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Friday July 8, 2011
 

By Phil Smith

Sixty years ago in 1951, Dave Humphrey, who would become the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s first Modified Champion, won the Wednesday night 25 lap feature. Dick Foster was the Claiming Car feature winner. No races were run on Saturday.

Fifty-five years ago in 1956, Dick Beauregard was the season opening Modified feature winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Charlie Webster was the non-Ford winner.

Fifty years ago in 1961 Ernie Gahan made it three in a row on the dirt at Stafford on Friday night. At Norwood on Saturday night Larry Antonellis took the win over Eddie Flemke and Gahan. Don Collins, who would record over 100 lifetime wins at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl was the 50 lap Modified winner on Saturday night at the shoreline oval. Bill Scriviner was the Bomber winner.

Forty five years ago in 1966 Eddie Flemke and the second generation of the Eastern Bandits took the top five spots at the Albany Saratoga Speedway on Friday night. Pete Hamilton took the win and was followed by Dennis Zimmerman, Flemke, Elton Hill and Rene Charland. Jeep Herbert was the Friday night winner on the dirt at Stafford. Johnny Thompson was the winner at Norwood on Saturday night. At Fonda on Saturday night Bill Wimble broke the toehold on Fonda’s victory lane that Jerry Cook held. Guy Chartrand finished second with Cook, third. At the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Walt Dombrowski won the held over 35 lap Modified feature. Moose Hewitt was the winner in the Bombers. Charlie Webster was the regular 25 lap Modified feature winner at the shoreline oval. Jerry Glaude was the Bomber winner and Bill Sweet was the late model Daredevil winner. Elton Hill won at Utica-Rome on Sunday night. Flemke finished second and was followed by Wimble, Charland and Cook. The NASCAR Grandnational Northern Tour visited the Bridgehampton Raceway on Long Island David Pearson took the win over James Hylton and Marvin Panch. Two days later they traveled to Oxford Plains where Bobby Allison scored his first Grandnational win. Rene Charland finished 15th, Fats Caruso finished 16th and Ernie Gahan was 19th.

Forty years ago in 1971,the Thompson Speedway dropped its NASCAR sanction for weekly Modified racing citing the fact that driver demands for increases in the race purse were too steep. In their place was the New England Supermodified Racing Association (NESMRA). Events were run with Modifieds and Supermodified running together. Big Don McClaren was the first winner of the new Friday night series. Meanwhile many of the New England NASCAR modified hot shoes headed up the Mass. Pike to the Albany Saratoga Speedway. Bugsy Stevens won the Friday night event over Fred DeSarro, Guy Chartrand, Ken Cannestrari and Eddie Flemke Sr. While most of the New England contingent headed home Eddie Flemke elected to stay in New York State for a 200 lapper at Fulton Raceway. Flemke’s choice ended up being a wise won as he took the win over Dave Hafner, Gary Cornelious, Ronnie Wallace and Ben Stephens. Waterford winners were Bob Potter on Sunday and Dick Watson on Saturday night. Because of the holiday weekend, Stafford ran on both Saturday and on Monday. On Saturday night, Ernie Gahan led the way over Ray Miller, Bob Melnick and Hop Harrington. Stevens, who had won at Malta the previous night, experienced mechanical problems and finished 18th.Stevens bounced back from his set back at Stafford to make it an almost perfect weekend as he won a 100 lapper at Utica-Rome on Sunday night and a 150 lap Fourth of July Classic on Monday at Stafford. At Utica-Rome, home town favorite Bernie Miller finished second and was followed by Fred DeSarro, Dave Lape and Jerry Cook. Leo Cleary finished second at Stafford with Hop Harrington, Jerry Cook and Bernie Miller rounding out the top five. Saturday night action at Fonda saw Lou Lazzaro take the top spot over Dave Lape. The All Star League paid a visit to Islip on Wednesday night with Jerry Cook taking the 100 lap win over Richie Evans, Merv Treichler and Rene Charland.

Thirty five years ago in 1976, rain washed out Thursday night action at New Egypt. Friday night at Riverhead, Jim Tyler took the win over Charlie Jarzombek. At Islip on Saturday, Tyler finished third behind Fred Harbach and Greg Sacks. Geoff Bodine was again the top dog at Stafford as Ron Bouchard and Bob Vee, followed. Other Saturday night winners included Leo Cleary at Westboro and Bob Polverari at Riverside. Donnie Bunnell won the Waterford 200 Modified Championship. Dick LaFlesh was the late model Grand American winner. Geoff Bodine was out to make it four out of five at Thompson when a power blackout ruined his chances as the racing was cancelled for the evening.

Thirty years ago in 1981, Monadnock ran an open competition event on Wednesday night. Forty Modifieds were on hand. Home track favorite Punky Caron took the win after Ronnie Bouchard dropped out with engine problems while leading at the half way mark. Kenny Bouchard finished second and was followed by John Rosati, Kirby Monteith and Reggie Ruggiero. At Stafford on Friday night, promoter Ed Yerrington announced that the weekly modified purse was increased to $11,900.A crowd of 7130 was on hand as Reggie Ruggiero took the 30 lap main event. Ronnie Bouchard finished second and was followed by Richie Evans, Bob Polverari and Ray Miller. Other Friday night winners were Jerry Cook at Spencer and Jamie Tomaino at New Egypt. Double features were run at Waterford on Saturday night. Bob Potter and George "Moose" Hewitt shared top honors. At Seekonk it was Bugsy Stevens over Eddie StAngelo and Rick Donnelly and at Westboro, Jeff Fuller in the Tiger Tom Dunn T-5 won out over Corky Cookman and Mario"Fats"Caruso. Richie Evans won a 200 lapper at Riverside over Reggie Ruggiero and Jerry Cook and on Long Island, at Islip; it was Charlie Jarzombek leading the way to victory lane over Wayne Anderson and Tom Baldwin. At Lancaster, Roger Treichler got his fourth win of the season over Billy Colton. At Danbury the LaJoies dominated again as Don was the Modified winner and Randy was the Sportsman winner. Richie Evans capped off the weekend with a win at Thompson on Sunday over Brian Ross and Larry Record. In Busch Grandnational action at South Boston, Geoff Bodine took the win.

Twenty-five years ago in 1986, Spencer Speedway started off the weekend with a NASCAR Modified tour event on Thursday. Jeff Fuller took the win over Jim Spencer, Jan Leaty, Brian Ross and Tony Hirschman. At Stafford on Friday night, Jamie Tomaino won the July 4th 100 lapper George Brunnhoelzl Jr finished second with Mike Stefanik, third. Also on Friday night, New Egypt ran a Race of Champions qualifier, which was won by Jim Spencer. Saturday night saw Bob Potter over Mark LaJunesse at Waterford, Stan Greger over Bob Polverari at Riverside, Don Howe at Riverhead and George Kent winning double features at Shangri-La. The action shifted to Oswego on Sunday for the running of the Port City 150. Mike McLaughlin took the 75 lap win over Jim Spencer, Brian Ross and George Brunnhoelzl. In Winston Cup action at the Daytona 400,Tim Richmond took the win.

Twenty years ago in 1991, the Connecticut Department of Motor vehicles announced that because of budget cuts, they would not be able to provide inspectors at racing events over the holiday weekend and track promoters would not be allowed to operate, thus shutting them down. Stafford Speedway owner Jack Arute was very adamant over the fact that Stafford would not shut down as he would go to jail first. Arute stood tall but it was all for nothing as it rained at Stafford on Friday. Arute did prove a point as Waterford ran on Saturday night. Bert Marvin was the winner. The Modified Tour was at Jennerstown where Mike Stefanik took the win over Bob Park. Other Saturday night action saw Jerry Marquis over Stan Greger at Riverside and Bill Park over Don Howe at Riverhead.

Fifteen years ago in 1996, Richard Armstrong passed away after a long battle with cancer. Armstrong owned Modifieds driven by Ray Hendrick, Hop Harrington, Freddie Schulz, Geoff Bodine and Ronnie Bouchard. Armstrong’s Modifieds driven by Bodine won record 55 races in 1978. Armstrong was also the President of the New England Drivers and Owners Club. Armstrong fought numerous battles with track promoters and NASCAR and did a lot to improve race purses. The Modifieds could use someone like Armstrong today! Steve Chowanski and Steve Park won twin 50's at Stafford on Friday night. At Waterford, Mike Gada held off Jim Broderick and Jeff Pearl. Tom Fox got his 46th career late model win. Riverside ran a 100 lapper with Reggie Ruggiero taking the win over Dan Avery and Steve Park. Mike Ewanitsko was the winner of the Riverhead holiday program. Don Howe finished second with Bill Park, third. In Winston Cup action at Daytona, Sterling Marlin won the rain shortened Pepsi 400.Terry Labonte finished second in the event which went 117 laps of the scheduled 160.In Busch GN action at Milwaukee, Buckshot Jones took the win after Dick Trickle spun out with three laps to go.

Ten years ago in 2001, Lee USA Raceway in New Hampshire ran an open competition Modified event on Friday night which drew 37 Modifieds. Rob Summers took the win over Doug Meservy and Eric Beers. Those on hand said there was lots of rough stuff and spot stealing going on during the event. Todd Szegedy was the SK Modified winner at Stafford over Curt Brainard and Lloyd Agor. Dennis Gada got his fifth win of the season at Waterford on Saturday night. Ed Dachenhausen finished second. Joe Hartmann went pole to pole as he won a 50 lapper at Riverhead over Howie Brode and Don Lia. Down at the Jersey shore, Dave Michael won at Wall Stadium. Tioga presented the Richie Evans Memorial 61 lap event which was won by Zane Zeiner. In Winston Cup action at the Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip finished one-two. Tony Stewart was given the black flag after he drove below the yellow line after being moved down by Johnny Benson. Stewart lost his temper in post race confrontations with NASCAR and a southern reporter and was fined $10,000 and put on probation in addition to be required to apologize to NASCAR and the reporter for his actions.

Five years ago in 2006 The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finally got to run the rained out Memorial Day Weekend, Connecticut Classic 150 at the Stafford Motor Speedway. John Blewett III had chosen not to chase tour points as he had indicated that he would like to annex the Wall Township Track Championship to his racing career. Blewett had no race conflictions on the Fourth of July as he traveled to Stafford Springs with his family owned Modified and earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series win of 2006. His win came at the expense of his brother Jimmy whom he passed for the lead with 15 laps to go in the 150-lap event. Donnie Lia finished third with Zach Sylvester and Mike Stefanik rounding out the top five. John Blewett stopped for tires while the field was under caution on lap 65, Jimmy did not stop. He restarted the race in 10th and worked his way back to the front. Jimmy Blewett's second place finish in the Eddie Partridge/T.S Haulers entry gave the series a 1-2 by brothers for the first time since 2004. Calling the shots in the Partridge camp was Brad Lafountain.

Jimmy Blewett led the first 69 laps and swapped the lead with James Civali four times before John, who started 12th. made the pass for the win. Civali dropped out with ignition problems while running second on lap 101. Jimmy Blewett and Civali were among a handful of drivers who elected not to pit for fresh tires during the race.

There were 42 Modifieds on hand. Mike Stefanik was the Busch Pole sitter. Stefanik re-drew 6th spot while Ronnie Silk drew the pole. Jimmy Blewett drew the outside pole. Rookie Ron Yuhas got a scare on lap 23 when his car crashed into backstretch wall and caught fire. Yuhas emerged unhurt. Eric Berndt won the SK Modified 40 lapper, Tom Butler, the Late Model feature, Joseph Ferrigno, the Limited Late Models, Sean Foster the Limited Late Models, Chris Matthews, the SK Lights and Jeff Jolly, the DARE Stocks. Kenny Horton was disqualied from his runner-up finish in Tuesday night's SK Modified race at Stafford for failing to make weight. Also, Joey Ferrigno was stripped of his Limited Late Model victory after failing to meet wheel-base specs.

The clock began ticking as NASCAR announced several changes to its organization in relation to its Weekly and Regional racing programs. George Silbermann was named the Managing Director of Racing Operations, with a focus on the weekly and regional racing levels; Richard Buck was named Director of Touring Series; and Bob Duvall was named Director of Weekly Racing. The job security in these positions has not been very good. Tick-Tick-Tick!

The Thompson Speedway and the North East Midget Association paid tribute to Marvin Rifchin on Thursday night. The tire manufacturer had been a mainstay in auto racing for decades. Rifchin’s contributions to the sport of auto racing were felt in both oval track and drag racing. His notoriety comes from both his innovations with race tires and his generosity to the racing community. After being down on power and suffering through handling problems Todd Ceravolo had things go his way as he took the win in the Sunoco Modifieds. It was tough going right from the start. Jimmy Blewett was an early casualty as he parked the Eddie Partridge No.12 before one lap was completed. After a complete restart Ceravolo jumped out to an early lead. Jeff Malave and Bert Marvin brought out the caution shortly after the ten lap mark. Ceravolo continued to lead with Joe Lemay, second. Malave, who had restarted in the rear made a tremendous charge as he moved into the third spot on the final lap. Keith Rocco finished fourth with Tom Cravenho, fifth. Other winners were Randy Cabral in the NEMA Midgets, George Bessette in the Pro Stocks, Dennis Perry in the Late Models, Danny Cates in the Limited Sportsman, Rick Blanchard in the Mini Stocks and Roger Larsen in the Thompson Modifieds.

The Stafford Motor Speedway was the scene of Woody Pitkat throwing a one-two punch on Friday night as he won the SK Modified 40 lapper and the Late Model 30 lapper. Pitkat and Bo Gunning staged a late race battle. The end result was Gunning spinning to the infield with two laps to go. Pitkat then had to hold off Chris Jones before recording the win. Rounding out the top-5 behind Pitkat and Jones was Jeff Baral, Todd Owen, and Chris Osella. Pitkats Late Model win was his fourth of the year. Kyler Cafro and Kevin Gambacorta were both first time feature winners in the SK Light and Limited Late Model feature events respectively, and Stacey Botticello became the first repeat DARE Stock feature winner of the 2006 season.

At the Waterford Speedbowl the main topic of conversation is the impending foreclosure on the property by the Washington Mutual Bank, holders of the mortgage. The mortgage holder, T.H.E Enterprises (Terry Eames) had been trying to drum up revenue to keep the track afloat but has been unsuccessful. There had been individuals who had indicated that they would be interested in taking over the property and keep it as a race track. The big stumbling block was that Eames wanted to be part of any management team that takes over. The Speedbowl was in it’s then current fix because of Eames’ management and it would not be good business to keep him around if and when the property is sold or foreclosed upon. Had it not been for the efforts of Bill Roth and Pete Zanardi there would have been no 2006 season at the shoreline oval.

Rob Janovic Jr. became the season’s first two-time SK-Modified winner, besting point leader Dennis Gada by a car length in Saturday night’s 35-lap feature at Waterford Speedbowl. The first double winner came in the ninth race of the season. The other winners – Glenn Colvin (Late Models), Richard Staskowski (Sportsman) and Jeff Miller (Mini Stocks) won for the first time this season. A lap 29 restart, the second of the race, was the final challenge for Janovic. Getting the edge on the green, he got a great run out of two and was never challenged. Taking the lead four laps in, Janovic’s only other challenge came on a lap 12 restart against Chris Pasteryak. Colvin wound up the winner in a feature red-checkered by a horrendous crash involving five cars 12 laps short of the scheduled 30 laps. Contact between Bruce Thomas Jr. and Jay Stuart, running one-two, coming out of turn four started the crash. Jay Lozyniak went over Allen Coates and barrel-rolled several times before coming to a stop on his roof on the front stretch. Larry Goss was also involved. Colvin, the early leader, was running third in a tight bunch with Thomas and Stuart when the mayhem started. The Speedbowl management was seriously considering giving the Late Models at least a week off as an “Attitude Adjustment”.

A bang from Jeff Gordon's bumper sent Matt Kenseth spinning out of the lead with four laps to go in regulation during Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway, allowing Gordon to hold on in a two-lap overtime period to win his second race of the season and 75th of his career. In Busch Series racing, Casey Mears stretched the fuel and grabbed his first ever NASCAR win (at any level) at the Chicagoland Speedway. Carl Edwards finished second and trimmed 15 points from Kevin Harvick's lead.

Last year, 2010 The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headed to Loudon, NH for the New Hampshire 100. With a race purse of $166,513 it would be a shame to lose this event because local officials would not negotiate with track owner O. Bruton Smith over security costs. This event is scheduled to be televised by the Speed Channel on a taped delayed basis. There was still no word as to when the recent Whelen Modified Tour Series at Martinsville will be televised. In a somewhat related mater word has it that the INDY cars would return to Loudon in 2011 on July 30-31. It had been mentioned that they would be joined by the Whelen Modified Tour Series.

With 38 Modifieds running against the time clock Ryan Newman earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.663 mph (128.402) around the 1.058-mile oval. Bobby Santos will start on the outside of the front row after he posted a qualifying lap of 29.778 (127.907). Santos entered the weekend as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader after he became the first driver in Tour history to win three of the first four races. He finished second in the other race, and has three Coors Light Pole Awards.

Todd Szegedy qualified third at 29.867 (127.525). Erick Rudolph and Rob Summers rounded out the top five. Doug Coby was sixth, followed by Ron Silk, Ted Christopher, Rob Fuller and Jimmy Blewett.

Newman passed Ted Christopher in Turn 3 of the final lap and held off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s winningest driver to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. Newman, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, made his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start for car owner and 2010 Daytona 500 winning crew chief Kevin Manion. Newman and Christopher put on a memorable show in the closing laps of the New England 100. They came to the white flag side by side, and after Christopher nosed into the lead on the backstretch, Newman used the outside to make the winning pass.

Newman's margin of victory was .125 seconds. Newman led three times for 28 laps. Christopher, who led six times for a race-high 40 laps. Ryan Preece followed across the line in third to tie his previous career-best finish in Loudon, while points leader Bobby Santos came home fourth. Ron Silk rounded out the top five. Ed Flemke Jr. was sixth, followed by James Civali, Doug Coby, Woody Pitkat and Eric Beers.

There were 21 cars on the lead lap at the finish. There were seven caution periods for 26 laps. Among those who has less than good results was Mike Sefanik who suffered heavy front end damage as a result of a wreck on lap three. There were 15 official lead changes between six drivers.
 
Despite a season-low finish, Santos distanced himself in the season standings. He now has 900 points through five races while Christopher moved into second with 771. Todd Szegedy is third with 758, while Mike Stefanik fell from second to fourth with 728.

The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder series dodged a few thunder showers as they got to complete their race program. Features included the continuation of an event that was postponed back on June 3 after rains halted the program. In addition to the Tour-Type Modifieds, all six of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions were in competition.

In weekly racing action, Ted Christopher scored his fourth Sunoco Modified victory of the season. Derek Ramstrom, who just graduated from High School continued his winning ways in the Super Late Models; also scoring his fourth feature victory of ‘10. John Falconi turned his luck around this season with a commanding victory in the Late Model division. Falconi kept a family tradition alive at Thompson with his Late Model victory on Thursday night. Speedway announcer Russ Dowd pointed out that a member of the Falconi Family has posted at least one race win a season at Thompson for the last seven decades. After what has been a dismal start to the 2010 season, Falconi turned in a dominating performance to score the win for the family. Paul Coutu scored a convincing victory in the Limited Sportsman division. Keith McDermott was the winner in a controversial TIS Modified dash. Leo Defevers was tops in the Mini Stocks. The Super Late Models, Late Models and the Limited Sportsman division all treated the fans to caution-free main events.

Ronnie Silk was in the right place at the right time to earn the victory in the Town Fair Tire Tour-Type Modified Shootout. The crowd was on their feet for the double-file restart with five laps remaining. Woody Pitkat held the top spot with Mike Stefanik to his outside. On the backstretch, contact between Pitkat and Stefanik sent Pitkat into the outside wall. Pitkat’s crippled #98 was collected by Butch Perry as it sat in turn three. Stefanik was put to the rear of the field for his involvement.Silk found himself as the new leader with five laps to go. Christopher, Mechalides, Reed and Keith Rocco made up the top-five for the last dash to the finish. Silk got a great restart to lead his first competitive laps of the event. After falling back to third on the initial start, Christopher was able to get back by and into second. Reed ran a slight distance back in fourth. Over the final laps, Silk was able to extend his advantage over Christopher to take down the win. Christopher came home second followed by Mechalides, Reed and Rocco.

The Sunoco Modified event turned into another barn burner. With ten lapsto go, Christopher was pressuring Keith Rocco for the lead. Christopher got a great run on lap 21 getting alongside Rocco in turn one and again in turn four. Each time, Christopher had to settle back in line on the straight-aways. On lap 23, Christopher was up for the challenge making the pass stick in turn one to lead lap 24. Once out front, Christopher was able to gain a car-length advantage over Rocco. Pitkat ran a distance back in third. Sullivan was an equal distance back in fourth. Over the final laps, Christopher was able to stretch the advantage over Rocco. It was the fourth victory of the season for Christopher. Rocco settled for second over Pitkat. Sullivan posted his best finish of the season in fourth. Quietly Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five.

In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division racing at the Stafford Motor Speedway Keith Rocco made it three in a row as he raised his feature win total to 15. As it was at Thompson, one night previous, it was again the Keith and Teddy show but unlike it was at Thompson where Christopher won, Rocco prevailed. Woody Pitkat got win number four of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Gallo scored his second victory of 2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery won his fourth race of 2010 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Andrew Hayes picked up his first win of 2010 in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event with six laps remaining in the SK Modified feature Frank Ruocco was in the lead with Christopher and Rocco on his bumper. Christopher, with Rocco in tow, shot by Ruocco on lap 37. Two laps later Christopher slipped enough for Rocco to pass on the inside and that's all she wrote! At the finish Ruocco had faded to fourth as Zach Sylvester moved into the third spot. Rounding out the top five was Woody Pitkat.
 
The Waterford Speedbowl saw Jeff Pearl return to victory lane, his first win of the year in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Jeff Smith won his first career feature taking the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Defending Street Stock champion Brandon Plemons found the checkered flag for the first time of the year while Louis Bellisle was the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock winner. Anthony Flannery continued to tear up Legends Cars competition, taking his record 11th straight win in the division, a new Speedbowl record. Pearl claimed his first win of the season and 32nd of his career over Rob Janovic and Ron Yuhas in the podium finishing positions. Jeff Paul ended up fourth with Tom Abele fifth.

The Bowman-Gray Stadium, in Winston-Salem, NC was the scene of a Myers Brothers sweep. In twin 25 lap Modified action at the flat quarter mile oval known as the MadHouse Jason Myers won the opener while brother Burt won the night cap.

At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Dave Brigati started from the pole, and with his Whelen Southern Modified Tour Modified and led green to checker in the Modified feature.

NASCAR suspended former driver Randy LaJoie for failing a drug test, and he said he's enrolled in a substance-abuse program. LaJoie, who has not raced at any of NASCAR's top three national levels since 2006, said in a statement that he smoked marijuana once in May.

Kyle Busch held off Brad Keselowski, who finished second in the Nationwide Series event at Loudon and had his solid run derailed by a poor pit stop. Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

In Sprint Cup racing at Loudon, Kurt Busch tried to bump-and-run past Jimmie Johnson for a win. Johnson paid back Busch with a poke of his own in the final stretch to surge ahead with two laps left and win the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for his fifth victory of the season

This week are several vintage racing photos Courtesy of SpeedwayLineReport.com & Dave Dyke's Racing ThroughTime.com
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Elton Hill


Gene Bergin


Leo Cleary


Pete Hamilton

Ronnie Bouchard

Dick Watson

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Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene and various other publications
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