Sixty years ago in 1952, Don
Hall was the 25 Lap Sportsman winner at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Harold "Curley" LeMay was the Claiming Car winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1957 Ray
Moran won the opening day 25 lap Sportsman feature at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ted Stack was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962 Dick
Beauregard won the opening day 25 lap Modified feature at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Lou Caso was the 15 lap Bomber winner.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Martinsville ran a 100 lap modified event with Sonny Hutchins of
Richmond, Va. taking the win. In the Grandnational (Winston Cup)
event, Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough lapped the field as they
finished one-two in the 500 lap event. The Fulton Raceway in New
York cleared away the snow for an open competition event that was
won by Lee Osborne. Newt Palm made it two in a row at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl as he won the 30 lap Modified feature.
Jiggs Beetham, who in later years would team up with Bob Potter as
his car owner, was the 15 lap Daredevil feature winner.
Forty years ago in 1972, hot off
his Spring Sizzler victory, Fred DeSarro made it two in a row at
Stafford as he won the Sunday afternoon 30-lap event. Bob Santos
finished second and was followed by Hop Harrington, Ray Miller,
Moose Hewitt, Rene Charland and Bernie Miller. South Boston also ran
a modified event with Max Berrier winning the 75 lapper over Ray
Hendrick, Paul Radford and Jerry Cook. Saturday night racing at
Fonda rained out. The weather was clear on the Connecticut shoreline
on Sunday as Joe Trudeau won the 40 lap Modified feature. Ken
Greggory was the 20 lap Sportsman Sedan feature winner.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
Maynard Troyer finally mastered the Stafford Speedway as he won the
80 lap Spring Sizzler. Bob Polverari, Richie Evans, Dick Caso and Ed
Flemke Sr. rounded out the top five. Ron Cote was the winner of the
Thirty years ago in 1982, Greg
Sacks, fresh off his Martinsville win, brought his streak to the
Stafford Speedway where he won the 80 lap Sizzler. Reggie Ruggiero
finished second and was followed by Kenny Bouchard, George Summers,
Maynard Troyer and Corky Cookman. Mike Weeden was the non-qualifiers
winner with Jim Spencer, second. Also on this weekend, Richie Evans
won the season opener at Riverside Park on Saturday night. Ray
Miller finished second with George Kent, third. In Winston Cup
action at North Wilkesboro, Darrel Waltrip was both the Busch Pole
sitter and the race winner.
Twenty five years ago in 1987, Riverside Park was the only game in
town as Jerry Marquis in the Bob Judkins 2x took the win over Stan
Greger, Mike McLaughlin and Wade Cole.
Twenty years ago in 1992,
Riverside Park rained out for the second week in a row. Because of
the Easter weekend, the only racing was a Busch Grandnational event
run at Hickory, N.C., which was won by Tommy Houston.
Fifteen years ago in 1997, the
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series was in Martinsville for a
200 lapper. Mike Ewanitsko started 19th, made an early pit stop and
inherited the lead when Mike Stefanik pitted and went on to take the
win. Stefanik, who borrowed a car from Chris Kopec after he wrecked
his own as a result of a broken wheel, finished second .Ricky Fuller
finished third and was followed by Jan Leaty, Reggie Ruggiero, Tim
Connolly and pole sitter, Ed Flemke Jr. Events scheduled for
Riverside Park, the Waterford Speedbowl and the Riverhead Raceway
were rained out.
Ten years ago in 2002, Tommy Fox
took the Saturday night win at the Waterford Speedbowl. Fox was
running second to Ted Christopher when he got his left front into
Christopher’s right rear. Fox turned left and Christopher spun out
of the lead. Dennis Gada ended up second with John Brouwer, third.
Christopher ended up 15th. Dave Michael got his 60th win at Wall
Stadium and in Busch North Series action at Lee it was Andy Santerre
over Mike Olsen and Mike Johnson. Dale Earnhardt JR led 133 of the
108 laps at Talledega to take the Nextel Cup win. Michael Waltrip
finished second. Nextel Cup car owner Jack Roush was severly injured
in a plane crash. Roush hit power lines and landed upside down in a
lake. Larry Hicks, a retired Marine and recovering cancer patient
pulled him to safety.
Five years ago in 2007, The 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series got the green flag on Sunday at
the Thompson Speedway as a near capacity crowd watched James Civali
sprint to victory in the 150 lap Ice Breaker. Civali took the lead
on lap 109 after running wheel to wheel with John Blewett III for
several laps. A late race wreck which involved Reggie Ruggiero set
the stage for a green, white, checkered finish on lap 152. Chuck
Hossfeld got two late race gifts as it looked like he would end his
day in fourth spot. With seven laps to go the green flew after a
caution. Civali led the field followed by Richard Savory, Ron Yuhas
Jr, Hossfeld and Ruggerio. As the field exited turn two Ruggerio
went low, passing Hossfeld and Yuhas. Ruggerio, trying to get back
in line after the pass, clipped Yuhas and they both ended up hitting
the back stretch wall. While the track crews were cleaning up the
mess and the field was circling under caution Savory suffered a flat
tire and was forced to pit, thus handing the runner-up spot to
Hossfeld. Savory ended up 17th. Following Hossfeld was Ronnie Silk,
Jimmy Blewett and Matt Hirschman. Sixth through tenth were Tony
Ferrante Jr, Carl Pasteryak, Jon McKennedy, Bob Grigas and Zach
Sylvester in the Mansfield, CT based No77 of Curt Chase.
Ted Christopher, who started on the outside pole, was the early
leader as he passed pole sitter Savory in turn three before the
field completed the first lap. Christopher led until a lap 23
restart when Don Lia shot by in the second turn. Lia apparently
planned to go non-stop without a change of tires as almost the
entire field pitted for tires during a caution on lap 71. It proved
to end up being a bad decision as his tires lost their grip by lap
97 when he gave way to Civali. Lia remained in the top five despite
fading fast. His undoing finally came on lap 137 when he spun out
and was never a factor after that. Lia ended up 20th, four laps
down. Christopher also had a bad day as he was collected in a wreck
on lap 99 and ended up in 27th spot at the finish. Defending series
champion was never a factor as he was eliminated after losing a
wheel on lap 33 after making contact with Jerry Marquis. Stefanik
ended up 34th.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly action ”Showtime” Jimmy
Blewett , driving the Eddie Partridge No.12 was victorious in Sunoco
Modified action. Rick Gentes doubled up in Icebreaker Late Model
action (also winning last Saturday). Jeff Connors of Ellington, CT
won the Pro Stock field while Keith DeSanctis won the Limited
Sportsman division and Leo Adams was victorious in the TIS Modifieds.
Andy Publicover scored the win in the Mini Stocks.
In Sunoco Modified action, Todd Ceravolo held the early lead over
Woody Pitkat. A pack of hungry drivers, Jimmy Blewett, Keith Rocco,
and Tommy Cravenho, were bearing down on the leaders. Slight contact
between the lead duo opened the door for Jimmy. Blewett, who grabbed
the second spot before the caution flew for Roland Bergeron. After a
false start, racing resumed with Ceravolo retaining his lead.
Contact between Pitkat and Rocco send Rocco hard into the turn two
wall. Jimmy Blewett was able to take over the lead once racing
resumed. A single lap later contact between Cravenho and Bert Marvin
sent Cravenho spinning. A chain reaction accident claimed the cars
of John Catania, Buddy Charette, and others. Marvin was sent to the
rear for his involvement in the accident. Jimmy Blewett continued to
lead Ceravolo and now his brother John when racing went back to
green. Pitkat and Kerry Malone sat inside the top five. Pitkat was
getting racy with John Blewett while the leader had his hands full
with Ceravolo. The top four cars began to get some distance on
Malone in fifth. Just after halfway, the caution flew when Harry
Rheaume and Marvin made contact. Both cars were able to continue. On
the restart, Jimmy. Blewett and Ceravolo were side by side for the
lead; meanwhile, things got messy from third position on back.
Pitkat and Marvin both sustained extensive damage in the melee. Also
involved was third-running John Blewett. The battle for the lead
continued when the race resumed. While Jimmy Blewett and Ceravolo
began to distance themselves from the rest of the pack, Kerry Malone
headed down pit road, relinquishing the third spot.
The final dash to the checkers found Jimmy. Blewett gaining some
breathing room over Ceravolo. Dave Salzarulo and Danny Cates had
great finish runs. Tommy Cravenho and Jo. Blewett had stormed back
through the pack and put on a great show battling for the fifth
position. At the finish, Jimmy Blewett scored the win over Ceravolo
and Salzarulo. The rookie Danny Cates finished fourth in only his
second Sunoco Modified start. John Blewett, who had won at the Wall
Township Speedway in New Jersey on Saturday night recovered to
The Monahan brothers packed a one-two punch at the Waterford
Speedbowl on Saturday evening, claiming the top-two slots in the
35-lap SK Modified feature. It was Diego prevailing, but only after
an intense battle with older brother Shawn during several late-race
restarts. Other winners were Rob Summers (True Value Tour Modifieds),
Tim Jordan (Late Models), Al Stone III (Sportsman), and Phil Evans
Joey Logano won a NASCAR Grand National Series event Thursday night
at Phoenix International Raceway. Logano was a development driver
for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Clint Bowyer won a stirring duel with Matt Kenseth on Friday night,
taking the lead with 14 laps to go and holding on in the Busch
Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Gordon took the
Nextel Cup win at Phoenix on Saturday and dedicated the victory to
the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
The board of directors for the International Speedway Corp. approved
spending an additional $39.6 million for capital projects. With the
approval, the board expects to spend $80 million to $90 million for
a number of improvements at Darlington Raceway, including repaving
the racing surface and aprons, constructing a new infield access
tunnel, installing concrete pit stalls and other renovations. The
improvements are expected to be completed in time for the facility's
2008 Nascar Nextel Cup and Busch series weekend.
The company also announced that William C. France, William P. Graves
and Christy F. Harris were re-elected and Morteza Hosseini-Kargar
was elected to the board by ISC shareholders. All terms were for
Last year, 2011, the Whelen
Modified Tour Series continued on a Spring Break before its next
event which would be the annual Spring Sizzler at Stafford on
Sunday, May 1. Ted Christopher's perch at the top of the series
point standings was short lived. Two days after taking the win at
Thompson, Christopher along with 5th place finisher Justin
Bonsingnore were docked 50 points for altered carburetor boosters.
Teams owners were also fined points while crew chiefs Brad
Lafontaine and Aaron Clifford were fined $500. New points leader was
Rowan Pennink while Christopher dropped to 8th, was fined $500 and
suspended by NASCAR until the fines are paid. Christopher's team
owner Ed Whelen and Bonsignore's team owner, Kenneth Massa were also
docked 50 points in the owners standings. Christopher would keep his
victory in the event. Tony Corrente, owner of Tony's Competition
Engines, built both power plants.
The set-back at Thompson plus injured hands didn't slow down Ted
Christopher as he traveled south to Virginia early Sunday morning
and picked up a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory in the
South Boston 150 in the afternoon at South Boston Speedway. Driving
the Joe Brady No.00 Christopher out dueled George Brunnhoelzl III,
who won the first two Whelen Southern Modified Tour events in 2011,
to earn yet another win in his storied career. Zach Brewer finished
third followed by Tim Brown and John Smith.
The South Boston 150 was originally scheduled for Saturday night but
because of heavy rains and Tornados forced officials to reschedule
for Sunday. Christopher started 17th, broke into the top three by
lap 40 and took the lead on a restart on lap 99 of the 150 lap
There were 19 cars on hand. Nine cars were on the lead lap at the
finish. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be in action
on Saturday, April 23 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.
The Waterford Speedbowl pulled the plug on last Saturday's races due
to a forecast of cold weather and heavy rain along the Connecticut
Fans and competitors of the season ending North-South Shootout found
out that they will have to travel a little further south as the
event would be moving from the Concord NC Speedway to the Myrtle
Beach Speedway in South Carolina. Race promoter Charles Kepley
stated high insurance costs prompted the move.
MADHOUSE Star and driver of the #1 Bowman Gray & Whelen Modified
Series Car, Burt Myers violently wrecked a Supermodified in practice
at the Ace Speedway in North Carolina on Friday afternoon.
Preliminary reports from the speedway indicated a stuck throttle. He
was reported to be awake and talking, and has been taken to the
hospital for further evaluation. After an extensive examination it
was determined that He had three broken ribs and a punctured lung.
During the driver's meeting for the Whelen Modified Tour Series at
the Thompson Speedway Whelen's Phil Kurze stated that the Speed
Channel would televise WMT events at Bristol and the September event
at New Hampshire. He had high hopes of working with NASCAR to put
together a TV package that would include more events. Ratings from
2010 telecasts by Versus were quite high. Race announcers Jackie
Arute and Jimmy Spencer did an outstanding job calling the events.
NASCAR announced that 24 events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series,
NASCAR’s top developmental series, would be televised by the Speed
Mario Fiore, who, for many years had one of the top running and
winning Modifieds in the Northeast made an interesting observation.
"During the 1997 season there were eight televised NASCAR Modified
events", he said. "Those eight events generated a Total Television
Dollar Value of $162, 425 in advertising for Gulf Oil", he added. TV
coverage is extremely important to the well being of the Whelen
Mike Joy was named the 2011 winner of the Henry T. McLemore
Motorsports Journalism award. The McLemore is the most tenured
motorsports journalism award, beginning in 1969 with inaugural
winner Bloys Britt, who wrote for The Associated Press for 17 years.
It is voted by peers, and today’s voters are past McLemore winners.
It was presented at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame
dinner and awards ceremony in Talladega, Ala.
Joy spent his entire adult life as a motorsports journalist. Raised
in Windsor, Conn., Joy’s career started in 1970, working as the
public address announcer at Riverside Park, the Stafford Motor
Speedway and at the Thompson Speedway. He rose through the ranks of
MRN Radio and chronicled the growth of NASCAR by announcing races on
CBS, TNN, ESPN, TBS and now FOX, along with ancillary programming on
His television career began on pit road, where he defined the
position. He moved from pit road to the CBS anchor booth in 1998,
where he called Dale Earnhardt’s historic Daytona 500 victory.
The Charlotte (NC) Observer reported that NASCAR chairman and CEO
Brian France filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife, claiming she has
taped phone conversations without his consent in attempt to extort
money from him. Brian France, 48, claims that Megan France, to whom
he has twice married and divorced, has not only been taping their
phone conversations but has threatened to distribute their contents.
The lawsuit claims that Megan France told her ex-husband she would
not distribute the recordings if he paid her "substantial sums of
money." According to previous court documents, Megan France was
awarded $9 million following her divorce, along with $32,500 a month
in alimony for 10 years and $10,000 a month in child support.
Kyle Busch won under a yellow flag in a wild finish, taking the
Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway when the last of 10
crashes sent Mike Wallace's car flipping upside down. Busch captured
his fourth win in seven Nationwide races - and 47th of his career,
on a day when tandem racing produced a series-record 56 lead
changes, 11 cautions and two red flags to clean up all the debris.
When Wallace's car got clipped on the last lap going down the
backstretch, spinning onto its roof, the yellow came out and Busch
was assured of the win. Wallace's car wound up back on its wheels
and he actually drove it to the finish line of a race that lasted
seven laps beyond its scheduled 117.
In Sprint Cup action, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided being a good
teammate was more important than winning his first Cup race in
nearly three years. Earnhardt hooked up with Jimmie Johnson in a
thrilling Talladega finish, pushing his Hendrick Motorsports
teammate across the line about a foot ahead of Clint Bowyer in a
finish that tied for the closest in NASCAR Sprint Cup history.
Johnson claimed his first win of the season and 54th of his career.
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