August 14, 2015
Fifty five years ago in 1960 Ron Narducci broke into victory lane
at Stafford as he scored a win on the dirt in Friday night Modified action.
Tommy Fenley, who had won four in a row at Stafford, hooked a rut in turn 1
and flipped completely out of the track and into the woods. Ted Stack scored
a clean sweep at the Waterford Speedbowl as he won both Wednesday and
Saturday night Modified events.
Fifty years ago in 1965 rain washed
out the racing action at the Stafford Springs Speedway. Charlie Webster was
the Modified victor at Waterford. Bill Scrivner was the Late Model Daredevil
winner. Kenny Shoemaker scored his fifth win at Fonda and at Utica-Rome Rene
Charland ended a dry spell as he won out over Tom and Dave Kotary.
Forty five years ago in 1970, the All
Star League moved into the 1/5 mile Islip Speedway on Wednesday. Richie
Evans took the 100-lap win over George Brunnhoelzl, Jim Hendrickson, Gary
Winters, Lou Lazzaro and Eddie Flemke. In regular Friday night action at
Malta, Fred DeSarro beat out Rene Charland and Dick Fowler for the win.
DeSarro carried his win streak to Stafford on Saturday night where he won a
50-lap double point event over Eddie Flemke and Leo Cleary. Jerry Pennock
and Eddie Pieniezak split the twin 25's at Fonda and at Plattsburg; Canadian
Andre Manny took the victory. At Islip, Charlie Jarzombek was the winner.
Dick Dunn braved the heat as he won the 30 lap Modified feature at the
Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. Bill Sweet was the Late Model
Daredevil winner. Many of the east coast NASCAR modified stars of the day
traveled to Trenton Speedway for the annual North-South 200.Needless to say
the event was postponed for a week because of rain. At Utica-Rome on Sunday
night it was dry as Lou Lazzaro took the win over Rene Charland and Robbie
Forty years ago in 1975, Bugsy
Stevens was the Friday night winner at Stafford. Ray Miller finished second
with Geoff Bodine, third. Islip ran a 200 lapper on Saturday. Invader Jerry
Cook took the win. Bob Park finished second with Fred Harbach, third.
Shangri-La and Lancaster rained out. Bob Potter in the Roger Bonnville No.
110 won the Schafer Beer sponsored Grand Slam 50 lapper. Dick Laflesh was
the Grand American Late Model winner. At Fulton on Sunday, Maynard Troyer
ruled the roost. Richie Evans tried his best but had to settle for second.
It was reported that 1972 Indy 500 winner Mark Donohue had passed away after
a three hour brain operation in Austria. His injuries and ultimate death
resulted from injuries received during a practice session for the Austrian
Thirty five years ago in 1980, Tony
Siscone was the winner at New Egypt on Wednesday night. John Blewett JR
finished second with Alan Harbach, third. At Stafford on Friday, Ronnie
Bouchard won a close one over John Rosati and Richie Evans. Bouchard went to
Westboro on Saturday and got rained on. Evans went to Riverside where he won
out over Ray Miller. At Shangri-La it was George Kent over Greg Sacks and at
Thompson on Sunday, Bouchard continued his winning ways as he took the
victory over Leo Cleary and Richie Evans. Other weekend winners included
Kent at Spencer, Fred Harbach at Islip, Tim Mislin at Lancaster, Bob Potter
at Waterford, Jim Hendrickson at Wall and John Rosati at Monadnock.
Thirty years ago in 1985, Star
Speedway ran the Modifieds on Wednesday with Jeff Fuller taking the win. At
Stafford on Friday night, Brian Ross had the quick way around as he took a
hotly contested win over Kenny Bouchard and Charlie Jarzombek. Mike
Christopher was the SK winner. It was also on this night that someone stole
the electronic drive on scales out of the infield when the officials weren't
looking. They were never found or recovered. At Waterford on Saturday, Dale
Holdridge got one for the good guys as he beat out Richie Gallup and Kenny
Bouchard. SJ Evonsion showed that he hadn't forgotten his way around
Riverside as he beat John Rosati to the stripe. Thompson ran a 100 lap-300
qualifier on Sunday. Richie Evans took the win over Jeff Fuller and Jim
Spencer. With his win, Evans was guaranteed a pole starting position in the
Thompson 300, which paid $10,000 to win. Other weekend winners were Billy
Colton at Spencer, Wayne Anderson at Riverhead, Jerry Cranmer at Wall and
Ronnie Bouchard at Seekonk.
Twenty five years ago in 1990, Mike
Christopher was the Friday night SK modified winner at Stafford. At
Waterford, Ted Christopher in the Ronnie Berndt No.54 won a 75 lap Race of
Champions qualifier over Dennis Gada and Moose Hewitt. Riverside Park ran
twin events with Richie Gallup and Tom Bolles sharing top honors and at
Riverhead; Mike Ewanitsko won the 101 lap Charlie Jarzombek Memorial. Lou
Lazzaro won his 106th career event at Fonda and Bugsy Stevens was the Pro
Stock winner at Seekonk.
Twenty years ago in 1995,
Waterford ran on Thursday and on Saturday. Bert Marvin won the Thursday
night event over Todd Ceravolo and Mike Gada. On Sat, Jeff Pearl took the
win over Jim Broderick and Eric Berndt. Friday night at Stafford, Bo Gunning
took the SK modified feature over John Anderson and Tony Sylvester. Point
leader Bob Potter was extremely upset when he got dumped and put out of
contention. At Waterford on Saturday night, Jeff Pearl took the modified win
over Jim Broderick and Eric Berndt. John Brouwer JR won the late model event
after Larry Cote and Phil Rondeau wrecked. At Riverside it was Brian
Schofield over Steve Park and Dave Berube and at Riverhead, Don Howe took
the win. The Featherlite Modified Tour was at Loudon. Mike Stefanik started
dead last in the 40 lapper and made a determined charge to the front to pass
Ted Christopher for the lead and eventual win in the closing stages. Tony
Hirschman ended up second and was followed by Charlie Pasteryak and Rick
Fuller. Dale Jarrett was the winner of a non-stop Busch Grandnational event
at Michigan but was disqualified with an illegal intake manifold, giving the
win to Mark Martin. Bobby Labonte was the Winston Cup winner. Robbie Crouch
was the Busch North winner at Star and Jack Johnson sewed up his tenth track
title at Fonda.
Fifteen years ago, in 2000, Ted
Christopher, in his first outing in the Gary Cretty No.25, took the pole and
all but ran away with the Featherlite Modified Tour event run at Thompson on
Thursday night. Jerry Marquis finished second with Reggie Ruggiero, third.
During warm-ups, Rob Summers and Carl Pasteryak had their cars destroyed as
NASCAR officials were not paying attention when they waved on of the cars to
enter the track. Christopher also won the 30 lap SK modified event. Stafford
rained out on Friday and Dennis Gada recorded his fifth win at Waterford on
Saturday. Jeff Pearl finished second with Ron Yuhas JR, third. Ted
Christopher has his potentially winning car destroyed after he ran over a
wheel and crashed violently. It was also a year ago that Jimmy Blewett got
his first ever win at Wall Stadium. In Winston Cup action at Michigan, Rusty
Wallace took the win. Todd Bodine was the GN winner.
Ten years ago in 2005 Tony Hirschman
cruised to a convincing win in the NASCAR New England Dodge Dealers 150 at
the Thompson Speedway on Thursday night. Hirschman, the top time trialer,
started seventh after the top ten redrew. Doug Coby, driving the Mansfield
Ct. based No.77 of Curt Chase, started on the pole and led the first 80 laps
before pitting. Coby ended up 14th after bad luck reared its ugly head.
Ricky Fuller came from 18th to finish 2nd, his best finish in quite a while.
Eric Beers started 19th and finished third. Mike Christopher had his best
run to date in the Hills Enterprises No.79 as he took advantage of John
Blewett III’s transmission problems in the late going. Blewett had only high
gear. Rounding out the top five was Chuck Hossfeld. Sixth through tenth were
Blewett III, Marquis, Tom Bolles, Donnie Lia and Dave Etheridge. Ted
Christopher entered the event as the point leader but left in the runner-up
spot, some 63 points in arrears. Christopher ended up 20th after
experiencing a flat tire and an encounter with Tyler Haydt. Former series
champion Mike Stefanik had one of those nights he would like to forget.
Stefanik took a hard trip into the first turn wall after blowing a right
rear tire on a lap 112 restart. In other Thursday night action at Thompson,
Tom Cravenho ran away with the 30 lap Sunoco SK type Modified feature. Todd
Ceravolo finished second with Ricky Shawn, third. Eric Bourgeois was the
Mini Stock winner, Larry Barnett in the Sportsman div, Jeff Zuidema in the
Late Models, Norm Wrenn in the Pro Stocks and Roger Larsen in the Thompson
Prior to the running of the Bud 150 at Thompson last Thursday NEAR Hall
of Fame driver George Summers was honored for his many years as a driver,
1952 to 1983 with over 200 wins and numerous track championships. Summers
paced the field in a Connie LaJoie Vega Modified that he had driven at
Seekonk and Westboro. Summers had the distinction of winning the last race
in which he drove which was the 1983 World Series at Thompson where he put
the Art Barry No.21 in victory lane. Prior to pacing the field Summers
received instructions on driving from George Savory!
At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night Kenny Horton took the win in
the 40 lap SK Modified feature. Horton started third and after putting away
Jeff Malave on the second lap, led the balance of the event to record the
win. The first 29 laps went non-stop until the full moon syndrome kicked in
which resulted in eight cautions for accidents. In the end, following Malave
at the checker was Willie Hardie in the runner-up spot with Ted Christopher,
third. Malave and Chuck Docherty rounded out the top five. Worth noting was
the impressive run turned in by Jimmy Blewett who became the new hired gun
for the Eddie Partridge Racing stable. In his first ever race at Stafford,
Blewett finished an impressive sixth. Jim Peterson was the 30-lap Late Model
winner and Andrew Durand was the Limited Late Model winner.
Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified competitor Diego Monahan was looking to
become the first ever driver to win in all divisions at the shoreline oval.
Rob Janovic had other ideas. Janovic went into no-mans land (the outside
groove), on lap 19 of the 35 lap SK Modified feature, to take the lead and
eventual win. Monahan, trying to protect his second place spot, ran Jeff
Pearl into the turn three wall. That cost Monahan a top five finish as track
officials put him to the back of the field. Ronnie Silk inherited second
spot but had nothing for Janovic and had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Dennis Gada, Rob Summers and Jay Miller rounded out the top five. Other
winners were James Procaccini in the Sportsman, Allen Coates in the Late
Models, Phil Evans in the Mini Stocks and Jason Palmer in the Legends.
It had been just about a year since Don Hawk came on the scene to oversee
the Modifieds of NASCAR. After asking many in the Thompson pit area what
they thought of his job performance the general conclusion is he has done
what NASCAR has allowed him to do. It was a big plus that Hawk was
instrumental in getting Martinsville back on the Schedule plus raising the
purses. Television coverage of Modified Tour Series events never happened
but it wasn’t his fault. He did try. The general overall attitude of
competitors and officials was the best that it had been in many years. It
was hoped that Hawk could convince his bosses at NASCAR headquarters to give
him a broader range in which to operate. The Modifieds were and still are an
extremely healthy division and should stay that way for many years to come.
Needless to say NASCAR ended up canning Hawk and in his place went another
company “Yes Man”. It must be noted that competitors were extremely unhappy
that there would be a half hour hot dog break in the middle of this year’s
Competitors in the southland got out of control which resulted in a
bloody fight after a NASCAR-sanctioned Mini-Stock race at the Bowman Gray
Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC on August 13 which resulted in the indefinite
suspensions of a driver and a car owner, NASCAR officials said. The victim,
Maynard Peters, 47, was released Tuesday from Forsyth Medical Center after
surgeries on his face and nose. He said he had 15 fractures in bones around
his eyes and a broken nose, and that he wouldn’t be able to work or eat
solid food for at least six weeks. In notices issued to driver Kris Bradley
and car owner James Rupert Sink, NASCAR officials said that they were
suspended for actions detrimental to stock-car racing, failure to follow
directives from NASCAR officials and fighting. Jerry Cook, NASCAR's
competition administrator, said he was still gathering information from
police and stadium officials. He said it was too early to say how long the
suspensions would last. Winston-Salem police were also investigating
Saturday's fight, but no charges had been filed, police Lt. Bill Cobb said.
Peters said their cars made contact during the first stadium-stock, Mini
Stock race of the night, causing Bradley to spin out. The fight started
because they disagreed on who was at fault. Peters said he remembered about
four men kicking and stomping on his head outside the Bowman Gray field
house, where drivers collect their money when the races are finished. Sink
had been involved in a racetrack fight before. He was convicted in Forsyth
District Court in 2004 of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury
after he and other drivers were involved in a fight with driver Gary Brewer
on Aug. 21, 2004. Brewer had a broken finger and cuts on his face, court
papers said. Winston-Salem Speedway Inc. runs NASCAR-sanctioned racing on
Saturday evenings during the summer at the Bowman Gray Stadium, which is
owned by the city of Winston-Salem in North Carolina.
The New London Day reported that one of the major partners in New England
Raceway LLC, which is proposing to build a $343 million auto racetrack in
Plainfield, Ct, is embroiled in a stock-trading controversy involving
another corporation. Gilbert Rossomando of Milford, who along with principal
partner Eugene Arganese has promoted the racetrack development, was listed
as a director and officer of Host America, a Hamden Ct-based company that
was the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and
the target of several lawsuits. Host America, which trades as CAFE on the
Nasdaq exchange, has experienced a dramatic rise and fall. For most of its
19 years, it primarily operated as a food-service provider for schools,
companies and government programs such as Head Start and Meals on Wheels.
Recently, it has branched out into energy conservation.
Five years ago in 2010, the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour made its third of four appearances at the Stafford
Motor Speedway. There were 30 Modifieds on hand for the 150 lap Town Fair
Tire 150 that carried a purse of $82,476. Ron Silk, who drives for Eddie
Partridge was the pole sitter. The top six redrew for starting positions.
Bob Grigas started the race on the pole with Erik Rudolph on the outside.
Todd Szegedy ended the longest non winning streak of his career when he
won the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford. Szegedy, who had been winless since
September 2008 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, took the lead
from Mike Stefanik on Lap 100 en route to his 14th career win. It was the
third triumph at Stafford for Szegedy, who led a race-high 54 laps. Stefanik
finished second and Ron Silk third. It is the fifth-straight top-five finish
for Silk, who earned the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day. Erick
Rudolph and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five.
Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Bobby Grigas III, Chuck Hossfeld and George
Brunnhoelzl III completed the top 10. There were six caution periods, mostly
for minor spins, for a total of 39 laps. In addition to Szegedy, lap leaders
included Erik Rudolph, Doug Coby, Ron Silk and Mike Stefanik.
Point leader Bobby Santos suffered a blown motor in the Mystic Missile that
brought out a red-flag for cleanup on Lap 100 and ended his day early. As a
result, the 67-point advantage he brought into the race on Christopher was
narrowed to just six. Stefanik remained third in the standings, 56 points
out of first.
Conspicuous by their absence was James Civali and the Roger Hill No.79
who were at the Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC qualifying for a
Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series event that was held on Saturday night.
The Thompson International Speedway fell victim to heavy rain plus
thunder and lightening on Thursday night
The Stafford Motor Speedway hosted their regular Friday night divisions
in addition to the Whelen Modified Tour. Woody Pitkat won his second race of
the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Michael Bennett
romped to his second Late Model feature win of 2010 in the 30-lap feature,
Tommy Barrett, Jr. scored his fourth consecutive and sixth overall win of
2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery scored his fifth
win of the 2010 season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Cliff
Saunders picked up his first victory of the 2010 season in the 15-lap DARE
Keith Rocco was hoping to move closer to sewing up the NASCAR National
title but his hopes were dampened as he failed to finish. Rocco spun with a
tire rub to bring the caution out with 37 laps complete and ended up 15th in
the final tally. Rocco needed three more wins to clinch the title.
In action on the Connecticut shoreline at the Waterford Speedbowl Keith
Rocco got a little closer to his goal as he beat out Todd Ceravolo for the
SK Modified win on Saturday night. Rocco would need two more wins to sew up
the coveted national title. Rich Staskowski recorded his first career win in
the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Al Stone III won his third Street
Stock division event of the year to keep pace in the championship standings.
Louis Bellisle doubled up the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock field, winning his
second consecutive race, while teenager Anthony Flannery won his 14th
Legends Cars race this season but first since July 3rd.
In the SK Modified main event Ceravolo made a move to the outside of
Rocco headed into turn three of the final lap. He was able to pull alongside
in a sprint to the finish out of turn four. Ceravolo fell a half-car length
short at the checkered flag, while Rocco recorded his second consecutive and
ninth Speedbowl win of the season. Rob Janovic, Tom Abele and Jeff Paul
completed the top five.
The Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem North Carolina hosted the NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour on Saturday night. LW Miller used his bumper
to take the lead from Burt Myers and went on to record his first victory in
the Strutmasters.com 199. Miller, the 2007 Whelen Southern Modified Tour
champion, registered his first tour victory since 2008. He won for the 11th
time overall on the tour, matching Brian Loftin's record of 11 career wins.
With 16 laps to go, Miller put the bumper to Myers with a tap in the North
turn. Myers slipped and the rest was history. "Bump and Run" is an
acceptable practice there.
Myers took the lead on the 36th lap from younger brother Jason Myers, who
started last night's 199-lap main event from the pole position. He
successfully held off Miller in four double-file restarts after cautions,
but knew, with 25 laps to go, that his lead was in jeopardy. Miller's car
was getting better, and Myers' worse. Myers hung on for second, John Smith
finished third, Jason Myers fourth and Andy Seuss fifth. With his victory,
Miller climbed past James Civali as the leader in tour standings after five
races. Civali finished 13th, 16 laps down, at the finish.
Congratulations to Kenny Barry who scored his second career win Saturday
night with the Northeast’s Modified Racing Series, sponsored by
BobValentiAutomall.com, at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough,
ME. Barry became the tenth different winner in eleven races and the fifth
different winner of the “Beech Ridge 100.” Series point leader, Jon
McKennedy, took the lead from pole-sitter Jacob Dore, on lap three and set
the pace for the next 63 laps before being passed by Barry. Barry led the
final 33 laps to pick up the win, the first for his father, noted car
builder Art Barry.
For the second race in a row Dwight Jarvis finished second followed by
Mike Holdridge, Todd Annarummo and Les Hinckley III. Sixth through tenth
were Max Zachem, Rowan Pennink, David Pinkham, Jack Bateman and Eddy Spiers.
Juan Pablo Montoya erased 113 races of futility Sunday, winning a duel
with Marcos Ambrose and the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
Montoya, who started third, pulled away on a late restart from Ambrose, his
biggest challenger all day, and beat Kurt Busch by 4.7 seconds in the 90-lap
race around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout.
Marcos Ambrose started from the pole for the first time at Watkins Glen
International, dominated the Nationwide Zippo 200 on Saturday and won the
race for the third straight time. He led 60 of 82 laps, had a perfect driver
rating of 150, and beat Joey Logano by 2.8 seconds.
Speedway Motorsports let the cat out of the bag when they announced that
they were taking the spring Sprint Cup race from Atlanta and moving it to
the Kentucky Speedway. New Hampshire's two dates appeared to be saved.
Last year, 2014 The big news of the
weekend was that NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car
driver who was walking on a dirt track during a race in upstate New York on
Saturday night. A video of the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park showed
driver Kevin Ward Jr. walking toward Stewart's car before being hit and
hurtled 50 feet. The 42-year-old Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion and
frequent competitor at local sprint car events, was questioned by local
police and released.
The Stafford Motor Speedway played host to the Whelen Modified Tour
Series last Friday night. Woody Pitkat, who had a combined total of 71 wins
at Stafford added a Whelen Modified Tour win to his résumé. His win was also
the first for car owner Buzz Chew of Long Island.
Pitkat dominated the Call Before You Dig 811 150 and beat Ron Silk to the
line by over four seconds to pick up his first career win in his 86th tour
start. Donny Lia followed Silk in third with points leader Doug Coby and
Eric Goodale completing the top five. Rowan Pennink finished sixth and Ted
Christopher seventh. Justin Bonsignore, Ryan Preece and Matt Hirschman
rounded out the top 10.
Pitkat started second to pole sitter Bobby Santos and quickly drove his
No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet to the lead on Lap 3 stayed
out front for the bulk of the first half of the race until a caution on Lap
76 for Patrick Emerling stalling on the track brought the leaders to the
pits. Pitkat came out of the pit stop in eighth place with Donny Lia in the
lead, Ryan Preece second and Ron Silk third.
Pitkat quickly moved up through the field and was up to fourth by Lap 92
and was second to then leader Ron Silk by Lap 102. Pitkat closed in and
passed Silk on Lap 115 for the lead where he remained the rest of the night.
The race was slowed just two times by caution with the first yellow flag
given to the field on Lap 7 after Tommy Barrett Jr. stopped on the track
with a flat tire. There were 23 Modifieds on hand for the event.
Taking down NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly feature wins on the
night were Ryan Preece, who won his fourth SK Modified® feature of the 2014
season, Michael Bennett scored his first feature win in almost 4 years to
the exact date in the Late Model feature, Stephen Kopcik was a first time
winner in the SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Hayes picked up his second
victory of 2014 in the Limited Late Model feature, and David Comeau won his
second DARE Stock feature of 2014.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl
the Connecticut shoreline oval hosted the seventh annual Wings & Wheels
event on Saturday night in front of a jam packed grandstand. Fans were
treated to some of the fastest and most sophisticated short track racecars
in the country as the International Supermodified Association made their
only visit of the season and was joined by the popular Valenti Modified
Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association and NEMA Lites, plus the home
track NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® and SK Light
Modifieds. Ted Christopher ended a long dry spell dating back to 2004 with
his win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Mark Sammut checkered
the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified race. A first time winner visited Victory Lane
in the SK Modified® feature in surprise fashion after an exciting
conclusion, with Agawam, MA driver Jeff Gallup recording the win. Randy
Churchill took his third SK Light Modified win of the year. In NEMA action,
John Zych Jr. won the Midget feature and Dan Cugini won the companion NEMA
Christopher scored his third career Valenti Modified Racing Series
victory in the night’s 100-lap feature. He started the race in the outside
pole position and tucked behind early leader Stephen Masse. Masse led
through a lap-42 caution flag following a quick opening sprint. Christopher
had a great restart and powered ahead of Masse on the top of the track
through turns one and two and led every lap until the finish. He led
comfortably over the middle of the race which stayed clean until the final
laps. Christopher’s biggest test was a red flag with three laps remaining
for a huge wreck that collected no less than ten cars. He restarted cleanly
over series point leader Justin Bonsignore and closed out the win, his first
at the track since July of 2004 when he took his last SK Modified® victory
at the track. Bonsignore was second and Masse ended up third. Chris
Pasteryak and Tom Abele Jr rounded out the top five.
Gallup’s first career SK Modified® victory came following a wild finish
through the final corners coming to the checkered flag. Gallup battled
Waterford’s Shawn Monahan for most of the 35-lap feature, riding the outside
of the track to stay in contention for the win. Monahan seemed to have
control throughout, with heavy hitters Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco
trailing behind in third and fourth position. Rocco got by Christopher with
four laps remaining and sat behind the Monahan-Gallup duel. Monahan finally
cleared Gallup on the final lap, and Rocco followed suit by diving inside
Gallup. As the lead pack entered turn three coming to the checkered flag,
Rocco made contact with Monahan’s rear bumper, sending his car up the track.
Monahan feverishly tried to keep his car from spinning but could not,
dropping through the field as he spun off turn four to the infield. Rocco
crossed the finish line first, but was quickly penalized for overaggressive
driving dropping him to 16th in the final rundown, giving Gallup the win.
Woody Pitkat steered through the wild conclusion and finished second while
Christopher wound up third. Gallup is a second generation racer. Tim Jordan
and Joe Gada rounded out the top five.
In Modified racing in the Southland, Saturday night’s races scheduled for
the Bowman Gray Stadium in North Carolina were cancelled because of rain.
Riverhead Raceway on Long Island hosted twin 50's for the Modifieds with
Tom Rogers Jr. recording both wins. Ryan Preece finished second in both
AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to
win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber
Sunday. The victory made his one-car team for JTG Daugherty Racing eligible
for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. Allmendinger held off Ambrose
through the first two turns and opened a lead after both cars bumped and won
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, R.I.02891.
Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467.
Phil Smith has been a
columnist for Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
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