Sixty years ago in 1952 the
Waterford Speedbowl ran on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cy Yates and
Don Collins were the respective winners. Ray Legary and Bud Matter
were the Claiming Car winners.
Fifty five years ago in 1957
Johnny Sandberg was the Wednesday night Sportsman winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Irwin Fox was the non-Ford winner. Don
Collins won a 50 lapper at the shoreline oval on Saturday night.
Dick Beauregard was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962, Dick
Beauregard won a special 75 lap Labor Day weekend special Modified
event with Don Collins second followed by Dick Watson and Ted Stack. Ed Moody and Bill Scrivener were the Bomber feature winners.
Ernie Gahan won his first of four in a row on the dirt at the
Stafford Springs Speedway. Gahan was followed by George Janoski, Don
Rounds and Bill Slater. At the Riverside Park 5th of a mile oval
Gene Bergin won the 200 lap feature followed by Buddy Krebs, Jery
Humiston, Danny Galullo and Don Smart. Over at Plainville Stadium
Harry Bliss in the Flying 8 was the winner of the 100 lap feature.
George Lombardo was second followed by Johnny Georgiades, Bobby
Bishop and Jap Membrino. George Hotchkiss was won the Novice
Forty five years ago, in 1967,
Leo Cleary paid a surprise and rare visit to Riverside Park where he
won the Wednesday night All Star League 100. Jack LeCuyer finished
second and was followed by Bill Wimble, Eddie Flemke, Gene Bergin,
Buzzie Reutiman and Rene Charland. Stafford ran a 100 lapper on
Friday night to start off the Labor Day weekend with Sal Dee taking
the win over Smokey Boutwell, Bill Slater, Don Flynn and Bobby
Santos. Albany Saratoga ran a 200 lapper with Don MacTavish taking
the win over Bill Wimble, Richie Evans, Pete Hamilton and Eddie
Flemke. At Norwood on Saturday, Bill Slater and his V-8 ruled the
roost. It was Slater's 33rd and final win at the Massachusetts oval.
Waterford ran on Saturday and Sunday with Newt Palm and Charlie
Webster scoring Modified wins. The feature win gave Newt Palm the
track title for 1967. At Riverside Park Bill Greco was the winner of
the 250 lap feature. Jerry Humiston was second followed by Dave
Alkas, Ernie Caruso and Russ McLean. Plainville Stadium ran a 50 lap
madcap feature which saw a three way tie between Dan Gaudiosi, Ken
Latour and Don Spazano. The last 65 laps of the previous weeks 100
lap feature were run with Dan Gaudiosi taking the top spot followed
by Ken Latour, Bobby Knox, Sherm Sandours and Nick Nickerson. The New Yorker 400 at Utica-Rome took
center stage on Sunday night. Run in two-two hundred lap segments,
Don MacTavish won the opening segment over Bugsy Stevens, Bill
and Jerry Cook. Dave Kotary won the nite-cap over Eddie Flemke, Jean
Paul Cabana, Lou Lazzaro and Cook. The annual Labor Day afternoon
Bardahl 400, also a two-segment event, was run at Norwood. Fred
DeSarro and Bugsy Stevens were the winners. Before the tires and
engines could cool, crews loaded their cars and headed to Stafford
for the Labor Day evening 100. Gene Bergin took the win over Dick
Watson, Maynard Forette, Ed Patnode and Rene Charland.
Forty years ago in 1972, Seekonk
started the weekend off with a 100 lapper on Friday night. The event
drew 37 modifieds. Fred DeSarro took the win over Hop Harrington,
George Summers, Ronnie Bouchard and Johnny Trip. The Albany-Saratoga
Speedway ran a 250 lapper on Saturday night. Bob Santos in the Art
Barry No.09 took the win over Denis Giroux, Lou Lazzaro, Jerry Cook
and Bugsy Stevens. The Saturday event at Waterford was rescheduled
to Sunday where Jerry Dostie took the win. Stafford and Islip had
regular shows planned for Saturday night but rain prevailed. The
rain carried over to Sunday and washed out the New Yorker 400 at
Utica-Rome. The skies cleared and the 200 at Stafford was run on
Labor Day afternoon. Denis Giroux scored his biggest win to date as
he beat out Eddie Flemke, Bob Santos, George Summers and Ronnie
Bouchard for the win. Plainville ran their rained out Saturday card
on Monday with Dave Alkas taking the 100 lap feature.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
an almost full week of racing wound up the summer season. Waterford
started it off on Tuesday with a 100-lap open competition event.
Charlie Jarzombek, a master of the short tracks on Long Island, took
no prisoners as he beat out Waterford Top Gun, Dick Dunn for the
win. John Rosati finished third with Eddie Flemke, fourth. Wednesday
night at Thompson saw Geoff Bodine beat out Ronnie Bouchard, Fred
DeSarro, Richie Evans and Bugsy Stevens. Bodine made it two in a row
as he traveled to New Egypt on Thursday night where he took the win
over Fred Harbach and Pete Fiandaca. Bodine was looking to make it
three in a row when he took the green at Stafford on Friday night
but Ronnie Bouchard had other plans as he jumped out early in the
event and wasn’t about to hand Bodine any gifts. Following Bouchard
and Bodine were John Rosati, Eddie Flemke and Brian Ross. Also on
Friday night, Don Howe won at Riverhead over Jerry Cook and Wayne
Anderson. Rain forced a cancellation at Seekonk on Saturday night.
Riverside, closed out their season with a 200 lapper. Bob Polverari took the win and sewed up the track
championship. Pete Finadaca wa second and Bob Stefanik was third. At
Plainville Stadium Tom Hughs was the winner of the 100 lap race
followed by Ron Van Nesse, Dave Germano, Mike Cappucetti and Elliott
Berveridge. Larry Ross was the Pleasure Car winner. Don Bunnell won a 100 lapper at Waterford and Fred
Harbach won at Islip. Most of the top guns were at Oswego for the
annual 200 lapper. Richie Evans took the win, his 26th of the year.
Ronnie Bouchard scored his second win of the weekend as he took the
top spot at Thompson on Sunday night. Fred DeSarro finished second
with Bugsy Stevens and Leo Cleary rounding out the top four. Evans
got his second win of the weekend at Utica-Rome on Sunday night as
he out-ran Geoff Bodine and Jerry Cook at the 1/3-mile oval. Labor
Day and the 200 at Stafford belonged to Eddie Flemke as he put the
Manchester Sand and Gravel No.10 in the winner’s circle ahead of
Bodine, Maynard Troyer, Evans, Stevens and DeSarro. The cagey
veteran had beat the best there was at that time.
Thirty years ago in 1982, Greg
Sacks continued his dream season as he went three for three on the
Labor Day weekend. Sacks started the weekend at Stafford on Friday
where he beat out Ray Miller and Bob Polverari for the win. On
Saturday, Sacks headed for Oswego where he walked off with the top
prize of $12,000 as he won the Oswego 200. Roger Treichler finished
second with Richie Evans, Jim Spencer and Jerry Cook rounding out
the top five. During the running of the Oswego 200, many time
Supermodified Champion Jim Shampine was fatally injured after being
hit from behind. Sacks took Sunday off to rest up and travel back to
Stafford for the Labor Day afternoon 200. Needless to say, the Long
Island hot shoe was on a streak as he made it three for three as he
won the 200 over Richie Evans, George Kent, Roger Treichler and
George Brunnhoelzl. In other weekend action, Bob Potter won a 100
lapper at Waterford over Randy Lajoie and Dick Ceravolo, Tony
Siscone won at New Egypt, Marty Radwick took the top spot at
Riverside and Kenny Bouchard won a brown-out event at Thompson as
the lights went out after 20 laps. In other weekend action, George
Summers won a 100 lapper at Seekonk, Wayne Anderson won a 200 lapper
at Islip and Fred Harbach won at Riverhead. In Winston Cup action at
Darlington, Cale Yarborough took the Labor Day classic over Richard
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
Richie Gallup was the Friday night winner at Stafford as he beat out
Sonny O’Sullivan, Kerry Malone and Ronnie Rocco for top honors. At
Waterford on Saturday night, Ronnie Rocco scored a popular win as he
beat out Larry Lanphear in a 75-lap contest. Twin features were on
tap at Riverside with Dan Avery and Mike Stefanik taking the wins.
At Riverhead, Don Howe got the best of Bill Park. George Kent scored
a double as he won the rich Oswego 200 and the Labor Day 100 at
Stafford. At Oswego, Kent pitted early, on lap 16, and let the race
come to him as he re-took the lead on lap 86 and went on to take the
win. Kent would use this trick many times in the future. Jim Spencer
finished second with Brian Ross, Tony Hirshman and Jan Leaty
rounding out the top five. At Stafford, on Monday, Mike McLaughlin
finished second with Mike Stefanik, Brian Ross and Reggie Ruggerio
rounding out the top five. Ted Christopher was the Labor Day SK
In Winston Cup action at Darlington, Dale Earnhardt took the win
over Rusty Wallace. In other matters, Thompson Speedway NASCAR Chief
Steward Bill Slater was forced to withdraw a suspension issued to Ed
Flemke Jr. for a rough riding incident at Thompson. Slater was
threatened with a lawsuit and with out the backing of his boss, Don
Hoenig, he would be standing alone.
Twenty years ago, in 1992,
Richie Gallup, in the Ceravolo No. 31, took the Friday night
SK-Modified feature at Stafford. Bob Potter finished second with Bob
Georgiades, third. At Waterford on Saturday night, Phil Rondeau won
the late model feature and set a major milestone, as it was his
100th victory at the shoreline oval. Scott Poirier was the modified
winner as he beat out Mark Lajunesse and Bob Potter. Jerry Marquis,
in the Bob Judkins 2x scored his tenth feature win of the season at
Riverside Park and wrapped up the track championship. Chris Kopec
finished second with Dan Avery, third. Bob and Steve Park finished
one-two at Riverhead and at Lancaster; Rick Fuller won the Tony
Jankowiac Memorial 100. The Oswego Modified 200 saw Jeff Fuller take
the win over Jan Leaty, Jim Rudolph and Tom Baldwin.
Fifteen years ago in 1997, Steve
Chowanski won the final Friday night program at Stafford. The
Modified Tour series was also at Stafford and it was Mike Stefanik
taking the win over Mike Ewanitsko and Tim Connolly. Reggie Ruggerio
recorded his 92nd career win at Riverside on Saturday night. At
Waterford, Jeff Pearl passed David Gada with 19 laps to go to take
the win. Jim Broderick, who had been disqualified the previous week,
driving the Harry Wyatt No.3 with an illegal carburator, jumped into
the Angie Cerese No.51 and finished sixth. Ken Heagy won at
Riverhead and Dave Dion led pole to pole to win the Busch North
event at Beech Ridge. Mike Stefanik finished second with Jerry
In Winston Cup action at Darlington, Jeff Gordon rubbed fenders with
Jeff Burton and won the Southern 500 by inches. Gordon also won the
Winston Million. At the start of the event Dale Earnhardt acted
strangely as he hit the wall and had problems finding pit road. Jeff
Burton dominated the Busch Grand National event that was also held
Ten years ago in 1992, The
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series was at the Waterford
Speedbowl on Saturday night for what had to be considered one of the
best events of the 2002 season. Thirty-six Modifieds were on hand
with Chuck Hossfeld in the Garbarino-Mystic River Marina No.4 taking
his first ever pole position. The big surprise of the night and also
the big show was that of Dennis Gada who put the Bear Motorsports
No.14 on the outside pole. The re-draw for the main event start saw
Zach Sylvester pick the pole with Hossfeld picking the outside pole.
Ted Christopher picked third spot with Tom Cravenho, Dennis Gada, Ed
Flemke Jr., Chris Wenzel, and Charlie Pasteryak rounding out the top
eight. Ted Christopher was the eventual race winner and ended a long
dry spell at the shoreline oval but the night belonged to Gada who
put on a brilliant and gutsy display of driving that kept the near
capacity crowd on the edge of their seats. Hossfeld took the lead at
the start with Christopher in tow as Sylvester faded almost
immediately to fourth spot. Before one lap was completed, Renée’
Dupuis spun out in turn four but managed to keep going without the
yellow being displayed. By lap five, Gada had passed Cravenho and
Christopher and the show began. Lap after lap, Gada ran on the
outside of Hossfeld. He finally got the right bite as he exited turn
two on lap 15 and passed Hossfeld for the lead. It was short lived
as he entered turn three way too deep and almost lost it and
Hossfeld re-took the top spot with Christopher moving into second.
Gada recovered and tucked in behind in third spot. The first caution
of the night flew for Fred Vordermeir on lap 17 when he spun and
stalled in turn two. The green flew on lap 24. Gada slipped under
Christopher and went to work on Hossfeld again. Same story, flat out
and side by side. Gada again took the lead on lap 32 on the
backstretch only to get loose again in turn three and four and lose
it. Christopher again moved into second with Gada falling in third.
The second caution of the night flew on lap 38 when Vordermeir, Dave
Etheridge, Jamie Tomaino and Todd Szegedy tangled coming out of turn
four. All restarted except Tomaino who had to be towed from the
scene. The green flew on lap 44 with Hossfeld still leading.
Christopher, Gada, Sylvester, Flemke, John Blewett III and Cravenho
were following. Things settled down until lap 62 when Hossfeld
slipped and allowed Christopher to take the lead with Gada in tow.
With still plenty of car left, Gada went to work on Christopher who
appeared to use the mirror on a few occasions. The third caution
flew on lap 74 after Joey Caraccia lost an engine and stalled on the
front chute. The restart came on lap 78 with Christopher leading
followed by Gada, Hossfeld, Sylvester, Blewett, Flemke, Charlie
Pasteryak and Mike Stefanik. Gada continued to pressure Christopher
until his night came to an end on lap 95 when, as he exited turn
two, his right rear hit the guardrail and when trying to correct,
rode up on the backstretch fence and in the process broke a tie rod
and blew a tire. Gada ended up in 25th spot. The green flew again on
lap 104 with Christopher leading followed by Hossfeld, Blewett,
Sylvester, Stefanik and Flemke. The fifth caution flew on lap 106
when Wade Cole and Renee Dupuis spun in turn four. Jerry Marqius,
who started 13th and at one time was in the top ten, pitted for a
tire change. The green flew again on lap 114 with the running order
the same as before with the exception that Sylvester had faded which
allowed Stefanik and Flemke to move into the top five. The sixth and
final caution flew on lap 132 when Tom Cravenho spun in turn two.
The field restarted single file on lap 138 and ran without incident
to the finish. Jerry Marquis’ troubles continued as he lost power
steering and ultimately lost a lap.
Christopher took the win, his fifth on the tour for the year.
Hossfeld recorded a career high second and was followed by Blewett,
Stefanik, Flemke, Charlie Pasteryak, Rick Fuller, Dave Etheridge,
Bob Polverari and Paul Suprenant. Pole sitter Zach Sylvester
finished 11th. The checkered flag dropped at 9:43 p.m.
The regular weekly racing was supposed to start Thursday at
Thompson. A 75 lapper was scheduled for the Sunoco-SK Modifieds but
heavy rains caused the speedway management to pull the plug on the
The rain quit in time for Stafford to get their Friday night program
in where Jim Williams went from pole to pole to win the 50 lap
SK-Modified feature. Ted Christopher put a lot of pressure on in the
closing laps but Williams held his line and kept his cool.
Christopher settled for second and was followed by Don Travaglin,
Eric Berndt, Chuck Docherty, Lloyd Agor and current point leader Bo
Gunning. Three events remained on the 2002 schedule as Gunning held
a 34-point edge on Travaglin for the track title. Ron Silk, Lloyd
Agor and Ted Christopher made up the top five.
At Waterford on Saturday night, Ed Reed Jr. was the SK-Modified
winner over Jay Miller, Don Fowler and Jeff Pearl.
Just when it looked like Bill France was beginning to see the end of
his medical problems and get back to a somewhat normal life another
problem surfaces. The former president of NASCAR and the CEO of the
International Speedway Corporation fell and suffered a broken hip.
Upon examination, doctors determined that he had blockages and
performed by-pass surgery. The prognosis was good and France was
expected to make a full recovery.
Five years ago in 2007, the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to Martinsville, VA. Donny Lia
got the victory of a lifetime in the Made In American Whelen 300 at
Martinsville Speedway. Lia held off Ted Christopher for the win in
the race, which was the annual combination event between the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Not only did the victory further solidify Lia’s Whelen Modified Tour
points lead, it came two weeks after his friend and fellow driver
John Blewett III passed away following a racing accident. John’s
brother Jimmy won the Made In American Whelen 300 in 2006. After
sitting out a week, Jimmy Blewett returned Saturday. He finished
43rd after engine problems. It was Lia’s sixth win of the Whelen
Modified Tour season and he improved his points lead to 193 over
Todd Szegedy with four races remaining.
L.W. Miller was the top finishing Southern Modified Tour driver in
third. Fellow Southern Modified Tour drivers Tim Brown and Brian
King were fifth and sixth respectively. James Civali was fourth. Lia,
who won the Budweiser Pole Award, led twice for 234 laps. He pitted
for tires on lap 157 on the first caution following the mid-race
break. And he took over the lead when Christopher pitted for tires
on lap 184. Christopher moved from 15th to second by lap 225 but was
unable to get by Lia in the closing laps. It took a little over
three hours to complete the event. There were 15 caution periods for
The Labor Day weekend venue of racing got started on Wednesday night
at the Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts with an event they called
Modified Madness. The historic 1/3-mile Speedway oval hosted the
third annual Open Wheel Wednesday program, featuring the Viveiros
Insurance-sponsored 100 green flag lap Modified Madness event, an
open competition race paying $10,000 to the winner. Local favorite
Vinnie Annarummo of Swansea, MA scored the biggest victory of his
storied 35-year career at the 1/3-mile Seekonk Speedway oval,
winning the 3rd annual Viveiros Insurance Modified Madness 100,
worth $10,000. Thirty-three competitors from seven different states
attempted to qualify for the 100 green flag lap open competition
event which carried a total purse in excess of $31,000. Annarummo
pulled away from Chris Pasteryak in the closing laps and sailed
under the checkers 0.682 seconds ahead to post his 44th career
Seekonk win in the Francis Farm #12. “Ten thousand dollars- can you
believe it?” the 58 year-old veteran asked from Victory Lane. “This
is one hell of a division to drive in. All of the guys raced me
clean. We struggled in warm ups this afternoon, but we took a spring
rubber out and tonight the car was good.” “I got beaten by Vinnie
Annarummo at Seekonk Speedway,” Pasteryak good-naturedly shrugged
after posting a solid second place finish, worth $3,500. “We were
tight on the bottom, too, and that hurt us at the end.” Matt
Hirschman walked away with $2,500 for third, while Richard Savary
pocketed $2,000 for finishing fourth. Ted Christopher finished
fifth, followed by Bobby Santos III, Eric Beers, Dale Evonsion, who
came on strong in the latter stages of the event, Louie Mechalides,
and Dick Houlihan.
In True Value Modified Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl Kirk
Alexander took the win over Les Hinkley, Mike Holdredge and Todd
Patnoad. Alexander came to the shoreline oval needing a win on the
one-third mile speedway to complete a sweep with victories on every
track that the series has competed on in its four-year existence.
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Keith Rocco
hit everything but the lottery on his way to victory in the Sunoco
Modified 50 lapper. Rocco, who was the triggerman of a mid-race
caution all but rode Todd Ceravolo into the turn two wall following
a restart on lap 48. Ceravolo kept his wits about him and managed to
recover and finished fifth. Woody Pitkat finished second with Bert
Marvin, third and Tom Cravenho, fourth.
In other Thursday night racing, Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA
made a long-anticipated return to Pro Stock victory lane while Tommy
O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, scored his second Late Model feature
win of the season. Scott Sundeen of Douglas, MA edged Larry Barnett
for the Limited Sportsman victory. Roger Larson, Jr. won the TIS
Modified feature in tech while Brad Caddick of New London won a
barnburner in the Mini Stocks.
It took Ted Christopher to end Woody Pitkat's five-race winning
streak at the Stafford Motor Speedway as he won his second SK
Modified feature of the 2007 season, Corey Hutchings won the Late
Model feature, Josh Sylvester won his second consecutive SK Light
feature, Sean Foster won the Limited Late Model feature, and Jim
Brice won the DARE Stock feature.
The 40-lap SK Modified® feature took the green flag with Willie
Hardie charging from third to the lead on the opening lap. Ted
Christopher quickly moved his way by both Lloyd Agor and Keith Rocco
to move into second. A caution with 7 laps complete slowed the field
and gave Christopher the opportunity to move by Hardie for the lead
on the restart. The top-5 ran in line until lap-19 when Hardie fell
back several spots from second as Rocco, Woody Pitakt, Jeff Malave,
Kerry Malone, and Brad Hietala all moved by. Hietala was on the move
in the middle stages of the race, working his way up to second
behind Christopher. Several late caution periods set up a five-lap
dash to the finish. Christopher was not to be headed as he led the
final five laps to pick up the feature win. Hietala came home
second, with Pitkat, Owen, and Hardie rounding out the top-5.
In some sad news, Ed Yerrington who led the Stafford Motor Speedway
out of financial despair in the early 1970’s passed away after
suffering from liver cancer. Yerrington, Sr., 78, of 31 Trading Cove
Circle, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2007, at his home. He was
the President and General Manager for the Stafford Motor Speedway
where he was the Co creator of the SK Modified Division. He also was
an Operator and Promoter at the Waterford Speedbowl and was directly
responsible for getting NASCAR and Don Hoenig together in order to
secure a NASCAR Sanction at the Thompson Speedway. He was an avid
racecar driver, racing along the East Coast for over 25 years. He
was the 1970 Track Champion at the Stafford Motor Speedway when he
drove the Freddy’s TV No.23. He was also a Technical Inspector for
NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway. He was an avid antique car
collector and especially enjoyed showing his cars within CT and MA.
It’s a shame and a disappointment that there was no mention of
Yerrington’s passing on the web site of the Stafford Speedway.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl Jeff Pearl came from deep in the pack to win the first
25-lap SK segment of the “Double Down Shootout” at the shoreline
oval. Following Janovic was Jay Miller, Don Fowler, and, Dennis Gada.
In the nightcap SK event, it was Todd Ceravolo followed by Dennis
Gada, Keith Rocco, Tyler Chadwick, and, Jeff Paul. For the second
consecutive year, Gada was the overall “Double Down” winner.
Other feature winners were Ed Reed Jr. and Larry Goss (Late Model),
Walt Hovey and Josh Galvin (Sportsman), Ken Cassidy Jr. and Phil
Evans (Mini Stock).
In some sad news, Loren A. Card, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., the
original starter at the Waterford Speedbowl, died Aug. 27, 2007. He
was a colorful starter from day one at the Speedbowl as he would
start the races while standing on the inside of the track. He
started races at the Speedbowl for over 20 years.
After going four months without a victory, Jimmie Johnson picked a
great time to get back to victory circle. The reigning NASCAR Nextel
Cup champion came on strong at the end of Sunday night's 250-lap
race, grabbing his series-leading fifth victory of the season,
clinching a spot in the Chase for the Championship and guaranteeing
he will be no worse than a tie for the top seed in the 10-race
playoff. Johnson, who took the lead for good after a series of green
flag pit stops 22 laps, led 65 of the last 82 laps on the 2-mile
oval and easily held off runner-up Carl Edwards. Kyle Busch finished
third. Jeff Burton passed Kyle Busch late and pulled away for his
third Busch win of the season in the Camping World 300 at California
Speedway. Busch held on for second place, Denny Hamlin was third,
Jimmie Johnson fourth, and Clint Bowyer fifth.
Last year, 2011, The NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Bristol Motor Speedway in
Bristol, TN for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. Thirty four cars,
including 13 from the southern series, were on hand for the
combination Northern-Southern Whelen Modified Tour Series event.
Driving the same car that was declared illegal at New Hampshire,
Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman once again won one of the Whelen
Modified Tour Series' highest paying events. The car number was
changed and it was listed under a different car owner plus the crew
chief was changed but once the race started Newman again drove away
with the win. Newman led the first 86 laps as he jumped out from his
fourth place starting spot with ease. After pitting four a complete
set of tires Newman restarted seventh. Wasting little time the
defending race winner put Todd Szegedy and James Civali away as he
reclaimed the top spot on lap 128 and was out for a Sunday drive
after that to claim the win. Newman exited the car and dedicated his
win to a suspended owner/crew chief which was a slap in the face to
NASCAR and the whole Tour. Szegedy and Civali faded in the closing
laps as Justin Bonsignore raced his way into the runner-up spot.
Szegedy finished third with Civali, fourth. Patrick Emerling rounded
out the top five. Eric Beers was sixth, followed by Ron Silk, Frank
Fleming, Andy Seuss and Eric Goodale. Fleming was the top finishing
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver and will be credited
with a win on the tour. It is his first career victory.
Eight of the original 34 starters finished on the lead lap. First to
retire were Ron Yuhas and Andy Petree who were involved in a wreck
on lap 8. Southern competitor Daniel Hemric suffered rear end
failure on lap 9 and second fastest qualifier Erick Rudolph lost an
engine on lap 14. Corey LaJoie appeared to have a left front tire
blow out on lap 42 when he hit the wall. Also collected in the
accident was George Brunnhoelzl III and Bryon Chew. Gary McDonald
was sidelined on lap 53 with a defective driveshaft and pole sitter
Bobby Santos suffered a major setback when his engine soured on lap
76. Doug Coby also had engine trouble as he parked it on lap 95.
Mike Stefanik had a real strong run going before he was collected by
Tim Brown who was unable to avoid the slow car of Wade Cole. Rowan
Pennink, Jamie Tomaino and LW Miller were also eliminated in a
wreck. Ed Flemke only completed 136 laps because of a vibration.
Silk, by virtue of his 7th place finish, stretched his NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour points lead to 41 over Rowan Pennink, who finished
21st overall. Todd Szegedy is third, 16 points behind Pennink.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour gets back on track with the
inaugural event at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway on Sept. 4.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour had a short break as they
headed to the Caraway Speedway on Friday, Aug. 26.
Andy Seuss repeated his win of a year ago with a victory in the
Caraway 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Friday
night. The 24-year-old driver from Hampstead, N.H., battled L.W.
Miller early and then pulled away from George Brunnhoelzl III in the
late stages to score his ninth career series win - his fifth at
Caraway in 23 starts. Seuss, who entered the event fifth in the
championship standings, had a nearly perfect day at the .455-mile
track, topping the practice speeds early and then winning his fifth
career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.
Although he led from the drop of the green, Seuss had to battle back
after L.W. Miller took the lead from him on Lap 14. Seuss muscled
his way by and held command from there in his No. 11 Phoenix
Pre-Owned/Triad Auto Sales Dodge. Brunnhoelzl, who started eighth on
the grid, worked his way to the front in pursuit of the lead - but
in the closing laps Seuss pulled away. They were followed to the
finish by Jason Myers, with Frank Fleming taking fourth and John
Smith in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Miller, Daniel Hemric,
Renee Dupuis, Austin Pack and Burt Myers.
A slim field of 13 cars were on hand for the event.
In Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway the
weatherman prevailed. The August 25th race was cancelled due to the
forecast of thunder storms and heavy rains. The decision, made by
track owner Don Hoenig, came early in the day so that competitors
and fans alike would not head for the speedway only to find
themselves heading home upon their arrival.
The Stafford Motor Speedway got in their show ahead of Hurricane
Irene. Ryan Preece picked up his fourth win of the 2011 season in
the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Jim Mavlouganes picked up his
first Late Model feature victory in 6 years in the 30-lap Late Model
feature, Bob Charland picked up his first career victory in the
20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Cory Casagrande picked up his
second win of 2011 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and
Josh Wood picked up his fourth win of the 2011 season in the 15-lap
DARE Stock feature.
In the late going of the SK Modified feature Ted Christopher got by
Dave Gervais for fifth and Keith Rocco moved by Todd Owen for fourth
place on lap-36 while Preece continued to lead Woody Pitkat by
several car lengths. Preece led the field to the checkered flag for
his fourth win of the 2011 season, but behind Preece, Rocco made a
move to the inside of Eric Berndt in turn 3 they touched wheels with
both cars going hard into the turn 3 wall. Pitkat finished second
behind Preece with Christopher, Owen, and Gervais rounding out the
top-5. Rocco ended up 18th. Following the event Rocco was given a
one week suspension for overaggressive driving into 54 of Berndt
during the feature and conduct detrimental to the sport of Auto
Racing. Among those missing from the SK Modified field was Frank
Ruocco who is serving a two race sentence for over aggressive
driving and Un-sportsman like conduct during the August 19 feature.
At the Waterford Speedbowl racing was cancelled due to the pending
arrival of rain associated with Hurricane Irene.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island racing was cancelled due to
Kyle Busch edged teammate Joey Logano at the Bristol Motor Speedway
finish line Friday night to become the all-time winningest driver in
Nationwide Series. The win was the 50th of Busch's career in
NASCAR's second-tier series and broke a tie the 26-year-old had with
In Sprint Cup racing at Bristol, Brad Keselowski picked up his third
win of the season - second since breaking his ankle in an Aug. 3
On a sad note, Raymond “Hully” Bunn of Bristol, CT. His biggest win
may have been the first 100 Mile Langhorne National Open for
Modified Sportsman Stock Cars (now known as the Race of Champions)
at Langhorne, PA on October 14, 1951 with relief from his friend and
colleague Dick Eagan. died at age 91 on August 25 at Bristol
Hospital after an illness. Bunn won more than a hundred Stock Car
races in a career that lasted from 1949 to 1965 and was inducted
into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.
This week are several
Vintage photos, Courtesy of SpeedwayLineReport.com & Dave Dykes RacingThroughTime.com
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That’s it for this week from 11 Gardner
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