July 11, 2014
Sixty five years ago in 1949 Henry Hager was the winner at the
Buffalo Civic Center.
Sixty years ago at the New London
Waterford Speedbowl it rained on Wednesday night but not on Saturday night
as Moe Gherzi made it two in a row in Sportsman action at the shoreline
oval. Tom Van Epps was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1959, rain
washed out the Friday night racing on the dirt at the Stafford Springs
Speedway. Russ Foote and Bill Slater were the Sportsman winners at the New
London Waterford Speedbowl. Benny Desrosier and Rene Charland won non Ford
features and Ben Hewitt and Dick Dunn were Bomber winners at the shoreline
oval. Up in New York State at the Buffalo Civic Stadium Bill Rafter scored
his fourth win of the season. Racing action at Lancaster saw Irish Jack
Murphy in victory lane.
Fifty years ago in 1964, Dick Dixon,
who was well known in New England racing circles ventured to the John F.
Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA where he won a 100 lap Late Model event
over Roy Hallquist and Bob Devine. Rain pretty much washed out most of the
weekend's racing. The Stafford Springs Speedway in Connecticut and the Fonda
Speedway in upstate New York were the exception where Bill Wimble took the
wins. Lou Lazzaro paid a surprise visit to Stafford where he finished second
by a bumper over Irv Taylor. Elton Hilldreth won at Old Bridge and Don
Stives won at Wall in New Jersey while Gene Gamache won at Islip on Long
Island. The New London-Waterford Speedbowl was also in a weather window as
Ted Stack took the Modified win and Bill Staubley, the Bomber win.
Forty five years ago in 1969, rain
washed out racing at Malta, Norwood, Waterford, Stafford and Islip. Lou
Lazzaro continued to be the top gun in New York State as he won at both
Fonda and at Utica-Rome.
Forty years ago in 1974, Riverhead
ran twin events on Tuesday with Charlie Jarzombek and Artie Tappen taking
wins. On Saturday night, Freeport and Islip went head to head. Jarzombek won
at Freeport over Fred Harbach and Tappen. Islip ran double points and Richie
Evans invaded the Island with good results as he beat out Jim Hendrickson
and George Wagner for the win. Jake Marosz, who is still racing, scored his
lone career Modified victory at the Waterford Speedbowl. Bill Sweet Jr was
the Grand American late model winner. At Stafford, Bugsy Stevens put the
Koszela No.15 on top. Ron Bouchard had to settle for second with Ed Flemke,
third. Evans who had also won at Utica-Rome on Friday night, made it three
for three as he won at Fulton on Sunday. Other weekend winners were Geoff
Bodine at Shangri-La, Merv Treichler at Lancaster, Gene Bergin at Monadnock
and Fred DeSarro at Thompson.
Thirty five years ago in 1979, Richie
Evans was the Friday night winner at Stafford. Bugsy Stevens finished in the
runner-up spot with Brian Ross coming in third with a flat tire. At Spencer,
Jerry Cook came home for the win over George Kent, Geoff Bodine, Maynard
Troyer and Doug Hewitt. Leo Cleary extended his point lead at Seekonk as he
ruled over Stevens, Ross and George Savory. Twin events were run at
Riverside. Eddie Flemke scored his first win in ten years. Reggie Ruggiero
was the co-winner. At Islip it was Charlie Jarzombek over Bill Park. Other
weekend winners were Kent at Shangri-la, Pete Fiandaca at Westboro, Rick
Donnelly at Waterford; Punky Caron at Claremont and Tony Papale scored his
first win ever, at Plainville.
Thirty years ago in 1984, Charlie
Jarzombek was not to be denied as he dusted the field at Stafford. Kenny
Bouchard finished second. Bob Polverari won a 100 lapper at Riverside on
Saturday and at Riverhead, Jim Spencer fought off Richie Evans and Bill Park
to win a 75-lap national championship event. Jan Leaty won at Spencer and
Randy LaJoie was the winner of a Busch North event at Thompson. In Winston
Cup action at Nashville, Geoff Bodine took the win.
Twenty five years ago in 1989, Mike
Christopher was the Friday night SK Modified winner at Stafford. Tom Tagg
finished second. Saturday night at Waterford saw Ricky Young take the top
spot and at Riverhead, Wayne Anderson beat out Ed Brunnhoelzl. The Modified
Tour Series traveled to Jennerstown and it was Tony Hirschman taking the win
over Reggie Ruggiero and Jamie Tomaino.
Twenty years ago in 1994, Thompson
ran on Wednesday. Richie Gallup in the Ceravolo No.31 won the SK feature
over Steve Lombardo. Ted Christopher was the Pro Stock winner and CJ Freye
won in the Late Models. Stafford rained out on Friday and at Waterford on
Saturday, Jerry Pearl beat out Larry Lanpher and David Gada. Bruce Dell won
at Riverside. and at Riverhead it was Tim Contarino. The Modified Tour
Series joined the Busch North Series and Winston Cup division at Loudon.
Jeff Fuller won the Modified 40 lapper over Rick Fuller and Charlie
Pasteryak. The BGNN event saw Martin Truex pick up his first win. In Winston
Cup action, Ricky Rudd picked up his first win as a car owner. Rudd passed
second place finisher Dale Earnhardt with eight laps to go.
Fifteen years ago, in 1999, Mike
Christopher took the Tuesday night win at Stafford with Jim Williams,
second. Waterford ran on Friday but it was a point event. Dennis Gada won
out over Jeff and Jerry Pearl. A packed front grandstand of 64,000 fans was
on hand Saturday afternoon at Loudon for the Modified and Busch North
events. Tony Hirschman took the lead from Jan Leaty on Lap 94 and went on to
record a convincing win over Leaty, Rick Fuller and Ted Christopher. Andy
Santarre and Ted Christopher finished one-two in the BGNN event. In Winston
Cup action, Jeff Burton took the win at Loudon after Tony Stewart and John
Andretti, who were running one-two with two laps to go, ran out of gas. Jeff
Gordon rammed Dale Jarrett on the last lap and took over the second spot.
Gordon and Jarrett had quite a discussion in the garage area later!
Ten years ago in 2004, it had been
noted that in recent weeks there had been a rash of Road Rage and fighting
among competitors at Thompson, Stafford and at Waterford. There had been a
lot of equipment damaged but luckily no one had been seriously injured.
Officials at all three tracks did take steps to curb these actions.
Competitors were suspended, fined and put on probation and overall had
gotten the message that these actions would not be tolerated. While things
were relatively quiet in New England, the Road Rage and fighting moved south
to the Wall Township Speedway in Belmar, New Jersey. Wall Township, part of
the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series and had Modifieds as their lead
division. Wall’s Modifieds are similar to the New England SK Modified. On
the Fourth of July weekend Wall Township ran their fifth annual Marian D.
O’Rorke 76. John Blewett III, a regular on the NASCAR Featherlite Modified
Tour Series, led from pole to pole to win the event. While Blewett was
putting on a flawless performance all out war was being staged behind him.
The event turned into one consisting of deliberate wrecks, fighting, verbal
abuse and near riot conditions in the pit area. It all started before the
green flag was waved. Local hot shots Jimmy Blewett and Harry Reed made
contact while heating up their tires. Reed’s car sustained enough damage
that he had to be towed from the scene, out for the night. Jimmy Blewett,
who was the point leader at the time, rejoined the race after it was eleven
laps old. His grandfather attempted to coach the young driver to keep his
cool and to look at the overall picture. Evidently young Blewett didn’t
listen as he ran his car deliberately into Reed’s son Steven’s car
inflicting severe damage. Blewett was bounced for the night. Upon entering
the pit area what seemed like hundreds converged on the Blewett car and a
near riot ensued. Extra police were called in to subdue the mob. Once order
was restored Blewett was taken to his home by police. Speedway officials
later suspended Blewett for four weeks and Harry Reed for one week. As far
as the 2004 Modified Track Championship at Wall Township goes, Blewett blew
it! The Blewett family has a long history at Wall Township. John Blewett Jr.
had a thing going with Jamie Tomaino years ago and even planted the former
Modified champion in the wall at Martinsville on one occasion. He spent some
of his racing career at Riverhead on Long Island after being tossed out of
Wall. John Blewett III also had his moments but has mellowed, due to his
Featherlite Modified car owner and sponsor. A few years ago, Blewett III
felt that Carl Pasteryak had done him dirty at Stafford. During a caution
period Blewett jumped on Pasteryak’s nerf bar and ripped out his ignition
wires. Hopefully everyone had worked out all their frustrations and racing
could return to normal, at least until the next full moon.
Jimmy Blewett didn’t waste any time as he towed up to the Chemung Speedrome
in New York and won a 100-lap feature there on Friday night. Any penalties
imposed by Wall Township or NASCAR did not apply as the New York speedway
lost its NASCAR sanction as of July 7. Meanwhile at Wall Township, John
Blewett III made it two in a row at the Jersey shore oval.
In Thursday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway Todd Ceravolo had one
of those rare nights that racers really enjoy doing what they do. During
warm-ups his car was perfect and required no pre-race adjustments. In the 30
lap Sunoco Modified SK type feature his car performed flawlessly. Starting
tenth, he was able to blow away the field to record his second win of the
season. Ceravolo took the lead from Bo Gunning on lap 26 of the 30-lap
feature. Gunning crossed the line in second spot but was disqualified when a
post race inspection revealed that his intake manifold was not an approved
part. Ted Christopher was elevated to the second spot with Bert Marvin,
third. Kerry Malone and Jeff Malave rounded out the top five. Only 21 cars
were on hand. Christopher continued to lead the point standings as he led
Ceravolo by 14 points. Other Thursday night Thunder winners were GeGe Gravel
in the Pro Stocks, Charles Bailey III in the Late Models, Andy Publicover in
the Mini Stocks and in twin Limited Sportsman features victory lane was
shared by Larry Barnett and Glenn Boss.
Ted Christopher made it two in a row in SK-Modified competition at
Stafford on Friday night. Christopher took the lead in the 40-lap feature on
lap 21 from Jeff Malave. Malave later faded as Eric Berndt took over the
runner-up spot in the closing laps. Malave hung on for third with Willie
Hardie and Kerry Malone rounding out the top five. Ryan Posocco recorded his
third Late Model feature win of the season and Kevin Gambacorta was the
15-lap Dare Stock winner.
Frank Mucciacciaro had been a modified competitor at the Waterford
Speedbowl for 10 years and for the most part has been a back marker. He got
his just due at the Connecticut shoreline oval on Saturday night as he went
from a third place starting spot to win his first-ever feature. Tom Fox and
Dennis Gada were preoccupied with their own battle, which ended up giving
the leader and eventual winner a free pass. Fox ended up second with Gada,
third. Ron Yuhas and Doug Coby rounded out the top five. Ernie Bertrand was
the Late Model winner, Richard Brooks the Mini Stock winner and Richard
Doughty was the Legends Car winner. Among the missing at Waterford was Ted
Christopher who was in competition at a special Saturday night event at the
Thompson Speedway. Christopher won the wreck strewn PASS 100 Pro Stock event
and finished fourth in the New York based Race of Champions Modified Tour
event. The Modified event was won by Long Islander Donnie Lia who used a
bump and run tactic on Tony Ferrante with six laps to go to get the lead and
eventual win. Ferrante finished second and was followed by Jim Storace,
Christopher and veteran George Kent.
The Nextel Cup and the Busch Racing Series divisions of NASCAR were at
the Chicagoland Speedway. Second generation driver Justin Labonte took
advantage of last lap leader Mike Wallace when he ran out of gas and
recorded his first ever win in NASCAR’s Triple A series. Bad Boy Tony
Stewart dominated the Nextel Cup event on Sunday Many Nextel Cup fans were
happy to hear that NASCAR had listened and was in the process of eliminating
finishes under caution. A new ruling could be in force by July 25 at Loudon.
Five years ago in 2009, The NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour headed to the Spencer Speedway on past Saturday, July
11. Following constant rain throughout Saturday morning, NASCAR and Spencer
Speedway officials postponed the Spencer Speedway 155 to Sunday.
Erick Rudolph’s first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win on Sunday in
the Spencer Speedway 155 made him the youngest winner in tour history. At 17
years, 6 months, 3 days, the Ransomville, N.Y., driver eclipsed the mark set
by Ryan Preece in 2008. Preece was 17 years, 10 months, 25 days when he won
at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
After failing to finish each of the first four races of the season,
Rudolph led the final 48 laps and withstood a furious charge from Todd
Szegedy on the final lap to claim the victory. On the last lap, Szegedy got
by Chuck Hossfeld for second and had the nose of his car nearly up to
Rudolph’s front tire as they crossed the finish line. The scheduled 125-lap
event was extended to 131 by a green-white-checkered finish. Hossfeld
followed on Rudolph’s bumper for third. Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece
rounded out the top five. Donny Lia, who would have missed the event if it
had not been rescheduled, Mike Stefanik, Eric Goodale, Ron Silk and points
leader Ted Christopher completed the top 10. Lia attended the wedding of his
sister on Saturday when the event was originally scheduled. Earlier in the
day, Szegedy and Christopher won the two 15-lap heat races that set the
feature lineup. Rudolph, who was fastest in practice, finished 12th out of
14 cars in his heat.
Szegedy led a race-high 60 laps before being forced to pit for a flat
tire on lap 80. He was able to cut Christopher’s point lead to 17. There
were 26 Modifieds on hand. Caution Flags, the yellow was displayed on 12
occasions for 55 laps. And there were ten lead changes among four drivers.
In Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway on a night when
the Speedway was to have been silent, there was plenty of activity on the
5/8th mile oval. Keith Rocco and Les Rose were among those taking down
victories. After experiencing three rainouts thus far this season, Thompson
Speedway management added a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
competition that included a 50 lapper for the Sunoco Modifieds. Keith Rocco
came home the victor in the 50-lapper for the Sunoco Modifieds. Les Rose
took home the Super Late Model victory. Tommy O’Sullivan broke into victory
lane with his first feature win of the 2009 season in the Late Models.
Hometown racer Paul Coutu, Jr. scored an exciting win in the Limited
Sportsman division while Glenn Boss turned his luck around with a victory in
the TIS Modifieds. Brad Caddick was declared the winner of the Mini Stock
main event after post race technical inspection. Tim Taylor took the Mini
Stock checker but was found to be under weight at a post race tech session.
In victory lane Taylor voiced his displeasure with the way the Thompson
officials had allegedly treated him and was quite vocal over the fact that
he was moving his racing efforts to the Waterford Speedbowl.
Ryan Truex of Mayetta, NJ, used tire conservation to win the annual visit
of the Camping World East Series event on Saturday night at the Thompson
International Speedway. Thompson regular Derek Ramstrom of W. Boylston, MA,
led wire-to-wire to score a popular victory in the Pro All-Star Series
(PASS) feature event. Jeff Zuidema was back in top form in the Late Models
as part of the Pepsi Full-Fendered Frenzy. “Leadfoot” Larry Barnett extended
his point lead in the Limited Sportsman division. Second-generation driver
Brian Tagg scored his first career win in the TIS Modifieds. Tim Taylor
scored his fourth Mini Stock win of the season.
The Stafford Motor Speedway came alive on Tuesday night, July 7th, with
the 6th annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program. Chris Perley won the 50-lap
ISMA Supermodified feature for the second consecutive year, Nokie Fornoro
won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, and Norm Wrenn made it two in a
row at Stafford by taking the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.
The Stafford Speedway returned to action on Friday night with a NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series program of five divisions. Ted Christopher took
down his second consecutive victory in the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Ryan
Posocco took his third feature victory of the 2009 season in the 30-lap Late
Model feature, John Montesanto came out the big winner in a thrilling duel
with Jay Goff to score his first career victory in the 20-lap SK Light
Modified feature, Carla Botticello outdueled her father to take her first
win of 2009 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Barry Fluckiger
took down his first feature victory of the 2009 season in the 15-lap DARE
The racing action at Waterford Speedbowl was fast and furious for July
11’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing event. Keith Rocco and Danny
Field picked up their fourth wins of the season, extending their points lead
in the SK Modifieds and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock divisions respectively.
Bruce Thomas Jr. and Tim Jordan put on a classic duel in the Bob Valenti
Auto Mall Late Model feature with Thomas prevailing at the last moment.
Brandon Plemons picked up his first Street Stock win of the year and Jason
Palmer returned to Legends Car victory lane.
The True Value Modified Racing Series headed to Lee USA Speedway on
Friday, July 11th for The Laticrete 100. Jimmy Kuhn, Jr. won his first ever
TVMRS race. Kuhn was the sixth winner this year in the series showing that
the competition has been tough and the race for the win tight. In the past
Kuhn himself has come close to winning a race but in the end lady luck
jumped in and robbed him of a victory. As usual the #72 team showed up at
the track with their car pristinely prepared and ready to race. And yes,
race they did as they won the first heat race and started the series race on
the pole This has only been the second series race for the Kuhn team, but
both races have found the team with the right combination for their pursuit
of a win. Rob Goodenough settled for a second place finish after a late race
pass. On lap 97, Goodenough lost his hopes for the win as Kuhn made his pass
for the lead. Goodenough had inherited the lead on lap 63 after a race
incident took out the race leaders. Goodenough held off several challenges
for the number one spot during the race but in the end his efforts were not
Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced the upcoming release of I’LL
NEVER BE LAST AGAIN, the autobiography of Bill Wimble. The long-awaited
memoir of the legendary racer from Lisbon, New York, was written in concert
with award-winning journalist, Lew Boyd.
Joey Logano won the Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway for his third
win of the season. Logano passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps left then held him
off on old tires over the final 10 laps. The 19-year-old Logano, the
youngest winner in Sprint Cup history, did not make a late pit stop to get
fresh tires. The gamble paid off for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. There were
only two cautions for 11 laps over the entire 300-mile race, including one
with 14 laps remaining that sent Busch and most of the rest of the field
into the pits. Busch took two tires.
Mark Martin was still nifty at 50 and had made Cup racing his personal
senior circuit. He won at Chicagoland Speedway, getting the strong jump off
the double-file restart with two laps left to win his series-high fourth
race of the season. Martin dominated the race early and led 195 laps, easily
the most of the 400-mile race
Last year, 2013, the Thompson
Speedway Thursday Night Thunder Series resumed under threatening skies. John
Lowinski-Loh, Steve Kenneway and Chad Baxter all captured their first season
wins on Whelen Engineering night in Thursday Night Thunder at Thompson (TNTT).
Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners included Keith Rocco in the
Sunoco Modified division with his fourth victory of the season and John
Studley in the Lite Modifieds.
Rocco used a late-race restart to take down his fourth victory of the
2013 season as he held off Ryan Preece and Todd Ceravolo for the win. A
caution flew at lap 28 for a car in the turn three wall setting up a two-lap
dash to the checkers. Rocco drove to the front again with Ceravolo and
Preece battling for the second spot right behind him. Preece took the second
spot with Woody Pitkat taking over third before the checkers fell. Ceravolo
ended up fourth with Kerry Malone, fifth.
At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night held a special Girls Night
Out program featuring each division racing an extra two laps as part of the
5-Star Series Mid-Season Stretch. Keith Rocco scored his first victory of
the 2013 season in the 42-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn picked up his
third win of the 2013 season in the 32-lap Late Model feature, Chase Dowling
scored his second consecutive victory and fourth overall win of the 2013
season in the 22-lap SK Light Modified feature, Josh Wood picked up his
third win of the 2013 season in the 22-lap Limited Late Model feature, and
Jeremy Lavoie took down his third win of the season in the 17-lap DARE Stock
In the SK Modified race, Rocco led Todd Owen back to the checkered flag
to pick up his first victory of the 2013 season. Eric Berndt finished third,
with Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat rounding out the top-5. In postrace
inspection, Pennink’s car was found to have illegal brake components and he
was dropped to the 20th (last) place position in the running order.
The Waterford Speedbowl did not race on Saturday night as they gave way
to New London's Sailfest and Fireworks. On Friday evening the shoreline oval
hosted the inaugural Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200, putting
four of the track’s support divisions into the spotlight. Open competition
Mini Stock and Street Stock events paid each winner $1,000.00. Corey
Hutchings was the Street Stock event winner and Glen Thomas Jr. took the
checkered flag in the night’s Mini Stock race. Giovanni Giarratana won his
third INEX Legend Cars event in the last four at the track and Brad
Voglesong won the X-Car race. Belltown Tire Service Center put on a Pit Crew
Challenge on the track’s front chute between races, won by the team of Glen
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the New Hampshire Motor
Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 100. The event drew 32 cars for 36 open
starting positions. Jimmy Blewett secured his first pole at the “Magic Mile”
on his first lap of qualifying at 29.691 seconds (128.281 mph), but his No.
76 John Blewett Incorporated Chevrolet wrecked hard into the wall in the
second circuit. Blewett hit a batch of dirt on the track that had not been
cleaned up by the track crew. Blewett stated as he was coming around turn
two he cut a right front tire in the dirt from the Global Rally Cars that
had raced on Thursday night.
Ted Christopher qualified second-fastest at 29.783 (127.885). Bryon Chew
joined him on the qualifying podium with a fast lap of 29.806 (127.786)
around the 1.058-mile oval. Rounding out the top five were Bobby Santos and
Defending series champion Doug Coby nipped Ted Christopher by
.153-seconds to score the win in Saturday’s Town Fair Tire 100 at the New
Hampshire one-mile oval. It was the eighth career win for Coby but the first
since last September, also at New Hampshire. It was a redemption of sort as
Coby was a victim of a stuck throttle at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island
which resulted in his car being trashed in a violent wreck. Coby started
15th and worked his way to the front. He drove the No. 52 Furnace & Duct
Supply/Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet of Wayne Darling past Ryan Preece with
four laps to go to take the lead and eventual win. Preece faded to third as
Ted Christopher put Ole Blu in the runner-up spot on the closing moments.
During the first half of the event Christopher and Rowan Pennink put on a
brilliant and very competitive show of their driving skills as they swapped
the lead at high speed numerous times. Pennink was robbed of a good finish
as his car developed front end problems and after being put to the rear,
finished 15th, two laps down. Andy Seuss and Ryan Newman rounded out the top
five at the finish. Sixth thru tenth were Woody Pitkat, Eric Berndt, Chuck
Hossfeld, Richie Pallai,, Jr and Jamie Tomaino.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series was at the Canaan Fair Speedway in New
Hampshire. With the field at 27 cars strong Tom Barrett scored his second
win of the season. Barrett started on the pole but did not have an easy time
of it as he swapped the lead on numerous occasions with the likes of Richard
Savory and Chris Pasteryak. Pasteryak ended up second with Anthony Nocella,
third. Rob Goodenough and Charlie Pasteryak rounded out the top five. Sixth
through tenth were Savory, Louis Mechalides, Rowan Pennink, Todd Patnoad and
Todd Owen. Two days later Pennink saw his finish turn from an eighth to a
13th when his team was assessed a one-lap postrace penalty for an unapproved
tire change during the event.
The intense heat on Long Island brought out some short tempers at the
Riverhead Raceway. To start, there were 2 cautions before a lap could be
completed, eliminating three of the original 15 starters. On the restart
after the 3rd caution, officials determined that the #0 of Tommy Rogers
jumped the start and he was sent to the rear. Rogers took a hissy fit as he
did not agree and showed his displeasure by spinning the car around in front
of the officials to discuss it with them.
After the next caution flew, it got nasty. Tommy Rogers lost his temper
and decided that he was going to end Kevin Orlando's evening. Unfortunately,
Tommy didn't think he did a good enough job and returned to the track after
pitting, coming out with the only intention to wreck Kevin Orlando's car. To
do what was done put many people in danger, both on the track and in the
pits, and is unacceptable. It will be interesting to see what action will be
taken by track and NASCAR officials.
After the dust settled, the #96 of Howie Brode set the pace and was never
Down in the southland at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC
Jason Myers went pole to pole to win the scheduled 100 lapper that 121 laps
because of cautions. Intermittent rain made a long night longer. Myers hung
tough through it all and won for the 13th time in his career, holding off
Danny Bohn, Jonathan Brown and Junior Miller.
Jason’s brother Burt, the Modified points’ leader, finished fifth. He did
some excellent driving, moving up after drawing the 17th starting position,
and still leads the standings by 30 points, ahead of his younger brother.
Tim Brown, the defending division champion and a nine-time season champ, had
his mechanical problems on lap 99 and wound up 16th.
In Nationwide Series racing at Loudon, Kyle Busch needed to drive 213
laps of a scheduled 200-lap race to win his seventh race of the season. He
snapped a four-race winless streak and won his 58th career Nationwide race.
Brian Vickers ran out just as he crossed the finish line in second spot.
Vickers scored an upset victory in Sunday's Sprint Cup event at Loudon.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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Phil Smith has been a
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other publications for over 3 decades.
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