Thirty-five years ago in 1976, the Modifieds paid a visit to
the Hickory Speedway in North Carolina. Richie Evans took the win
over Ray Hendrick, Satch Worley, Billy Hensley, Billy Middleton and
Thirty years ago in 1981, Harry Gant tendered his resignation
from the Jack Beebe Race Hill Farms Winston Cup effort. In his place
was New England Modified hot shoe, Ronnie Bouchard.
Twenty years ago in 1991, the modified tour opened the season
at Martinsville. Thirty-four cars were on hand but the spectator
count was down. During practice, Bob Park broke his shoulder after
being involved in a wreck. Jeff Fuller took the 200 lap win over
Carl Pasteryak, Tom Baldwin and Rick Fuller.
Fifteen years ago in 1996, the only racing was at Homestead,
Fla. Dave Reszendes in a truck owned by Geoff Bodine won the truck
race after a bumping incident with Jack Sprague on the last lap.
Bobby Labonte was the Busch Grandnational winner.
Ten years ago in 2001, The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour
Series opened for the season at South Boston, Va. with a 200 lap
event. Mike Ewanitsko, with a brand new team took the pole. The
event was slowed by many wrecks as 64 laps were run under caution.
Jerry Marquis, in the Mario Fiore No.44 took the lead with six laps
to go and went on to take the win. Within a week Marquis was without
a ride as Fiore parked his cars because of a lack of funding. Mike
Stefanik, in the Art Barry No.21, finished second with Ted
Christopher, Tom Cravenho and Ted Riggott rounding out the top five.
In Winston Cup action at Atlanta, Dale Jarrett was the pole sitter
but it was Kevin Harvick who stole the show as he took the win by
inches over Jeff Gordon. Harvick drove the Richard Childress No.29
which had formerly been the black No.3 driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Joe Nemacheck was the Busch Grandnational winner.
Five years ago in 2006, in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series
news it had been announced that Thompson Speedway owner Don Hoenig
had purchased a high-rise grandstand which would be erected on the
site of the present pit grandstand. Hoenig had also purchased
additional lighting for the facility.
Last year, 2010 The Waterford Speedbowl Management announced
its Late Model division would compete on Goodyear tires in 2010. All
competitors would be required to compete on the designated Goodyear
tire compound, beginning with the season opening Budweiser Blastoff
event March 26-28. The Goodyear model D2672 and D2882 tires would be
In more good news Modified Racing Media Chief John Spence advised
that Jack Bateman, founder and president of the Series had
announced, an agreement had been reached with Bob Valenti
Automall.Com as the title sponsor for the 2010 racing season.
Bateman made the disclosure at the all-new Racers Expo, Best Western
Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough, MA., Saturday,
The family owned and operated business, based in Mystic, CT., and
Westerly, R.I., specializes in new and pre-owned vehicle sales and
service. The Valenti family has been in the automotive business for
over 80 years. “Bob Valenti Automall.Com has signed on for the new
season. We look forward to working with the Valenti family. They are
strong supporters of racing and have been for many years. We are
pleased to have them as part our series,” Bateman concluded.
Bateman was joined by Bob Valenti Automall representatives including
company Vice President Rob Valenti who eagerly looks forward to the
The popular Modified Racing Series, featuring open-wheel modified
race cars, would compete in 19 races at speedways throughout the
Northeast including first time appearances at Albany-Saratoga
Speedway, Malta, NY., Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY., and
Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT. In 2009, 15 races
were run with 12 different drivers victorious. Seven of those
drivers were first time winners.
Kevin Harvick overcame a pair of horrendous pit stops to win the
Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick led 83
of the 200 laps Saturday, but had to rally after his crew cost him
several spots on pit road.
Danica Patrick finished 36th in her third and final NASCAR race
before she took a four-month hiatus to return to IndyCar racing.
In Sprint Cup racing, Jimmie Johnson reeled in teammate Jeff Gordon
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the four-time defending champion
won for the second consecutive week. Kevin Harvick finished second
for the second straight week, then showed signs of the swagger that
only Harvick can pull off, and only when he's running well.
This week are several vintage racing
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