Sixty years ago in
1953, rain cancelled Wednesday night racing at the
New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The Modifieds had Saturday night
off. Bud Matter won a special event for the non-Fords.
Fifty five years ago in 1958
Ray Moran won a Thursday night Fourth of July Special Modified
event at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Dick Beauregard was
the non-Ford winner. Red Foote was the Saturday night Modified
winner at the Connecticut shoreline oval. Charlie Webster was
the 25 lap non-Ford winner and Ed Moody was the Bomber winner.
Fifty years ago in 1963,
Area Auto Racing News reported that Dennis Zimmerman led the
charge of the Eastern Bandits at Old Bridge, NJ where he won the
Sunday night Modified feature over Frank Myroncuk and Joe Kelly.
Eddie Flemke finished seventh in a borrowed car. Al DeAngelo was
the Modified winner at the Islip Speedway on Long Island. On the
Connecticut shoreline at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl a
special Fourth of July racing program was run on Wednesday night
which was highlighted by twin 25-lap Modified features which
were run with Joe McNulty and Don Collins taking the wins. Jerry
Dostie, recently transplanted from the Maine woods, won the 15
lap Bomber feature. On Saturday night at the Speedbowl Hank
Stevens took the Modified feature while Walt Dombrowski took the
Bomber main. Local favorite George Janoski was the Modified
winner on the dirt at the Stafford Springs Speedway.
Forty five years ago in 1968,
modified action started on Thursday night at Catamount Stadium
where Bugsy Stevens took the win. Stevens carried his winning
ways over to Stafford on Friday night where he beat out Fred
Harbach for the win. Smokey Boutwell, Fred DeSarro and Frank
Faria rounded out the top five. At the Albany-Saratoga Speedway,
Lou Lazzaro out dueled Phil Spiak for the win. Jerry Cook
finished third with Ken Canestrari and Pete Corey rounding out
the top five. Lazzaro made it two for two on the weekend as he
also won at Fonda on Saturday night over Cook and Dave Lape.
Roland LaPierre Sr. was the Saturday night winner at Norwood
Arena. and Lee Osborne was the winner at the Fulton Raceway. At
the Waterford Speedbowl Dick Caso won a Wednesday night Fourth
of July Special Modified event. Newt Palm was the winner of the
Modified event held on Saturday at the Bowl. Bill Sweet won Late
Model Daredevil events on both nights. Bugsy Stevens won twin
25’s at Thompson on Sunday and at Utica-Rome, Dick Fowler took
the win over Robbie Kotary, Sonny Seamon, Dick Clark and Bernie
Forty years ago in 1973,
Fred DeSarro started the weekend off with a win at Malta on
Friday night. Denis Giroux finished second with Jerry Cook,
Richie Evans and Ronnie Bouchard, following. Bouchard was not to
be denied on Saturday at Stafford as he took the hotly contested
35 lap main. A second 35 lapper was run but Bouchard had to
settle for third behind Eddie Flemke and Bugsy Stevens. Charlie
Jarzombek won at Islip and at Tioga; Geoff Bodine took the win
over Evans and Dick Fowler. Dick Watson, a legend at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl, won the Tuesday night Fourth of July
Modified Special at the Waterford Speedbowl. George Allum won a
held over Modified event from the previous week. Ron Cote and
Dick LaFlesh were the Late Model Daredevil winners. Rounding out
the weekend was a 100 lapper at Utica-Rome, which was won by
Evans over Stevens, Lou Lazzaro, Jerry Cook and Fred DeSarro.
Thirty five years ago in 1978,
the Yankee All-Star League visited the Star Speedway in Epping,
N.H. on Wednesday. Geoff Bodine continued his domination as he
took the win. Bugsy Stevens finished second with George Savory,
third. Plainville ran an open show on Thursday, which saw Brett
Bodine take the win over Eddie Flemke, Ron Bouchard, Ron Wyckoff
and Ronnie Rocco. Stafford fell to rain on Friday. Riverhead
went to Charlie Jarzombek and Maynard Troyer got his eighth at
Spencer. Rain washed out Waterford and Seekonk on Saturday.
Islip ran a 150 lapper that saw Richie Evans take the win over
Jerry Cook and Don Howe. Mike Stefanik won the main at Riverside
and Troyer continued his winning ways as he won at Lancaster.
Leo Cleary won at Thompson on Sunday and at Monadnock, Geoff
Bodine beat out Jack Bateman.
Thirty years ago in 1983,
Kenny Bouchard, in the Ted Marsh no.55 took the modified win at
Stafford. George Summers finished second with Bugsy Stevens,
third. Bo Gunning was the SK modified winner. At the Spencer
Speedway, Mike McLaughlin beat out Richie Evans and George Kent.
At New Egypt it was John Blewett Jr. over Tony Siscone. At
Riverhead, Dan Jivenelli won the Thompson 300 qualifier.
Saturday night at Waterford, he modified field was 38 cars
strong. Mark LaJunesse took the win with Bob Potter and Jerry
Pearl in tow. At Riverside, Brett Bodine took top honors. Other
weekend winners were John Blewett JR at Islip, Eddie StAngelo at
Seekonk and Tom Bolles at Thompson.
Twenty five years ago in 1988,
the Modified tour was at Riverhead on Wednesday for a 151
lapper. Mike Ewanitsko took charge and won the event. Reggie
Ruggiero finished second with John Blewett JR, third. Ted
Christopher won at Stafford on Friday and at Monadnock, Reggie
Ruggiero took the checker. Lee ran a modified event, also on
Friday, which was won by Tom Bolles. On Saturday at Waterford,
Ed Flemke JR was the winner and at Riverhead, Dan Jivenelli took
the win. Dick McCabe won the Oxford 250 and on Sunday, the mods
went to Jennerstown where Bolles beat George Kent for the win.
Twenty years ago in 1993,
Ted Christopher was the Friday night winner at Stafford. Bob
Potter finished second with Tom Tagg, third. The Modified Tour
was at Loudon on Saturday for a 40-lap event, which saw 10 lead
changes. Reggie Ruggiero was the eventual winner with Doug
Hevron, Rick Fuller and Ed Flemke JR following. The Busch North
cars were also on hand with Mike McLaughlin winning out over
Kelly Moore. At Waterford it was Mark LaJunesse over Jerry
Pearl. Other weekend winners were Richie Gallup at Riverside and
Bob Park at Riverhead. In Winston Cup action at Loudon, Rusty
Wallace started 33rd and took the win. One day later, on July
12, Davey Allison and Red Farmer were flying into the Talledega
Speedway when Allison’s helicopter crashed. Farmer survived but
Allison died one day later.
Fifteen years ago in 1998,
Stafford and Waterford rescheduled their race nights to
accommodate those going to Loudon for the Winston Cup weekend.
Stafford had planned on running on Tuesday but their event
rained out. Waterford ran on Friday night and it was Dennis Gada
taking the modified win over Jeff Pearl and Mark LaJunesse. The
Modified Tour Series and Busch Grandnational North Series ran at
Loudon on Saturday afternoon. Mike Stefanik scored his seventh
mod tour win of the season in an event that saw 25 lead changes
among seven drivers in 100 laps. Jan Leaty finished second and
was followed by Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Ewanitsko and Ed Kennedy.
Kelly Moore was the BGNN winner and was followed by Dale Shaw,
Brad Leighton and Tom Bolles. George Brunnhoelzl ended a long
dry spell as he won at Riverhead on Saturday night. Jeff Burton
won the Loudon Winston Cup event after leading 191 of the
scheduled 300 laps
Ten tears ago in 2003,
winner. In Saturday night Thunder action at Thompson, Todd
Ceravolo ended a long dry spell as he took the win in the Sunoco
Modified-SK Type modified feature that was run in conjunction
with the visit of the Busch North Series. Ceravolo, driving a
car owned by his dad, “Dickie Doo” Ceravolo, started on the pole
and never looked back as he took the win in the 30 lap contest.
Bo Gunning, who recovered from an early caution, came from the
back of the pack to finish a close second. Matty Adante finished
third and was followed by Eric Berndt and Jeff Malave. Tom Carey
was the Busch North Series winner. Series point leader Andy
Santerre finished second.
The Featherlite NASCAR Modified Tour Series went to Maine that
weekend to the Beech Ridge Speedway on Saturday night. Todd
Szegedy led from start to finish to record his second victory of
the year in the series. Tony Hirschman and Chuck Hossfeld staged
a serious battle to take the top spot but Szegedy kept his cool
and never faltered. Ricky Fuller finished fourth with John
Blewett III rounding out the top five. Thirty-two modifieds were
on hand for the 150-lap event that carried a purse of $67,475.
Not making the starting grid were Carl Pasteryak and Jake Marosz.
Twelve cars finished on the lead lap. Ted Christopher, Chris
Kopec, Jim Broderick, Kenny Barry and Bob Polverari. rounded out
the top ten. There were five caution periods for 36 laps.
It wasn’t dull by any means as Rain played havoc at the Stafford
Speedway last Friday night forcing officials to red flag the SK
150 lapper at the lap 18 mark. The event would resume on August
1. Mike Quintiliano was the late model winner.
At the Waterford Speedbowl last Saturday night in a race against
time, Jeff Pearl went pole to pole to take the win. It was the
Speedbowl’s intention to get their program in the books in order
for fans to be able to view the fireworks in New London or head
up to Thompson for the Busch North Series event. Eddie Reed Jr.
finished second with Dennis Charette, third. The event had to be
red flagged after Jay Miller took a hard shot into the second
turn. Miller was taken to the Backus Hospital for observation.
NEAR Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Miller stated that his son
suffered a fracture of the C2 vertebrae plus a swollen hand
Miller will be out of action the rest of the year. Zach
Sylvester will fill his seat at Waterford for the remainder of
the year. John Brouwer Jr. and Chris Pasteryak rounded out the
Five years ago in 2008, the
True Value Modifieds made their second visit to the Monadnock
Speedway in Winchester, NH. Kirk Alexander managed to
successfully maneuver through lapped traffic in the last 10 laps
of the 100 lap event and Dwight Jarvis’ #28 began to fade.
Alexander would take the win, his 30th in the True Value
Modified Racing Series. Dwight Jarvis held on to second while
Jack Bateman finished third. Jon McKennedy and Rob Goodenough
rounded out the top five. Pre-race favorites Ted Christopher,
17th, Les Hinkley, 18th, and Dave Pinkham, DNS, failed to
The Thompson Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder program avoided
the rain gods and welcomed an almost full crowd to the double
feature program for the Sunoco Modifieds. Jimmy Blewett scored
back to back Sunoco Modified victories while Randy Cabral
enjoyed an emotional NEMA Midgets victory for one of his fallen
comrades. In a touching tribute, Cabral left his car in turn
three where his fallen friend, Shane Hammond, lost his life in
April. Derek Ramstrom continued his domination of the Pro Stock
ranks with his third-straight feature win, Leo Oliveira
celebrated with a victory in the biggest event of the season for
the TIS Modifieds along with Limited Sportsman competitor Ernie
LaRose and Mini Stocker Tim Taylor of each visited victory lane.
The Stafford Motor Speedway celebrated the fourth of July
holiday with a multimedia fireworks display set to music. The
fireworks on the track were provided by Frank Ruocco, who won
the SK Modified feature, Ryan Posocco, who won his 30th Late
Model feature, Chris Matthews, who won the SK Light Modified
feature, Charlie Newman, who won the Limited Late Model feature,
and Dan Flannery, who won the DARE Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified feature event, Frank Ruocco drove to
his first feature win of the 2008 season by out dueling Keith
Rocco over the final laps. Doug Coby took the early race lead
and held the top spot from the green flag to lap-22, when Ruocco
overtook him on a restart. Rocco moved by Coby for second place
on lap-27 and brought Ted Christopher with him past Coby.
Christopher and Rocco would swap the second position several
times over the final laps through several restart situations,
with Rocco taking the spot on the final green white checker
restart. Rocco stayed glued to the back bumper of Ruocco, but
couldn't make a pass for the win. Rounding out the top-5 behind
Ruocco and Rocco was Tom Bolles, Christopher, and Jimmy Blewett.
At the Waterford Speedbowl it was the annual Pepsi 300. A major
water main break closed a good portion of the lower section of
Route 85 but it didn’t hold back the competitors or fans.
Jeffrey Paul took advantage of Doug Coby’s misfortune as he
scored the biggest win of his young career as he won the 100 lap
SK Modified portion of the Pepsi 300. With less than 10 laps to
go, Coby missed a shift on a restart and all but handed the win
to Paul. Coby had passed Keith Rocco for the lead just beyond
the halfway-point and looked to be on cruise control, headed for
victory. Pole-sitter Tyler Chadwick led the early going of the
100-lap SK feature before he was passed by Keith Rocco. For
several laps the leader was pressed by Coby, Dennis Gada, and
Paul. On lap ninety-three, Frank Ruocco and Rocco made contact,
the latter slamming into the back-stretch wall, with Ruocco sent
to the back for rough-riding. The resultant restart saw Paul
bolt into the lead, passing Coby. Coby held-on for the runner-up
spot followed by Rob Janovic Jr., Ron Yuhas Jr., and defending
champion and current point-leader Dennis Gada. It was the first
win of 2008 for Paul.
Other feature winners were Bruce Thomas Jr. (Late Model), Al
Stone III (Sportsman), and Danny Field (Mini Stocks).
In the 100-lap Late Model feature it was defending champion
Bruce Thomas Jr. scoring victory in round-two of the Triple
Crown series. Starting in the second-row and passing Ron Yuhas
Jr. for the lead on lap forty-two, Thomas motored to a
dominating twenty-seventh career triumph over Tim Jordan, Yuhas,
Vin Esposito, and Diego Monahan.
Al Stone III kept his Triple Crown expectations alive with a
victory in the 50-lap Sportsman feature and scoring the 50-lap
Mini Stock main event by an ever-so-slight margin was Danny
Denny Hamlin held off teammate Kyle Busch to win Friday night at
Daytona International Speedway and extend Joe Gibbs Racing's
dominance in the Nationwide Series. Hamlin had a comfortable
lead over Busch as they headed toward the last lap, but rookie
Colin Braun spun out to bring just the third caution of the
race. NASCAR reset the laps to create a two-lap sprint to the
finish. Hamlin got a great jump on the restart and Busch
couldn't challenge him as Hamlin drove to his third Nationwide
Series win of the year. Busch bested Carl Edwards in a race that
ended under caution with Busch earning his Sprint Cup-best sixth
victory of the season. Busch and Edwards were racing side by
side with a little over a lap remaining when a multicar accident
brought out the caution behind them. The field was frozen, and
while Edwards was pretty sure Busch was a nose ahead, no one was
100 percent certain. Edwards finished second and was
disappointed not to have one last lap.
Last year, 2012, In Valenti
Modified Racing Series action at the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH Todd Szegedy passed race leader Chris Pasteryak
on lap 92, and went to win the 8th annual ‘Firecracker 100’.
Szegedy became the series fifth different winner of 2012.
Szegedy hooked up in a side-by-side, crowd-pleasing battle, with
Les Hinckley for several laps, before grabbing the runner-up
spot. Pasteryak led the race from lap 49 when he slipped up
allowing Szegedy to take the lead. Hometown favorite Dwight
Jarvis made a late race charge to finish second. Todd Patnode
finished third. Hinckley and Pasteryak rounded out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were: Rowan Pennink, Jon McKennedy, Norm
Wrenn, Mike Holdridge, and Joey Jarvis.
The race, slowed by five caution flags, was completed in 44
minutes. Fourteen of the 24 cars that started the event finished
on the lead lap. Thirty cars were on hand.
Thursday night Thunder at Thompson saw another night of
controversy. The Speedway featured Twin 30 lap features for the
Sunoco Modifieds. Woody Pitkat made it two in a row in Sunoco
Modified action in the night’s Modified the opener. In the
second of the twins, Ryan Preece was declared the winner of a
controversial feature event that saw Pitkat cross the checkers
first. In a more conventional finish, it was Tommy O’Sullivan
scoring the victory in the Late Models. Troy Talman wired the
field to secure the victory in Sunoco Lite Modified. Scott
Sundeen continued his domination of the Limited Sportsman
division with a win. John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. made it five
consecutive wins in the TIS Modified division. Dave Trudeau
earned top honors in the Mini Stocks. Bill Cummins earned top
honors in the Vintage Outlaw Modifieds.
On lap 29 of the first Sunoco Modified feature Keith Rocco made
his move on Pitkat to take over the lead. Pitkat dove low
exiting the fourth turn. Pitkat and Rocco made contact. Pitkat
was able to gain the advantage and edged out Rocco for the
victory. Ted Christopher came home third. Ryan Preece and Kerry
Malone rounded out the top five. The second Sunoco Modified
feature was somewhat ho-hum until the final moments. With two
laps to go Rocco made a move outside of Christopher. He could
not make the pass for the lead. Pitkat got along side Rocco
momentarily but Rocco fought back. A spin by Kerry Malone
brought out the caution flag setting the stage for an exciting
restart. Christopher picked the outside groove on the restart.
Rocco got the jump on the restart only to have his car falter in
turn one. Christopher was able to take the lead. With the white
flag flying, Pitkat muscled by Christopher in turn two to steal
the lead away. Preece got by Christopher to take over the second
position. Pitkat streaked under the checkers first followed by
Preece and Christopher. A dissatisfied Christopher made contact
with Pitkat on the cool down lap and was disqualified. When all
was said and done Preece found himself in the winner's circle.
Pitkat was placed in second. Dennis Perry, Richie Gallup, and
Kerry Malone completed the top five.
It's a fore gone conclusion that at some point the Thompson
management will say they have had enough and will pull the plug
on the Sunoco Modifieds. The animals have taken over the running
of the zoo and the only way to retake control is to shoot them!
Keith Rocco made it two in a row in SK Modified competition at
the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Stafford's SK Light
Modifieds took center stage with their Xtra Mart Xtra D 25-lap
feature event. Zach Aszklar was the big winner of the night,
picking up his first career victory, Mike Quintiliano picked up
his first Late Model feature victory since the 2005 season, Josh
Wood picked up his sixth feature win of the season in the 20-lap
Ltd. Late Model feature, and James Carroll picked up his first
career feature victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Competitors at the Waterford Speedbowl were given a night off.
In NASCAR Southern Modified action at the Caraway Speedway in
North Carolina George Brunnhoelzl III won the Firecracker 150 on
Friday night. Brunnhoelzl dominated the day by being the fastest
in practice and winning his third pole position of the season
before leading the race wire-to-wire. With the victory,
Brunnhoelzl, out of West Babylon, N.Y., takes over sole
possession of the Southern Modified Tour’s all-time wins list at
14 after coming into the event in a tie with L.W. Miller.
Brandon Ward finished as the runner-up and crossed the line .343
seconds behind the winner. Danny Bohn, who started the race from
the ninth position, charged to the front and finished third.
Brian Loftin, who won at Caraway earlier in the season, finished
fourth and Jason Myers finished fifth.
Rookie Jon McKennedy, John Smith, Michael Speeney, Tim Brown and
Joe Scarborough rounded out the top 10. The race was slowed due
to caution six times for 27 laps.
In NASCAR Modified action at the Riverhead Raceway on Long
Island Justin Bonsignore started on pole and never looked back
as he won the Cromarty Cup 50 for the Modifieds. Shawn Solomito
finished second with Ryan Preece, third. Rounding out the top
five were Timmy Solomito and Ron Silk. Ted Christopher finished
In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at Daytona, Tony Stewart emerged the
winner, charging past Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the
last lap and holding on as the challengers stacked up behind him
Saturday night in one of Daytona's trademark wrecks.
Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger said that he tested
positive for a stimulant and was collecting his medicines and
supplements in an attempt to figure out what got him in trouble.
A statement issued by Allmendinger's business manager did not
identify the stimulant and said the driver does not know what
caused him to fail the random test conducted June 29. He was
suspended just hours before the Daytona event and NASCAR has not
revealed the substance, either.
Kurt Busch took the lead on the final lap and held on to win the
Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway for his
second Nationwide win of the year.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly,
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