Friday March 14, 2008
|By Phil Smith Click on Photos at bottom of Page for Full Size|
years ago in 1978, the NASCAR Modifieds made their annual early
spring trip to Martinsville. Richie Evans, who had 143 victories
to his credit going into the 1978 season, added another to the
list as he won the 250-lap event. Geoff Bodine, who would end up
with 55 wins at seasonís end finished second. Billy Hensley
finished third with Jerry Cook and Brian Ross rounding out the top
five. New England favorites Bugsy Stevens and Fred DeSarro did not
have luck on their side as they both dropped put with mechanical
problems. DeSarro lost an engine and Stevens lost a
years ago in 2003, Ricky Craven passed
Kurt Busch coming off the fourth turn on the last lap and after a
lot of contact, won the Winston Cup event at Darlington. Because
of foul weather the Busch Series was forced to run their event on
Monday. Todd Bodine took the win after crashing with Jamie
McMurray on the final lap.
Itís really too bad that NASCAR didnít do more for the Whelen Modifieds as it had been proven by the Arute family at the Stafford Motor Speedway that produces NASCAR New England that TV coverage pays big dividends for both the competitors and the Speedway. Staffordís weekly car count exceeds 200.
The Stafford Speedway announced that Phil Kurze, Vice President of Motorsports for Whelen Engineering, would serve as the grand marshal for 36th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST on April 27-29, 2007.
Jimmie Johnson passed Tony Stewart three laps from the end Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and went on to win his second straight race in Nextel Cup competition. Johnson had the car to beat as he led 132 of the first 238 laps. But the only laps he led the rest of the way in the 325-lap event on Atlanta's 1.5-mile oval were the last three. The 25th victory of his Cup career moved Johnson within 28 points of current series leader Mark Martin. Jeff Burton didn't need any last-lap heroics this time. But he did need a little luck as he made it two Busch Series victories in a row Saturday, easily holding off Richard Childress Racing team.
This week here are several vintage racing photos of Richie Evans "Rusty Nail" Coupe courtesy of vintagemodifieds.com
Phil Smith has been a columnist for
Speedway Scene and various other publications
for over 3 decades.
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