Sixty years ago in 1952 Charlie
Brayton was the Wednesday night Sportsman winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Don Collins won a 50 lapper on Saturday
night. Lou Tetreault went two for two in the Claiming Cars as he won
on both nights at the Connecticut shoreline oval.
Fifty five years ago in 1957 Don
Collins was the winner of the 25 lap Sportsman feature at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Dick Beuregard was the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1962, Ron
Narducci made it two in a row on the dirt at the Stafford Springs
Speedway. At the Waterford Speedbowl, Dick Beauregard was the 25 lap
Modified winner. Lou Caso was the Bomber division winner.
Forty five years ago in 1967,
Eddie Flemke made it clear that he liked the new asphalt at Stafford
as he made it two in a row. Fred Harbach finished second with Bobby
Santos, third with Fred DeSarro and Joe Trudeau rounding out the top
five. Rain put a damper on action at the Albany Saratoga Speedway. A
little further west at the Spencer Speedway Jim Shampine took a
Friday night win. At the Norwood Arena on Saturday night, Johnny
Thompson put his Ford Cobra powered mount in victory lane. Keith
Armbrust was the Modified winner at the Waterford Speedbowl. The
NEMA midgets gave Stafford a try on Sunday with Johnny Coy taking
the win over Russ Klar, Jerry Wall and George Konklin. Fulton
Raceway ran on Saturday and Sunday. Dutch Hoag won the Saturday
event with Don Diffendorf winning on Sunday. Flemke made it two in a
row at the Utica – Rome Speedway. Ernie Gahan finished second with
Elton Hill, third. Bernie Miller and Dick Clark rounded out the top
Forty years ago in 1972, ageless
Maynard Forette was the Friday night winner at Malta over Bugsy
Stevens, Denis Giroux and Rene Charland in the Bob Johnson No.17.
Fred DeSarro, who was an early retiree at Malta on Friday night,
took the top spot at Stafford on Saturday night. Eddie Flemke
finished second with Bugsy Stevens, Bob Santos and Denis Giroux
rounding out the top five. Charlie Jarzombek beat out Jim
Hendrickson at Islip and at Fonda it was Harry Peek over Jack
Johnson and Andy Romano. George Allum took the Modified win at
Waterford. Sunday night at Utica-Rome saw Lou Lazzaro take the win
over Richie Evans and at Seekonk in a 100 lap open competition
event, George Summers refused to be intimidated by the NASCAR hot
dogs as he ruled his home territory. Fred DeSarro finished second
with Jon Astle, third.
Thirty five years ago in 1977,
rain washed Stafford out on Friday night. At Riverside Park on
Saturday night Bob Stefanik beat out Reggie Ruggiero and Bob
Polverari for the win. Monadnock ran a 100 lap NASCAR championship
event on Sunday with surprise entry Maynard Troyer taking the win
over Brett Bodine, Bob Polverari, Pete Fiandaca and John Rosati. In
Sunday night small block modified action at Thompson, Fred DeSarro
made it two in a row. Ron Bouchard finished second with Eddie Flemke,
Thirty years ago in 1982, all of
the racing for the whole weekend in New York and New England rained
out. In Winston Cup action at Pocono, Terry Labonte took the pole
but it was Bobby Allison in victory lane. Ronnie Bouchard qualified
12th only to retire after 67 laps when his clutch went.
Twenty five years ago in 1987,
Jerry Pearl took top honors in SK Modified action at Stafford on
Friday night as he beat out Richie Gallup, Bo Gunning and Ted
Christopher. Ron Shepherd was awarded the win after Dave
Reszendes,who crossed the stripe first, was penalized and placed
eighth for rough riding. Reggie Ruggiero won a 100 lapper at
Riverside and at Riverhead it was Wayne Anderson over Fred Harbach.
Bugsy Stevens was the Pro Stock winner at Seekonk. On Sunday, the
Modifieds traveled to Beech Ridge where Jeff Fuller took the win
over Reggie Ruggiero.
Twenty years ago in 1992,
Stafford had an off night. At Riverside on Saturday night, Reggie
Ruggiero took the 50 lap win over Chris Kopec and Dan Avery. Chris
Jones got his first ever SK-Modified win at Waterford. Bert Marvin
finished second with Harry Rice, third. Riverhead hosted a double
header with Tom Baldwin and Bob Park recording wins. The Featherlite
Modified Tour series was at Thompson on Sunday. Jeff Fuller, who had
set fast time, drew the pole and led the first 91 laps of the 150
lap contest. After pitting for tires on lap 91, he powered his way
back to the front and took the lead for good from Tom Baldwin on lap
114.Baldwin hung on to finish second and was followed by Steve Park,
Jan Leaty and Rick Fuller. Mike Christopher was the SK Modified
winner over Bo Gunning, Tom Tagg and Ted Christopher. On a sad note,
it was announced that Bill France Sr, who had founded NASCAR, had
Fifteen years ago in 1997, the
Busch North Series visited Stafford for a 150 lap event. Jerry
Marquis took the win over Tom Bolles and Andy Santarre. In SK
Modified action, Bob Potter recorded his 22nd career win over Steve
Chowanski and Jim Broderick. The Featherlite Modified Tour Series
was at Flemington where Mike Stefanik made it five in a row.
Stefanik took the lead from Tim Connolly on lap 118 of the 150 lap
contest. Eight cautions for 42 laps kept the average speed down to
81.977 mph. Jan Leaty, Connolly, Tom Cravenho and Lee Sherwood
rounded out the top five. Todd Ceravolo recorded his third win of
the season at Waterford. Ceravolo took the lead from Mark LaJunesse
on lap 20 of the 35 lap feature. Lajunesse finished second and was
followed by Dennis Gada, Mike Gada and Jeff Pearl. Bill Park went
pole to pole to beat out John Fortin for the win at Riverhead and at
Riverside, Ted Riggot held of Rob Summers for the win. AJ Foyt and
Arre Lyandike came close to slugging it out as Billy Boat won an IRL
event in Texas and in Winston Cup action at Pocono, Jeff Gordon took
the win over Jeff Burton.
Ten years ago in 2002, Thompson
started the weekend off with their Thursday night Thunder Series.
Bert Marvin won the Sunoco SK Modified feature by twenty car lengths
over Ted Christopher. Bo Gunning finished third with Chuck Docherty,
fourth. Stafford suffered their third rainout of the season on
Friday. A short field of 22 Modifieds was on hand at Waterford on
Saturday night. Tom Fox took the win over Dennis Gada, Eddie Reed Jr
and Rob Janovic. For some strange reason the pit area concession
stand never opened At Riverhead, Joe Hartmann took the win over Dan
Jivenelli and Eddie Brunnhoelzl Jr. Tim Arre was victorious at Wall
Township over Curtis Truex and Chip Graves. Richie Evans Jr. had
been a regular competitor at Wall up until this time but was not
allowed to compete as officials learned that his drivers license had
been revoked by the state of North Carolina because of a DUI charge.
Kenny Tremont got his 100th win at Lebanon Valley. In Winston Cup
action at Michigan it looked like Dave Blaney was headed for his
first win until he was forced to pit for fuel with nine laps to go.
Matt Kenseth inherited the lead and went on to take the win over
Dale Jarrett. Brett Bodine was the Busch Racing Series at Kentucky.
Five years ago in 2007, The 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continued to regroup before returning to
action on Thursday, June 21. Among the biggest news items to come
out of the tour ranks was that Chuck Hossfeld had been released from
his driving duties of the Hillbilly Racing No. 79 owned by Roger and
Sandra Hill of Westfield, NC. Hossfeld had been the teams driver
since the beginning of the 2006 season. Team owner Roger Hill said
that a new driver would be in place in time for the upcoming
Thompson event. Car owner Gary Teto was spearheading an effort to
get NASCAR to revamp their race format for upcoming “Flash Events”
at the Twin State Speedway in New Hampshire and at the Riverhead
Raceway on Long Island. NASCAR came up with the “Flash” format to
make events more affordable for speedways and competitors. The
format was tried at the Whelen Tour event at the Wall Township
Speedway in New Jersey. The result was thousands of dollars worth of
damage to the series’ cars. Teto proposed that NASCAR use Don
Hoenig’s suggestion of running a single consolation to fill out the
fields after the top 20 has qualified by time.
Thursday Night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway continued to be a
top draw of both competitors and fans as 142 cars and a real good
crowd were on hand. Kerry Malone, who has designs on the NASCAR
Weekly Title made a statement with his strong win in the Sunoco
Modified division. Larry Barnett continued to be the benchmark in
the Limited Sportsman division with his win in the 50-lap main
event. In full-fendered action Rick Gentes scored the Late Model
victory while Mike O’Sullivan came home victorious in the Pro Stock
division. Roger Larson, Jr. was tops in the TIS Modifieds while Brad
Caddick scored the Mini Stock victory win. Craftsman Tools sponsored
the night’s activities.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor
Speedway on Friday night. Frank Ruocco won the 40-lap SK Modified
feature, Scott Foster, Jr. 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Gallo,
the 20-lap SK Light feature, Andrew Durand the Limited Late Model
feature, and Norm Sears the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. In the words
of many of those on hand the SK Modified feature was more of a
rolling demolition derby rather than a race. NASCAR’s Busch East
Series made a stop at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday. Former
Busch North series regular Eddie MacDonald made his first NASCAR
Grand National Division, Busch East Series start of the season and
came away with his first victory since 2005. MacDonald led the final
81 laps. His win also earned him a secured starting spot in the
postseason Toyota All-Star Challenge. Defending Busch East champion
Mike Olsen passed Matt Kobyluck with three laps to go take second,
while Marc Davis and Bryon Chew were fourth and fifth respectively.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl the weatherman ruled as heavy rain pounded the shoreline
oval throughout the day.
Carl Edwards raced to his fourth NASCAR Busch Series victory of the
season Saturday night, beating Clint Bowyer in the Federated Auto
Parts 300 for the Nextel Cup driver's third straight win at
Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville, Tenn. Gordon held off Ryan
Newman to win the rain-shortened Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on
Sunday and give Hendrick Motorsports its 10th win in the past 12
Nextel Cup races. The race was red flagged after 106 laps of the
scheduled 200-lap, 500-mile race. With darkness falling, the cars
went back to pit road and never came back after a final attempt to
dry the track.
Last year, 2011 The Whelen
Modified Tour went back on Spring Break for another four weeks
before returning to action with the Monadnock 200 on June 25 at
Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.
Some of the tour regulars were not content to stay idle as they
ventured to the Thompson Speedway Thursday night for a 40 lap open
competition shoot out. Fifteen tour type Modifieds were on hand for
the first of three events planned for 2011. Todd Szegedy, who
started fourth, took the lead for the second and final time at lap
25 and held off a hard charging Ted Christopher at the finish.
Christopher who was debuting a new car that had just been finished
by Troyer Engineering, started on the pole position but on the long
chutes of Thompson the Jack Roush Ford prevailed with its superior
Ryan Preece finished a strong third with Mike Stefanik, fourth.
Steven Reed, who had traveled north from New Jersey, finished a
In the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, National Champion Keith
Rocco drove to victory lane in the Sunoco Modified Feature for his
second win of the season. The victory put Rocco, who is the
divisions first repeat winner this season, in the early season point
lead.Danny Cates finished second with Ted Christopher, third. Preece
and Rick Fuller rounded out the top five. Tough luck fell upon Todd
Ceravolo who had his motor go sour on the parade lap.
Other Thursday night winners at Thompson were Cam McDermott who
scored his second consecutive win in the 20-lap Thompson Modified
feature, Rick Gentes in the Late Models, Shawn Monahan in the
Limited Sportsman while Danny Field made it four for four in Mini
The fields of cars continued to be a somewhat sore spot. Rick Fuller
joined the field of Sunoco Modifieds but the count remained at nine.
There were 10 Thompson Modifieds, fifteen tour type Modifieds, 10
Late Models along with 24 Limited Sportsman and 22 Mini Stocks.
Ted Christopher had been a part of the SK Modified division since
almost day one. He has seen it evolve from a so-called used car
division with home made motors to just about being a full fledged
NASCAR Tour Modified. Originally the division rules dictated cast
iron cylinder heads with stock valve springs. When competitors
started twisting the motors too much the valve springs broke. Rules
makers relented to competitor demands for racing valve springs and
the cost went up from there. Said Christopher, "The biggest mistake
Thompson made was going with motor rules that are different than
those at Stafford and Waterford" He added, "during the years of the
Tri-Track Series many of us ran all three tracks with the same
motors and the same tires, that was affordable racing and all three
tracks had good fields of cars" With the Thompson motor rules the
way they are now there are maybe five or six competitors who can
actually handle the speed. "Its real simple, just watch", he said,
"there is a big difference between the top five or six and the rest
of the field so after a while some just give up and stay home", he
added. "Hopefully the Speedway management will get the rules more in
line with Stafford and Waterford which will go a long way in
bringing back bigger fields of cars."
The Stafford Motor Speedway enjoyed clear but chilly skies on Friday
night. During the week a tornado touched down in nearby Monson, MA
and did considerable damage. Those who live in the Stafford area
said that all they saw was a little wind and a lot of rain. On the
track was another story. Hot off his win at Thompson on Thursday
night Keith Rocco carried the momentum over to Stafford as he scored
his second consecutive victory in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature
event, Woody Pitkat took his second consecutive victory in the
30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano came home the big winner in
a thrilling duel for the win to pick up his second win of the season
in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Norm Sears picked up his
second feature win of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model
feature, and Josh Wood picked up his first feature victory of the
2011 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Ted Christopher took second from Ryan Preece at the white flag, but
Rocco was able to hold him off at the checkered flag to pick up his
second consecutive win and his third win of the 2011 season.
Rounding out the top-5 behind Rocco and Christopher was Preece,
Woody Pitkat, and Reen.
In action at the Waterford Speedbowl, the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series action was highlighted by a 50-lap Mini Stock race, captured
by Ken Cassidy Jr., his second consecutive victory and third on the
year in the division. Tyler Chadwick came out on top of the SK
Modified® feature, holding back the last lap charges of Kyle James.
Calvin Rose of Turner, ME dominated the second half of the 50-lap
Northeast Mini Stock Tour race, going on to the win. Josh Galvin won
his second Street Stock race on the season, Dan D’addario won the
X-Car feature and Rose returned to victory lane to win the open-comp
four cylinder race to close out the night’s festivities.
Keith Rocco's bid to make it three for three on the weekend was
spoiled by an early race tangle in the SK Modified feature.
In the Southland at the Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC,
Chris Fleming drew the pole position for the nights 100 lap Modified
main event and stayed up front until Jonathan Brown passed him in
the 34th lap. Brown led until the 85th lap, when he slowed on a
restart and triggered a multi-car pileup. Fleming slipped past and
led the rest of the way. Joseph Brown finished second and Burt
Myers, who retained his lead in the season standings, was third.
Jonathan Brown finished fourth.
The stadium also hosted NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East which turned
into a rolling demolition derby. Matt DiBenedetto took the lead at
the start and remained up front avoiding the carnage behind him in a
wreck-filled Army Strong 150. Eighty-seven of the 156 laps were run
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Dave Brigati was the
Modified feature winner.
A special high paying open competition Modified race was held at the
Star Speedway in Epping, NH. Its a shame that only 16 showed for the
event but those that did went home with an ample payday thanks to
Kevin Rice and those who worked with him to make the event a
Laticrete 125 winner Jon McKennedy went home with $7,225. Second
place finisher Chris Pasteryak collected $2,875, third place James
Civali took home $2,800 and fourth place finisher Andy Seuss
pocketed $1,775. Rounding out the top five was Ryan Preece who got
$3,215. Sixth through tenth were Matt Hirschman, Rob Summers, Lou
Mechalides, Ted Christopher and Rowan Pennink.
In Nationwide Series racing at the Chicagoland Speedway, Justin
Allgaier saw Carl Edwards' car start to wobble as it ran out of
fuel. And that's when Allgaier knew he would be able to get around
Allgaier made his move for the lead coming into the third turn and
once he got by, his tank was empty, too. Somehow the momentum from
having just a little bit more fuel allowed Allgaier to coast to the
finish line Saturday night with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne
closing fast on both cars.
At the Kansas Speedway Brad Keselowski led the final nine laps for
his second Sprint Cup victory in 66 races.
Sprint Cup car owner Richard Childress was fined $150,000 on Monday
for assaulting Kyle Busch, the latest incident in an ongoing feud
between NASCAR's most polarizing driver and Childress' race teams.
NASCAR also placed Childress on probation through the end of the
year, finding the team owner solely at fault for Saturday's incident
at Kansas Speedway. The 65-year-old grandfather apparently
approached Busch after the Trucks race, placed him in a headlock,
and punched him several times.
The 7th Annual Norwood Arena Reunion at Bezema Motors was the most
successful one yet. The dealership on the Automile was packed with
an overflow of fans, former competitors, race, classic and muscle
cars as well as hot rods. Among the drivers in attendance were Steve
Delaney of Dedham, Daryl Stampfl of Norwood, Jeff Lynch of Townsend,
Gary Sager of Seekonk, Henry Stampfl of Plainville, Mike McCullen,
Demo Derby King Bob Anderson of Brockton, Pete Desjardins of Cape
Cod, 1970 Daytona 500 winner, Pete Hamilton of Maine, Joe Rosenfield,
Jr. of Bridgewater, Jim Rosenfield of Middleboro, Fran Voss of
Lexington, Jack Malone of Needham, Leo Cleary of Hanover, Bob Healey
of Stoughton, George Savory of Westwood, Jerry Capozolli of
Stoughton, Jeff Horn of Ashland, George Summers of Upton, Don
McCoullough of Walpole, Lew Boyd of Newburyport and Joey Kourafas of
Randolph. Former Norwood Arena Chief Steward Carl Merrill of Newton
was also on hand.
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