Thirty five years ago in 1978,
the NASCAR Modifieds had an early season event at Hickory, North
Carolina. Geoff Bodine took the win over Richie Evans, Jerry Cook,
Wayne Anderson, Gary Cretty, Joe Thurman and Fred Harback.
Fifteen years ago in 1998, Jim
Spencer took the lead with 25 laps to go and went on to win the
Busch Grandnational 300 at Las Vegas. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished
second. Randy Lajoie provided some excitement on the last lap when
he flipped. Mark Martin was the Winston Cup winner.
Ten years ago in 2003 the NASCAR
Winston Cup and Busch Series racing teams headed for Las Vegas.
Because of intermittent rain qualifying for both events were run at
night. Many of the teams arrived late after they were stuck in an
ice storm in Texas. Terry Labonte was the Winston Cup Busch Pole
sitter. Matt Kenseth took the lead after a pit stop on lap 237 and
held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the win. Michael Waltrip finished
third. In last lap action, Jimmie Johnson and Sterling Marlin
wrecked while fighting for eighth spot. Joe Nemachek won the Busch
Series race over Kevin Harvick.
Five years ago, in 2008, The big
event in the northeast was the second annual Speedway Expo at the
Big E in West Springfield, MA. The brainchild of Dick Berggren,
Speedway Expo had something for everyone who is involved in auto
racing. The show served as a preview of the upcoming season with
many tracks showcasing their facilities.
On Saturday, Speedway EXPO hosted a Toast 'n Roast and the featured
guest was Ted Christopher. Among the favorite Modifieds on display
was the No.61 Richie Evans Ghost Rider that was restored by
Spearpoint Racing and the original Ernie Wilsburg í82 Troyer that
won just about every major race in the 82-83 season with Greg Sacks
and Charlie Jarzombek at the controls.
With the announcement of the television package for the NASCAR
Developmental Series, formerly Busch North, Busch East or whatever,
it appears that once again the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series,
which in words from NASCAR is the sanctioning bodies most
competitive division, has got what the cow left behind after she
jumped the fence! While 24 races in the NASCAR Developmental Series
would be televised, only two Modified events, June 28 at Loudon and
Sept 21 at Martinsville, would be televised.
Among the hot topics coming out of the Waterford Speedbowl was the
rumor of former flagger and race official Bill Roberts taking over
as General Manager, replacing Bill Roth who left at the conclusion
of the 2007 season. Roberts was employed by the Electric Boat
division of General Dynamics.
In Sprint Cup racing at Las Vegas, Carl Edwards won for the second
time in six days. Edwards had to overcome an early pit road penalty,
escape NASCAR punishment on a second pit road mishap, then hold off
a rusty Dale Earnhardt Jr. on a pair of late restarts Sunday. The
celebration of Carl Edwards' second consecutive victory was
short-lived: His winning Ford Fusion failed a post-race inspection
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that could lead to severe penalties for
his team. NASCAR officials discovered the lid was not on the oil
tank box of his race-winning car and the parts were sent back to
North Carolina to be checked. Dale Earnhardt Jr finished second.
Greg Biffle was third and was followed by Kevin Harvick and Jeff
Burton. Kasey Kahne was sixth, followed by David Ragan, Travis
Kvapil, Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin.
Mark Martin took Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Victory Lane by winning the
Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on
Saturday, then immediately apologized for an accident he started in
the closing laps that took out a teammate. Martin added to his
series record with his 48th victory in a car owned by Earnhardt's JR
Motorsports. But the win came at the expense of Carl Edwards and
Brad Keselowski, who races full-time for Earnhardt, .Martin was
sixth following a final round of pit stops when the race restarted
with 10 laps to go. With four fresh tires on his Chevrolet, he
sliced his way toward the front while chasing cars that had only
taken two tires. Edwards and Keselowski were racing side-by-side
when Martin closed on Edwards' bumper. Slight contact sent Edwards'
car wiggling across the track, and he slid high directly into
Keselowski to wreck both cars. Martin slipped into the lead, then
held on in a two-lap shootout to the finish.
Last year, 2012, Indoor racing
came to Providence RI. in the form of The Coffee Cup INDOOR RACE at
the Providence Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday. TQ Midgets & Sr.
Champ Karts were on the bill of fare.
Canadian Stewart Friesen passed Erick Rudolph for the lead on lap 38
of the 40-lap Coffee Cup Classic Indoor Three Quarter Midget race at
Dunkiní Donuts Center Saturday to earn his first Coffee Cup Classic
victory. The win came after a thrilling side-by-side battle in an
event that Rudolph dominated.
Ted Christopher was in the field and didn't disappoint those who
came to watch him compete. Christopher, who started 25th and last in
the field after fixing mechanical problems with his car just in time
to make the call for the green flag, finished fifth.
The companion Champ Kart 25-lap main event was won by Glen
Meisenhelder, who originally crossed the finish line in second
place. When apparent winner Chris Daley was disqualified by
technical inspectors for an out-of-compliance engine, Meisenhelder
was elevated, albeit belatedly, to victory.
Stewart Friesen backed up his Saturday night three-quarter midget
feature win in the Dunkin Donuts Center with a rousing win the
Sunday afternoon. The race was halted three times before the 100th
lap was put in the books and each time Friesen had to outrun Erick
Rudolph and Joe Payne Jr. to preserve his winning drive. Friesen was
also the leader of the 50th lap of the race when the field was
stopped as designed by race officials to allow for refueling and
minor adjustments. Drivers were able to restart in the second
segment regardless of number of laps completed in the first half of
Ted Christopher, who had been a contender in the first half of the
event, pressured Friesen after working by Rudolph and Payne but
dropped out of the event late in the going with mechanical problems.
Rudolph and Payne challenged Friesen over the final circuits but
fell short. Ryan Smith was fourth at the checkered flag and Jon
Gambuti was fifth.
After enduring the indignity of a disqualification the night before,
Champ Kart driver Chris Daley was a man on a mission Sunday
Ricky Stenhouse, the defending series champion, led the final 54
laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to become the first non-Sprint Cup
driver to win a Nationwide race on the 1.5-mile oval. Stenhouse
started sixth at Las Vegas and stayed near the front, taking the
lead with 54 laps left. He pulled away from Mark Martin out of two
cautions down the stretch of the 200-mile race and had a cushion of
nearly 6 seconds when he crossed the checkers at the tri-oval in the
Martin, who had won four of his previous six Nationwide starts at
Las Vegas, finished second in his first race for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Polesitter Elliott Sadler was third after a lengthy mid-race pit
stop to fix a vibration and Danica Patrick was 12th in the first
race at LVMS since IndyCar star Dan Wheldon was killed.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing action at Las Vegas, Tony Stewart dove
to the edge of the apron and ducked under the two cars in front of
him. With one bold move, the defending Sprint Cup champion was on
his way to a redemptive win. Stewart made a three-wide pass on a
late restart and held off Jimmie Johnson winning at a track that was
the site of his biggest disappointment.
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