years ago in 1966 at the World Series at Thompson, season ending
twin 50's were won by Sal Dee and Bugsy Stevens. Ed Flemke Sr was
the overall winner.
Thirty five years ago in 1971, NESMRA promoted the World Series
event at Thompson which saw Supers and Modifieds running together.
The Supers of the day were very unreliable which gave the full
bodied cars a chance. The 50 lap main event was won by
Eddie West in a Super, who had a
two lap lead on the field. Don McLaren, also in a Super was second.
Finishing third was Eddie Flemke who drove the Mystic Missile.
Howard Brown, in a Super was fourth. Rounding out the top six were
Bob Potter in the Billy Simons Excavator Special and Leo Cleary in
the Armando Riccio Flying Nine.
Thirty years ago in 1976, Geoff Bodine and Ray Hendrick, driving
team cars owned by Richard Armstrong finished one-two in the season
ending Cardinal 250 at Martinsville. Pole sitter Harry Gant in the
William Mason No.45 led the event until retiring with a blown
engine. John Bryant also led the event until losing two tires. Paul
Radford finished third with Richie Evans, fourth. The 250 lap
Sportsman (Busch Grandnational) event was snowed out.
Twenty five years ago in 1981, Geoff Bodine dominated the season
ending Cardinal 250 at Martinsville as he led all but 15 laps to
record his ninth win of the season. Bodine drove a modified owned by
Phil Taylor. Bugsy Stevens in Bodine's old ride, the Armstrong No.1,
finished second. It was a war of attrition as only 15 of the
original 40 starters were running at the finish. A challenge from
Richie Evans never materialized as he dropped out after only five
laps with a broken master cylinder. Maynard Troyer finished third
and was followed by Kenny Bouchard, Ray Miller and Doug Hewitt.
years ago in 1986, Charlie Jarzombek
capped a successful season as he won the season ending Modified 200
at Martinsville. Reggie Ruggiero finished second and was followed by
George Kent, Jeff Fuller, Jim Spencer and Carl Pasteryak.
Fifteen years ago in 1991, the Featherlite Modified Tour was at
Martinsville for a 200 lapper. Mike Stefanik took the lead from Jan
Leaty on lap 128 and held off Leaty to take the win. Jeff Fuller
finished third and was followed by Reggie Ruggiero, Wayne Anderson,
Steve Park, Jamie Tomaino and Satch Worley. Harry Gant won the Busch
Grandnational 200 lapper over Chuck Bown and Dale Jarrett.
Ten years ago in 1996, after a one week postponement because of
rain, Thompson ran the season ending World Series. Steve Park, who
had the pole position, cleaned house as he took the lead from Mike
Stefanik on lap 105 of the 125 lap event. Stefanik had nothing for
Park and had to settle for second in the final run down. Jerry
Marquis finished third and was followed by Ed Flemke Jr, Tom Bolles,
Bert Marvin, Tim Arre and Mike Ewanitsko. Tony Hirschman, in the Len
Boehler No.3, finished 10th and sewed up the series championship.
Because of numerous wrecks, the SK 30 lapper was shortened to 20
laps with Bob Potter getting the win over Jim Broderick, Scott
Spaulding, Ricky Young and Don Fowler.
Five years ago in 2001, the only action was at Phoenix where Casey
Atwood was the Winston Cup Busch Pole sitter. Jeff Burton took the
win. The Busch Grandnationals were also at Phoenix. Jim Spencer was
the pole sitter and was the class of the field until his
transmission blew. Waiting in the wings was Greg Biffle who went on
to take the win.
Last year, 2005, based on the fact that the forecast for the weekend
was for more rain the World Series was cancelled again. The decision
was made at noon on Friday which should have saved both competitors
and fans wasting the time and fuel to travel to Thompson.
Eddie Partridge and the gang at T/S Haulers in Riverhead, NY were in
the process of restoring the 1982 Troyer Modified that was owned by
Ernie Wilsberg and won every major race that year. With Greg Sacks
behind the wheel that car cleaned house where ever it went.
Partridge also owns and maintains the Modifieds and SK Modifieds
that were driven by Jimmy Blewett.
Thatís about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and
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