Sixty years ago in 1951 the final touches were being done to
the new asphalt surface at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Fifty years ago in 1961, Johnny Thompson was the Saturday
night winner at the Norwood Arena. At the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl, Ted Stack made it three in a row in Sunday Modified
action at the shoreline oval. Stack also won the non-Ford feature
while Joe Maynard was the Bomber winner.
Forty-five years ago in 1966 New York hot shoe Pete Corey was
the Friday night winner on the dirt at Stafford. Jerry Cook broke
the stronghold that New England drivers held at the Albany Saratoga
Speedway as he won the Friday night 30 lap feature. Mario “Fats”
Caruso finished second and was followed by Dennis Zimmerman, Rene
Charland and Gaston Demaris. Crowd favorite Pete Corey went two for
two on the weekend as he took the 25 lap win at Fonda on Saturday
night over Irv Taylor and Ernie Gahan. Dave Dias was the Saturday
night winner at Norwood. Local favorite Charlie Webster won the
Modified 30 lap feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Eddie
Bunnell made it four in a row in the Bombers and Bill Sweet was the
Daredevil winner. At Utica-Rome on Sunday night Cook backed up his
Friday night win with a victory at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday
night. Lou Toro finished second with Bill Wimble, third. Dave Kotary
and Richie Evans rounded out the top five.
Forty years ago in 1971, the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in
Malta, NY saw the best in the business come together on Friday
night. When the checkered flag flew it was two of New England’s best
leading the way as Bugsy Stevens took down the win with Steady Eddie
Flemke coming home in second spot. Guy Chartrand finished third and
was followed by Jerry Cook, Andy Romano and Leo Cleary. Stevens
continued his winning streak to Stafford on Saturday night as he won
both ends of the twin-25 lap program. At Islip, Charlie Jarzombek
outdistanced Art Tappen and at Fonda, Lou Lazzaro beat out Maynard
Forette. Racing on Sunday at Utica-Rome and at Thompson was rained
out. It also rained at Waterford on Saturday night.
Thirty-five years ago in 1976, Riverhead ran on Friday night
with Fred Harbach taking the win over Gary Winters, Charlie
Jarzombek and Greg Sacks. Harbach tried to carry his streak to Islip
on Saturday night but when all was said and done, the Flying
Dutchman had to settle for second behind Tiger Tom Baldwin. Jerry
Cook finished third with Wayne Anderson, fourth. Stafford pulled the
plug because of rain and cold but they ran at Riverside despite the
fact that only 3600 were in the stands. Charlie Glazier took the win
over Ronnie Rocco, Ron Wyckoff and Sonny O'Sullivan. Waterford also
beat the weather as Bob Potter ruled the roost at the shoreline oval
in the Modified division. Potter was hot as a pistol as his win made
it three in a row. Don Fowler was the Grand American Late Model
winner. At New Egypt it was Ricky Lutz over John Blewett Jr and
Wayne Anderson. On Sunday, a NASCAR Modified event was run at Cayuga
where Roger Treichler took the win over Ed Howe, Richie Evans and
Thirty years ago in 1981, rain washed out all racing in the
Northeast except at Claremont, Danbury and Lancaster. Punky Caron
beat out Dwight Jarvis at the New Hampshire oval and Siege Fidenza
won at Lancaster. Lou Funk Jr in the Modifieds and Randy LaJoie in
the Sportsman were the winners at Danbury. In Winston Cup action at
Dover Downs, Jody Ridley got his first and only win in NASCAR’s top
division. Bobby Allison finished second. Ronnie Bouchard qualified
12th but crashed 22 laps into the event and finished 27th.
Twenty-five years ago in 1986, Jamie Tomaino beat the best
there was at Stafford on Friday night. Mike Stefanik finished second
and was followed by Greg Sacks and Kenny Bouchard. There were only
19 Modifieds on hand and despite the fact that they were all good
ones, the Stafford management was having thoughts of dropping the
mighty Mods from their weekly schedule. Saturday night at Waterford,
Dale Holdredge held off Ricky Young to take the win. At Riverside it
was Reggie Ruggiero and at Riverhead Wayne Anderson led Steve Park
to the checker. The Modified tour was at Monadnock on Sunday. Kenny
Bouchard took the win over Jim Spencer, Jamie Tomaino and John
Rosati. In other weekend action, Leo Cleary was the Pro Stock winner
at Seekonk and Jim Spencer was the Modified winner at Shangri-La. In
Winston Cup action at Dover Downs, Geoff Bodine started third and
won the 500 lap-500 mile grind that saw temperatures in the
90's.Darrell Waltrip was the
Busch Grandnational winner.
Twenty years ago in 1991,Stafford rained out on Friday night
but Ted Christopher more than made up for it on Saturday night as he
went two for two as he won a left over 75 lapper and the regular
Saturday night 35 lapper at the Waterford Speedbowl. Reggie Ruggiero
beat out Jerry Marquis at Riverside and Eddie Brunnhoelzl Jr took
Riverhead. Ken Wooly won an open competition event at New Egypt on
Sunday as he out distanced Tony Siscone and Jamie Tomaino. At
Monadnock, Kirby Monteith ruled the roost as he won out over Dwight
Jarvis, Jerry Marquis and Mike Ewanitsko.
Fifteen years ago in 1996, Lloyd Agor took the lead on lap 42
of the 50 lap feature at Stafford and went on to take the win over
Bo Gunning and Tony Sylvester. Indy pole sitter Scott Brayton died
in a practice crash caused by a deflated tire. On Saturday the
Waterford Speedbowl management called the night’s races at noon
because of impending rain. Needless to say, they got skunked by the
weatherman and it never did rain. Waterford’s events were run on
Sunday. After a big wreck on the start, Scott Spaulding went on to
take the win. Tom Rosati, pinch-hitting for Reggie Ruggiero who was
at Nazareth for a Mod tour event got credit for the win at Riverside
on Saturday. Ruggiero arrived late and jumped into the car in the
mid stages but Rosati started the event and got credit for the win.
Ted Riggott finished second. Double features were run at Riverhead
with Tom McCann and Chuck Steuer taking the wins. The Modified Tour
was at Nazareth for a 100 lapper on Sunday. Reggie Ruggiero led for
71 laps and was going into the final turn on the last lap when he
was dumped by Jan Leaty, who went on to take the win. A very unhappy
Ruggiero restarted and ended up 19th.Tony Hirschman finished second
and was followed by Rick Fuller, Ed Kennedy, Ken Wooley and Tony
Ferrente Jr. In Winston Cup action at Charlotte, Michael Waltrip
took the lead with nine laps to go and won the Winston. It was also
on this weekend that Alan Johnson got his 100th DIRT victory, that
coming at Canadaigua
Ten years ago in 2001 Ted Christopher beat out Eric Berndt
and Lloyd Agor at Stafford on Friday night. Christopher started 13th
and took the lead on lap 9 of the 50 lap feature. Dennis Gada made
it three in a row at Waterford on Saturday night. Mark LaJunesse
finished second with Ed Reed Jr, third. John Fortin won a 50 lapper
at Riverhead and Mike Carpenter beat out Jimmie Blewett at Wall. The
NASCAR Modified Tour Series was at Nazareth. Ted Christopher took
the pole and led the first 15 laps before losing a drive shaft. Mike
Stefanik led from lap 16 to 42 when he pitted. Nevin George and Tom
Cravenho had their time at the point until lap 62 when Stefanik
re-assumed the lead with Mike Ewanitsko in tow. The two swapped the
lead until lap 76 when Stefanik hit the wall after banging wheels
with Ewanitsko. Ewanitsko went on to take the win and was followed
by Ed Flemke Jr, John Blewett III, Charlie Pasteryak and Zane Zeiner.
There were a total of nine cautions in the 100 lap event. Greg
Biffle won the BGN 150, also at Nazareth. In Winston Cup action at
Charlotte, Jeff Gordon won the Winston in his back-up car after
wrecking his original car on the start. Because of wet track
conditions, NASCAR allowed this to happen. Todd Bodine won the
No-Bull 5 Winston Open. Maynard Forette, at 65 years of age won the
Saturday night modified event at Lebanon Valley and Scott Sharp took
the Indy 500 pole with a speed of 226.037 mph.
Five years go in 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., appeared 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
Last year, 2010 the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series
continued on "Spring Break" After two events Bobby Santos sat firmly
atop the point standings with a 15 point lead over Ted Christopher.
Mike Stefanik sat in third spot, some 25 points behind the leader.
Tied for fourth spot were Rowan Pennick and Todd Szegedy. Sixth
through tenth were Eric Berndt, Ryan Preece, Chris Pasteryak, Eric
Goodale and Erick Rudolph. After two events a total of 39 different
drivers had entered into competition.
The Late Model division took center stage on Friday at the Stafford
Motor Speedway with the 16th Annual Lincoln Technical Institute Late
Model 100. Woody Pitkat scored a dominating win, leading the race
from lap-17 all the way to lap-100 to pick up his first win of the
2010 season and the first win ever for his car owner Billy Snow, Sr.
Frank Ruocco scored a dominating feature victory in the 40-lap SK
Modified® feature, David Webb won the 20-lap SK Light Modified
feature, George Nocera, Jr. won the 20-lap Limited Late Model
feature, and Jeff Jolly wired the field in the 15-lap DARE Stock
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ted Christopher took the
lead from Frank Ruocco in the outside groove to lead the field, but
Ruocco was glued to Christopher's back bumper. After several
cautions slowed the action in the first several laps of the race,
Christopher held the lead until lap-6 when Ruocco went to the front
of the field. Keith Rocco was third behind Christopher with Mark
Bakaj in fourth and Zach Sylvester in fifth.
Ruocco continued to hold the lead while Christopher and Rocco were
having a great duel for second place. Rocco worked Christopher over
and he finally was able to get by Christopher for second on lap-20.
A spin by Brad Hietala brought the yellow out with 20 laps complete.
Ruocco continued to lead on the restart, with Rocco and Christopher
side by side for second. Christopher took the spot, but he spun on
lap-23 after contact with Rocco, which brought the caution back out.
Rocco was sent to the rear of the field for over aggressive driving,
moving Sylvester into second, Jeff Malave into third, and Jeff Baral
into fourth for the restart.
Ruocco again held the lead with Sylvester, Malave, Baral, and Dan
Avery behind him in the top-5. The top-5 ran in line until the
caution came back out with 29 laps complete for a spin by Brad
Hietala. Ruocco again got a good restart and kept the lead with
Malave moving into second and Baral into third. Keith Rocco was now
back in the mix after his penalty and moved into fourth with Ryan
Preece moving into fifth place. Rocco got by Baral on the last lap,
but it was all Ruocco as he led the race from lap-6 to the checkered
flag to take his first SK Modified® feature victory of the 2010
season. Malave finished second, with Rocco, Baral, and Preece
rounding out the top-5.
Racing at the Waterford Speedbowl was cancelled due to rain. The sun
was out at 3:00pm and it ended up being a pleasant day and evening.
There was lots of standing water in the infield which meant that the
water table at the shoreline oval was quite high. Keith Rocco held a
commanding 19 point lead over Ron Yuhas jr in the SK Modified
division. Sitting in third, 64 points in arears was Diego Monahan.
Tyler Chadwick and Rob Janovic were tied for fifth.
In Long Island racing action, defending NASCAR Modified champion
John Fortin of Holtsville escaped a close call late in Saturday's
35-lap feature event at Riverhead Raceway to drive to his 23rd
career victory before a chilled and windswept collection of die hard
fans. The win moved John into sole possession of 11th on the
all-time win list, four behind Don Howe and John Berkoski who share
9th at 27 victories.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem NC ran a 100 lapper on
Saturday night in front of another packed house. MadHouse TV star
Burt Myers scored his first victory of the year at the historic
track. Myers started 16th on the field. Brian Loftin finished second
with Brentt Elliott, third and Brad Robbins, fourth. Defending track
champ Tim Brown rounded out the top five. Jason Myers, another
MadHouse star finished ninth after drawing the scratch starting
spot. Junior Miller ended up 15th.
Internet web site Speed 51 reported that defending Bowman Gray
Stadium (NC) Modified champion and Madhouse television personality
Tim Brown told Speed 51 Radio that SPEED TV had been negotiating
with the History Channel to buy the rights to the reality television
show. Brown said that even though he wasn't happy with how he was
portrayed in the first season of the show he would consider being a
part of a second season. He told 51 Radio that although a film crew
has been taping at Bowman Gray this year, it might be too late into
the season for a deal to be made and a possible SPEED version of
Madhouse might not appear until the 2011 season.
Because of the fact that it was Mother's Day weekend the Nationwide
Series ran on Friday and the Sprint Cup race was run on Saturday
night at the Darlington Raceway. The weekend belonged to Denny
Hamlin as he won both events.
This week are several vintage racing
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