July 17, 2015
Fifty five years ago in 1960 Tommy Fenley was the Friday night
winner on the dirt at Stafford Springs. Dick Beauregard was the Wednesday
night winner at the Waterford Speedbowl. He carried his win streak to
Saturday night when he won again. Also recording wins on Saturday night was
Hank Stevens in the non-Fords and Eddie Moody in the Bombers. Freddie
Schultz was the big winner at the Norwood Arena.
Fifty years ago in 1965 the ever
popular Pete Corey took the Friday night win at Stafford Springs. Joe
Trudeau scored a popular win at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.
Bill Scrivner was the Bomber feature winner. A new speedway in the northeast
made its debut. Joe Lesik built a 4/10 asphalt oval in Malta, NY. He tried
for a NASCAR sanction but was denied. He aligned his track with the United
Stock Car Club of Harvey Tattersall for the first year of racing. The
speedway, which in coming years would see the best of New York state and New
England do battle, opened on July 16. Billy Greco took the opener and was
followed by Don Flynn, Ed Patnode and Jerry Humiston. Rain washed out the
racing at Fonda on Saturday night. At the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday
night hometown favorite Jerry Cook took the 30 lap win over Tom Kotary and
Rene Charland. Down in the southland in Richmond VA Ray Hendrick ran away
and hid as he won the Southside 150 by five laps to score his fifth win of
the season. Hendrick earned $600 for his efforts. Red Foote finished second
with Dennis Zimmerman, third. At the Bowman Grey Stadium Jim Paschal took
the lead from Bobby Allison with nine to go and went on to win the Carolina
400. Elton Hill finished 12th and Eddie Flemke, 25th. The Moyock Speedway in
North Carolina rounded out the weekend with a 150 lap Modified event which
was won by Red Foote over Eddie Flemke, Ted Hairfield, Bobby Allison and
Gene Lovelass. Allison would go on to become thw 1965 NASCAR National
Forty five years ago in 1970, the All
Star League visited Lebanon Valley on Wednesday where Buzzie Reutiman won
the 100 lap main event over Will Cagle and Bob Rossell. Friday night at
Malta Joe Thomas took the win over Eddie Flemke and Dick Nephew. Flemke
drove a car owned by Richie Evans who at that time was under suspension from
NASCAR because he had raced in non sanctioned events. On Saturday night at
Stafford, Fred DeSarro went two for two as he won both of the twin 25's. At
Plattsburg, Brian Ross brought his own car and won the main event over Gene
Mangino and Joe Thomas. Twin 25 action at Fonda saw Lou Lazzaro and Lee
Millington in the top spots. Dick Dunn, who was destined to become a
multi-time track champion won the Modified feature at Waterford. Larry
Crandall was the Late Model Daredevil winner. On Sunday, DeSarro was headed
for a two-fer when Leo Cleary stepped in to take the nightcap. Utica-Rome
closed out the weekend on Sunday night where Wild Bill Henry took the win
over Dick Fowler and Ray Sitterly.
Forty years ago in 1975, the Yankee
All Star league visited Waterford on Wednesday with Ronnie Bouchard taking
the win. Freeport Speedway on Long Island was having financial problems and
announced that they were closing down. Ironically, the last show rained out
and was not rescheduled. In other Long Island action, Charlie Jarzombek went
two for two as he won on Saturday night at Islip and again on Sunday at
Westhampton. Saturday night at Stafford saw Geoff Bodine beating out Brian
Ross, Bugsy Stevens and John Rosati. Shangri-La ran double features with
Sonny Seamon and George Kent taking top honors and at Lancaster; Maynard
Troyer took the main event. Dick Dunn, in the Al and Peg Gaudreau No.3 won
the 100 lap Mid Season Championship at Waterford. Bob Gada Sr was the Grand
American Late Model winner. Sunday night racing at Fulton was cancelled
because of rain.
Thirty five years ago in 1980,
Modified Madness came to Stafford on Tuesday. Supermodifieds were also on
the program with a separate feature. Richie Evans, complete with a wing won
the modified portion over Ronnie Bouchard and Bugsy Stevens. Bentley Warren
and Bob Stelter finished one-two as they turned laps consistently in
18.40-sec. Thursday night at Monadnock; Punky Caron made it two in a row.
John Rosati and Ron Bouchard followed but had nothing for the Goshen, N.H.
Police Chief. Friday night at Stafford Ronnie Bouchard returned to the
winners circle as he beat out Bugsy Stevens and Corky Cookman. At Spencer it
was George Kent over Jerry Cook, Doug Hewitt and Lou Lazzaro. Saturday night
action saw Bugsy Stevens over Ronnie Bouchard and Bob Fuller at Westboro. At
Waterford, Bob Potter added to his feature win total as he won a 100 lapper
over Rick Donnelly, Dickie Doo Ceravolo and Bill Greco. Ron Sly Fox was the
Superstock winner and Joe Mullen won his first Grand American-Late Model
finish. Gil Hearne won the Garden State Classic at Wall Stadium over Jim
Hoffman. Other weekend winners included Richie Evans at Riverside and
Thompson, Jerry Cook at Shangri-La and Tom McCann at Islip.
Thirty years ago in 1985, the
modified tour visited Stafford on Tuesday for a 50 lapper. Richie Evans took
the win over Reggie Ruggiero and Charlie Jarzombek. The only thing that
stopped Evans from a grand slam for the weekend was rain at Spencer on
Friday night as he also won at Shangri-La on Saturday and at Thompson on
Sunday. Stafford ran on Friday night and it was Ruggiero at the stripe over
Jarzombek. Richie Gallup beat out Harry Rice at Waterford on Saturday and at
Riverside, Kenny Bouchard beat old pro Bob Polverari. Jim Spencer made a
rare appearance at Wall Stadium on Saturday and walked of with the 200 lap
Garden State Classic. Keith Williams was the Thompson SK modified winner. In
Winston Cup news, Bobby Allison, unhappy with his DiGard team bought out his
contract and was immediately replaced by Greg Sacks who had recently won the
Pepsi 400 at Daytona in a DiGard R & D car crew chiefed by Gary Nelson.
Twenty five years ago in 1990, rain
washed out just about everything except events at Waterford and Riverside.
At Waterford, George Greco, nephew of auto racing legend Bill Greco, won his
first ever SK modified feature. Jim Broderick finished second. At Riverside,
Bob Polverari took the win over Reggie Ruggiero and Eddie Spires. The racing
world was shocked and saddened when it was learned that veteran car owner
Richard Armstrong was operated on to remove a cancerous tumor.
Twenty years ago in 1995, the
modified tour visited Riverside Park on Wednesday. Mike Stefanik took the
lead from Dan Avery with three to go to win the slam-bang 150 lapper. Avery
finished second with Mike Ewanitsko, third. Waterford ran a mid-week special
on Wednesday with Jim Broderick all but unbeatable over Bert Marvin, Todd
Ceravolo and Jerry Pearl. Friday night at Stafford, Lloyd Agor held off Ted
Christopher and John Anderson for the SK mod win. Blast Off 95, which had
been rained out in April, was finally run at Waterford on Saturday night.
John Anderson passed Todd Ceravolo with 12 laps to go and walked off with
the top money. Jim Broderick ended up third. Dan Avery won out over Reggie
Ruggiero at Riverside and at Riverhead it was Ed Brunnhoelzl over Don Howe.
In Winston Cup action, Sterling Marlin won at Talladega which was the scene
of an end over end by Ken Schrader who had made contact with Jeff Gordon.
The Busch North Series ran at Monadnock. Dave Dion took the lead from Kelly
Moore with 63 laps to go and won that event.
Fifteen years ago in 2000, the NASCAR
Featherlite Modified Tour Series was at the Thompson Speedway for a Thursday
night, 150-lap event. Jerry Marquis, in the Mario Fiore No. 44 took the lead
from Tom Cravenho on lap127 and went on to score the win. Ted Christopher,
in the Brady Bunch No. 00 finished second with Reggie Ruggiero, third. Ricky
Fuller and John Blewett III rounded out the top five. Bert Marvin won the
30-lap Sunoco SK-type modified feature. Todd Ceravolo finished second. Jim
Williams scored his first ever SK Modified win on Friday night at Stafford.
Brad Hietella finished second. Tucker Reynolds won a 100 lapper at Waterford
on Saturday night. Dennis Gada and Ed Reed Jr. followed. Chuck Steuer was
the winner at Riverhead. In Winston Cup action at Pocono, Rusty Wallace took
the 500-mile win after Jeremy Mayfield blew a tire on the last lap. In Busch
Series racing at Pikes Peak, Jeff Green took the win over David Green and
Ten years ago in 2005 the True Value
Modified Series along with the Seekonk Speedway and Viveiros Insurance of
Southeastern Mass. embarked on a bold experiment on Wednesday with the
presentation of “Modified Madness” which featured a 100 lap main event
paying $10,000 to win. Now in its second year of existence the True Value
Modified Series was born in New Hampshire as a result of the Claremont
Speedway doing away with the Modifieds for 2004. The TVMS has become a less
expensive alternative to the NASCAR sanctioned Whelan Modified Tour. A good
mix of Mod Tour and TVMS cars were on hand as the field totaled 27. When the
dust finally settled it was Modified Tour regular Donnie Lia taking the win
and the top prize. Lia passed Ted Christopher in the final moments. Open
Wheeled Modified Racing on a short track is a contact sport. The Viveirous
100 was just that. Eric Beers started on the outside pole and was able to
wrestle the lead from Mike Christopher on lap 2. Beers led the event until
lap 78 when he unavoidably crashed into a lapped car. Kirk Alexander, who
was running second at the time, crashed into Beers. Both pitted for repairs
and were able to rejoin the fray. With 22 laps to go Beers was able to
battle his way to the front and at the finish ended up third behind Lia and
Christopher. Rounding out the top five at the finish was Eric Berndt.
Alexander ended his night in 19th spot.
Defending Sunoco Modified champion Todd Ceravolo got his first win of the
season at the Thompson Speedway on Thursday night. Ceravolo started sixth
and ended up beating his former mount, being driven by Tom Cravenho, to the
finish line. Bert Marvin finished third with Richard Savory, fourth. Bo
Gunning made a strong return as he finished fifth. Other winners were Corey
Hutchings in the Late Models, Jeff Zuidema in the Pro Stocks, Glenn Boss in
the Limited Sportsman, Rick Blanchard in the Mini Stocks and Chad Gaudiosi
in the Thompson Modifieds.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to the Beech Ridge
Speedway in Maine on Saturday night. Jerry Marquis ended a long dry spell as
he secured his first victory for car owner Bob Garbarino. Marquis, who went
non-stop in the 150-lap event, took the lead on lap 8 from Nevin George.
George later dropped out with transmission problems on lap 114. Tony
Hirschman finished second with Eric Beers in the mighty No. 3 of the Boehler
family, third. Steve Whitt and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five.
Twenty-eight cars made the trip to Maine.
It was announced at the drivers meeting in Beech Ridge that the Seekonk
Speedway would not honor the long standing gentlemen’s agreement of allowing
teams to pre-sign up to 10 crew members at a discounted rate of $25.00 per
driver. Ed Cox (NASCAR tour director) was called on Thursday by the Seekonk
management to let the teams know it would be $40.00 per person. This did not
go over well with the teams. There was a petition signed by all
drivers/owners at Beech Ridge and handed to NASCAR, if the sign-in is not
honored (10 crew @ $25.00) there would be no race. Evidently the Seekonk
management was not happy with the support they got for their recent Mid-Week
At Stafford on Friday night it looked as though the Coors Light SK
Modified 100 would go off without a hitch but the rain gods had other ideas
as the event was soaked after only 34 laps were completed. The 100 lapper
would be completed on Friday, July 29, with Don Lia leading the pack. Willie
Hardie will start second with Jeff Malave, third. Ed Ricard was the Late
Model winner with Michael Bennett taking the limited late model feature. On
Sunday night the Stafford Speedway finished up the 100 lap Late Model ASB
100 that was rained on at the beginning of the month. Scott Foster JR. won
the event 16 years after his father won the same race. Keith Rocco scored
his first ever SK Modified win.
The Waterford Speedbowl hosted the Busch North Series on Saturday night.
Despite the efforts of NASCAR to make for better racing Matt Kobyluck led
all 150 laps to take the green. In four of five Busch North Series events in
2005 there has not been one lead change except when Ryan Moore led at
Waterford for two different laps. Had it not been for Mike Stefanik pitting
for tires at the recent Loudon event it would have been five for five with
no passing. It is not the fault of the Busch North Series teams that the
events have been yawners. NASCAR mandated a new tire for this year and since
then it’s been a down hill slide. The Busch North Series race teams are hard
working, highly competitive individuals and deserve better than this. Jeff
Pearl went pole to pole to win the SK Modified feature at the shoreline
Kurt Busch won the Nextel Cup event at Pocono and David Green was the
Busch Series winner at Pikes Peak.
Five years ago in 2010, The NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the 1.53-mile, 12-turn road course at Lime
Rock Park in Northwestern Connecticut last Friday and Saturday for a 66
lap-101 mile event that carried a race purse of $85,810. With a somewhat
short field of 25 cars on hand Todd Szegedy ran a lap of 53.099 seconds on
the 1.5-mile road course for an average speed of 101.697 mph. Szegedy was
among the final group of cars to go out under NASCAR's road-course
qualifying rules, and the time on his second lap knocked Ted Christopher off
the pole. Christopher had posted a lap of 53.220 (101.466) in the
second-to-last group and wound up second overall in qualifying for
Saturday's Lime Rock 100. Erick Rudolph qualified third, followed by Mike
Stefanik and Rowan Pennink. Points leader Bobby Santos qualified 10th.
Dale Quarterley got past the weekend’s dominant car of Todd Szegedy with
three laps remaining and captured the checkered flag in the inaugural Lime
Rock 100 at Lime Rock Park. Szegedy led from the start of the race, and at
times drove away from the field. Following a caution on Lap 56, Quarterley
restarted fourth when the race went back green on Lap 59. Quarterley worked
past Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik and was able to make the winning move
on Szegedy in Turn 1 on Lap 63. Quarterley made his first Whelen Modified
Tour appearance since 2008 as he drove the No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply
Chevrolet this weekend for car owner Wayne Darling. An accomplished road
racer, Quarterley had two previous wins at Lime Rock in NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East races. On Saturday, while in third with 20 laps to go, he pitted
for tires. It proved to be the difference as he was able to knife through
the field in the last third of the race. Szegedy wound up second, followed
by Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Ted Christopher in the top five.
Mike Stefanik, Chuck Hossfeld, Ed Flemke Jr., Jamie Tomaino and Wade Cole
brought home the top 10 in the Whelen Modified Tour’s first road course race
since 2000, and just the seventh in the 26-year history of the division.
Points leader and winner of three of the first five races of the year, Bobby
Santos finished 17th after he suffered a blown engine on Lap 62, while
fifth-place qualifier Rowan Pennink's day ended with a broken axle on Lap 2,
though he did return to run a handful of laps late. Santos retains a
74-point lead after six races with Szegedy now up to second in the
Thirteen of the 25 starters finished on the lead lap. In addition to
Santos also losing engines were Justin Bonsignore, Richie Pallai, Jr., Kevin
Goodale and Eric Beers.
There were 5 cautions for 21 laps. Quarterly received $6,900 for his
The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder series
continued to be a big draw for fans looking to get their racing fix without
disrupting their weekend. Despite somewhat short fields of cars the
competition is far from short. Ted Christopher made it three in a row in
Sunoco Modified (SK type) competition. He was not as fortunate in the
special Tour type Modified event as he found himself sliding into the wall
after a confrontation with Tom Bolles. Christopher did recover to finish
sixth as Mike Stefanik and Ron Silk finished one-two
Other Thompson winners included Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MAwho won the
Marvin Rifchin Memorial event for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA),
Rick Gentes who won his third Late Model victory of the season, Shawn
Monahan in the Limited Sportsman main event who also scored his third
victory of the season. Brian Tagg earned to his first TIS Modified win of
the 2010 season and Leo Defevers, made it two in a row in Mini Stock action.
The tale of the tape showed 18 Sunoco Modifieds, 13 Tour type Mods, 21
Limited Sportsman, 9 Thompson Modifieds, 11 Late Models and 13 NEMA Midgets.
In all fairness the speedway management announced that 14 positions not paid
the previous week in the Tour type Mods would be paid as bonus money. Some
have been critical of the low count of Tour type Modifieds at Thompson. It
must be considered that the Whelen Modified Tour Series was running at Lime
Rock and the Modified Racing Series (formerly True Value) was running at
Monadnock only two days later. The majority of race teams involved in these
series simply can not afford tires or a mechanical problem which would keep
them out of competition in their respective series.
Among the special guests at Thompson Speedway were NEAR Hall of Fame
inductees Leo Cleary and Billy Harman.
The Modified Racing Series headed to the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH on Saturday, July 3. Kirk Alexander, the three-time Modified
Racing Series champion, captured his sixth “Firecracker 100” win. The win
was his 19th at Monadnock and his 32nd career win with the touring series
for modified race cars. Alexander passed early race leader Sean Bodreau, on
lap 15, and went on to score the victory. Jon McKennedy finished second
after a late race charge followed by Jim Boniface who finished third. Chris
Pasteryak and Dwight Jarvis rounded out the top five. The event drew 33 race
teams. The Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValentiAutoMall.com next
competes at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, Friday night July 9.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division racing at the Stafford
Motor Speedway Keith Rocco recovered from his Thursday night disappointment
at the Thompson Speedway as he made it four in a row in SK Modified
competition. Rocco, who now has seven victories overall at Stafford, took
the lead from Ted Christopher on lap 33 of the 40 lap feature. With Rocco
out front Christopher had his hands full as Jeff Malave tried his utmost to
take over the runner-up spot. With Rocco long gone, Christopher was able to
prevail over Malave. Jeff Baral, and Bo Gunning rounded out the top-5.
Other Friday night winners at Stafford were Ryan Posocco who picked up
his second win of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Dylan Liseo who
scored his first career victory by a nose in the 20-lap SK Light Modified
feature, Shawn Thibeault who won his first race of the season in the 20-lap
Limited Late Model feature, and Stephen Daddio who was a first time career
winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
The Waterford Speedbowl hosted the mid-season Speedbowl.com 300 on
Saturday, an extra-distance extravaganza for its NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions. In total, fans were treated to six divisions and 300 laps
of feature racing. Keith Rocco continues to dominate the SK Modified action
at the shoreline oval as he recorded his seventh track win of the year.
Bruce Thomas Jr. returned to the winner’s circle in the Bob Valenti Auto
Mall Late Models, while it was Ed Puleo and Sean Caron each scoring their
third win of the year in the Street Stock and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock
races. Allen Coates continued his mastery of the A.B. CDL Driver Training
Center Truck division and Anthony Flannery topped the Legends Cars field
For the record, Rocco record had 17 wins for the season. His NASCAR total
In NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action at the Caraway Speedway in
North Carolina John Smith worked his way past L.W. Miller on a
green-white-checkered finish to win the Firecracker 150. Smith, who started
alongside leader Miller on the final restart, was able to get the lead and
held on for his first win in his 44th career start on the tour. James Civali
followed Smith and Miller across the line for a finish of third. Jason Myers
and Burt Myers logged fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
The Bowman Gray Stadium was quiet for the holiday weekend.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island the Modifieds had a 50-lap,
double-point feature, where Chuck Steuer led green to checker for the win.
A wild night race at Daytona International Speedway ended with Kevin
Harvick taking the NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 400 checkered flag, teammate
Clint Bowyer spinning through the infield grass and several angry drivers
searching for answers. Kasey Kahne finished second. Despite a record 18
leaders and 47 lead changes, the real excitement resulted from six multi-car
crashes in the second half of the race that essentially wiped out half the
field. The biggest of them all, a 20-car melee that included four-time
defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, came with 12 laps to go and halted
action for 20 minutes. Jeff Gordon was third, followed by Dale Earnhardt
Jr., Jeff Burton, Edwards and Busch.
Dale Earnhardt jr raced to his first victory since 2008 on Friday night,
driving a tribute car to his father in the Nationwide Series race. It was
Earnhardt's first points win since his Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan
in 2008, and his first Nationwide win since Michigan in 2006.
Last year, 2014, The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series was at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
for the Whelen All-Star Shootout on Friday and the Sunoco 100 on Saturday.
In the Friday All-Star Shootout Ryan Newman took the win over Justin
Bonsignore and Mike Stefanik. Ron Silk and Bobby Santos rounded out the top
five. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Preece, Chuck Hossfeld, Todd Szegedy,
Ted Christopher and JR Bertuccio. In a lame brain move, NASCAR pulled the
plug on the event after 37 laps when it reached its 30-minute time limit.
Silk held the lead over Patrick Emerling and Ryan Preece into the halfway
break at Lap 20. A random draw determined a 10-car invert and put Doug Coby
and Bonsignore on the front row, with Newman restarting fifth. The race
featured six official lead changes and Newman was credited with leading the
final 16 laps.
A nasty crash eliminated Donnie Lia and Patrick Emmerling on Lap 27.
Emerling and Lia make contact and spun in turn four. A lot of damage was
inflicted to both cars.
Bobby Santos scored his first win at Loudon as he won the Sunoco 100 in
fitting style. In a race that featured multiple lead changes on nearly every
lap, 35 official lead changes, the Franklin, Mass., driver made just one
pass for the lead and led just one lap Saturday. Santos drove his No. 44
Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet by Ted Christopher in Turn 4 of the
last lap en route to taking the win.
It was Santos’ 13th career win but first in 16 career starts at the
1.058-mile oval. Doug Coby also got by Christopher and finished second by
just .065 seconds. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman was fourth
and NASCAR Next driver Ryan Preece came home fifth. The top five cars
finished within three-tenths of a second of the leader. Justin Bonsignore
finished sixth, followed by Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Tommy
Barrett Jr., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader Andy Seuss,
Ron Silk and Chuck Hossfeld.
Silk, who won the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday morning,
led a race-high 36 laps. Preece led 30 laps and Christopher 28. The 36 lead
changes broke the Whelen Modified Tour all-time race record of 30, also at
Loudon on July 7, 2000. The race went into overtime, to a total of 110 laps,
with two green-white-checkered finishes following late race cautions. The
race had seven caution periods for 30 total laps. During the first attempt
at a green-white-checkered finish, Christopher and Newman swapped the front
spot three times within the lap on the restart but a wreck by Donny Lia
brought out the caution flag before the white flag was show. On the ensuing
restart, Christopher initially got away before Santos and Co. chased him
down on the final lap.
There were seven caution flags for 30 laps. Fifteen of the original 30
starters finished on the lead lap. Among those who ran into misfortune was
Rowan Pennink who wrecked on lap 102, ending his day in 17th spot. Donnie
Lia wrecked his second car in two days on lap 101 and ended up 18th. Eric
Goodale who also wrecked twice on the weekend had his day end on lap 97 in
19th spot. Patrick Emmerling was also a crash victim as he completed only 94
laps and ended up in 20th. Todd Szegedy was in contention for the win when
his engine expired on lap 89 finishing his day in 22nd spot. Glen Reen
finished 23rd after being involved in an accident on lap 88. JR Bertuccio
was also an accident victim as he was swept up on lap 81 which placed him in
24th spot. Woody Pitkat and Ken Heagy finished 25th and 26th with blown
engines while Ron Yuhas Jrfinished 27th with a blown transmission. Melissa
Fifield qualified 11.664 mph off the pole speed After she completed 24 laps
it was felt in her best interest that she call it a day, finishing 29th.
Finishing dead last was Mike Stefanik who dropped out on lap 22 with
Santos had now closed to within two points of Coby for the championship
lead with his third win in six races. Christopher was eight points behind
Santos and Bonsignore was two points further back. Silk completes the top
five, one point of defending tour champion Preece.
In action at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night, Ryan Preece,
who had made a hasty trip from Loudon, scored his fourth win of the season
by the process of elimination and being in the right place at the right
time. Preece inherited the lead in the closing laps after Keith Rocco and
Ron Williams wrecked as they fought for the lead followed by a wreck between
Doug Coby and Dan Avery who also wrecked as they fought for the lead. Ted
Christopher finished second with Sean Foster, third. Woody Pitkat, and Tom
Bolles rounded out the top five.
Other Friday night winners at Stafford were Adam Gray in the Late Model
feature, Jeremy Sorel in the SK Light Modified feature, Albert Saunders in
the Limited Late Model feature, Alexandra Fearn in the DARE Stock feature,
and Brendon Bock in the Legend Cars feature.
In NASCAR Modified action at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Kyle
Elwood to his second win of the season as he bested a ten car starting
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl took
a week off as the track gave way to Sailfest in New London. Racing action at
the shoreline oval resumes this coming Saturday.
In Modified racing in the Southland, the effects of the full moon were
evident at the Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday night. Dean Ward recorded his
first modified win in close to two years as the fireworks went off behind
him. Burt Myers, who started in 19th place because of the blind draw to
determine the starting order, was making a big run to the front, running
fifth on lap 95, when Junior Miller came calling. Perhaps it was the full
moon — or, more likely the grudge Burt Myers and Miller have carried over
from previous races — but the two drivers soon tangled. After their initial
wreck, the two drivers played a game of catch me if you can all over the
infield before Miller ducked into the pits; he didn’t return to the race.
Myers also went to the pits to get a flat tire fixed and he came back out to
finish the race. Jason Myers finished second. A capacity crowd showed its
displeasure with Burt Myers as he was greeted with a shower of bottles and
cans from the grandstand when he returned to the track from the pit area.
Myers ended up 13th .
In NASCAR Sprint Cup action at Loudon, NH, Brad Keselowski led a
race-high 137 of 305 laps in the Camping World RV Sales 301, his second
victory of the weekend. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native also won
Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at NHMS. Ryan Preece finished 14th
in the Nationwide Series event driving for Tom Baldwin Racing.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, R.I.02891.
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Phil Smith has been a
columnist for Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
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