Sixty years ago in 1951, Wes Kingsley was the Wednesday night
winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. On Saturday night a
young man by the name of Bill Slater won his first ever Modified
feature at the shoreline oval.
Fifty five years ago in 1956, John Georgiates, who in later
years would become a pit steward at the Stafford Motor Speedway
where his son John raced and his son-in-law Dan Pardi oversaw the
early days of the SK Modified division, was the Modified feature
winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ralph Banning was the
Fifty years ago in 1961, Ernie Gahan, driving the John
Koszela Woodchopper Special, made it four in a row on the dirt at
Stafford. Taking the lead on the final lap of the feature, Eddie
Flemke went on to score his second victory of the year at the
Norwood Arena on Saturday night. Ted Stack won 25 lap Modified
features on Tuesday and Saturday at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Ed Moody and Daring Dick Caso shared top honors in the
Forty-five years ago in 1966 Kenny Shoemaker took the top
spot in a 40 lapper at the Albany Saratoga Speedway on Friday night.
Dick Dixon finished second with Eddie Flemke, third. Jerry Cook, who
had become an accomplished dirt track racer, won a 50 lapper at
Fonda on Saturday night. Bill Wimble finished second with Ernie
Gahan, third. At Lancaster, Donald “Dutch” Hoag was the winner. At
Norwood Arena Carl "Bugs" Stevens won his first of many feature wins
at the Route 1 oval. The NASCAR Grandnational Northern Tour visited
the 1/5 mile Islip Speedway on Long Island. Bobby Allison took the
win. Bert Taylor, a close friend of Billy Harman, won the 30 lap
Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl. Lou Lazzaro closed out
his weekend with a win at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night.
Cook finished second and was followed by Gaston Demaris, Flemke and
Forty years ago in 1971, Denis Giroux was the Friday night
winner at Malta. Joe Thomas finished second with Dick Fowler, Bill
Henry and Andy Romano rounding out the top five. At the Fulton
Raceway Mike Loescher won a 60 lapper over Richie Evans, Sonny
Seamon, Dave Nichols and Guy Chartrand In NESMRA competition at
Thompson on Friday night Big Don MacClaren got the best of Dynamite
Ollie Silva. Fred DeSarro was in top form at Stafford on Saturday
night as he put the Ole Blu of Len Boehler in victory lane. Hop
Harrington finished second and was followed by Bugsy Stevens,
Freddie Schulz, Ernie Gahan, Ray Miller and Billy Harman. Glynn
Shafer took the win at Waterford over Dick Caso, Bob Potter and Don
Kibbe. Bill Sweet was the Sportsman Sedan winner at the shoreline
oval. Dave Lape won at Fonda over Maynard Forette, Ken Shoemaker and
Lou Lazzaro. Lazzaro, using the same car he had run on the dirt at
Fonda, was the winner at the paved Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday
night. Following Lazzaro were Ken Cannestrari and Bernie Miller.
Stafford ran an open competition on Tuesday, July 14.Bugsy Stevens
took the win over Ernie Gahan but the big story of the night was the
fact that a young kid from Fitchburg, Mass by the name of Ronnie
Bouchard made his first ever appearance at Stafford. A four-time
champion at Seekonk, Bouchard had never been on a track bigger than
a 1/4 mile. Although he could do no better than third, a lasting
impression was made on many who were there. Little did anyone know
at the time that Bouchard would become one of the all time greatest
NASCAR Modified drivers who would eventually move on to the Winston
Cup division and score a win at Talladega, Ala.
Thirty five years ago in 1976, the Yankee All Star league
paid a visit to Star Speedway on Wednesday night. Bugsy Stevens in
the Bob Judkins 2x took the win over Mike Weeden, Pete Fiandaca, Bob
Karvonen and Jim Landry. New Egypt ran on Thursdaty night with Fred
Harbach taking the win over John Blewett Jr. Riverhead rained out on
Friday but it didn't stop Harbach as he came back to take the
checker at Islip on Saturday night. Fred DeSarro scored a popular
win at Stafford on Saturday night as he beat out Ronnie Bouchard and
Eddie Flemke for the win. At Riverside, also on Saturday, Pete
Fiandaca lived up to his name of being the traveling man as he won
the nights modified feature over Bob Stefanik. Bob Potter scored a
35 lap Modified win at the Waterford Speedbowl. Andy Guimond was the
late Model Grand American winner. Rain washed out action at Westboro
and at Monadnock on Sunday; Geoff Bodine won a 100 lapper.
Thirty years ago in 1981, Waterford ran an open competition
event on Wednesday night which saw the first six finish the 100 lap
event under a blanket. Taking the win was Kenny Bouchard in the Len
Boehler 3. Rick Donnelly finished second with John Rosati, third.
Friday night at Stafford saw Ray Miller take the top spot over Kenny
Bouchard and Reggie Ruggiero. Punky Caron got his 45th career win at
Monadnock and Doug Hewitt won at Spencer. Rain washed out Waterford,
Riverside and Seekonk on Saturday night. At Westboro, Pete Swartz
took the win and at Islip, Richie Evans won his 25th of the year
over Don Howe and Wayne Anderson. Charlie Jarzombek had a difference
of opinion with the Islip management and went to the Wall Stadium
where he walked off the winner beating out Gil Hearne. At Danbury
Bones Stevens took the Modified feature while Randy LaJoie annexed
another Sportsman win. Reggie Ruggiero took the win at Thompson on
Sunday over Ray Miller and Corky
Twenty five years ago in 1986, the Mod tour ran at Riverside
on Wednesday. Mike Stefanik took the win over John Blewett Jr and
Tom Baldwin. Charlie Jarzombek was the top gun at Stafford on Friday
night. John Rosati finished second with Bugsy Stevens, third. Rain
washed out Waterford and Riverside. Other weekend winners were
George Kent at Spencer and Jan Leaty at Shangri-La.Due to rain in
Maine on Sunday, the Oxford 250 was run on Monday night with Chuck
Bown taking the lions share, $28,000 for the win.
Twenty years ago in 1991, Steve Chowanski was the Friday
night winner at Stafford over Bob Potter. At Monadnock, Jerry
Marquis won the Whitcomb 100 over Reggie Ruggiero and Richie Gallup.
All Saturday and Sunday racing rained out.
Fifteen years ago in 1996, it was Winston Cup weekend at
Loudon. NASCAR announced that Bruton Smith and Bob Bahre, who had
jointly bought the North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina,
would each take a Winston Cup date. Smith’s date would be moved to
his new speedway in Texas and NHIS would now have two dates. To this
day, North Wilkesboro sits idle. Stafford had a Tuesday show
scheduled but gave way to rain. Claremont ran on Thursday with Jack
Bateman taking the win over Dwight Jarvis. Randy LaJoie dominated
the BGN Stanley 200 run on Friday at Loudon. LaJoie led 173 of the
200 laps. Terry LaBonte finished second. Brad Leighton won the
Friday Busch North Series event. Ted Christopher was running third
with 15 laps to go when he blew a tire and hit the wall. The Busch
North Series were also scheduled for a Saturday event along with an
event for the Modifieds. Both events were rained out and not
rescheduled. In Winston Cup action, Ernie Irvan scored an emotional
win as he won the Loudon event in the Robert Yates 28.It was Irvans
first win since an accident two years previous at Michigan that
almost took his life. Dale Jarrett finished second.
Ten years ago in 2001 Ted Christopher recorded his 55th
career win at Stafford on Friday night as he won the scheduled 150
lap SK-Modified feature. Lloyd Agor finished second with Eric
Berndt, third. Waterford remained silent as there was a big
fireworks display in New London. Thompson ran on Saturday night with
Ted Christopher taking the win over Todd Ceravolo, Eric Berndt and
Jim Broderick. At Riverhead it was JR Bertuccio and at Wall Stadium,
John Blewett III beat out little brother Jimmy for top honors. In a
surprise move, NASCAR suspended George Kent because of failure to
submit to a drug test. Kent’s' suspension did not effect his
participation at independent tracks in New York state. In Winston
Cup action at the Chicagoland Speedway, Kevin Harvick took the win.
Jimmie Johnson was the Grandnational winner. Based on an agreement
with the US Government, RJ Reynolds designated NASCAR's Winston Cup
division as their dedicated sponsorship. The NHRA and NASCAR Weekly
Racing Series were dropped.
Five years ago in 2006, the Boston Globe reported that
79-year-old Bob Bahre, owner of the New Hampshire International
Speedway stated that his speedway is definitely not for sale. He did
allude to the fact that if and when he dies, his son Gary will sell
the track before he is in the ground!
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the New Hampshire
International Speedway forty-five cars strong. Practice and
qualifying were held on Thursday despite rain that blanketed the
area and flooded the tunnel leading into the track. The Modifieds
got on the track shortly after noon. Zach Sylvester, who was the
45th car to time trial took the pole for the 100 mile event with a
speed of 125.595 mph. Second fastest and taking the outside pole was
Jimmy Blewett. Danny Sammonds who had a problem during the practice
session and Tom Cloce who crashed and caught fire did not take time.
Reggie Ruggiero, Tony Hirschman and Eric Beers rounded out the top
five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Szegedy, Doug Coby in the
Mansfield, CT based entry of Curt Chase, Ted Christopher, Donny Lia
and Kevin Goodale.
In what should have been the most exciting race of the weekend that
had 28 lead changes among 9 drivers the 100 lap Whelen Modified Tour
Series turned out to be a display of confusion and indecision by
NASCAR scoring. James Civali was originally declared the winner.
Forty-five minutes later the win was given to John Blewett III. Upon
completion of the event Blewett exited the speedway to catch a plane
that would take him to the Wall Township Speedway located on the New
Jersey shore. Blewett ended up winning the Garden State Classic at
the New Jersey oval. While Civali sat in victory lane NASCAR
reviewed some pictures and decided that Blewett did in fact have the
lead when the final caution of the event was waved on the final lap.
Civali was leading at the conclusion of the last green flag lap, lap
99. NASCAR rules dictate that who ever is leading when the caution
comes out is the race leader. A picture taken at the time of the
final caution clearly showed Blewett in the lead. Blewett was well
on his way to New Jersey when he got the news. Civali ended up
settling for the second spot. Almost half the event was run under
caution. There were seven caution periods for 47 laps.
With an estimated 44,000 fans on hand the Modifieds provided some
great racing when the green flag was out. Reggie Ruggerio ended up
third with Ed Flemke and Mike Stefanik rounding out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Jerry
Marquis, Tony Stewart and Ronnie Silk. Stewart had some unkind words
for Jerry Marquis during a post race encounter on pit road. Stewart,
who has been arrogant at times has the attitude that anybody in his
way should just move over and let him by. With the money lap in
sight, Marquis wasn’t about to roll over for Tony Stewart or anyone
else. It was the 9th career win for Blewett and his third at NHIS.
He led a total of 17 laps in the Blewett Motorsports Chevrolet.
Twenty-nine of the original 42 starters were running at the finish.
Twenty-six of them were on the lead lap. Outside pole sitter and
early leader Jimmy Blewett was the first out after a tangle with Ken
Barry, which resulted in his Eddie Partridge, owned mount getting
consumed in a ball of fire. Blewett emerged unhurt but his car was
severely trashed. Nevin George crashed on lap 23. Nextel Cup star
Carl Edwards retired on lap 43 with severe front-end damage after a
confrontation with the retaining wall. Donny Lia was hoping for a
good showing after qualifying ninth but ended up 38th after losing
an engine. Doug Coby, in the Mansfield, CT based No.77 of Curt Chase
retired from the event after a hard hit on lap 66. He finished 33rd.
The Thompson Speedway fell victim to severe weather and was forced
to postpone Wednesday’s Nextel Fan Appreciation Night for 24 hours.
The Pro All Star Series (PASS) made their annual visit to Thompson
International Speedway on Thursday night. Their regularly
star-studded cast was made brighter with Kenny Wallace and Jimmy
Spencer joining the field. The crowd was treated to commentating by
John Roberts of SPEED TV. Cassius Clark of Farmington, ME was dialed
in to take the PASS victory on Nextel Fan Appreciation Night
presented by Charter Communications. In addition, five divisions of
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series were also part of the festivities.
Claiming victories were Woody Pitkat in the Sunoco Modifieds, Corey
Hutchings in the Late Models, and Shelly Perry in the Mini Stocks.
The Limited Sportsman and TIS Modifieds found new winners in victory
lane with Larry Barnett of Ledyard, CT and Kurt Vigeant of Oxford,
MA capturing victories respectively.
The 75-lapper for the Pro All Star Series was a day later then
originally planned but the event was worth the wait. Cassius Clark
continued his domination of the Touring Series with his fourth
victory. Johnny Clark took the lead in the opening laps before
relinquishing the lead to Wallace. Ben Rowe then took his turn at
the head of the field taking over the point from Wallace on lap 25.
C. Clark made his way into the runner-up spot before hunting down
Wallace. Rowe and C. Clark waged a tremendous battle for the lead at
the halfway marker. Rowe had the spot but was dogged lap after lap
by C. Clark while Wallace and Spencer ran third and fourth. While
battling for the lead Rowe and C. Clark made contact. Rowe cut down
a tire ending with impact in the wall. Once out front, Clark set
sail. In the late stages of the event, Spencer took the runner-up
spot from Wallace. The dominating performance was made even special
by beating the likes of Wallace and Spencer. J. Clark and Travis
Benjamin rounded out the top five.
Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT turned in a dominating performance to
win his second Sunoco Modified feature event of the 2006 season at
Thompson. Buddy Charette, who continues to get stronger week after
week, led the field to the green over Joe Lemay and Pitkat. Action
was halted on lap two when the caution flew when point leader Jeff
Malave and Keith Rocco spun on the backstretch. On the restart,
Lemay was able to get alongside Charette before the second caution
flew almost immediately when Tommy Cravenho spun in turn two while
running in fifth. Henry Stampfl had nowhere to go making hard
contact with Cravenho’s Falmouth Ready Mix #31. Under the caution,
Lemay brought his race car down pit road with a flat right rear
tire. Charette relinquished his lead to Pitkat on the lap two
restart. One lap later, Marvin moved into second. By lap 10, the
front two had checked out on the rest of the field. Pitkat held a
half straightway lead on Marvin, who in turn had half straight on
Charette. By lap four, Jimmy Blewett, who had started scratch on the
field after arriving at Thompson late after qualifying for the
Whelen Modified Tour event at NHIS, had moved into sixth. Malave had
worked his way back up to the seventh position by lap seven. On lap
12, Blewett caught Ceravolo. With the duo of Pitkat and Marvin out
front, the likes of Charette, Ricky Shawn, Ceravolo and Blewett ran
in a tight pack. Ceravolo had the crowd on their feet on lap 14 when
went around Shawn in turn two and under Charette between turns three
and four. A caution on lap 19 bunched up the field for a restart.
Back under green Pitkat led the freight train that included Marvin,
Ceravolo, Charette, Blewett, Shawn, Malave, and Rocco. The first car
to step out of line was Blewett. He made the pass stick to take away
the fourth position from Charette. Over the closing laps, Pitkat
stretched his lead, leaving Marvin and Ceravolo to fight for second.
Ceravolo closed but could not make any serious challenge to Marvin.
Pitkat soared to the victory over Marvin, Ceravolo, Blewett and
Charette. Ricky Shawn held on for sixth over Malave, Rocco, Lemay,
and Dan LaJeunesse.
The Stafford Motor Speedway ran on Tuesday night, July 11th. On tap
was the 3rd annual CARQUEST Extreme Wednesday program at Stafford
Motor Speedway. 1989 Nextel Cup Champion Rusty Wallace bested an
all-star field of drivers to win the 15-lap CARQUEST Clash, Chris
Perley continued his dominant season in the ISMA Supermodified
division by winning the 50-lap feature, Bobby Santos, III was the
winner of the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature, and Jeff Zuidema was the
winner of the 20-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.
Stafford’s week continued on Friday night when Bo Gunning ended a
long dry spell as he recorded his 45th career win. Gunning, who
started on the outside pole, jumped out to an early lead and in the
closing stages held off Frank Ruocco to take the win in the SK
Modified 40 lapper. Willie Hardie finished third followed by Zach
Sylvester and Jeff Malave. Woody Pitkat, who finished sixth in the
SK event, won the 30 lap Late Model event, his fourth of the year.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, some new sticky stuff was applied to the
asphalt in order to make the cars handle better and hopefully
eliminate many of the wrecks that have plagued the shoreline oval
this year. They also bounced Jay Stewart for the rest of the year.
The sticky stuff did its job and no one missed Stewart. The entire
six feature race program was run in two hours and 10 minutes.
Bruce Thomas Jr. and Tim Jordan were the twin Late Model winners
while Dennis Gada recorded his 48th career victory in the SK
Modifieds. Dexter Dorr took his eighth victory in the Sportsman
division and Phil Evans beat out Dave Silvia for top honors in the
Mini Stocks. Mark Bakaj was the 20-lap Legends feature winner.
Last year, 2010, The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to
the 1.53-mile, 12-turn road course at Lime Rock Park in Northwestern
Connecticut last Friday and Saturday for a 66 lap-101 mile event
that carried a race purse of $85,810. With a somewhat short field of
25 cars on hand Todd Szegedy ran a lap of 53.099 seconds on the
1.5-mile road course for an average speed of 101.697 mph. Szegedy
was among the final group of cars to go out under NASCAR's
road-course qualifying rules, and the time on his second lap knocked
Ted Christopher off the pole. Christopher had posted a lap of 53.220
(101.466) in the second-to-last group and wound up second overall in
qualifying for Saturday's Lime Rock 100. Erick Rudolph qualified
third, followed by Mike Stefanik and Rowan Pennink. Points leader
Bobby Santos qualified 10th.
Dale Quarterley got past the weekend’s dominant car of Todd Szegedy
with three laps remaining and captured the checkered flag in the
inaugural Lime Rock 100 at Lime Rock Park. Szegedy led from the
start of the race, and at times drove away from the field. Following
a caution on Lap 56, Quarterley restarted fourth when the race went
back green on Lap 59. Quarterley worked past Ted Christopher and
Mike Stefanik and was able to make the winning move on Szegedy in
Turn 1 on Lap 63. Quarterley made his first Whelen Modified Tour
appearance since 2008 as he drove the No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply
Chevrolet this weekend for car owner Wayne Darling. An accomplished
road racer, Quarterley had two previous wins at Lime Rock in NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East races. On Saturday, while in third with 20 laps
to go, he pitted for tires. It proved to be the difference as he was
able to knife through the field in the last third of the race.
Szegedy wound up second, followed by Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Ted
Christopher in the top five.
Mike Stefanik, Chuck Hossfeld, Ed Flemke Jr., Jamie Tomaino and Wade
Cole brought home the top 10 in the Whelen Modified Tour’s first
road course race since 2000, and just the seventh in the 26-year
history of the division. Points leader and winner of three of the
first five races of the year, Bobby Santos finished 17th after he
suffered a blown engine on Lap 62, while fifth-place qualifier Rowan
Pennink's day ended with a broken axle on Lap 2, though he did
return to run a handful of laps late. Santos retains a 74-point lead
after six races with Szegedy now up to second in the standings.
Thirteen of the 25 starters finished on the lead lap. In addition to
Santos also losing engines were Justin Bonsignore, Richie Pallai,
Jr., Kevin Goodale and Eric Beers.
There were 5 cautions for 21 laps. Quarterly received $6,900 for his
The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder series
continues to be a big draw for fans looking to get their racing fix
without disrupting their weekend. Despite somewhat short fields of
cars the competition is far from short. Ted Christopher made it
three in a row in Sunoco Modified (SK type) competition. He was not
as fortunate in the special Tour type Modified event as he found
himself sliding into the wall after a confrontation with Tom Bolles.
Christopher did recover to finish sixth as Mike Stefanik and Ron
Silk finished one-two"
Other Thompson winners included Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MAwho won
the Marvin Rifchin Memorial event for the Northeastern Midget
Association (NEMA), Rick Gentes who won his third Late Model victory
of the season, Shawn Monahan in the Limited Sportsman main event who
also scored his third victory of the season. Brian Tagg earned to
his first TIS Modified win of the 2010 season and Leo Defevers, made
it two in a row in Mini Stock action.
The tale of the tape showed 18 Sunoco Modifieds, 13 Tour type Mods,
21 Limited Sportsman, 9 Thompson Modifieds, 11 Late Models and 13
NEMA Midgets. In all fairness the speedway management announced that
14 positions not paid the previous week in the Tour type Mods would
be paid as bonus money. Some have been critical of the low count of
Tour type Modifieds at Thompson. It must be considered that the
Whelen Modified Tour Series was running at Lime Rock and the
Modified Racing Series (formerly True Value) was running at
Monadnock only two days later. The majority of race teams involved
in these series simply can not afford tires or a mechanical problem
which would keep them out of competition in their respective series.
Among the special guests at Thompson Speedway were NEAR Hall of Fame
inductees Leo Cleary and Billy Harman.
The Modified Racing Series headed to the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH on Saturday, July 3. Kirk Alexander, the three-time
Modified Racing Series champion, captured his sixth “Firecracker
100” win. The win was his 19th at Monadnock and his 32nd career win
with the touring series for modified race cars. Alexander passed
early race leader Sean Bodreau, on lap 15, and went on to score the
victory. Jon McKennedy finished second after a late race charge
followed by Jim Boniface who finished third. Chris Pasteryak and
Dwight Jarvis rounded out the top five. The event drew 33 race
teams. The Modified Racing Series, sponsored by
BobValentiAutoMall.com next competes at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH,
Friday night July 9.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division racing at the Stafford
Motor Speedway Keith Rocco recovered from his Thursday night
disappointment at the Thompson Speedway as he made it four in a row
in SK Modified competition. Rocco, who now has seven victories
overall at Stafford, took the lead from Ted Christopher on lap 33 of
the 40 lap feature. With Rocco out fron Christopher had his hands
full as Jeff Malave tried his utmost to take over the runner-up
spot. With Rocco long gone, Christopher was able to prevail over
Malave. Jeff Baral, and Bo Gunning rounded out the top-5.
Other Friday night winners at Stafford were Ryan Posocco who picked
up his second win of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Dylan
Liseo who scored his first career victory by a nose in the 20-lap SK
Light Modified feature, Shawn Thibeault who won his first race of
the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Stephen
Daddio who was a first time career winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock
The Waterford Speedbowl hosted the mid-season Speedbowl.com 300 on
Saturday, an extra-distance extravaganza for its NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series divisions. In total, fans were treated to six
divisions and 300 laps of feature racing. Keith Rocco continues to
dominate the SK Modified action at the shoreline oval as he recorded
his seventh track win of the year. Bruce Thomas Jr. returned to the
winner’s circle in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while it
was Ed Puleo and Sean Caron each scoring their third win of the year
in the Street Stock and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock races. Allen
Coates continued his mastery of the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center
Truck division and Anthony Flannery topped the Legends Cars field
For the record, Rocco record had 17 wins for the season. His NASCAR
total is sixteen.
In NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action at the Caraway
Speedway in North Carolina John Smith worked his way past L.W.
Miller on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Firecracker 150.
Smith, who started alongside leader Miller on the final restart, was
able to get the lead and held on for his first win in his 44th
career start on the tour. James Civali followed Smith and Miller
across the line for a finish of third. Jason Myers and Burt Myers
logged fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
The Bowman Gray Stadium was quiet for the holiday weekend.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island the Modifieds had a 50-lap,
double-point feature, where Chuck Steuer led green to checker for
A wild night race at Daytona International Speedway ended with Kevin
Harvick taking the NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 400 checkered flag,
teammate Clint Bowyer spinning through the infield grass and several
angry drivers searching for answers. Kasey Kahne finished second.
Despite a record 18 leaders and 47 lead changes, the real excitement
resulted from six multi-car crashes in the second half of the race
that essentially wiped out half the field. The biggest of them all,
a 20-car melee that included four-time defending series champion
Jimmie Johnson, came with 12 laps to go and halted action for 20
minutes. Jeff Gordon was third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff
Burton, Edwards and Busch.
Dale Earnhardt jr raced to his first victory since 2008 on Friday
night, driving a tribute car to his father in the Nationwide Series
race. It was Earnhardt's first points win since his Sprint Cup
Series victory at Michigan in 2008, and his first Nationwide win
since Michigan in 2006.
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