years ago in 1966, Fred DeSarro
driving his home built 327 Chevy Sportsman mount won the Bay State
200 at Norwood Arena. Pete Corey closed out the season at the Fonda
Speedway with a win over Jeep Herbert and Lou Lazzaro. The
Utica-Rome Speedway also ran their season finale with Kenny
Shoemaker taking the win. Lazzaro finished second with Jerry Cook,
third. Sonny Seamon and Bill Wimble rounded out the top five.
Thirty five years ago in 1971, the Modifieds headed south to
Martinsville for the Fall 100 on Saturday. Fred DeSarro finally got
one of the wins that he had always wanted as he took a convincing
win over Max Berrier and Jerry Cook. Jim Hendrickson recorded his
18th win of the season at Islip on Saturday night. Mousie Kempster
finished second and was followed by Bugsy Stevens and Jerry Cook.
an all night ride pay off as he made it to Stafford for a Sunday
afternoon double point event which he won. Ray Miller finished
second and was followed by Bugsy Stevens and Jerry Cook. The Fulton
Raceway wrapped up their season with a 200 lapper which was won by
Geoff Bodine. Richie Evans finished second with
Sonny Seamon, third. Paul
Richardson was the Supermodified winner at Thompson. Howie Brown
finished second. Donnie Bunnell made it two in a row as he out
dueled Seabury Tripler at the Waterford Speedbowl. Jerry Glaude
finished third with Joe Trudeau and Ed Yerrington rounding out the
years ago in 1976, the Modifieds were at Martinsville for a 150
lapper. Geoff Bodine took the win over Richie Evans, Paul Radford
and John Bryant. At Thompson on Sunday,
Ronnie Bouchard got the best of Bodine as he won the 30
lap contest. Maynard Troyer finished third and was followed by Eddie
Flemke, Ray Miller and Fred DeSarro.
Twenty five years ago in 1981, Stafford ran a special event on
Saturday night for the recently displaced SNYRA Modifieds from
Danbury. Sixty cars were on hand and it was Rit Patchen taking the
win over Art Davis and Lou Funk. Shangri-La ran their season ender
with Richie Evans taking the win over Doug Hewitt and Dick Clark.
Oxford Plains ran a modified special on Sunday and it was Bugsy
Stevens taking the win over Reggie Ruggiero and Billy Clarke. In
Winston Cup action at Martinsville, Darrell Waltrip took the win.
Saturdays Busch Grandnational event was won by Geoff Bodine.
Twenty years ago in 1986, the Winston Modified Tour was at
Shangri-La for a 150 lapper. Jim Spencer took the win over Jan Leaty,
Geoff Bodine, Mike Mclaughlin, George Kent and Corky Cookman.
Waterford ran on Sunday with Richie Gallup taking the win over Rick
Donnelly. Rusty Wallace took the Winston Cup win at Martinsville.
Pole sitter Geoff Bodine, finished second.
Fifteen years ago in 1991, the Monadnock Speedway ran on Friday
night with Ed Kennedy taking the win over John Zavisa. Saturday
night was the original Legends Night at Waterford. Veteran Jerry
Pearl took the Modified feature but the night belonged to Ed Moody
who won the Legends race over Charlie Webster. Shangri La ran a 150
on Saturday night which saw Jamie Tomaino take the win over John
Preston. Also on Saturday night was the Tony Jankowiac Memorial
which was won by Doug Hevron. Lancaster ran the US Open on Sunday
with Reggie Ruggiero taking the win over Jeff Fuller, George Kent
and Jan Leaty. In Winston Cup action at Martinsville, Harry Gant
made it four in a row.
Ten years ago in 1996, despite being bounced out of the feature by
the Connecticut DMV for rough riding, Jim Broderick sewed up the
Waterford Modified Track Championship with a 15th place finish.
During the event, Broderick and Ted Christopher crashed each other
with each blaming each other. Christopher was also bounced. David
Gada was the eventual winner with Jeff Pearl coming in second and
Bob Potter, third. Thompson ran a 300 lapper for the Busch North
Series on Sunday. Jeff Fuller took the lead on lap 183 and held it
until the rains came and ended the event on lap 213. Mike Stefanik
ended up second with Brad Leighton, third. In Winston Cup action at
Martinsville, Jeff Gordon took the win with Terry Labonte, second.
The following Tuesday, Sept.24, it was announced that the following
weeks event at Riverside Park had been cancelled as promoter Ben
Dodge had been released from his position after an alleged dispute
with the track owner.
Five years ago in 2001 Thursday night racing at Thompson was
cancelled due to rain. Ted Christopher was declared the NASCAR New
England Regional Champion by six points. Christopher, who won 15 of
the 18 events run at Thompson was also declared the National
Champion and would receive $160,000 from the point fund. Christopher
moved on to Stafford on Friday night where he recorded his 59th win
at the ½ mile oval. Eric Berndt finished second with Chuck Docherty,
Jeff Malave and Darren Menditto rounding out the top five. At
Waterford on Saturday night, Dennis Gada took the win with Eric
Berndt again the bridesmaid. Ron Yuhas finished third with Ed Reed
Jr. fourth. With the World Trade Center in New York destroyed by the
9/11 terrorist attack, the Stafford Speedway announced that no
coolers or backpacks would be allowed inside the admission gate.
Last year, The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series took the weekend
off before the beginning its final three race stretch drive which
would see the Fall Final at Stafford on October 2, the rescheduled
twin bill Busch North-Whelen Modified event at the Thompson Speedway
on Saturday, October 8 and the season ending World Series at the
Thompson Speedway on October 16. Ted Christopher, who was riding a
three win in a row streak, began the stretch drive with a 31 point
lead over Tony Hirschman. Both had done extremely well at both
Thompson and Stafford. Jerry Marquis, 143 points back, and Chuck
Hossfeld, 157 points back, had an outside shot. Despite having a
poor finish at the season opener at Thompson when he wrecked and got
injured, plus missing the Spring Sizzler, Eric Beers had clawed his
way into fifth spot, 225 points in arrears. Beers’ determination
plus the bullet proof reliability of Mike Boehler’s Ole Blu has put
Beers in contention. Don Lia, Doug Coby, Rick Fuller, Zack Sylvester
and Mike Christopher rounded out the top ten. With 15 events in the
record book a total of 78 different drivers had entered into Whelen
Modified Tour Series competition.
Kerry Malone finally got the monkey off his back as he took the win
in the Sunoco Modified division at the Thompson Speedway on Thursday
night. Bert Marvin put the pressure on during the closing moments of
the 30 lap feature but Malone never wavered. Keith Rocco turned in
another strong run as he finished third ahead of Jimmy Blewett and
Jeff Malave. Marc Palmisano took the Late Model feature and Mike
O’Sullivan took top honors in the Pro Stocks. Larry Barnett won his
sixth of the year in the Limited Sportsman and Chad Gaudiosi was the
Thompson Modified winner. Randy Jurcik took the Mini Stocks.
Although the nights were getting cooler the action at the Waterford
Speedbowl continued to be hot and heavy. Ron Yuhas jr. had more than
his share of the bump and grind at the shoreline oval. In spite of
it all he has remained in the point race and last week moved into
the lead by a scant four points over Rob Summers as he on the
feature for the SK Modifieds. Ron Silk finished second with Dennis
Gada, third. Rob Summers who previously led the points finished
fourth with Tommy Fox rounding out the top five. Other Saturday
night winners at Waterford were Allen Coates took his eighth win in
the Late Models, Dan Darnstaedt in the Sportsman, Ken Cassidy in the
Mini-Stocks and Curtis D’Addario in the X-Cars. Speaking of the
X-Cars, the Speedbowl ran a mechanics race on Wednesday night that
was won by former Modified Champion Dickie Doo Ceravolo.
Ryan Newman tied a NASCAR Busch Series record by winning in his
fourth consecutive start of the season, a dominant performance in a
wreck-filled race Saturday at Dover International Speedway. Newman
was far ahead of the cars involved in two multicar accidents in the
opening laps. The Dover 200 was a rout, with Newman leading all but
seven laps, setting a record on The Monster Mile. Darrell Waltrip
led 167 laps in 1985. Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's MBNA RacePoints
400 at Dover International Speedway, holding onto his lead during a
two-lap overtime period despite heavy pressure on his back bumper
from Busch, his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports
That’s about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and
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