Forty five years ago in 1965 the fabulous Sal Dee in the
Flying 70 won the opening day 30 lap Modified feature at the
Waterford Speedbowl. A youthful Bob Potter won the Bomber 15
Forty years ago in 1970 the Waterford Speedbowl’s opening day
event was rained out.
Thirty five years ago in 1975, a 200 lap modified event at
Hickory; N.C. was cancelled after the promoter received only 16
entries. The modifieds have never been scheduled there since. Fulton
was scheduled to open for the season but ended up being cancelled
because of snow.
Thirty years ago in 1980, the season opening Ice Breaker at
Thompson was rained out and was rescheduled for the following week
which was Easter.
Twenty five years ago in 1985, the IceBreaker at Thompson
went off without a hitch.
took the 75 lap win over
Brian Ross and Jamie Tomaino.
Twenty years ago in 1990, Riverside's second night of racing
was rained out. At Thompson on Sunday, the rain quit and the Ice
Breaker was run. Tony Hirshman took the win over Jamie Tomaino,
George Kent and Jeff Fuller. The SK portion of the IceBreaker was
won by Lloyd Agor.
Fifteen years ago in 1995, it was 18 degrees when the feature
went off at Riverside Park on Saturday night. Chris Kopeck made it
two in a row as he held off Reggie Ruggiero for the win. Ed Spiers
finished third. At the Thompson IceBreaker on Sunday, Tom Cravenho
became the youngest ever driver to win a Featherlite Modified Tour
event. Cravenho, driving for Mario Fiore, pitted early (lap48) in
the 125 lap event and took the lead after the leaders pitted on lap
71.Tony Hirshman also pitted early and ended up second.
finished third with
Charlie Pasteryak and Steve Park rounding out the top five.
John Anderson won the SK event after Ted Christopher ran out of gas
on the last lap. Other IceBreaker winners were CJ Freye in the Late
Models and Glenn Boss in the Strictly Stocks.
Ten years ago in 2000 Wall Stadium was running and Tim Arre
took the win over John
Blewett III and Tom Mauser. At the
Texas Motor Speedway,
took the Grandnational win and
Dale Earnhardt Jr
dominated the Winston Cup division to score his first win.
Five years ago in 2005, with the advent of the Southern
Modified Tour coming under the
the NASCAR Modified season actually started on March 26 at the
Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina. Ted
Christopher, driving the Roger and Sandra Hill No.79 took the win.
Christopher, who took the role of the Hired Gun, was the fourth
leader of the event. Jay Foley, a southerner, led the opening green
until being overtaken by Long Islander JR. Bertuccio on lap 26.
Bertuccio led until lap 37 when he was passed by another southerner,
Jay Hedgecock. Hedgecock was hoping to annex a win but fell victim
to engine problems after completing lap 65. Christopher, who was
running second at the time, inherited the lead and never looked back
as he romped to take the victory. Foley ended up second with Jamie
Junior Miller and Frank Flemming rounded out the top five.
There were six cautions for 27 laps.
Hill’s Enterprises, in a surprise announcement, released Eddie
Flemke JR as their driver. Flemke has been the team’s driver since
1998 and recorded 13 wins. Car owners Roger and Sandra Hill stated
that the driver change does not affect the team's plans for this
season, as they will once again run the full
Whelen Modified Tour
schedule and compete for the championship. They will also
compete in select Southern Modified Tour events when the schedule
allows. A deal was struck with
on Saturday afternoon Tony Hirschman announced that he would defend
his title. At the end of the 2004 season Hirschman hinted that he
would be backing off a bit so as to assist his son Matt who drives
Modifieds in New York State. Just six months after announcing its
title sponsorship of the legendary
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour,
expanded its involvement with NASCAR’s open-wheeled racing division.
Whelen, an emergency signal and lighting manufacturer based in
Chester, Conn., signed a multi-year agreement to become title
sponsor of the all-new NASCAR Southern Modified Tour, now known as
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
The Plainfield Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission approved
an application that would allow dozens of large-scale projects,
including a domed stadium for auto racing. In a 4-1 vote, the
commission approved the application by New England Raceway LLC and
Connecticut Yankee Greyhound Racing Inc. Developer Eugene Arganese
said he would submit plans to build a 140,000-seat domed auto
racetrack after the commission acted on a second application that
would incorporate 1,153 acres of residential and commercial property
in the new C5 Resort/Recreational Development District. The
commission postponed deciding on whether to amend the town's zoning
map in the area near Exits 87 and 88 off of Interstate 395 until its
April 12 meeting. The Asbury Park Press in New Jersey broke the
story that two developers who want to build roughly 250 homes to
Wall Township Speedway are under contract to purchase the
55-year-old raceway. Town officials said it
would be highly unlikely that the project is approved.
Rookie Reed Sorenson
raced to his first
NASCAR Busch Series victory beating
by a whopping 14.417 seconds in the
Pepsi 300 at
Nashville Superspeedway. The Nextel Cup Series was off as it
was Easter weekend.
Last year, 2009, In the never ending soap opera at the
Waterford Speedbowl there was some good news and some stability for
the shoreline oval. Track owner Terry Eames announced on Thursday,
March 19 that its affiliation with NASCAR will continue in 2009. The
Speedbowl’s SK Modified®, Late Model, Street Stock, and Mini Stock
divisions would all participate in the NASCAR
Series and be eligible to earn NASCAR points.
In regards to money being owed to competitors from the 2008 season,
Jason Christley who works in the public relations department at
NASCAR told the Hartford Courant that NASCAR did guarantee the
NASCAR point fund to the Waterford Speedbowl. That guarantee stands
regardless of things that might occur like the track closing or the
promoter failing to meet obligations. In reality, that money came
from Whelen Engineering which sponsors the Weekly Racing Series.
Evidently NASCAR had changed its way of thinking as far as
protecting drivers from unscrupulous promoters and track operators.
In other words, even though a racer has a NASCAR license and races
at a NASCAR sanctioned track there is no guarantee that he will be
paid unless NASCAR has a sponsor who will supply the money.
Bill France Sr
founded NASCAR to protect drivers from shady promoters and track
operators who ran off with purse money without paying drivers. He
must be rolling over in his grave!
Ted Christopher made the trip down south to the Concord Speedway
worth his while. Christopher, driving for Joe Brady, passed Burt
Myers on the opening lap and led wire-to-wire to win the Capital
Bank 150 in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opener.
It was his third career NASCAR
Modified Tour race and the first Tour event held at the
half-mile, tri-oval. Rowan Pennink followed in second. George
Brunnhoelzl III came through the field to finish third after
starting last because of engine problems. Myers, who won his series
record 18th Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, finished
fourth and Erick Rudolph completed the top five.
Among the Whelen
Modified Tour cars and competitors on hand for shakedown runs
at the Thompson Speedway were Eric Beers,
Chris Pasteryak, Rob Summers, Carl Pasteryak, Richard Savory, a new
Ole Blu with Ryan Preece, Jimmy Blewett and Glen Reen. There were
quite a few SKtypes too. Participants included Tom Cravenho, Bert
Marvin, Tim Sullivan, Keith Rocco, Todd Ceravolo, Ricky Shawn, Woody
Pitkat, Kerry Malone and Josh Sylvester. Sylvester hit the wall a
ton and did a lot of damage to his mount.
Congratulations went out to Keith Rocco who was recognized by
Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell at the state capitol in Hartford. In
winning the Connecticut State Championship Rocco had 11 wins, 32 top
fives and 38 top 10s racing at three Connecticut short tracks:
Thompson International Speedway and the
In Sprint Cup racing,
Kyle Busch was
furious when his pit crew cost him a win at
Speedway, where he angrily ditched his car on the race track
and walked to his motor home. The following day, he drove to Victory
Lane, averaging 92.139 mph. Busch bounced back from one of his many
Bristol heartbreaks with a win Sunday, leading 378 of 503 laps for
his second Sprint Cup
Series victory of the season. Teammate
was second, 0.391 of a second back, and
Jimmie Johnson third.
proved just how strong his organization is Saturday by winning the
Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in his own race
car. Harvick led 44 laps in his Kevin Harvick Inc.-owned Chevrolet,
his first victory in a car fielded by the race team he built with
his wife. Carl
Edwards finished second and
Clint Bowyer was third.
This week are several vintage racing
photos from the Danny Pardi Collection, courtesy
of SpeedwayLineReport.com & VintageModifieds.com.
Click on Photo for Full Size
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