years ago in 1972, the NASCAR Modifieds and the Late Model Sportsman
(Grandnationals) were at Martinsville for the Dogwood 500.Seventy
six Modifieds were on hand. Bugsy Stevens, in the Sonny Koszela
No.15 took the win over Mike Loescher, Fred DeSarro and Ray Hendrick.
Rounding out the top ten were Bernie Miller, Charlie Jarzombek,
Richie Evans, Geoff Bodine, Lou Lazzaro and Lew Hennesy. Sonny
Hutchins in the Emanual Zervakas No.01 was the Late Model winner
with Jimmie Hensley, second.
Thirty years ago in 1977, the Modifieds traveled to Hickory , N.C.
for a 250-lap event. Satch Worley, in the Clarence's Steak House
No.26 took the win over Paul Radford, Jerry Cook, Wayne Anderson and
Dave Nichols. Geoff Bodine, in the Dick Armstrong No.1 lost an
engine while running second on lap 212.Attrician was so high that
Bodine still finished 12th.
Twenty-five years ago in 1982, the Modifieds were quiet as Darrell
Waltrip took the pole and eventual win at Bristol in their spring
Winston Cup event. Brian Ross and Bob Garbarino, who had been
together as a team for almost ten years, went their separate ways.
Shortly there after it was announced that Bugsy Stevens would be
driving the Mystic Missile for the 1982 season.
Twenty years ago in 1987, the NASCAR Modifieds began their season at
Rougemont, N.C. Mike Stefanik in the Koszela No.15 took the win with
Jim Spencer, second. Pole sitter Jan Leaty led the start and he
first lap until overhauled by Doug Hevron. Hevron led until lap six
and from there on it was Reggie Ruggiero, which is until three laps
to go in the 150 lapper when he tangled with Satch Worley. Ruggiero
and Worley spun and were able to restart but it was too late as a
patient Stefanik took the lead and never looked back. Pre-race
favorite Charlie Jarzombek, out with a brand new RE Chassis mod,
blew a tire and finished in 15th spot. Following Stefanik and
Spencer were Ruggiero, Carl Pasteryak, Kenny Bouchard, Mike
McLaughlin and Worley. In Winston Cup action at Atlanta , Ricky Rudd
took the win.
Fifteen years ago in 1992, all was quiet.
Ten years ago in 1997, at Las Vegas , Jeff Green passed Tim Steele
with 14 laps to go and went on to record his first Busch
Grandnational win. Dick Trickle finished second after Steele faded.
In a truck race at Homestead , Fl, John Nemacheck, Joe's brother,
suffered severe head injuries after crashing hard on the driver's
side. Nemacheck passed away five days later.
Five years ago in 2002, the Winston Cup and Busch Grandnational
divisions of NASCAR were at Darlington . In Winston Cup qualifying
Ricky Craven took the pole with Jeff Gordon on the outside. The big
news was that Gordonís wife Brooke filed for divorce. Jeff Burton
went pole to pole to win the BGN 200. Sterling Marlin started dead
last after an engine change and charged his way to victory in the
Winston Cup event. Steve Park, in his first race back since
suffering head injuries, started fourth and was leading on lap 39
when he slid up into Stacey Compton, triggering a wreck that took
out Craven. Tony Stewart also had a close call when he hit the
lapped car of Buckshot Jones and then was hit hard by Jim Spencer.
Stewart was life starred to a hospital where he was checked out to
Last year, 2006, In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series news,
car-owners Dennis Charette and Chris Drouin announced that they will
field the # 03 Chevrolet on the Whelen Modified Tour in the 2006
season. Charette, a Waterford Speedbowl regular and six-time winner,
would pilot the car in a 10-race schedule. Embroidery Works of
Berlin, CT will serve as primary sponsor. It looked like the
recently married Reggie Ruggiero would again run a limited schedule.
His first race for 2006 would be the 35th annual Spring Sizzler at
the Stafford Motor Speedway.
The Nextel Cup cars were in Las Vegas where Jimmy Johnson too the
win. Kasey Kahne was the Busch Series winner.
Thatís about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and
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