Thirty years ago in 1976, the Modifieds ran a special event at
Kingsport, Tenn. Geoff Bodine ended his modified season with a win
over Paul Radford and John Bryant.
Twenty five years ago in 1981, the Thompson Speedway hosted their
annual banquet. Taking top honors were Richie Evans, the Modified
Champion, Dave Wandzy, the Street Stock Champ and Ron Cote, the late
model champ. Special awards included most Improved in the Modifieds,
Corky Cookman, Late models, Fran Colson and Street Stock, Jack
Crosby. Rookie honors went to Ed Kennedy in the Modifieds, Rick
Armstrong in the Late Models and Rick Fuller in the Street Stocks.
Dick Williams, who promoted the speedway during the year, announced
that he was not renewing his lease.
Twenty years ago in 1986, Ben Dodge was hired by NASCAR to help out
in the promotion and publicity of the Featherlite Modified Tour.
Waterford held their annual banquet which honored Bob Potter as the
SK Modified champion and Brian McCarthy as the Super Stock champion.
Most improved honors went to Ed Flemke Jr in the SK's and Chuck
Zentarski in the Super Stocks. Rookie of the Year honors went to
David Gada in the Modifieds and Dave Wheeler in the Superstocks.
Promoter Ed Yerrington announced that the 1987 Tri-Track point fund
would be in excess of $100,000 which would be more than was for the
Modified or Busch North Series at that time.
Fifteen years ago in 1991, November 10 turned out to be a sad day
for New England Auto Racing as D. Anthony Venditti, owner and
promoter of the Seekonk Speedway had passed away. Venditti was a
visionary and although some of his ideas seemed off the wall
sometimes, nine times out of ten he could read the future of auto
racing. He had the original idea for what we now know is a Pro
Stock. Venditti could be very stubborn but no matter what , he
always stuck to his guns. He had the respect of just about every one
who knew him.
Last year, Stafford Speedway held their annual banquet and crowned
Ted Christopher the SK-Modified Track Champion. Christopher was also
the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Regional and National Champion.
NASCARís Winston Cup and Grand National divisions were in Homestead,
Florida. Joe Nemachek took the GN win. In Winston Cup action, Bill
Elliott got the first Dodge win for Ray Everham. Elliott took the
lead from teammate Casey Atwood with five laps to go. Michael
Waltrip finished second. During the running of the event three of
Ricky Ruddís crew plus a NASCAR official were injured on pit road
when Ward Burton bounced off the car of Casey Atwood and hit Ruddís
car while it was being serviced. In SMART Modified competition at
South Boston, Virginia, Gary Meyers took the win over Charlie
Pasteryak and Jay Foley. Ed Flemke JR, in the Hill Racing No.79 was
the fastest of the field and was leading with 10 laps to go when
Frank Flemming drilled him into the wall on a restart. It was also
announced on this weekend that NASCAR entered into agreement with
Dodge for multi-year sponsorship of the sanctioning bodies Weekly
Thatís about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and
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