July 24, 2015
Fifty five years ago in 1960 Tommy Fenley, one of the all time
greats that raced at the Kingston Fairgrounds in Southern Rhode Island made
it three in a row at Stafford Springs on Friday night. Ted Stack was the
Wednesday night Modified winner at what was then called the New London –
Waterford Speedbowl. Dick Beauregard was the non-Ford winner and Newt Palm
was the Bomber winner. Don Collins was the Saturday night Modified winner at
the shoreline oval. Stack was the non-Ford winner and Palm repeated in the
Fifty years ago in 1965 Bill Wimble
kept the locals at bay as he took the Modified feature at Stafford on Friday
night. Don Collins was the Modified winner at Waterford. Bill Scrivner made
it two in a row in the Bombers. . Dick Dixon was the 25 lap Modified feature
win at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Bill Gurney was second with Lou
Carangelo, third. Lou Lazzaro won a 100 lapper at the Fonda Speedway while
Nathan “Smokey” Boutwell was cleaning house at Norwood. Jerry Cook made it
two in a row at Utica-Rome as he beat out Tom and Dave Kotary for the win.
Forty five years ago in 1970, the All
Star League invaded the Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Tuesday for a 100-lap
event. Although on the outs with NASCAR, Richie Evans was allowed to run at
this NASCAR sanctioned track, as the league events were open competition.
Evans used his entry to good advantage as he won the 100 lapper over Maynard
Troyer, Mike Loescher, Lou Lazzaro and Fred DeSarro. Regular Friday night
racing at the Malta, NY speed plant was rained out. In twin 25-lap action at
Stafford on Saturday night, Fred DeSarro scored a one-two punch as he won
both events. In the first event, Moose Hewitt finished second with Ed
Yerrington, third. The nightcap saw Ernie Gahan in the runner-up spot over
Bernie Miller, Yerrington and Bob Santos. Fonda legend, Ken Shoemaker was
the winner at the track of champions on Saturday night while at Plattsburg
it was Denis Giroux over Dick Fowler and Ron Narducci. Dick Watson took the
Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl. Bill Sweet was the Late Model
Daredevil winner. DeSarro continued his win streak as he won twin 25's at
Thompson on Sunday. Santos finished second in both events. At Utica-Rome on
Sunday night it was Lou Lazzaro over Dave Lape and Ron Fazio.
Forty years ago in 1975, Brian Ross
beat the heat with a popular win at Stafford over Ronnie Bouchard. Islip ran
a double point event with Don Howe taking the win over George Wagner and
Jerry Cook. Richie Evans chose not to go and instead went to Shangri-la
where he won out over George Kent and Dick Finnerty. Bob Potter won the 35
lap Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl. Bill Sweet was the Grand
American Late Model winner. It rained at Fulton but not at Lancaster where
Roger Treichler was victorious over Maynard Troyer. Westhampton cancelled
because of the heat and at Capitol City it was Maynard Troyer over Jerry
Thirty five years ago in 1980,
Thompson had an open competition event scheduled for Wednesday night but it
was rained out. Ronnie Bouchard and Richie Evans ruled the modified roost as
they each won just about everything in New England. Bouchard won Thursday
night at Monadnock, Friday night at Stafford, Saturday night at Westboro and
the first of two events at Thompson on Sunday. Evans, who finished third at
Stafford behind Brian Ross, won at Riverside on Saturday night and won the
nightcap at Thompson. Maynard Troyer was also a double winner on the weekend
as he won at Spencer and at Lancaster. Other weekend winners included Fred
Harbach at New Egypt, George Kent at Shangri-la, Charlie Jarzombek at Islip,
Allen Whipple at Clairmont and Lou Funk at Danbury. At Waterford, the
modifieds went on strike over tires. Monadnock announced that they were
shutting down until August 10th and a planned auction to sell the land that
the Westboro Speedway was located on was cancelled.
Thirty years ago in 1985, the Circle
of Champions (Modified Tour) visited New Egypt on Wednesday. Richie Evans
took the win over George Kent and Tony Hirschman. Evans repeated on Friday
night at Spencer where he won a 100 lap Race of Champions qualifier. Like at
New Egypt, Kent and Hirschman followed. Friday night racing at Stafford
rained out. Saturday night at Waterford, Rick Donnelly won over Dale
Holdridge and at Riverside Park; Reggie Ruggiero won a 100 lapper that was
in addition to a Race of Champions qualifier was a Thompson 300 qualifier.
George Kent was victorious at Shangri-La after Evans crashed and at
Riverhead it was Eddie Brunnhoelzl over Tom Baldwin. Other weekend winners
were Tony Siscone at Wall, Tom Drurar at Lancaster and Kerry Malone at
Thompson. In Winston Cup action at Talladega, Bill Elliot was the pole
sitter and Cale Yarborough took the win.
Twenty five years ago in 1990,
the modified tour made a mid week stop at Riverside. Reggie Ruggiero cleaned
house as he started 19th and at the checker at 150 laps had lapped all but
the top three. Pole sitter Mike Stefanik finished second and was followed by
Mike McLaughlin and Mike Ewanitsko. Tom Tagg won his first ever feature at
Stafford on Friday night and at Waterford on Saturday, Ted Christopher took
the win and in the late models, Jay Stewart got his fifth of the season.
Ruggiero continued his win streak to Monadnock where he made it four in a
row and went on to Riverside where he made it three for three for the week.
Bo Gunning took the checker at Thompson but was disqualified with an illegal
carburetor. Bob Potter was awarded the win. In other weekend action, Siege
Fidenza won the Tom Druar Memorial at Lancaster and Frank Vigliarolo won at
Twenty years ago in 1995, John
Anderson topped Ted Christopher at Stafford on Friday night. At Waterford on
Saturday, the late Scott Spaulding beat out Mike Gada and Jerry Pearl. The
Featherlite Modified Tour was at the Holland, NY speedway for a 150 lapper.
Mike Ewanitsko took the lead from Steve Park on lap 132 and led the
remaining circuits to record the win. Park finished second and was followed
by Ed Flemke Jr., Jamie Tomaino, Jan Leaty and Satch Worley. Other Saturday
night action saw Dan Avery in victory lane at Riverside Park and Chuck
Steuer in the top spot at Riverhead. The best event of the weekend was an
open competition event at Oswego on Sunday which drew 50 modifieds and was
the scene of a hard fought victory by Tim Connolly who at that time was
driving the Bobby Fuller No.17.Ricky Fuller finished second with Tom
Fifteen years ago, in 2000, racing at
Thompson on Thursday night was washed out. Rookee Mike Johnson went pole to
pole to win the Busch North Series 150 at Stafford on Friday night. Ted
Christopher blew an engine while running second on lap 88.It wasn't a total
loss as Christopher recorded his 46th career victory in SK modified
competition. Zack Sylvester finished second. Dennis Gada beat out Ronnie
Silk at Waterford on Saturday and George Kent was the winner of the Race of
Champions Trail event at Holland.
Ten years ago in 2005 NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series driver Nevin George was one of 25 drivers in
competition in the latest version of the Jack Roush Racing Gong Show. The
Gong Show consisted of a 13 part series that would begin in the fall on the
Discovery Channel. The winner would be awarded a fully sponsored ride in the
2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Among the other contestants was Jason
Boyd who drove the Florida Modified owned by Bobby Judkins. David Berghman
was designated to drive the Ralph Solhem No. 0 when George was unavailable
The late Len Boehler began fielding Modifieds at the Seekonk Speedway some
forty years ago. It was only fitting that Eric Beers, who was presently
driving for Boehler Racing was able to garner his first NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series win on Saturday night at the track where it all began.
Currently owned and managed by Janice and Michael Boehler and based in East
Freetown, Mass, Boehler Racing has been responsible for numerous NASCAR Tour
and track championships during its tenure. At the track known as the cement
palace, Beers started sixth and ended up taking the lead for the eventual
win on lap 31. John Blewett III, pinch-hitting for Mike Stefanik, drove
another legendary car, the No.00 of Joe Brady, to a solid runner-up finish.
Brady, who began his career in the late 1960’s at the Norwood Arena, is also
responsible for numerous wins and track championships. Jerry Marquis started
16 and finished third. His car owner, Bob Garbarino, has also been in the
Modified Racing business since the mid 60’s. Garbarino got his start at the
Waterford Speedbowl. The top three car owners at Seekonk had collectively
over 120 years of racing under their belts. Modified Tour point leader Ted
Christopher led the first 30 laps before giving way to Beers. Christopher
faded in the late going as he finished 17th on the lead lap at the finish.
Christopher continues to lead Tony Hirschman by 60 points as the tour headed
next to the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. There were 31 Modifieds on
Todd Ceravolo and his family were on vacation in Michigan. He cut it
short to be at the Thompson Speedway on Thursday night. His trip back to
Connecticut paid off as he made it two in a row in Sunoco SK type Modified
competition. The second-generation racer started sixth on the 19
car-starting field and by lap 11 had taken the lead and was long gone.
Ceravolo’s dad, Dick, is a former Modified Champion at the Waterford
Speedbowl. Richard Savory, another second-generation racer and the son of
George Savory, finished second. Jeff Malave finished third with Bert Marvin
and Bo Gunning rounding out the top five. Larry Barnett, who is almost a
neighbor of Ceravolo, won the 40 lap Limited Sportsman feature that went
non-stop. Other winners at Thompson were Dennis Perry in the Late Models,
Scott Michalski in the Mini Stocks and Roger Larsen in the Thompson
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to the Seekonk Speedway
on Saturday night. During the driver’s meeting at the recent event at Beech
Ridge it was stated that the Seekonk Speedway would not honor the agreement
of allowing teams to pre-sign up to 10 crew members at a discounted rate of
$25.00 per driver. Ed Cox (tour director) was called on the Thursday prior
to the Beech Ridge event 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. It stated if the sign-in was not honored (10 crew @ $25.00) there
would be no race. By Monday, July 25, the dispute was resolved as the
Seekonk promoter agreed to honor the 10 per car at $25.
It was a long night at Stafford on Friday as the remaining laps of the
Coors Light 100 were run plus the regular weekly program. Willie Hardie
ended a string of bad luck as he took the win. Hardie took the lead early on
from Don Lia. Lia faded in the closing moments and ended up sixth at the
finish. Chuck Docherty finished second. Bo Gunning didn’t lose his feel for
the half mile oval as he brought the Eddie Partridge owned mount home in
third spot. Woody Pitkat won the regularly scheduled 40 lapper. Chuck
Docherty recorded another runner-up finish with Hardie coming home third.
Todd Owen finished fourth with Gunning, fifth. The big story of the night
was that Ted Christopher lost the point lead after crashing out of both
events. Ryan Posocco was the Late Model winner and Fran Siana was the DARE
The Waterford Speedbowl was the scene of a lot of excitement on Saturday
night as Late Model division point leader Allen Coates was tossed out of the
opening event after he intentionally tried to take out the leader, Bruce
Thomas. For his actions Coates was disqualified with no points or money. The
opening Late Model event had been held over since a rain out on June 18.
Coates was allowed to race in the night’s regular Late Model event but could
only manage a third behind Dennis Botticello. Shawn Monahan was the SK
Modified winner. Dennis Gada finished second with Rob Summers, third. Other
Waterford winners were Phil Evans in the Mini Stocks, Chris Bakaj in the
Legends and Ron Oldham in the Sportsman.
In Busch North action at the Adirondack Speedway Matt Kobyluck made it
two in a row as he passed Ryan Moore with eight laps to go and held off Andy
Santerre to take the win. The Nextel Cup division of NASCAR was off. In
Busch Racing Series action Reed Sorenson beat Mike Wallace at Gateway
Five years ago in 2010, The Stafford
Motor Speedway held their annual Extreme Tuesday event smack dab in the
middle of a 100 plus degree heat wave. Fans and competitors as well as
machines were put to the test. Mike Ordway, Sr. won the 50-lap ISMA
Supermodified feature, Randy Cabral won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature
event, and Norm Wrenn made it three in a row at Stafford by taking the
25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors enjoyed a week off as they
prepared to head to the high banked, quarter mile, Monadnock Speedway in
The Thompson International Speedway continued with their Thursday Night
Thunder Series. Danny Cates was extremly strong in his victory in the Sunoco
Modified main event. Brian Sullivan shined in the TIS Modified annual
extra-distance event. While Shawn Monahan turned in a repeat winning
performance in the Limited Sportsman division and it was a night of firsts
in the Super Late Models and Mini Stocks. Larry Gelinas, driving for Rollie
Linblad, earned his first-ever Thompson victory in a hotly contested Super
Late Model feature. Dwayne Dorr turned in a dominating performance to score
his first Mini Stock victory of 2010. John Falconi of North Grafton, MA, was
awarded the victory in the Late Models when officials discovered illegal
cylinder heads on Rick Gentes’ motor.
The Modified Racing Series ventured to the Lee USA Speedway for the
Laticrete Port City 100. Jon McKennedy took the win over Dwight Jarvis,
Jimmy Kuhn, Andy Seuss and Rowan Pennink before a huge crowd.
The win was McKennedy’s eighth career victory with the Modified Racing
Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com., and his second at the Lee
oval. The race was competitive right from the start with five different
leaders and seven lead changes throughout the 100 lap green flag race.
Pole sitter Dwight Jarvis led the opening lap with Mike Ordway Jr taking
over the top spot on lap two. The Fremont, NH., driver led the field until
lap 16 when another local favorite, Louie Mechalides, took the lead.
Mechalides set the pace before yielding the top spot to Milford, CT.,
standout Doug Coby on lap 34. It was Coby’s turn at the front as he opened
up a sizeable lead before Jarvis took it back for two laps when Coby slowed.
Mechalides and Jarvis then swapped the lead with Jarvis prevailing through
lap 73, when a fast closing #73, McKennedy, powered by. Heavy traffic
created a close finish as Jarvis was 0.325 behind the winner at the
A total of 31 race teams entered the event. 24 cars started the race with
20 cars finishing, 12 cars finished on the lead lap.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division racing at the Stafford
Motor Speedway, Frank Ruocco took his second victory of the 2010 season in
the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Keith Rocco picked up his first
career Late Model feature victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy
Barrett scored his third win of the 2010 season in the 20-lap SK Light
Modified feature, Rob Dow won his first race of the season in the 20-lap
Limited Late Model feature, and Nick Salva was a first time career winner in
the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
For the record, Rocco had 18 wins for the season. His NASCAR total is
sixteen. In addition to his Late Model win at Stafford, Rocco also recorded
an SK Modified win at New Smyrna in Florida.
The Waterford Speedbowl did not have their regular Saturday night
divisions scheduled because of a Fireworks display on the Thames River in
New London. An Enduro had been scheduled but was scrubbed because of
The Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem North Carolina was back in
action with a 100 lap Modified main event. Northern invader Ted Christopher
made his first ever start at the flat quarter mile oval driving for Roger
and Sandra Hill. Tim Brown won the caution-filled 100-lap Modified Division
race at the track they call the MadHouse. Brown led all but one of the final
33 laps to grab his third win of the year. The luck of the draw following
time trials found Christopher starting on the pole. The invader led the
first 24 laps before being passed by Jonathan Brown. Jonathan Brown would
wreck later in the event and limped home in 18th place, but there were
plenty of fireworks around Christopher, who tangled with Junior Miller on
the 79th lap and sent Miller to the pits. Miller finished the race in 19th
and wasn't very pleased with Christopher. The Winston-Salem Journal Now
quoted both Miller and Christopher following the race. "We had a shot at
winning this race and that weasel from up North came in here and just flat
wrecked us there at the end," Miller said. "I was pushing (Brown) when
(Christopher) came across the hood and tore the front end off". Christopher,
one of the top drivers on the Whelen Modified Tour, said that he would like
to race at Bowman Gray again. "At least I can say I led at Bowman Gray,"
said Christopher, who finished 15th. "I tried to race with Junior and those
guys and that guy has to be the biggest idiot in the world. He should
probably retire". Christopher added, "I don't mind and everybody says they
move people and stuff but he damn threw the whole car at me and planted me
hard and I said, ‘Oh well, I can play at that game.'
Following Tim Brown at the finish was Brian Loftin and Burt Myers. Rupert
Sink and Dean Ward rounded out the top five. Jason Myers ended up 13th,
Christopher, 15th, Jonathan Brown, 18th and Junior Miller, 19th.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island rain washed out the 77 Lap Tom
Baldwin, Richie Evans, Charlie Jarzombek Memorial NASCAR Modified event
Even Kyle Busch acknowledged that his landmark victory in Friday's NASCAR
Nationwide series race at Chicagoland Speedway probably wouldn't have
happened if not for Brad Keselowski's costly mistake. With Joey Logano out
front and an overtime restart looming, Keselowski ran out of gas just before
the green flag fell. Busch was able to move closer to Logano, then pounced
on the restart and held on for the win.
David Reutimann blew past Jeff Gordon and cruised to the victory in the
Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.
Last year, 2014, at the Stafford
Speedway in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Girls
Night Out / Mid-Season Stretch program Taking down feature victories were on
the night were Ronnie Williams in the SK Modified® feature, Jay Stuart in
the Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno in the RH2Way Going the Extra Mile SK
Light Modified feature, Jesse Hinze in the Limited Late Model feature, and
Trace Beyer in the DARE Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco put
on one of the best displays of side by side racing until it all came to an
end on the closing laps with Rocco in the fence and Preece being sent to the
rear for rough riding. Preece and Rocco were side by side with 10 laps to go
and Williams had closed to within a car length of the two race leaders.
Rocco fell back into line behind Preece on lap-32 as the top-3 cars were now
single file. Rocco made a power move to the inside of Preece on lap-34
getting into turn 3 to move back to the race lead while Williams continued
to run in third behind Preece.
The great racing came to an end with 37 laps complete as Preece made
contact with Rocco coming out of turn 2 and Rocco spun on the backstretch to
bring the caution out. Preece was sent to the rear of the field by Stafford
officials for the contact with Rocco. Williams inherited the lead with Scott
Foster to his outside for the restart. Sean Foster took the lead at the line
but Williams was on his inside and he took the lead by a nose as they took
the white flag. Williams beat Foster back to the checkered flag by a nose to
take down his first career SK Modified® victory. Ted Christopher made a move
around Mike Gervais as the field was coming to the white flag to take third
with Doug Coby rounding out the top-5.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second of three visits during
the 2014 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 4th Annual Lincoln Tech
80. Taking the checkered flag was Keith Rocco, who joined Tommy Barrett, Jr.
as the only VMRS drivers to win more than one race at Stafford. The event
drew 25 cars.
At the drop of the green flag, Rowan Pennink took the lead from the
outside pole with Keith Rocco, Todd Szegedy, and Ted Christopher all getting
by polesitter Jeff Rocco. Rocco made a move to the inside of Pennink in
turns 3+4 to take over the race lead on lap-5. Woody Pitkat was now applying
pressure to Jeff Rocco’s bumper in a fight for fifth place. Pitkat was able
to make the pass on lap-8. On lap-12, Richard Savary, the only driver with
multiple VMRS feature wins in 2014, dropped off the pace and looked like he
was going to limp his way back to the pits, but just as he got lapped, his
car came back under power and he rejoined the race a lap down. The caution
came out one lap later for Carl Medieros, Jr., who spun in turn 4. The
caution allowed Savary to get back on the lead lap with a free pass. Rocco
took the lead back under green with Christopher moving into second. Tommy
Barrett, Jr. moved up to third, with Pennink sliding back to fourth just in
front of Pitkat, who continued to round out the top-5. The top-5 cars
settled into a groove and began to click laps off the scoreboard as the
leaders held station as Rocco and Christopher had pulled away from Barrett
and Pennink, who had a bit of a margin back to Pitkat in fifth. The top-5
runners remained the same when the caution flew with 51-laps complete for a
spin on the backstretch by Dan Meservey, Jr.
The restart saw fast and furious action at the front of the pack as
Barrett went from third to the lead. Christopher was side by side with Rocco
for second, but he quickly took the position and he then made a move to the
inside of Barrett on lap-51 to move into the race lead. The caution came
back out with 52 laps complete for a spin by Tom Abele, Jr. in turn 4.Mayhem
broke out on the restart as Savary had a flat right front tire, Mike Willis
spun into the front stretch wall, and Tom Abele, Jr. spun through the front
stretch infield grass. Barrett took the lead on the restart with Christopher
holding second. Carey got around Rocco to take over third with Chris
Pasteryak breaking into the top-5 for the first time of the race. The
caution came back out with 55 laps complete for debris on the track. Back
under green, Barrett and Christopher raced side by side for the lead and as
they ran through turn 2, Christopher’s car took an abrupt turn to the right
and into the wall to bring the caution right back out. Barrett and Pitkat
were now side by side for the lead back under green. Pitkat looked like he
had a run coming off turn 2 on the outside of Barrett, but Barrett came back
strong in turns 3+4 and held the lead by a nose at the line. Rocco got
around Pitkat on lap-58 to move into second while Justin Bonsignore was now
fourth and Pasteryak was fifth. The caution came back out with 59 laps
complete as Norm Wrenn spun in turn 1, Medieros came to a stop in turn 1,
and Savary had a flat tire and was showering sparks as he made his way back
to pit road.
Barrett took the lead on the restart, but it was a short lived lead as
Rocco made a power move to the inside of Barrett as the cars hit turn 3 and
he moved back into the lead. Bonsignore moved up to third behind Barrett
while Pitkat was fourth and Todd Szegedy made his first appearance of the
race in the top-5 as he took fifth from Pasteryak. Rocco had to navigate
several lapped cars in the closing laps, but Barrett wasn’t able to get
close enough as Rocco joined Barrett as the only multiple VMRS feature
winners at Stafford. Bonsignore finished third, with Pitkat and Szegedy
rounding out the top-5.
When Justin Bonsignore left the Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour event to head south on I-91 for Long Island his head was spinning and
for good reason. He had just run 200 laps, non-stop without a caution on a
quarter mile high banked speedway. Bonsignore, who earlier in the evening
had the fastest time in qualifying, put on a brilliant display of his
driving ability as he battled with Ryan Preece the entire distance for 45
minutes and 14 seconds. Bonsignore led the first lap before giving way to
Preece who led from Lap 2 through lap 174. Preece slipped a bit on lap 174
and that's all it took as Bonsignore took the lead back for the final 25
laps. Preece hung on for second with Eric Goodale, third. There were only
six cars on the lead lap at the finish. Tommy Barrett finished fourth and
was followed by Doug Coby and Matt Hirschman. Rounding out the top ten were
Patrick Emerling, Ted Christopher, Ron Silk and Ron Yuhas.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl it
was Whelen Engineering Night on Saturday, featuring a six division racing
program. Whelen sponsors NASCAR’s weekly racing series at tracks across the
Picking up wins in Whelen All-American Series action included Kyle James who
dominated the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco won for the seventh time of
the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Josh Galvin picked up his
eighth Street Stock victory. Other NASCAR wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. who
returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks and Paul French checkered
the SK Light Modified race. Mike Christopher Jr. won another INEX Legend
Cars race rounding out the night’s victors.
James turned in a flawless performance to romp to victory in the 35-lap SK
Modified® feature, his second of the season. The win was by nearly a five
second margin, almost half the track, ahead of the competition. James took
the lead on the outside of Jeff Gallup following the only caution flag of
the race, which came on lap-8. Rob Janovic Jr.,Tyler Chadwick and Ed Puleo
rounded out the top five.
In Modified racing in the Southland, it was once again Saturday night at
the fights at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. It was a
rain-shortened version, but Saturday night’s racing at Bowman Gray Stadium
turned out to be another in a series of unrestrained crash fests. This time
it involved Modified Division front-runners Tim Brown and Burt Myers. Their
run-in came just before rain ended the show with 22 laps on the board in the
first of two scheduled 25-lap Modified races. Past the halfway point, the
race, and the night’s session, was declared complete.
Lee Jeffreys was declared the winner of the Modified race, despite a
protest from Danny Bohn who said he was leading when the final caution was
displayed. Results are unofficial, and Gray Garrison, the promoter of Bowman
Gray racing, said the finish will be reviewed by NASCAR this week.
As for Brown and Myers, who have won 15 Bowman Gray championships between
them, neither came out a winner. The confrontation between them was
triggered in the 21st lap, when leader Brown went spinning after being
tagged from behind by the second-running Myers. Myers took the lead
momentarily. Brown left the track, re-entered and blocked Myers’ path as
other cars slipped past. Myers and Brown then went at it, slamming into each
other’s car repeatedly.
Tom Rogers Jr was the Modified winner at the Riverhead Raceway on Long
Congratulatios to third generation racer Jacob Perry on his impressive
win in the Crown Trophy Bandolero Series event which was run at the New
Hampshire Motor Speedway this past Saturday. Jacob is the son of Dennis
Perry and grandson of Roger Perry.
Chase Elliott held off Trevor Bayne to win the Nationwide Series stop at
Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. Kyle Larson was third, followed by
Kasey Kahne and Ty Dillon to round out the top five. The Sprint Cup division
enjoyed a weekend off.
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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