September 11, 2015
Fifty five years ago in 1960 Ron Narducci scored his second win
of the year on the dirt at Stafford. Wild Bill Slater who had left the
Waterford Speedbowl for greener pastures at the Norwood Arena returned to
his old haunts on Wednesday night and won the Modified feature at the
shoreline oval. Ted Stack was the non-Ford winner and Ed Moody prevailed in
the Bombers. Don Collins resumed his winning ways on Saturday night.
Fifty years ago in 1965 there was no
racing on the dirt at Stafford. Charlie Webster was the 30 lap Modified
winner at Waterford. Eddie Bunnell was the winner in the Bombers. Rene
Charland was the winner at the Utica-Rome Speedway over Tom Kotary and Jerry
Forty five years ago in 1970, the
Thompson Speedway ran their first and only 500 lap modified event. Forty-two
cars started and after a long grind, Bugsy Steven’s was first across the
stripe. Bernie Miller finished second and was followed by Ed Yerrington,
Fred DeSarro, Jimmy Griffin, Johnny Thompson and Bob Karvonen. Other weekend
action saw Stevens take the win at Stafford over Yerrington, Jerry Cook and
Leo Cleary and at Utica-Rome where Ray Sitterly took the win over Lou
Lazzaro, Dave Lape and Cook who flew in from Thompson. Dick Watson made it
two in a row in Modified action at the Waterford Speedbowl. Bob Blanchette
was the Late Model Daredevil winner.
Forty years ago in 1975, Ed
Brunnhoelzl took the win at Islip over Jerry Cook, Fred Harbach and Greg
Sacks. The modifieds ran at Watkins Glen where Merv Treichler took the win
over Cook, Maynard Troyer and Bob Vee. At Thompson, Leo Cleary took the open
comp win over Ronnie Bouchard and Freddie Schulz. Rain prevailed at the
Thirty five years ago in 1980, Ronnie
Bouchard in the Dick Armstrong No.1 took the victory in the annual Thompson
300 which saw 50 cars take the green. Bugsy Steven’s finished second and was
followed by George Summers, Jerry Cook, Richie Evans and Kenny Bouchard.
Jerry Pearl won the 50-lap non-qualifiers event. Marty Radwick took the win
at Riverside and it was George Kent over Jerry Cook at Shangri-La. Doug
French was the winner at Wall Stadium. In Winston Cup action at Dover Downs,
Darrell Waltrip took the win over Harry Gant.
Thirty years ago in 1985, the
Modifieds traveled to Pocono for the annual Race of Champions which drew 108
cars. Brett Bodine in the Sheri-Cup No.12 took the lead from Richie Evans on
lap 187 and went on to take the win. Satch Worley finished second and was
followed by Jeff Fuller, Jamie Tomaino, Jan Leaty and Evans. In other
weekend action, Mike Gada took the win at Waterford over Ted Christopher and
at Riverside; Ray Miller took the win over Stan Greger.
Twenty five years ago in 1990, the
Race of Champions was still at Pocono and it was Mike Stefanik taking the
top spot over Rick Fuller, Jan Leaty and George Brunnhoelzl. For his
efforts, Stefanik received $18,950, which is a far cry from most of today’s
Modified Tour payouts. Stafford regular Wade Gagner started 17th and won the
40-lap late model National Parts Peddler event. Gagner inherited the lead on
lap 23 when Mike Lovetere blew his engine.
Twenty years ago in 1995, the ROC had
all but died .In local action at Waterford, Todd Ceravolo beat out Ricky
Young and Mike Gada to take the Saturday night win. At Riverside, Brian
Schofield held off Reggie Ruggiero to take the win and at Riverhead it was
Tom McCann over Ed Brunnhoelzl. In Winston Cup action at Dover, the 500 took
over six hours to run because of rain delays. Jeff Gordon dominated and took
the win over Bobby Hamilton. Johnny Rumley was the Grand National winner.
Fifteen years ago, in 2000, it was
Winston Cup weekend at Loudon Included was the modifieds who again put on
the best show of the weekend. Mike Ewanitsko took the 100 lap win with six
laps to go when Ted Christopher's motor went to skipping and losing power.
Reggie Ruggiero finished second and was followed by John Blewett III, Rick
Fuller and Dan Avery. Christopher sputtered home in sixth spot. Andy
Santarre won the Busch North Series event and in Winston Cup action, Jeff
Burton led all 300 laps in one of the most boring Winston Cup events ever
run as NASCAR really blew it when they mandated restrictor plates in hopes
of making the race safer in the wake of two deaths those of Kenny Irwin and
Adam Petty. Rob Janovic won at Waterford on Saturday night. Ron Silk
finished second with Tom Fox, third. During the evenings events it was
announced that track operator Terry Eames had purchased the property where
the Speedbowl was located for $1.85 million. It was also this week that
Wally Saleeba passed away. Wally had been a close friend and confidant of D.
Anthony Venditti for many years.
Ten years ago in 2005, the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Thompson Speedway for the Annual
Thompson 300. With the announcement that the 300 would return to its
original format came applause from fans and competitors alike. Thirty-seven
Modifieds were on hand for time trials on Saturday. Tony Hirschman, who
trailed Ted Christopher by 21 points going into the event, earned his
seventh Bud Pole of the year. Hirschman was in a class by himself as he
toured the 5/8 mile oval in 18.962 seconds for a speed of 118.658 mph.
Second fastest was Zach Sylvester who went 118.141 mph. Donnie Lia, Mike
Stefanik and John Blewett III rounded out the top five. Hirschman drew
eighth on the draw for starting positions while Carl Pasteryak drew the
Ted Christopher maintained his lead in the Whelen Modified Tour Series
standings as he added the Thompson 300 to his war chest of wins.
Christopher, who now had six wins on the series for the year, took the lead
with 26 laps to go. Tony Hirschman, who was the odds-on favorite to take the
win, finished second. Ed Flemke Jr. turned in a strong run to finish third.
Jerry Marquis and Mike Stefanik rounded out the top five. With five laps to
go the event took a twist that changed the top five. Donnie Lia exhibited a
little road rage as he planted Doug Coby into the front chute wall. Coby,
who had taken second spot after running Lia up the track a bit. Instead of
an almost positive second place finish Coby ended up 19th. NASCAR felt that
Lia’s actions were deliberate and parked him with five to go which resulted
in a 20th place finish.
The Sunoco Modifieds and the Late Models ran double features. Ronnie Silk
won the Saturday night Sunoco Modified 25 lapper over Tom Cravenho, Jimmy
Blewett, Keith Rocco and Jeff Malave. Woody Pitkat was the Late Model
winner. Sunday’s action saw Jeff Malave rebound to take the win in the
Sunoco Modifieds. Malave started fifth. Second generation driver Keith Rocco
finished an impressive second with Tom Cravenho, third. Richard Savory and
Ronnie Silk rounded out the top five. Charles Bailey III took the Sunday
Late Model event and Ron Smith won the Pro Stock finish.
The Stafford Motor Speedway wrapped up its regular season on Friday
night. Lloyd Agor went into the night’s SK Modified feature with a 24 point
lead over Todd Owen. He was hoping to wrap up his first Stafford
championship. Lady luck had other ideas as Agor ended up 14th and Owen ended
up third behind Jeff Baral and Ted Christopher. Owen closed to within 2
points of Agor. The track title would be settled at the Car Quest Fall
Final. Jeff Baral staged a spirited battle with Ted Christopher right up to
the final lap of the 40-lap feature. Baral had led from lap 12. Early leader
Keith Rocco fell victim to mechanical problems. Willie Hardie and Chuck
Docherty rounded out the top five. Other Friday night winners were Tom
Butler in the Late Models and John Hurley in the DARE Stocks.
Shawn Monahan scored his second victory of the season at the Waterford
Speedbowl on Saturday night. Monahan started on the pole and led the entire
distance. Rob Summers finished second and in doing so, took over the point
lead. Going into the event Ron Yuhas Jr held a 22 point lead. A devastating
crash in the early going put Yuhas behind the eight ball as his car was
severely damaged and his night ended with a 19th place finish. Dennis Gada
finished third. Other winners at the shoreline oval on Saturday night were
Norm Root in the Sportsman division, Larry Goss in the Late Models, Dave
Silvia in the Mini Stocks and George Whitney in the Legends Cars.
Five years ago in 2010, Some of the
best racing ever seen was witnessed at the Thompson Speedway on Thursday
night. Car counts were up. The Modified Tour types were 18 strong along with
16 Sunoco (SK types), 24 Ltd Sportsman, 14 Late Models, 21 Mini Stocks and
10 Thompson Modifieds. A very rapidly run program had fans headed home early
as the final checkered flag dropped at 9:12pm.
For the third-time this season, the Thompson International Speedway
hosted their Tour-Type Modified Shootout. Ryan Preece added his name to the
already impressive list of winners with a convincing victory on Thursday
night. There was no shortage in intensity in the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series with five winners posting victories. The last time a competitor
posted double digit wins in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson
International Speedway the year was 2001 and the driver was Ted Christopher.
With his win on Thursday night, Christopher duplicated the feat; winning his
tenth Sunoco Modified victory of the 2010 season. Rick Gentes, was the big
winner in the Late Models as he scored his 75th career victory while Lloyd
Anderson, scored his second Mini Stock feature victory of the 2010 season.
Victory lane was a family affair for the Sundeen family. Son Jay scored his
first career victory in the TIS Modifieds while father Scott scored his
second win of the 2010 season in the Limited Sportsman.
In the intense Tour type 40 lapper Preece jumped out to an early lead
from his pole starting position with Bobby Santos III in tow. Shortly after
the green flag on lap four, Ron Silk moved into the second spot. The first
caution of the event flew on lap 13 for a spin by Tom Bolles in turn two. On
the restart, Preece had to contend with Silk who jumped to the lead from his
outside starting spot, moving Preece to second. Green flag racing was
short-lived when a lap 14 incident involving Bolles and Dennis Perry brought
out the second caution. Under the caution, Santos relinquished the fourth
position to head to pit road for service. Jensen and Flemke also pitted
under the caution.
Silk motored back out to the lead when green flag racing resumed. Mike
Stefanik had worked his way into third. Long Island invader Justin
Bonsignore vaulted to fourth on the restart. Preece was all over the back
bumper of Silk as Stefanik lurked within striking distance. At halfway,
Preece continued to hound Silk followed by Stefanik and Bonsignore. Things
got physical between Eric Goodale and Richard Savary for the fifth spot.
Contact sent Goodale sliding up the track to open the door for Savary to
gain the position.
Preece would put the pressure on Silk continuously. and passed for the lead
on lap 28.
Bonsignore, who was making a name for himself on the Whelen Modified
Tour, closed on Stefanik. The caution waved again on lap 29 when Kevin
Goodale and Bryan Chew tangled on the front chute. Preece retook the lead on
the restart. Bonsignore went to work on Stefanik and took over third spot on
lap 33 as the caution flew again for Bolles. On the restart Silk regained
the lead and was able to hold on until lap 34 when Preece took the lead for
the final time. Bonsignore, who had a fine run going had his night turn sour
with three laps to go when he slowed with a skipping motor. Stefanik moved
back into third and at the checker finished behind Preece and Silk. Richard
Savory finished fourth with Kenny Bouchard rounding out the top five. In
addition to their purse winnings competitors were thrown into a lottery
where over ten of them received a $50 bonus.
In Sunoco (SK type) Modified competition Ted Christopher extended his
point lead in the division with his tenth victory of the season. At the drop
of the green Rowan Pennink jumped out to the lead with Danny Cates and
Christopher in tow. The top five cars, which also included Ryan Preece and
Keith Rocco, ran ahead of sixth-place Woody Pitkat. Almost at the drop of
the green flag, the #12 of Ronnie Silk faltered.
A tense moment between Christopher, Preece and Rocco saw sparks flying as
Preece made slight contact with the front stretch wall. All were able to
continue almost without missing a beat. The action allowed Pitkat to make it
a six-car breakaway at the head of the pack. Christopher got alongside Cates
making the pass into the second spot on lap seven. Rocco immediately went to
work on Cates. Rocco had company in Pitkat. Christopher had chased down
Pennink making the pass for the lead look easy on lap nine. Cates followed
Christopher by Pennink. Pitkat and Rocco went wheel to wheel-to-wheel. Cates
got alongside Christopher on lap 12; however, using his text book crossover
move, Christopher was able to maintain his lead. It was a repeat on lap 13
with a different outcome. Contact between Christopher and Cates exiting turn
four gave Cates the edge and the lead. Rocco had moved past Pitkat into
third. On lap 16, a move entering turn four gave Christopher the lead back
once again. Rocco was able to catch the back bumper of Cates. Christopher,
Cates and Rocco ran nose to tail nearly a half straightaway ahead of Pitkat.
With 10 laps to go, Christopher enjoyed a two-car length advantage over
Cates; his largest margin of the event. Cates had extended his advantage
over Rocco as well. Pitkat continued to run a distance back in third
followed by Preece. The best battle in the field with five laps to go was
between Pennink and Tim Sullivan.
In the final laps, Cates had cut into Christopher advantage only slightly
as the two stretched their advantage over Rocco. Cates could not gather in
Christopher to muster up a serious challenge. Christopher went on to earn
his tenth win over Cates. Rocco, Pitkat, and Preece completed the top five.
Sullivan bested Pennink for sixth.
The Thursday night crowds at the northeastern Connecticut oval have been
quite healthy this year. It appears that some changes may be in the wind for
2011. Two of Thompson's weekly divisions are in trouble. The Super Late
Models and the Thompson Modifieds draw consistently 10 cars or less. Its
possible that they could be dropped from the weekly schedule. The tour type
modifieds are gaining momentum. If scheduled properly the addition of this
division monthly or twice monthly could turn into a home run for the
facility. The division could not run on weeks when the Modified Tour is
running. Its getting to the point where many modified competitors can not
afford the tour agenda and would rather race closer to home. It is also a
known fact that speedway owner Don Hoenig is not happy with NASCAR and could
possibly drop one of his tour dates. Couple that with the fact that not to
many tracks are eager to sign up for dates. This could make for a few open
weeks next year. Of course there are a few loyalists who would not lower
themselves to race in a non tour event.
While Thompson enjoys success the word from the Jersey shore is not good
as the Wall Stadium is locked up tight and will remain closed until further
Based on a bad forecast due to the fact that Hurricane Earl was going to
dump a lot of rain in Connecticut the Stafford Motor Speedway cancelled
Friday nights race.
In action on the Connecticut shoreline at the Waterford Speedbowl it was
the annual Thunder on the Sound program, featuring eight race events and a
visit by the popular Modified Racing Series. The event, presented by
Connecticut National Guard, also featured a special flyover and landing on
the track infield by a UH-60 Black Hawk chopper as part of the opening
ceremonies. When the excitement settled in and racing got underway, 1997
track champion Todd Ceravolo ended a year long dry spell as he finally
returned to the winner’s circle in the SK Modified® division. Chelmsford, MA
native Jon McKennedy led the final 78 laps in the visiting 100-lap Modified
Racing Series tour event to take his first Speedbowl win. Jeff Smith
mastered the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division to record his second
win of the year. Al Stone III was back in Street Stock victory lane, his
fourth win in as many events. Ken Cassidy Jr won his second consecutive and
fourth Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race on the season. Allen Coates recorded
his 78th career Speedbowl victory in the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center
Truck race. Anthony Flannery was the Legends Cars winner and James Logan was
the Allison Legacy Series race winner.
Ceravolo led the entire 35 lap distance in the SK Modified main event.
With two laps remaining Ceravolo was nearly a straightaway ahead of Jeff
Pearl, who was the same distance ahead of the battle for third. Jeff Paul
was all over Rob Janovic on the final lap but unable to pull alongside. At
the finish Pearl was second over Janovic, Paul and Tom Abele rounded out the
In some sad news former Waterford Championship car owner Al Gaudreau was
suffering from congestive heart failure and was hospitalized at the Backus
Hospital in Norwich, CT. Billy Harman said that Gene Bergin was not doing
well after suffering a stroke as he remained in a hospital in Florida.
The Modified Racing Series visited the Waterford Speedbowl. Defending
series champion, Jon McKennedy scored his second win of the season as he won
the 100-lap Modified Racing Series Thunder on the Sound event sponsored by
BobValentiAutomall.com. McKennedy’s ninth with the New England based racing
series came behind the wheel of a brand new Raceworks chassis race car
completed late Friday night.
McKennedy started outside front row in a 25-car field and chased pole
sitter, Geoff Gernhard, for the first 32 laps. McKennedy passed the race
leader on lap 33 and led the remaining 67 laps, winning by a comfortable
margin. Chris Pasteryak, who returned from a mid-summer wrist injury
finished second followed by August Waterford winner Steve Masse, Gernhard,
Dwight Jarvis, Rookie Max Zachem,, Jacob Dore,, Rob Goodenough,, Rowan
Pennink, and Norm Wrenn who rounded out the top 10.
McKennedy’s win moved him into an 11 point lead for the series
championship over Jarvis with Les Hinckley III, Winsdor Locks, CT., falling
to third place in the standings, 38 points back. McKennedy moved into a 9
point lead over car owner Gary Casella in the owners point standings. There
were 27 race teams at the Waterford event with 14 cars finishing on the lead
lap. The race was slowed by six caution flags and took 56 minutes 23 seconds
Chris Young was the winner at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island.
With a solid second-place finish in the 30-lap Modified feature race
Saturday, September 4 at Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, New York),
Brett Hearn, locked up his sixth Modified division championship at the
high-banked speedway. Hearn also won the track’s small-block 358 Modified
division title, cementing it on Saturday as well with a victory in the
24-lap feature. It was Hearn’s second 358 Modified crown at the
one-half-mile upstate New York speedway.
In his 36th year of Modified stock car competition (2010), Hearn had 784
feature race victories to his credit. He is the all time winner at Malta,
New York’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway (98 victories) and in both Modified
divisions at Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, New York), where his
record of 296 feature race wins will never be topped. Hearn’s records
include victories at 47 different tracks in 10 states and two Canadian
provinces and place him among the country’s top drivers in all types of auto
Tony Stewart raced the No. 14 Chevy to his first win of the year, pulling
away from Carl Edwards off the final restart Sunday night at Atlanta Motor
Speedway. Stewart beat Edwards by a comfortable 1.316 seconds for his first
victory since Oct. 4, 2009, at Kansas, leaving Edwards winless since the
2008 season finale. Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Jeff Burton and
This was the final year that Atlanta would have its traditional two Cup
races, which began when the track opened in 1960. The spring event, which
had been plagued by poor weather and attendance, would shift to Kentucky
Motor Speedway, leaving only the Labor Day weekend race in one of NASCAR's
Jamie McMurray won the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his
eighth career Nationwide win. Kyle Busch finished second.
Last year, 2014 The Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park returned to oval track action on Thursday night featuring
twin 20 lap Sunoco (SK type) Modified features. Keith Rocco scored a one-two
punch as he clearly had the dominate car to win both features, his 15th and
16th of the year in the Northeast.
Rick Gentes won the Late Model feature while Corey Hutchings took down
the win in the Limited Sportsman division. Dave Trudeau picked up the Mini
Rocco took the lead from Ryan Preece for the final time at lap 20 in the
first feature, and took it away from Todd Ceravolo in the second one. In
both races, Rocco went to the checkered flag unchallenged.
Tyler Chadwick took the early lead at the drop of the green in the first
25-lap feature, but caution quickly emerged on lap two when Todd Ceravolo
spun in the middle of turn one and two. Chadwick held off Cam McDermott on
the restart, but a multi-car wreck on the backstretch put them under caution
before the lap was over. McDermott took the lead on the restart and held off
a three-wide challenge in turn four to keep it at the line. On the following
circuit, Preece drove up on McDermott’s bumper before dropping to the bottom
groove to claim the lead in turn three of lap four. Kerry Malone moved into
second and attached himself to Preece’s bumper. Rocco settled into third,
but soon inherited the second position when Malone blew up on the front
stretch at lap 14.
Preece and Rocco brought the field back to green with a tight
door-to-door battle through turns one and two. In the middle of turn three,
Rocco pulled ahead by a slight advantage, but lost it to Preece when they
crossed the line. The battle continued and the duo swapped the lead several
times before Rocco settled in out front at the wave of a caution flag on lap
17. Preece cleared Rocco on the restart to assume the lead, but Rocco drove
back out front in turn four. Preece reclaimed the lead before the lap was
over, but Rocco wasn’t done and drove back out front on lap 20. This time,
however, Rocco opened up a five car length advantage – the largest over
Preece for the night. Rocco continued to pull away over the last couple of
laps and took down the victory in the first of dual 25-lap features. Preece
settled for second with Danny Cates, third. Cam McDermott and Todd Ceravolo
rounded out the top five.
Without a doubt, Rocco had the field covered as he took the lead from
Todd Ceravolo on lap 14 and never looked back. Ceravolo held on for second
with Preece, third. Shawn Thibeault and Max Zachem rounded out the top five.
Action was at a fever pitch at Stafford on Friday night as Rowan Pennink
made it three in a row in SK Modified competition. Pennink and Ryan Preece
had been slugging it out from the early going and were headed for a photo
finish when Ted Christopher entered the mix on the final lap which allowed
Pennink to take the win. Pennink and Preece had taken the white flag and
were racing side by side going into turn three when Christopher gave Preece
an upsetting bump which caused him to momentarily lift. Joey Cipriano came
through to finish second, with Preece, Christopher, and Todd Owen rounding
out the top five. NASCAR National Championship contender Keith Rocco
finished sixth. Nicole Morgillo completed her third week of competition at
Stafford and finished 12th. Based on a three week handicap she should be
starting at or near the front this coming Friday night.
Also scoring wins on Friday night were Adam Gray who scored his fourth
win of the year in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Jay Goff who scored his
first win of the year in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Andrew Hayes locked
down his fourth win of the season in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature,
Alexandra Fearn scored her second win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock
feature, and Cory DiMatteo scored his third win of the season in the 20-lap
Legend Cars feature.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series traveled to the Airborne Park Speedway
in Plattsburg, NY for a 100 lap event. Justin Bonsignore in the Art and
Kenny Barry No. 21 took the win over Tommy Barrett JR and Chris Pasteryak.
Word had it that one of the Modified Tour's most prominent teams will not
be in competition as they are in the process of regrouping so as to be ready
for Loudon on September 20. Car owner Bob Garbarino said that the decision
to not participate in the upcoming Riverhead 200 was based solely upon
trying to break the team’s run of bad luck this season. His No. 4 entry,
driven by Donny Lia, had been unable to finish six of the 10 tour races this
year, including five of the last six. Four were due to accidents and two the
result mechanical failures.
“Hopefully we’re just going to break the chain of bad luck, that’s really
all there is to it,” Garbarino said. “We’ve got to find a way to get rid of
this. We’ve got to do something to shake ourselves up here.” Garbarino has
participated on the Whelen Modified Tour since it was established in 1985,
and his No. 4 has started in every race since the beginning of the 1989
In an unrelated matter a 13.5 acre parcel of land directly across the
street from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will go on the auction block on
Saturday, Sept 20th at 10:00am. Suggested opening bid for this property
which has 600 feet of frontage on Route 106 is $275,000.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl
the shoreline oval ended up getting skunked by the weather man. The National
Weather Service predicted high winds and heavy rain for southeastern
Connecticut for Saturday night. Needless to say it was humid and
uncomfortable in the Waterford area on Saturday night but no rain fell until
after midnight. On a sad note, Don Bachand who was one of the original
drivers of the Mystic Missile at Waterford passed away.
In Modified racing in the Southland, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour Series was at the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina. Burt Myers took
the lead from points leader Andy Seuss on the restart of a
green-white-checkered finish attempt and held on for his second consecutive
win of the season and 13th career victory. It was Myers' first victory at
the .455-mile banked asphalt oval since the series' second event there in
April 2005. Seuss, who entered the event looking for his fifth consecutive
win at Caraway dating back to last season and 11th of his career, was forced
to settle for a runner-up finish. He was followed by Kyle Ebersole, David
Calabrese and Danny Bohn. Luke Fleming, J.R. Bertuccio, Bryan Dauzat, Daniel
Speeney and Gary Putnam completed the top 10.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island the scheduled twin 30 lap NASCAR
Modified features were replaced by a single 40 lapper because of impending
rain. Jason Agugliaro scored his second win of the season over Ryan Preece,
Tom Rogers Jr, Kyle Elwood and Ron Silk.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup action, Brad Keselowski routed the Richmond field,
leading all but 17 of the 400 laps en route to his fourth victory of the
season. Kyle Busch led every lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Virginia
529 College Savings 250, and held off rookie points leader Chase Elliott
late in the race to score his record 22nd win from the pole.
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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