July 10, 2015
Fifty five years ago in 1960 Tommy Fenley, a former competitor at
the half mile Kingston Fairgrounds in Rhode Island was the Modified feature
winner at the Stafford Springs Speedway. Don Collins was the big winner at
the Waterford Speedbowl as he won Modified events on Wednesday and Saturday.
Ted Stack, in the non-Fords and Ed Moody followed suit as they also recorded
double features at the shoreline oval. Red Foote was the winner at the
Fifty years ago in 1965 Don Wayman
made it two in a row on the Dirt at Stafford Springs on Friday night. Ed
Moody was the Modified winner at the Waterford Speedbowl. Charlie Krashen
was the Bomber winner. Lou Lazzaro made it two in a row in Saturday night
action at the Fonda Speedway. Ralph "HOP" Harrington was the main event
winner at Norwood. Bob Hall finished second with Leo Cleary, third. Eddie
Flemke and Don McCullough rounded out the top five. Rounding out the top ten
was Pete Hamilton, Fats Caruso, Johnny Thompson, Bill Slater and Barnie
Matte. Dave Humphrey won a 100 lapper for the Midgets at Seekonk. Ken Orr
took the win at Riverside Park and Tom Kotary took the win at Utica-Rome.
Finishing second was an unknown by the name of Richie Evans. Dave Kotary was
Forty five years ago in 1970, it was
a busy week to say the least. The All Star League took to the dirt on
Tuesday at the Orange County Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. Rags Carter took
the 100 lap win over Will Cagle and Lou Lazzaro. Asphalt standouts Charlie
Jarzombek, Fred DeSarro and Richie Evans finished eighth through tenth. At
Malta on Friday night, Fred DeSarro, well on his way to taking the track
championship, took the top spot over Eddie Pieniezak and Dave Gault.
Stafford's twin 25's went to Leo Cleary and Bugsy Stevens. At the Waterford
Speedbowl, Glynn Shafer in the Ron Yuhas No. 6 took the Modified feature
win. Ron Cote was the Late Model Daredevil winner. On Sunday, Thompson ran a
100 lap-double point event, which saw Bugsy Stevens take the top spot over
Cleary, Ed Yerrington, Jack Malone, Bernie Miller, Bob Santos and Billy
Harman. Pocono ran an open competition event which saw Geoff Bodine make one
of his first big track appearances and he almost won it until traffic
master, Ray Hendrick gave him a lesson in how to pass lapped cars. Hendrick
ended up with the win and was followed by Bodine, Maynard Troyer and Bryan
Osgood. Ron Newman was the winner at Utica-Rome on Sunday night.
Forty years ago in 1975, Charlie
Jarzombek went two out of three on Long Island as he won Friday night at
Freeport and Sunday at Westhampton. On Saturday at Islip, the Long Island
legend finished second to Gary Winters. Saturday night at Stafford saw Bob
Vee win his first and only feature at Stafford. Bugsy Stevens finished
second with Ronnie Bouchard, third. Bob Potter took the 35 lap Modified win
at Waterford. Joe Mullins was the Grand American Late Model winner.
Thirty five years ago in 1980,
Waterford and New Egypt ran on Wednesday night. At Waterford, Bob Potter won
a 100-lap open over Rick Donnelly and Dickie Doo Ceravolo. Ceravolo was
elevated to second spot after Donnelly was disqualified for illegally
altering his tires. At New Egypt, Gary Cretty scored his first win. Wayne
Anderson finished second. On Thursday night, Punky Caron returned to his old
haunts at Monadnock and kicked butt as he took a convincing win over John
Rosati and Jack Bateman. Friday night at Stafford, Ronnie Bouchard was on a
tear as he won the 30 lap modified feature over Corky Cookman, Bugsy Stevens
and Richie Evans. Bouchard carried his winning ways to Westboro on Saturday
where he scored two more victories. Bob Fuller and Leo Cleary scored
seconds. Bouchard was going for four when lack of oil pressure forced him to
park it at Thompson on Sunday. Jerry Cook ended up with the win with Bob
Fuller, second. Other weekend winners included Don LaJoie who scored his
50th win at Danbury, Maynard Troyer at Spencer, Charlie Jarzombek at Islip,
Billy Griffin at Shangri-La, Reggie Ruggiero at Riverside and Alan Whipple
at Claremont. Up north, Geoff Bodine walked off with $12000 after taking the
win in the Oxford 250.
Thirty years ago in 1985, Thompson
ran a 35 lap special on Tuesday nights, which saw John Rosati, score an
upset victory over Charlie Jarzombek and Richie Evans. The modified Tour was
at Riverhead on Wednesday Jim Spencer and Brian Ross broke the strong hold
that the regulars had as they finished one-two. Fred Harbach finished third
with George Kent, fourth. Stafford rained out on Friday night but Spencer
and New Egypt was spared. Doug Hewitt won at Spencer and Tony Siscone won at
New Egypt. Waterford ran a 100 lapper on Saturday night. Ed Flemke Jr. took
the win over Ted Christopher. Richie Evans won at Shangri-La and at
Riverside Park, SJ Evonsion beat out Mike McLaughlin. Chris Young won
riverheads regular Saturday modified program. The modifieds ventured to
Claremont for a Sunday event, which drew 29 cars. Richie Evans took the
100-lap win over Jim Spencer and Dwight Jarvis. The Busch North Series was
at Thompson on Sunday. Randy LaJoie took the win and in the SK division it
was Wayne Dion.
Twenty five years ago in 1990, Star
Speedway hosted the NASCAR Modified tour for a 150-lap event. Tony Hirschman
took the win over Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero and George Brunnhoelzl. At
Stafford on Friday night, Steve Chowanski beat out Tom Bolles for the win
and at Monadnock; Reggie Ruggiero was on a roll as he won out over Jerry
Marquis. Ruggiero carried over his winning ways to Riverside on Saturday
where he again took the win. Richie Gallup finished second with Tom Bolles,
third. Lenny Fischer got his first win in 14 years of trying at Riverhead on
Saturday. Don Howe finished second. At Waterford it was Gary Dyer over David
Gada and at Shangri-La Randy Hedger beat out Jan Leaty. The New Hampshire
International Speedway celebrated their grand opening with the Chevy Dealers
300 for NASCAR's Grand National division. The event drew 50,000 spectators
who looked on as Tommy Ellis took the win over Harry Gant, Chuck Bown and
Twenty years ago in 1995, Jim
Broderick was first under the checker at Stafford but almost found himself
in the fence during the cool down lap when a frustrated and mad Ted
Christopher, spun him out. Christopher, who finished second was fined $200
and put on probation for two weeks. At Waterford on Saturday night, Todd
Ceravolo won out over David Gada and Mark LaJunesse and at Riverside it was
Dan Avery in victory lane. The Featherlite Modified Tour was at Jennerstown.
The scheduled 150-lap event was called after 132 laps when the lights went
out and wouldn't come back on. Steve Park was declared the winner with Ed
Flemke Jr., Jan Leaty, Tony Hirschman and Tom Baldwin rounding out the top
five. Al Ermmarino won at Riverhead and Dave Dion won the Busch North Series
event at Shangri-La. In Winston Cup action at the Pocono Raceway, Dale
Jarrett took the win and ran out of gas on the cool down lap. Jeff Gordon
finished second with Ricky Rudd, third.
Fifteen years ago in 2000, Ted
Christopher started his weekend with a win over Todd Ceravolo and Steve
Lombardo at Thompson on Thursday night. At Stafford on Friday it was again,
Christopher. Brad Hietella finished second. Rain washed out Waterford. At
Nazareth on Sunday, Ron Hornaday won the BGN 100.Mike Stefanik in a Cretty
Motorsports Team car made a surprise entry to the modified portion and
proceeded to come home a winner. Reggie Ruggiero finished second and was
followed by Ted Christopher, Jerry Marquis and Ed Flemke Jr.
Ten years ago in 2005 the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to the New Hampshire International
Speedway in Loudon, NH on Friday. Forty Modifieds were on hand for time
trials which were supposed to be held on Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain and
high winds put an end to that. High winds that topped out near 60 MPH
overturned protective tents that competitors had been using to shield
themselves and their equipment from the heat of the Sun. Electricity was
also knocked out. When it became apparent that time trials would not be held
NASCAR made the decision to base the starting lineup on the latest point
Based on the point standings going into the event Ted Christopher was
placed on the pole with Chuck Hossfeld, outside. Christopher led twice, the
first 26 laps and more importantly the last four as he made it three wins in
a row as he beat Tony Hirschman to the finish line by a bumper. With 10 laps
to go in the 100 lapper Eric Beers was leading the field under caution. Doug
Coby was running second with Christopher, Hirschman and Steve Whitt
following. When the green came out on lap 91 Coby took the lead. Beers
slipped to fourth while Christopher and Hirschman closed in on the leader.
On lap 97 Christopher made his bid as he passed Coby. Coby also gave way to
Hirschman who closed in on Christopher’s bumper. Beers ended up third with
Steve Whitt rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Rick Fuller,
Chuck Hossfeld, Jerry Marquis, Mike Christopher and Nevin George.
Twenty-five of the original 40 starters were running on the lead lap at the
finish. Later in the day Christopher ran in the Busch North Series event
which he didn’t finish. Mike Stefanik took that win.
Kerry Malone made a miraculous recovery from a devastating wreck on the
third of thirty laps in the Sunoco SK type Modified feature at the Thompson
Speedway on Wednesday night. Malone got caught up in a wreck during a
restart. His car sustained a lot of damage including a destroyed oil cooler,
a broken tie rod and a pulverized rear spoiler. Because of the fact that it
took a lot of time to remove the wrecked car of Richard Savory, Malone’s
crew was able to remove the damaged oil cooler and replace it with a jumper
hose plus replace the tie rod. Malone restarted in the rear of the field
without losing a lap and clawed his way through the field to take the lead
from Todd Ceravolo on lap 26. Ceravolo had inherited the lead after leaders
Tom Cravenho and Bert Marvin tangled and spun on lap 24. Ceravolo finished
second and was followed by Jeff Malave. Cravenho and Marvin recovered to
finish fourth and fifth. Other winners at Thompson included Norm Wrenn in
the Pro Stocks, Roger Larsen JR in the Mini Stocks, Charles Bailey III in
the Late Models and Larry Barnett in the limited Sportsman.
The Stafford Speedway also ran on Wednesday night as they featured the
NEMA Midgets and the ISMA Supers along with Pro Fours. Special guests
included Erin Crocker, Dave Blaney, Carl Edwards and Ken Schrader along with
Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and Indy veteran Al Unser Sr. Despite the
fact that Stafford and Thompson are less than 60 miles apart both tracks
drew decent crowds for their mid-week events.
At Stafford on Friday night Frank Ruocco won the 40 lap SK Modified
feature over Jeff Malave and Lloyd Agor. Ted Christopher made his grand
entrance from Loudon in a helicopter and finished fourth. Todd Owen rounded
out the top five. Among those in the field was Chris Jones who up until last
Friday had been on indefinite suspension. Evidently the Stafford management
has relented and forgiven Jones of all his prior sins. It has also been
rumored that Bo Gunning will be back at Stafford for this Friday night’s 100
lapper. Other Friday night winners at Stafford were Tom Butler in the Late
Models, Michael Bennett in the Limited Late Models and Robert Dow in the
The Waterford Speedbowl had one of its earliest nights of the season as
the entire Saturday night program was completed by 9:30pm. Second generation
SK Modified driver Chris Pasteryak ended a dry spell that went back to July
of 2003 as he took his second career victory at the shoreline oval.
Pasteryak took the lead from Ronnie Silk with 13 of the scheduled 35 laps to
go. Rob Summers finished third with Frank Mucciacciaro and Dennis Gada
rounding out the top five. Other Saturday night winners were Bruce Thomas
Jr. in the Late Models, Ken Cassidy Jr. in the Mini Stocks, Chris Correll in
the All Star Trucks and John Puglisi in the Sportsman.
Martin Truex held off a late surge by Carl Edwards to take a
green-white-checkered flag in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series New England 200
at New Hampshire International Speedway for his circuit-high fifth victory
of the season. Tony Stewart led 232 of 300 laps and beat the Ford of Kurt
Busch by 0.851 seconds in the New England 300 at Loudon.
Kentucky Speedway owners filed suit against NASCAR and International
Speedway Corp., claiming NASCAR violated federal antitrust laws and
illegally restricted the award of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races.
Kentucky Speedway, in Sparta, Ky., also said NASCAR illegally awarded NASCAR
Nextel Cup Series races to the International Speedway Corp. owned tracks.
Kentucky Speedway also alleged antitrust violations relating to various
restraints of trade involving the NASCAR Busch Series races and the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series races. The lawsuit had been filed in the United
States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Covington. The
International Speedway Corporation which is controlled by the same family
that owns and controls NASCAR announced that they had chosen a spot outside
the greater Seattle, Washington area to build a $250 million NASCAR
Five years ago in 2010, the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour headed to Loudon, NH for the New Hampshire 100. With a
race purse of $166,513 it would be a shame to lose this event because local
officials would not negotiate with track owner O. Bruton Smith over security
costs. This event was scheduled to be televised by the Speed Channel on a
taped delayed basis. In a somewhat related mater word has it that the INDY
cars would return to Loudon in 2011 on July 30-31. It had been mentioned
that they would be joined by the Whelen Modified Tour Series.
With 38 Modifieds running against the time clock Ryan Newman earned the
Coors Light Pole Award for the New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway with a lap of 29.663 mph (128.402) around the 1.058-mile oval.
Bobby Santos will start on the outside of the front row after he posted a
qualifying lap of 29.778 (127.907). Santos entered the weekend as the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour points leader after he became the first driver in Tour
history to win three of the first four races. He finished second in the
other race, and has three Coors Light Pole Awards.
Todd Szegedy qualified third at 29.867 (127.525). Erick Rudolph and Rob
Summers rounded out the top five. Doug Coby was sixth, followed by Ron Silk,
Ted Christopher, Rob Fuller and Jimmy Blewett.
Newman passed Ted Christopher in Turn 3 of the final lap and held off New
Hampshire Motor Speedway’s winningest driver to earn his first NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour victory. Newman, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, made his
fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start for car owner and 2010 Daytona 500
winning crew chief Kevin Manion. Newman and Christopher put on a memorable
show in the closing laps of the New England 100. They came to the white flag
side by side, and after Christopher nosed into the lead on the backstretch,
Newman used the outside to make the winning pass.
Newman's margin of victory was .125 seconds. Newman led three times for
28 laps. Christopher, who led six times for a race-high 40 laps. Ryan Preece
followed across the line in third to tie his previous career-best finish in
Loudon, while points leader Bobby Santos came home fourth. Ron Silk rounded
out the top five. Ed Flemke Jr. was sixth, followed by James Civali, Doug
Coby, Woody Pitkat and Eric Beers.
There were 21 cars on the lead lap at the finish. There were seven
caution periods for 26 laps. Among those who has less than good results was
Mike Stefanik who suffered heavy front end damage as a result of a wreck on
lap three. There were 15 official lead changes between six drivers.
Despite a season-low finish, Santos distanced himself in the season
standings. He now has 900 points through five races while Christopher moved
into second with 771. Todd Szegedy is third with 758, while Mike Stefanik
fell from second to fourth with 728.
The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder series dodged
a few thunder showers as they got to complete their race program. Features
included the continuation of an event that was postponed back on June 3
after rains halted the program. In addition to the Tour-Type Modifieds, all
six of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions were in competition.
In weekly racing action, Ted Christopher scored his fourth Sunoco
Modified victory of the season. Derek Ramstrom, who just graduated from High
School continued his winning ways in the Super Late Models; also scoring his
fourth feature victory of ‘10. John Falconi turned his luck around this
season with a commanding victory in the Late Model division. Falconi kept a
family tradition alive at Thompson with his Late Model victory on Thursday
night. Speedway announcer Russ Dowd pointed out that a member of the Falconi
Family has posted at least one race win a season at Thompson for the last
seven decades. After what has been a dismal start to the 2010 season,
Falconi turned in a dominating performance to score the win for the family.
Paul Coutu scored a convincing victory in the Limited Sportsman division.
Keith McDermott was the winner in a controversial TIS Modified dash. Leo
Defevers was tops in the Mini Stocks. The Super Late Models, Late Models and
the Limited Sportsman division all treated the fans to caution-free main
Ronnie Silk was in the right place at the right time to earn the victory
in the Town Fair Tire Tour-Type Modified Shootout. The crowd was on their
feet for the double-file restart with five laps remaining. Woody Pitkat held
the top spot with Mike Stefanik to his outside. On the backstretch, contact
between Pitkat and Stefanik sent Pitkat into the outside wall. Pitkat’s
crippled #98 was collected by Butch Perry as it sat in turn three. Stefanik
was put to the rear of the field for his involvement. Silk found himself as
the new leader with five laps to go. Christopher, Mechalides, Reed and Keith
Rocco made up the top-five for the last dash to the finish. Silk got a great
restart to lead his first competitive laps of the event. After falling back
to third on the initial start, Christopher was able to get back by and into
second. Reed ran a slight distance back in fourth. Over the final laps, Silk
was able to extend his advantage over Christopher to take down the win.
Christopher came home second followed by Mechalides, Reed and Rocco.
The Sunoco Modified event turned into another barn burner. With ten laps to
go, Christopher was pressuring Keith Rocco for the lead. Christopher got a
great run on lap 21 getting alongside Rocco in turn one and again in turn
four. Each time, Christopher had to settle back in line on the
straight-aways. On lap 23, Christopher was up for the challenge making the
pass stick in turn one to lead lap 24. Once out front, Christopher was able
to gain a car-length advantage over Rocco. Pitkat ran a distance back in
third. Sullivan was an equal distance back in fourth. Over the final laps,
Christopher was able to stretch the advantage over Rocco. It was the fourth
victory of the season for Christopher. Rocco settled for second over Pitkat.
Sullivan posted his best finish of the season in fourth. Quietly Rowan
Pennink rounded out the top five.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division racing at the Stafford
Motor Speedway Keith Rocco made it three in a row as he raised his feature
win total to 15. As it was at Thompson, one night previous, it was again the
Keith and Teddy show but unlike it was at Thompson where Christopher won,
Rocco prevailed. Woody Pitkat got win number four of 2010 in the 30-lap Late
Model feature, Matt Gallo scored his second victory of 2010 in the 20-lap SK
Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery won his fourth race of 2010 in the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Andrew Hayes picked up his first win
of 2010 in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event with six laps remaining in the
SK Modified feature Frank Ruocco was in the lead with Christopher and Rocco
on his bumper. Christopher, with Rocco in tow, shot by Ruocco on lap 37. Two
laps later Christopher slipped enough for Rocco to pass on the inside and
that's all she wrote! At the finish Ruocco had faded to fourth as Zach
Sylvester moved into the third spot. Rounding out the top five was Woody
The Waterford Speedbowl saw Jeff Pearl return to victory lane, his first
win of the year in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Jeff Smith won his first
career feature taking the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race.
Defending Street Stock champion Brandon Plemons found the checkered flag for
the first time of the year while Louis Bellisle was the Norwich Bulletin
Mini Stock winner. Anthony Flannery continued to tear up Legends Cars
competition, taking his record 11th straight win in the division, a new
Speedbowl record. Pearl claimed his first win of the season and 32nd of his
career over Rob Janovic and Ron Yuhas in the podium finishing positions.
Jeff Paul ended up fourth with Tom Abele fifth.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium, in Winston-Salem, NC was the scene of a Myers
Brothers sweep. In twin 25 lap Modified action at the flat quarter mile oval
known as the Madhouse Jason Myers won the opener while brother Burt won the
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Dave Brigati started from the
pole, and with his Whelen Southern Modified Tour Modified and led green to
checker in the Modified feature.
NASCAR suspended former driver Randy LaJoie for failing a drug test, and
he said he's enrolled in a substance-abuse program. LaJoie, who has not
raced at any of NASCAR's top three national levels since 2006, said in a
statement that he smoked marijuana once in May.
Kyle Busch held off Brad Keselowski, who finished second in the
Nationwide Series event at Loudon and had his solid run derailed by a poor
pit stop. Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.
In Sprint Cup racing at Loudon, Kurt Busch tried to bump-and-run past
Jimmie Johnson for a win. Johnson paid back Busch with a poke of his own in
the final stretch to surge ahead with two laps left and win the Sprint Cup
race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for his fifth victory of the
Last year, 2014, The fourth of July
weekend began on a wet note as heavy rains from Hurricane Arthur forced
officials of the Stafford Motor Speedway to cancel their holiday special.
The Inaugural NAPA SK 5k was postponed last Thursday to Friday July 25th due
to the impending threat of Hurricane Arthur. The SK 5k, dubbed the biggest
race in SK Modified history, will take place in three weeks on July 25th
under what will hopefully be beautiful clear skies. Close to three inches of
rain was recorded in Connecticut from the storm.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series took on the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH on Saturday night. Richard Savory, who won the series race at
Lee NH recently made it two in a row and three for the year. With 28 cars
strong, three qualifying heats were run. Savory started 14th and at the half
way 50 lap mark was running sixth behind leader Chris Pasteryak. Savory
waited until the closing moments as he took the lead with only three laps to
go. Pasteryak settled for second with Justin Bonsignore, third. Rowan
Pennink who qualified thru the consi came from the rear to finish fourth.
Russ Hersey rounded out the top five.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, One week ago Bill Park and his
team were thrashing on the orange no. 20 in the Riverhead Raceway pit area
following a crash in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Hoosier Tire 200 with
Todd Szegedy behind the wheel. Seven days later that same orange no. 20 car,
albeit with a new white nose, was in Riverhead’s victory lane with Ryan
Preece celebrating his second win of the season.
While Preece put down the fastest lap in time-trials earlier in the
evening it was clear that he didn’t have the fastest car during the Cromarty
Cup 50-lap feature. But as Preece said at the end of the night, sometimes
you get lucky, and he ended up winning this race for the second year in a
row even with only leading just the last three laps.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl
the shoreline oval's l’s mid-season championship Overdrive Radio 300 event
hit the asphalt Saturday night with extra distance racing by the track’s
regular six divisions. The big winner was Keith Rocco scoring top honors in
the night’s 100-lap SK Modified® main event. Bruce Thomas Jr. won an
entertaining 50-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, while Jeff Smith was
a first-time winner in the SK Light Modifieds after an impressive
performance. Josh Galvin was back in Victory Lane in the 50-lap Street Stock
race and Garrett Denton won his second consecutive race in the night’s
50-lap Mini Stock event. Mike Christopher Jr. won his third straight INEX
Legend Cars race to round out the winners.
Rocco, the class of the field, as he methodically picked his way through
the top ten until he landed in the lead on lap-34. He was in control the
rest of the way to pick up his seventh win of the year in the division. Rob
Janovic put forth a strong effort to wind up runner-up. Jeff Rocco had a
solid outing to run among the top-three all race and finish third with
limited appearances in the division in 2014. Tyler Chadwick and Kyle James
completed the top-five.
A big spike was driven into the heart of the speedbowl early in the
evening when an official with his mouth drove Sid DiMaggio and his crew out
of the track which they have done so much for no pay. A Waterford Speedbowl
rule states "No crew member could touch a car after it crossed the
inspection pad for time trials". Evidently an official got his jockey shorts
twisted when an adjustment was made to an in-car camera. Fans were sad to
learn that the Sids Vault team has left the Bowl. With all the free
advertisement and promotion the track has received it would be a smart move
on the part of track operator Terry Eames to mend the fences that this over
zealous official has torn down.
In Modified racing in the Southland, Andy Seuss continues to roll in
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events at Caraway Speedway. The
27-year-old from Hampstead, New Hampshire, completed the sweep on the day's
on-track events at the .455-mile banked asphalt oval. Seuss was fastest in
practice, won his eighth pole Coors Light Pole Award at the track and led
every lap en route to winning the Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law 150 at
Caraway. It was his fourth consecutive victory at the track and 10th of his
career. Following Seuss was George Brunnhoelzl III, J.R. Bertuccio, Danny
Bohn and Kyle Ebersole.
Gary Putnam was sixth, followed by Jason Myers, Bryan Dauzat, Spencer
Davis and David Calabrese. The wire-to-wire win was the fifth of Seuss'
career and fourth at Caraway. He won the 2014 season opener in similar
fashion. There were 19 cars on hand. Among those who had problems was Burt
Myers who completed 72 laps before retiring with electrical problems which
placed him 17th.
The Bowman Gray Stadium was quiet for the holiday. Racing resumes there
On Saturday night 20 southern Modifieds ventured to the Hickory Speedway
in North Carolina for the KOMA Unwind American Freedom 125. Zach Brewer took
the win over Burt Myers, Bobby Sheffield, Mike Speeney and Jason Myers.
Aric Almirola won a rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int’l
Speedway, which ended after 112 laps and the fourth rain delay of the
weekend. In the process, the Richard Petty Motorsports driver collected his
first career Sprint Cup victory and the first for car owner Richard Petty’s
legendary No. 43 since April 1999. Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway
Firecracker 250 produced another classic Daytona Int’l Speedway finish.
Kasey Kahne used a push from Ryan Sieg on the final lap to overtake Regan
Smith to win Saturday’s event at Daytona Int’l Speedway by a scant .021 of a
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, R.I.02891.
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Phil Smith has been a
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other publications for over 3 decades.
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