Forty years ago in 1969, the All Star
League was in full swing. Starting on Wednesday night at the
Norwood Arena, Bugsy Stevens used his home track advantage to
take on the best in the east and dusted the field as he won the
100 lapper. Freddie Schulz finished second and was followed by
Eddie Flemke, Leo Cleary, Fred DeSarro, Johnny Thompson and Jack
Malone. The top seven were all Norwood Arena regulars. The
league moved to Stafford on Friday night and Stevens continued
his winning ways. Flemke came home in second spot and was
followed by Nathan "Smokey" Boutwell. Boutwell was driving the
famous No.28 co-owned by the Garuti Brothers and Jack Arute.
Dick Caso took down the Speedbowl
win in 1969.
At the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Ed Pieniezak was the winner over
Bernie Miller and Maynard Forette. Back at Norwood for their regular
Saturday night program, Johnny Thompson in his Ford powered No.122
was the victor. Jack Malone finished second and was followed by
DeSarro and Stevens. At the Waterford Speedbowl
Daring Dick Caso took the top
spot in the 36 lap Modified feature. Fonda and Airborne rained out.
On Sunday at Thompson, Boutwell ruled the roost. DeSarro finished
second with Stevens and Bob Santos following.
Forty years ago in 1969, the All Star League was in full swing.
Starting on Wednesday night at the Norwood Arena, Bugsy Stevens used
his home track advantage to take on the best in the east and dusted
the field as he won the 100 lapper. Freddie Schulz finished second
and was followed by Eddie Flemke, Leo Cleary, Fred DeSarro, Johnny
Thompson and Jack Malone. The top seven were all Norwood Arena
regulars. The league moved to Stafford on Friday night and Stevens
continued his winning ways. Flemke came home in second spot and was
followed by Nathan "Smokey" Boutwell. Boutwell was driving the
famous No.28 co-owned by the Garuti Brothers and Jack Arute. At the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Ed Pieniezak was the winner over Bernie
Miller and Maynard Forette. Back at Norwood for their regular
Saturday night program, Johnny Thompson in his Ford powered No.122
was the victor. Jack Malone finished second and was followed by
DeSarro and Stevens. At the Waterford Speedbowl Daring Dick Caso
took the top spot in the 36 lap Modified feature. Fonda and Airborne
rained out. On Sunday at Thompson, Boutwell ruled the roost. DeSarro
finished second with Stevens and Bob Santos following.
Thirty five years ago in 1974, Geoff Bodine in his own No.99
dominated the upstate New York circuit as he went three for three as
he took wins at Utica-Rome on Friday, Shangri-La on Saturday and
Fulton on Sunday. On Long Island, Charlie Jarzombek equaled Bodine's
fete as he also went three for three as he took wins at Freeport on
Friday, Islip on Saturday and Riverhead on Sunday. At Stafford,
Bugsy Stevens won a Trenton qualifier. Ronnie Bouchard finished
second and was awarded the spot. Stevens also won on Friday at
Malta. Donnie Bunnell made it two in a row in Modified action at the
Waterford Speedbowl. Ron Cote was the Grand American Late Model
winner. At Monadnock, Dynamite Ollie Silva was the winner.
Thirty years ago in 1979, Stafford
presented Modified Madness on Tuesday. Richie Evans and Maynard
Troyer finished one-two in the 50-lap open comp event that drew
28 modifieds. Ronnie Bouchard made a run to the front but was
hampered with a slipping clutch and was held to a third place
finish. Rounding out the top five were Jerry Cook and Bugsy
Stevens. Bouchard redeemed himself on Friday as he returned to
Stafford and beat the pants off of Evans who had to settle for
second. Bouchard continued his hot streak and went on to win at
Seekonk on Saturday and again at Thompson on Sunday. Evans
traveled to Islip on Saturday where he won a 150 lapper. A trip
to Monadnock produced a DNF. Brian Ross was the Monadnock winner
over Jerry Cook and Reggie Ruggiero. Other weekend winners
included George Kent at Spencer and Shangri-La, Ruggiero at
Riverside and Peter Schwartz at Westboro. Bob Potter won a 200
lapper at Waterford over Dick Ceravolo and it was also on this
weekend that Tom Rosati, at
19 years of age, won the Oxford 250.
Tom Rosati won the Oxford 250 in
(Danny Pardi Collection)
Twenty five years ago in 1984, Monadnock and New Egypt ran
special events on Wednesday. Reggie Ruggiero won a 100 lapper at
Monadnock while Jim Spencer beat out Richie Evans at New Egypt. The
action switched to Star Speedway on Thursday where Evans took the
top spot over Mike McLaughlin. Stafford rained out on Friday but at
Spencer, Tom Druar won a 100 lap Race of Champions qualifier.
Saturday action saw Dale Holdredge score a popular win at Waterford
and at Riverside, Ruggiero was the top dog. Other weekend winners
were Tony Siscone winning the Garden State 200 at Wall, Charlie
Jarzombek taking a 75 lapper at Oswego and in Winston Cup action at
Talledega it was Dale Earnhardt.
Twenty years ago in 1989, the Modified Tour Series was at
Stafford for a 125-lap event. Mike Stefanik took the win over Mike
McLaughlin and Tom Bolles. Riverhead ran a Race of Champions
qualifier on Saturday with invader, George Kent taking the win over
McLaughlin. Sunday at Thompson, Jeff Barry was the SK modified
Fifteen years ago in 1994, the Modified Tour Series was at
Riverside Park for a Wednesday event. Mario Fiore was without a
driver and joined forces with Jerry Marquis for a one shot deal.
Needless to say, the mighty No.44 found the fastest way around and
Marquis won the show. Jeff Fuller finished second and was followed
by Steve Park, Richie Gallup and Ed Kennedy. Thompson ran SK's the
same night with John Sneade taking the win over Frank Cardile. John
Anderson won the Friday night SK modified feature at Stafford with
Steve Chownnski, second. Bob Potter, driving with a broken wrist,
finished third. Saturday night action at Waterford, Riverside and
Riverhead rained out. In Winston Cup action at Talledega, Jim
Spencer took the win over Bill Elliott.
Ten Years ago, in 1999, the Modified Tour was at Thompson on
Thursday night. Tim Connolly started sixth, pitted for right side
tires on lap 64 and took the lead which resulted in an eventual win
on lap 90.Charlie Pasteryak finished second and was followed by Tony
Hirschman, Rick Fuller and Chris Kopec. A packed house was on hand
at Stafford on Friday night for the running of BGNN 150, which was
won by Dennis Demers. Curt Brainard was the SK modified winner.
Tucker Reynolds ruled the roost at Waterford despite the efforts of
Dennis Gada and at Riverhead; Dan Jivenelli beat back the advances
of Howie Brode. It was a good night for Ed Spiers as he took down
the win at Riverside. Brad Hietalla finished second
Five years ago in 2004, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour
was at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon on Friday.
The purse for this event was $151,203. Ted Christopher found himself
at the top of the 47 car heap as he took the Busch Pole with a speed
of 128.537 mph. John Blewett III was second fastest with a speed of
128.363 mph. Part time tour competitor Jan Leaty was third with
rookie Kenny Barry, fourth. Rounding out the top five was Don Lia.
Defending race winner Chuck Hossfeld qualified a distant 19th, a
little over two miles per hour slower than the pole sitter did.
Heavy rain on Friday afternoon forced NASCAR to reschedule the event
to Saturday afternoon following the Busch Series and Busch North
The Saturday weather held and the Modified Siemens 100 was run.
Since the advent of Stock Car racing in the late 1940’s there have
been fathers and sons, fathers and grandsons and brothers and
sisters racing against each other but last Saturday at Loudon
identical twin brothers, Ted and Mike Christopher, in almost
identical cars finished one-two in what had to be one of the
greatest NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series event ever run. The
Christopher’s drove Modifieds owned by Jim Galante. The
Christopher’s moved into the top spots on lap 65 and outran a
determined Mike Stefanik to the finish at lap 108.
The history-making event saw Ted Christopher jump out to take the
lead at the start followed by John Blewett III and Jan Leaty. Reggie
Ruggiero became the first casualty as he lost an engine on lap 6.
The first of nine caution flags was waved on lap 10 when Wade Cole
incurred a flat left front tire. Kenny Barry had moved into the
third spot as Jan Leaty began to fade the victim of a slipping
clutch. The caution period lasted until lap 18 before going back
green. Barry took the lead away from Christopher but his time on the
point was short lived as he lost control and spun on lap 19,
bringing out the second caution. Blewett took the lead on the
restart on lap 25 but could only hold off Christopher for one lap as
the former New England Regional champion powered his way back into
the lead. Christopher along with Blewett and Donnie Lia opened up a
15-car length lead under the green flag period that lasted until lap
35 when Lia got to lead one lap until Christopher took it back. The
third caution flew on lap 37. Christopher and a good portion of the
field pitted for tires. Lia and Blewett chose to stay on the track
and led the restart on lap 42. Two laps later a mass tangle unfolded
and collected among others, Richie Gallup, Ed Flemke, Charlie
Pasteryak, Ted Christopher and Tom Baldwin. All except Baldwin and
Gallup were able to restart on lap 51 with Todd Szegedy taking the
lead. Lia took it back on lap 52 with Szegedy, Doug Coby and Tony
Hirschman in tow. Gregg Shivers pounded the front stretch wall on
lap 55 bringing out the fifth caution. Lia pitted on lap 57, giving
the lead back to Szegedy. Szegedy led the restart on lap 62 with
Coby running second and Hirschman, third. Mike Christopher, who
started 17th in the 42-car field, broke into the top five with his
brother Ted on his bumper. The Christopher brothers made a
determined bid of high speed bump drafting as they raced their way
into the lead on lap 64. The sixth caution flew on lap 65 when Coby
came to a halt after losing an engine. Just before the caution the
Christopher’s traded spots which put Ted in the lead. On the lap 72
restart Szegedy was third followed by Blewett, Hirschman, Eric Beers
and Zack Sylvester. The action slowed on lap 79 when Ronnie Silk
lost an engine on the backstretch, bringing out the seventh caution.
The field went green on lap 82. By lap 85 Blewett had gotten by
Szegedy but had nothing for the high flying Christophers. Debris on
the track brought the eighth caution on lap 86. The green came back
out on lap 90 with Mike Stefanik mustering a challenge to the
leaders. Unsuccessful, Stefanik got shuffled out of the front pack.
Blewett and Szegedy got together and wrecked on lap 99, bringing out
the ninth and final caution which set the stage for a
green-white-checkered finish. The final green flew on lap 106. The
Christophers were not to be denied as they streaked one-two under
the checkered flag. Stefanik finished third and was followed by
Hirschman, Lia, Sylvester, Flemke, Rick Fuller, Ken Barry and
Charlie Pasteryak. For their efforts, the Christophers pocketed
$18,300 combined. Eddie Flemke continued as the Series point leader
with a 42-point edge on Tony Hirschman. Jerry Marquis, Ted
Christopher and Rick Fuller rounded out the top five.
The Busch North Series was also at Loudon. Thirty-five cars were on
hand with Mike Olsen taking the pole position with a speed of
124.674 mph. Dale Quarterly took the win as 43,000 spectators looked
In Wednesday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway hundreds of fans
stood in line in close to 90-degree heat to get their autographs
from Nextel Cup stars Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne. Kahne later took
part in a match-exhibition race with Eric Berndt, Bo Gunning, Ted
Christopher and Todd Ceravolo. In actual Sunoco-SK type modified
competition Kerry Malone scored his second win of the season in a
fast paced event that went non-stop from pole to checker. Malone
started fourth and took the lead from Richard Savory on lap 2. The
racing was intense as Bert Marvin glued himself to Malone’s bumper
for almost the entire distance. Marvin tried on numerous occasions
to make a pass but Malone had the power to hold him off. With seven
laps to go Marvin made a bonsai move which almost cost him the
runner-up spot but managed to gather it in so as to maintain his
position. Ted Christopher, who started seventh, had nothing for the
front runners and finished third. Jeff Malave and Todd Ceravolo
rounded out the top five. In Pro Stock competition the old adage
that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree came true as all one
had to do was watch David Berghman in action. Berghman grew up in
the shadow of his famous dad, 3-time NASCAR Modified Champion Carl
“Bugsy” Stevens. Now retired, Stevens sits proud as a peacock
watching his son perform as he did in years gone by. Berghman came
from a tenth starting spot to fourth in four laps and by lap eight
was glued to leader Chuck Docherty. Berghman, who operates DB
Racecar Fabrication, had his tires fade as Norm Wrenn moved into the
second spot. Docherty, who drives for Rollie Linblad, was headed for
the win until being accidentally struck and spun by Wrenn as they
came off the fourth turn and headed for the checkered flag. Wrenn
took the win with Berghman second. Docherty, who eventually hit the
infield wall, finished third as he spun out of control. Wrenn
apologized in victory lane as he was booed loudly by the
near-capacity crowd. In other action, Charles Bailey III reaped the
reward of winning the Late Model feature when Larry Barnett had the
miss-fortune of having his transmission implode while he was in the
lead. Scott Sundeen won the Limited Sportsman feature and Randy
Jurcik was victorious in Mini-Stock action. Thompson switches back
to Thursday night this week.
Heavy rain at Stafford forced the Arute Family to pull the plug on
the nights racing. Ted Christopher with six wins in 12 starts led
the point standings with a 54-point edge over defending SK-Modified
champion Kerry Malone. Christopher also leads the New England Region
of the Dodge Weekly Racing Series. Although winless, Malone has six
top five’s in 13 starts and has a four point lead over Willie Hardie.
Todd Owen and James Civali round out the top five.
The SK-Modifieds were scheduled for a night off at the Waterford
Speedbowl on Saturday. Defending five-time champion Dennis Gada,
with one win in 15 starts held a slim two point lead over Ed Reed
Jr. Reed, with two wins, leads Chris Pasteryak by 42 points. Tom Fox
and Ron Yuhas Jr. rounded out the top five. A scheduled program at
the shoreline oval was rained out.
The Nextel Cup and the Busch Racing Series divisions of NASCAR were
at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH. Kurt
Busch outran Jeff Gordon to take the Nextel Cup event and Matt
Kenseth cruised to a win in the Saturday Busch Racing Series event.
The New York Times reported that the International Speedway
Corporation had offered to pay $100 million for land on Staten
Island in New York City where they hoped to build an 80,000 seat-3/4
mile speedway. The land in question was a former oil tank farm owned
by GATX. If, in fact, this proposed speedway gets built it will all
but put the proposed speedway in Plainfield, Connecticut on the
“Never Happened” list.
Last year, 2008, the Seekonk Speedway, located on the gateway
to Cape Cod in Massachusetts was the scene of a special 100 lap
Mid-week Modified Special. Matt Hirschman, fresh off his first
career NASCAR Whelen Modified Series win just 4 days prior, showed
the kind of groove he has gotten into, as he drove under the
checkered flag $10,000 richer. Dick Houlihan finished second, while
Chuck Hossfeld was third. Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy rounded
out the top 5. Rob Summers, Kenny Bouchard, Ted Christopher, Bobby
Grigas and Eric Beers rounded out the top ten.
When the 24 car field rolled out for the 4th Annual Viveiros
Insurance Modified Madness, it was Matt Hirschman and Bobby Grigas
III sitting on the front row. In a race that saw only 3 cautions, it
wasn’t enough to slow Matt from putting his name in the record books
as the fourth driver to pick up the $10,000 grand prize. When the
green flag dropped, Matt took command, and let the rest of the field
fight for second. And fight they did. Grigas held on for second for
several laps, until the Viveiros Insurance sponsored Chevy of Dick
Houlihan jumped into second by lap 10. Ryan Preece had worked
himself into third by that point, and was putting pressure on
Houlihan. The first caution came out on lap 14, when Eric Beers spun
in turn 2. John Fortin’s machine broke, and needed assistance as
well. Dave Berghman had moved into fourth, with Grigas fifth. Chuck
Hossfeld, Ed Dachenhausen, Ted Christopher, Rob Summers, and Jimmy
Blewett made out the top ten. After a false restart, the field was
back underway. Hirschman continued to set the pace but behind him,
positions were up for grabs. Ryan Preece used an inside move on
Houlihan and put the Boehler 3 into second, and began to pressure
the leader. By lap 25, Berghman was running third, with Houlihan and
Hossfeld the top five. One driver on the move was defending True
Value Modified Champion Kirk Alexander was passing cars wholesale
style. Between laps 25 and 30, he moved up 6 positions on the
outside, and wasn’t done yet. He passed Grigas, but had almost a
full straightaway of distance ahead to Hossfeld. At the halfway
point, the top six remained unchanged, while Ed Dachenhausen,
McKennedy, Les Hinckley, and Grigas rounded out the top ten. The gap
between Hossfeld and Alexander had shrunk to a couple of car lengths
at this point, and by lap 55, there was a new fourth place runner.
Hirschman was started to close in on the tail end of the field, and
the drivers behind him knew then had to start making a move. About
this time, Berghman started to flex some muscle, and he looked to
the outside of Preece, trying to pick up second. As the leaders ran
through heavy lapped traffic, they were jockeying for position,
trying to use the lapped cars as picks. Lap 67 saw the second yellow
of the event when Carl Pasteryak spun just in front of the leaders.
Everyone was able to make it through unscathed. As the field
completed lap 70, Dave Berghman and Ryan Preece made contact,
sending Preece around. Berghman was sent to the rear for the
Hirschman continued his win streak with a decisive victory at the
Oswego Speedway in Upstate New York on Saturday night.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues on their mid-summer break
before moving to the Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway for the next date on
the schedule. The Miller Lite 140 will take place on Saturday, Aug.
2. Chuck Hossfeld continues to lead the point standings with 1020,
Ted Christopher is second with 925, Todd Szegedy is third with 896,
Matt Hirschman, fourth with 823, Eric Beers, fifth with 797, Mike
Stefanik, sixth with 789, Ed Flemke, Jr. seventh with 777, Rowan
Pennink eighth with 766, Ronnie Silk, ninth with 751 and Ryan Preece,
tenth with 692.
Many of the Modifieds that normally follow the tour rolled out for
the 77 lap Tom Baldwin, Richie Evans, Charlie Jarzombek Memorial
race at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island last Saturday night. .
On the pole was Bill Park, who set fast time at 11.580 during time
trials, and to his outside was Chuck Steuer, whose 11.609 in time
trails was also impressive. The field was paced by sponsor Axel
Anderson Inc. tow trucks and a repair van, and the JJ White Concrete
#1 coupe of Charlie Jarzombek, with it’s left side drive train,
right side driver configuration, a great innovation in it’s time,
designed by Charlie and his brother, Rick Jarzombek. Jimmy Blewett
took the coveted win over Bill Park, Jason Bonsignore, Rowan Pennink
and Howie Brode rounding out the top 5.
The True Value Modifieds were at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine
on Saturday night. David Pinkham took the 100 lap win over Jean-Paul
Cyr, Dwight Jarvis, Jon McKennedy and Les Hinckley. Seventeen cars
were on hand.
The Thompson Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder program resumed with
Fred Astle, Jr. and car owner Rollie Lindblad standing in victory
lane after the night’s 50-lapper for the Pro Stock division. A host
of drivers scored their second wins of the season including Woody
Pitkat in the Sunoco Modified division. Other repeat winners
included Marc Palmisano in the Late Models; Jay Sundeen in the
Limited Sportsman division; Kurt Vigeant in the TIS Modifieds, and
Tim Taylor in the Mini Stocks.
The Sunoco Modified main event started with a bang. Contact between
pole sitter Josh Steeves and Tommy Cravenho sent Steeves spinning in
front of the field. A number of good cars were collected including
point leader Kerry Malone, Keith Rocco, Jimmy Blewett, Josh
Sylvester, Bobby Grigas III, Shelly Perry, and several others. A
number of other cars sustained damage but were able to continue.
Todd Ceravolo headed down pit road for service to his machine as
well. The only contender not able to rejoin the field for the
restart was Rocco, who suffered right front suspension damage.
When racing went green, Cravenho led a pair of laps before
relinquishing the position to Woody Pitkat, who made an impressive
move on the outside to take over the lead. Cravenho immediately had
his hands full with Bert Marvin. Things settled down with Cates
running in fourth and Blewett, who had reappeared, in the top-five.
Ten-laps in, the best battle on the track was the three-car battle
for sixth position with Eric Goodale, and rookies Josh Sylvester and
Tim Sullivan. The youngsters got a bit of a lesson from veterans
Kerry Malone and Todd Ceravolo as they worked their way into the
seventh spot behind Goodale.
The second caution flew when Anthony Burr made hard contact with the
outside wall. Under the caution both Ceravolo and Blewett headed
down pit road for service once again. On the restart, Pitkat retook
his place at the head of the field. Marvin worked over Cravenho to
take over the second position. A lap shy of halfway, Malone was able
to skate past Goodale to enter the top-five for the first time
during the night. Rocco had rejoined the field a number of laps
down. While making a bid for the fifth spot, Goodale spun on lap 16
to bring out the caution. The top-three remained Pitkat, Marvin, and
Cravenho on the restart. Under green, Malone resumed his bid at a
strong finish taking over the fourth spot from Cates. Ceravolo
looked racy once again as well as he worked on Sylvester. The front
three had stretched out their advantage on the green flag run. With
five to go Pitkat enjoyed a comfortable lead over Marvin and
Cravenho. Malone could not seem to erase the distance to the trio.
Sylvester made a short-lived bid on Cates for fifth.
At the checkers, it was all Pitkat. Marvin crossed the stripe in
second ahead of Cravenho. Malone extended his point lead with his
fourth-place finish while Cates continues to be quietly consistent
with another top-five finish.
The Whelen All-American Series NASCAR race event at Stafford Motor
Speedway saw Woody Pitkat victorious in the 40-lap SK Modified
feature event, Ryan Posocco drove to his third consecutive Late
Model feature victory, Chris Matthews scored his sixth victory of
the 2008 season in the SK Light Modified feature, Bill Davis scored
his third victory of the 2008 season in the 20-lap Limited Late
Model feature, and John Kasper drove to his first career victory in
the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event.
In the 40-lap SK Modified feature event, it was Woody Pitkat taking
down his second feature win of the 2008 season. Glenn Griswold took
the early lead ahead of Jimmy Blewett and Chris Jones. Zach
Sylvester and Woody Pitkat both moved past Jones as did Ted
Christopher. Griswold was still the race leader when the caution
came out with 13 laps complete. On the restart, there was a major
pileup of cars in turn 1. Griswold and Blewett continued their duel
for the lead on the restart, but on lap-14 Griswold got loose and
spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out. Pitkat took the lead from
Blewett on the restart and began to pull away from the field.
Christopher moved into second with Keith Rocco behind him in third
place. The race ran green to the checkered flag with Pitkat
continuing to stretch his advantage over Christopher and Rocco.
Pitkat took the checkered flag a full straightaway ahead of
Christopher and Rocco in a dominating drive. Frank Ruocco came home
fourth, with Doug Coby rounding out the top-5.
At the Waterford Speedbowl Keith Rocco won the 35-lap SK Modified
feature. Other feature winners were Allen Coates (American Race
Trucks), Mark Cooper (Sportsman), Jeff Mehlenbacher (Mini Stock),
Rob Corey (Super-X Car), and Curt D`Addario (X-Car).
Veteran Don Fowler led the charge in the 35-lap SK Modified feature,
and stayed there until a series of late-race restarts bunched the
field. Jousting with both Jeff Pearl and Keith Rocco, his lead
evaporated on lap twenty-three when Rocco bolted into the top spot,
followed closely by Pearl. It was Rocco’s second-consecutive and
fourth victory of the season. Pearl, Ron Yuhas Jr., Fowler, and
defending champion Rob Janovic Jr. followed. Rocco, a
second-generation racer, dedicated his win to the late Jay Miller.
A familiar face entered victory lane in the American Race Truck
Garry Hufton Memorial 100, as it was former Speedbowl Late Model and
Sportsman champion Allen Coates prevailing. Starting from deep in
the pack, Coates took the lead from teammate Scott Gregory on lap
sixty-four. Battling with current ARTS point-leader Andy Lindenman
for several circuits during the final stages, Coates stole the lead
for keeps with only a handful of laps remaining. It marked the
first-time that Coates had ever competed in the division. Following
Lindeman was Doug Dunleavy, Chris Correll, and Tony Naglieri.
In some shocking news it was learned that Jay Miller, a regular in
the SK Modified division at the Waterford Speedbowl, passed away
unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16. Miller was a third generation
racer and the son of New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame member
Ray Miller. It’s a tough thing to deal with when a parent loses a
child and anyone who has been there understands the grief and
sorrow. Miller, who just recently garnered his first win, was 35.
In NASCAR Nationwide Series action Carl Edwards passed Jason Leffler
with 49 laps remaining Saturday night and cruised to victory at the
Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, marking his second win at
Gateway in three years in front of a nearly hometown crowd. Joey
Logano, 18 and in just his fifth race, finished second after
starting fourth. He led twice, for 42 laps. Jason Keller was third.
Edwards won his second race on the Nationwide circuit in 21 starts.
Landon Cassill, who finished sixth, started a five-car accident that
brought out a red flag with 84 laps left. He sent Scott Wimmer into
the wall with a tap to the back bumper, causing a chain reaction
that knocked out Wimmer, Mike Bliss, last-year's winner Reed
Sorenson and Steve Wallace. NEXTEL Cup Series drivers enjoyed a
This week are several vintage wreck
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Danny Gaudiosi-Plainville Stadium
The 88 of Zippy Zullo at West Haven
Ed Flemke, Sr. at Stafford
Wild Bill Brown got hot at Plainville Stadium.
Dave Germano in the Farone #43 at Palinville.
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