Sixty years ago in 1953, Red
Foote, originally from Meriden, CT went two for two at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl as he won 25 lap Sportsman events on
Wednesday and on Saturday. Bud Matter and Frank Chapman were the
Fifty five years ago in 1958,
Ray Moran made it three in a row at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl as he won the Wednesday night 25 lap Modified feature. Don
Collins was the Saturday night winner. Non-Ford winners were Dick
Beauregard and Ted Stack.
Fifty years ago in 1963, Mario
"Fats" Caruso won the biggest race of his career as he beat a
stellar field of Modified greats as he won the first annual Trenton
200 at the one mile New Jersey State Fairgrounds Speedway. Caruso
had won the night before at Norwood and did an all nighter to make
it to Trenton for early morning inspection. Southern invader Ray
Hendrick finished second and was followed by Perk Brown, Gil Hearne
and Runt Harris. Sixth through tenth were Eddie Crouse, Bill Wimble,
Ed Ortiz, Joe Thurman and Eddie Pieniazek. Forty five cars started
the event. The fastest qualifier was Wild Bill Slater in the
Connecticut Valley Rocket, V-8. Slater failed to finish as his
engine expired in a cloud of smoke. Slater, who had won a 100 mile
race at Trenton in June of 1960, started on the pole after he had
set a fast time of 37.03 seconds. Slater was leading the field on
lap three when his engine expired. Pete Corey made it two in a row
on the dirt at Stafford and Don Collins was the winner of a 100
lapper at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Other weekend winners
included Fred Harbach and Dick Lewis at Fort Dix (New Egypt) and
Bobby Albert at Old Bridge.
Forty five years ago, in 1968,
heavy rain forced the cancellation of Friday night racing at the
Stafford and Albany-Saratoga Speedways. The rain carried over to
Saturday at Lancaster in western New York. Frank Faria won at
Norwood on Saturday night while at Fonda; it was Jerry Cook over Ray
Sitterly and Eddie Pieniezek. Daring Dick Caso was the 30 lap
Modified feature winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. On
Sunday it was the annual Trenton 200, which pitted the best of the
north against the best of the south. Mr. Modified, Ray Hendrick,
driving the famous Tant/Mitchell No.11 took the win. Red Farmer
finished second with Paul Radford, third. Billy Hensley and Lennie
Pond rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Al Grinnan,
Bugsy Stevens, Eddie Royster, Will Cagle and Perk Brown.
Forty years ago in 1973, Malta
started the week off with a 30 lapper that saw Richie Evans take the
win over Denis Giroux and Jerry Cook. At Stafford, on Saturday,
Giroux again finished second but this time it was behind race
winner, Bugsy Stevens. Dick Dunn, in the Al Gaudreau No.3 was the 36
lap Mid Season Modified Championship event at the Waterford
Speedbowl. At Tioga it was Geoff Bodine over Cook and at Utica-Rome
it was Evans again but over Maynard Forette. Pocono ran a special
modified event with Stevens taking the win.
Thirty five years ago in 1978,
New Egypt ran on Wednesday. Wayne Anderson took the win and was
followed by Evans and Cook. Evans and Cook finished one-two at
Stafford and at Monadnock, Punky Caron won his 12th win of the
season. Geoff Bodine took charge at Seekonk and at Riverside Charlie
Glazier tasted victory. At Thompson on Sunday Bodine added another
win as he held off Ron Bouchard and Joe Howard. Other weekend
winners were Fred Harbach at Islip, Roger Treichler at Lancaster,
George Kent at Tioga and Richie Evans at Utica-Rome. It was also
this weekend in 1978 that New York racing legend Don Diffendorf hung
up his helmet and retired.
Thirty years ago in 1983,Thompson
ran a pole qualifier for their annual 300.Richie Evans took the win
and the spot over Corky Cookman. Friday night at Stafford, Bob
Polverari out dueled Bugsy Stevens for the win. Rich Evans had quite
a weekend as he won 200 lap events at New Egypt on Friday and at
Slip on Saturday. George Kent won at Spencer on Friday and at
Waterford on Saturday, Mark LaJunesse beat out Donnie Bunnell. Marty
Radwick won at Riverside and Thompson was cancelled due to a power
shortage that caused a brown out.
Twenty five years ago in 1988,Ted
Christopher got his fourth win of the season at Stafford on Friday
night. At Monadnock, Dwight Jarvis was the victor. Christopher
repeated at Waterford on Saturday. At Riverside, Richie Gallup took
the win. Reggie Ruggerio finished second and sewed up the track
championship. Tim Connolly drove his self-owned modified to a win at
Tioga, which happened to be a Race of Champions qualifier. At
Riverhead, Bob Park recorded his third win. Wayne Anderson finished
second and wrapped up the track championship. Ted Christopher
wrapped up the Thompson Championship on Sunday.
Twenty years ago in 1993,Ted
Christopher got his sixth win of the year at Stafford, beating out
John Anderson. The Modified Tour Series was also at Stafford. Jeff
Fuller took the lead from Jamie Tomaino on lap 71 of the 150-lap
event and went on to take the win. Reggie Ruggerio finished second
with Mike Stefanik, third. At Waterford, on Saturday night, the
races were cancelled due to a flooded parking lot. Brian Miller won
at Riverhead and Dan Avery won at Riverside. In Busch Grand National
action at Bristol, Todd Bodine took the win over Joe Nemacheck and
in Winston Cup action, Mark Martin took the win.
Fifteen years ago, in 1998, Bo
Gunning recorded his 4th win of the season at Stafford on Friday
night. Ted Christopher finished second. Eric Berndt was the
Waterford winner despite the efforts of Jeff Pearl. Eddie Spiers
beat out Rick Miller at Riverside and at Riverhead Chris Young took
the win. Mike Stefanik took the BGNN point lead after he won at
Jennerstown. In Sunday action at Thompson, Ted Christopher sat in
victory lane. Mark Martin won the Bristol Winston Cup event and
Kevin LePage was the Grand National winner.
Ten years ago in 2003, the
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series returned to the Stafford
Speedway on Tuesday night to complete the rain-postponed ASB 150
from August 8. With no rain in sight, the event was completed. When
the dust settled, Todd Szegedy sat in victory lane. It was his fifth
career Modified tour win and his first at Stafford. Szegedy is a
graduate of Stafford’s SK-Modified ranks. The action resumed after a
lap 61 red flag on August 8. Eddie Flemke Jr. assumed the pole
starting position. The first five laps were run under caution, which
allowed competitors to change tires. Flemke elected to pit on lap 65
along with Szegedy and a host of others. Dave Etheridge to the
front, followed by Don Lia and Ricky Fuller. The trio had pitted
before the rains came on the initial date. Etheridge, who recently
had become engaged to Renee Dupuis, led for three laps. Lia, who has
shown a lot of promise and potential in his rookie season, took the
lead and held it until lap 73 when he was passed by Rick Fuller.
Szegedy’s big break came on lap 85 when Etheridge and Nevin George
got together in turn three. As the field took evasive action to
avoid the potential wreck, Szegedy made the right move and went from
tenth to fourth during the melee. When the event re-started on lap
90 Szegedy wasted little time as he went from fourth to second and
as the field completed lap 91, he had passed Fuller for the lead.
Fuller faded to third as Szegedy took the checker. Nevin George
finished second. John Blewett III and Chuck Hossfeld rounded out the
top five. Sixth through tenth were Tony Hirshman, Jamie Tomaino, Tom
Cravenho, Tony Ferrente Jr. and Eric Beers. There were a total of
six cautions for 61 laps. Szegedy continued to lead the series point
standings by 103 points over Blewett. Chuck Hossfeld sat in third
spot with Ted Christopher and Jerry Marquis rounding out the top
five. Christopher had a poor finish, 18th, after getting involved
with Hossfeld and wrecking. Marquis ended up 23rd. Early race leader
Eddie Flemke Jr. was an unfortunate victim as he was robbed of a
potential win as a result of a broken shifter which resulted in a
missed shift by Donnie Lia on a lap 119 re-start and resulting pig
pile that saw him get turned into the front stretch wall. Flemke’s
crew got him back in the event. With less than five laps from the
finish something broke and he hit the wall again and ended his night
in 21st spot. Ted Christopher, another potential winner, also had
one of those nights as he crashed after making contact with Chuck
Hossfeld on lap 126. A replay of the incident showed that Hossfeld
was making a pass and was under him when he attempted to pinch him
down. Hossfeld didn’t back off and the resulting contact saw
Christopher in the wall, ending his night in 18th spot.
In Thursday night Thunder action at Thompson, the Sunoco SK-type
modifieds went 75 laps. For the most part the racing was clean and
green with only a few minor cautions. Bo Gunning, who has had an up
and down season, took the win over Eric Berndt, Todd Ceravolo, Bert
Marvin and Kerry Malone. Gunning closest challenger was Berndt who
took the lead during a re-start with 15 to go. Five laps later
Gunning powered his way to the lead and never looked back. Eric
Berndt continued to lead the point standings with a 26-point edge
over Jeff Malave. Malave was never a factor on Thursday as he
finished 7th in the final rundown. Todd Ceravolo sat third in
points, 18 behind Malave. Bert Marvin and Gunning rounded out the
top five. Among the missing at Thompson on Thursday was defending
track champion Ted Christopher. According to reports Christopher’s
car never left the shop as he experienced engine problems. Other
Thursday Night Thunder winners at Thompson were Joe Lemay in the Pro
Stocks, RJ Marcotte in the Late Models, Mike Cavanaugh in the
Limited Sportsman and Eric Bourgeois in the Mini Stocks.
At the Stafford Speedway on Friday night, Bo Gunning carried his
winning ways over from Thompson as he copped the first of the twin
40 lap SK-Modified features run. Gunning took the lead with five
laps to go from Willie Hardie. Lloyd Agor made a late race charge
and finished on Gunnings bumper. Willie Hardie, Ted Christopher and
Jim Civali rounded out the top five. Jim Williams won the second 40
lapper over Jeff Baral, Chuck Docherty, Bo Gunning and Todd Owen
rounded out the top five. Ryan Posocco picked up his fourth win of
the season as he beat out Kenny Horton for the victory. Bob Leone
was the Dare Stock winner.
At the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night the flag was flying at
half-mast in honor of Dan Brigham who had passed away. Brigham, a
lieutenant in the Cohanzie Fire Department, was the officer in
charge of Safety at the Speedbowl. The Modifieds at the shoreline
oval ran twin 25’s because of the fact that time was running out to
meet the minimum of 18 events required to have drivers eligible for
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing points. Dennis Gada, who was thought to
be retiring at season’s end, cleared up a misunderstanding as he
stated that he was retiring from the SK- Modifieds, not from racing
all together. The four-time track champion is looking to climb the
ladder a bit, maybe into a tour mod or a Busch North Series car. The
hardest part about getting a ride in the tour series cars is money
or the ability to bring it with you. In the first of the two
features Gada made it three in a row and five overall for the
season. Pete Pavone finished second with John Brouwer Jr., third. In
the nightcap, Rob Janovic took the win after coming back from a
crash in the first feature. Janovic, who is close friends with the
Brigham family, dedicated his win to the recently departed Daniel.
Dennis Charette finished second with Gada, third. Based on his
recent finishes, Dennis Gada had moved by Ed Reed Jr. for the
modified point lead. Other Saturday night winners were Russell
LaJoie in the Late Models, Ed Gertsch in the Sportsman with Dan
Darnstaedt and Glen Colvin victorious in the Mini Stocks.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Joe Hartmann came home the
winner over John Fortin. JR Bertuccio and Frank Vigliorolo Jr. were
both given a week’s suspension for their on track confrontation and
at Wall Township, Kevin Flockhart took top honors over Tim Arre. The
Busch North Series was at the Beech Ridge Speedway in Maine. Mike
Olsen was awarded the win after apparent winner Mike Johnson was put
to the rear of the rear of the lead lap cars as officials noticed
that he jumped the green flag on the final restart.
In Winston Cup action at Bristol, Kurt Busch took the win and was
loudly booed in victory lane by the many fans who felt that he had
agitated Jim Spencer to the point where he got violent. Kevin
Harvick finished second. Michael Waltrip bumped Ron Hornaday out of
the lead with 34 laps to go and went on to take the Busch Series win
at Bristol. Jim Spencer filed an appeal of his suspension, which was
denied by the NASCAR commission.
Five years ago in 2008, The
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour invaded the Thompson Speedway. Rain
cancelled qualifying, which led to a start based on current point
standings. All 33 cars on hand started the event.
Point leader Chuck Hossfeld led the opening laps before giving way
to Todd Szegedy. An incident on lap 4 involved Eddie Flemke, Ryan
Preece, Glenn Tyler, Kevin Goodale, Ricky Fuller, and Woody Pitkat.
Preece and Tyler got the worst of it as they both suffered
suspension damage. The pack ran single-file as the laps began to
mount. Szegedy continued to lead with Hossfeld and Ted Christopher.
The racing was finally slowed when the second caution flew on lap 42
for a spin by Jimmy Blewett. Blewett’s mount suffered from a broken
panhard bracket mount. During the early stages of the event several
front runners had encountered problems. After losing the top spot to
Christopher, Szegedy encountered mechanical troubles under an early
race caution necessitating a push to pit road and behind the wall.
Szegedy was able to continue several laps down.
Ronnie Silk, who had worked his way to the second spot, found
himself at the spinning end of a confrontation with Eddie Flemke.
The field was able to miss Silk. Flemke received a penalty to the
tail end of the longest line for his actions. During a caution
period at lap 55 a host of cars headed to pit road for service. When
things sorted out, Silk was leading with Bobby Grigas, who
short-pitted, in second. Grigas capitalized on the restart; moving
past Silk and into the lead. Hirschman followed through. Contact
between business partners Flemke and Reggie Ruggiero necessitated
Back under green, Grigas continued to lead Hirschman. Lap-after-lap,
Hirschman dogged Grigas. Early leader, Christopher, faltered while
Stefanik was coming on strong. The veteran started to show his
prowess after the century mark; joining Grigas and Hirschman. Silk
meanwhile was fully recovered from his earlier incident to apply
pressure to Stefanik. A bid for the third spot was slowed when
Christopher, his tires worn, spun to bring out the caution. On the
lap 112 restart, Hirschman took over the lead from Grigas with Silk
following through in second. Bobby Santos was also able to motor by
and into third. Silk’s march to the front was completed when he took
the lead on lap 116. At lap 120, Christopher was back to eighth.
Contact between Hossfeld and Stefanik sent the Mystic Missile
sliding. Both drivers were able to continue, barely missing a beat.
The eleventh caution of the event flew; however, for a spin by Wade
Cole on the other end of the speedway.
A handful of green flag laps led to a ruckus that began after bumper
tag near the front of the pack. Hirschman was the aggressor on the
lap 139 restart taking over the lead from Silk. Santos continued to
run in third followed by a hard-charging Christopher. Silk was not
done as he raced his way back by Hirschman and into the lead. The
front five ran nose to tail as they took the white and checkered
flags. With two laps remaining, Pitkat ended up against the turn
The race went into overtime, with a green, white, checker,
single-file restart at lap 152. An uneventful final two laps gave
Silk his third career win. Hirschman settled for second over Santos
and Christopher and Stefanik.
Many tongues were still wagging over the last lap incident at
Stafford between Ryan Preece and Todd Szegedy. Szegedy roughed up
Preece to get the lead as they both apparently over-drove a bit
going into the first turn. When the pair made contact NASCAR
Director Chad Little felt that Preece had deliberately hit Szegedy.
After watching a video produced on the Stafford website it appears
that Szegedy was just as much at fault in the incident. Little, who
is getting to be known as the “Invisible Man” made himself scarce
after the call and was unavailable for comment. Preece and Boehler
Racing took a lot of abuse after the event, which was uncalled for.
Thursday night Thunder Racing at Thompson came very close to being
washed out as torrential rain pelted the speedway in mid-afternoon.
Keith Rocco cleaned house in the Sunoco Modifieds. In other Whelen
All-American Series racing, Lady Luck was finally on the side of
George Bessette scored his first Pro Stock feature win of the 2008
season. It was the fifth win for Late Model ace Jeff Zuidema and
Ernie Larose scored a popular win in Limited Sportsman division.
Brian Sullivan took over the ride for his brother Tim in the
family-owned TIS Modified to score the victory in only his second
start. Scott Michalski led his racing family with a Mini Stock
Rocco looked like he was shot out of a cannon rocketing out from his
fifth starting position to take the lead before the completion of
the lap one restart. The second generation had the entire field
covered as he survived numerous restarts throughout the 30 lap
feature. On lap 25, Tom Cravenho moved to the inside groove to take
the lead from Rocco. On lap 27, Rocco slid to the inside groove to
retake his lead. Rocco never looked back as he ran to the finish in
the No. 1 spot. Cravenho settled for second. Todd Ceravolo was able
to take the third position from Danny Cates. Bob Grigas edged out
Kevin Goodale to finish fifth.
The Stafford Motor Speedway fell victim to rain on Friday night. Ted
Christopher led Keith Rocco by 6 points. Curt Brainard sat in third
spot, 78 points behind the leader. Kenny Horton and Woody Pitkat
rounded out the top five. Rocco suffered a setback on August 8 when
he was a victim of overaggressive driving by New Jersey racer Steven
Reed. Reed was serving a one race suspension.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, the shoreline oval enjoyed one of its
biggest crowds in a long time with their Racing Against Cancer
Night, which brought in the International Super Modified Association
along with the True Value Modified Series and the Northeastern
Midget Association to compliment the tracks SK Modifieds. Lou
Cicconi scored the 50-lap International Super Modified Association
feature while Chris Pasteryak scored his first ever-open wheeled
Modified win as he won the 100 lap True Value Modified Series event.
Other feature winners were Randy Cabral (Northeastern Midget
Association), and Ron Yuhas Jr. (SK Modifieds).
Opening with a bang, the 50-lap International Super Modified
Association endured a pair of serious crashes before the first lap
was completed. After getting underway, it was Dave Shullick Jr,
executing a daring outside maneuver to snare the lead passing
several cars. Out-front until the nineteenth circuit, Shullick was
then overtaken by Mike Ordway Jr. Cicconi was the leader when the
second red-flag occurred on lap forty-eight, setting the stage for a
2-lap dash for the checkers. Cicconi got the bite on the restart,
prevailing by a comfortable margin over Mike Lichty, Chris Perley,
Mike Ordway Jr., and Bobby Santos III.
Kirk Alexander led until just beyond halfway of the True Value 100
when Chris Pasteryak bolted into the top-spot after a restart. The
two engaged in a see-saw battle for the lead following the numerous
cautions that plagued the second-half of the event, Pasteryak
getting the advantage each time. Shelly Perry pounded the first-turn
wall on lap-96, evaporating the huge lead that Pasteryak had
amassed. The final restart saw the popular second-generation racer
again forge-ahead, finishing several lengths ahead of Alexander and
Jeff Malave in scoring his first-ever victory in True Value Modified
Series competition. Completing the top-5 was Dwight Jarvis and Ted
Randy Cabral notched a popular victory in the 25-lap NEMA Midget
feature, his third of 2008 at the Speedbowl. Passing Mike Keeler for
the lead with fourteen remaining, Cabral simply checked-out from the
competition during an extremely fast-moving event that incurred only
one caution period. Following Cabral was Keeler, Joey Payne, Greg
Stoehr, and William Wall.
In the evening’s 35-lap SK Modified feature, pole-sitter Shawn
Monahan immediately took the lead before yielding to an outside-move
by Ron Yuhas Jr. with twenty-three circuits remaining. Shortly
after, Monahan was eliminated for the night after the lapped-car of
Kevin Orlando jacked-up the leaders resulting in the first caution.
At the green it was again Yuhas, followed by Dennis Gada and
defending champion Ron Janovic Jr. Within a few laps the caution
again waved when Matt Gallo slammed the third-turn barrier with
bone-jarring force. Next to fall victim to the wreckers was
past-champion Todd Ceravolo, punted by Rob Summers after getting
out-of-shape and spinning. Yuhas dominated the closing laps,
finishing a comfortable margin ahead of Janovic, Gada, Doug Coby,
and Keith Rocco.
Carl Edwards took the lead in the pits, then drove away for his
first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Michigan International
Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. It was his 16th overall series win. The
reigning series champion was trailing fellow Sprint Cup driver Tony
Stewart when the leaders drove onto pit road under a caution flag on
lap 93. Edwards, driving a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, came out in
front and easily led to the end of the 125-lap race on the 2-mile
oval. Edwards, who led a race-high 71 laps on the way to his third
Nationwide victory of the season, was nearly 3.5 seconds ahead of
runner-up Brian Vickers before Danny Efland crashed at the start of
the last lap. The race finished under caution. Tony Stewart wound up
third, followed by Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Mike Bliss and
18-year-old rookie Joey Logano of Middletown. Joe Gibbs Racing got
caught in an ugly way Saturday following the CarFax 250 at Michigan
International Speedway. Stewart, making his last Nationwide start
for Gibbs, drove the No. 20, and 18-year-old rookie Joey Logano was
seventh in the No. 18. The two Gibbs Nationwide Series teams, which
have dominated competition in the division this season, weren't
working in the gray area, they weren't bending the rules, they
weren't finding holes in the rulebook, they were caught cheating.
NASCAR inspectors discovered magnets on the gas pedals of the Gibbs
No. 18 car and No. 20 car before the cars were set to be tested on a
NASCAR dynamometer, which measures horsepower. The magnets
essentially served as stops, not allowing the gas pedal to be
depressed all the way for the test, which would have altered the
results to show the cars with lower horsepower than they actually
had. It was an action team owner Joe Gibbs said: "Goes against
everything we stand for as an organization."
Joey Logano, who finished seventh in the No. 18 car and Tony
Stewart, who was driving the No. 20 car, were penalized 150
championship points and place on probation until Dec. 31, 2008. Car
owner Joe Gibbs was also penalized 150 points for each car in the
owner’s standings. No. 20 team crew chief Dave Rogers and No. 18
team crew chief Jason Ratcliff were each fined $50,000 and
indefinitely suspended from NASCAR. Also, from the No. 18 team, car
chief Dorian Thorsen engine tuner Michael Johnson and crew member
Toby Bigelow were suspended indefinitely from NASCAR. From the No.
20 team, car chief Richard Bray and engine tuner Dan Bajek were
suspended indefinitely. NASCAR also put both teams, in their
entirety, on probation until Dec. 31, 2008.
Carl Edwards completed a weekend sweep at Michigan International
Speedway beating NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kyle Busch off pit
road on their last stops and driving off for his fifth Cup win of
the season and second in the last three races. David Ragan held on
to finish third, followed by Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth.
Last year, 2012, Thursday night
Thunder at Thompson saw Ryan Preece make it four in a row and nine
for the season during a great night of racing at the northeastern
Connecticut oval. Preece started sixth and took the lead from Kerry
Malone after a restart on lap 5. Wayne Arute started on the pole but
was quickly overcome by Malone for the lead. Because of the fact
that Arute was unable to come up to speed a back-up occurred which
forced Ted Christopher to ride over another competitors wheel which
messed up his front end handling. Two cautions slowed the highly
competitive event, both for George Wilkinson who spun in turn four
on lap five and again on lap 10. Following the lap 10 restart Todd
Ceravolo moved in to second spot but had nothing for the leader as
he settled for the runner-up spot at the finish. Woody Pitkat
finished third with Christopher and Malone rounding out the top
five. Sixth through tenth were Dennis Perry, Jay Sundeen, Nick
Boivin, Eayne Arute and Richie Gallup.
Other winners were Cam McDermott of Scituate, RI, in the Lite
Modified division and John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA, in the
TIS Modifieds continuing the domination of their respective
divisions. Tommy O’Sullivan of Wilbraham, MA, posted his ninth Late
Model victory of the season. Bill McNeil of Putnam, CT, rebounded in
the Limited Sportsman division with a victory. Chad Baxter of
Pascoag, RI, posted his second win of the season in the Mini Stocks.
Spending the evening with Modified legend Leo Cleary was priceless.
At 83 years of age the NEAR Hall of Fame member was as sharp as a
tack and can tell stories of years gone by like they happened
At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night Ryan Preece made it
two for two on the weekend as he captured the rain shortened 40 lap
SK Modified feature. Preece was leading on lap 31 when thew caution
was displayed after Matt Gallo and Frank Ruocco banged wheels on the
front stretch which resulted with both cars hitting the wall. With
rain beginning to fall, the race was red/checkered with 31 laps
complete, making Preece the winner. Ted Christopher finished second,
with Dan Avery, Glen Reen, and Curt Lenahan rounding out the top-5.
Other winners at Stafford were Adam Gray in the Late Model feature,
Dylan Kopec in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Cory Casagrande in the
20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, and Kris Fluckiger in the 15-lap
DARE Stock feature.
It was good to see Keith Rocco back in action after suffering a
severe lower arm injury. Rocco ran as high as fourth before dropping
out after an infield spin.
In Saturday night action at the Waterford Speedbowl the shoreline
oval beat back the early day rains to stage its 5th annual ‘Wings &
Wheels’ event Saturday night. The International Supermodified
Association plus NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites joined the track’s
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program on the night.
Scoring wins included Vernon CT competitor Rob Summers in the 50-lap
Supermodified feature race, while Anthony Marvuglio of East
Bridgewater, MA and Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA each picked up
first-career victories in the NEMA Midget and NEMA Lite races,
respectively. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, Kyle
James of Ashaway, RI recorded his first win since 2010 after coming
out on top of a wild SK Modified® race. Rich Staskowski of Hope
Valley, RI captured his first checkered flag of the year in the Bob
Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Corey Hutchings of Salem took down
his fourth victory of the year in the Street Stock division and Ken
Cassidy of Lisbon won his 11th Mini Stock feature of 2012.
The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature
was plagued by numerous caution flags during the race. Rich Brooks
showed the way for the first five laps after starting in the pole
position. Brooks led Jeffrey Gallup through lap-5 when Gallup made a
bold move on the bottom of the track in attempt to take over the
race lead. The two made contact, sending both spinning from the top
two positions and bringing out the caution flag. During the caution,
Keith Rocco pitted and turned the driver’s seat over to Doug Coby
for the final 30-laps.
Joe Perry was the new leader for the lap-5 restart, holding on
through lap-13 when caution returned as Diego Monahan and Jeff Rocco
made contact between turns one and two with Rocco spinning while
competing for a top-five position. Jeff Pearl had raced into second
position and lined up next to Perry for the ensuing restart, racing
hard in the outside lane once the race was back underway to take the
lead. Pearl cleared Perry for good on lap-16 and led through two
more caution periods that brought the race to lap-24.
On the lap-24 restart, Pearl got away from Kyle James to continue
leading. Coby was on the move, climbing to third position on lap-28
behind Pearl and James. James looked outside Pearl on lap-30 as the
leaders exited turn four, allowing Coby to immediately fill the gap
inside of James. Pearl had two cars on his tail to hold back as
James continued to threaten off Pearl’s right rear and Coby was
glued all over Pearl’s back bumper. The battle among the three
inside five laps remaining reached a crescendo just after they
completed lap-32. The three cars made contact as they rounded turn
one, with Pearl losing control and spinning. Coby also spun while
James drove away into the race lead. Behind the spinning leaders,
Diego Monahan and Ed Puleo both took hard trips into the turn one
wall in the chaos.
When the dust had settled James was the new leader with Shawn
Monahan to his outside. James pulled away on the final restart from
Shawn Monahan, who swapped second position with Gallup over the
final two laps. James won his first race since 2010 in the division,
while Monahan took second over Gallup, who battled back from his
early spin to claim his first podium finish in the division.
In NASCAR Southern Modified action at the Bowman Gray Stadium in
Winston-Salem NC Tim Brown finished ninth Saturday night in the
season-ending Carolina Farm Credit 150 and wrapped up a record ninth
Bowman Gray Stadium championship.
The two-year domination of Burt Myers ended, but Myers ended the
season in style as he won the 150-lap finale for the featured
Modified Division. Brown finished out what he said was his best
season yet, one that included eight victories and needed to finish
only 12th or better to wrap up the ninth title.
Myers, who won the pole position, had his challenges as well,
including one from hard-charging Dean Ward ,who took the lead in the
71st lap. Myers took the lead back on the 110th lap and held it from
there, closing with a final restart challenge from his brother Jason
Myers, who needed to finish 12 spots ahead of Brown to win what
would have been his first title. Burt Myers led the rest of the way,
registering his 50th career victory at Bowman Gray. Jonathan Brown
finished second, and Jason Myers was third.
Late Saturday afternoon rain cancelled all racing at the Riverhead
Raceway on Long Island.
Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International
Speedway on Sunday when leader Jimmie Johnson left the track because
of engine trouble with six laps left. Johnson looked as if he had
already finished the hardest work. After starting at the back of the
pack, he had moved up quickly, and when he passed Brad Keselowski
for the lead on Lap 191 of 200, his No. 48 Chevrolet seemed to be
the superior car. Then Johnson's engine faltered with only six laps
remaining. He lost the race and the Sprint Cup points lead to Biffle.
In Nationwide Series action in Montreal, Jacques Villeneuve was in
the driver's seat heading to the white flag, more than 20 car
lengths ahead and his first victory in NASCAR just a lap away on the
track named for his dad. Then, in the blink of an eye, Justin
Allgaier bumped past him for the victory Saturday in a Nationwide
race as a stunned crowd at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve recoiled in
Having maintained the top spot through restart after restart in the
final laps of a race that went seven extra circuits around the
14-turn, 2.7-mile layout, Villeneuve was running low on fuel and
kept turning off the engine of his No. 22 Dodge to conserve. What
seemed like an insurmountable lead vanished on the last lap.
Allgaier closed in a hurry as Villeneuve suddenly slowed and was hit
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