Sixty years ago in 1951 Wednesday night racing at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl rained out. On Saturday night at the
shoreline oval Moe Gherzi made it two in a row in Modified
competition. Dick Dombrowski was the claiming car winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1956 Charlie Webster was the
Wednesday night winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Dick
Beauregard was the Saturday night winner. The non-Ford division was
Fifty years ago in 1961 twin 25 lap features were run on the
dirt at Stafford Springs. Recording victories were Ted Stack and
Ernie Gahan. Bill Slater was declared the winner at Norwood after
Rene Charland was penalized for rough riding and placed last after a
last lap incident. Charland with Slater on the outside, came off the
fourth turn, side by side on the final lap. Charland attempted to
move Slater up but the Connecticut driver held fast as the two made
contact, sliding under the checkered flag. Gene Bergin ended up
second with Leo Cleary, third. At the New London-Waterford Speedbowl
Dick Beuragard went two for two as he won on both Wednesday and
Saturday. Ed Moody went two for two as he won on both nights in the
Forty five years ago in 1966, Kenny Shoemaker took the Friday
night win at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Eddie Flemke finished
second with Pete Hamilton, third. Frank Mahalia and Rene Charland
rounded out the top five. The Fonda Speedway was closed for the
town’s annual fair. Fred "Fuzzy" Baer scored the biggest win of his
career as he won a 75 lap Championship Modified event at the
Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. In other action at the
shoreline oval, Glynn Shafer was winner in the Bombers and Lou Caso
in the Daredevils. Bill Wimble was the Sunday night winner at the
Utica-Rome Speedway. Charland was second with Flemke, third. Bernie
Miller and Lou Lazzaro rounded out the top five.
Forty years ago in 1971, Bugsy Stevens made a rare appearance
at the Waterford Speedbowl ansd walked off with the top money as he
won a 75 lap open competition event. Stevens in the Sonny Koszela
Woodchopper started off the weekend with a win on Friday night at
the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY. Dave Lape finished second
and was followed by Fred DeSarro, Denis Giroux and Bernie Miller.
Howie Brown was the NESMRA Supermodified winner at Thompson. Islip
ran a 200 lap Championship event on Saturday night. Thirty cars
started the 200 lap grind on the 1/5 mile oval and when the checker
fell it was invader Fred DeSarro taking the win over Islip kingpin
Jim Hendrickson. Charlie Jarzombek finished third with Bugsy Stevens
and Al DeAngelo rounding out the top five. Moose Hewitt, driving the
Freddy’s TV No.23 took the win at Stafford on Saturday night over
Hop Harrington, Bobby Santos and Winston Barrows. Jiggs Beetham held
off Bob Potter to take the win at Waterford. Angie Cerese finished
third. Dave Lape, at that time in the top five in national points,
took the win at Fonda on Saturday night. Jack Johnson finished
second with Lou Lazzaro, third. Trenton ran a big modified event on
Sunday. Geoff Bodine with his outlaw Plymouth Valiant bodied
modified took the win. Ronnie Bouchard, in the Dick Armstrong No.1
got to show his stuff as he finished a strong second. Richie Evans
finished third and was followed by Mike Loescher, Jerry Cook, Jim
Shampine, Chuck Boos, Cliff Tyler and Ray Miller. It rained at the
Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night but not at Fulton where Bob
Hudson took the win over Ronnie Wallace.
Thirty five years ago in 1976, the Yankee All Star league
finished up their season at Thompson on Wednesday night. Geoff
Bodine took the win over Richie Evans, Fred DeSarro and Kenny
Bouchard. John Blewett JR took the top spot at New Egypt on Thursday
night. Fred Harbach finished second with Tom McCann, third. Fred
DeSarro wrapped up the track championship at Stafford in convincing
style as he took the Saturday night win over Ray Miller and Geoff
Bodine. Reggie Ruggiero won at Riverside Park .Bob Polverari
finished second and wrapped up the track championship. At Westboro,
Joe Howard took the win and Bob Santos wrapped up the track
championship. Joe Tiezzi won a 50 lapper at Waterford.
Thirty years ago in 1981, Westboro ran an 81 lapper on
Wednesday night with the Bouchard brothers, Ronnie and Kenny,
finishing one-two. Friday night at Stafford saw the Modifieds go
non-stop with Greg Sacks taking the win over Ray Miller, Kenny
Bouchard and Richie Evans. Ronnie Bouchard went "up country" to
Monadnock on Friday where he out dueled Punky Caron for the win.
Moose Hewitt was the big winner at Waterford on Saturday night as in
addition to the feature win, wrapped up the track championship. At
Seekonk, Leo Cleary took the win over Ronnie Bouchard and Mike
Murphy. It was not a good night for George Summers who left the
track in a lot of pain after hitting the wall during the main event.
Islip ran a 200 lapper with Richie Evans taking the win over John
Blewett Jr and Bill Park. Bill Griffin won the Thompson 300
qualifier at Shangri-La over Jerry Cook and George Kent and at
Riverside, Reggie Ruggiero beat out Stan Gregger and Ray Miller.
Ruggiero finished out the weekend in fine style as he took the
Sunday night win at Thompson over Joe Howard and Mike Stefanik. At
Danbury, Fred Drumm made it two in a row in the Sportsman division
while Denis Pierce annexed the Modified win. Geoff Bodine had
himself a good weekend in the southland as he won extra distance
Busch Grandnational events at South Boston and Langley Field.
Twenty five years ago in 1986, Friday night at Stafford saw
Mike McLaughlin take the top spot over Bugsy Stevens and Mike
Stefanik. At Spencer, it was Jan Leaty taking the top spot. Bob
Potter got a little closer to a championship for the Ceravolo family
at Waterford as he took the top spot at Waterford on Saturday night.
Rick Donnelly finished second with Bob Gada Jr, third. John Rosati
was the winner of the Riverside 200 with Mike Stefanik and Bob
Polverari in tow. Leo Cleary closed in on the track championship at
Seekonk as he recorded his seventh win of the season at the cement
palace. At Wall it was Tony Siscone over Jim Hendrickson. Thompson
ran a 100 lapper on Sunday. Jim Spencer passed pole sitter Mike
McLaughlin on the last lap to take the win. McLaughlin finished
second and was followed by Jamie Tomaino, Mike Stefanik and Rick
Fuller. In Winston Cup action at Bristol on Saturday night, Geoff
Bodine was the Busch Pole sitter and Darrell Waltrip took the win.
Twenty years ago in 1991, Thompson announced on Friday that
weekend events were cancelled because of wind damage from Hurricane
Bob. Stafford escaped damage and ran on Friday night with Bo Gunning
taking the win over Bob Potter and Steve Chowanski. At Waterford on
Saturday night, Phil Rondeau in the Rich Sylvestri No.8 took the
Modified win over Chris Jones and Bert Marvin. CJ Freye was the late
model winner. Jerry Marquis in the Bobby Judkins 2x wrapped up his
sixth track championship at Riverside Park with a win over Reggie
Ruggiero and Dan Avery. Chris Young was the winner at Riverhead. The
Featherlite Modified Tour was at Loudon. Doug Hevron, driving Ole
Blu for Len Boehler, took the lead from Jeff Fuller on the last lap
and went on to take the win. Fuller finished second and was followed
by Jan Leaty, Tom Baldwin, Reggie Ruggiero and Tim Connolly. One of
the top finishers had to get out on bail after taking a poke at a
State Cop the night before!
Fifteen years ago in 1996, Steve Park had one of the most
important days of his racing life as he won pole positions at
Watkins Glen for both the Featherlite Modified Tour and the
Craftsman Truck Series. It was a few days later that Park got the
infamous call from the man, himself; Dale Earnhardt Sr. Eric Berndt
was the Waterford winner on Saturday night as he beat out Jeff
Pearl, David Gada and Jerry Pearl. The Busch North Series visited
Riverside Park. Bob Dragon took the win over Dave Dion and Mike
Stefanik. Dave Berube was the Modified winner. Riverhead ran a 90
lap memorial event in honor of past champion Fred Harbach. Tim
Contarino took the win over Chuck Steuer. Butch Miceka, a long time
supporter of Modified racing on Long Island and Contarino's uncle,
passed away at the track after suffering a heart attack. In
Featherlite Modified Tour action at Watkins Glen, Ted Christopher
was well on his way to a win when a wheel broke causing him to spin
and crash. The event was telecast live and fans got to see
Christopher take a tumble off the fence after he had lost his
balance. Mike Stefanik took the lead when Christopher dropped out on
lap 35 of the 42 lap event. Jerry Marquis finished second and was
followed by Tony Hirschman and Reggie Ruggerio. In Winston Cup
action at Bristol, Rusty Wallace took the win. Jeff Fuller won his
first Busch Grandnational event, beating out Glenn Jarrett.
Ten years ago in 2001, Ted Christopher just beat the rain as
he won his 10th feature of the year at Thompson on Thursday night.
Kerry Malone finished second with Bert Marvin, Josh Steeves and Bill
Anderson rounding out the top five. The NASCAR Featherlite Modified
Tour was at Stafford on Friday night. Mike Stefanik drew the pole
and led the first 65 laps before pitting. Stefanik was hooked up and
sliced his way to the front to re-take the lead from Tom Baldwin on
lap 96. From there on, he never looked back as he clicked off the
laps to take the win over Mike Ewanitsko, Jerry Marquis, Charlie
Pasteryak, David Berghman and Baldwin. Jeff Malave was the
SK-Modified winner. At Waterford, Eric Berndt recorded his fifth win
at the shoreline oval. Jay Miller finished second with Ed
Dachenhausen, John Brouwer and Harry Rheaume rounding out the top
five. Riverhead Raceway, on Long Island, celebrated its 50th
anniversary and 25th year under the Cromarty Family. Bill France and
Jerry Cook represented NASCAR. John Fortin started 17th and fought
his way to the front to take the win. J.R.Bertuccio finished second
with Lenny Fischer, third. Matt Kobyluck qualified fourth in a Busch
North Series event at Nazareth, went the distance without pitting
and recorded his first win. In Winston Cup action at Bristol, Tony
Stewart took the win over Kevin Harvick. In the preliminary Busch
Grandnational event, Harvick came from two laps down to take the
win. Harvick moved his team mate Jeff Green out of the lead with
eleven laps to go.
Five years ago in 2006, The Whelen Modified Tour Series had
the week off as they prepared for their trip to Martinsville.
Current point leader Mike Stefanik led the point standings. In ten
starts, Stefanik had recorded nine top tens including one win.
Sitting in second spot was series money leader Ted Christopher. With
three wins in ten starts Christopher trailed Stefanik by 71 points.
Defending series champion Tony Hirschman was 113 points behind the
leader. In ten starts Hirschman had seven top tens including one
win. Rounding out the top five were Ed Flemke JR and James Civali.
Woody Pitkat scored his third win of the year at the Thompson
Speedway on Thursday night as he took the top spot in the Sunoco
Modified feature. Pitkat held off Todd Ceravolo, Tom Cravenho and
Jeff Malave. Numerous wrecks and spins slowed the progress of the
event. In the end only 10 of the original 27 starters were still
running. Pitkats win put him in a tie for the track championship and
NASCAR Regional standings with Malave. Paul Charette rounded out the
top five. Keith Rocco was clearly the fastest in the early going.
Although he ended up ninth the second-generation driver pretty much
had his night turn sour after he lost it on a restart and was ping-ponged
by much of the field. Jimmy Blewett, the previous weeks winner, was
also collected in the Rocco crash.
Norm Wrenn who has had more than his share of bad luck won the Pro
Stock feature. Corey Hutchings rebounded from a bad week to score
the Late Model triumph. Danny Cates scored his third win of the
season in the Limited Sportsman division, Tim Sullivan of scored his
second in the TIS Modifieds, and Ron Rixham claimed win number one
on the season in the Mini Stocks.
The Stafford Springs Motor Speedway came very close to declaring
another rainout on Friday as close to two inches of rain dumped on
central Connecticut around noon. The Arute family remained patient
and the skies cleared for another night of racing. Willie Hardie
took his first SK Modified feature win of the 2006 season, Ryan
Posocco took his second feature win of the season in the Late Model
feature, and Andrew Durand was a winner for the third time this
season in the Limited Late Model feature. There were two first time
winners as Matt Gallo took the SK Light feature and Barry Fluckiger
was the DARE Stock feature winner.
In the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Willie Hardie picked up his first
feature win of the 2006 season with a strong drive. Hardie took the
lead from polesitter Lloyd Agor on a lap-3 restart, and he then had
to hold off multiple strong challenges from Frank Ruocco on several
restarts to take the win. Ruocco finished second, with Agor, Todd
Owen, and Chris Jones rounding out the top-5. In the chase for the
SK Modified championship, Ruocco took over the points lead from Jeff
Malave, who blew a transmission on the opening lap. Malave finished
dead last in the 24 car starting field.
Chris Pasteryak redeemed himself of a previous miscue at the
Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night as he won the 35 lap SK
Modified feature. Pasteryak, a second-generation driver, was in
contention to win at the shoreline oval the previous week when he
missed a shift on a restart. He more than made up for it on Saturday
night. Pasteryak held off Rob Summers over the final 16 laps to take
the victory. In doing so, he moved himself into second in the point
race. Summers worked him over but to no avail as he tried high and
low before settling for second. Point leader Dennis Gada finished
second with Jeffrey Paul and Rob Janovic rounding out the top five.
Mark Bakaj set a track record with his sixth straight Legends
victory. Bakaj rode the Legends feature win into the record book,
equaling the six straight Saturday night victories of Ed Bunnell,
the latter doing it in 1966 in the Bomber division. Other winners
were Tim Jordan in the regularly scheduled Late Model 30 lapper;
Glenn Colvin in the continuation of the Aug. 19th Late Model
feature; Joe Bertholet in the Sportsman 20 lapper and Dave Sylvia in
the Mini Stock 20 lapper.
Last year, 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series made
their second annual trip to Bristol, TN. The UNOH Perfect Storm 150
carried a very generous purse of $110,491. Thirty eight NASCAR
Modifieds were on hand for the 36 starting spots up for grabs.
Justin Bonsignore took the Coors Lite Pole as he toured the high
banked half mile oval in 14.835 seconds which equated to 129.343mph.
Just a tick off was Todd Szegedy at 14.839 sec. Bobby Santos, Ryan
Newman and James Civali rounded out the top five.
Szegedy jumped out to an early lead as over 5,000 looked on. Speed
picked two of the best, Mike Joy and Dick Berggren, to call the
race. Burt Myers, who qualified 25th with a skipping engine, changed
sparkplugs and was put to the rear. Ted Christopher took the lead on
the 26th lap and pretty much controlled the race until the half way
break on lap 77. Before the race resumed it was stated that the
crowd watching was in excess of 10,000.
Ryan Newman held off a late charge from seven-time tour champion
Mike Stefanik over the closing laps to secure his second win of the
season. Newman came out of nowhere as he literally blew away James
Civali and Ted Christopher in one swoop in traffic on Lap 128, and
chased down Stefanik three laps later. Stefanik pulled alongside
Newman twice in the final five laps but was unable to complete the
pass. Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five.
Christopher was the victim of engine trouble on lap 140 and dropped
out, finishing in 26th spot. Sixth through tenth were Rookie Justin
Bonsignore followed by Dale Quarterley, Eric Goodale, Ryan Preece
and Erick Rudolph.
Newman received $10,400 for his efforts. Stefaniks payday totaled
$4,800. Bobby Santos has retaken the series point lead with a 32
point cushion over Ted Christopher. Mike Stefanik, Todd Szegedy and
Ron Silk round out the top five.
The Thompson International Speedway hosted their Thursday night
Thunder Series under clear blue skies. Woody Pitkat dodged a bullet
in the opening laps of the Sunoco Modified feature event and then
looked like he was shot out of a cannon to score a dominating win.
Larry Barnett reached a milestone as he recorded his 50th Limited
Sportsman feature win at Thompson in dominating fashion. Derek
Randstrum scored his sixth Super Late Model feature win of the
season while Rick Gentes scored his fifth in Late Model action.
In other action, John Studley finally got his career first victory
in the TIS Modifieds. Dwayne Dorr made it two straight in Mini Stock
competition. In the visiting New England Trucks Series, Andy
Linderman proved why he is the point leader with his impressive
victory at Thompson on Thursday night.
Car counts continue to be a problem. There were 22 Limited Sportsman
and Mini Stocks along with 15 Sunoco Modifieds and Late Models, 10
Super Late Models and Thompson Modifieds and only 6 Trucks.
Rick Blanchard and Fred Michalski, who compete in the Mini-Stock
class, were involved in an early incident on the track that
continued into the pit area. Track management is expected to make a
ruling concerning the parties involved in the physical confrontation
that resulted. Thompson’s operations manager, Russ Dowd, said Friday
that no official decision had been made, but track officials will
meet to review the situation and determine what, if any,
disciplinary actions will be taken.
The Late Model division took center stage at Stafford Motor Speedway
on Friday night with the 3rd Annual Late Model 100, the second extra
distance event of the 2010 season. Joining the Late Model 100 was
Stafford's SK Modifieds®, SK Light Modifieds, DARE Stocks, and twin
20-lap Limited Late Model feature events. J.J. Hill was the big
winner of the evening, taking his first career victory in the
100-lap extra distance classic. Newly crowned NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series National Champion Keith Rocco took his 9th
feature victory of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified®
feature event, Tommy Barrett, Jr. took his 7th win of the 2010
season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Durand and
Rob Dow were the winners of the 20-lap Limited Late Model features,
and Kyle Casagrande became the first three-time winner of the 2010
season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In action on the Connecticut shoreline at the Waterford Speedbowl
competitors from across New England and New York tool on the 1/3
mile oval for the Nutmeg State 100 ACT Late Model Tour. In addition
four divisions of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were in action.
Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire won an exciting ACT
Tour race, beating out Brian Hoar over an exciting final five laps.
Tyler Chadwick won his second SK Modified® race of the year
surviving multiple restarts on his way to victory. Al Stone III of
New Haven came out on top of a wild conclusion to the Street Stock
race, and Keith Rocco of Wallingford took the checkered flag in an
equally exciting finish in the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Truck
event. Preston’s Greg Moran Sr. won his first Norwich Bulletin Mini
Stock race of the year to round out the night’s racing.
The Modified Racing Series headed for the Seekonk Speedway on
Saturday night. Following a recent event at the Waterford Speedbowl
when Ted Christopher and car owner Joe Brady were disqualified a
dark cloud followed the series as their were hints of bias in the
decision. The question of Christopher and Brady being illegal is a
moot point as the question continued to be why wasn't race winner
Steve Masse's engine checked, especially after he all but ran away
with the event. Ditto for Doug Coby, Rowan Pennink and Jon McKennedy
who made up the top five before the disqualification.
Brady told Lou Modestino of the Brockton Enterprise that he would
file a suit against the Modified Racing Series as he contended that
he, along with his driver Ted Christopher were discriminated against
as they were singled out.
Todd Annarummo passed race leader Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA.,
on lap 28, and went on to win the 100 lap Modified Racing Series,
sponsored by BobValentiAutomall.com feature race at Seekonk
Speedway. Annarummo ran a strong race from the start and set a
torrid pace throughout the 100-lap contest.
It was Annarummo’s first win with the series. He became the 11th
different winner in 13 races in 2010. Polesitter Ken Barry dueled
with McKennedy in the early stages of the event until McKennedy
claimed the top spot. The defending champion led from lap 12 through
28. Les Hinckley III chased Annarummo to the checkered flag
finishing 0.159 seconds behind the winner. Dwight Jarvis finished
third, followed by McKennedy and Jimmy Kuhn Jr. Sixth-tenth was Rob
Goodenough, Chris Pasteryak, Barry, Joey Jarvis and Jacob Dore.
The race featured six different lead changes among four drivers.
There were 28 race teams entered the event, 24 cars started the race
with 16 drivers finishing on the lead lap.
The Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem North Carolina finished up
their season with Burt Myers capturing his fourth Bowman Gray
Stadium championship. Myers, who needed to finish 15th or better to
sew up the title, did what he had to do to finish up with a
Brian Loftin, who won the season-ending Carolina Farm Credit 150,
kept the pressure on Myers in the season-point chase for most of the
race. Loftin, who capped his first full season at Bowman Gray with
his second victory of the year, bumped his way past Tim Brown in the
final turn of the final lap to win the 150-lap main race. Loftin
used a "bump and run" to move Brown out of the way. Brown, who was
the fastest qualifier for the seventh time in 14 attempts this
season, lost the lead to Loftin early in the race but regained it by
squeezing past Jonathan Brown with seven laps to go.
In some good news it looked like MADHOUSE wouldy be returning for
season #2 as the program's executive producer sent camera crews to
the North Carolina track for Saturday;s season ending event.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Timmy Solomito, 18, of
Islip scored his second NASCAR Modified victory in three weeks. He
did it with a wild last lap finish with season long rival Chris
Young in a 35-lap contest.
The International Speedway Corp. announced that Chief Operating
Officer Roger VanDerSnick, has left the company as part of a
restructuring effort that will include layoffs and other cost cuts.
ISC said it is restructuring operations because the economic
recovery it expected earlier this year "has not materialized." It
expects the moves to cut operating costs by $20 million to $30
million starting in 2011.
Kyle Busch fended off strong challenges from David Reutimann and
Jamie McMurray to win Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol
Motor Speedway and complete his unprecedented sweep of three NASCAR
national touring events at the same track in the same week.
This week are several vintage racing
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