Sixty years ago in 1952 rain
prevailed at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Fifty five years ago in 1957 Don
Collins was the 25 lap Sportsman winner at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Benny Desrosier was the 10 lap non-Ford winner
Fifty years ago in 1962, Dick
Beauregard made it two in a row at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl as he won the 25 Lap Modified feature. Ed Moody, who in
later years would become the assistant tech inspector at the
Stafford Speedway, won the 15 lap Bomber feature.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
the only racing was in New York State and in Connecticut. Fulton
Raceway ran on Saturday night with Maynard Troyer taking the win.
The Fonda Speedway opened for the season with Pete Corey taking the
win over Jeep Herbert and Bill Wimble. Also opening for the season
was the Utica-Rome Speedway where Fran Kitchen took the win over
Kenny Shoemaker, Bernie Miller, Ray Sitterly and Frank Mathalia. In
Connecticut at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Newt Palm made it
three in a row when he won the 30 lap Modified feature. Ron Emery
was the Daredevil winner.
Forty years ago in 1972, the
NASCAR Modifieds were in Martinsville for a 100 lap event which saw
Bugsy Stevens take the win over Gene Bergin, Jerry Cook and Max
Berrier. Islip opened for the season on Saturday night with Fred
Harbach taking the win over Jim Hendrickson, George Wagner and Cliff
Tyler. At Fonda, Jack Johnson dusted Lou Lazzaro and Maynard Forette
for the win. Dave Lape and Harry Peek rounded out the top five.
Stafford ran a 30 lapper on Sunday afternoon. Ronnie Bouchard in the
Bob Johnson No.17 took the win over Leo Cleary, Bob Santos, Jerry
Cook, Ray Miller and Smokey Boutwell. Waterford also ran on Sunday
afternoon with Angie Cerase taking the 40 lap Modified win. Wally
Gada was the Sportsman Sedan winner.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
Ronnie Bouchard beat out Fred DeSarro and Bob Polverari as he won
the season opener 100 lapper at the Waterford Speedbowl. Don Fowler
was the Grand American Late Model winner. This event was the first
to be promoted by Dick Williams and Coastal Racing who had leased
the track from Harvey Tattersall. Jap Membrino won at Plainville and
at Islip it was Wayne Anderson over Fred Harbach and Bill Park.
Freeport was also running on Saturday night. Charlie Jarzombek took
the win at the flat quarter over Gary Winters and George Brunnhoelzl.
In the southland, Jerry Cook won a 200 lapper at Bowman Gray but had
to settle for third at the Franklin County Speedway in Callaway, Va.
On Sunday, Punky Caron took Monadnock by storm and at Thompson it
was Fred DeSarro over Ronnie Bouchard, Eddie Flemke and Leo Cleary.
Thirty years ago in 1982, The
Modifieds traveled to Martinsville for a 150 lap event. Richie Evans
took the win over Jim Spencer, Greg Sacks and Jamie Tomaino. Reggie
Ruggiero was the winner at Riverside Park over Stan Greger, Bob
Polverari and Ray Miller. The event was marred by a crash as a
result of a stuck throttle on the car driven by Dave Furoni. Furoni
died as a result of injuries. Mike Stefanik was the Pro Stock
winner. At Islip, John Blewett Jr. took the win over Don Howe and
Bill Park and at Wall Stadium, Tony Siscone beat out Tom McCann for
the win. On Sunday, Jerry Cook won an open competition event at
Lancaster. In Winston Cup action at Martinsville Harry Gant ended a
long string of second place finishes as he won the 250 mile event.
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
the Modifieds traveled to Martinsville for the Spring 150 only to
have it rained out and not rescheduled. A long trip for nothing!
Bruce D'Assandro scored his first ever win in an 87 lapper at
Riverside Park .Mike Stefanik, Tom Bolles, Mike McLaughlin and Ed
Kennedy rounded out the top five. Steve Park was the opening night
winner at Riverhead as he beat Jerry Solomito to the stripe. At
Shangri-La it was Ron Shepherd over Jim Spencer and at Waterford on
Sunday, Rick Donnelly took the season opener over John Anderson and
Dennis Gada. In Winston Cup action at Martinsville, Dale Earnhardt
took the win. Geoff Bodine was leading the closing laps when he was
spun by Kyle Petty. Bodine recovered to finish third.
Twenty years ago in 1992, Ricky
Fuller jumped the curb in a late race pass of Jan Leaty to take the
lead and eventual win at Martinsville. Mike Stefanik finished second
and was followed by Leaty and Satch Worley. Dennis Gada beat out
Richie Gallup to win the Waterford opener. Jerry Young was the Late
Model winner after Phil Rondeau broke an axle in the late going. In
Winston Cup action at Martinsville, Mark Martin took the win and
made it eight in a row for Ford products. Kyle Petty crashed and
burned. First on the scene was Geoff Bodine who pulled him to
Fifteen years ago in 1997, Todd
Ceravolo took the Saturday night win at Waterford. Eric Berndt was
leading the closing laps when his engine burped and he lost power.
Scott Spaulding, running second at the time slowed to avoid a
collision and was unintentionally tapped and spun by Ceravolo.
Dennis Gada finished second with Jim Broderick, third. Tom Fox was
the Late Model winner. At Riverside Park, Reggie Ruggiero recorded
his 87th career win at the 1/4 mile oval over Dave Berube and Richie
Gallup. At the Stafford Sizzler, Mike Stefanik recorded his third
Sizzler win. Reggie Ruggiero finished second and was followed by
Mike Ewanitsko, Dan Avery and Tom Baldwin. Lloyd Agor and Steve
Chowanski were the winners of the twin 40 lap SK Modified features.
Ten years ago in 2002, Ken
Wooley was the Busch Pole sitter for the Spring Sizzler. Tony
Hirschman was the outside pole sitter. The event, which drew 48
Modifieds was rained out and re-scheduled for the following week.
The SK-Modifieds got to run on Saturday and when all was said and
done, Doug Coby took the 40-lap win over Chuck Docherty and Lloyd
Agor. Numerous wrecks and spins forced the race to go 52 laps before
the checker dropped. In other Saturday night action Ron Yuhas Jr.
passed Rob Janovic on lap 24 of the 35 lap feature at Waterford and
went on to take the win. Janovic finished second and was followed by
Ed Reed Jr., Tom Fox and Dennis Gada. In Winston Cup action at
Fontana, California, Jimmie Johnson scored his first win. Scott
Riggs was the Busch Series winner. Other weekend winners included
Tom Arre at Wall Township, Chris Young at Riverhead, Brett Hearn
made it two in a row at Lebanon Valley and TJ Potrzebowski won the
Race of Champions Tour Richie Evans Memorial at Tioga.
Five years ago in 2007, The 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Stafford Motor
Speedway on April 29. The track opened on Friday despite heavy rains
that cancelled weekly racing division practice sessions. Forty-two
Modifieds were on hand for practice and qualifying on Saturday.
Second generation driver Matt Hirschman took the Busch Pole winner
as he toured the half mile oval at 45/100th of a second faster then
his father, Tony, in qualifying. Tony Hirschman, a five-time series
champion, averaged 99.701 mph in his qualifying run. Reggie Ruggiero
of Rocky Hill, Conn. was third fastest with a speed of 99.673 mph.
Thompson Ice Breaker winner, James Civali, was fourth fastest with a
speed of 99.448 mph. Ted Christopher rounded out the Top-5 in
qualifying with a speed of 99.179 mph. The Top-8 qualifiers drew for
starting position. Tony Hirschman drew the pole and was joined by
Ruggiero on the front row. Civali and Matt Hirschman made up row
Don Lia and car owner Bob Garbarino didn’t repeat their mistake made
at Thompson as they pitted for tires on lap 75 of the 200 lap Spring
Sizzler. Their pit stop paid off in dividends as they won the event.
Lia and Todd Szegedy swapped the lead three times over the final 29
laps. Lia took the lead for good on lap 97. Szegedy settled for
second with Jerry Marquis bringing the Brady Bunch No.00 home in
third spot. Mike Stefanik, who had a problem and never got to time
trial, got in the event using a provisional starting spot, finished
fourth. Zach Sylvester in the Curt Chase No.77 finished fifth.
Fourteen caution periods for 76 laps kept Lia’s average speed at
55.147 mph. Frank Ruocco, a part time Modified Tour competitor
caused the two biggest wrecks and was responsible for at least six
cars being knocked out of the Sizzler. The first “Big One” came on
lap 20 when Ruocco got airborne and landed on the Roger Hill No.79
driven by Chuck Hossfeld. The Hill car suffered extensive body
damage and looked ready for the scrap heap. Extensive pit repairs
and body work with a sledge hammer plus miles of 100 mile per hour
tape kept Hossfeld on the track. Plus the fact he received two
separate Lucky Dog awards and was able to finish on the lead lap in
13th spot. Carl Pasteryak and Bobby Santos III weren’t as lucky as
their mounts had to be parked because of extensive damage. The
second Ruocco “Big One” came on lap 117 when his radiator broke and
the resulting mess collected Rick Fuller, Rob Summers and Matt
Hirschman. Sixth through tenth were Tony Hirschman, James Civali,
Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Blewett and Jamie Tomaino.
Among the highlights of the weekend was the release of Steady Eddie:
Memories of Ed Flemke, Modified Racing's Fastest Professor. Coastal
181 and Bones Bourcier did an excellent job on this one. Flemke
became a Modified Legend in his own time. A favorite Flemke story
took place at the Waterford Speedbowl in the early 1950’s. Flemke
was in the Army and stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Waterford
had a big race and Flemke wanted the weekend off and his superiors
refused his request. Some how he was able to go AWOL and make the
race. Some of his friends had his car ready when he arrived and he
jumped in and went out and won the race. Military Police were
waiting at the pit gate. They got a big surprise when Flemke parked
his race car between turns one and two and jumped the fence and ran
off into the nearby woods. To make a long story short, Flemke made
it back to Fort Dix and was in his bunk fast asleep when the MPs
returned from Connecticut.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Chris Matthews repeated
his Spring Sizzler SK Light Modified feature win of one year ago,
and Rick Lanagan drove to victory in his Limited Late Model feature
debut. Zach Sylvester was the winner of the Coors Light 21 Means 21
SK Modified® feature event, and Ryan Posocco was the winner of the
Late Model 16 feature event.
Lloyd Agor was awarded the SK Modified win after apparent winner
Woody Pitkat was disqualified after officials discovered his car had
an illegal rear spoiler. Jeff Baral finished second and was followed
by Jeff Malave, Eric Berndt and Ted Christopher. The Late Model
Feature went green to checker with first-time winner Corey Hutchings
taking the win. Woody Pitkat finished second.
At the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night Shawn Monahan passed
Doug Coby with 12-laps to go to win Saturday evening’s 35-lap SK
Modified feature at the shoreline oval. Early leader Dennis Charette
spun after contact with Kenny Horton. Jeff Paul, Rob Janovic, and
Tyler Chadwick rounded-out the top-5. Last weeks winner Diego
Monahan finished sixth.
Other feature winners were Bruce Thomas Jr. (Late Models), Dwayne
Dorr (Sportsman), Joseph Godbout III (Mini Stocks), Ginny Quinones (USAC
Ford Focus Midget Series).
At the Wall Township Speedway Kevin Flockhart won the 40 lap
Modified feature. Tom Farrell, Michael Bohn, John Blewett III, Steve
Reed and Shaun Craig rounded out the top five.
In NASCAR Busch East competition Sixteen-year-old Joey Logano swept
to the win at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina, his
second NASCAR Grand National victory in less than ten days. Logano,
of Middletown, Conn., held off Sean Caisse to win the NASCAR Busch
East Series Greased Lightning 150. The victory comes on the heals of
his NASCAR West Series season opening win at Phoenix International
Raceway April 19. The West Series and Busch East Series wins were
Logano’s first and second career NASCAR starts, respectively. Logano,
who set the track record at 87.481 mph qualifying, took the lead
from defending race winner Caisse on lap 73. Bryon Chew of
Mattituck, N.Y. was third followed by Peyton Sellers of Danville,
Va., and Rogelio Lopez of Mexico City, Mexico.
In Nextel Cup action at the Talledega Speedway Jeff Gordon crossed
the finish line for win No. 77, breaking a tie with the late Dale
Earnhardt on NASCAR's career victory list. It was only fitting that
it happened at Talladega, where Earnhardt, who would have been 56 on
Sunday, won 10 times in his Cup career. But it was anticlimactic and
confusing, ending under caution to leave Gordon unsure if he'd
actually won and taken over sixth place on the wins list.
Gordon, who started on the pole, ran up front at times during the
race but was 14th on a restart with 10 laps to go. But he stormed to
the front and with three laps to go passed Jamie McMurray for the
lead a split-second before a caution came out. It set up a the
green-white-checkered flag finish, with Gordon out front on the
restart. But before the field reached full speed, a wreck far behind
the leaders brought out the caution and effectively ended the race.
Tony Stewart, embroiled in controversy all week for likening NASCAR
to pro wrestling, was knocked into the wall far ahead of the first
accident. He bounced off the outside wall, slid down the track and
into the inside wall, then stood fuming on the apron as he waited
for the field to pass. He made an angry gesture at Jamie McMurray
and David Gilliland as they passed under caution. Jimmie Johnson,
Gordon's teammate, finished second as Hendrick Motorsports cars
continued their season-long domination. Hendrick drivers have won
six of the first nine races.Kurt Busch was third, Gilliland fourth
and McMurray finished fifth. Kevin Harvick was sixth, followed by
Earnhardt, David Stremme, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Kentucky Speedway revised
their lawsuit against NASCAR and the International Speedway
Corporation. Kentucky Speedway is no longer is demanding a Nextel
Cup race in its federal lawsuit against NASCAR and International
Speedway Corp. In an amended complaint filed Friday, April 20, the
speedway said it wants NASCAR to develop "objective factors" for the
awarding of Nextel Cup races, the France family to give up control
of either ISC (a public company that operates tracks and whose
majority of voting stock is owned by the Frances) or NASCAR (a
private company owned by the Frances) and for ISC to sell at least
eight of the 12 tracks it owns that host Nextel Cup events. The
41-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Covington, also
reveals some of the speedway's attempts to bring NASCAR's top racing
series to Gallatin County. The speedway filed suit in July 2005
alleging NASCAR and ISC violated antitrust laws by restricting which
tracks host Nextel Cup races and trying to "monopolize the market
for hosting premium stock car racing events." In the original
complaint, the speedway asked for Nextel Cup races to be awarded
through a competitive bidding process. The complaint details some
specific attempts by the speedway to secure a spot on the Nextel
schedule. According to the new complaint, the track offered New
Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre $360 million to buy
the facility that holds two Cup races annually. NASCAR and ISC have
denied the allegations contained in the original complaint.
Last year, 2011, The NASCAR
Whelen Southern Modified Tour was in action at Caraway Speedway in
Sophia, N.C. Ted Christopher made it two in a row as he edged Thomas
Stinson in a two-lap dash to the finish.
Christopher, a veteran of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with 294
career starts and 39 wins on that circuit, took command from
pole-sitter George Brunnhoelzl III on the sixth lap of the Caraway
150 and held off Stinson in a green-white-checkered finish to win by
Christopher's victory follows his at South Boston, Va. It marked the
sixth career win in 15 starts in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour for the Plainville, Conn., driver and his fourth win at
Caraway. After being passed, Brunnhoelzl stayed close and shadowed
Christopher for most of the race. He made several challenges, but
was not able to regain the lead. Stinson, who had started 17th,
caught the pair on Lap 125 and gained the second spot on Lap 131. He
attempted to move by Christopher for the lead, but had to settle for
the runner-up spot. John Smith finished third with Brunnhoelzl and
Frank Fleming rounding out the top five. Jason Myers, Austin Pack,
Tim Brown, Lee Jefferies and James Civali made up the top ten.
Jeffries was pinch hitting for the injured Burt Myers. Ten of the
original 20 starters were on the lead lap at the finish.
For the second week in a row the Waterford Speedbowl pulled the plug
due to cold weather and heavy rain along the Connecticut shoreline.
In Nationwide Series racing at Nashville, Carl Edwards led five
times for 148 laps beating Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by .521
seconds. Edwards surged past Busch as the two dueled for the lead
with 35 laps to go. Sprint Cup competition took a week off.
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