Sixty five years ago in 1948,
George Rice was the winner of the Midget feature at Avon, Ct's
Cherry Park. He was followed by Bob Disbrow, Rex Records, Tony
Bonadies, Al Keller and Dee Toran.
At Candlelight Stadium in Bridgeport, Ct. 26 year old Mariano
Marozzi of Hartford was killed when his Midget hit the guard rail
avoiding another car which was stopped on the track.
Sixty years ago in 1953, Red Foote made it two in a row
in Sportsman competition at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Bud
Matter was the non-Ford winner. At Plainville Stadium, Red Foote was
the Sportsman winner followed by George Lombardo and Ray Delisle.
Dee Rogof was the Non-Ford winner ahead of Frank Fiola and Frank
Belbusti. On a sad note, 21 year old Arthur Johnson of Madison, Ct.
was killed when his car rolled over and he was ejected with the car
landing on him. Johnson was the cousin of future Hall of Famer Dick
Watson who was also competing that night. Both were in their first
year of competition.
Fifty five years ago in 1958,
the New London-Waterford Speedbowl went two for two in the rain.
Fifty 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. Racing at the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl was cancelled due to cold conditions. At
Plainville Stadium Tony Mordino took down both 25 lap features. In
the first feature Mordino was followed by George Lombardo, Ray
Sikorski, George Hotchkiss and Russ Faust. The Second feature showed
George Lombardo in second followed by Bob Vivari, Ray Sikorski and
Rudy Bruzik. Returning to action after a months recovery from a
fractured knee cap, Frank Manafort was the winner of the Novice
feature followed by Joe DeAngelo, Will Schubert and Elton Hill.
Riverside Park Speedway found Sparky Belmont as the victor in the 50
lap followed by Jerry Humiston, Andy Rock, Dick Dixon and Ed Patnode.
Forty five 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. At the Waterford Speedbowl, Newt
Palm was the 30 lap Modified winner. Plainville Stadium held a 50
lap "Mad-Cap" feature with Bob Vivari and Jack Proulx ending up in a
tie. In the first 25 five laps Jo Jo Ferone was the winner followed
by Bart Rocco, Bob Vivari and Jack Proulx. The second half saw
Roland Cyr taking the win over Dick Turmel, Jack Proulx and Bob
Vivari. Riverside Park Speedway saw Tony "Jap" Membrino in victory
lane over Ernie Caruso, Russ McLean, Buddy Krebs and Dave Alkas.
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.
Forty 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 followed by
Fred Schulz, Moose Hewitt, and Bob Santos. Billy Greco was the
Riverside Park winner over Jack Lecuyer and Lou Carangelo. Dan
McNamara won at Islip over Charlie Jarzombek and Jim Hendrickson.
Both Plainville Stadium and Waterford Speedbowl rained out.
Thirty five years ago in 1978,
the Waterford Speedbowl ran an Open Competition feature with Ron
Bouchard taking the win over Bugs Stevens, Moose Hewitt, Johnny
Tripp and Dick Dunn. Wayne Smith was the Sportsman winner. Ken
Bouchard was the winner of the 100 lap feature at the Plainville
Stadium, followed by Reggie Ruggerio, Stan Greger, Ron Van Nesse,
Sonny O'Sullivan and Gene Bergin. Steve Seaburg was the Sportsman
winner. Rain won out at Stafford Speedway.
Thirty 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 500
Twenty five 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.
Twenty 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.
Fifteen 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
Ten 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 Bliss, third.
Five years ago in 2008, gas
prices ranged from $3.75 to $4.00 per gallon. The Stafford Motor
Speedway fell victim to rain for the second week in a row. The Arute
family that owns and operates Stafford announced that NASCAR New
England, the hour long Television production that covers the weekly
racing would be back on NESN for ten episodes during the 2008
season. The tentative starting date would be in late June.
The Waterford Speedbowl enjoyed another good night of competition
with Keith Rocco making it two in a row in SK Modified competition.
Rocco took the lead from Jay Miller with 13 laps remaining in the 35
lap feature. Miller faded shortly after as Jeff Pearl moved into the
second spot. Pearl tried repeatedly to overtake Rocco but was forced
to back out of it when it became obvious that Rocco would wreck
anyone who attempted to pass. Rather than wrecking Pearl made a
smart decision to settle for second spot. Rob Janovic finished third
and was followed by Ron Yuhas Jr and Tyler Chadwick.
In Late Model action, it was Bruce Thomas Jr. recording his third
feature of the season. Thomas battled with Ron Yuhas Jr. during the
last half of the event before finally getting the advantage as the
two approached lapped traffic and Thomas was able to sneak-by on the
inside. Following Yuhas was Tim Jordan, Vin Esposito, and Ed Reed
Jr. Other Feature winners were Walt Hovey Jr. (Sportsman), Randy
Churchill (Mini Stock), Jason Palmer (Legends), and Randy Cabral (NEMA
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series and the True Value Modified
Series were in the middle of their “Spring Break”. To date both
series had enjoyed good counts despite the high costs of traveling.
The Whelen Modifieds have had 41 Modifieds enter into competition
while the TVMS has had 39. With the two major series on break the
All Star Speedway in Epping, NH hosted a special 100 lap open
competition event for Modifieds. Mike Stefanik took the win over
Andy Seuss and Ron Silk. The event drew 31 cars.
Wayne Anderson won Saturday nights NASCAR Modified feature at the
Riverhead Raceway just one week after a hard crash on opening night.
Anderson started on the pole and led every lap.
Kyle Busch won the battle of attrition Saturday night as one of
NASCAR's least popular drivers overcame a pit-road penalty and
several scrapes with the wall to win the Sprint Cup Dodge Challenger
500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Carl Edwards finished
second, Jeff Gordon was third and Dale Earnhardt Jr finished
fourth.. Tony Stewart had never won at Darlington before, but he was
dominant Friday night in gliding to victory in the Nationwide
Diamond Hill Plymouth 200, the first race on the track's repaved
Last year, 2012, The Stafford
Motor Speedway was the scene of some pre-Memorial Day fireworks as
Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco slugged it out in SK Modified
competition. In the end, Woody Pitkat was the winner of a wild and
thrilling 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Mark St. Hilaire was
the a first time winner in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tyler
Hines was a first time winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified
feature, and Josh Wood scored his third consecutive Limited Late
Model feature victory of the 2012 season in the 20-lap feature.
Albert Saunders drove to victory in the extra distance 20-lap DARE
Stock feature to score his second consecutive feature victory.
In the SK Modified 40 lapper first it was Preece and Frank Ruocco
fighting for the lead then it was Preece and Rocco. The duel between
Ruocco and Preece ended with 20 laps complete as the two cars made
contact in turn 1 with Ruocco’s car hitting the turn 1 wall to bring
the caution out. Preece was sent to the rear of the field by NASCAR
Officials for the contact with Ruocco. Rocco took the lead on lap 29
and set the stage for round two of the night's battle. On a lap 36
restart, Rocco and Preece raced side by side for 2 laps with Preece
the leader at the line before Rocco got cleared of Preece on lap-38.
Preece made a last ditch effort coming to the checkered flag and he
made contact with Rocco’s car, which resulted in Rocco spinning.
Preece took the checkered flag first, but he was penalized to the
last car on the lead lap by officials for the contact with Rocco,
making Pitkat the winner. Dave Gervais came home in second, with Ted
Christopher, Danny Cates, and Matt Galko rounding out the top-5.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco didn't miss a beat despite
taking a week off to race in a Whelen Modified Tour event at the
Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire as he went two for two scoring
wins in the SK Modified and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models at the
shoreline oval. Dan Darnstaedt won the Street Stock feature race and
Ken Cassidy Jr. continued his domination of the Mini Stock division,
winning his seventh race on the season. The INEX Legends Cars and
Bandoleros joined the NASCAR race program, with Dana Dimatteo and
Derek Debbis winning the respective divisions.
Rocco mastered the last restart attempt to pull ahead of Rob Janovic
who got in line in second. Janovic got to the leader’s rear bumper
in turns three and four on lap-32 however could not pull alongside.
Rocco went on to the win, his fifth on the year. Janovic was second,
while Keith’s twin brother Jeff ended a solid run in third place.
Tom Abele and Tyler Chadwick each rebounded from spins to place
fourth and fifth.
In Modified action at Bowman-Gray in North Carolina, twin 25 lap
Modified features were run. Tim Brown posted his 60th career victory
as he won the opener. Burt Myers was second, and his brother, Jason
Myers, was third. Newcomer Dean Ward won the nightcap. Austin Pack
finished second, and Junior Miller was third.
Ron Silk, the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion walked away
the winner in the Richie Evans Hall Of Fame 100 for the NASCAR
Modifieds at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island.
A picture perfect day set the backdrop for a full slate of racing
action at Thompson International Speedway that featured the Modified
Racing Series and six divisions of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
action on Sundat. A caution-filled main event saw Rowan Pennink as
the survival of the fittest to post the victory.
Ryan Preece led only the checkered flag lap in the Sunoco Modifieds
to score the feature event win. Last year’s TIS Modified track
champion, Cam McDermott made the step up to the Lite Modified
division in winning style. Marc Palmisano came on strong in the
waning laps of the Late Model event to claim the victory. Art Moran
III was tops in Limited Sportsman division while Mike Gorgievski
earned the victory in the Mini Stocks. John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. scored
his first career TIS Modified feature victory.
Pennink of Huntington Valley, PA, outlasted the competition in a
Modified Racing event that was marred by 11 cautions. Ted
Christopher and Pennink waged a great battle for the lead in the
early stages of the main event that saw 35 cars take the green flag.
Christopher held the point and held back advances of Pennink.
Christopher held Pennink at bay on countless restarts as attrition
built. Pennink made what turned out to be the winning move on lap 34
when he dove to the inside of Christopher to take the lead. Shortly
after, Christopher retired from the event. In the late stages of the
race, Pennink had to hold off the persistent challenges of Richard
Savary. A bobble by Savary with 10 laps to go looked as if Pennink
may find some comfort in the last dash to the checkers. Savary was
quick to recover; however, running down Pennink again with five laps
remaining. Pennink was solid over the final laps to post his
victory. The win was his fifth with
the Modified Racing Series. Savary came home in second. Geoff
Gernhard had a career night to finish third. Point leader Jon
McKennedy and Mike Holdridge completed the top five.
A surprise ending in the Sunoco Modified main event found Ryan
Preece in victory lane. Todd Ceravolo, who had led since the early
stages of the event got loose exiting turn four on the final lap.
With nowhere to go, Preece clipped the sliding #31 of Ceravolo. The
resulting spin gave Preece the victory. Kerry Malone came home
second followed by Keith Rocco. An eventful day ended with a
fourth-place finish for Ted Christopher. Ceravolo had to settle for
New Englander Bobby Santos had a successful weekend racing in the
mid-West. An early-race restart gave Santos the opening he wanted to
see and the Franklin, Massachusetts drivers never looked back en
route to dominating Saturday night’s inaugural Hall of Fame Classic
Traxxas Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Jimmie Johnson had the fastest car and the perfect strategy Saturday
night to win the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Johnson won the first of four 20-lap segments to secure a spot near
the front of the field for the final 10-lap shootout, and then
pulled away from Matt Kenseth and Brad Keslelowski to win the $1
Defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
dominated Sunday’s Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 for his third consecutive
victory at Iowa Speedway.
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