Sixty years ago in 1952 George
Lombardo was the Wednesday night Sportsman winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Johnny Sandberg made it two in a row in
Claiming Car action at the Connecticut shoreline oval. Cy Yates won
a 50 lap special for the Sportsman division at the Speedbowl on
Saturday night. Bud Matter was the Claiming Car winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1957,
Moe Gherzi made it two in a row as he won the 25 lap Sportsman
feature on Wednesday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Ted Stack was the non-Ford winner. Red Foote was the Sportsman
winner on Saturday night while Arnie Harris was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962, the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl ran on Wednesday and on Saturday. Dick
Beauregard was up for the task as he won both Modified features as
was Ed Moody who won both Bomber features. Ron Narducci displaced
Bill Slater from victory lane as he won on the dirt at the Stafford
Springs Speedway on Friday night. At Plainville Stadium Harry Bliss
was the winner in the 25 lap Open Competition feature over Tony
Mordino. Rudy Brusik was third followed by Russ Faust and Dean
Anderson. George Hotchkiss won both 25 lap Novice features,
one was rescheduled from the week before. Ed Patnode took the
victory at Riverside Park with Sparky Belmont second followed by
Gene Bergin, Buddy Krebs and Danny Galullo.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Stafford ran a 100 lapper on Friday night with Gene Bergin in the
M-6 taking the win over Fred DeSarro, Fred Harbach, Eddie Flemke and
Tommie Elliott. At the Albany Saratoga Speedway Kenny Shoemaker took
the top spot over Andy Romano, Bill Wimble, Don Wayman and Dick
Clark. At Norwood Arena on Saturday night, Mr. Leo Cleary took top
honors as he won the modified main event for the second week in a
row. Fonda’s victory lane belonged to Bill Wimble as he out ran Dave
Lape and Andy Romano for the win. Fred "Fuzzy" Baer scored a popular
Modified win at Waterford while Jiggs Beetham took the checkers in
the Daredevils. Utica Rome ran their rained out 100 lapper from the
week before and it was Eddie Flemke taking the win over Bill Wimble,
Rene Charland, Don MacTavish and Ernie Gahan. At Plainville Stadium
Don Spazano won the 50 lap feature followed by Sparky Belmont, Roger
Seaburgh, Harry Bliss and Tony Dadio. Riverside Park found Bill
Greco in the winners circle of the 150 lap race.
Forty years ago in 1972, Fred
DeSarro had Len Boehler's Ole Blu in top form as he dusted the field
at Malta on Friday night. Lou Lazzaro finished second. Ronnie
Bouchard, Bobby Santos and Bugsy Stevens rounded out the top five.
Stafford had a 150 planned for Saturday night but rain prevailed. At
Islip, Charlie Jarzombek took the top spot and at Fonda it was Harry
Peek over Lou Lazzaro and Don Wayman. At Utica-Rome on Sunday night,
favorite son Richie Evans with his Rusty Nail Special beat out Denis
Giroux, Ron Newman, Bernie Miller and Jerry Cook. Glynn Shafer was
the Saturday night Modified winner at Waterford. Waterford ran a 75
lap open competition event on Wednesday. Jerry Dostie took the win.
Eddie Flemke finished second with Bob Potter, Dick Watson and Ronnie
Bouchard rounding out the top five. At Plainville Stadium Harvey
Vaillencourt was the 50 lap Modified winner and Ronnie Rocco won the
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
rain washed out Friday night racing at Stafford and Monadnock.
Saturday night at Seekonk saw Bugsy Stevens take a 35 lap win over
George Summers, George Murray and Ronnie Bouchard. At Westboro, Jim
Landry took the top spot over Ken Bouchard and Butch Walch. The
annual Riverside 500 saw Geoff Bodine and Bob Stefanik team up for
the win. The team of Bob Polverari and Eddie Flemke finished second.
At Islip a 100 lap Race of Champions qualifier was on tap and it was
invader, Richie Evans, stealing the thunder from the Long Island
regulars. Gary Cretty finished second with Charlie Jarzombek, third
and Jerry Cook, fourth. At Freeport, George Brunnhoelzl beat out
Russ Klar and Eddie Brunnhoelzl and at Lancaster it was Maynard
Troyer over Roger Treichler. In Sunday night action at Thompson,
Geoff Bodine took the top spot over Ronnie Bouchard and Bugsy
Ruggiero passed up the Riverside 500 and drove the Mario Fiore 44 the win at Plainville Stadium. Ronnie Rocco was second followed
by Tom Hughes, Ron Van Nesse and Carl Charette. Bill Mordenti was
the Pleasure Car winner. Gene Bergin won a popular victory at the
Waterford Speedbowl over Moose Hewitt, Bill Greco, Don Bunnell and
Thirty years ago in 1982, after
seven rain-outs in a row, Waterford Speedbowl promoter Dick Williams
ran a Wednesday night event. Fifty laps, no points. Taking the win
was Glynn Shafer in the Ron Yuhas No.6.Don Bunnell finished second
with Moose Hewitt, Don Fowler and Joe Tiezzi rounding out the top
five. At Stafford on Friday night, Reggie Ruggiero blasted his way
to the front and beat Greg Sacks to the finish line. Kenny Bouchard
finished third with Jerry Pearl,fourth. At New Egypt, John Blewett
beat out Richie Evans for the win and at Spencer it was George Kent
over Jerry Cook and Maynard Troyer. Fred Harbach made it two for two
as he won at Riverhead on Friday night and at Islip on Saturday
night. Saturday night at Waterford, it was dry for the first time
since mid May. Jerry Pearl took the win over Randy Lajoie. At
Seekonk, Gomer Taylor was the victor with George Savory and Eddie
StAngelo in hot pursuit. Thompson ran twin 40's on Sunday with Kenny
Bouchard and Greg Sacks sharing the glory. In Winston Cup action at
Nashville, Darrel Waltrip took the win.
Twenty five years ago in 1987, Spencer
Speedway ran a 100 lap NASCAR Modified championship event. Mike
Mclaughlin took the win over Reggie Ruggiero, Kenny Bouchard, Jan
Leaty and Jamie Tomaino. Double SK Modified Features were run at
Stafford with Sonny O ‘Sullivan and Ted Christopher in victory lane.
Christopher followed up his Stafford win with a victory at Waterford
on Saturday night. At Riverside, it was Bob Polverari over Dan Avery
and Mike Stefanik and at Riverhead; Dan Jivenelli took the top spot.
In other Saturday night action, George Kent won out at Shangri-La
over Randy Hedger. Oswego ran the Port City 150 on Sunday. Tony
Hirschman rose to the occasion as he took the victory over George
Brunnhoelzl and Ron Shepherd.
Twenty years ago in 1992, rain washed
out Friday night racing at Stafford and Saturday night racing at
Waterford plus the Featherlite Modifieds at Loudon. At Riverside,
Reggie Ruggiero took the win over Rick Fuller and Chris Kopec and at
Riverhead, Ed Brunnhoelzl beat out Bill Park for the win. Richard
Petty, in his last appearance as a driver at the Daytona 400 and was
Fifteen years ago in 1997, Jim
Broderick won the 50 lap holiday program at Stafford on Friday
night. At Waterford, Todd Ceravolo recorded his fifth win of the
season after passing Eric Berndt with 17 laps to go. Scott Spaulding
finished second with Berndt, third. Reggie Ruggiero recorded his
89th career win at Riverside on Saturday night. Ted Christopher
finished second. In Winston Cup action, John Andretti led the final
23 laps to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona and in Busch Grandnational
action at Milwaukee, Randy Lajoie took the win.
Ten years ago in 2002 the Fourth
of July weekend started on Wednesday night with the NASCAR
Featherlite Tour at Stafford for a 150-lap event. Ted Christopher
went from pole to pole to win the event. Ed Flemke Jr. in the Hill
Enterprises entry was the show as he came from the back twice to
finish second. Rick Fuller, Jerry Marquis and Chris Kopec rounded
out the top five. Bo Gunning won the companion 50 lap SK-Modified
event. Jeff Malave survived a rough night at Thompson to take the
win on Thursday night. Ron Yuhas Jr. finished second with Kerry
Malone, third. During the running of the event Eric Berndt rode over
Bert Marvin after Marvin was brake checked by Ted Christopher.
Christopher was later sent to the rear after he spun Bo Gunning into
the wall. Christopher came from the rear and finished fourth ahead
of Tom Bolles who rounded out the top five. Ted Christopher scored
his 72nd career win at Stafford on Friday night.
Christopher ‘s win tied him with all-time winner Bugsy Stevens. Lee
Raceway ran an open competition modified event on Friday. Ed Flemke
Jr. led from pole to pole to take the win over Charlie Pasteryak,
Carl Pasteryak, Kirk Alexander and Matt Hirschman. At Waterford,
Jeff Pearl started up front with a car that had been wrecked two
weeks previous and went on to win the Saturday night feature at the
shoreline oval. Dennis Gada finished second and was followed by Rob
Janovic and Ed Reed Jr. The Busch North Series was also on hand at
Waterford and it was veteran Kelly Moore taking the win. At the
Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, JR Bertuccio took the holiday 50
lapper over Wayne Anderson and Bill Park. Rounding out the weekend
was the Race of Champions Tour event at the Adirondack Speedway in
upstate New York. Eric Beers inherited the lead on lap 134 of the
150-lap event and went on to take the win. Ted Christopher was
leading the event when he was turned into the fence while trying to
block George Kent. Kent was sent to the rear. Jim Willis finished
second with Rick Zacharis, third. In Winston Cup action at Daytona,
the DEI cars continued to dominate as Michael Waltrip took the win.
On a sad note, four spectators were injured after being struck by
Five years ago in 2007, the 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Twin State Speedway in
Claremont, N.H on Sunday for the second of three “Flash Format
Events” scheduled in 2007. Posted Awards were $56,762 which was
considerably less than regular Tour events. As of July 5, only 29
teams had filed entries. Among the missing were Ron Yuhas Jr, Woody
Pitkat, Tony Hirschman and Bobby Santos III. Car owners were
attempting to make a statement that the race purses for the “Flash
Events” were sub-par. Twenty-six Modifieds, a light field in
comparison to previous Whelen Modified Tour series events, were on
hand for the Sunday evening event. The top six, Ronnie Silk, Ryan
Preece, Matt Hirschman, Don Lia, Mike Stefanik and James Civali,
qualified through time trials. Heat winners were Ted Christopher and
Jon McKennedy. Hirschman was fresh off a Saturday night 75 lap Race
of Champions Series win at the Lancaster Speedway in Western New
James Civali avoided the raindrops and held off Matt Hirschman as he
won the Twin State event. Civali took the lead from Ron Silk going
into turn 1 on lap 27 of the 100-lap contest. Ronnie Silk finished
third and was followed by Donnie Lia, Ted Christopher and Mike
Stefanik who recovered from an early spin. Civali led al but one of
the final 90 laps. The race distance was extended to 117 laps
because of caution laps in the first 50 laps, which were scored.
The True Value Modified Racing Series returned to Monadnock Speedway
for a 100-lap feature on Saturday evening. Kirk Alexander passed Rob
Goodenough with seven laps remaining to record the win at the
Winchester, NH ¼ mile high banked oval. Goodenough finished second
with Dwight Jarvis, third. Ted Christopher was an early contender
until he was eliminated in a wreck on lap 65.
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway
Keith Rocco scored a hard fought win as he scored his second win of
the season at the northeast Connecticut oval. A late race
confrontation with Bert Marvin added to the excitement. Harry
Rheaume took the lead at the start followed by Danny Cates, Bert
Marvin and Jimmy Blewett. The racing was slowed on lap three by a
caution for a single car spin by Eric Goodale. On the ensuing
restart Marvin moved ahead of Cates and set his sites on Rheaume.
Marvin was able to drive around Rheaume for the lead on lap five.
Jimmy Blewett moved into third ahead of Cates on the next circuit.
John Blewett ran in fifth but was looking for more as he too battled
with Cates. Keith Rocco joined the fray catching John Blewett in
fifth. The second caution flew on lap 10 when Kerry Malone and Buddy
Charette tangled exiting turn two.On the restart, Marvin jumped out
to the lead followed
by Jimmy Blewett Blewett made a run on Marvin but the action was
halted for an incident that involved Shelly Perry, Eric Goodale,
Brian Tagg and others. Marvin was again the man to beat on the
restart getting the edge on Blewett. Rheaume held strong in third.
Just as Blewett was making his run on the leader Marvin, the lead
the race was slowed again when the Josh Steeves came to rest in turn
three. The ensuing restart set off a chain reaction that claimed a
number of cars including Steeves, Brett LeBlanc, and Ricky Shawn.The
restart gave. Blewett the opening that he needed. Marvin and Blewett
went side-by-side for nearly a lap before Blewett assumed his place
at the head of the pack on lap 13. Another quick caution and a
subsequent attempt at the restart was called back. Under the caution
John Blewett headed down pit road for service. Once back under
green, Jimmy Blewett took control of the race once again. Tommy
Cravenho and Keith Rocco were locked in a battle for the third spot
while Woody Pitkat sat in fifth.
Marvin pressured Blewett by running the outside groove in search of
the lead once again. Jimmy Blewett appeared to bobble entering turn
three opening the door for Marvin and Rocco. Contact between the
three leaders ended with the leader Marvin with contact with outside
wall on the front stretch. Marvin felt that Rocco had done him in
and his resulting actions found him getting ejected from the event.
When racing finally resumed, Rocco was the new leader. Pitkat gave
Rocco a run on the restart but could not make the pass. Todd
Ceravolo was able to take over the second spot from Pitkat. Pitkat,
however, after regaining his composure successfully went back after
Ceravolo. Pitkat ran in second again on lap 24. Meanwhile Rocco
began to check out on the field. Things settled down over the
closing laps with Rocco handily taking his second win of the season
over Pitkat and Ceravalo. Cravenho and Cates rounded out the top
Other Thursday night Thunder winners at Thompson were Ben Seitz of
Pocasset, MA, who carried the checkers in the traditional holiday
visit of the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) to Thompson. In
regular weekly series action, Kurt Vigeant earned a hard-fought
victory in the annual extra-distance race for the TIS Modifieds.
Also earning his second feature win of the season was Mike
O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, in the Pro Stocks.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway the Late Models took center stage for the 13th Annual
DiGiorgi Roofing & Siding Late Model 100. Mike O'Sullivan scored the
win, with Ted Christopher winning the 40-lap SK Modified feature,
Brit Andersen taking the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Bill
Davis taking the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Bill Dunn
winning the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. The 13th Annual DiGiorgi Late
Model 100-lap feature saw Mike O'Sullivan outlast Jim Peterson to
take the victory.
Ted Christopher, Stafford’s winningest driver, ended a long dry
spell as he won the 40-lap SK Modified feature, his first feature
victory since the 2006 Spring Sizzler. Kerry Malone held the early
lead, but retired on lap-7 after contact with Bo Gunning. Malone's
misfortune put Keith Rocco out front and Rocco held the lead until
lap-31 when Christopher dove under Rocco in turn 3 to take over the
lead. One lap later, Rocco and Brad Hietala made contact and spun in
turn 3 to bring out the caution. On the restart, Christopher powered
to the lead and ran unchallenged to the checkered flag to take the
victory. Woody Pitkat, who spun twice during the race, came back up
through the field to finish second with Bo Gunning, Zach Sylvester,
and Todd Owen rounding out the top-5.
The fastest open wheel cars in the Northeast returned to Stafford
Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 10th as the IMSA Supermodifieds made
their fourth annual appearance at the Connecticut half-mile. Joining
the ISMA Supers were the NEMA Midgets and the Pro-4 Modifieds,
making for an exciting evening of open wheel competition. Rob
Summers scored his first career ISMA Supermodified feature victory
by winning the 50-lap feature, Erica Santos was the winner of the
25-lap NEMA Midget feature, and Jeff Zuidema was the winner of the
20-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl Jeff Pearl eased by Diego Monahan for the lead in turn
three on lap 29 of the 100 lap SK Modified feature. He survived
three restarts, the last with 19 laps remaining and finished a car
length in front of Dennis Gada. Gada, involved in a first-lap crash
that required considerable pit work, took second from Rob Janovic
Jr. on the final restart.
In other action at the shoreline oval Dennis Botticello assumed
command on lap 24 and went on to win the 100-lap Late Model feature.
Botticello handled a number of restarts including three over the
final 10 laps. In his first-ever Speedbowl ride, Tom O'Sullivan set
a track record in qualifying (a 17.370 second lap) and then romped
to victory in the 50-lap Sportsman feature. Point leader Ken Cassidy
Jr. won the 50-lap Mini Stock feature after battling Danny Field
side-by-side over the final six laps in the closest race of the
night. O’Sullivan, winner of the 50-lap Sportsman event was
disqualified. According to the release from the track the Camaro run
by O'Sullivan and owned by Scott Fearn was found to be: “in
violation of left-side weight requirements in post-race inspection.”
Bill Gertsch Jr., who finished second, was declared the winner Jamie
McMurray ended a massive losing streak in dramatic fashion, beating
Kyle Busch by a bumper in the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night in Daytona
Beach, Fla. McMurray snapped a 166-race winless streak by drag
racing with Busch for much of the final two laps at Daytona
International Speedway. The cars appeared to touch several times on
their final trip around the famed track, and McMurray nosed across
the finish line a mere 0.005 of a second ahead of Busch. It denied
Busch a shot at a rare double victory - he won the rain-rescheduled
Busch Series race 12 hours earlier.
In some sad news a twin-engine NASCAR plane crashed and destroyed
two homes, killing five people. The tragedy began in Daytona Beach
where Dr. Bruce Kennedy, husband of International Speedway Corp.
executive Lesa France Kennedy, and Michael Klemm, a pilot who had
worked for NASCAR aviation for 21 years, took off for Lakeland at
8:21 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Shortly
after, the pair reported smoke in the cockpit to air traffic
controllers and said they would try to land at Orlando Sanford
International Airport. They never made it.
Last year, 2011, The Whelen
Modified Tour made its second visit of the season to the Thompson
Speedway. Despite the fact that there were only 27 Modifieds on
hand, 20 of them were potential winners. In New Jersey they refer to
Jimmy Blewett as "Show Time". In New England that moniker belongs to
Ted Christopher. Christopher put on a display of hard charging -
belly to the ground racing as he scored a convincing win in the
Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 at the high banked, northeastern
Connecticut oval. After setting fast time for the pole position
Christopher was sent to the rear of the field at the start of the
race after missing the driver’s meeting, and then had to come
through the field again after getting involved in a spin on Lap 66,
but it didn’t stop the Plainville, Conn., driver from picking up his
fourth-consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson.
Christopher pitted for a second time on Lap 121 and knifed through
the field after restarting outside the top 10. He made the decisive
pass of Ron Silk on Lap 142 and survived a four-lap sprint to the
finish after the final caution flag was given to the field on Lap
The victory was the 40th in Christopher’s Whelen Modified Tour
career and 13th at Thompson. He has won seven of the last nine races
at the .625-mile oval. Silk held on for second and point leader
Rowan Pennink enjoyed another consistent run with a third-place
finish. Bobby Santos and Eric Berndt completed the top five. Todd
Szegedy, Doug Coby, Eric Beers, James Civali and Eric Goodale
rounded out the top 10.
Rowan Pennink inherited the pole position for the start and after
taking the lead at the initial start led the opening 56 laps before
giving way to Doug Coby. Bryon Chew became the first casualty when
his engine expired on lap 29. Matt Hirschman was having a less than
impressive run in the early going as he became a lapped car on lap
50. Hirschman rebounded to finish 12th after a pit stop for
adjustments and receiving the Lucky Dog award which put him back on
the lead lap. The first caution of the night flew for Mike Stefanik
who stopped on the racing surface after his engine sputtered and
quit. It was later determined that the fuel pump on his engine had
malfunctioned and quit. Stefanik ended up 26th. Under caution,
Pennink pitted along with Bobby Santos, Todd Szegedy and Ron Silk.
Coby, who chose not to pit, inherited the lead with Justin
Bonsignore hot on his tail. Shortly after the green came out on lap
62, Santos came alive as
he moved into the second spot.
The second caution flew on lap 66 when three cars including that of
Christopher made contact in turn three. Coby led the restart on lap
71. Pennink, who had made his way to fourth, moved into the second
spot on lap 72 as Santos began to fade. Shortly after completing lap
75 Pennink shot by Coby as they entered turn three. Bonsignore, who
had been running in the top five, dropped out on lap 83 when his
battery shorted out and killed his engine. Bonsignore ended up 24th
in the final run-down. The third caution flew on lap 118 for Wade
Cole who spun in turn two. Meanwhile, a determined Christopher had
worked his way back into the top ten. Shortly after the field
restarted on lap 124 Ronnie Silk took the lead in turn two.
Christopher had now broken into the top five. On lap 133 Christopher
passed Santos for third only to see the field slow again for a spin
by Richie Pallai. One lap after the lap 139 restart Christopher shot
from third to second and after completing lap 141 took the lead from
Silk in turn four. A minor spin on lap 142 and a restart on lap146
did not hinder Christopher's efforts as he sprinted home the winner.
It was simply a fantastic race, especially the last half. The
checkered flag dropped at 10:02pm.
In regular weekly action at Thompson, Keith Rocco waged a heated
battle with Ryan Preece to score a victory in the Sunoco Modifieds.
Mike O’Sullivan was victorious in the Super Model division. His
triumph was matched by his brother Tommy O’Sullivan who scored his
second straight Late Model feature win. Chris Douton earned the
victory in a rough-and-tumble Limited Sportsman feature. Glenn Boss
wired the field to score his first TIS Modified feature win of the
season. Danny Field continues to make history at Thompson
International Speedway with his sixth consecutive victory in the
The Sunoco Modified field which drew a season high 14 cars saw Rocco
take down a hotly contested event to score his third win of the
season at Thompson.
The Stafford Motor Speedway started the week off on Tuesday night
with the 8th annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program. Chris Perley
won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, Russ Stoehr won the
30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, and Norm Wrenn made it four wins
in a row at Stafford by taking the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature
event. In the CARQUEST Champions For Charities event, Keith Rocco
took the checkered flag but the real winner was charity as the 14
champion drivers raised over $40,000 for their selected charities.
In the Supermodified feature, Perley made the pass for the lead on
lap-43 and he led the remaining 7 laps as early leader Ted
Christopher began to fall back from Perley. Johnny Benson came home
in third behind Perley and Christopher, with Timmy Jedrzejek, and
Russ Wood making up the top-5.
In regular Friday night action at Stafford Keith Rocco carried his
winning ways over. Rocco was the big winner of the night as he
doubled up by winning both the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event and
the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano took his third feature
win of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Cory
Casagrande was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature,
and Cory's brother Kyle Casagrande nailed down his third win of the
season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In action at the Waterford Speedbowl, the shoreline oval presented
the Speedbowl.com 300 mid-season championship event Saturday
evening. In all, six divisions were on hand with five competing in
extra-distance length races. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series victories were Keith Rocco, who claimed his second
consecutive and sixth overall win in the SK Modified® division on
the year. Ray Parent Jr. won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model
feature, Ed Puleo took the Street Stocks and Ken Cassidy Jr. was the
winner in the Mini Stock feature. Dana Dimatteo was the benefactor
of a last-lap tangle in the Legends Cars race, vaulting him to the
checkered flag. Twelve-year old Ken Morin Jr. rounded out the
winners on the night, taking down the Bandolero feature win.
For Rocco, the 100 lap win capped off a perfect weekend as his stats
showed three for three in open wheel Modified competition. The
defending NASCAR National Champion had also won the Late Model event
at Stafford on Friday night.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series was at the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH for a 100 lapper on Saturday night. Jon McKennedy
scored his first ever win at the fast quarter mile oval. McKennedy,
who started seventh broke the strangle hold that Kirk Alexander had
previously held as he won the previous four races at the place they
call "Mad Dog". McKennedy took the lead from Alexander on lap 65 and
never looked back. Alexander finished second and was followed by Les
Hinckley, Rowan Pennink and Rob Goodenough. Sixth through tenth were
Dwight Jarvis, Mike Holdridge, Jim Boniface, Chris Pasteryak and Max
The race, slowed by three caution flags, was completed in 40
minutes. There were 23 race teams entered in the event, 17 cars were
running at the conclusion, 14 on the lead lap.
In the Southland at the Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC, L.W.
Miller capped off a dominating run Friday night with a furious
finish to claim the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Firecracker 150
presented by Budweiser. Miller held off George Brunnhoelzl III on
two green-white-checkered finish attempts before claiming his first
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified win since August 10, 2010. Andy
Seuss finished third. John Smith and Burt Myers were fourth and
The Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC was silent and will
resume racing this week.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Shawn Solomito was the
Joey Logano picked up his first win of the season Friday night with
a last-lap push from teammate Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide
Series race at Daytona International Speedway. It comes on the heels
of him winning the pole at Sonoma then finishing a career-high sixth
on the road course.
In Sprint Cup action at Daytona, Matt Kenseth pushed David Ragan for
the final two laps as Ragan cruised to his first career Sprint Cup
win in 163 starts.
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