Sixty years ago in 1952 Billy
Tibbert was the Wednesday night Sportsman winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Charlie Webster was the Claiming Car
winner. The Sportsmn had Saturday night off at the Speedbowl and it
was just as well as the Claiming Car feature fell victim to rain
after 17 laps with Jack Stansell being declared the winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1957,
Red Foote made it three in a row in Sportsman action at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl as he won on Wednesday night. Irwin Fox
was the non-Ford winner. Don Collins brought a halt to Foote's win
streak as he won the 50 lap Sportsman feature at the shoreline oval
on Saturday night. Ted Stack was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962, Ron
Narducci was the Modified winner on the dirt at the Stafford Springs
Speedway. Rain prevailed at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Fred Harbach scored his first and only win at Stafford on Friday.
Dick Watson finished second with Leo Cleary, Fred DeSarro and Bill
Slater rounding out the top five. Harbach, one of the top guns from
Long Island, raced at Stafford, Norwood and Thompson throughout
1967.Rene Charland was the winner of a 40 lapper at the Albany
Saratoga Speedway. Bill Wimble finished second with Lou Lazzaro,
third. Jerry Cook and Ernie Gahan rounded out the top five. Charland
made it two for two as he won a 100 lapper at Fonda on Saturday
night. Wimble and Gahan followed. Bill Scrivener took the Modified
win at Waterford. Gene Bergin was the Saturday night winner at
Norwood and Dutch Hoag won again at Fulton. Sunday action at
Thompson and Utica-Rome rained out. At Plainville Stadium Sparky
Belmont was the winner of the 50 Lap Main Event. Woody Fabbriello
was second followed by Pete Brockett, Roger "Red" Seaburg and Lloyd
Forty years ago in 1972, Bugsy
Stevens beat out Long Islander Dan MacNamara at Seekonk on Friday
night. Many of the big guns were at Malta for a 200 lapper where
Eddie Flemke prevailed in the Frank Vigliorlo No.34 (formerly the
Bob Judkins 2x) Bob Santos finished second and was followed by Ron
Bouchard, Richie Evans, Maynard Forette and Fred DeSarro. Saturday
night at Stafford saw Santos score another runner-up with Ronnie
Bouchard taking the top spot. Fonda ran a double points event with
Ralph Holmes taking the win over Ron Narducci and Andy Romano.
Asphalt racer Bernie Miller tried his hand on the dirt and finished
15th. Angie Cerese was the Modified winner at Waterford. At Islip it
was Jim Hendrickson over Charlie Jarzombek and George Tet and at
Utica-Rome on Sunday night, it rained.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
Thompson ran a mid-week open competition event. Richie Evans took
the top spot over Geoff Bodine and Eddie Flemke. At Stafford on
Friday night, Bodine held off Bugsy Stevens and Dick Caso. Local
favorite Bob Polverari took the top spot at Riverside over Bodine
while at Seekonk; Corky Cookman took top honors with Jim Wilkins,
Bugsy Stevens and Eddie StAngelo, following. Veteran Joe Tiezzi was
the main man at Waterford. Jerry Pearl finished second with Moose
Hewitt, Dick Ceravolo and Gene Bergin, following. Richie Evans
invaded Islip for a 150 lapper and walked away a winner over Greg
Sacks, Wayne Anderson and Fred Harbach. At Westboro, Mike Weeden won
out over George Savory and Joe Howard. Thompson closed out the
weekend with Fred DeSarro taking the win over Bodine and Bouchard.
At Plainville Stadium Dave Alkas won the 100 Lap Modified feature
over brother Fred Alkas followed by Carl Charette, Ron Van Nesse and
Tom Hughes. Danny Caron won the Pleasure Car Feature.
Thirty years ago in 1982,
Stafford had scheduled Modified Madness for Tuesday but rain
prevailed. On Wednesday night, Thompson ran the Thompson 300 outside
pole qualifier. George Summers in the Art Barry no.21 took the 40
lap win over Greg Sacks, George Kent and Kenny Bouchard. Sacks made
it two in a row at Stafford on Friday night. Kenny Bouchard, in the
Ted Marsh No.55 ran a strong second with Bob Polverari, Reggie
Ruggiero and Mike McLaughlin rounding out the top five. At Waterford
on Saturday night, Don Fowler held off Don LaJoie and Joe Tiezzi.
Promoter Dick Williams announced that Randy LaJoie would be in
competition in the upcoming Busch North Series event that was coming
up at the Speedbowl. Riverside Park ran a 200 lapper that saw Richie
Evans in a class by himself as he won the event over George Kent, SJ
Evonsion and Bob Polverari. Evans made it two in a row as he won at
Thompson on Sunday. George Summers finished second with George Kent,
third. Other weekend winners were George Kent at Spencer, Tony
Siscone at New Egypt, George Brunnhoelzl at Riverhead, Gomer Taylor
at Seekonk, Doug Hewitt at Shangri-La, John Blewett Jr. at Islip and
Roger Treichler at Perry. In Winston Cup action at Pocono, Bobby
Allison took the win. Ron Bouchard finished fourth.
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
the weekend was marred by the death of Corky Cookman at the Thompson
Speedway on Sunday night. Cookman, a quiet but well liked driver,
hit the turn three wall a ton on lap 5 of the 75 lap event and was
killed almost instantly. Cookman was transported to a local hospital
as the race resumed. Reggie Ruggiero ended up with the win with Jim
Spencer, second. In Late Model action, Ricky Shawn made it two in a
row and in SK Modified action, Bo Gunning took the win. A few days
after the death of Cookman, NASCAR announced that the 390 carburetor
with unaltered boosters would be the only one allowed in the
division. Bo Gunning was the Friday night winner at Stafford. Richie
Gallup finished second. Waterford ran twin features on Saturday
night with Ricky Young and Harry Rice taking the wins. Bob Potter
finished second to Young with Dickie Doo Ceravolo, Ed Flemke Jr. and
Bob Gada following. Following Rice were Dale Holdredge, Gada and
John Anderson. Wayne Anderson ruled the roost at Riverhead despite
pressure from Don Howe and Tom Baldwin in the closing laps. At
Riverside Park, Wade Cole got a surprise win over Mike McLaughlin
and Reggie Ruggiero. In Winston Cup action at Pocono, Tim Richmond
was the pole sitter but the race belonged to Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Twenty years ago in 1992, the
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour was at Stafford for a 150 lap
event. Reggie Ruggiero in the Ed Cloce No.69 took the win over Doug
Hevron in the Boehler No.3 and Jeff Fuller. Tom Tagg was the
SK-Modified winner. At Monadnock, Marty Radwick scored a win over
Jerry Marquis and Rusty Ball. Marquis, in the Bobby Judkins 2x,
scored his seventh win of the season at Riverside Park on Saturday
night. At Waterford and Riverhead, it was a night for the rookies.
At Waterford, Scott Poirier scored his first ever win as he held off
Mike Christopher and Bob Potter and at Riverhead, John Fortin beat
out Tom Tillotson and Mike Ewanitsko.
Fifteen years ago in 1997, it
was a big week for Reggie Ruggiero at Riverside Park as he recorded
his 90th career win at the amusement park oval when he beat out Dan
Avery and Mike Stefanik to win the Wednesday night NASCAR
Featherlite Modified Tour Series 150.Ruggiero backed it up with his
91st career victory on Saturday night over Richie Gallup and Ted
Riggott. At Stafford on Friday night, Ted Christopher garnered his
46th career victory. Jim Broderick, Bo Gunning and Bob Potter
followed. Broderick settled for second again on Saturday night at
Waterford as Scott Spaulding took the win. Todd Ceravolo finished
third. Spaulding took the lead from Broderick with five laps to go.
In Winston Cup action at Pocono, Dale Jarrett took the win. In other
news, the International Speedway Corporation added Phoenix
International Raceway to its war chest of speedways
Ten years ago in 2002, the
scheduled NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour event at Chemung was
cancelled. At Thompson on Thursday night the fans came out in droves
as the 5/8 mile speedway was almost packed as Bert Marvin won his
fourth feature of the season. Bo Gunning finished second followed by
Ron Yuhas Jr. and Ted Christopher. The Busch North Series visited
Stafford on Friday night. Andy Santerre was leading the 150 lap
event with two to go when he found himself planted in the wall after
Dale Shaw hit Dale Quarterly who was running second who in turn hit
Santerre. Shaw was not penalized for his actions and went on to take
the win over Matt Kobyluck and Tracy Gordon. Billy Anderson won the
50 lap SK-Modified feature over Kerry Malone, Ron Silk and Lloyd
Agor. Rob Janovic was the Saturday night winner at Waterford but it
was one of the Rocco twins who stole the show when he borrowed one
of Joey Chitwood’s stunt cars and put on a smoke show for the crowd.
JR Bertuccio took his sixth win at Riverhead over Tom Cravenho who
was in the Eddie Partridge modified. Peter Daniels made it seven in
a row at Claremont and at Wall Township, Tom Farrell took the win.
In Winston Cup action at Pocono, Bill Elliott won out over Kurt
Busch and Hank Parker Jr. won the Busch Series event at Pikes Peak
in Colorado. On a sad note, Booker T. Washington Jones passed away
after a battle with cancer
Five years ago in 2007,
The Seekonk Speedway, located just over the Mass. Line on the way to
Cape Cod had Open Wheel Wednesday Modified Madness $10,000 to win
scheduled for last Wednesday but heavy rain forced a cancellation to
The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continued on their summer
The True Value Modified Racing Series traveled to the Oxford Plains
Speedway in Maine. Kirk Alexander started 15th in the 100-lap
feature and took the lead for the eventual win with only five laps
remaining. Les Hinkley, who started dead last in the 24 car-starting
field, finished second. Dwight Jarvis, Pete Jarvis and Lisbon, Ct’s
Chris Pasteryak rounded out the top five.
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway
the rains prevailed.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway Woody Pitkat scored a one-two punch, cleaning house as he
won the Coors Light SK Modified 100 and the 30 lap Late Model
feature. Alan Provost scored a first career victory in the 20-lap SK
Light Modified feature, Sean Foster took down the 20-lap Limited
Late Model feature, and Matt Chiarizio scored his first career win
in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.In the 100 lap SK Modified feature
Pitkat battled back after changing tires with 22 laps to go. Pitkat
outdueled Ted Christopher in the closing stages. Willie Hardie took
the lead from the pole, and he led the first 34 laps before contact
with Keith Rocco sent him spinning from the lead. Rocco was black
flagged for rough riding, which handed the lead of the race to
Christopher. Pitkat took the lead from Christopher on the restart,
and held the lead until lap-52, when Christopher moved back out
front. Pitkat slowly began to lose positions as Christopher began to
build a large lead over Eric Berndt, who was now running second. A
caution with 79 laps complete erased Christopher's large lead and
brought Pitkat to pit road for fresh tires. Pitkat then worked his
way back through traffic and avoided several wrecks to find himself
in third place behind Christopher for a lap-95 restart. Pitkat moved
past Christopher on the restart and then drove away to score the
win. Christopher finished second, with Frank Ruocco, Kerry Malone,
and Curt Brainard rounding out the top-5.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl Shawn Monahan passed his brother Diego with 9-laps to go
in the 35 lap SK Modified feature. The Monahans then set up a moving
wall, which shut out Zach Sylvester and Dennis Gada in the closing
laps. Other feature winners were Ed Reed Jr. (Late Model), Dwayne
Dorr (Sportsman), Danny Field (Mini Stocks), and Steven Intravaia (USAC
Ford Focus Midgets).
The Nextel Cup competitors had the weekend off. Reed Sorenson earned
his first victory in two years, avoiding the pitfalls of a
cautioned-filled Busch Gateway 250 Saturday night in Madison, Ill.
Sorenson, who hadn't led any part of a race this season, passed
David Reutimann on lap 159 moments after the eighth yellow flag was
lifted. He survived the ninth and final caution with a strong
restart to distance himself from Reutimann, who was third.
Scott Wimmer earned his first pole position in 136 races and led the
first 53 laps before a right flat tire forced him into the pits. He
stayed near the front of the pack most of the race and finished
second. Jason Leffler and David Ragan rounded out the top five.The
cautions were five off the track's record of 14. Of 44 cars that
started, 26 finished. The yellow flag was out for 43 of 200 laps.
Sorenson, who had the second-fastest qualifying time, led 93 laps.
The victory marked his third overall.
Last year, 2011, The Whelen
Modified Tour headed to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past
Saturday, July 16 for the F.W. Webb 100. It appears that the winds
of change are beginning to blow as only thirty four cars were on
hand for practice and qualifying. Sprint Cup ringer Ryan Newman, who
clearly has a distinct advantage because of his Sprint Cup team, was
the top qualifier as he was over one mile per hour faster than Ron
Silk who was second fastest. Todd Szegedy was third fastest with
Bobby Santos and another Cup ringer, Andy Petree, rounding out the
top five. Sixth through tenth were Doug Coby, Rowan Pennink, Ryan
Preece, Matt Hirschman and Ted Christopher. Justin Bonsignore
experienced engine trouble and did not take time. He was given the
last starting spot in the 34 starting spot field.
Ryan Newman capitalized on a relatively caution-free race to sail to
his fourth straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Saturday in the
F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With the power and
technology behind that car he all but stunk up the show as he could
out power and pass the competition at will. Newman, who will also
won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
race at the 1.058-mile oval, led a race-high 61 laps. He passed Ron
Silk on Lap 84 and won by 1.901 seconds over runner-up Todd Szegedy.
The race was slowed by just two cautions and featured an 88-lap
green-flag run to the checkered flag. Newman led the first 33 laps
and drifted back to third under the long run before moving back to
the front in the closing stages. Szegedy edged Ron Silk at the
finish line for second. Matt Hirschman and Doug Coby rounded out the
top five. Points leader Rowan Pennink was sixth, followed by Eric
Goodale, Ron Yuhas Jr., Ed Flemke Jr. and Woody Pitkat. Ted
Christopher was the last car on the lead lap as he finished 11th.
The race featured four lead changes among three drivers. Newman led
61 of the 100 laps.
NASCAR impounded the #7NY car and brought the car down to Concord,
NC to NASCAR facilities for testing. NASCAR will announce their
official decision this coming Wednesday. It had been strongly hinted
that Newmans car is illegal or has illegal parts and there could
very well be a disqualification coming in the near future. In the
words of NASCAR Media Coordinator Jason Cunningham, "We don't take
away wins anymore, if there is a penalty to be assessed it would not
affect the finish of the race".
According to those on hand the race was taped, but who knows when it
will be shown!
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next in the Lighthouse
Mission 200 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway on Saturday, July 30. Just
finalized but not yet announced is a $600 “Mike Ewanitsko Hard
Charger Award” to be handed to a WMT driver who does what Ewanitsko
did so often in his racing career. The award will be voted on by a
group of race fans, headed by Jim Schaefer, who has raised a
significant amount of money for this July 30 WMT event. It may not
go to the driver who gains the most positions, but rather to the
driver who shows Ewanitsko-like abilities with outside passes from
the back of the field, even if he does not finish the race.
Ewanitsko was forced out of racing by a serious diabetes condition,
which makes it unsafe for him to compete regularly.
In Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway Woody
Pitkat earned his second Sunoco Modified victory this season as he
was awarded the win in the special 50-lap feature event. Pitkat took
the lead from Danny Cates on lap 28 and appeared to be on his way to
victory until the final lap of the race. Contact with Keith Rocco
had Pitkat cross the line second, but a penalty issued to Rocco for
the contact handed him the win. Rocco drove deep into turn three of
the final lap and made contact with Pitkat, who saved his car but
lost the lead. Track officials issued a penalty to Rocco, who took
the checkers first, and put Pitkat into victory lane. Rocco was
awarded fifth place. Rick Fuller was moved up to the runner-up spot.
Andrew Charron and Joe Allegro followed.
In other Thursday night Thunder action Tyler Poulin was the Mini
Stock winner, halting Danny Field's win streak. Tom O'Sullivan was
the Late Model winner, Derek Ramstron won the non-stop Super
Latemodel feature, Shawn Monahan won the Limited Sportsman Feature
and Cam McDermott won the Thompson Modified feature.
The Stafford Motor Speedway avoided a couple of pop-up showers as
Keith Keith Rocco picked up his fifth victory of the 2011 season in
the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ryan Posocco took his first
feature win of the 2011 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature,
Matt Galko recovered from an early race incident to take his third
feature win of the 2011 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified
feature, Shawn Thibeault picked up his third win of 2011 in the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande picked up his
fourth feature victory of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock
feature. Casagrande's feature victory tied him with Stacey
Botticello and Norm Sears as the winningest drivers in DARE Stock
history with 10 career feature wins each.
Ted Christopher made a move to the inside of early leader Glen Reen
in turn 3 on lap-23 to take over the race lead. Rocco caught Reen
and he moved into second on lap-27 while Christopher continued to
hold the lead. With 10 laps to go Christopher had a lead of several
car lengths over Rocco, who had an advantage of several car lengths
over Reen in third. Rocco closed the distance to Christopher and he
made a power move to the inside of Christopher in turn 3 on lap-36
to move into the race lead. Christopher bobbled slightly in turn 1
on lap-38, which allowed Rocco to stretch his lead out by a couple
of car lengths. Christopher caught back up to Rocco on the final
lap, but Rocco was too strong to be overtaken and he took his fifth
win of the 2011 season by a car length. Rounding out the top-5
behind Rocco and Christopher was Reen, Dan Avery, and Woody Pitkat.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco made it three in a row in SK
Modified competition. Bruce Thomas Jr. won his fourth feature in the
Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model s, Ed Puleo rallied late in the
Street Stock s to win his fifth race of the year, but in the Mini
Stocks it was the first of the year for Nick Pappacoda who wound up
taking the checkered flag. Paul French was victorious in the SK
Light Modifieds, his second in three events for the division.
Patrick Williams won the X-Car feature.
Following Rocco in the SK Modified feature was Jeff Pearl, Kyle
James, Joe Perry and Frank Mucciacciaro.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series was in action at the Cannan
Speedway in New Hampshire. Louie Mechalides was the only purple and
yellow car in the field. He drew the pole, led all the laps and won
the race. It was ironic that the late Ricky Miller, for whom the
race was named, drove a purple and yellow car. Mike Stefanik
finished second and was followed by Norm Wrenn, Kirk Alexander and
Chris Pasteryak. There were thirty cars on hand.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC hosted twin 25 lap
Modified features. Tim Brown won the pole position for the first
race with a qualifying lap of 13.298 seconds (67.7 mph) on the
quarter-mile track. He held off Burt Myers in a side-by-side battle
in the first lap, and again survived pressure from runner-up Myers
in the closing laps. Jonathan Brown finished third. In the second
Modified race, Jason Myers, went pole to pole to record his first
victory of the season. Chris Fleming finished second, after slipping
past a sliding Brad Robbins in the eighth lap. Robbins finished
third after picking up two spots by bumping and squeezing past
Austin Pack and Steven Truell in the opening laps. Burt Myers was
eighth in the second race and Tim Brown ninth, maintaining Myers'
28-point lead margin in the standings.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Don Howe came out of
retirement to win the Modified feature. Howe hadn't won in 15 years.
Modified driver Chris Young bought the Bronson Speedway in Florida,
which held their first event in late-June. Young is exploring the
possibility of hosting a Tour-Type Modified event at the track
during Speedweeks next February.
In some sad news Kenneth J. Gouvin, 83, passed away after a lengthy
illness on Thursday, July 7, 2011. During his younger years Kenny
raced at the Kingston Fairgrounds in Kingston, RI.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup action at Loudon, Ryan Newman's first victory
of the season from the pole and Tony Stewart's second-place finish
gave Stewart-Haas Racing its first 1-2 start and finish. Kyle Busch
joined an elite list in auto racing history, becoming the third
NASCAR driver to win 100 races. Busch's victory in the Nationwide
Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway also tied him with Mark
Martin for first place in career Nationwide Series victories with
49. Busch has 22 wins in Sprint Cup and 29 in the Trucks Series.
This week are several
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Remembering "Wild Bill" Slater
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