Sixty years ago in 1953, Joe
McNulty was the Wednesday night Sportsman winner and Fred
Luchesi was the Saturday night winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Lou Tetreault and Tommy Van Epps
were the non-Ford winners. Van Epps showed a lot of raw talent
but unfortunately would never be able to show it as he lost his
life in an auto wreck the following winter.
Fifty-five years ago in 1958,
rain prevailed at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on
Wednesday night. On Saturday night at the shoreline oval Red
Foote made it two in a row in the Modifieds. Charlie Webster was
the non-Ford winner.
Fifty years ago in 1963 at
the Utica-Rome Speedway Rene Charland picked up his fourth
victory of the year at the Vernon, New York oval. Cam Gagliardi
finished second with Ken Meahl, third. Everybody’s fried George
Pendergast was the 50 lap Modified winner at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl with Don Collins second followed by
Ted Stack, and Dick Dunn. Ernie Rankin was the Bomber winner.
Racing on the dirt at Stafford fell victim to rain. At
Plainville Stadium Jap Membrino took down the 50 lap feature
followed by George Hotchkiss, Bob Vivari, Johnny Georgiades and
Ken Orr. The Novice feature was won by Jim Acker. Danny Devoe
won the feature at Riverside Park over Don Flynn, Ed Patnode,
Gene White and Walt Czepiel. Steady Eddie Flemke, leading the
famed Eastern Bandits, arrived late at the Old Bridge Speedway
in New Jersey after a weekend swing through the south. Flemke
was allowed to start the Modified feature in the scratch
position and still ended up taking the win over John Gouveia and
Forty five years ago in 1968,
Kenny Shoemaker went two for two as he won on the asphalt at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday night and on the dirt at
Fonda on Saturday night. Bernie Miller finished second at Albany
and was followed by Richie Evans, Lou Lazzaro and Dave Lape. At
Fonda, Ray Sitterly finished second with Dave Lape, third. In
Friday night action at Stafford Mr. Leo Cleary put the Joe Brady
41 in victory lane. Bill Slater finished second with Bugsy
Stevens, Tommy Borget and Ralph “Hop” Harrington rounding out
the top five. Saturday night at Norwood saw Roland LaPierre Sr.
take the win. The action at the Waterford Speedbowl saw Don
Collins take the Modified feature win over Newt Palm, Ed
Yerrington, Fuzzy Baer and Walt Dombroski. Winston Barrows earn
a victory in the Late Model Daredevils. At Plainville Stadium
Rod Andrews was the winner followed by Dan Gaudiosi, Pete
Brockett, Jack Proulx, and Ronnie Wyckoff. At Thompson on
Sunday, Steady Eddie Flemke in the Bob Judkins 2x took the win
and in Sunday night action at Utica-Rome Dave Kotary took the
win over Bill Henry, Ken Shoemaker, Dave Gaul and Dick Clark.
Forty years ago in 1973,
twin features were run at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta,
N.Y. Richie Evans won the opener and was followed by Bob Santos,
Jerry Cook and Lou Lazzaro. Bugsy Stevens won the nightcap with
Denis Giroux and Cook following. At Stafford on Saturday night,
Eddie Fleece took the win with Ronnie Bouchard, second and
Stevens, third. Special events at Islip and at Tioga fell victim
to rain. Dick Watson ruled the roost at the Waterford Speedbowl
in the Modifieds. Big Mike Daignault was the Grand American Late
Model winner. Lee Raceway ran a double point event on Sunday.
The Bugman took the victory with Dan MacNamara, second and Ernie
Gahan, third.Utica-Rome closed out the weekend with twin events,
which were won by Richie Evans, and Jerry Cook.
Thirty five years ago in 1978,
Geoff Bodine went three for three on the weekend including his
seventh in a row at Stafford. Bodine, in the Big Red No.1, also
won events at Riverside Park and at Utica-Rome. At Plainville
Stadium Richie Galullo was the winner over Jap Membrino, Loren
Trombley, Ron Rocco and Tim Berndt. Pete Vargoski was the
Sortsamn winner. At Waterford, Moose Hewitt beat out Dick
Dunn and Mike Beebe for the win and at Seekonk, George Summers
was the best of the best with Bugsy Stevens second and Corky
Cookman, third. Westboro saw John Falconi over Joe Howard. Islip
ran a 100 lap Race of Champions qualifier, which was won by Greg
Sacks. Charlie Jarzombek finished second with Fred Harbach,
third. Jarzombek also played second fiddle at Riverhead where he
finished second to Wayne Anderson. At Thompson on Sunday, Ronnie
Bouchard won out over Bugsy Stevens and Ray Miller.
Thirty years ago in 1983,
the week started on Tuesday at Stafford where a 50 lapper was
run with Bugsy Stevens taking the win over Jamie Tomaino, Kenny
Bouchard and Bob Polverari. New Egypt ran on Wednesday where Bob
Park took the checker over John Blewett jr. and Tony Siscone.
Back at Stafford on Friday, Kenny Bouchard won out over Bobby
Eve, Corky Coachman and George Summers. Bo Gunning was the SK
modified winner. Saturday at Waterford, John Hoffman took the
win over Larry Lanphear and Ted Christopher. At Seekonk, Richie
Evans made a surprise visit and took all the marbles. Vinnie
Annarummo finished second followed by Bugsy Stevens and George
Murray. In Winston Cup action at Michigan, Terry Labonte was the
pole sitter. Cale Yarborough took the win. Down on Long Island,
George Brunnhoelzl won at Islip with Fred Harbach, second. At
Riverhead, Alan Harbach was the winner with Don Howe, second.
Twenty five years ago, in 1988,
Stafford rained out on Friday but it stayed clear up north as
Monadnock got in its program with Reggie Ruggiero taking the
win. Jerry Marquis took the Saturday night win at Riverside
Park. Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggerio followed. At Waterford,
John Jensen took the win. Dickie Doo Ceravolo finished second
with Ricky Young and Bert Marvin following. Tony Hirschman got
his sixth at Tioga and at Thompson, Tom Tagg took the win. Mike
Christopher finished second. In Winston Cup action at Pocono,
Geoff Bodine took the win but the racing world was stunned when
Bobby Allison was critically injured. Allison eventually
recovered but his racing career was over. It was only the
beginning of tragedy for the Allison family as both Davey and
Clifford would lose their lives in future years.
Twenty years ago, in 1993,
Ted and Mike Christopher finished one-two at Stafford on Friday
night. The Busch Grandnational North division was also at
Stafford. Mike McLaughlin took the win with Jamie Aube, second.
Saturday night at Waterford, John Jensen took the checker but
was disqualified after a tech inspection revealed an illegal
crankshaft. Jerry Pearl, who finished second, was awarded the
win. Dan Avery won at Riverside and Eddie Brunnhoelzl, at
Riverhead. John Sneade won at Thompson on Sunday. Mike and Ted
Christopher finished second and third but were disqualified
because of illegal cylinder heads. Kerry Malone was moved from
fourth to second.
Fifteen years ago, in 1998,
rain washed out the entire program that had been scheduled at
Stafford. The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour visited the
Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night. Mike Ewanitsko was the
fastest qualifier and after starting sixth took the lead from
Mike Stefanik on lap 56 and went on to score the win. Stefanik
finished second and was followed by Jan Leaty, Ed Flemke Jr. and
Rain washed out action at Riverside Park and at Thompson on
Sunday; Ted Christopher took the win over Frankie Cardile.
The big news of the week was the announcement that NEXTEL, a
provider of wireless communications in the United States, would
become the title sponsor of what was called the Winston Cup
division of NASCAR. NEXTEL was expected spend between $70 – 90
million a year over the next ten years. Once rumors broke early
in the week, NEXTEL stock took off. Starting the week at 14.90,
NEXTEL closed out the week at 17.78. RJ Reynolds/Winston
finished out the year as the sponsor of NASCAR’s elite division.
During the 2002 season, RJR Winston got $160 million worth of
media exposure. RJ Reynolds has been involved with NASCAR racing
for 33 years.
In a somewhat related matter, NASCAR’s versions of Ken and
Barbie, (Brooke and Jeff Gordon) have reached a divorce
settlement that gives Brooke Gordon at least $15 million. She
had waived alimony and would get the proceeds from the sale of
two pieces of real estate including the couple’s ocean front
home in Highland Beach, Florida.
Round Two of Thursday night Thunder at Thompson beat the weather
on Thursday night. Jeff Malave went from pole to pole to win his
second Sunoco-SK Modified feature of the year at the 5/8-mile
oval. Bert Marvin finished second with Eric Berndt, third. Heavy
drama unfolded on a lap three re-start. With Malave leading and
Bob Drown running second, heavy hitters Ted Christopher and Bo
Gunning were in hot pursuit. As Christopher was about to make a
move, Drown moved up to protect his spot. Christopher
momentarily lifted and was hit accidentally by Gunning.
Christopher and Gunning spun at high speed on to the infield
grass and struck a concrete barrier protecting a light pole. The
impact saw Christopher’s car go up in the air and come down on
its roof. With his fuel pump sheared off and gas leaking out
Christopher became trapped and could not unbuckle himself to
exit the car. Gunning was able to exit his car and went to
Christopher’s aid and pulling him out of the car, as flames were
about to erupt into an inferno. In the past there had been a lot
of bad history between the two. Although not what you would
consider friends, Gunning put his feelings aside and went to the
aide of a fellow competitor. Had it not been for Gunning’s quick
actions, the former NASCAR Weekly Racing Champion could have
suffered serious burns or even worse. Chuck Docherty was the Pro
Stock winner and Woody Pitkat repeated in the Late Models. Norm
Ashline was the Limited Sportsman winner and Eric Bourgeois was
the Mini Stock winner. Speedway owner and promoter Don Hoenig is
up and about after a bad accident the previous week. Hoenig was
T-Boned in the driver’s side door while on his way to secure
Fireworks permits for the track.
The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour was at the Seekonk Speedway
on Saturday. Rain forced postponement. NASCAR and the Seekonk
management were working on a new date. For the fifth week in a
row rain-washed out racing at the Waterford Speedbowl. During
the 1978 season, when Dick Williams operated the track it rained
seven Saturdays in a row. Williams finally ran an event on
Wednesday, just to get a race in. Waterford is not alone,
Seekonk in Massachusetts lost four out of six events, Stafford
lost three out of 10 and Riverhead, on Long Island, lost five
out of nine.
Todd Szegedy was leading John Blewett III by 45 points in the
chase for the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series
championship. Chuck Hossfeld sat in third. Rounding out the top
five were Jerry Marquis and Ted Christopher.
At the Stafford Speedway on Friday night; Bo Gunning passed Jeff
Baral on lap 43 of the scheduled 50 lap SK-Modified feature and
went on to secure his first win of the season. Gunning was the
defending modified track champion. Ron Silk, Kerry Malone and
Frank Ruocco rounded out the top five. Ted Christopher, still
very sore from his accident at Thompson, brought out a back-up
car and finished 11th. Woody Pitkat was the late model winner.
The Busch North Series was the main attraction at Stafford on
Friday night Tom Carey took the win over Martin Truex and Kelly
Moore. Carey made the pass for the lead and the eventual win on
lap 137 of the 150-lap event. In Winston Cup action at Sonoma,
California, Boris Said took the pole and it was Robbie Gordon
took the win.
Ten years ago in 2003, Brad
Leighton took the lead on lap 43 in the BGNN 150 at Stafford
when Dave Dion spun in oil and went on to take the win, his
fourth of the year. Jeff Taylor finished second with Dion,
third. Stafford's SK Modified event rained out.
Waterford ran a 100 lapper on Saturday night with Eric Berndt
taking the win over Jeff Pearl and Tucker Reynolds. Riverhead
went to Frank Vigliaro Jr.
In 100 degree heat, Bert Marvin went pole to pole at Thompson.
Todd Ceravolo finished second with Tom Fox, third. At Riverside,
Rob Summers won a 125 lapper over Ted Riggott and Bob Polverari.
In Busch Grandnational action at Milwaukee, Casey Atwood hit
Jeff Green on the final lap and went on to take the win over
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Glenn Allen. In Winston Cup action under
the lights at Daytona, Dale Jarrett took the lead on lap 146 of
the 160 lap distance and took the win over Dale Earnhardt and
Five years ago in 2008, the
Thompson Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder program went off as
planned under sunny and warm skies. The Late Models took center
stage with Marc Palmisano of Hadley, MA, taking a dominant win
in the 50 lap extra-distance race for the division. It was a
career night for some of the younger generation as teenagers
Derek Ramstrom and Jay Sundeen scored their first career wins.
Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, earned a dominating win in the Pro
Stocks and Sundeen of Douglas, MA, was best in the Limited
Keith Rocco of Wallingford scored a hard-fought victory in the
Sunoco Modifieds and Tim Sullivan of S. Windsor rebounded with a
TIS Modified victory. Scott Michalski of South Killingly took
top honors in the Mini Stock main event.
There were 124 cars in the pit area including 23 Sunoco
Modifieds. The Pro Stocks, once a strong division at Thompson,
were dying a slow death as only 13 were on hand.
The Stafford Motor Speedway and Ted Christopher celebrated a
major milestone as the multi-time track champion won the 35th
Annual Coors Light SK Modified 100 which also happened to be
Christopher’s 100th career win at the nutmeg state oval. Other
feature winners included Michael Bennett and Dillon Moltz from
the Late Model division, Alan Provost in the SK Light feature,
Sean Foster in the Limited Late Model feature, and Bill Dunn in
the DARE Stock feature.
The 35th Annual Coors Light SK Modified 100 took the green with
Doug Coby leading the first three laps before giving way to Todd
Owen on lap-4. While Owen was pacing the field, Ted Christopher
was quickly working his way through the field from his 7th place
starting position. He took second place from Curt Brainard on
lap-19 and closed in on Owen's bumper by lap-30. Christopher
hounded Owen's back bumper, but couldn't make a pass stick. The
first caution of the race came out with 38-laps complete, which
gave Christopher all the opportunity he needed as he took to the
outside groove on the restart and passed Owen for the lead. The
race took on another long green flag run with Christopher, Chris
Jones, and Woody Pitkat making up the top-3 cars. The race ran
green to lap-89 with the top-3 cars remaining the same. Pitkat
got by Jones on the restart and he applied immediate pressure to
Christopher in a battle for the race lead. Much like Christopher
did earlier in the race to Owen, Pitkat was all over the back
bumper of Christopher. Pitkat tried several times to make a run
for the lead in the corners, but couldn't make a pass stick and
Christopher had just enough car to keep in front of Pitkat for a
one car length victory, the 100th career feature win for
Christopher at Stafford Motor Speedway. Pitkat finished second,
with Tom Bolles, Keith Rocco, and Frank Ruocco rounding out the
In victory lane, it was announced that to commemorate
Christopher's 100 career victories at Stafford, Section A of the
main grandstand would be named after Christopher, placing him
with other modified greats that adorn each section of Stafford's
main grandstand. Christopher was also presented a commemorative
plaque, recognizing his 100 career wins. From go-karts in church
parking lots to Sprint Cup cars on Superspeedways, Christopher
has done it all.
The Waterford Speedbowl fell victim to rain.
Despite threatening skies the True Value Modified Series got
their 100 lapper in the record books. Taking the win was
hometown favorite Vinnie Annarummo of Swansee, MA. Chris
Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT finished a strong second and was
followed by Jon McKennedy, Les Hinkley and Dave Pinkham.
Congratulations were in order to Middletown CT native Joey
Logano who, in only his third career start, won the NASCAR
Nationwide Series Meijer 300 at the Kentucky Speedway. Logano
became the youngest driver to win in NASCAR Nationwide Series
history at 18 years and 21 days. Logano won the pole for the
300-miler, his second in as many weeks, and led 76 of the 200
laps, second only to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Busch
led a race-high 85 laps.
Logano took the lead from Busch on Lap 147, passing him on the
outside of Turn 4. On Lap 164, Busch's charge to reclaim the
position ended after he lost control of his Toyota on the
backstretch, spinning and slamming the outside retaining wall.
Following Busch's wreck, the race was Logano's to lose. With the
race running green flag to the finish thereafter, Logano crossed
the finish line 2.259 seconds over second place Scott Wimmer.
Race attendance was a track-record 73,195. It was the eighth
straight sellout at the facility in which Speedway Motorsports
Inc. agreed to purchase earlier this year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his 76-race winless string Sunday,
coasting to victory at Michigan International Speedway under a
caution flag with little but fumes left in his gas tank. Kasey
Kahne, coming off a victory the previous week in Pocono,
finished second. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Brian
Vickers, Tony Stewart and two-time defending Cup champion Jimmie
Last year, 2012, Veteran
former Modified Car Owner made a noteworthy observation. He
said, "With the average team's equity hovering around a
half-million, it just seems odd that race purses continue to
decline." He added, "the latest debacle comes from the "last
bastion of top paying modified purses" that being New Hampshire
Motor Speedway. The entry arrived and it shows a decrease of 10%
from last year". Fiore stated that Reggie Ruggiero, driving the
#44 won $18,150 back in 1992, 20 years ago. Fiore also stated
that next months winner of the Modified portion at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway will get $10,700 according to Nascar's entry form
!!! "Whats wrong with this picture ??", he asks. Fiore also
alluded to the fact that also on the horizon is Nascar's plan to
obsolete the Modified team's inventory of $50,000 engines, some
car owners who possess three, four or five of them.
The Star Speedway in Epping, NH ran the Exeter Decorating SBM
125 Modified Open on Saturday night. The event drew 28 cars.
Matt Hirschman made the trip from Pennsylvania worth his while
as he took the victory in the high paying event. Ryan Preece,
who normally races at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on
Saturday night, finished second with Josh Cantara, third. Mike
Stefanik and Dwight Jarvis rounded out the tp five. Sixth
through tenth were Bobby Santos, Jim Boniface, Doug Coby, Richie
Pallai and Todd Szegedy.
Numerous cases of "Yellow Fever" slowed the competition. Doug
Coby stated that there were 122 laps run under caution in
addition to the 125 green flag laps at the New Hampshire quarter
mile oval. Hirschman of Northampton, PA., earned $8,792 in cash
and prizes for his hard fought effort. The diverse field had 28
cars from ten different states on hand to compete.
Hirschman passed Preece on lap 111. Preece retook the lead on a
lap 116 restart, but he was forced to give it back when a
caution reset the field before that lap was completed. Hirschman
was able to get the jump on the next restart, and he raced away
to the lucrative victory in the J & J Motorsports 59.
The special event brought Star their largest crowd of the
season, and some of the best racing as well. Todd Szegedy made
it to second place before fading from the lead pack. In all, 22
of the 28 teams earned bonus money put in place through a
variety of local sponsorships from race fans and area
businesses. Lap 79 alone paid Hirschman $610, and the halfway
bonus added $425 to his payoff.
Thursday night Thunder saw Keith Rocco come from last to first
in the Sunoco (SK) Modified feature. Rocco had spent the
afternoon at the Waterford Speedbowl practicing the Boehler
Racing No. 3 in preparation for this weeks Whelen Modified Tour
Series event. Starting scratch didn't seem to be an issue.
Thursday night Thunder that also saw Scott Sundeen win an
extended race distance for the Limited Sportsman division. Other
winners included Cam McDermott in the Lite Modifieds, Trevor
Michalski in the Mini Stocks, John Lowinski-Loh in the Thompson
Modifieds, and Mike Scorzelli in the Late Models.
In the 30 lap Sunoco Modified feature John Catania took the
early lead at the drop of the green, but as one lap was
completed Todd Ceravolo had moved into the front spot. The
top-four – Ceravolo, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher, and Kerry
Malone – were bumper-to-bumper as they pulled away from the rest
of the field. Keith Rocco, who had to start at the tail end of
the field, was fast approaching and sitting seventh when the
caution flew at lap six.
Ceravolo beat Preece to the front on the restart with Malone
powering to second on the inside. Malone spun to the infield
grass coming out of turn two and brought out the caution with
Ceravolo, Preece, and Christopher making up the top-three.
Ceravolo, Preece, Christopher, and Rocco settled in single file
when racing resumed, but Ceravolo put some breathing room
between himself and Preece by lap 10. On lap 11, Christopher
dove low and got around Preece for second with Rocco in tow. A
caution on lap 12 put Ceravolo side-by-side with Christopher for
the restart with a determined Rocco and Preece right behind
them. When the green dropped, Christopher beat Ceravolo into
turn one with Rocco looking high and low for a way around both
of them. As the trio entered turn one, troubled brewed when
Ceravolo took Christopher low. Christopher retaliated and
Ceravolo’s night ended in the outside retaining wall in turn
two. Ceravolo expressed his displeasure with Christopher's
driving as did track officials.
Christopher was penalized and sent to the rear of the field
while Rocco inherited the lead. Rocco had to earn his position
up front as Preece filled his rear view mirror. A caution at lap
20 slowed the pace with Rocco powering out to the front followed
by Malone and Christopher. Preece was relegated to fourth and
remained there until the caution came out at lap 22. On the
restart, Rocco went back out front with a challenge by Malone in
turn three, but Rocco shut the door. The top four fell into
single file, but running bumper to bumper until Rocco took the
checkered flag. Malone settled for the runner-up spot whith
Christopher rebounding to finish third. Preece and Catania
rounded out the top five.
Car counts continued to be an issue at Thompson. The Limited
Sportsman (27) and the Mini Stocks(19) are relatively healthy.
The Sunoco Mods, (SK"s) had 13 while there were only 4 SK Lites,
7 Late Models and six Thompson Modifieds.
The Stafford Speedway welcomed the beginning of summer with it’s
12th Annual Town Fair Tire Summer Blast-Off Fireworks program on
Friday night. Providing the fireworks on the track were Ted
Christopher, who picked up his second win of the season in the
40-lap SK Modified® feature, Woody Pitkat, who picked up his
first win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Jay
Goff, who picked up his first career victory in the 20-lap SK
Light feature, Josh Wood, who took a thrilling fourth win of the
season with a last lap pass in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model
feature, and Austin Bessette, who scored his first career
victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In the closing moments of the SK Modified 40 lap feature Ryan
Preece took a look to the inside of Christopher on lap-35 in
turn 3, but fell back in line behind Christopher. Preece was
searching for a groove that would give him enough momentum to
make a pass for the lead, but Christopher was able to hold
Preece off. The jockeying between Christopher and Preece allowed
Keith Rocco to close in on Preece’s bumper to make it a
three-way fight for the race lead with 3 laps to go. Christopher
was able to hold off Preece and Rocco to the line to pick up his
second feature win of the 2012 season. Dan Avery came home in
fourth with Woody Pitkat rounding out the top-5.
At the Waterford Speedbowl the track put on a briskly paced and
hotly contested night of speed rts on Whelen Engineering Night
at the shoreline oval. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
victories included Tyler Chadwick, winning his third SK
Modified® race of the year and Dillon Moltz who took down his
second consecutive victory in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late
Model race. Other winners included Ken Cassidy Jr. who picked up
his sixth straight win in the Mini Stocks and Josh Galvin who
took down his first checkered flag of the year in the Street
Stock division. Vin Esposito won the New England Truck Series
In the SK Modified feature, Janovic got to Chadwick’s rear
bumper on the final lap, stalking theleader for the final
circuit to the checkered flag. Janovic couldn’t find a groove to
make a serious bid and placed second for the second consecutive
week while Chadwick marched to his third win of the year. Jeff
Pearl finished in third while Kyle James wrestled fourth away
from Tom Abele at the finish. Chadwick’s win lifted him into the
point lead ahead of Pearl by just two points.
In Modified action at Bowman-Gray in North Carolina Tim Brown,
an eight-time champion at Bowman Gray Stadium, mastered the
field in the Great Clips 100 on Saturday night, picking up his
fourth victory, the most this season in the featured Modified
Division. Brown took the lead on the fifth lap, charging past
Jonathan Brown on the outside. From there, he endured seven
double-file restarts on the way to his 62nd victory at Bowman
While Tim Brown spent the entire race at or near the front,
eventual runner-up Danny Bohn worked his way from near the rear
of the field. Bohn, originally from New Jersey, started 22nd in
the 23-car field as the result of a random draw but steadily
progressed with the aid of double-file restarts and took second
place from Jonathan Brown on the final lap. Jonathan Brown
settled for third.
The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal reported that Winston-Salem State
University's effort to buy Bowman Gray Stadium from the city was
stopped when state lawmakers killed the university's request for
permission to borrow $7.5 million to buy the stadium. The
legislative move opens the door wider to another potential
bidder: Richard Childress, the NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner from
Winston-Salem who sold peanuts as a child at Bowman Gray and
started his racing career there in the 1950s.
The stadium is owned by the city of Winston-Salem. For years,
members of the Winston-Salem City Council have been trying to
reduce overall costs by selling some of its property, including
The stadium opened in 1937. In 1954, it was expanded to its
current seating capacity of 17,000, according to the city. The
stadium site has 42 acres, including 690 paved parking spaces.
Civitan Park and three other tracts of land related to the
stadium used for parking hold an additional 50 acres, according
to the city.
In Nationwide Series racing at Michigan Joey Logano held off
James Buescher and Kurt Busch for his fifth Nationwide win of
the year and 14th of his career. Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his
first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race
winless streak at Michigan International Speedway.