Sixty five years ago in 1947
Cherry Park in Avon, Ct. ran a 25 lap Midget event before a reported
12,000 fans with Chet Gibbons taking the win over George Rice with
Dutch Schaeffer third. Some of the name drivers competing included
George Flemke, Ted Tappett, Al Keller
and Rex Records.
Sixty years ago in 1952 rain prevailed on Wednesday night
action at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Saturday night at the
shoreline oval Cy Yates made it two in a row when he won the 25 lap
Sportsman main event. Harold “Curley” LeMay was the 20 lap Claiming
Fifty five years ago in 1957 Red
Foote made it two in a row at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl as
he won the Wednesday night Sportsman feature. Ted Stack was the
non-Ford winner. Rain ruled the roost at Waterford on Saturday
Fifty years ago in 1962,
Waterford continued to run on Wednesday and Saturday. Dick
Beauregard continued his win streak as he won Modified features on
both nights bringing his streak to five in a row. Ed Gladue won
Bomber features on both nights. George Janoski was the victor on the
dirt at Stafford Springs. At Plainville Stadium Tony Mordino took
the win with George Lombardo second followed by Johnny Georgiades,
Tony "Jap" Membrino and Chuck Brennan. At Riverside Park Speedway
Gene Bergin took the win over Billy Greco, Buddy Krebs, Danny
Galullo and Dick Dixon.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Bobby Allison recorded his first ever Winston Cup (then called
Grandnational) win as he won a northern tour event at Oxford Plains
on a Tuesday night. . Richard Petty finished second. The All Star
League visited Middletown, N Y on Wednesday where Frankie Schenieder
took the win over Pete Corey. The Winston Cup Northern Tour headed
for Fonda, NY for a Thursday night show where Richard Petty beat out
Bobby Allison. In Friday night action at Stafford, Bugsy Stevens was
the top banana as he outran Smokey Boutwell for the win. Dick
Watson, Leo Cleary and Gene Bergin rounded out the top five. Ernie
Gahan took the Friday night 30 lapper at the Albany Saratoga
Speedway. Robbie Kotary finished second and was followed by Kenny
Shoemaker, Dick Nephew and Guy Chartrand. Rain washed out the action
at Waterford. At Riverside Park Speedway Tom Vining was the winner
over Bill Gurney and Phil Plumley. The NASCAR Winston Cup (GN)
traveled to Islip on Saturday night for a 500 lap contest on the
tight 1/5 mile oval. Richard Petty won by three laps over James
Forty years ago in 1972, the
Seekonk regulars went on strike and track owner D. Anthony Venditti
wasted little time as he secured a NASCAR sanction for Friday night.
The Seekonk strikers went to Thompson where they formed the World
Racing Association. At Seekonk, Freddie Schulz took the opening
night feature over Ernie Gahan, Bobby Sprague, Lou Austin, Brian
Ross and George Summers. At Malta, Dave Lape took the win over Jerry
Cook, Bernie Miller, Lou Lazzaro and Maynard Forette. Stafford ran
their rained out 150 on Saturday night with Ronnie Bouchard taking
the win over Bugsy Stevens and Brian Ross. At Fonda, Jack Johnson
won out over Lou Lazzaro, Kenny Shoemaker and Harry Peek. Jerry
Glaude was the Modified winner at Waterford. Charlie Jarzombek won
at Islip and in Sunday night action at Utica-Rome, rain prevailed.
Stafford ran a mid-week open event on Wednesday with Eddie Flemke
taking the win over Ron Bouchard. Riverside Park ran their annual
500 lap team race with the team of Billy Greco and Bob Stefanik
taking the win over Gary Colturi/Lou Toro, and the team of Ken
Latour/John Georgiades. Dave Germano was the winner at Plainville
Stadium over Jack Proulx, Reggie Ruggiero, Don Moon and Bob Vivari.
Lee Genest was the Novice winner.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
the Star Speedway hosted an open competition modified event on
Wednesday. Ronnie Bouchard took the win over Bugsy Stevens and Dave
Thomas. On the same night, New Egypt ran a 100 lap Race of Champions
qualifier which was won by Wayne Anderson. Geoff Bodine finished
second with Maynard Troyer, third. Friday night at Stafford saw Fred
DeSarro return to victory lane. Geoff Bodine finished second with
John Rosati, third. Georgie Summers turned the tables on Bugsy
Stevens at Seekonk on Saturday night as he put the Frank Fedderici
77 in victory lane. At Waterford it was Glynn Shafer in the Ron
Yuhas No.6 taking the top spot over Rick Donnelly and Moose Hewitt
and at Westboro, it was the Shrewsbury Flash, Mario "Fats" Caruso.
Geoff Bodine finished his weekend with wins at Riverside and
Thirty years ago in 1982, Greg
Sacks returned to top form as he won the Friday night event at
Stafford over Kenny Bouchard, Bugsy Stevens and Corky Cookman.
Double features were on tap at Waterford on Saturday night. Mark
Lajunesse won an 82 lapper over Glynn Shafer and Moose Hewitt and in
the regular 35 lapper, Bob Potter added to his win total. Marty
Radwick beat out Ronnie Bouchard at Riverside and at Thompson on
Sunday, George Summers put the Art Barry No.21 in victory lane.
Other weekend winners were Richie Evans at New Egypt, Jerry Cook at
Spencer and Rick Donnelly at Seekonk.
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
the Featherlite Modified Tour Series was at Riverhead for a
Wednesday night event. Mike Ewanitsko took the win over Wayne
Anderson, Bob Park and Jamie Tomaino. Wayne Dion was the Friday
night winner at Stafford. Racing at Waterford on Saturday night was
fogged out but not at Riverside Park where Bruce Del took the win.
Tony Hirschman beat out George Kent at Shangri-La and at Riverhead,
Tom McCann and Tom Baldwin sat in victory lane while Mark Tooker won
his fourth in a row in the Blunderbust division. Jamie Aube walked
away with $31,100 after winning the Oxford 250 over Dave Dion and at
Thompson on Sunday night, Kerry Malone took the top spot over Richie
Gallup and Bo Gunning.
Twenty years ago in 1992, Mike
Paquette was the Friday night winner at Stafford. At Monadnock it
was Jerry Marquis in the Bobby Judkins 2x over Reggie Ruggiero.
Waterford staged a 40 lapper on Saturday which saw Jerry Pearl out
run Harry Rice for the win. Ricky Young finished third. Lenny
Fischer took the win at Riverhead while Dan Avery took top honors at
Riverside. The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series was at Loudon
for a 75 lapper. Reggie Ruggiero, in the Ed Cloce No.69 took the win
which had a surprise crash filled ending. With three laps to go, Jan
Leaty, running second, wrecked and collected Ed Flemke Jr, Charlie
Pasteryak, Satch Worley, Jeff Fuller and Steve Park. Fuller and Park
restarted and finished second and third, driving around on flat
tires. Tom Bolles finished fourth with Ricky Fuller, in the Mario
Fiore No.44, fifth.
Fifteen years ago in 1997,
because it was Winston Cup weekend in Loudon, Stafford and Waterford
adjusted their schedules. Stafford ran a 50 lapper on Tuesday night,
which saw Bo Gunning take the win over Ed Flemke Jr, Jim Broderick,
Mike Christopher and Bob Potter. At Waterford on Friday night, Jim
Broderick took the win over Steve Chowanski, Mike Gada and Eric
Berndt. Things got real nasty at Riverside Park on Saturday night.
Reggie Ruggiero was leading the 50 lap event when, during a caution,
he was rammed by Ted Riggott. Ruggiero returned the favor. Officials
wanted to put both competitors to the rear and after a heated
argument, both were parked for the night. Richie Gallup ended up
taking the win over Renee Dupuis, Ed Speirs and Mike Ewanitsko. At
Riverhead, Dave Kruk got his first win. At Loudon, the Featherlite
Modified Touring Series went 57 laps with Tim Connolly taking the
win in the Mystic Missile. Connolly took the lead from Reggie
Ruggerio on lap 25. Rick Fuller finished second and was followed by
Tom Cravenho, Jan Leaty, Tony Hirschman and Mike Stefanik. Jerry
Marquis was the Busch North Series winner as he beat out Ricky
Craven and Bob Dragon. Jeff Burton won the Winston Cup event as
88,000 spectators looked on. Dale Earnhardt Sr. finished second with
Rusty Wallace, third. Ernie Irvan was made aware of the fact that he
was out of the Robert Yates No.28 at season's end.
Ten years ago in 2002, Doug Coby
was the Friday night SK-Modified winner at Stafford. Bo Gunning
finished second and was followed by Lloyd Agor and Ted Christopher.
The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series traveled to the Beech
Ridge Speedway in Maine for a 150-lap event. The event, which
carried a purse of $67,775, drew 32 Modifieds. David Berghman, son
of three time Modified champion Carl Bugs Stevens, scored his first
ever Modified Tour win. Berghman started ninth and took the lead on
lap 115. Fred Vordermeir finished second with Todd Szegedy, Ricky
Fuller and Nevin George rounding out the top five. Ted Christopher,
one of the pre-race favorites, was headed for the front when he
rubbed wheels with Nevin George and suffered a flat tire, which cost
him three laps. The Waterford Speedbowl was quiet on Saturday night
as the races were cancelled because of a fireworks display in New
London, Ct. Thompson, which normally runs on Thursday night, ran on
Saturday night with the Busch North Series. Brad Leighton won the
150-lap event. In Sunoco-SK Modified competition Ron Yuhas JR
survived 10 cautions to take the win. Yuhas took the lead from Kenny
Bouchard with one lap to go. A big wreck on lap 17 collected 10 cars
including those of Eric Berndt, Bo Gunning, and Eric Berndt. Chris
Young took his third victory at Riverhead and Harry Reed beat out
Dave Michael at Wall Township. In other weekend action, George Kent
won the Race of Champions Tour event at Cayuga and Scott Robinson
won the 29th Oxford 250, which paid $36,900 to win. Kevin Harvick
won the Winston Cup event at the Chicagoland Speedway. Johnny Sauter
won the companion Busch Racing Series event.
Five years ago in 2007 The
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors were on their mid-summer
break. Their next event would be a “Flash Format” contest at the
Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on Saturday night, August 4. Donny
Lia, who had won four of the seven events run so far in 2007, led
the series’ point standings with a 53 point edge over Matt
Hirschman. Lia was also the top money winner with $43,300 in the
bank. Todd Szegedy, who had been in second spot, slipped to third.
James Civali, with two wins, sat in fourth spot with Ron Silk
rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jimmy Blewett,
Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Ed Flemke Jr and Jamie Tomaino.
Fifty-seven different drivers had entered into competition so far.
The qualifying format for the first ever NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
“Flash” event at Riverhead Raceway was announced by WMT director Ed
Cox in conjunction with Barbara and Jim Cromarty of Riverhead
In True Value Modified Series racing Les Hinckley captured his third
win of the season in the 100 lap Mid-Summer Modified Shootout at Lee
USA Speedway, Lee, NH. The True Value Modified Racing Series event
served as a guaranteed starter race for Mod Mania 400 weekend at
Thompson, CT; in September 8, 9.
The Thompson Speedway was quiet on Thursday night as they hosted a
special event on Saturday night. Sean Caisse of Pelham, NH, led all
but two lap to score the victory in the NASCAR Busch East Series
Pepsi 100. Ben Rowe of Turner, ME turned in a dominating performance
to take top honors in the Pro All Star Series 75-lapper during
Thompson’s Full-Fendered Frenzy. In weekly series action, Mark
Jenison of Danielson continues to show his prowess in the late Model
division with this third win in four weeks while Scott Sundeen of
Douglas, MA, kept the streak alive for his racing family with his
victory in the Limited Sportsman division. After being shut out of
victory lane thus far in the 2007 season, Rick Blanchard of Pascoag,
RI, swept the twin bill for the Mini Stocks.
The Busch East Series event started under a shower of fireworks in
honor of the Freedom Team Salute that honors the fine men and women
of our military. Brigadier General Steven Scorzato, Assistant
Adjunct General of the CT National Guard, gave the command to start
engines. The fireworks continued well into the night as Sean Caisse
survived a number of late race restarts in the caution-marred event
to post victory.
Rookie Marc Davis led lap one but it was all Caisse from that point
on. Despite a single slip on lap 92 when Matt Kobyluck snuck in to
lead a lap, Caisse showed the way throughout nine caution periods.
In the late stages of the event, as Caisse worked to hold off
Kobyluck, Olsen and Joey Logano were locked in a battle of their
own. The sparks flew late in the race with a pair of cautions for
incidents further back in the pack. After two failed attempts to end
the race under green, the yellow checker flew for Caisse on lap 108.
In the end it was like old home night for the Busch East Series at
Thompson with a New England sweep of the podium. Sean Caisse of
Pelham, NH held off all the challenges from Matt Kobyluck of
Uncasville, CT and Mike Olsen of North Haverhill, NH. Joey Logano
and Brad Leighton rounded out the top five.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway on Friday night Keith Rocco drove to victory lane in the
40-lap SK Modified feature for his second win of the season, Glen
Reen took the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature for his third win of
the season, Andrew Durand scored his 4th win of the season in the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Carla Botticello scored her
second feature win of the 2007 season by winning the 15-lap DARE
Stock feature. The 30-lap Late Model feature was halted by rain with
two laps complete. The race will be resumed from lap-3 at a date to
be determined. The lead was swapped fast and furiously at the start
of the race with Kerry Malone leading lap-1, Brad Hietala leading
lap-2, and then Frank Ruocco leading lap-3. Ruocco led the race
until lap-31 when Rocco moved past Ruocco to take over the lead. A
caution with 32 laps complete slowed the field and set up a series
of restarts that saw Woody Pitkat and then Ruocco put back a row for
jumping the restarts. This put Ted Christopher alongside Rocco for
the restart, but Ruocco got under Christopher on the restart for
second while Rocco continued to set the pace out front. Christopher
got back around Ruocco for second place on lap-38, but couldn't make
a pass on Rocco for the victory. Christopher finished second, with
Pitkat, Ruocco, and Ronnie Silk rounding out the top-5.
Christopher hopped a plane on Saturday morning which took him to
Virginia where he won a 150 lap Modified event at the Franklin
County Speedway which is a few miles north of Martinsville.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl Dennis Gada passed early leader Tyler Chadwick with
16-laps to go and went on to win the 35-lap SK Modified feature at
the shoreline oval. It was the third of the season and 53rd career
victory for the defending track champion. Gada, who started ninth,
chased 18-year-old Chadwick, the only other leader, for several laps
before the final yellow showed. He took the lead after a lap of
side-by-side combat and went on to a seven car-length win over
Chadwick. Shawn Monahan, Rob Janovic Jr. and Diego Monahan finished
nose-to-tail behind Chadwick. Other winners included Ed Reed Jr. in
the 30-lap Late Model feature, Jack Aquilina in the Sportsman
20-lapper, Joe Godbout in the Mini Stock 20 lapper and Chris Bakaj
in the Mini Stock 20 lapper.
Tony Stewart finally broke through for his first victory of the
season, holding off Matt Kenseth on several late-race restarts
Sunday to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Chicagoland
Speedway. Stewart broke a 20-race winless streak dating to last
season thanks in part to a hard crash by contender Jimmie Johnson,
who was running second behind Stewart with 45 laps left when his
tire went flat. Kevin Harvick was the Busch Series winner.
Last year, 2011, In Thursday
Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway Keith Rocco made it
two in a row in Sunoco Modified competition while the incredible
Danny Field made it seven for seven in Mini Stock competition. Jeff
Connors stretched his point lead with his first victory of the
season in the Super Late Models. Mike Scorzelli was victorious in
the Late Models. Shawn Monahan earned his third victory of the
season in the Limited Sportsman division and Glenn Boss made it two
in a row in TIS Modified competition. Added to the program was the
Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) for the annual Marvin Rifchin
Memorial event. Mike Horn of Ashland, MA, made a bold move on the
opening lap that proved to be the winning one.
Waterford was also quiet as they gave way to a fireworks display
that was held in New London on Saturday night.
It looked like ticket prices at Connecticut Speedways were going up
as Area Auto Racing News scribe Kevin Rice advised that a new tax
law, which specifically mentions the racetracks of Thompson,
Waterford, Stafford and Lime Rock Park would now be asking for a
“sales use tax” from these tracks. For each ticket sold, the state
will charge a tax of 6.35 percent. In addition, the hotel-motel tax
rate will increase in the state from 12 to 15 percent. The web site
yankeeinstitute.org states that the admissions tax exemptions for
these race facilities have been eliminated. The changes are among 77
separate tax increases over 24 categories as part of changes
recently made by the state General Assembly, according to the site.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series defied the weather at the Lee USA
Speedway in southern New Hampshire on Friday night. Chris Pasteryak
took the lead after passing race leader Joe Doucette on lap 52 to go
on and win the Laticrete “Port City 100” Friday night.
The win was Pasteryak’s first at Lee, his second of the season, and
his fifth career victory with the VMRS. Pole-sitter Louie Mechalides
was the early leader until Doucette took the top spot on lap three.
Doucette led for the next 49 laps as he fought off Mechalides and
then several side-by-side attempts by Pasteryak for five circuits
before the 2008 series champion was able to move by.
Veteran Dwight Jarvis finished in the runner-up position after
starting eighth in the 19-car field. Defending series champion Jon
McKennedy made a late race charge to finish third, Les Hinckley III,
was fourth, and Ken Barry, with abrand new car, finished fifth.
Sixth through tenth were, Rowan Pennink, Jimmy Kuhn, Norman Wrenn,
Doucette, and Rob Goodenough.
Pasteryak’s victory moved him into a tie for the point lead with
Pennink. Hinckley is four points back from the leaders.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC was silent over the
July 4th weekend and resumed their weekly racing with a 100 la
Modified event on Saturday night. Tim Brown, who celebrated his 40th
birthday on Wednesday, kicked off the second half of the season in
impressive fashion, and trimmed some of Burt Myers' lead in the
season standings on a double-points night. But Myers, who broke a
part in his car's rear end in pre-race practice and got his car
repaired just in time, came out in relatively good shape with a
fourth-place finish. Brown managed to cut Myers' lead from 40 to 28
Brown was the fastest in qualifying for the fourth time this season,
with a lap of 13.331 seconds (67.5 mph) on the quarter-mile track.
He drew the No. 2 starting position. Brown took the lead on the
start and led the entire distance. Junior Miller started third and
was able to challenge Brown from the outside on the final four
double-file restarts, but couldn't catch him in the late stages.
Chris Fleming, who made it through a heated exchange with Jonathan
Brown in the closing laps, finished third. Myers drew the seventh
starting spot and managed to work his way to fourth.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Tom Rogers JR took the
NASCAR Modified win. The July 30th Whelen Modified tour race will
pay $6000 to win and $300 to every driver who shows up.
Jim Schaefer, aka Long Island Mod Maniac, announced that he had put
together from various sources bonus money that will find the winner
of the event taking home a handsome $6,000, while each starter among
the 28 drivers will earn $300 in tow money. There will also be an
additional $500 split among the first three positions, courtesy of
Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway,
stretching his fuel over the final 67 laps to pick up his first win
in the series this year. Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kyle
Busch, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler. Kyle Busch rolled to victory
in the inaugural Sprint Cup race at the 1.5-mile oval, pulling away
from Jimmie Johnson on a restart with three laps to go to collect
his third victory of the season and jump into the points lead with
two months to go before NASCAR’s Chase for the championship begins.
The real story of the inaugural race at the track tucked among the
hills in northern Kentucky was unfolding over the wall behind Turns
3 and 4 as Busch roared to the start/finish line. Cars, many of them
stuck in gridlock for hours on nearby Interstate 71, continued to
inch along the overstuffed access roads. The maddening parade
continued as the laps ticked off, with some fans eventually being
asked to turn around after the race passed its halfway point so the
track could start allowing those that did manage to make it in to
leave. The 15-mile backups getting put a damper on the memorable
show Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith promised to
deliver when he received permission from NASCAR to move a date from
Atlanta Motor Speedway to Kentucky last summer. The track's first
night on the series' biggest stage was memorable all right, but for
all the wrong reasons. Though more than 100,000 packed the
revitalized grandstand, the race will be remembered more for the sea
of brakelights along the interstate than for Busch's third win of
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