years ago, in 1992, NASCARís Winston Cup division saw the end of one
era and the beginning of another. Richard Petty drove his last race
at Atlanta and officially retired from driving. Rick Wilson was
named as his replacement. It was also at Atlanta that Jeff Gordon
made his Winston Cup debut.
Five years ago in 2002, The Busch North Series got some good news at
their awards banquet when NASCAR Touring Series Director Chris Boals
announced that the successful television package with the Speed
Channel had been renewed, with expanded national television coverage
for the BNS in 2003 and beyond. This was a definite shot in the arm
for competitors who were in the process of securing sponsorship for
their race teams. The Speed Channel had also announced that they
would cover USAC events in 2003. The Stafford Speedway announced
plans for a special invitational event for SK-Modifieds and Late
Models. Tentatively scheduled for October 11, 2003 , with a possible
format of twin features for each division plus a grand finale for
each, should make for an exciting day of racing.
Last year, it looked like the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series had
gone by the wayside as NASCAR and Whelen Engineering announced a
multi-year agreement for Whelen to become the new title sponsor of
NASCARís weekly racing program. The series was re-named the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series for 2007.
The leasing of the Waterford Speedbowl continued to a hot topic of
conversation. Jerry Robinson, a virtually unknown in racing circles,
leased the shoreline oval. Robinson owns the Legends Cars Series. It
was hoped that Robinson could breathe new life into the track that
had all but run into the ground by property owner Terry Eames.
Things got so bad in 2006 at Waterford the track was running
unadvertised races as too much money had been owed for too long of a
period to area radio stations and newspapers. It was amazing that
the track did as well as it did. Priorities included re-opening and
modernizing the restrooms and repairing sections of grandstand that
have been closed for repair.
In Whelen Modified Tour Series news Mike
Stefanik indicated that he would pursue his tenth
championship with Flamingo Motorsports for 2007. Barry Kuhnel who
played a key role as his crew chief in years past would be a
consultant. Stefanik would be driving a 2007 model Troyer chassis,
which was Ford powered. Word was being tossed around about a Whelen
Modified Tour Series event in Mansfield , Ohio.
came from Lew Boyd that two legends were under the weather and could
use a card of cheer. Four time NASCAR Sportsman Champion
Rene Charland was recuperating from
a recent car crash and. Bill Wimble had developed tongue cancer and
would have a rough few weeks with radiation and chemo.
The Daytona Beach Journal reported that NASCAR President Brian
France drove into a parked car and hit a tree with his Lexus. NASCAR
issued a statement that he spilled a soft drink which evidently
caused him to lose control of the vehicle. Evidently he wasnít
drinking Pepsi and evidently his Lexus wasnít shod with Goodyear
Tires. Police said the Lexus had $1,500 damage.
Kevin Harvick led 252 of the 312 circuits and captured the Checker
Auto Parts "500" presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International
Raceway by a quarter of a second today over Johnson. Harvick also
won the Busch Series event.
Thatís about it for this week from 40 Clark St. , Westerly
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