years ago in 1972, Eddie Pieniezak was the Friday night winner at
the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. Jerry Cook, Eddie Flemke,
Richie Evans and Lou Lazzaro rounded out the top five. Saturday
night racing at Stafford, Waterford, Islip and Fonda rained out.
Utica-Rome remained clear as hometown favorite
Clayton "Sonny" Seamon took the win over Richie Evans,
Bill Henry, Ron Holmes and Bernie Miller.
Thirty years ago in 1977, Bugsy Stevens took the top spot at
Stafford on Friday night. Geoff Bodine finished a strong second with
Ronnie Bouchard, Fred DeSarro and Dick Caso rounding out the top
five. Punky Caron made it four in a row at Monadnock as he beat out
Bob Karvonen, Ollie Silva and Jack Bateman for the win. Riverhead
also ran on Friday with Charlie Jarzombek taking the win. Jarzombek
made it two for two as he also won at Freeport on Saturday night.
Stevens, who drove the Sonny Koszela Woodchopper on Friday night at
Stafford, jumped into the Joe Brady No.41 at Seekonk on Saturday
night and made it two for two on the weekend. Ronnie Bouchard
finished second with Don Dionne, George Murray and Red Barbeau
rounding out the top five. Mike Weeden won at Westboro over Kenny
Bouchard and Joe Howard and at Waterford; Don Bunnell took the win
over Dave Monacco and Charlie Savage. Other weekend winners included
Ted Wesnoski at Islip and Fred DeSarro at Thompson
Twenty-five years ago in 1982, Brian Ross took the Friday night win
at Stafford after Greg Sacks was forced to back off because of a
deflating tire. Sacks finished second with Ray Miller, third. Dan
Avery was the SK Modified winner. Charlie Savage was the SK mod
winner at Waterford on Saturday. Jerry Pearl finished a close
second. The field was light but the competition was tough as George
Summers took the win at Seekonk on Saturday night. Brian Ross
finished second with George Savory, third. Reggie Ruggiero took
another win at Riverside but had to settle for second behind George
Kent at Thompson on Sunday. Kent was also the winner at Shangri-La
on Saturday night. Other weekend winners were Richie Evans at
Spencer and at New Egypt, Doug Hewitt, also at Spencer, Bill Park at
Islip and Gail Barber at Lancaster.
Twenty years ago in 1987, Ted Christopher beat out Bo Gunning at
Stafford. Ditto for Gunning at Waterford on Saturday as he finished
second to Bob Gada. The Modified Tour was at Clearfield, Pa where
Jim Spencer took the win over Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Mclaughlin and
Mike Stefanik. Stan Greger was victorious at Riverside and at
Riverhead, Tom McCann took the win. In Winston Cup action at
Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the WINSTON.
Fifteen years ago in 1992, Tom Tagg won out at Stafford over Bob
Potter and Richie Gallup. At Riverside, Jerry Marquis went two for
two in the Bob Judkins 2x as he won both ends of the twin bill that
was presented. Marquis back it up with a win at Monadnock on Sunday.
The Busch North Series was also at Monadnock. Ageless Stub Fadden
took the win over Dale Shaw and Mike Rowe. In Winston Cup action at
Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt Sr. was leading the last lap of the
WINSTON and rode Kyle Petty to the grass as he was attempting to
pass. Petty didn't lift and ended up spinning Earnhardt out. Davey
Allison passed Petty at the finish line. Petty then hit Allison and
sent him into the wall to end a wild night of racing. Racing at
Waterford rained out.
Ten years ago in 1997,Jim Broderick, with his Mopar powered SK, took
the lead after early leader Ed Flemke Jr. crashed and went on to
record his second win of the season at Stafford. Bo Gunning finished
second with Bob Potter, third. Chuck Steuer went pole to pole at
Riverhead and Tom Jensen beat out Dave Berube at Riverside. It
rained at Waterford and at Shangri-La. The Featherlite Modified Tour
Series was at Nazareth for a 100 lap event. Mike Stefanik took the
lead from Tony Hirschman on lap seven and went on to record the win.
Charlie Pasteryak finished second and was followed by Jamie Tomaino,
Ed Kennedy and Jan Leaty. There were ten cautions for 47 laps. The
Busch Grandnationals were also at Nazareth. Elliott Sadler recorded
his first GN win with Todd Bodine, a close second. Steve Park led 92
of the first 141 laps until losing an engine. In Winston Cup action
at Charlotte, Jeff Gordon won $207,500 when he took the checkered
flag in the Winston. Ricky Craven won the Winston Open.
Five years ago in 2002, heavy rain forced postponement of the
scheduled NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series event on Friday
night. Qualifying was completed before the rains came. Nevin George
set fast time for the Busch Pole award. Ted Christopher was the
second fastest. The re-draw for the start saw Christopher on the
pole with Jamie Tomaino, outside. George drew the third starting
spot. Forty-three Modifieds were on hand. Among the notables that
missed the cut were Tom Baldwin, John Blewett III, Jim Broderick and
Carl Pasteryak. At Waterford on Saturday night Ed Reed Jr. beat out
Rob Janovic and Dennis Gada and at Riverhead, JR Bertuccio made it
two in a row. The Busch North Series was at Seekonk for a 150
lapper. Matt Kobyluck took the lead on lap 144 and went on to score
the win. At the Adirondack Raceway second-generation driver Chris
Ross won a 50 lap Pro Stock event. The Fonda Speedway celebrated its
50th anniversary. Jack Johnson, who, at 57 scored his 140th win at
the historic oval. Mark Rogers won at Wall Township and Helio
Castroneves won the Indy 500, the 12th win for car owner Roger
Penske. In Winston Cup action in the World 600 at the Lowes Motor
speedway, Mark Martin took the win after Jimmie Johnson blew a late
race pit stop. Jeff Green won the Busch Series event.
Last year, 2006, The Stafford Motor Speedway suffered a rain out for
the second week in a row. At the Waterford Speedbowl Dwayne Door
made it five in a row in the Sportsman division, thus setting a
division mark. Dorr, who started 12th, needed only six laps to take
the lead. He then survived a restart- challenge from eventual
runner-up Jim Procaccini with four laps left to the 20 lap feature.
Jeff Pearl scored his first win of the season as he beat back
advances from Dennis Gada. Chris Pasteryak finished third with
rookie contender, Tyler Chadwick, fourth and Rob Summers, fifth.
Other winners at the shoreline oval were Tim Jordan in the Late
Models, Danny Field in the Mini-Stocks and Mark Bakaj in the
Legends. In some sad news, Don Fowler, who finished sixth in the SK
Modified feature suffered a stroke shortly after returning to his
home in Clinton, CT.
In other Saturday night action, John Blewett III scored his 15th
career at the Wall Township Speedway. At the Riverhead Raceway Chris
Young won his second Modified feature of the year. True Value
Modified Series racing at the Lee Raceway rained out. Bob Santos III
won a USAC Midget event at Concord, NC.
It looked like many of Nextel Cup star Dale Jarrett’s fans would be
burning their t-shirts, hats and jackets as they voiced their
protests of him leaving the Ford camp for Toyota. Jarrett, who was
49, was in the twilight of his career with maybe only a couple years
remaining of his competitive career. It was all about money and
greed. Jarrett would drive a Toyota bodied Nextel Cup car owned by
Michael Waltrip and financed by Toyota. They made him an offer he
couldn’t refuse. Jimmie Johnson won the Nextel All-Star Challenge
and its $1 million prize Scott Riggs won the Nextel Open.
Two-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. was almost one
mile-an-hour faster than anyone else on the track and easily
captured the pole for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500. The
No.6 Penske Racing Honda posted a four-lap average of 228.985 m.p.h.
for his first Indianapolis 500 pole.
The DIRT MotorSports Inc. head office in Norman, Okla., appears to
have taken a more professional direction in the business of auto
racing entertainment with in its top management. Paul Kruger, who
first approached DIRT founder Glenn Donnelly with Boundless Motor
Sports Racing's offer to purchase Donnelly's organization, resigned
his position as president and CEO of the new DIRT MotorSports and
sold the majority of his holdings in the company. In his place, Tom
Deery was named acting CEO. Deery, a former NASCAR official whose
family runs Rockford Speedway in Illinois, also is president of DIRT
MotorSports, which includes the World of Outlaws sprint and late
model series, DIRT NorthEast and both the UMP and MARS late model
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