years ago in 1963 Mr. Rene Charland took the 25 lap NASCAR Sportsman
win at the Utica-Rome Speedway. Lou Lazzaro finished second with Tom
Kotary, third. Jim Luke and Jeep Herbert
rounded out the top five.
Forty years ago, in 1968, the action was hot and heavy at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway where Rene Charland held off charging Don
MacTavish for the win. Bernie Miller finished third with Dave Kotary
and Ed Pieniezek rounding out the top five. At Stafford, Bugsy
Stevens took the top spot over Jack Malone, Bill Slater, Lou Toro
and Joe Trudeau. Saturday night action at Norwood and Fonda rained
out. Bugs Stevens made it two for two on the weekend as he won at
Thompson on Sunday afternoon. Sunday night racing at Utica-Rome fell
victim to rain.
years ago in 1973, weekend action began Friday night at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., where Fred DeSarro took the
win over Eddie Flemke. On Saturday, at Stafford,
Ronnie Bouchard came from deep in
the field to make it three in a row. Don Flynn finished second. Dan
McNamara won at Islip over Charlie Jarzombek and Jim Hendrickson. In
Sunday action at Lee, Bugsy Stevens led the way over Freddie Schulz,
Moose Hewitt and Bob Santos. Utica-Rome and Tioga rained out.
Thirty years ago in 1978, Geoff Bodine made it two in a row in
Friday night action at Stafford. Bugsy Stevens finished second and
was followed by Ronnie Bouchard and Leo Cleary. Bodine ended up
going three for three as he also won at Seekonk on Saturday and at
Thompson on Sunday. At Waterford, Dick Dunn beat out Blaine Belz and
at Westboro, Joe Howard took the win. Other weekend winners were
Maynard Troyer at Spencer and George Kent at Fulton.
Twenty-five years ago in 1983, the weatherman won at Stafford as it
rained. At Waterford on Saturday, Joe Tiezzi won out over Glynn
Shafer and Ted Christopher. At Riverside, it was Mike Stefanik and
at Islip, Fred Harbach was still winning. George Kent won out over
Richie Evans at Spencer and at Tioga, Kent slipped to third behind
Evans and Jim Spencer. In Winston Cup and Grandnational action at
Dover Downs, Ricky Rudd took the GN win and Bobby Allison won the WC
Twenty Years ago in 1988, the weatherman got another at Stafford.
Richie Gallup got his third win at Waterford over Larry Lanphear and
Bob Potter. At Riverside, Jerry Marquis took the win and in Modified
Tour Series action at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Mike McLaughlin
earned a victory over Jeff Fuller and Reggie Ruggiero. Fred Harbach
won at Riverhead and at Monadnock, Kenny Bouchard took the win.
Fifteen years ago in 1993, Rick Donnelly got his first Stafford win.
Bob Potter finished second and was followed by Mike and Ted
Christopher. A.J.Foyt officially retired from Indy Car racing after
making one final lap around the fabled Brickyard. Bob Potter scored
his 89th career win at Waterford on Saturday night over Mark
Lajunesse and Larry Lanphear. Ron Rocco was going for second spot
until getting walled by Jim Dolan who never turned when they entered
turn three. Cris Kopec got his first win at Riverside after rookie
Jim Houghton was disqualified with illegal gears. Bob Park won at
Riverhead and in BGNN action at Monadnock, Robbie Crouch took the
win over Kelly Moore and Mike McLaughlin. In Winston Cup action at
Sears Point, Geoff Bodine survived a vicious hammering from Ricky
Rudd to take the win.
Ten years ago in 1998, Curt Brainard scored his first ever win at
Stafford. In his 112th try, Brainard took the lead on lap three and
led to the checker at the 50-lap mark. Steve Chowanski finished
second with Mike Christopher, Chris Jones and Frank Wainwright
rounding out the top five. Matt Kobyluck was running a Pro Stock
when he crashed hard and suffered a broken shoulder blade and
numerous broken ribs. At Waterford on Saturday night, Rick Donnelly
survived 13 cautions to win the 35-lap feature that took over an
hour to run. Tucker Reynolds finished second and was followed by
Bert Marvin, Dennis Gada and Mike Gada. Allen Coates was the late
model winner. Coats’ win was the 198th for engine shop, Larry’s
Automotive. Jim Broderick scored his first win at Riverside Park. Ed
Spiers, Richie Gallup, Ted Riggot and Brad Hietella followed. Howie
Brode scored his first ever win at Riverhead as he won out over
George Brunnhoelzl. The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series was
at Nazareth for a 100 lapper. Mike Stefanik took the win after a
tough battle with Tom Baldwin and Ed Flemke Jr. Dan Avery finished
fourth with Jamie Tomaino rounding out the top five. Tim Fedewa won
the Busch Series event that was also run at the Pennsylvania oval.
Dale Earnhardt Jr was a pre-race favorite but got wrecked after a
pit stop. Randy Lajoie wasn’t too happy with Buckshot Jones after
being dumped into the wall. In Winston Cup action at Charlotte, Mark
Martin won the Winston after Jeff Gordon ran out of gas on the last
lap. Jeremy Mayfield won the Winston Open.
Five years ago in 2003 The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series
traveled to Nazareth, Pa. Ted Christopher was the class of the field
as he won the 100-lap event that was extended to 107 laps because of
a late race caution. Christopher and Busch Pole sitter John Blewett
III were the only leaders in the event that was slowed by 8 caution
periods for 47 laps. It was Christopher’s race to lose as he had the
dominant car for just about the entire distance. Christopher led the
first 94 laps before giving way to Blewett who led only laps 95
through 97 before Christopher took charge for good. It was
Christopher’s second Modified tour victory of the year as he had
previously won the Spring Sizzle at Stafford. Blewett finished
second. Eddie Flemke, who has had a string of bad luck, got the
monkey off his back with a strong run, which placed him third at the
finish. Nevin George and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five.
Thirty-eight cars were on hand, a little light considering the
event. Not to insult anyone but there were at least eight cars that
didn’t belong in the field. Based on his strong second place finish,
John Blewett III took over the point lead from Chuck Hossfeld.
Hossfeld crossed the finish line in 8th spot but was placed last,
19th, on the lead lap for jumping the final re-start. Hossfeld had
now slipped to fourth in the standings. Trailing Blewett by one
point was Todd Szegedy. Christopher moved up into third and Jerry
Marquis sat in fourth. Ted Christopher had a busy weekend for
himself. In addition to racing at Nazareth, he competed at Stafford
on Friday night where he finished sixth after qualifying through the
consolation and on Saturday night at Waterford he finished third in
a rough night at the shoreline oval. At Stafford, Brad Hietala
passed Jim Civali on a lap 30 re-start and went on to take the
victory in the 50 lap main event. Hietala started in seventh
position. Mike Holdredge finished second with defending track
champion, Bo Gunning, finishing third. Civali finished fourth with
Jay Miller rounding out the top five. Rookie Curt Lenahan started on
the pole and captured his first ever win at Waterford on Saturday
night. For the most part, many of the heavy hitters in the modified
ranks were collected in wrecks, which were the norm at the shoreline
oval. Jay Miller survived to finish second with Ted Christopher,
third. Ron Yuhas Jr. and John Brouwer Jr. rounded out the top five.
The Busch North Series was at the Lake Erie Speedway where Andy
Santerre took the win over Mike Johnson and Mike Stefanik. Kelly
Moore was the pole sitter and led the early going before losing two
laps when he cut down two tires and had to pit. Moore ended up 16th.
In Winston Cup action at Charlotte, Jimmie Johnson took the lead
from Jeff Gordon on lap three of the final 20 lap leg of The Winston
and went on to score the win. Kurt Busch finished second. In Busch
Series action at Nazareth, Ron Hornady took the win after leading
148 of the 200-lap distance. Brian Vickers finished second with Mike
Last year, 2007, In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the
Stafford Motor Speedway the weatherman took the win. Forecasts of
heavy wind and rain forced the Arute family to pull the plug on the
night’s activities. Kerry Malone was the current point leader in the
SK Modified division. Malone led Eric Berndt by 10 points after
three events. Rounding out the top five were Ted Christopher, Brad
Heitala and Willie Hardie Jr. Defending SK Modified Champion Frank
Ruocco was 11th, 54 points behind the leader. Other point leaders
were Tom Butler in the Late Models, Chris Mathews in the SK Lights,
Andrew Durand in the Ltd Late Models and Barry Fluckiger in the Dare
Stocks. The Stafford Speedway announced that Valvoline, in
conjunction with CARQUEST Auto Parts, had signed on to become an SK
Modified 1st place contingency partner for the 2007 NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series season. Valvoline's weekly $150 contingency
bonus brought the total winner's check for each SK Modified® feature
event to $1,850.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford
Speedbowl the weatherman also prevailed as close to two inches of
rain fell on the shoreline oval on Saturday. Shawn Monahan was the
current SK Modified point leader as he held an 18 point edge over
Rob Janovic. In six events Monahan had been the model of consistency
as he had recorded six top 10’s including one win. Janovic had two
wins but has only five top tens. Rounding out the top five were Doug
Coby, Jeff Pearl and Diego Monahan. Allen Coates was the Late Model
point leader, Dwayne Dorr the Sportsman leader, Ken Cassidy the Mini
Stock leader and Chris Bakaj the Legends leader.
Joey Logano won his third Grand National Division race in four
career starts in the Featherlite Coaches 200. And his latest win
came over runner-up Kevin Harvick by nearly two and a half seconds –
a day after Harvick won the NEXTEL Cup All-Star Challenge and three
months after he won the Daytona 500. The first NASCAR sanctioned
event at Iowa Speedway drew a facility-record estimated crowd of
24,741. It was also one of the largest stand-alone crowds in NASCAR
Grand National Division history.
Kevin Harvick earned a $1 million payday, winning the Nextel
All-Star Challenge in Concord, N.C., after Matt Kenseth got caught
speeding and brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch took each other out of
contention. That made Jimmie Johnson, a two-time All-Star race
winner, the last driver for Harvick to contend with.
But Johnson barely mounted a challenge, staying in line behind
Harvick until the final lap at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Johnson made
one attempt at a pass, Harvick blocked it, then drove off to his
second win of the season. Mark Martin finished third and was
followed by Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Johnny Sauter and Kenseth.
Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr., who got into
the race by winning the Nextel Open, rounded out the top 10.
It was announced that almost 1,700 former Sprint Corp. employees
would settle their federal class-action age-discrimination lawsuit
against the company for $57 million, according to a proposal filed
Friday in U.S. District Court for Kansas. The employees sued after
several mass layoffs between October 2001 and March 2003, alleging
that a computerized performance management system used in the
layoffs improperly targeted employees older than 40.The settlement
amount included $21 million to pay plaintiffs' attorneys fees and
The Associated Press reported that NASCAR couldn’t stop AT&T Inc.
from featuring its logo on Jeff Burton's No. 31 Richard Childress
Racing Chevrolet, a federal judge ruled. NASCAR asked for the ruling
to be put on hold pending appeal. A federal judge and the 11th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant NASCAR's requests for a
stay to prevent Burton's No. 31 car from racing Saturday with the
AT&T logo. The first ruling, issued just hours before the Nextel
All-Star Challenge, was the second in two days from U.S. District
Judge Marvin Shoob. Following the second denial for a stay, NASCAR
filed an emergency motion with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in Atlanta, which also denied the request.
This week are several
vintage racing photos of Hall of Famer Bentley Warren from the R.A.
Silvia Collection Courtesy of
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