years ago in 1967 Don MacTavish took the top spot at the Albany
Saratoga Speedway on Friday night. It was an all New England top
five as Pete Hamilton finished second and Tommy Borget finished
third. Billy Harman and Gene Bergin rounded out the top five, At the
Fonda Speedway Irv Taylor beat out Lou Lazzaro and Dave Lape and at
the Utica-Rome Speedway Bill Wimble outlasted Bruce Dostal for the
win. Dick Clark, Dave Lape and Rene Charland rounded out the top
five. The Albany Saratoga Speedway ran a 100 lapper on Monday to
celebrate Memorial Day. MacTavish made it two in a row at the Malta
oval. Pete Hamilton again finished second with Lou Lazzaro, third.
Guy Chartrand and Ernie Gahan rounded out the top five.
Thirty-five years ago in 1972, Eddie Flemke,
in the Vigliorolo No.34 which was the original Bob
Judkins Pinto started off the weekend on the right foot as he won
the Friday night feature at Malta, N.Y. and the Saturday night
feature at Stafford. Bugsy Stevens finished second on both nights.
At Islip on Saturday night, Gary Winters mastered the 1/5 mile oval
as he took the main event over Cliff Tyler and Jack Reinhardt. At
Fonda it was Dave Lape over Lou Lazzaro. At Utica-Rome on Sunday
night, Ed Pieniezak won out over Al Clark. Stafford ran their 100
lap Memorial Day Classic on Monday. Fred DeSarro took the win over
Ed Flemke, Ronnie Bouchard, Denis Giroux and George Summers.
Thirty years ago in 1977, Fred DeSarro was the Friday night winner
at Stafford. Ron Bouchard finished second with Bugsy Stevens, Brian
Ross and Ed Flemke rounding out the top five. Allen Whipple was the
winner at Monadnock and at Riverhead it was Charlie Jarzombek over
Fred Harbach. Saturday night was busy. At Waterford it was Bill
Greco over Don Bunnell, at Seekonk, Ronnie Bouchard and Freddie
Schulz finished one-two and at Westboro, Mike Murphy, Mike Weeden
and Gomer Taylor were the top three. Pete Fiandaca beat out Bob
Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero at Riverside and at Charlotte a
Super-Speedway Modified event was run with Harry Gant taking the win
over Jerry Makara, Jerry Cook and Lennie Pond. Sunday night at
Thompson, Ronnie Bouchard mastered the 5/8 mile oval. Fred DeSarro
finished second with Ray Miller, third.
Twenty-five years ago in 1982, Ray Miller took the Friday night win
with Reggie Ruggiero, second and Ronnie Bouchard, third. Everything
else in New England for the weekend was rained out. At New Egypt
Richie Evans won a 100 lapper over Wayne Anderson and Tony Siscone.
Evans carried over his winning ways to Shangri-La where he beat out
George Kent and Jerry Cook. At Islip John Blewett Jr took the nights
feature over Don Howe and Fred Harbach.
Twenty years ago in 1987, the Modified Tour Series was at Stafford
on Friday night for a 100 lapper. Reggie Ruggiero in the Mario Fiore
No.44 was the class of the field as he took the victory over Jeff
Fuller, Kenny Bouchard, Brian Ross and Corky Cookman. Richie Gallup
was the SK-Modified winner. At Waterford on Saturday night, Bob
Potter recorded his 74th career win at the shoreline oval. Dick
Ceravolo finished second with Bob Gada, third. At Riverhead it was
Tom McCann over Don Howe and at Seekonk and Riverside, it rained.
Don Pratt won at Shangri-La on Saturday and on Sunday for the Port
City Classic at Oswego, Tony Hirschman won the 100 lap event over
Jan Leaty, Jamie Tomaino and Wayne Edwards. In Winston Cup action at
Charlotte, Kyle Petty took the win. Harry Gant was the Busch
Fifteen years ago in 1992, the modified Tour Series was at Stafford
for a 150 lapper. Reggie Ruggiero, in the Ed Cloce No.69 took the
win with Jeff Fuller, second. Jamie Tomaino, Wayne Anderson and Ed
Flemke Jr. rounded out the top five. Ricky Young was the big winner
at Waterford on Saturday night as he beat out Mark Lajunesse and Ted
Christopher for the win. Jerry Marquis got his fifth of the year in
the Judkins 2x at Riverside and it was Carl Miller over Dan
Jivenelli at Riverhead. Jan Leaty won the Port City Classic at
Oswego. Jim Rudolf, Reggie Ruggiero and Chris Amen followed. In
Sunday night SK-Modified action at Thompson, Richie Gallup in the
Ceravolo No.31 took the win over Bo Gunning and Tom Tagg.
Ten years ago in 1997, Mike Stefanik recorded his 38th Featherlite
Modified Tour Series win as he beat out Tony Hirschman, Reggie
Ruggerio and Rick Fuller in a 150 lap event at Stafford. Ken Barry
was the SK winner. Tucker Reynolds took the Saturday night win at
Waterford Jeff Pearl led the early going until getting bumped out of
the way by Reynolds with 15 laps to go. At Waterford it was
announced that long time driver and race official Ed "Spinner" Smith
had passed away at the age of 82. Chris Kopec won at Riverside and
Frank Vigliorolo won at Riverhead. George Kent won the Richie Evans
Memorial at Shangri-La and Dave Dion won the Busch North Series
event at Holland. Mike Stefanik finished second. In Winston Cup
action at Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt Sr. announced the Steve Park
would drive in five Winston Cup races in 1998.Jeff Gordon won the
rain delayed World 600 at Charlotte.
Five years ago in 2002, heavy rain and high winds wiped out the
scheduled NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series event at Stafford.
Eddie Reed Jr. beat Dennis Gada by a bumper to make it two in a row
at Waterford on Saturday night. Tom Fox finished third. JR Bertuccio
made it three in a row at Riverhead as he beat out Howie Brode and
Wayne Anderson. At Wall Township on Saturday night, Jimmie Blewett
took the win over Marc Rogers and Tim Arre. The Race of Champions
Championship Trail was at Wall Township on Sunday for a 100 lapper.
Doug Wolcott went pole to pole to take the event over George Kent Sr,
Jamie Tomaino and John Blewett III. In Winston Cup action at Dover
Downs, Jimmie Johnson took the win with Bill Elliott, second.
Last year, 2006, in what turned out to be a big surprise, NASCAR’s
Director of Regional Racing Development Don Hawk resigned his
position with the sanctioning body. During Hawk’s tenure the
Modified division has prospered to the point where they are NASCAR’s
top regional touring division. Despite sitting in the front office
in Daytona Hawk was always available to give guidance and answer
questions. He was held back only by those above him. A spokesperson
for NASCAR stated that he wanted to pursue personal options. Larry
Mattingly of the Jennerstown Speedway in Pa stated that anyone who
works within inner sanctum does not have an easy time of it as he
has to try to keep the competitors happy as well as his employer,
NASCAR. Mattingly was told that “major” things were in the works but
did not elaborate.
The Stafford Motor Speedway was scheduled to host their second of
four Whelen Modified Tour Series events. For the third week in a row
the weatherman won as heavy rain dumped on the Stafford area. The
Connecticut Classic was rescheduled to Tuesday, July 4.
At the Waterford Speedbowl the Supermodifieds of ISMA were the guest
attraction. Justin Belfiore won the 50-lap contest. Belfiore took
the lead after the top three including Waterford regular Rob Summers
were eliminated on a lap 17 crash. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. went pole
to pole to win the 35 lap SK Modified feature. Chris Pasteryak
closed to within a car length at the finish with Tommy Fox third.
Other winners were Jay Stuart in the 30-lap Late Model event, Billy
Gertsch Jr. in the 20-lap Sportsman haul and Danny Field in the
20-lap Mini Stock race. Dwayne Dorr’s bid for a record-tying sixth
straight Sportsman victory was lost in a lap seven crash.
In other weekend action Mike Leaty won the Richie Evans 100 at
Oswego. Matt Hirschman finished second with Eric Beers, third. John
Blewett III won at Wall Township and JR. Bertuccio won at Riverhead.
Kasey Kahne won the Coke 300 at Charlotte. Defending series champion
Tony Stewart broke his shoulder after hitting the wall. Sam Hornish
Jr. won the Indy 500
That’s about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and
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