Fifty years ago in 1960 the rains descended on the Stafford
Springs Speedway turning the track into a mud bog. Dick Beauregard
recorded 25 lap Modified wins at the Waterford Speedbowl on
Wednesday and Saturday nights. Ted Stack and Ed Moody followed suit
as they recorded wins in the non-Ford and Bomber divisions
Forty five years ago in 1965 Bill Wimble made it four in a
row on the dirt at the Stafford Springs Speedway on Friday night.
Dick Dunn took the checkers at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday
night. Charlie Savage, who would become the first SK Modified
Champion when the division was formed at Stafford, was the Bomber
feature winner. Steady Eddie Flemke won the first ever extra
distance Modified event, a 100 lapper, at the Albany Saratoga
Speedway in Malta, NY. Frank Mathalia finished second and was
followed by Billy Harman and Elton Hill. Kenny Shoemaker made it two
in a row at the Fonda Speedway as he won a 100 lapper. At Utica –
Rome rain prevailed for the third time of the season.
Forty years ago in 1970 Friday night racing at Malta rained
out. In twin 25 lap action at Stafford on Saturday night, Mr. Leo
Cleary put the Garbarino Bros.4 in Victory lane as did Eddie Flemke
in the Garuti Bros.14. At Fonda, Harry Peek and Eddie Pieniezak did
the trick and at Plattsburg, Dick Nephew took the win. Walt
Dombrowski put the L&M in victory lane at Waterford. Larry Crandall
did the trick in the Waterford Daredevils. The annual Trenton 200
was on tap on Sunday and when the checker dropped, Ray Hendrick took
the win over Max Berrier, Sal Dee, Paul Radford and Bugsy Stevens.
Thirty years ago in 1980, Allen Harbach took the Wednesday
night win at New Egypt. Fred Harbach finished second with Jamie
Tomaino, third. Friday at Stafford, Richie Evans beat out Leo Cleary
and Bugsy Stevens. Saturday night at Westboro, John Rosati in the
Tuck Hoffman 73 did the deed as he won out over Ronnie Bouchard and
Cleary. Reggie Ruggiero, in the Bobby Judkins 2x ruled at Riverside.
Ronnie Rocco and Mike Stefanik followed. At Thompson on Sunday,
Jerry Cook won the 40 lap Thompson 300 qualifier. Brian Ross
finished second with Bugsy Stevens, third. Other weekend winners
included George Kent at Shangri-La, Maynard Troyer at Spencer, Tom
McCann at Islip, Allen Whipple at Claremont, Rick Donnelly at
Waterford, Jamie Tomaino at Wall, Don LaJoie at Danbury, Larry
Record at Star and Kenny Busch at Monadnock and Geoff Bodine won a
Late Model Sportsman event at South Boston
Twenty five years ago in 1985, the modified tour was at
Waterford for a Wednesday night event. Ray Miller in the Simons No.9
took the win over Jamie Tomaino and Bugsy Stevens. Waterford was one
of the few tracks that Richie Evans didn't master as the best he
could do was sixth. Friday night at Stafford, Jamie Tomaino scored
as he out ran Doug Hevron and Charlie Jarzombek for the win. Wayne
Anderson won a 200 lapper at New Egypt and it was Richie Evans over
Doug Hewitt at Spencer. Larry Ross pulled an upset at Waterford as
he beat Bob Potter and Joe Tiezzi for the win and at Riverside, Mike
Stefanik won the annual 200.Tim Contarino won at Riverhead and at
Shangri-La it was Randy Hedger over Jim Spencer. In Sunday SK-Mod
action at Thompson, Wayne Dion beat out Keith Williams. In Winston
Cup action at Bristol, Dale Earnhardt was the winner.
Twenty years ago in 1990, the Modified Tour was at Thompson
on Wednesday for a 150 lapper. Mike Mclaughlin took the win over
Reggie Ruggiero. Stafford rained out on Friday and Waterford never
completed their program because of curfew. The mod tour was at
Riverside on Saturday. Richie Gallup took the win over Jeff Fuller.
Lenny Fischer won at Riverhead. Five years ago in 1995,the modified
tour was at Stafford on Friday night. Steve Park took the lead from
Ricky Fuller on lap 77 of the 150-lap event and went on to record
the win. Fuller ended up second with Mike Stefanik, third. Stefanik
had the field covered but was held by officials on pit road after he
made an illegal pass on the track. Satch Worley and Reggie Ruggiero
rounded out the top five. The SK 50 lapper was won by Bo Gunning
with Jim Broderick, second. Veteran Jerry Pearl took the victory at
Waterford on Saturday night. Eric Berndt finished second. Jim
Broderick had the misfortune of breaking his wrist after being
involved in an early race wreck. Tom Fox was the Late Model winner.
At Riverside, Ed Spires took the modified win and Mike Stefanik held
off Kelly Moore as he won the Busch North event at the amusement
park oval. At Riverhead, Chuck Stuer got his fourth of the year.
Tempers were hot at Bristol Tenn. where Dale Earnhardt dumped Terry
Labonte into the wall on the final lap. Labonte managed to win the
event but he wasn't too happy with Mr. Goodwrench. Earlier in the
event, Earnhardt had dumped Rusty Wallace. Steve Grissom was the BGN
winner. During the weekend it was announced that sprint car driver
Doug Wolfgang had been awarded $1.2 million for burn injuries
incurred at the Lakeside Speedway.
Ten years ago in 2000 the Featherlite Modifieds were at
Stafford for a 150 on Friday night. Ted Christopher had the dominant
car until his engine sputtered with three laps to go. Waiting in the
wings was John Blewett III who took the lead and the win. Rick
Fuller finished second and was followed by Tom Craven, Reggie
Ruggiero, Rob Summers and Tim Connolly. The SK's ran twin 50's with
Ted Christopher and Lloyd Agor taking the wins. Saturday night at
Waterford saw Tucker Reynolds Jr. in victory lane as he beat out
Dennis Gada and Ed Dachenhausen for the win. Ted Christopher took on
the New Yorkers in the Lancaster Open. Christopher took the win only
to be disqualified as track officials stated that his carburetor was
illegal. At Riverhead it was Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr. and in Winston Cup
action at Bristol, Rusty Wallace took the pole and the win. Kevin
Harvick did likewise in the companion Busch Grandnational event.
Scott Quinn got a hard fought win at Thompson on Sunday night. Curt
Brainard finished second with Bert Marvin, third. In Busch North
Series action, also at Thompson, Tracy Gordon took the win.
Last year, 2009, The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was
at the Bristol, TN for a Wednesday night event. The posted race
purse of $91,575 drew 42 Whelen Modifieds including 27 from the
North. Late afternoon rain forced NASCAR to cancel time trials
forcing the field to go to post based on points. Ted Christopher led
the field to the starting green with Southern Modified point leader
George Brunnhoelzl, III on the outside. Christopher led the first
107 laps as Brunnhoelzl faded. Donny Lia started seventh and by lap
100 had placed the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile firmly in second
spot. Seven laps later Christopher faltered and Lia scooted into the
lead. Lia lost the lead to Christopher when he jumped a restart on
lap 138 and was told by NASCAR to let Christopher by. Three laps
later Lia was back in the lead and preceded to open up a fairly good
lead which he maintained to the 150 lap mark and the checkered flag.
Christopher held on for second and was followed by Ryan Preece who
brought the mighty No. 3, Ole Blu, of the Boehler family home in
third spot. That particular version of the legendary Modified was
actually built by the late Len Boehler in 1996! George Brunnhoelzl
III and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth
were Todd Szegedy, Rowan Pennink, Ed Flemke Jr., Burt Myers and
The racing was nothing short of being fantastic. A big plus was the
fact that Mike Joy and Dick Berggren called the race for the Speed
In Thursday night Thunder action at Thompson the aggressive driving
in the Sunoco Modifieds continued. Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco
slugged it out to the end. Lots of leaning along with bump and run.
Neither hit the wall so there was no foul. Christopher used
retaliatory moves to score his fourth win of the season. Derek
Ramstrom won a wild one in the Super Late Models while Rick Gentes
scored the victory in the Late Models. Larry Barnett padded his
point lead with his fifth Limited Sportman victory of the season.
Another point leader, Brian Sullivan was victorious in the TIS
Modifieds. Rick Blanchard was declared the Mini Stock winner.
Tim Sullivan led the field to green but he would not lead the
opening lap. Rowan Pennink took over the top spot and began to motor
out to an advantage over Danny Cates. A bobble by Sullivan nearly
collected Keith Rocco, who was forced out of the groove. Woody
Pitkat had worked his way into the third position. The outside
groove was the fast way around as Christopher had moved into the
third spot with Rocco in tow. On lap 9, Christopher was able to dive
inside Cates for second. Rocco, once again, followed TC through and
into third. Christopher caught Pennink while Rocco caught the bumper
of Christopher. The top three ran nose-to-tail.
At halfway, Rocco was able to slide below Christopher when he
bobbled exiting turn four on lap 15. The caution flew on lap 16 for
an incident on the backstretch involving Andy Gaspar and Wayne Arute.
Leader Pennink opted to use the outside groove on the restart but it
was Rocco in the low groove gaining the advantage. Christopher was
able to get around Pennink as well. The action was slowed for a spin
by Harry Rheaume. Rocco was up to the challenge on the restart but
an incident further back in the pack brought out the caution once
again. A spin by Bert Marvin collected Tim Sullivan and Todd
Ceravolo. Sullivan’s car sustained significant damage. On the
restart, Rocco was up to the challenge once again. After a short
battle with Pennink, Christopher remained in the second position.
Christopher dove beneath Rocco in turn one. They went wheel to wheel
through turn two. Christopher got the edge on the backstretch but
Rocco did the slingshot move exiting four. They crossed the stripe
even. In turn one, Rocco was the leader once again. Pennink ran in
the third spot with heavy pressure from Pitkat. Cates ran alone in
the fifth position.
With two laps to go, Christopher got along side Rocco. The duo
streaked under the white flag with Rocco ahead by inches. Rtocco
maintained a slight advantage on the back stretch. Coming out of
four Rocco tried holding Christopher low. Christopher retaliated
riding high out of four. Rocco drifted up in the marbles making way
for Christopher to take the checkers. Pennink came through for
second. Pitkat was able to grab third spot at the checkers. Rocco
had to settle for fourth ahead of Cates. There were 16 Sunoco
Modifieds on hand.
Heavy rain plus warnings of possible tornados forced the Stafford
Motor Spedway event to cancel Friday nights racing.
The Waterford Speedbowl completed a fast paced NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series racing program on a hot Saturday bolstered by
two green-to-checkered flag races. Threats of storms generated by
Hurricane Bill failed to put a damper on the night’s racing. Corey
Hutchings captured an exciting SK Modified race in down to the wire
fashion, Vin Esposito returned to the winner’s circle in the Bob
Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, points leaders Ronnie Oldham Jr. and
Jason Palmer won the Street Stock and Legends Car events and Nick
Pappacoda was a first time feature event winner in the Norwich
Bulletin Mini Stocks.
The SK Modifieds rebounded from the previous week’s caution-marred
feature to put on a classic 35-lap shootout. Corey Hutchings
prevailed in a close contest over last week’s winner Tyler Chadwick.
The pair raced the final several laps side-by-side. Joe Perry on the
pole with Hutchings on the outside pole brought the field to green
and the pair ran the initial laps alongside one another before
Hutchings edged ahead into sole possession of the lead on lap four.
The action up front was singling out with Hutchings moving out over
Perry. Justin Gaydosh was in third holding back the challenges of
Jeff Pearl and Chadwick as the event stayed green through halfway.
The top points contenders were mired back outside the top ten having
difficulty moving through the competitive field.
Gaydosh got loose in turn two on lap 19, allowing Chadwick to duck
under Pearl and take over the fourth spot after the two had battled
for several laps. Pearl and Rob Janovic Jr. moved past Gaydosh on
lap 23 when his #94 car began to lose some handling. Ron Yuhas Jr.
and Keith Rocco had finally made some progress, moving into sixth
and eighth respectively when the first caution finally waved on lap
24 for Joe Gada and Tom Abele who suffered separate incidents on
different parts of the track.
Chadwick edged Perry on the restart, moving in to pressure
Hutchings. He pulled outside looking for a repeat trip to victory
lane. Janovic also moved past Perry into third. Yuhas finally
emerged in the top five, moving past Pearl as the field raced to lap
30. Caution waved on that circuit for Jeffrey Gallup.
Chadwick was alongside Hutchings for the final restart. The two
stayed glued together over the final five laps to the finish, with
Hutchings able to prevail by .031 seconds over Chadwick. Janovic
finished third, Yuhas got up to fourth, and Perry put in his best
effort in the open-wheel SK’s running with the leaders all night for
fifth. Jeff Pearl finished sixth and was followed by Rocco, Dennis
Gada, Josh Sylvester and Jef Paul.
In a sad note, former track Modified champion Dick Ceravolo, a
longtime competitor and car owner at the Speedbowl, suffered serious
injuries in an accident at his home on Friday afternoon. Known to
many as Dickie Doo, Ceravolo was attempting to jumpstart a farm
tractor that had accidentally been left in gear. The tractor bolted
and pinned him between his truck and the tractor while his wife
Joyce watched in horror. Ceravolo was transported to the Yale-New
Haven Hospitol where he is presently on life support. Among his
injuries is a crushed chest plus back and head injuries. At 70 years
of age, the former driver is in excellent physical shape, which will
work to his advantage in what could be a long recovery.
Ceravolo won eight career Modified features from 1976-1987 at the
Waterford Speedbowl. He was the 1988 SK Modified division champion
at track despite not winning a feature during the season. Ceravolo
surprised many when he announced his retirement at the season ending
banquet after his championship year. He was the car owner champion
the following year after hiring Bob Potter as his driver. In recent
years he has been a fixture at the Thompson Speedway where he fields
a Sunoco Modified that is driven by his youngest son, Todd. His
oldest son, Rick, is the crew chief of the Ceravolo family effort.
In True Value Modified Series racing at the Seekonk Speedway Chris
Pasteryak took the 100 lap win over Les Hinkley, Rowan Pennick, Mike
Holdredge and Steve Masse. On the third turn of the final lap
Pennink made a move to pass Hinckley and got him sideways. Hinckley
did a fantastic save the car and made it across the finish line in
second. Pennink settled in for third as he backed off the gas to
avoid causing a wreck.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing there were no last-lap fireworks
Saturday night as Kyle Busch and Mark Martin staged a side-by-side
charge to the checkered flag. Busch emerged the winner. It snapped
his 13-race Sprint Cup Series winless streak while Martin settled
for second. David Ragan held off teammate Carl Edwards on a two-lap
sprint to the finish Friday night to win the Nationwide Series race
at Bristol Motor Speedway. Edwards settled for second.
The World Racing Group, Inc. announced on August 14 that it has
completed its previously announced going private transaction. World
Racing sanctions and promotes dirt track auto racing. Based in
Concord, N.C. they own and operate the three highest profile
national touring series for dirt track racing in the United States
which include The World of Outlaws® Sprint Car Series, The World of
Outlaws Late Model Series(SM) and The Super DIRTcar Series™. Under
the terms of the transaction, the Company conducted a 1-for-101
reverse stock split whereby each 101 shares of the Company's common
stock was converted into one share of common stock. Holders of less
than 101 shares of common stock prior to the reverse stock split
will receive a cash out price of $0.10 per share. The result of the
reverse stock split was a reduction in the number of the Company's
stockholders of record to fewer than 300. As a result, the Company
will immediately cease to be a public reporting company.
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