Sixty-Five years ago in 1947 Ted
Tappett was the winner of the 50 lap Midget feature at Avon, Ct's.
Sixty years ago in 1952 Fred Luchesi, driving the
Sgambato No.9 was the Wednesday night Sportsman feature winner at
the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Tex Pearce was the Claiming Car
winner. On Saturday night, Steady Eddie Flemke who would become a
legend in his own time, won the 25 lap Sportsman feature. Ed McAvoy
was the Claiming Car winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1957,
rain washed out the racing at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on
Wednesday night. Saturday night at the bowl was a different story as
Red Foote took the Sportsman feature win and Squeaky Rogers took the
Fifty years ago in 1962, Rene
Charland won the mid-season 30 lapper on the dirt at the Stafford
Springs Speedway on Friday night. At Waterford, Ted Stack won the 25
lap Modified feature. Ed Gladue was the Bomber feature winner. At
the 5th mile Riverside Park oval the team of Dick Dixon and Danny
Galullo won the annual 500 lap team race. The team of Gene Bergin
and Jerry Humiston was second followed by Jocco Magiacomo and Billy
Greco, Buddy Krebs and Bobby Bard and Ed Patnode and Frankie Blum.
At Plainville Stadium Harry Bliss took the 25 lap Modified feature
over Bob Vivari, George Lombardo, Tony Membrino and Rudy Bruzik. The
Novice Division held it's 100 lap team race with Kenny Orr and Tom
Cassello followed by the teams of Mike DePaula and Adolph Pecka,
Gene Starzic & Frank Manafort, Fred Calkins & Don Moon.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
the All Star League paid a Wednesday night visit to the Wall Stadium
in Belmar, N.J. Gene Bergin took the 100 lap win over Eddie Flemke,
Tommie Elliott, Ernie Gahan, Bill Wimble and Don Stives. It rained
at Stafford and at the Albany Saratoga Speedways on Friday night.
Spencer Speedway managed to get their races in with Merv Treichler
taking the win. Saturday night action saw Rene Charland make it two
in a row at Fonda as he won over Don Wayman and Maynard Forette.
Dutch Hoag continued his win streak at Fulton and at Riverside Park
Buddy Krebs and Jerry Humiston won the 500 lap team race followed by
Johnny Cambino and Dan Devoe, George Circosta and Phil Plumley,
Johnny Lobo and Bill Gurney and Danny Galullo and Jap Membrino. Newt
Palm won the 75 lap July Modified Championship at Waterford. At
Utica-Rome on Sunday night, Bill Wimble took the win over Dave Lape,
Richie Evans, Dick Clark and Rene Charland. At Plainville Stadium
Don Spazano won the 50 lap Modified feature over Ken Latour, Bobby
Knox, Bill Pelky and Ray Smith.
Forty years ago in 1972, Georgie
Summers in the Ken Curley No.31 was the top dog at Seekonk on Friday
night. Brian Ross finished second with Fred DeSarro, third. At
Malta, Bugsy Stevens outran Jerry Cook and Richie Evans for the win.
Saturday night at Stafford belonged to Fred DeSarro as he put Len
Boehler’s Ole Blu in victory lane. Eddie Flemke finished second and
was followed by Denis Giroux, Bugsy Stevens and Bobby Turner. At
Fonda, Jack Johnson was building on his legend as he took another
win, this time over Maynard Forette, Dave Lape and Jerry Cook. Joe
Trudeau was the winner at Waterford. At Islip, Richie Gomes took the
win and in double features at Utica-Rome, Dave Lape and Lou Lazzaro
took the top spots. At Plainville Stadium Harvey Vaillencourt was
the winner of the 100 lap Modified feature with Dick Thibeault
second followed by Dave Alkas, Jack Proulx and Nick Nickerson.
George Alkas was the Novice winner over Lee Genest, Art Whitlock,
Ron Rocco and Art Scheidel. Charlie Centinaro rode home the winner
in the 50 lap feature at Riverside Park followed by Bill Greco and
Jack Lecuyer. Thompson Speedway ran a 25 lap Late Model Sportsman
Feature with Ed Hoyle the winner over George Murphy.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
Bugsy Stevens held off Ronnie Bouchard to take a hard fought win at
Stafford on Friday night. Ray Miller, Geoff Bodine and Eddie Flemke
rounded out the top five. Tom Rosati won the 25 lap Sportsman
feature. At Monadnock, Dynamite Ollie Silva cleaned house as he won
out over Pete Fiandaca and Bob Karvonen. Riverhead was also running
on Friday. Charlie Jarzombek out-dueled Fred Harbach for the win at
the eastern Long Island oval. George Summers, in the Frank Fedderici
No.77 ruled the roost at Seekonk on Saturday night. Bobby Santos
finished second with Brett Bodine,third. Veteran, Bob Stefanik
mastered the Riverside Park oval despite a lot of heat from Geoff
Bodine who had to settle for second was followed by Sonny O'Sullivan
and Charlie Glazier. At Islip it was Tom McCann over Al Hansen and
in Sunday night action at Thompson, Eddie Flemke came home the
winner over Ray Miller and Leo Cleary. Other weekend winners were
George Kent over Richie Evans at Shangri-La and Merv Treichler at
Lancaster. At Plainville Stadium Richie Galullo in the Rocco Germani
cent sign was the winner of the 50 lap Modified feature. John
Hoffman was the Pleasure Car winner.
Thirty years ago in 1982, Greg
Sacks sheared the right front wheel off the Ernie Wilsburg No.5
during the running of Modified Madness at Stafford. A rain delay
helped in making repairs and he was able to come back and take the
win. Ronnie Bouchard finished second with Charlie Jarzombek, third.
In regular Friday night action at Stafford, Reggie Ruggiero took the
win over Kenny Bouchard and Sacks. At the Spencer Speedway, George
Kent took the checker but failed tech inspection as he was found
with an illegal gear. Doug Hewitt was awarded the win with Jerry
Cook, second. Joe Tiezzi was the Saturday night winner at Waterford.
Jerry Pearl and Moose Hewitt rounded out the top three. Ray Miller
was the top dog at Riverside and at Oswego, Greg Sacks beat out
Maynard Troyer for the win. At Seekonk, Eddie StAngelo got one for
the hometown crowd as he took the win over Rick Donnelly and Gomer
Taylor. George Brunnhoelzl won a 200 lapper at Islip over John
Blewett Jr, Bill Park and Bob Park. At Shangri-La, twin features
were on tap with Wayne Edwards and George Kent taking the top spots.
Thompson closed out the weekend with a 30-lap feature which was won
by Reggie Ruggiero over George Kent, Kenny Bouchard and Corky
Cookman. In Winston Cup action at Talledega, Geoff Bodine took the
pole with a speed of 199.400 mph. Darrell Waltrip took the win.
Bodine suffered with a broken windshield and finished 15th, three
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series visited the Riverside
Park Speedway for a 150-lap event. Reggie Ruggiero was in top form
as he put the Mario Fiore No.44 in victory lane. Tom Baldwin
finished second with Mike McLaughlin, third. Ricky Fuller had
himself a good weekend as he put the Don Lafountaine Number 66 in
victory lane at Stafford on Friday and at Thompson on Sunday. At
Waterford, crowd favorite Ronnie Rocco took the top spot over Ed
Flemke Jr. and John Anderson. In Winston Cup action at Talledega,
Bill Elliott took the pole with a speed of 203.827 mph. Bill Elliott
took the win with Davey Allison, second.
Twenty years ago in 1992, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour
Series was at Riverside for a 150 lapper. Although in a different
car, the Ed Cloce No.69, Reggie Ruggiero dominated like he owned the
place as he took the win over Dan Avery and Donald “Satch” Worley.
At Stafford on Friday night, Steve Chowanski hammered his way to the
front as he beat out Ted Christopher and Bo Gunning for the win. At
Waterford, Chris Jones was the modified winner and in the late
models, Todd Ceravolo scored his first ever win. It was also on this
weekend that NASCAR announced that they would no longer sanction the
Race of Champions because the race organizer, Joe Gerber, had got
himself in financial hot water.
Fifteen years ago in 1997, the
Busch North Series visited the Stafford Speedway. Andy Santarre took
the win and was followed by Rick Fuller,Ted Christopher, Tom Bolles
and Stub Fadden. Bob Potter was the SK-Modified winner as he beat
Steve Chowanski,Ted Christopher and Bo Gunning to the stripe. The
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series made the long tow to the
Holland Speedway for a Saturday night event. Tim Connolly took his
third win of the season as he put the Mystic Missile in victory lane
at the conclusion of the 150-lap contest. Connolly took the lead on
lap 96. Mike Stefanik, Charlie Pasteryak, Ed Flemke Jr, and Chris
Kopec rounded out the top five. At Waterford, Jim Broderick took the
lead from Dennis Gada on lap 19 of the 50-lap feature and went on to
record his third win of the year. Tucker Reynolds ended up second
with Jerry Pearl, third. Gada faded in the closing laps and ended up
in fifth spot. At Riverside Park, Ted Christopher took the place by
storm as he won the 50-lap feature on Saturday night. Dave Berube
finished second with Brad Hietella, third. At Riverhead, John Fortin
mastered the ¼ mile oval. In other matters, Penske and the
International Speedway Corporation entered into an agreement to
purchase the Homestead Speedway in Florida and on a sad note, Mrs.
Anne LeSeur, wife of Speedway Scene publisher Val LeSeur, passed
Ten years ago in 1992 The
Thompson Speedway management and competitors continued to impress as
they got their Thursday night events completed by 9:00 PM. On
Thursday the grandstand was ¾ full as Bert Marvin got the best of Bo
Gunning as he won his fourth of the season at the 5/8-mile oval. At
Stafford on Friday night, dirty Dale did it again and got away Scot
free as he won the Busch North Series 150 at Jack Arute’s oval.
Running third with two to go, Dale Shaw got two for the price of one
as he put the bumper to second place Dale Quarterly who in turn hit
leader Andy Santarre, who ended up into the wall. Bill Anderson went
pole to pole to win the SK-Modified 50 lapper and Jay Stuart was the
late model winner. At Waterford on Saturday night, Rob Janovic won
the SK-Modified feature but it was Jeff Rocco, Keith's twin brother,
who “stole” the show. On a dare from some friends, Rocco “borrowed”
one of the cars being used in a stunt show and created a smoke show
that all but drove all the mosquitoes out of southeastern
Connecticut. The crowd loved it, as usually the stunt shows are
boring. It was too bad that those who were part of the stunt show
didn't have a sense of humor as they dragged him from the car and
beat on him. The Waterford Cops pretty much saved him as they cuffed
him and stuffed him in back of a car. Meanwhile back at the races,
Ron Yuhas finished second with Dennis Gada, Tom Fox and Jeff Pearl,
rounded out the top five.
Five years ago in 2007,
Mark Mockovak was terminated as Media Coordinator of the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour. No replacement had been named at that time.
After 14 years on the job, Mark and all the help he had been to us
all would surely be missed. Mockovak put his heart and soul into
promoting the Whelen Modified Tour Series but evidently someone in
Daytona Beach didn’t like him.
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway
Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett of Howell, NJ, held off a stellar field of
Sunoco Modified competitors to score his third win of the season.
Dave Berghman of Seekonk, MA, led flag-to-flag in the Pro Stock
50-Lapper to score the popular victory. In other full-fendered
action, Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored a dramatic win to earn
what appeared to be his fifth triumph of the 2007 season. Joe Arena
of Kensington took down top honors in the Limited Sportsman
division. Roger Larson, Jr. of Milford, MA, and Mike Romano of
Pascoag, RI, were victorious in the TIS Modifieds and Mini Stocks
Jimmy Blewett enjoyed an up and down ride in the Sunoco Modified
feature. Dave Salzarulo and Steve Masse both took brief turns at the
head of the pack before John Blewett muscled his way into the top
spot over Masse. Contact between Jimmy Blewett and Salzarulo caused
a chain reaction deeper in the top ten collecting strong competitors
Kerry Malone, Todd Ceravolo, Tommy Cravenho, and Geoff Gernhard.
On the restart, John resumed his lead taking brother Jimmy along for
the ride. Masse got a run from third making contact with John. Jimmy
was able to sneak into the lead with Rocco taking over the second
spot. John settled back into the third position. Pitkat charged by
Masse with ten laps down. The top three ran in a high-speed chase of
leader Jimmy Blewett. John dogged Rocco for second. At halfway,
Rocco made a bid on Jimmy’s lead. Rocco looked as if he would take
over the top spot but he could not hold his momentum and both
Blewett brothers were able to make their way past putting Jimmy back
in the lead. Rocco now had his hands full with Pitkat. The
excitement had settled down as the top-four continued to run nose to
tail. Shelly Perry spun in front of the leaders to bring out the
caution to set up a six-lap dash to the checkers. On the double file
restart, Rocco made it three-wide coming down to take the green.
Jimmy Blewett squeezed into the top spot over John Blewett and
Rocco. Rocco could not maintain his position and lost the third spot
to Pitkat. Pitkat immediately went to work on John Blewett. He moved
into the second spot with two to go. He lined up behind the younger
Blewett but could not reel in the leader.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway Woody Pitkat won the SK Modified and first Late Model
feature for his second consecutive double shot, while Ryan Posocco
won the regularly scheduled Late Model feature to break a tie with
Jim Peterson as the division's all-time winningest driver. Glen Reen
took down the SK Light feature win, Rick Lanagan won the Limited
Late Model feature, and Kyle Nosal turned in a dominating
performance to score his first career DARE Stock win in the 15-lap
The 40-lap SK Modified feature saw Woody Pitkat take down his second
consecutive feature win. Willie Hardie took the lead from the pole
and led the first 10 laps of the race. Pitkat made his move in turns
3+4 on lap-11 to overtake Hardie for the top spot. SK Modified
points leader Ted Christopher was glued to Pitakt's back bumper
throughout the second half of the race, with several caution periods
keeping the field in close contact. The two race leaders had a near
disaster on lap-39 as they had to avoid the lapped car of Frank
Ruocco. Both Pitkat and Christopher made it by Ruocco unscathed, but
the loss of momentum by Christopher allowed Pitkat all the margin he
needed on the final lap of the race. Rounding out the top-5 behind
Pitkat and Christopher was Eric Berndt, Kerry Malone, and Keith
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl Jeffrey Paul finally got the monkey off his back as he
ended weeks of frustration with a win in SK Modified action. Paul,
who drives a family owned mount headed by his dad, Gary, took the
lead on lap 11of the 35 lap main event. Point leader Rob Janovic
applied the pressure in the closing laps but the young racer never
Bruce Thomas Jr. won the 30-lap Late Model race. Other winners were
Jack Aquilina (Sportsman), Phil Evans (Mini Stock) and Mark Bakaj
Rounding out the top five in the Modifieds were Matt Gallo, Dennis
Charette and Jeff Pearl.
With a threat of rain and boomers closing in the Speedbowl
management and competitors got the entire 5 feature race program
completed in two hours and had fans heading home by 9:00pm.
Tony Stewart won the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. Jason Leffler got Toyota its first ever Busch Series win
at O'Reilly Raceway Park as he slipped by Greg Biffle with three
laps to go.
Last year, 2011, The Whelen
Modified Tour enjoyed the weekend, the hottest of the year, off. The
big news of the week was that NASCAR did the right thing when they
stripped Ryan Newman of his win at Loudon after his car was declared
blatantly illegal after a thorough tech inspection at the NASCAR R &
D Center in North Carolina. NASCAR announced on Wednesday (July 20),
that Ryan Newman and the Kevin "Bono" Manion No. 7 team were
disqualified and stripped of their victory and fast-time award from
the July 16 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Todd Szegedy was
awarded New Hampshire’s $15,000 plus race winner.
Newman's car was found to have an air leak in the area around the
intake manifold. Since the Modifieds run with a restrictor plate at
New Hampshire it was an item specifically checked in detail by
officials as that could produce additional horsepower. Newman's car
was taken to the NASCAR Tech Center in Concord, N.C., where it was
determined that it did not conform to NASCAR rules. The intake
manifold ports did not completely seal to the cylinder head ports.
The use of metal, shim-type intake manifold gaskets, which are not
permitted, were used.
Mike LaRochelle, crew chief of car No. 7, has been suspended from
all NASCAR regional touring series events until Dec. 31, 2011. Kevin
Manion has been suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series
events until Dec. 31, 2011.
Ronnie Silk was running second on the last lap of the July 16 New
Hampshire Modified race when he made an all-out attempt to pass
Newman. But Silk slid high, allowing Szegedy to pass.
In Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway Keith
Rocco continued his domination of the Sunoco Modified division with
his fourth win of the season at Thompson International Speedway.
Rocco's season totals shows 17 wins in 31 starts at Thompson,
Stafford and at Waterford. With 11 Sunoco Modifieds going to post,
Rocco started fifth. Ryan Preece took the lead on the start from
Danny Cates. By lap 3, Rocco moved into the second spot and the show
was on. Both competitors raced side by side and swapped the lead
until lap 19 when Rocco took the lead for good. Preece finished a
strong second but had nothing for Rocco in the late stages. Cates
finished third and was followed by Rick Fuller, Woody Pitkat and
John Falconi won hands down in the Late Models. He dedicated his win
to the late Steve May. Shawn Monahan came from a tenth starting spot
to record his fifth Limited Sportsman feature win of the season. Jay
Sundeen scored his second victory of the 2011 season in the TIS
Modifieds. With his eighth victory on Thursday night Danny Field
hopes to begin a new win streak in the Mini Stock division.
In the special Tour type Modified 40 lapper that drew 15 cars Ryan
Preece started on the outside pole and at the drop of the green
jumped out ahead of pole sitter Keith Rocco and never looked back as
he dominated the entire event, taking the checker over Mike Stefanik,
Todd Szegedy, Rocco, Richard Savory and Steven Reed. Finishing a
distant ninth was Gary Putnam who was driving a Modified that was
being worked on by Kevin Manion, the crew chief of the disqualified
car that Ryan Newman drove at Loudon.
Preece had legendary car owner and engine builder Bobby Judkins in
his pit area helping out. Judkins, who is Preece's grandfather,
brought his famous 2x Modified to New England to compete in the
Modified Racing Series events. Judkins has hundreds of victories to
his credit with drivers Eddie Flemke Sr, Jerry Marquis and Gene
Bergin behind the wheel.
Rounding out the night was the PASS Super-Late Models that went the
100 lap distance. Johnny Clark of Hallowell, ME, took down the
victory in the Pro All Star Series Super Late Model 100-lapper son.
There was plenty of drama in the PASS National Championship event
beginning with an incident in turn one of the opening lap. Top guns
Jay Fogleman, Scott Chubbuck, Cassias Clark, Alan Tardiff, Preston
Peltier and others were involved. The drama continued on lap 25 when
Derek Ramstrom got alongside Mike Rowe in turn three in a battle for
the lead. Ramstrom lost the handle on his #35 collecting Rowe in the
process. Both cars retired from the event with damage.
Lou Modestino advised that Doug Coby really had the other 23 Tour
Type Modified drivers covered at Seekonk Speedway’s 7th Annual Open
Wheel Wednesday 100 lap race. Taking the lead early on and holding
off Matt Hirshman, Coby took the $10 grand first place money back to
the Nutmeg State. The event has been a fan favorite since the
inception of the race. Getting the leftovers were; Todd Annarummo,
Mike Stefanik and Chris Pasteryak who placed third through fifth.
Surviving three restart challenges, Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) won
the Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap feature at Seekonk
Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday. It was the first win of the season
for Cabral, the fourth winner in the last four NEMA races.
The Stafford Motor Speedway took the brunt of the heat on Friday as
temperatures were just shy of the 100 degree mark at race time.
Stafford ran its biggest weekly race of the season, the 8th Annual
CARQUEST SK 150. Keith Rocco took the checkered flag and the $3,500
winner's check for his third consecutive and sixth overall victory
of the 2011 season, Dillon Moltz picked up his third win of the 2011
season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. scored
his fourth win of 2011 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature,
Carla Botticello picked up her first win of 2011 in the 20-lap
Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood scored his third win of
2011 in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Rocco's win gave him 18 wins in 32 starts for the season, overall.
Following Rocco at the finish was Woody Pitkat, Ryan Preece, Eric
Berndt and Frank Ruocco. Among the missing was Ted Christopher who
was in SuperModified competition at the Oswego Speedway in upstate
New York where he finished seventh.
Rocco now had 29 career victories at Stafford, moving him past Mike
Christopher for third place on the all-time win list in the division
at the track. Ted Christopher is the all-time leader with 94
victories and Bo Gunning is second with 47 wins.
Among the missing in New England was Ted Christopher who took his
show on the road to upstate New York. At the Airborne Park Speedway
in Plattsburg, NY Christopher moved the three-race old SuperModified
of Clyde Booth steadily forward from his 12th starting spot, ran
down early leader and former track record holder Robbie Summers on
lap 21 of the 50-lap $3,200-to-win feature and then drove off into
the night. He led Summers and Mark Sammut to the stripe by more than
a straightaway with Chris deRitis and Tim Jedrzejek rounding out the
At the Waterford Speedbowl Keith Rocco did what few have done as he
made it three for three on the weekend, the second time this year
that he has scored a home run! Rocco joined an elite group in early
July, consisting of Richie Evans and Geoff Bodine who had similar
weekend success during their racing careers. At the shoreline oval,
the second generation racer now has four SK Modified features in a
Vin Esposito took down the checkered flag in the Bob Valenti Auto
Mall Late Models, his second on the year. In Street Stock action,
Michael Caprio Jr. wired the race in dominating fashion to claim his
first career win in the division, while Ken Cassidy Jr. rounded out
the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners by taking his fifth
win in the Mini Stocks this year. In the Legends Cars it was David
Garbo Jr. taking his third consecutive win, and in the visiting New
England Truck Series Corey Coates nailed down an extra-distance win.
Following Rocco in the SK Modified feature was Rob Janovic who beat
out Kyle James for second, with Tom Abele and Tyler Chadwick
completing the top-five.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series was at the Oxford Plains Speedway
in Maine last weekend. Joe Doucette won his first ever VMRS race
which drew only 18 cars. Chris Pasteryak finished second with Max
Zachem, third. Rowan Pennink and Norm Wrenn rounded out the top
Before a huge “Oxford 250” weekend crowd, pole-sitter and present
point leader Pasteryak jumped into the lead at the drop of the green
flag and appeared to be in cruise mode when a lap 62 caution flag
brought the race leader back to the rest of the field. Up to that
point, Les Hinckley and Dwight Jarvis staged a torrid second place
battle until Doucette came into the picture and second place on lap
73. Doucette chased after Pasteryak, reeled him in, and made several
attempts to pass the leader but the 2008 series champion was equal
to the challenge. On lap 97, Doucette, with the huge crowd cheering
on each pass attempt, finally was able to squeeze by Pasteryak, to
go on and win his first ever VMRS race.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC hosted a 100 lap NASCAR
Modified event. Burt Myers started seventh in the random draw and
had to slowly make his way toward the front. Jonathan Brown started
first and led the first 84 laps, then Myers took the lead and held
it the rest of the way. Dean Ward finished third and Burt's brother,
Jason, was fourth.
The Modified race had six cautions, and Burt Myers, who had his
fastest qualifying lap of the season at 13.200 seconds, took the
lead after the fifth caution. He also added to his season points
lead on Tim Brown, who was 18th Saturday.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Ron Silk won the 77 lap
Baldwin-Evans-Jarzombek Memorial. The 77-lap modified race attracted
30 cars vying for 28 spots. Many non-regulars paid a visit as well
as NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors, who used the event as a
warm for next week's Tour event. Among the Tour regulars was the
most recent Tour winner Todd Szegedy, who by all accounts is not the
biggest fan of Riverhead’s tight confines despite having won at
another quarter-mile track (Monadnock Speedway in N.H.) earlier this
year. Szegedy managed to turn in a strong performance finishing
second behind another Tour driver, Ronnie Silk. Silk, winner of the
May 27th Tour race at Stafford, put on a dominating performance
after starting from the front row. Szegedy made a late run on Silk
but was unable to complete the pass. Silk held on to win.
The 61st running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 was
held at the Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY and honored the memory of
Modified great Richie Evans. Evans a three time winner of the Race
of Champions in 1973, 79 and 80 was also recently nominated in to
the NASCAR Racing Hall of Fame. Tara and Richie, Jr. were Grand
Marshals at the race. Saturday marked the 61st running of the 200
and also would have been Richie Evans 70th birthday.
Zane Zeiner held off Tony Hirschman in the closing moments to
capture the 61st annual Race of Champions 200-lap modified special
at the Lake Ontario shore speedway. Zeiner took the lead with 42
laps remaining and held on to grab the $10,000 top prize plus a good
portion of the record $22,000 lap prize fund. Hirschman, who has won
this event four times, had to settle for a close second at the
checkers. Pole sitter Erick Rudolph finished third after an early
spin with Lee Sherwood and Jimmy Zacharias completing the top five
Kyle Busch won the 38th Annual TD Bank 250 at the Oxford Plains
In some sad news, Shirley J. (O'Rourke) Yerrington, 79, of 31
Trading Cove Circle, Norwich, beloved wife of the late Edwin F.
Yerrington Sr., passed away last week. During Ed's tenure as General
Manager of the Stafford Motor Speedway Shirley oversaw the press
Carl Edwards dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday
night at Nashville Superspeedway. The Sprint Cup series enjoyed the
ESPN announced that Allen Bestwick would replace Marty Reid for all
Sprint Cup races, practices and qualifying. Reid would be the
play-by-play announcer for Nationwide Series telecasts and ESPN's
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