Forty years ago in 1969, Stafford ran
a 100 lapper with Nathan "Smokey"
Boutwell in the Garuti-Arute No.14 taking the win.
Bob Santos in the Art Barry 909 finished second and was followed
by Jerry Cook, Freddie Schulz and Jim Hurtubise in the Bob
Judkins 2x. At the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Maynard Forette
took the win over Lou Lazzaro and Ron Narducci. Saturday night
at Norwood saw Freddie Schulz in the Dick Armstrong No.14 take
the win. Bob Melnick finished second. Daring Dick Caso made it
two in a row in Modified competition at Waterford. Wayne
“Mysterious” Smith was the Daredevil winner. At Fonda, Jerry
Cook got a win. Lazzaro finished second and was followed by Rene
Charland and Kenny Shoemaker.
Smokey Boutwell took down the
Stafford 100 lapper in 1969.
(Lloyd Burnham Photo)
At Islip it was Lou Hennessy over Jim Hendrickson and at Airborne
Park it rained. Boutwell made it two for two on the weekend as he
won at Thompson on Sunday night. Fred DeSarro in his own No.00
finished second with Leo Cleary in the Koszela 15, third. Double
points were on tap at Utica-Rome on Sunday and Lazzaro was there to
take the gold. Bugsy Stevens finished second with Dick Clark, third.
Thirty five years ago in 1974, Riverhead ran on Thursday with
Charlie Jarzombek taking the win over Fred Harbach. Racing at
Freeport on Friday, rained out and on Saturday at Islip, Lou
Hennessy again finished ahead of Hendrickson. Stafford ran a 100-lap
double point event on Saturday night with Ronnie Bouchard in the Bob
Johnson 17 beating out Bugsy Stevens in the Koszela 15. Dick Watson
won the 30 lap Modified main at Waterford. Ron Cote was the Grand
American late model winner. Shangri-La also ran a 100 lapper and it
was Richie Evans over Dave Nichols. Utica-Rome ran a Trenton
qualifier and it was Geoff Bodine taking the top spot with Evans
settling for second.
Thirty years ago in 1979, Geoff Bodine was at Stafford, on
Friday night, in the Lee Allard No.99 and cleaned house. Dick Caso
finished second with Ed Flemke, third. Bodine had also won two
nights earlier as he beat out Charlie Jarzombek and Jeff Fuller. New
Egypt also ran on Wednesday. Jerry Cook turned the tables on Richie
Evans as he took the win. Like Bodine did in New England, Cook
repeated on Friday night as he won at Spencer. Maynard Troyer
finished second with Doug Hewitt, third. At Seekonk on Saturday
night, Ronnie Bouchard took the top spot over Eddie StAngelo.
Charlie Jarzombek took the win at Islip and Ronnie Rocco made it two
in a row at Plainville. Other weekend winners were Reggie Ruggiero
at Monadnock, George Kent at Shangri-La, Jack Bateman at Claremont,
Rick Donnelly at Waterford and Ronnie Bouchard at Thompson. As a
side note, during the running of the strictly stock feature at
Monadnock an out of control competitor with a stuck throttle flew
through the pit area and did considerable damage to a truck owned by
Twenty five years ago in 1984, the Thompson Speedway ran
their 300 outside pole qualifier on Wednesday night. George Kent
took the win over Richie Evans and Jim Spencer. Stafford ran a 100
lapper on Friday night, which saw Mike McLaughlin get the best of
Reggie Ruggiero for the win. At Spencer it was Doug Hewitt and at
Riverhead, Don Howe won a 75-lap Circle of Champions event over Jim
Spencer and Bill Park. Waterford hosted twin 25's on Saturday night
with Bob Potter and Dickie Doo Ceravolo sharing the top spot. Also
on Saturday, a 150-lap Circle of Champion’s event was run at Islip.
Tiger Tom Baldwin used his home track advantage and took the win.
Bob Park was second with Wayne Anderson, third.
Twenty years ago in 1989, Teddy and Mikey Christopher
finished one-two in SK modified action at Stafford on Friday night.
Dan Avery won at Monadnock over Dwight Jarvis. The mod Tour was at
Riverside with Ruggiero taking the win over Mike Stefanik and at
Riverhead, Bill Park took the win over Chris Young.
Fifteen years ago in 1994, John Sneade was the Wednesday
night SK winner at Thompson. Scott Poirier and Mike Christopher
followed but were disqualified because of illegal cylinder heads. At
Stafford on Friday night, Mike Paquette took the win over Bo Gunning
and Steve Chowanski. The Mod Tour Series was at Holland on Saturday
night and it was Jeff Fuller taking the top spot. Mike Ewanitsko
finished second and was followed by Bruce Dell, Steve Park and Ricky
Fuller. Waterford ran a 125 lapper with Jeff Pearl scoring a big win
over Todd Ceravolo, Dave Gada and Mike Gada. On lap six of the
event, Jim Broderick and Vinnie Anglace tangled, collecting Larry
Lanphear, Dennis Gada and Dennis Gada. Gada's gas tank was ripped
open and a bad fire erupted. No one was hurt but the cars of
Lanphear and Gada were destroyed in the fire. Lou Lazzaro got his
112th career win at Fonda and Tom Tillotson went pole to pole at
Riverhead. Riverside saw Chris Kopec in
Ten years ago, in 1999, Curt Brainard made it two in a row at
Stafford. Tommy Fox finished second. At Waterford Dennis Gada won
the feature over Ed Dachenhausen. The action was just as hot off the
track as it was on as race director Tony Lecky walked out after a
difference of opinion could not be settled between himself and track
operator, Terry Eames. At Riverside it was Jim Broderick over Ricky
Miller. The Featherlite Modified Tour was at Loudon along with the
Busch North Series and Craftsman Trucks. The mods and BGN's drew
19000 while the trucks had a real light crowd. Tony Hirschman took
the lead from Jan Leaty with 11 to go and went on to take the
100-lap victory. Ted Christopher finished second with Mike Ewanitsko,
third. Tom Carey was the Busch North winner.
Five Years ago in 2004, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour
was at the Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night. For the better part
of the 2004 season Chuck Hossfeld had been in a slump. Hossfeld
broke the chain on Saturday night as he won the Coca-Cola 150 at the
track known as the cement palace. Hossfeld qualified fourth behind
Busch Pole sitter Don Lia. Hossfeld re-drew third and after
following early leader Eric Beers for 67 laps took the lead and went
on for the eventual win. Beers faded to fourth at the finish as Don
Lia and Dick Houlihan moved into the top three. Jeff Malave rounded
out the top five. The event, the only one at Seekonk for 2004, drew
39 Modifieds and an almost packed house. Championship contender
Eddie Flemke Jr. suffered a major setback after being involved in
two separate incidents. The second one, on lap 102, did him in as he
hit the wall and ended up exiting the track on the business end of a
wrecker. Flemke ended up in 26th spot.
Tony Hirschman, who had been chasing Flemke all season, survived an
early race tangle and came back to finish 10th and gained enough
points to take the lead. Flemke led the troops as the tour prepared
to head to Long Island. Rick Fuller, John Blewett III, Ted
Christopher, Bob Santos III and Hirschman rounded out the top ten at
the finish of the event. Four caution periods for 27 laps kept the
average speed at 62.243 mph.
The Busch North Series was at the Adirondack Speedway in up state
New York Saturday night. Matt Kobyluck took the win over defending
series champion Andy Santerre.
In Thursday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway Kerry Malone made
it two in a row in the Sunoco SK-type modified division. Malone took
the lead after an early restart and despite a lot of pressure from
Ted Christopher and Bo Gunning was able to cruise to the win.
Christopher was a little down on power and put most of his efforts
into racing with Gunning who ended up settling for third.
Christopher finished second. Bert Marvin and Jeff Malave rounded out
the top five. Todd Ceravolo, who was contending for the point lead,
suffered a setback as his engine blew mid-way in the event. Joe
Lemay held off David Berghman to won the Pro Stock feature and Larry
Barnett took the top spot in Limited Sportsman action. Corey
Hutchings won his fourth Late Model feature and Scott Michalski was
the top dog in Mini-Stock competition.
Ted Christopher continued his hot streak as he won the 31st annual
Coors Light 100 at Stafford on Friday night. Christopher, who now
had four in a row at Stafford, drove a somewhat conservative race as
he took the lead from pole sitter Steve Chowanski on lap 56. James
Civale, who had been the only driver to break Christopher’s win
streak in the last seven events finished second. Willie Hardie
finished third with Chuck Docherty and Woody Pitkat rounding out the
top five. Chowanski ended up 23rd and defending race winner Eric
Berndt ended up 24th. Chris Matthews was the late model winner and
Eric Grant won the 15-lap Dare Stock feature.
It was Nostalgia Weekend at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday
night. Many big names from years gone by were on hand. A tip of the
hat to Tom Ormsby and Pete Zanardi who spent countless hours putting
the program together. In racing action at the shoreline oval Ron
Yuhas Jr. ended a long dry spell as he garnered his first SK
Modified feature win of the year. It wasn’t easy as it took close to
an hour to run the 35-lap feature that was slowed numerous times for
various wrecks and spins. In the end Yuhas endured. Jim Civale, who
led until lap 23, finished second. Dennis Gada, Rob Janovic and Jeff
Pearl rounded out the top five. Larry Goss of North Windham won the
Late Model feature over Corey Hutchings and Jay Lozyniak was the
victor in the Sportsman division. A new competitor by the name of
Mike Manifold outpaced Richard Brooks to win the Mini-Stock feature.
Many were wondering if Manifold was a relative of Rex Kahrs or Will
The Nextel Cup and the Busch Racing Series divisions of NASCAR were
in action. The Busch Series visited the Pikes Peak Raceway in
Colorado and the Nextel Cup division was at the Pocono International
Raceway in Pennsylvania. Greg Biffle raced in both events. At Pikes
Peak he went from last to first as he recorded a win. At Pocono in
the Nextel Cup Pennsylvania 500 Biffle settled for fourth. Jimmie
Johnson dominated the event as he won, hands down. Mark Martin
finished second but had nothing for the winner. Kasey Kahne finished
up in third spot.
On the speedway stock market scene, the big news was that Boundless
Motorsports settled their differences with former World of Outlaws
President Ted Johnson and that Boundless had finally closed the deal
for complete ownership of the DIRT organization. Boundless
Motorsports shares closed out the week at 3.50.
Last Year, 2008, The third event of the four race WaterSnoGo
Modified Showdown took place on Saturday, July 26 at the All-Star
Speedway in Epping, NH. With no other major Modified event scheduled
for the weekend, a large number of entries were received for the
prestigious event. The race was 125 green flag laps in length,
paying $5,000 to the winner. Matt Hirschman won his fourth race in a
row after he led the race from start to finish. Jon McKennedy
finished second and was followed by Chris Pasteryak, Jimmy Kuhn, Jr
and Ryan Preece. Sixth through tenth were Ken Barry, Mike Ordway
Jr., Jimmy Blewett, Ronnie Silk and Mike Stefanik.
The Thompson Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder program was cancelled
as heavy rains and severe thunderstorms caused the management of the
Thompson International Speedway to pull the plug as the speedway
complex was all but flooded out.
In the Sunoco Modifieds Kerry Malone was the current point leader.
Malone led Todd Ceravolo by 10 points. Six points behind Ceravolo
was Danny Cates who had begun to make his mark at Thompson. Cates
held a 20 point edge over Jimmy Blewett. Rounding out the top five
was Bert Marvin. Fred Astle JR led Norm Wrenn, Derek Ramstrom and
Mike O’Sullivan for Pro Stock honors. Other division point leaders
were Jeff Zuidema in the Late Models, Kurt Vigeant in the Thompson
Modifieds, Scott Sundeen in the Limited Sportsman and Danny Field in
the Mini Stocks.
The Whelen All-American Series NASCAR race event at Stafford Motor
Speedway featured the 5th Annual CARQUEST SK 150. Woody Pitkat
scored the $4,000 winner's check by coming back from a flat tire,
which put him two laps down at one point with a late race pass for
the win. Joe Rzeszutek wired the field in the 30-lap Late Model
feature for his first win of the 2008 season, Harry Wheeler became a
first-time career winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature,
Andrew Durand nailed down his second feature victory of the 2008
season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Jeff Jolly
scored his first win of the 2008 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock
In the 150-lap SK Modified feature event, Todd Owen took the lead
from the pole and led the first 9 laps before giving way to Chris
Jones on lap-16. Jones led to lap-27 when Frank Ruocco took over the
lead. Ruocco then led to lap-54 when Keith Rocco took the lead on a
restart, but Ruocco would retake the lead on lap-56. Ruocco remained
out front until lap-93 when Ronnie Silk moved to the point. Silk
then held the lead up to lap-102 when Ruocco went back out front.
Ruocco held the race lead until Silk beat Ruocco back to the
start/finish line on lap-124 with the caution coming out one lap
Silk held the point through lap-138. On a restart on lap-139, Rocco
charged into the lead with a great move in turn 3, but a determined
Silk moved back to the point several laps later on lap-141. Woody
Pitkat, who had earlier spun with a flat tire and lost two laps,
gained his two laps back with lucky dog awards and was now in the
thick of the mix for the race lead and the battle for the win.
Pitkat moved to second on lap-142 and he took the race lead for the
first time on lap-143. Ruocco got back to second, but it was too
late for him to catch Pitkat, who took down his third feature
victory of the 2008 season. Ruocco came home second, with Rocco,
Kenny Horton, and Jeff Malave rounding out the top-5. Pre-race
favorite Ted Christopher, who was celebrating his fiftieth birthday,
At the Waterford Speedbowl Doug Coby and Tyler Chadwick won the Town
Fair Tire Night twin 35-lap SK Modified features. Other feature
winners were Tim Jordan (Late Model), Al Stone III (Sportsman), Ben
Bargnesi (Mini Stock), and Max Zachem (Legends).
In the first of two 35-lap SK Modified features, pole-sitter Doug
Coby battled with Jeff Paul during the opening stages. Upon a
restart with fifteen circuits remaining the leader faltered, causing
a chain-reaction that damaged several top cars, most able to return
after going pitside. Entering the midway point, it was again Coby
and Paul, with Rob Janovic Jr. closing quickly. During the final
laps, Coby took total command. Rounding-out the top-5 was Paul,
Janovic, Jeff Pearl, and Shawn Monahan.
Starting from the pole, young Tyler Chadwick led the entire measure
of the caution-filled SK Modified nightcap to snare his first-ever
victory. Not an easy feat, he held-off the advances of some of the
Speedbowl’s best including Doug Coby, Jeff Paul, and defending
champion Dennis Gada during several tense late-race restarts.
Following the winner was Paul, Coby, Gada, and Jeff Pearl.
The foreclosure issues at the shoreline oval are once again in the
news. Currently somewhere in the neighborhood of around $22,000 in
property taxes have not been paid. Rocco Arbitell who holds the
mortgage on the Speedbowl property said it’s the responsibility of
Terry Eames. Eames claims it’s the responsibility of track operator
Jerry Robinson The issue has become a war of words between the two.
The outcome will be decided in court at a future date.
Kyle Busch led all but three laps Saturday night to win the Kroger
200, his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season.
Busch's win was Toyota's 15th in 22 Nationwide races, but the first
event since NASCAR's mandate Wednesday to cut down the horsepower in
Series engines knocked 15 horsepower out of Toyota's engines. NASCAR
changed the parameters after rival teams complained, even though
Toyota was within the rules. Busch also won the event at O'Reilly
Raceway Park in 2004. Polesitter Colin Braun finished second
Saturday, and Mike Bliss moved up from 17th to finish third.
Jimmie Johnson celebrated his second Sprint Cup victory at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a burnout. Appropriately, one of
his tires exploded. He was lucky he made it that long Sunday. Tire
troubles derailed the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard when Goodyear's
product wasn't durable enough to withstand more than 10 or so laps
at a time. It created a chaotic and confusing caution-filled race
that ended when Johnson outran Carl Edwards in a seven-lap sprint to
the finish. Goodyear and NASCAR were left to explain why the
400-mile race became a debacle. The tire issue cropped up Saturday,
when drivers learned during the first practice they could only last
three to 10 laps before the rubber wore down to the cords. NASCAR
and Goodyear hoped the conditions would improve as it has in years
past, once enough rubber was laid on the track. But the first-time
use of the Car of Tomorrow prevented any improvement. The lack of
downforce on the car, combined with a higher center of gravity,
created conditions that made it very hard on the right side tires.
There were 11 yellow flags, and NASCAR had to throw six competition
cautions to force teams to pit and change tires. It meant the
longest green-flag run was an embarrassing 12 laps, causing teams to
fear both tire failures and a possible supply shortage. Johnson
fretted the final two stops, unsure what the right strategy would
be. He took two tires on his final stop to emerge from pit road as
the leader, then held off Edwards and Denny Hamlin over a final
seven-lap green flag run to the finish line. Sprint Cup points
leader Kyle Busch finished 15th. Busch was coming off a win Saturday
night in the Nationwide Series Kroger 200 in Clermont, Ind. The win
gave Toyota its 15th victory in 22 Nationwide races this season. It
was Busch's 15th win of the season spanning NASCAR's three series,
breaking the record of 14 set by Kevin Harvick in 2006.
This week are several photos
courtesy of photographer Steve Kennedy from last weeks Nostalgia
Weekend at the Waterford Speedbowl. Many of these same cars will be
on hand when the Thompson Speedway hold its annual Vintage Antique
Racers Extravaganza on Saturday August 22nd from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00
P.M. with admission only $10.00.
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