Sixty years ago in 1952 rain
prevailed at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the second week
in a row.
Fifty five years ago in 1957 Don
Collins made it two in a row in Sportsman action at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ted Dean was the non-Ford winner. NASCAR
incurred one of its darkest and near tragic days when a Mercury
driven by Billy Myers in a Grand National (Cup) event got launched
into the grandstand, injuring several people. No fatalities incurred
but a few days later the major auto makers pulled out of NASCAR
Fifty years ago in 1962 Hank
Stevens captured his second Modified feature win of the year at the
New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ed Moody was the Bomber winner.
Ernie Gahan was the Modified winner on the dirt at Stafford.
Forty five years ago in 1967
Newt Palm made it four out of five as he won the Modified feature at
the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ron Emery was the Daredevil
Forty 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. Waterford
ran their rained out program on Sunday where Dick Caso made it two
in a row. Bob Gada SR was the Sportsman Sedan winner.
Thirty five 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; George
"Moose" Hewitt took the win. Other weekend winners included Ted
Wesnoski at Islip and Fred DeSarro at
Thirty 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 five 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
Twenty 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.
Fifteen 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.
Ten 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.
Five years ago in 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 hadtwo
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.
Last year, 2011, The NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour continued on Spring Break before returning on
Friday, May 27 at Stafford for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125.
The Thompson Speedway began its weekly Thursday Night Thunder
Series. Keith Rocco of held off Ted Christopher to score the victory
in the Sunoco Modified feature event. Derek Ramstrom was the feature
winner of the Super Late Models and Rick Gentes was triumphant in
Late Model action. Jay Sundeen wired the field to score the victory
in the TIS Modifieds while Larry Barnett the all-time winning most
driver in the Limited Sportsman division, added to his tally with a
victory and Danny Field was the top dog in the Mini Stock main
event; making it two-in-a-row for the Icebreaker winner.
Once the sun went down the temperatures dropped but the action on
the track kept spectators warm. The competition was very good but
the fields of cars, with the exception of the Limited Sportsman (26)
and the Mini Stocks (23) was sparse. There were 13 Late Models,
eleven Sunoco (SK) Modifieds, eight Super Late Models and nine
Keith Rocco led green to checker to score the victory in the 30-lap
Sunoco Modified feature event. Ted Christopher finished second
followed by Todd Ceravolo, Ryan Preece, and Danny Cates.
The Stafford Motor Speedway ran on Friday night and boasted 25 SK
Modifieds in the pit area. Ted Christopher recovered from his race
ending broken crankshaft on opening night to pick up his first win
of the 2011 season with a dominating performance in the 40-lap SK
Modified® feature event, Dillon Moltz was the winner of the 30-lap
Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. was the winner of the 20-lap
SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. became the first
repeat feature winner of the 2011 season with a victory in the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Andrew Hayes drove to victory
in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In action at the Waterford Speedbowl, Six divisions were in
competition on Saturday night, with Keith Rocco, the defending
division champion, returning to the winner’s circle in the SK
Brian Andronaco Jr. was the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race,
his first on the season. Ed Puleo made it two in a row in the Street
Stocks. A first time winner took the checkered flag in the Mini
Stock feature with third generation racer Jeffrey Cembruch took the
win. Rounding out the night’s winners were Dana Dimatteo in the
Legends Cars and Taylor Martin who won the Bandolero feature.
Waterford drew 19 Modifieds which is fairly respectable. The Street
Stock field, which at on time numbered over 100 per night, was a
In Modified action south of the Mason-Dixon line at the Bowman Gray
Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC early evening rain forced cancellation
of the scheduled event.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, John Fortin used an 11th
lap double file restart to his advantage to score the victory in the
35-lap NASCAR Modified feature event for the Whelen All-American
Series. The victory was worth $1,450 to the former three time track
champion and his 24th career visit to victory lane.
In Nationwide Series racing at Dover, Carl Edwards was sure he
tapped Joey Logano on the last lap but Edwards missed him, and all
the mayhem behind him as Logano lost control on his own and tagged
the wall, triggering a wreck-filled final lap that knocked out
several contenders and let Edwards win the Nationwide Series race
Saturday at Dover International Speedway. Matt Kenseth was the
Sprint Cup winner.
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