went non-stop and was having second
thoughts about the amount of fuel he had but cautions made the difference
and a pit stop was avoided.
At Stafford on Friday night, Chris Jones took his second SK
Modified feature of the year. Eric Berndt made several attempts to lead the
event but in the end it was Jones taking the win. Rounding out the top five
were Ronnie Silk, Emil Downie and Willie Hardie.
At Waterford on Saturday night John Brouwer Jr. and Pete Pavone
each won twin 25 lap events. It was the first win for Pavone who has been
racing since 1985. Dennis Gada was hoping to solidify his lead in the NASCAR
Regional point chase but wrecks in both features all but put him out of
contention. Diego Monihan made it two in a row in Late Model action.
Saturday night racing at Wall Township and at Riverhead was rained
out. Brad Leighton was the Busch North Series winner at Loudon and in
Winston Cup action at the New Hampshire mile Jimmie Johnson took the win.
The big news of the weekend came from NASCAR when it was announced that
Brian France had replaced his father, Bill Jr. as Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of NASCAR.
Five years ago in 2008. the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Thompson Speedway to partake in
what was called Modified Mania. Thirty-two Modifieds were on hand for
qualifying which ended up getting rained out. Based on point standings the
field was set.
Preseason favorite Todd Szegedy broke through for his first win of the 2008
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in the Sunoco Modified Mania 150.
Szegedy, who started sixth, ran inside the top five for most of the
afternoon, took his first lead of the race on Lap 132 and held off numerous
charges by Ronnie Silk in the last 22 laps for his 13th career victory, and
third at Thompson. Szegedy and Silk went non-stop without a tire change. Ted
Christopher led the first 125 laps before pitting for tires under caution.
Silk, who entered the event on a two-race winning streak at Thompson, led
seven laps in the race but could not get past Szegedy despite three restarts
in the closing circuits. Doug Coby, who is one of the drivers that replaced
James Civali, came home third in the race, his second such finish in as many
starts this year. Long-time series veterans Reggie Ruggiero and Rick Fuller
rounded out the top five, for their best finishes of the year.
Fuller was honored prior to the race as part of NASCAR’s
Celebration of 60 Years of Modified Champions. Sunday’s finish was the 145th
top five of his career.
Bobby Santos, Billy Pauch Jr., Matt Hirschman, Rowan Pennink and
Eric Beers rounded out the top 10 finishers in the race. Despite a 14th
place finish, Christopher retained a 63-point lead over Chuck Hossfeld with
11 races in the books.
There were 8 caution periods for 34 laps. Among those sidelined due
to accidents or mechanical failures were Mike Stefanik, lap142, accident,
Gary McDonald, Renee Dupuis, Glen Reen, lap134, accident, Jimmy Blewett, lap
131, Ryan Preece, Glenn Tyler, lap 109, accident, Richard Savary, Ed Flemke,
Jr., Eric Berndt, lap 23, accident and Jamie Tomaino, lap 23 suspension
In other Modified Mania action at Thompson, Matt Hirschman won the
75-lap main event for the Race of Champions. Todd Owen was declared the
winner in a wild 75-lapper for the True Value Modified Racing Series (TVMRS).
In weekly series action, Jimmy Blewett was the winner in the Sunoco
Modifieds and R.J. Marcotte in the TIS Modifieds. Norm Wrenn was the winner
in the visiting Pro-Four Modifieds.
Jimmy Blewett made it two in a row in the Sunoco Modified division. A
single-file restart set up a five-lap dash to the checkers. With things
unchanged in the running order for the top five, a battle for the sixth spot
was brewing between Sylvester and Rocco. Sylvester came out on the top-side
of the competition before the yellow flew again. With three laps to go, the
third position was being hotly contested between Cravenho and Pitkat. After
aggressive driving by both, Cravenho ended up in the outside wall. On the
green-white-checker restart Blewett cruised to the victory over Marvin and
Pitkat. Malone raced across the line in fourth followed by Josh Sylvester.
After the event, Pitkat was penalized for his involvement in the incident
with Cravenho. Malone was officially scored in third followed by Sylvester.
Rocco rebounded from early race problems to complete the top five. Pitkat
was placed last on the lead lap, which placed him in 15th spot in the final
Kerry Malone emerged as the new point leader in the Sunoco Modifieds. Malone
led Todd Ceravolo, 478 to 466. Danny Cates slipped to third with 458. Jimmy
Blewett was fourth wit 448 and Tom Cravenho was fifth with 422. Matt
Hirschman proved to be the class of a star-studded Race of Champions
Modified Tour. Hirschman went unchallenged to the checkers to score his
fourth RoC win of the season. Blewett came home second ahead of Ryan Preece.
Ted Christopher and Bill Pauch, Jr., rounded out the top-five.
Todd Owen scored his first True Value Modified Racing Series win in
a controversial run to the checkers. Owen crossed the line in second but was
awarded the victory on an official call. Coming down to take the checkered
flag, contact between Christopher and Pinkham found Christopher spinning.
Pinkham crossed the line first but he was called for over aggressive
driving. The win was awarded to Owen. Holdridge and Malave joined Owen on
the podium. Rowan Pennick and Jimmy Kuhn rounded out the top five.
The Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final month of NASCAR
Racing for the 2008 season with a Whelen All-American Series feature event
that saw Keith Rocco win the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Ryan Posocco win
the 30-lap Late Model feature, Chris Matthews win the 20-lap SK Light
Modified feature, Joey Ferrigno win the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature,
and Duane Provost win the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified feature event, Rocco survived a several
late caution periods to post his second feature win of the 2008 season and
retake the SK Modified points lead from Ted Christopher with 2 races
remaining. The lead changed hands several times in the early laps as Wade
Mattesen led lap one and Corey Hutchings led the next two laps before Woody
Pitkat moved to the lead on lap-4. Pitkat slowly began to pull away from the
field, building nearly a full straightaway lead before a caution with 18
laps complete erased that margin. Pitkat held the lead until a restart on
lap-32 when Frank Ruocco moved to the front. Rocco moved past Frank Ruocco
on lap-33 to take the race lead. Several more caution periods followed, but
Rocco was able to hold off Donny Travaglin and Doug Coby to take the win.
Todd Owen finished fourth and Wade Mattesen rounded out the top-5.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, it looked like property owner Terry
Eames and track operator Jerry Robinson had kissed and made-up, legally,
that is. The Hartford Courant reported on Tuesday, Sept 2 that Robinson made
the bulk of the payments that he owed to the track ownership group, and also
settled an outstanding property tax bill for the facility, during a court
appearance New London. The ownership group filed suit against Robinson on
Aug. 15 because of failure to pay about $45,000 in property taxes and also
failure to meet scheduled rent payments.
Competition at the shoreline oval began with their Wacky Wednesday
program. Ryan Morgan won the 30-lap Legends feature, while it was Billy
Gerstch Jr. claiming the X-Modified 50-lap Summer Sizzler as presented by
Prestige Properties. The program marked the final installment of the season
for the popular mid-week series. Other feature winners were Greg Moran Sr.
(Super-X Car), Curt D`Addario Sr. (X-Car), and Scott Foster (Outlaw Stocks).
Teenage Legends sensation Ryan Morgan passed early leader Glen
Billings for the lead on lap-twenty, going on to snare his second in a row
and his fourth feature victory of the season. Behind him a battle waged
between 2008 Wednesday Legends champion Jason Palmer and Shaun Buffington.
At the finish, Palmer narrowly edged-out Buffington to finish ahead of Max
Zachem and Glen Billings.
Saturday night’s racing at Waterford fell victim to tropical storm Hannah.
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on Sunday at
Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Kurt Busch finished 15th, was wrecked
twice and David Ragan had numerous on-track miscues to eliminate himself
from Chase contention in a race delayed a day because of Tropical Storm
In the Nationwide Series race that followed, Carl Edwards passed
Clint Bowyer with 28 laps to go then pulled away through three restarts to
win for the fourth time this season. Scott Wimmer finished second in the
Emerson 250, Bowyer third. Edwards climbed into second in the points race.
Last year, 2012, The Whelen
Modified Tour headed to the Thompson Speedway for the UNOH Showdown which
brought together NASCAR's Whelen Northern and Southern Modified Tours which
each had 75 lap features plus were combined for a 50 lap All green flag
The Fuller legacy continued at Thompson International Speedway when
Rob Fuller captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
pole Saturday afternoon with a lap of 18.947 seconds. Ryan Preece set fast
time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and earned his 11th career pole and
fourth at Thompson Speedway. Both divisions will compete in 75-lap races
before the top-10 finishers in each event advance to a 50-lap exhibition
race on Sunday afternoon. In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action,
Cam McDermott earned his 13th season victory in the Lite Modified division
and Chad LaBastie checkered the Thompson Modifieds.
In UNOH Showdown qualifying at Ryan Preece captured the pole for
the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Rob Fuller won the pole for the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Preece of Berlin, Conn., lapped the .625-mile
oval in 18.828 seconds at an average speed of 119.503 mph, to earn his
fourth pole at Thompson, his fifth pole of the year and the 11th of his
career. With just one previous start in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour
and 11 starts in the Whelen Modified Tour, Fuller of Boylston, Mass., had a
lap of 18.947 seconds (118.752 mph) in taking his first career pole. Justin
Bonsignore had the second quickest lap among NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
drivers and was followed by Bobby Santos, Doug Coby and Rowan Pennink.
Rounding out the top 10 were Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik,
Ron Silk and Eric Beers. In NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying,
meanwhile, Tim Brown was second quickest at 19.090 seconds (117.863 mph).
Andy Seuss was third fastest, with Steve Masse fourth and Burt Myers fifth.
They were followed by Danny Bohn, George Brunnhoelzl III, Matt Hirschman,
John Smith and Jason Myers. There were 25 Whelen Modifieds and 21 Whelen
Southern Modifieds on hand. Of the 21 southern cars only 14 actually race in
the south, the rest were from the north.
The heavy overnight rains cleared which allowed both fans and
competitors at Thompson to enjoy a full day of racing. Ted Christopher,
pinch hitting for injured Keith Rocco, put the Boehler No.3 in for one of
the biggest paydays that they have seen in quite some time as he took the
top spot in the 2nd Annual UNOH Showdown 50 lap shootout. Christopher took
the lead on lap six when he dove under Bobby Santos Santos to take over the
lead coming out of turn two. Ryan Preece, Santos, Justin Bonsignore, and
Mike Stefanik rounded out the top-five at lap seven. Donny Lia joined the
front-runners in sixth as all of the top cars pulled away from the rest of
the field. The race went under a red flag on lap 24 when Stefanik lost his
power steering and dropped some oil on the track. Christopher drove to the
front on the restart with Preece attached to his rear bumper. Preece tried
to get by on the high line, but Christopher shut the door. Preece continued
to pressure Christopher while Jimmy Blewett became a part of the mix in
third. Blewett got by Preece for second on lap 37 while Christopher put a
car length of breathing room over Blewett.
The top-five cars fanned out over the next several laps with
Christopher keeping his distance from Blewett through lapped traffic.
Christopher cruised to the checkers to score his first victory of the day
and score a $15,000 paycheck. Preece finished third followed by Lia and Doug
Coby. Sixth through ninth were Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman, Santos and Andy
Seuss. Burt Myers rounded out the top ten.
Justin Bonsignore won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair
Tire Northern 75 under a yellow checkered after Ron Silk crashed in the turn
two wall on the white flag lap. Bonsignore took the lead away from Ryan
Preece at lap 68 and survived a late-race restart after caution set up a
green-white-checkered finish at lap 81. Preece took the early lead and
dominated most of the race before Bonsignore used the outside groove to take
the lead in turn three seven laps before the scheduled conclusion of the
race. A caution flew at lap 72 for a wreck in turn three that involved Rowan
Pennink and Patrick Emerling and set the stage for Bonsignore to take the
win. It was the Holtsville, NY-native’s second career NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour victory and his first at Thompson Speedway.
Bobby Santos ended up second and was followed by Ryan Preece, Todd
Szegedy and Ted Christopher. Sixth through tenth were Mike Stefanik, Donny
Lia, Eric Beers, Eric Berndt and Richie Pallai.
Andy Seuss earned his 12th career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour victory after taking the lead on lap 24 of the 75-lap Green Pointe
Energy Southern 75 portion of the UNOH Showdown weekend schedule. Seuss used
the high groove to hold off a hard-charging Matt Hirschman through lapped
traffic to take the checkered flag. The race was only slowed by one caution
period. Seuss, who started from the third position, took the lead from Burt
Myers coming out of turn four on lap 24. Hirschman took over the second
position on lap 43 and pressured Seuss until the end. Pole sitter Rob
Fuller, who was forced to start in the rear when his crew chief missed the
drivers meeting, finished third. Burt Myers and Tim Brown rounded out the
top five. Sixth through tenth were Steve Masse, Danny Bohn, George
Brunnhoelzl, III, John Smith and Cole Powell.
In Sunoco (SK type) Modified competition Ryan Preece took the
checkers for the 10th time this season. Preece had built up a large enough
lead to hold on for the win after something broke in his power steering with
ten laps to go in the event. Woody Pitkat finished second over Keith Rocco.
Kerry Malone, Jimmy Zacharies and Dennis Perry followed.
Other Sunday winners at Thompson included Damon Tinio in the Late
Models, Scott Sundeen in the Limited Sportsman and Eric Bourgeois in the
At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night in NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series feature action, taking wins were Michael Gervais, Jr. in
the SK Modified® feature, Jim Peterson in the Late Model feature, Dylan
Kopec in the SK Light feature, Cory Casagrande and D.J. Burnham in the twin
Ltd. Late Model features, and Jeremy Lavoie was a first time winner in the
DARE Stock feature.
Ryan Preece had closed the gap to Gervais as the leaders took the
white flag. Preece got a good run to the inside of Gervais in turn 1, but he
got sideways in turn 2 and Gervais pulled away slightly. Preece got a good
run back through turns 3+4, but he came up just short at the checkered flag
as Gervais picked up his second feature victory of the 2012 season. Woody
Pitkat came home third, with Todd Owen and Ted Christopher rounding out the
In Saturday night action at the Waterford Speedbowl the Rocco
Brothers scored a one-two punch as they beat the rain, finishing one-two in
the SK Modified feature. Kyle James finished third with Jeff Pearl, fourth.
Rob Janovic rounded out the top five. The Rocco brothers had words in the
pit area later on as Jeff felt his brother deliberately blocked him as he
attempted to pass for the lead. For some strange reason a bad storm front
moving from west to east along the shore of Long Island Sound opened up as
it reached the I-95-395 split in East Lyme and left the speedbowl in a
weather window which allowed the shoreline oval to complete most of its
racing program. Dillon Moltz drove to his sixth victory of the year in the
Late Models race, while Bill Leonard took his second win in the Mini Stock
division and Tommy Barrett Jr. won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing
Series feature. The scheduled Street Stock feature was rained out.
Keith Rocco was suspended for the remainder of the 2012 racing
season. Rocco was cited by track steward Scott Tapley for: “Participating in
or inciting a fight - In this case, as a competitor that entered into
another competitors pit area and physically abused a competing team
member/patron; Unsportsmanlike conduct, endangering the safety of others in
the pit area; Threatening or physical confrontations.”
Rocco said he confronted Mike Pane after the event concerning
disparaging remarks Mike Pane allegedly made about the way Rocco drove
against his brother in a battle for the lead during Saturday’s race.
Barrett, who is being coached by Hall of Fame car owner Mario
Fiore, started the race last out of the 22 drivers after running into
problems during his qualifying race. Barrett started to challenge race
leader Chris Pasteryak at the midway point. Once in the lead, Barrett held
on through multiple restarts to win. Pasteryak ended up second while series
points leaders Rowan Pennink was third. Jon McKennedy and Rob Goodenough
rounded out the top five.
Tom Rogers took the NASCAR 50 lap Modified win at the Riverhead
Raceway on Long Island. Howie Brode finished second. Among the missing were
regulars Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece who were in competition at
Thompson. Shawn Solomito, with his third place finish, wrapped up the
Modified Track Championship.
Kevin Harvick was in the right place at the right time, picking up
his first NASCAR Nationwide Series triumph of the season at Richmond Int’l
Raceway during the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Harvick was running
second behind Spring Richmond winner Kurt Busch when Busch made contact with
the No. 39 Ford of Dexter Stacey on lap 227, sending Stacey spinning and
allowing Harvick to drive by on the outside to take the lead away.
Clint Bowyer saved just enough fuel to grab his second NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series triumph of the season early Sunday morning at Richmond
Int’l Raceway, but maybe more importantly Jeff Gordon finished second to
claim the final spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bowyer, who cut a tire
and spun out on lap 236 after contact with Juan Pablo Montoya, somehow
managed to save enough gas during the final run pick up the victory. He
jokingly thanked Montoya in victory lane for the contact that eventually
allowed him to win at Richmond.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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