Twenty years ago in 1993, the
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series traveled to Richmond for a
25 lap event which served as a preview of an up-coming event. Jeff
Fuller took the event over Doug Hevron, Mike Stefanik, Reggie
Ruggerio and Mike Ewanitsko. Mark Martin made the Busch
Grandnational event at Richmond a no-contest affair as he coasted to
an easy win over Joe Nemachek. In Winston Cup action, Davey Allison
beat out Rusty Wallace by 4.38 seconds for the win.
Fifteen years ago in 1998, Steve
Park, well on his way to becoming a NASCAR Winston Cup superstar
suffered a major setback at Atlanta when he crashed during a
practice session and suffered a broken leg, collarbone and broken
teeth. The actual event, which was run on Monday because of rain,
was won by Bobby Labonte.
Ten years ago in 2003 Ryan
Newman was the Winston Cup pole sitter at Atlanta. Bill Elliott was
the outside pole sitter. Bobby Labonte took the lead from Jeff
Gordon with 11 laps to go in the 325 lap-400 mile contest. Many
suffered blown engines on what has become one of NASCAR’s fastest
tracks. Less than a full house of fans was observed.
Five years ago in 2008, History
was made at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when Kyle Busch finished off
a dominating drive in the Sprint Cup event for the first win with
his new team and Japanese automaker Toyota. The Japanese automaker
became the first foreign winner in stock car racing’s top series
since Jaguar in 1954. Tony Stewart crossed the line second in
another Toyota to give a 1-2 finish for the popular import.
There was more talk about Goodyear’s tires than Toyota’s landmark
win, and no one was more ticked off than the runner-up. Feeling like
he had just driven 500 miles on a sheet of ice, Stewart would like
to say sayonara to Sprint Cup’s exclusive tire provider. “That was
the most pathetic racing tire I’ve ever been on in my professional
career,” he said. “Goodyear can’t build a tire that is worth a
crap.” Others were a bit more diplomatic, but Stewart’s view was
hardly in minority. Busch and third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt
Jr. also griped about their rubber. Pole winner Jeff Gordon managed
to finish fifth but fretted that every lap might be his lap because
of those slip-slidin’ tires.
It was quite a weekend for Busch, who won the Craftsman Truck Series
race Friday night and was dominating the Nationwide event on
Saturday before a blown tire sent him careening into the wall.
Matt Kenseth was able to shake Kevin Harvick during a
green-white-checkered-flag finish to win Saturday’s NASCAR
Nationwide Series Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kenseth’s
Ford finished 0.159-seconds ahead of Harvick’s Chevrolet. Jeff
Burton’s Chevrolet was third followed by Carl Edwards’ Ford and
Bobby Labonte’s Chevrolet was fifth.
It looked like the Mystic Missile owned Bob Garbarino would be back
in competition for another year as it has been announced that Chuck
Hossfeld would return as his driver. It had been speculated that
Garbarino would retire from racing when it was announced that Donny
Lia had secured a full time ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck
Series. Hossfeld, who drove for Garbarino in the past, had an
impressive resume that showed 45 career Modified victories’
including 5 Whelen Modified Tour Series wins.
Reports were circulating that Bobby Santos’ driver development
contract had gone stale. Santos, who won the Whelen Modified Tour
Series World Series event at Thompson in 2007 was hoping to return
to the seat of ‘Ole Blu which is fielded by the Boehler Family on
the Modified Tour. It had also been heard that Bob Grigas III, a
tour regular last year, would run the tour again plus he would join
the Thursday night Sunoco Modified ranks at Thompson along with
selected appearances in True Value Modified events.
Speaking of the True Value Series, founder Jack Bateman purchased a
new car for 2008 which was built in the Spearpoint Auto Shop in
Preston, CT. Jimmy Blewett, who was already committed to a full
schedule of Whelen Modified Tour Series racing plus weekly racing at
Thompson and Stafford had indicated that he would participate in
four to six True Value events in the 2008 season. Ted Christopher
had also indicated that he will run a partial True Value schedule.
Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified Champion Keith Rocco tried his
hand at indoor dirt track racing at the Mototown USA track in
Windsor, CT. Rocco, in his second start on Mototown’s indoor clay
one-quarter-mile oval, came from fourth starting spot to oust early
leader Jonathan Routhier along the backstretch on lap eight of their
feature. The DL Painting Service No. 6 Chevrolet Camaro driver went
on to lead the other 12 laps over heat winner Routhier.
Last year, 2012, Just when you
were thinking of taking in a lot of racing in the coming season, the
AAA says the average price of regular gas had topped $4 a gallon in
Connecticut, and a state lawmaker is calling for a cap on the
state's gross receipts tax on wholesale gas.
The motor club says the average price hit $4.006 a gallon, up from
$3.998. Connecticut was now tied with New York with the
fifth-highest average price in the country. AAA says Hawaii tops the
list at $4.46 a gallon, followed by California at $4.36, Alaska at
$4.23 and Illinois at $4.11. The national average price was $3.83 a
Get well wishes to Modified Car owner Joe Brady who underwent
quadruple by-pass surgery.
Elliot Sadler picked up his second NASCAR Nationwide Series victory
of the season when his crew chief left him out on the track on old
tires during the final caution at Bristol Motor Speedway. The call
put Sadler in the lead on the final restart, with 28 laps remaining,
and he easily held off Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski.
No one had anything for Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Food City 500 Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keselowski
led 231 of the 500 laps of the .533-mile concrete track, including
the final 111 circuits. It was Keselowski’s second straight victory
at Bristol and his fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series triumph in
Driving Roger Penske’s Miller Lite Dodge, Keselowski held off the
repeated challenges of Roush Fenway Racing Ford driver Matt Kenseth,
taking the checkered flag .714 seconds ahead of Kenseth in a race
run before one of the smallest crowds in recent Bristol history.
Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers completed the top
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