Fifty years ago in 1960 rain was the big winner at Stafford
Springs on Friday night. Ted Stack won the Modified and Non-Ford
features on Wednesday night at the Waterford Speedbowl. Newt Palm
was the Bomber winner. Don Collins, Dick Beauregard and Ed Moody
were the Saturday night winners.
Forty five years ago in 1965 Bill Wimble made it three in a
row in Friday night Modified action on the dirt at Stafford. Newt
Palm was the Modified winner at the Waterford Speedbowl. Jerry
Glaude was the Late Model Daredevil winner. Elton Hill was the 25
lap Modified feature winner at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in
Malta, NY on Sunday. Frank Manafort finished second and was followed
by Danny Gallulo and Dick Dixon. Robbie Kotary won at Fonda while
Utica – Rome fell victim to rain.
Forty years ago in 1970, it was a very busy week. Tuesday the
All Star League visited the Catamount Stadium in Vermont. Richie
Evans won the 100 lapper over Bugsy Stevens, Geoff Bodine and
Maynard Troyer. The following night the league moved to Stafford
Springs where Bugsy Stevens used his home track advantage to take
the win over Don Diffendorf, Evans, Bodine and Eddie Flemke. The
Albany-Saratoga Speedway ran a 100 lapper on Friday night. Evans who
had been under suspension by NASCAR was allowed to run and he wasted
little time as he took the win over Bugsy Stevens, Robbie Kotary and
Jerry Cook. Fonda held a 200-lap National Championship event on
Saturday night. In addition to their regular runners, the event drew
asphalt runners who were chasing points for the national title.
Harry Peek took the win over Rene Charland and Don Wayman. Modified
point leader Fred DeSarro finished sixth behind Ron Narducci. Jerry
Cook finished 11th, Bernie Miller, 16th and Dick Fowler, 20th. Glynn
Shafer took the Modified win at Waterford. Ron Cote was the Late
Model Daredevil winner. Racing at Plattsburg was cancelled because
of a power outage and at Stafford; Leo Cleary scored a one-two punch
as he won the twin 25's that were run. Billy Harman finished second
in the first one with Ernie Gahan, third. Ed Yerrington finished
second in the nightcap with Gahan, third. Cleary carried his win
streak to Thompson where he won the first feature and finished
second to DeSarro in the second one. Utica-Rome rained out.
Thirty five years ago in 1975, the schedule was light due to
rain. At Stafford on Friday night, Geoff Bodine held off Eddie
Flemke and Ronnie Bouchard for the win. Bodine also won the Yankee
All Star event at Thompson on Wednesday. The only other action was
at Shangri-La and Fulton where Richie Evans went two for two.
Waterford also fell victim to rain.
Thirty years ago in 1980, Richie Evans went three for three
as he won at Stafford, Riverside and Thompson. At Stafford, Corky
Cookman finished second and was followed by Brian Ross and Ronnie
Bouchard. At Riverside, Bob Polverari finished second but the real
action took place after the races. Evidently the Agawam Police felt
that Evans and his crew and friends were celebrating too much and
came on the scene to quiet things down. While the cops were talking
to Evans, Crew Chief Billy Nicewicz let the air out of one of the
cruiser's tires. The cops had no sense of humor and arrested Evans,
Nicewicz and anyone else that was in the area including John
McMullen and Speedway Scene’s, Val LeSeur. Evans got everyone out
and no charges were pressed. The New England Drivers and Owners Club
voted to propose a maximum motor rule (358 C.I.) for 1981.It was
adopted by NASCAR and is still the rule today. Other weekend winners
were Tom Baldwin at New Egypt, Doug Hewitt at Spencer, Jeff Fuller
at Westboro, John Blewett Jr. at Islip, Roger Treichler at
Lancaster, Don Bunnell at Waterford, Tony Hirshman at Wall, SJ
Evonsion at Monadnock and Art Davis at Danbury.
Twenty five years ago in 1985, Stafford ran a challenge of
Champions on Tuesday, promoted by Russ Conway. Guest of honor, Tim
Richmond driving an SK Modified owned by Jack Malone took the
special event over Ted Christopher and John Anderson. The Modified
Tour was at Riverhead on Wednesday and it was Jim Spencer taking the
win over Tony Siscone and Dan Jivenelli. Stafford ran a 100 lapper
on Friday which saw Charlie Jarzombek beat out George Brunnhoelzl
and Corky Cookman. Rick Fuller beat out Ted Christopher and Bob
Potter to win a 50 lapper at Waterford. The Mod Tour was at
Catamount Stadium on Sunday night and Jim Spencer picked up his
second win of the week. John Rosati finished second with Brian Ross
and Richie Evans following. Richie Evans stayed close to home as he
won at both Spencer and Shangri-La. In Winston Cup action at
Michigan, Bill Elliott was the pole sitter and winner.
Twenty years ago in 1990, rain-washed out everything except
Wall Stadium where Gil Hearne got his 99th career win and Thompson
where Tony Sylvester won a 100-lap late model event.
Fifteen years ago in 1995, Waterford ran on Wednesday and
Saturday. Mark LaJunesse won on Wednesday over Mike Gada and Todd
Ceravolo. On Saturday, David Gada took the win over Jim Broderick
and Bert Marvin. Phil Rondeau won late model events on both nights.
On Saturday night he blew an engine in his heat, made a change in
time for the consi and still took the win. Chris Kopec won a 75
lapper at Riverside and retired veteran Jim Cash suffered a heart
attack and died during the running of a legend race at the Park. The
Modified Tour was at Riverhead where Mike Ewanitsko led all 201 laps
to take the win over Rick Fuller and Satch Worley. Jim Broderick
recorded his second win at Stafford, holding off Ted Christopher and
Bob Potter. At Watkins Glen, Jerry Marquis was leading the Busch
North event in the late stages when he ran out of gas and handed the
victory to Joe Bessey. Mark Martin was the Winston Cup winner.
Ten years ago in 2000, Thompson started the weekend off on
Thursday. Taking the SK modified win was John Sneade with Stu
McCarthy finishing second. The Featherlite Modified Tour Series was
at Watkins Glen on Friday. Pole sitter Ted Christopher led all 32
laps for the victory. Jerry Marquis ended up second after Rick
Fuller who had been hit by Tom Cravenho collected Tim Connolly.
Charlie Pasteryak finished third with Joey Caraccia, fifth. Among
the casualties of the event was Tony Hirshman. Hirshman blew an
engine and was fired by car owner Gary Cretty, who had already hired
Ted Christopher as his replacement. In Winston Cup action at Watkins
Glen, Steve Park led the final 27 laps of the 90-lap contest to
record his first Winston Cup win. Mark Martin finished second.
Stafford rained out on Friday night and it was Eric Berndt taking
the win at Waterford on Saturday night. At Riverhead, local
politician Ed Densieski beat out veteran Wayne Anderson for the win.
In other news, NASCAR racing pioneer Herb Thomas passed away at the
age of 77 and Larry McReynolds, Mike Skinner's crew chief at Richard
Childress Racing, announced at seasons end he would be leaving his
position to become an on-air race analyst on the FOX TV broadcasts
Five years ago in 2005 Racing in New England got an early
start as the Stafford Motor Speedway ran Full Fendered Wednesday
highlighted by the NASCAR Busch North Series. Second generation
driver Ryan Moore gambled with a tire change and walked off a
winner. Ted Christopher gambled that his tires would last. He lost
and had to settle for third place at the finish. Christopher led
from lap 77 to 122 until giving way to Moore. Brian Hoar took over
second spot late in the race. A good representative field of 28 cars
was on hand. Andy Santerre and Mike Olsen rounded out the top five.
Craig Collins took the Late Model win.
Richard Savory took the Sunoco SK type Modified win at the Thompson
Speedway on Thursday night. The second generation racer took
advantage of Tom Cravenho’s bad luck to take his second victory of
the year. Jeff Malave extended his point lead with a second place
finish. Todd Ceravolo was also in the mix until developing
suspension problems while running in the lead pack. Kerry Malone
ended up third with Bo Gunning and Bert Marvin rounding out the top
five. Charles Bailey III scored his fourth Late Model victory of the
year. Andy Johnson took top honors in the Pro Stocks with Keith
Desantis victorious in the Limited Sportsman. Other winners were
Mike Veins in the Thompson Modifieds and Todd Henshaw in the Mini
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to the Stafford
Motor Speedway on Friday night. A strong field of 37 Modifieds was
on hand. Defending tour champion Tony Hirschman gambled with
changing three tires when the rest of the field went with four on
lap 113. Hirschman was fourth when he pitted and emerged the leader.
Hirschman ran the rest of the event in the lead and went on to
record his third tour win of the year. Ted Christopher ended up
second and now led Hirschman by 14 points going into Thompson. Jerry
Marquis finished third with Mike Stefanik, fifth. High humidity
along with extreme temperatures made for a true test of man and
Donnie Lia won the 40 lap SK Modified feature at Stafford on Friday
night. It was his first Stafford win. Lloyd Agor finished second
with Willie Hardie Jr, third. Jeff Baral and Chuck Docherty rounded
out the the top five. Andy Major won the Pro Four feature. Jeff
Zuidema finished second with Dan Meservy, third. Jason Hereux and
Cory Cleary rounded out the top five. Cleary is the grandson of one
of the all-time greatest drivers, Leo Cleary.
Frank Mucciacciaro didn’t make any friends at the Waterford
Speedbowl on Saturday night when he won his second career SK
Modified feature in near 100 degree temperatures. Between the heat
and Mucciacciaro’s driving, fellow competitors Tom Fox and Rob
Summers were very critical of the winner’s driving tactics.
Mucciaccaro started on the pole and led every lap of the 35 lap
feature. Summers ended up second with Fox third. Ron Yuhas Jr and
Dennis Gada rounded out the top five. Allen Coates won his fifth
Late Model feature of the year while Bill Gertsch Jr went pole to
pole to win the Sportsman feature that had been carried over from
the Bud Nats. John Puglisi won the regularly scheduled event. Ken
Cassidy Jr beat out Richard Brooks to win the Mini Stock feature and
Jeffrey Paul won the Legends feature.
It was one year previous that Tiger Tom Baldwin was taken from us
after a wreck at Thompson. Always outspoken, Baldwin told it like it
was. A charter member of the Long Island gang, Baldwin was a
Modified loyalist. He always had the best interests of the division
at heart. In his late 50’s, Baldwin knew he was in the twilight of
his racing career but still remained competitive. It is only fitting
that we remember this fallen racer on the anniversary of his
James Civali, tossed out of Stafford Speedway’s SK Modifieds, on
thin ice with the Whelen Modified Tour, was on thin ice with
officials of the Busch North Series. During the recent Busch North
Series 150 at Stafford, Civali lost his temper again and drilled
veteran Dave Dion. Dion and Civali had been making contact prior to
the incident which triggered Busch North Series officials’ action to
park Civali for the night. One of Civali’s friends said he is very
upset with himself. He knows he made a very big mistake, and only
blames himself. He was only 21 years old, and no doubt will make
more mistakes in his life. By his choice the No.29 was not at
Stafford on Friday night as he was taking time to reflect and think.
Civali has a lot of raw talent and had shown flashes of having what
it takes to be a top driver.
At Watkins Glen, Ryan Newman was the Busch Series winner and Tony
Stewart won the Nextel Cup event. Sprint and Nextel Communications
Inc. announced that they closed their proposed merger on Friday,
Aug. 12, 2005. The companies have received all required regulatory
approvals for the merger. The proposed merger between Sprint and
Nextel was announced on Dec. 15, 2004 with a commitment to create
Sprint Nextel -- a leading communications provider that will offer a
comprehensive range of innovative wireless and wireline products and
services to consumer, business and government customers. After the
completion of the merger, Sprint Nextel common stock would begin
trading on Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, on the New York Stock Exchange
under the ticker symbol "S."
Last year, 2009, The legend of car owner, the late Len
Boehler and his famous ‘Ole Blu No.3 continued to live on as Ryan
Preece scored his second Whelen Modified Tour Series in six days.
Preece, who is the grandson of another legend, Bobby Judkins won the
Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford on Friday night.
Preece took the lead on lap 104 from Ted Christopher and held off
the defending champion to record his third overall win. Preece, who
started fourth, moved into second spot by lap seven. The top two
never pitted and it was a matter of Preece wearing the defending
According to reports a near capacity house witnessed the event.
There were 32 cars on hand for the available 31 starting spots. In a
generous move the Stafford management agreed to allow all cars to
start the event.
Chris Pasteryak, who continues to make a name for himself, finished
third, which tied his best career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
effort, previously also set at Stafford . Eric Beers and Rowan
Pennink. Erick Rudolph, Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat and
Todd Szegedy rounded out the top 10 finishers. The Coors Light Pole
Award winner, Eric Berndt, finished 16th. It was a relatively clean
and fast race, which produced only five short caution periods for 25
Christopher regained the season points lead with his runner-up
effort. He led Szegedy by 14 points after seven events.
In tour related news it had been announced that James Civali had
been hired by Hillbilly Racing to drive a team car to Ronnie Silk.
Civali will be in competition at Bristol, Loudon, Martinsville, and
the North South Shootout.
In regular Friday night action at Stafford, Frank Ruocco took down
his second consecutive SK Modified feature win, Jim Peterson took
his second Late Model feature win of the 2009 season, David Webb was
a first time career winner in the SK Light Modified feature, Dan
Flannery came up a first time career winner in the 20-lap Limited
Late Model feature, and Victoria Bergenty was also a first time
career winner in the DARE Stock feature.
In Thursday night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway Ted
Christopher and Todd Ceravolo each scored victories in the twin
50-lap Sunoco (Sk-type) Modified features. George Bessette broke
into victory lane for his first of the season in the Super Late
Models.Tommy O’Sullivan was the Late Model winner while Scott
Sundeen earned his second of the season in the Limited Sportsman
division. Brian Sullivan took down his fourth TIS Modified win of
the season and Tim Taylor took the Mini Stock win, his sixth of the
Ted Christopher, who was feeling the effects of the flu, won the
first 50 lapper for the Modifieds. Todd Ceravolo finished 16th in
the opener as he dropped out with an overheating engine. A blown
head gasket was suspected. After some discussion the decision was
made to install a new radiator plus pour some “stop-leak” into the
engine block. It was a gamble but it worked as Ceravolo was able to
out-distance Christopher to take the win in the second 50 lapper.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, Vermont native Brian Hoar scored his
second consecutive ACT Late Model Tour win Saturday in the Nutmeg
State 100, while it was Keith Rocco winning his fifth SK Modified
event of the Speedbowl season. Walt Hovey Jr. won his third Street
Stock race of the year, and Bill Leonard captured his second Norwich
Bulletin Mini Stock event. Jason Palmer was the winner in the
Legends Car race.
The True Value Modified Series went “up country” to Maine. Jon
McKennedy outlasted a very competitive field Saturday night as he
capturing the 100 lap True Value Modified Racing Series event at
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. The race, in front of
a big crowd, featured five different leaders.
On lap 88, McKennedy took the lead passing Pinkham. McKennedy then
opened up a comfortable margin over Pinkham and cruised to the
victory. Jarvis was third followed by Carl Pasteryak, and Jack
Bateman rounding out the top five.
NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams traveled to Watkins
Glen, NY. Marcos Ambrose won the Zippo 200 for his second Nationwide
Series win. Kyle Busch finished second, his 10th race in a row where
he finished first or second. There were 6 cautions for 20 laps and 7
lead changes among 7 leaders.
Tony Stewart won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins
Glen International on a steamy Monday, muscling an ill-handling car
in the early going and then holding off Australian Marcos Ambrose
over the final 21 laps for his Cup-record fifth victory at the famed
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