Sixty years ago in 1952 Wes
Kingsley was the 25 lap Sportsman winner at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Everett Harris was the Claiming Car winner.
Fifty five years ago in 1957,
Red Bolduc, who normally raced at the Norwood Arena, ventured to
Connecticut where he won the 25 lap Sportsman feature at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Dick Beauregard was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962, Bill
Slater made it two in a row on the dirt at the Stafford Springs
Speedway. At Waterford, George Pendergast was the 25 lap Modified
feature winner. Lou Caso was the Bomber winner.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Bugsy Stevens was the Friday night winner at Stafford over Gene
Bergin, Bobby Santos, Pete Hamilton and Leo Cleary. It was Stevens’
first win at Stafford. Double features were on tap at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Rene Charland took the opener and was
followed by Bill Wimble, Eddie Flemke, Lou Lazzaro and Guy Chartrand.
Kenny Shoemaker won the nightcap over Richie Evans, Wimble, Lazzaro
and Flemke. Hamilton, who had taken over the Worcester Sand and
Gravel No.69 that had formerly been driven by Mario "Fats" Caruso
took the Saturday night win at Norwood Arena. At Fonda, it was Rene
Charland over Lou Lazzaro and Jack Farquar. Newt Palm made it two in
a row at Waterford. At the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night
George Pendergast beat out Richie Evans, Pete Corey, Billy Harman
and Rene Charland for the win.
Forty years ago in 1972, rain
put a damper on the racing in New York State as Malta, Fonda and
Utica-Rome pulled the plug because of the wet stuff. Bugsy Stevens
was the Saturday night winner at Stafford over Eddie Flemke, Leo
Cleary and Ronnie Bouchard. At Islip, Japanese driver George Tet was
the winner at the tight 1/5 mile oval. Cliff Tyler finished second
with Charlie Jarzombek, third. Waterford's features were washed out
after qualifying was completed.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
still going strong was Bugsy Stevens, now in the Koszela 15, as he
blasted his way thru the field at Stafford to record a popular win
over Geoff Bodine, Ray Miller and Brett Bodine. The rain stayed
north and washed out Friday night action at Monadnock. Saturday
night at Seekonk, Leo Cleary in the Tom Dunn T-5 Pinto Wagon showed
the quick way around the 1/4 mile oval as he took the win over Jim
Wilkins, John Rosati and George Murray. Waterford and Westboro were
victims of rain but at Riverside it stayed dry long enough for Bob
Polverari to record a win over Reggie Ruggiero. All racing for the
weekend on Long Island was also wet. At Thompson on Sunday, Fred
DeSarro made it four in a row. Geoff Bodine settled for second and
was followed by Leo Cleary, Ronnie Bouchard and Ray Miller.
Thirty years ago in 1982, Richie
Evans scored his 11th of the season with a 150 lap win at New Egypt
on Wednesday night. Tony Siscone finished second with Jerry Cook,
third. New Egypt ran again on Friday night with Siscone turning the
tables with a win over Evans and John Blewett Jr. Greg Sacks,
enjoying his best season ever, recorded his 12th win of the season
at Stafford on Friday night. Bugsy Stevens finished second with
George Summers, third. Tom Bolles was the SK Modified winner. Dan
DeRosier beat out Reggie Ruggiero and Bob Polverari at Riverside and
at Thompson, Richie Evans and Reggie Ruggiero each scored victories.
Rain washed out Waterford and Islip. In Winston Cup action at
Michigan, Cale Yarborough took the win.
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
Rick Fuller was the Friday night SK Modified winner at Stafford.
Richie Gallup finished second with Jerry Pearl, third. Ricky Shawn
was the Late Model winner. Dickie Doo Ceravolo made it two in a row
at Waterford on Saturday night as he beat out Moose Hewitt and Jerry
Pearl for the win. At Riverside, Dan Avery took the win over Bob
Polverari and Reggie Ruggiero and at Riverhead, Wayne Anderson went
pole to pole to take the win over Tom McCann. Out in South Central
New York at Shangri-La, Tony Hirschman took the win and in Winston
Cup action at Riverside, Tim Richmond took the win.
Twenty years ago in 1992, rain
drenched the northeast, washing out Stafford's Busch North Series
event on Friday night and Waterford on Saturday night. The NASCAR
Featherlite Modified Tour Series Modifieds were at Flemington for a
200 lapper which was won by local favorite Doug Hoffman. Jan Leaty
finished second with Ed Flemke Jr, Tim Arre and Jeff Fuller rounding
out the top five. Mike Ewanitsko ruled the roost at Riverhead and at
Riverside, Bruce D'Assandro beat out John Zavisa and Ed Kennedy for
Fifteen years ago in 1997, Steve
Chowanski started his weekend right with a win at Stafford on Friday
night. Bo Gunning finished second with Jim Broderick, third. At
Waterford on Saturday night, Todd Ceravolo got his fourth win of the
season after Jim Broderick was disqualified with an illegal
transmission. Don Fowler ended up second with Dennis Gada, third.
Mike Stefanik recorded his sixth modified win of the season as he
won the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Touring Series 201 lap event at
Riverhead. After taking the lead on lap 66, Stefanik survived nine
cautions for 42 laps on his way to victory. His average speed was
46.708 mph. Mike Ewanitsko finished second and was followed by Ted
Christopher, Tim Connelly and Rick Fuller.Ted Riggott got his fourth
win at Riverside and in Busch North Series action at Thompson on
Sunday, Jerry Marquis took the win over Martin Truex, Tom Bolles,
Rick Fuller and Mike Stefanik. Marquis started sixth and was running
third on lap 31 of the 150 lap event when Kelly Moore dumped leader
Dale Shaw. Shaw went to the back and Moore pitted for a stop and go.
In Winston Cup action at Fontana in California, Jeff Gordon took the
checker on fumes as he ran out of gas on the cool down lap.
Ten years ago in 2002, Bert
Marvin made it three in a row in Thursday night Thunder action at
Thompson. Marvin started 17th and followed Ted Christopher to the
front. He passed Christopher on lap 7 and leader Stu McCarthy on
lap18 of the 30-lap feature. McCarthy finished second and was
followed by Christopher, Bo Gunning, Tom Bolles and Ron Yuhas Jr.
The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour traveled to Richmond, Virginia
for a 150-lap event. Rookie sensation Todd Szegedy took the win
after passing Mike Stefanik on lap 95. Stefanik finished second with
Nevin George, Jerry Marquis and Chuck Hossfeld rounding out the top
five. Stafford ran a 100 lapper for the SK-Modifieds. Mike
Christopher drove the Mystique Motorsports No.13 for his brother who
was at Richmond. Mikey started dead last and ended up taking the win
over Jim Williams, Tucker Reynolds and John Lobo. Waterford was the
scene of “The Big Wreck” on Saturday night. James Civalli got loose
coming out of turn four on lap nine and ended up collecting 15 of
the 22 starters in a grinding wreck. Among those sustaining
race-ending damage were Dennis Gada, Jeff Pearl, Don Fowler and
David Gada. Tom Fox survived to take the win over Ron Yuhas Jr.,
Dennis Charette and Jay Miller. Chris Young won at Riverhead and
John Blewett III took Wall Township. Andy Santerre won the Busch
North Series 150 at Holland and Greg Biffle won the Busch
Grandnational event at Milwaukee. The Winston Cuppers had the
Five years ago in 2007, The 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour got back into action on Thursday night
at the Thompson Speedway with the Charter Cable, Internet, Telephone
150. There were 38 Modifieds on hand to qualify for the 35 starting
spots. Second-generation driver Richard Savory, driving the Art
Barry No. 21 was the Busch Pole sitter. Second fastest was Don Lia
in the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile. The re-draw for starting spots
saw Ryan Preece picking the pole position with James Civali picking
the outside pole. Lia ended up winning the rain-shortened event
after taking the lead on lap 34. Rain began to fall as the field
completed lap 80 of the 150-lap distance. The field circled the
5/8-mile oval under caution for 20 more laps when the event was
finally called. Among those who were hoping to restart the event was
Ted Christopher who felt that he had something for the leader.
Christopher, who was scheduled to start ninth, started scratch after
suffering a flat tire just prior to the event. Christopher drove a
determined race and was in the process of putting himself into
position to challenge the leader when the skies opened up.
Christopher was forced to settle for the runner-up spot in the final
rundown. Bobby Santos III, driving the Boehler family entry finished
third in his best effort to date. Former champions Tony Hirschman
and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five. Pole sitter Civali and
Eddie Flemke led the early going as they swapped the lead numerous
times in a brilliant exhibition of high speed driving. Civali ended
up 7th and Flemke, 19th.
Woody Pitkat’s debut in the series started with a bang as he hit the
wall in final practice. The Roger Hill crew was able to make repairs
and Pitkat was afforded a starting spot because of an owner’s
provisional. In spite of all his pre-race trouble Pitkat drove to a
solid 10th place finish.
Among those on hand to take in the event and mingle with old friends
were NEAR Hall of Fame driving legends Leo Cleary, Billy Harman,
Ronnie Bouchard and George Summers.
The True Value Modified Series continued to attract competitors from
the Whelen Modified Tour Series including former series champion
Mike Stefanik. The True Value Series ran a 100 lap event at the ¼
mile Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night. Taking the win was local
favorite Vinnie Annarummo. Louie Mechalides started 24th on the
field and finished second. Stefanik got as high as seventh until
spinning out shortly after the halfway mark. Also in the field but
finishing out of the top ten was Ted Christopher.
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway
Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett jumped out at the start of the 30 lap
Sunoco Modified 30 lapper and proceeded to go pole to pole to win
the event. Tom Cravenho finished second with Keith Rocco, third.
Kerry Malone and John Blewett rounded out the top five. In other
Whelen All-American Series competition George Bessette was
victorious in the Pro Stock division while Larry Barnett took top
honors in the Limited Sportsman division. It was a night for repeats
as three of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions featured
back-to-back winners. Marc Jenison won the the Late Models, Mike
Romano, the Mini Stocks and Tim Sullivan, TIS Modifieds.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway, rain prevailed.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl defending SK Modified champion Dennis Gada used the
outside groove to pass early leader Jay Miller with four laps
remaining in capturing his second feature race of the season. The
event marked the 52nd SK Modified victory of the 6-time champions
career. Zach Sylvester, driving a car owned by Dick Ceravolo and
Miller completed the top-three.
Other feature winners were Bruce Thomas Jr. (Late Model), Dwayne
Dorr (Sportsman), Danny Field (Mini Stock), Randy Cabral
(Northeastern Midget Association).
Other weekend winners were Chris Young at Riverhead, after it was
determined that apparent winner Ken Heagy had altered his tires. Ken
Woolley won the Sunoco Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour
race Saturday night at the Wall Township Speedway.
In Nextel Cup racing Juan Pablo Montoya used his well-honed
road-racing skill to save his tires, stretch his fuel to the limit,
and win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infinion Raceway for his
first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory. In Busch Series action at the
Milwaukee Mile Denny Hamlin proved you don't necessarily have to be
around for the green flag to take the checkered flag. And Aric
Almirola sulked away from what will go down in the record books as
his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory. After missing the
start of the race because his helicopter couldn't find a place to
land, Hamlin rallied to take the checkered flag in a wacky AT&T 250
at the Milwaukee Mile. But because Almirola, a substitute driver,
started the race in Hamlin's car, NASCAR officially will credit
Almirola with the victory, points and prize money. In Victory Lane,
Hamlin said it wasn't his decision to kick Almirola out of the car.
According to NASCAR
officials, it was the first time a relief driver had won a race a
Busch series race since Jack Ingram turned his car over to Harry
Gant at Darlington Raceway on April 13, 1985.
Last year, 2011, sometimes
bigger is better but in the case of the Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson
last Thursday night smaller was the way to go. The Sunoco (SK)
Modified field increased to 13 which included Woody Pitkat who took
over the ride vacated by Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco who is
among the walking wounded. Pitkat and Rocco provided some of the
best racing and cleanest competition seen at the northeast oval in
quite a while. Pitkat prevailed in the end. On lap 15 of the 30 lap
Sunoco Modified feature Rocco took the lead from Danny Cates with
Pitkat in tow. From then on, the pair sliced and diced, trading the
lead numerous times. Pitkat took the lead for the final time in turn
two on lap 27. Rocco, who was wearing an arm brace and in obvious
discomfort before the start of the race, settled for the runner-up
spot. Cates crossed the finish line in third spot but was later
disqualified when officials determined that his car had illegal
mufflers. Rick Fuller was elevated to the third finishing position.
Todd Ceravolo and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series made their first of two visits to
Thompson. The 26-car field was a strong one. Mike Stefanik ended a
long absence from victory lane as he led the 75 lap VMRS event from
pole to pole. Stefanik, who had concerns for the condition of his
right rear tire ran just fast enough to keep the field at bay.
Series point leader Rowan Pennink moved into the second spot with 10
laps to go was never a factor as the former Whelen Modified Tour
Series Champion just stepped it up a bit. Pennink finished second
with Chris Pasteryak, third. Steve Masse and Les Hinckley rounded
out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Jon McKennedy, Eric
Goodale, Richard Savary, Rob Goodenough and Mike Holdrige.
In other action at Thompson on Thursday, Danny Field made it five
for five as he continues to dominate the Mini-Stock division. Derek
Ramstrom scored a commanding win in the Super Late Model main event
while Tommy O’Sullivan ran to his first victory of the 2011 season
in the Late Models. Shawn Monahan scored his second-straight Limited
Sportsman feature event victory and R.J. Marcotte wired the field to
score the victory in the TIS Modifieds. The entire race program was
over at 9:55pm.
The Stafford Motor Speedway decided not to suspend Adam Skowyra for
his failure to heed both the black flag and the black flag with
white cross in his heat race. Skowyra is responsible for triggering
a wreck that caused defending National Champion Keith Rocco to
suffer a dislocated shoulder. Skowyra was placed on probation for
two events in which he participates and had been removed from the
handicap system and must start in the rear of the next two events.
He got off easy!
Stafford pulled the plug on Friday night's racing shortly after
lunch due to the fact that heavy rain was eminent in the central
In action at the Waterford Speedbowl double features for the SK
Modifieds were the orders for the day. Glenn Pressel III took down
his first career win in the held over 35-lap SK Modified® race,
while veteran Jeff Pearl picked up his 36th career win in the
regularly scheduled feature. In Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model
action, multi-time division champion Bruce Thomas Jr. returned to
the winner’s circle. Chris Meyer won a highly entertaining and
competitive Street Stock feature, Chris Williams won his second Mini
Stock feature on the year and Joe Cipriano was the SK Light Modified
race winner. Jonathon Avery was the winner in the New England Truck
There were 25 SK Modifieds on hand including Ted Christopher.
Christopher finished fourth in the left over event and 23rd in the
nite cap. Defending National Champion Keith Rocco had a rough night
as he crashed out of the left over event, finishing 17th and
recorded a sixth in the regular scheduled event.
In the Southland at the Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC,
Dean Ward took the win in a 100 lapper. Joseph "Bobo" Brown finished
second. Brian Loftin was third. Burt Myers recovered from an early
spin that dropped him to the rear and finished fourth.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Justin Bonsignore took the
NASCAR Modified win.
At the Michigan Raceway, Carl Edwards passed Ricky Stenhouse with
less than 10 laps remaining to earn his fourth NASCAR Nationwide
victory of the year. Denny Hamlin raced to his first NASCAR Sprint
Cup victory over a year, holding off Matt Kenseth.
NASCAR announced the 2012 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of
Fame. The five-person class, which will be officially inducted in a
ceremony during the weekend of Jan. 20, 2012 at the NASCAR Hall of
Fame in Charlotte, N.C., consists of: Cale Yarborough, Darrell
Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans and Glen Wood.
Members of the 55-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met in a
closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of
2012. Richie Evans, perhaps one of the greatest Modified drivers
ever was voted in to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The announcement was
made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of
Fame’s “Great Hall.”
The undisputed “king” of Modified racing, Evans captured nine NASCAR
Modified titles in a 13-year span, including eight in a row from
1978-85. In the first year of the current NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour format in 1985, Evans won 12 races, including a sweep of all
four events at Thompson, Conn. Evans ranked No. 1 in the 2003 voting
of the NASCAR All-Time Modified Top 10 Drivers, and he was named one
of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
Evans also won Modified track championships at 11 tracks in
Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. He won four
championships at Thompson, two at Stafford Motor Speedway and one at
the Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Mass.
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