Sixty years ago in 1951 Dave
Humphrey, who would go on to become the first Modified Champion at
the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, was the 25 lap Modified winner
on Wednesday night. Moe Gherzi won a 25 lapper on Saturday night and
on Labor Day, Wild Bill Slater won a 50 lap Modified feature.
Fifty-five years ago in 1956 Don
Collins was the Wednesday night winner at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl. Red Bolduc won a 100 lapper at the shoreline oval on
Fifty years ago in 1961, Ted
Stack was the Friday night winner on the dirt at Stafford. At the
Waterford Speedbowl, Johnny Sandberg was the Wednesday night winner.
It rained at the shoreline oval on Saturday night but cleared by
Labor Day where Don Bachand put one of the early versions of the Bob
Garbarino Mystic Missiles in victory lane.
Forty five years ago in 1966,
the Albany Saratoga Speedway ran their final event of the season.
Kenny Shoemaker took the win over Elton Hill, Jerry Cook, Bill
Wimble and Hank Stevens. Pete Corey took the win on the dirt at
Stafford. Fonda got back in action on Saturday night with twin
features that were won by Lou Lazzaro and Bill Wimble. In the first
feature, Wimble finished second with Pete Corey, third. Jeep Herbert
finished second in the second event with Cook, third. At the
Waterford Speedbowl, Don Collins took the 30 lap Modified feature
while Eddie Bunnell was the Bomber winner.Twin 200’s made up the New
Yorker 400 at the Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday night. Bill Wimble
won the first 200 over Kenny Shoemaker, Rene Charland, Sonny Seamon
and Jerry Cook. In the nightcap it was Don MacTavish taking the win
over Robbie Kotary, Wimble, Ernie Gahan and Charland.
Forty years ago in 1971, Albany
Saratoga ran their final event of the season. Guy Chartrand in the
Ed Cloce Hemi-Cuda took the win over Richie Evans. Stafford had a 30
lapper scheduled for Saturday night but rain prevailed as it did on
Sunday at Trenton, NJ where an All Star League event was planned.
Waterford and Thompson were rained out
Thirty five years ago in 1976,
Islip ran a 300 lapper on Saturday night. Richie Evans took the win
over Charlie Jarzombek, Jerry Cook, Fred Harbach and SJ Evonsion.
Dick Dunn, in the Al Gaudreau No. 3 won a 100 lapper at Waterford
and on Sunday at Thompson, Fred DeSarro broke Geoff Bodine's win
streak. Leo Cleary finished second with Don LaJoie, third.
Thirty years ago in 1981, Ray
Miller scored the biggest win of his racing career as he won the
Thompson 300 in front of a crowd of 12,000.Geoff Bodine finished
second and was followed by Jim Spencer and Jamie Tomaino. Miller
qualified 19th and took the lead on lap 280 from Geoff Bodine. Tom
Sylvester won the non-qualifiers second in a close duel with Dickie
Doo Ceravolo. In other weekend action, George Kent beat out Maynard
Troyer at Spencer, Wayne Anderson won a 200 lapper at New Egypt,
Kenny Bouchard took the win at Seekonk, Stan Gregger was victorious
at Riverside and Roger Treichler won his eighth of the season at
Lancaster. At the Danbury RaceArena Lou Funk was the winner over Don
LaJoie in a 50 lap Modified feature
Twenty five years ago in 1986,
Jim Spencer won the Thompson 300.Spencer took the lead from Carl
Pasteryak on lap 266.With worn out tires, Pasteryak faded and wound
up sixth. Mike Mclaughlin finished second and was followed by Kenny
Bouchard, George Brunnhoelzl and Tom Baldwin. Ted Christopher won
the SK modified portion of the 300 weekend. In addition to the
300,Spencer won at Shangri-la on Saturday night. Other weekend
winners were Sal Accardi at Riverhead; Reggie Ruggiero at Riverside
and at Wall Stadium, ageless veteran Gil Hearne got his 83rd career
win. In Winston Cup action at Richmond, Tim Richmond took the win.
Twenty years ago in 1991, the Thompson 300 for the
Featherlite Modifieds and the Busch North Series ran together at
Thompson. Steve Park, in the Curt Chase No.77 took the lead with 20
to go from Mike Stefanik and went on to record the big win. Reggie
Ruggiero finished second while Stefanik faded to finish third. Jeff
Fuller had been the dominant car until he blew a tire and crashed on
lap 127.Fuller ended up 28th. Rounding out the top five were Rick
Fuller and Doug Hevron. Ricky Craven wrapped up the Busch North
Series title in fine style as he took the BNS win over Tony
Hirschman and Dave Dion. Waterford ran on Saturday night with Don
Fowler taking the win over Bob Potter and Ronnie Rocco. Harry Gant
delivered a one-two punch at Richmond as he won both the Busch
Grandnational and Winston Cup events.
Fifteen years ago in 1996, it
was make up weekend at Loudon for the Modifieds with a left over 40
lapper starting the weekend off on Saturday. Steve Park passed Tony
Hirschman with three laps to go to win the Saturday afternoon event
Hirschman finished second with Tim Connolly, Charlie Pasteryak and
Mike Stefanik rounding out the top five. Park finished second in the
make up for the Busch North Series behind Dale Shaw. On Sunday at
Loudon, Ted Christopher led three different times for a total of 102
laps to win the Busch North Series 125.In Sundays Modified 125,Tony
Hirschman took the lead from Dan Avery on lap 94 and went on to take
the win over Mike Stefanik and Tim Connolly. Avery ended up fourth
with Tom Baldwin rounding out the top five. In Winston Cup action at
Richmond, Ernie Irvan took the lead from Johnny Benson with 19 laps
to go in the 400-lap event. Jeff Gordon finished second.
Ten years ago in 2001, Lloyd
Agor won the final Friday night event at Stafford. Eric Berndt
finished second with Chuck Docherty third. Saturday night at
Waterford, Eric Berndt took the win over Jay Miller, Ron Yuhas JR
and John Brouwer. During a post race inspection, Waterford Tech
officials felt that Berndt’s shocks were illegal and disqualified
him, handing the victory to Miller. The disqualification was
reversed six days later after Waterford officials conferred with
their counterparts at Stafford and at NASCAR in Daytona. At
Riverhead, Don Lia took the season ender over Dan Jivenelli. Ted
Christopher won twin-20s at Thompson and moved himself within 6
points of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series title. The Thompson 300
was run on Sunday. With over 7000 on hand, Jerry Marquis scored an
impressive win over Reggie Ruggerio, Ted Christopher, Ed Flemke JR
and Mike Stefanik. Marquis took the lead for the win on lap 255 from
Christopher. There were 12 cautions for 61 laps. A frightening crash
occurred on lap 156 when Carl Pasteryak hit the wall and burst into
flames. Paul Suprenant came to his aide and pulled the paving
contractor out of the wreckage, saving him from serious injury. On a
sad note, Mrs.Jennie Nicol, who built and owned the Wall Stadium in
New Jersey, passed away at the age of 86. In Winston Cup action at
Richmond, Kevin Harvick bumped Ricky Rudd out of the lead with 17
laps to go. Rudd returned the favor and bumped Harvick out of the
lead with five laps to go and went on to take the win. Jim Spencer
won the Richmond Grandnational event. A few days later, on September
11, our world as we know it would change, as terrorists would crash
planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York
and the Pentagon in Washington.
Five years ago in 2006, The
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was part of what was called Modified
Mania at the Thompson Speedway. Modified Mania replaced what was the
Thompson 300. The 150 lap Whelen Modified event carried a posted
purse of $86,753. A somewhat slim field of 39 cars was on hand to
qualify for the 36 starting spots up for grabs. Donny Lia, who had
somewhat of a bland season, took the Busch Pole as he toured the
5/8-mile oval in 18.793 seconds. Tony Hirschman Jr. was second
fastest with a run of 18.798 seconds. The re-draw for starting
positions saw Ron Silk draw the pole with Matt Hirschman drawing the
outside pole. Tony Ferrente Jr., Tony Hirschman and Eric Beers drew
positions three through five. Rounding out the top ten starting
spots were Ron Yuhas Jr., Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero, Lia and
Eric Beers finally got the monkey off his back as he put the mighty
No.3 of Michael and Janice Boehler in victory lane. Beers pitted
just before the 1/3 mark of the 150-lap event for fresh tires and
did a masterful job of working his way to the front and took the
lead from Ed Flemke Jr. on lap 102. Flemke faded in the later stages
as he ended up fourth in the final rundown. Reggie Ruggiero ended up
second with John Blewett III in third spot. Rounding out the top
five were Flemke and Tony Ferrente Jr. Sixth thru tenth were Jerry
Marquis, Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman, Mike Stefanik and Rick Fuller.
Of the 36 starters, 26 of them were running on the lead lap at the
end. For the most part it was a clean race with only 8 cautions for
38 laps slowing the field. There were four lead changes among four
drivers. Matt Hirschman led from his outside pole starting spot to
lap 52. Mike Stefanik, who still leads the point standings, led from
lap 53 to lap 73. Stefanik currently holds a 94 point edge over Ted
Christopher who finished 28th, three laps down at the finish. Matt
Hirschman led again from lap 74 to lap 87 and Flemke led from lap 88
to lap 101 before giving way to Beers who led the rest of the way.
In addition to the Whelen Modifieds the True Value Modifieds, Race
of Champions Modifieds, Sunoco SK type Modifieds and Pro Four
Modifieds also raced at the Thompson Speedway last weekend. The
support events provided numerous wrecks. Woody Pitkat won the Sunoco
SK type Modified event over Jeff Malave, Tom Cravenho and Todd
Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT scored his fourth Sunoco Modified
victory of the season to extend his lead another two points over
race runner-up Jeff Malave. The Sunoco Modifieds went 35-strong for
the 50-lap special for Sunoco Modified Mania. Steve Masse led the
opening lap but a caution flew immediately when the accordion effect
at the head of the field put Joe Lemay in the outside wall. On the
ensuing restart, Bert Marvin was able to jump out to the lead. Masse
was slow exiting turn two bunching up the pack once again to send
cars at the rear of the field scattering and spinning. Marvin had to
contend with Salzarulo, Malave and Cravenho on the restart. Marvin
was up to the task resuming his lead with Malave in second and Keith
Rocco charging into third. Malave immediately got alongside Marvin
and was able to take over the top spot on lap three. Malave led
Marvin, Rocco, Ceravolo and a battle for fourth between Jimmy
Blewett and Ted Christopher. Blewett got by Christopher leaving him
to fight off Pitkat. On lap 8, Pitkat moved into sixth while
Christopher continued to backslide losing a position to Tommy
Cravenho as well. The leader began to stretch his lead over Marvin.
The best battle was for the third position with Rocco, Ceravolo,
Blewett and Pitkat. Ceravolo got a run inside Rocco and the two made
contact. Rocco held on while Blewett was able to get by both.
Blewett started to chase down Marvin. Malave watched his lead
evaporate when the caution flew for an incident involving Ryan Stone
and David LaCroix. Under the caution, Rocco headed down pit road for
a chassis adjustment. The restart order found Malave, Marvin,
Blewett, Pitkat and Ceravolo inside the top five. Malave was out
front with Blewett and Marvin running nerf-bar to nerf bar for
second. Blewett was able to grab the runner-up position. Cravenho
was also able to advance moving into the fifth position over
Ceravolo. Pitkat began his run to the front taking over the third
position from Marvin, taking Cravenho along for the ride. Blewett
completed his charge over the second position from Malave on lap 22.
The halfway marker was marred by a scary wreck that resulted in John
Catania sliding down the backstretch on his roof. Catania was
uninjured. Both Marvin and Christopher pitted under the caution.
With Blewett back out front, Malave bobbled on the restart giving up
the second spot to Pitkat. Pitkat got alongside Blewett for the lead
on lap 26. The two ran side-by-side for several laps before a slide
by Pitkat gave Blewett the lead. Malave made a run on Pitkat in
second to no avail. The action was slowed on lap 32 when Dan
LaJeunesse spun on the front stretch. Other cars were ultimately
involved in the incident. Blewett handily ran out to the lead again
as Pitkat and Malave resumed their battle for the second spot.
Action was halted immediately for Dave Nordman and Russ Blanco. Matt
Hirschman, making a rare appearance in the Sunoco Modifieds, failed
to come up to speed on the ensuing restart sending cars scrambling.
Rocco caught a wheel and launched into the outside wall. The car
burst into flames. Rocco was able to walk away from the incident.
There was a shocking development when leader Jimmy Blewett headed
down pit road with mechanical woes as the rear end in his car broke.
Pitkat inherited the lead with Malave in second, Cravenho in third.
Ceravolo ran fourth and Earl Paulus in fifth. With ten laps
remaining the top five got strung out with Pitkat stretching his
lead ever-so-slightly over Malave.
The northern New England based True Value Modified Series finished
under a yellow-checker after a massive wreck on a restart with two
laps to go. Kirk Alexander took the eventual win over Les Hinkley,
Jon McKennedy and Dwight Jarvis. Earl Paules won the Race of
Champions Modified Tour event over Matt Hirschman and Eric Beers.
The Stafford Springs Motor Speedway hosted round two of its
September Series on Friday night. Two more Friday night events
remain before the season CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, scheduled for
September 30th and October 1st. Willie Hardie drove to his second SK
Modified feature win in the last three weeks, Tom Fearn won his
first Late Model feature win of the 2006 season, Chris Matthews won
his fourth SK Light Modified feature of the 2006 season, Paul Conte
scored his firsts career Ltd. Late Model feature win, and Norm Sears
picked up his first DARE Stock feature win of the 2006 season.
In the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Willie Hardie, of Stafford
Springs, battled with Lloyd Agor for several laps before taking the
lead on lap-25. Once Hardie was in the lead, he was never headed as
he picked up his second win in the last three weeks to put himself
in the thick of the SK Modified championship race. Curt Brainard led
the first 11 laps before giving up the lead to Agor on lap-12. Agor
then led until lap-25, when Hardie took over. Rounding out the top-5
behind Hardie was Agor, Jeff Baral, Chris Jones, and Eric Berndt. It
was a bad night to be a points leader, as Woody Pitkat, Todd Owen,
and Frank Ruocco all experienced difficulties during the race,
relegating them to poor finishes and tightening the championship
battle. Pitkat only completed 8 laps before retiring, Ruocco lost a
radiator in an accident and lost 5 laps before getting back on track
to finish 17th, and Owen finished 18th after his crew had to repair
a broken driveshaft. In the chase for the SK Modified championship,
Frank Ruocco holds a 14-point lead over Eric Berndt, 536-522. Willie
Hardie is third, 16 points behind, Todd Owen is fourth, 22 points
behind, and Jeff Malave is fifth, 28 points behind.
The Waterford Speedbowl fell victim to a mid-evening shower and was
able to complete only part of their program before track management
was forced to call a halt to the racing and pull the plug around 9pm
after thundershowers moved in. The Sportsman completed their first
scheduled event with Billy Gertsch winning followed by Dwayne Dorr
and Ed Puleo. The Legends completed their feature with Michael
Gervais winning. The Modified feature had 12 laps completed when the
rains came. Tom Fox was leading over Shawn Monahan, Dennis Gada, and
It looked like there would be racing at the Waterford Speedbowl at
least until June of 2007 as Terry Eames was given an extension to
the foreclosure proceedings that were impending on the property in
which the Speedbowl is located. Eames stated that Harvey Industries,
a supplier of windows and doors, was looking to purchase eight of
the Speedbowl’s 38.75 acres. Eames at the time had $1.6 million in
debt hanging over his head. In a somewhat related matter, driver Ken
Voite’s Defective Premises suit against Eames was scheduled for
pre-trial conference on January 18th of 2007. There was a movement
underway to buy Eames out which was stalled at the time.
NASCAR suspended Kevin Grubb indefinitely because he refused to
submit to a random drug test following the Busch Series race at
Richmond International Speedway. Kevin Harvick was the Nextel Cup
winner at Richmond.
Last year, 2010, Some of the
best racing ever seen was witnessed at the Thompson Speedway on
Thursday night. Car counts were up. The Modified Tour types were 18
strong along with 16 Sunoco (SKtypes), 24 Ltd Sportsman, 14 Late
Models, 21 Mini Stocks and 10 Thompson Modifieds. A very rapidly run
program had fans headed home early as the final checkered flag
dropped at 9:12pm.
For the third-time this season, the Thompson International Speedway
hosted their Tour-Type Modified Shootout. Ryan Preece added his name
to the already impressive list of winners with a convincing victory
on Thursday night. There was no shortage in intensity in the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series with five winners posting victories. The
last time a competitor posted double digit wins in the Sunoco
Modified division at Thompson International Speedway the year was
2001 and the driver was Ted Christopher. With his win on Thursday
night, Christopher duplicated the feat; winning his tenth Sunoco
Modified victory of the 2010 season. Rick Gentes, was the big winner
in the Late Models as he scored his 75th career victory while Lloyd
Anderson, scored his second Mini Stock feature victory of the 2010
season. Victory lane was a family affair for the Sundeen family. Son
Jay scored his first career victory in the TIS Modifieds while
father Scott scored his second win of the 2010 season in the Limited
In the intense Tour type 40 lapper Preece jumped out to an early
lead from his pole starting position with Bobby Santos III in tow.
Shortly after the green flag on lap four, Ron Silk moved into the
second spot. The first caution of the event flew on lap 13 for a
spin by Tom Bolles in turn two. On the restart, Preece had to
contend with Silk who jumped to the lead from his outside starting
spot, moving Preece to second. Green flag racing was short-lived
when a lap 14 incident involving Bolles and Dennis Perry brought out
the second caution. Under the caution, Santos relinquished the
fourth position to head to pit road for service. Jensen and Flemke
also pitted under the caution.
Silk motored back out to the lead when green flag racing resumed.
Mike Stefanik had worked his way into third. Long Island invader
Justin Bonsignore vaulted to fourth on the restart. Preece was all
over the back bumper of Silk as Stefanik lurked within striking
distance. At halfway, Preece continued to hound Silk followed by
Stefanik and Bonsignore. Things got physical between Eric Goodale
and Richard Savary for the fifth spot. Contact sent Goodale sliding
up the track to open the door for Savary to gain the position.
Preece would put the pressure on Silk continuously.and passed for
the lead on lap 28.
Bonsignore, who was making a name for himself on the Whelen Modified
Tour, closed on Stefanik. The caution waved again on lap 29 when
Kevin Goodale and Bryan Chew tangled on the front chute. Preece
retook the lead on the restart. Bonsignore went to work on Stefanik
and took over third spot on lap 33 as the caution flew again for
Bolles. On the restart Silk regained the lead and was able to hold
on until lap 34 when Preece took the lead for the final time.
Bonsignore, who had a fine run going had his night turn sour with
three laps to go when he slowed with a skipping motor. Stefanik
moved back into third and at the checker finished behind Preece and
Silk. Richard Savory finished fourth with Kenny Bouchard rounding
out the top five. In addition to their purse winnings competitors
were thrown into a lottery where over ten of them recieved a $50
In Sunoco (SK type) Modified competition Ted Christopher extended
his point lead in the division with his tenth victory of the season.
At the drop of the green Rowan Pennink jumped out to the lead with
Danny Cates and Christopher in tow. The top five cars, which also
included Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco, ran ahead of sixth-place Woody
Pitkat. Almost at the drop of the green flag, the #12 of Ronnie Silk
A tense moment between Christopher, Preece and Rocco saw sparks
flying as Preece made slight contact with the front stretch wall.
All were able to continue almost without missing a beat. The action
allowed Pitkat to make it a six-car breakaway at the head of the
pack. Christopher got alongside Cates making the pass into the
second spot on lap seven. Rocco immediately went to work on Cates.
Rocco had company in Pitkat. Christopher had chased down Pennink
making the pass for the lead look easy on lap nine. Cates followed
Christopher by Pennink. Pitkat and Rocco went wheel to
wheel-to-wheel. Cates got alongside Christopher on lap 12; however,
using his text book crossover move, Christopher was able to maintain
his lead. It was a repeat on lap 13 with a different outcome.
Contact between Christopher and Cates exiting turn four gave Cates
the edge and the lead. Rocco had moved past Pitkat into third. On
lap 16, a move entering turn four gave Christopher the lead back
once again. Rocco was able to catch the back bumper of Cates.
Christopher, Cates and Rocco ran nose to tail nearly a half
straightaway ahead of Pitkat. With 10 laps to go, Christopher
enjoyed a two-car length advantage over Cates; his largest margin of
the event. Cates had extended his advantage over Rocco as well.
Pitkat continued to run a distance back in third followed by Preece.
The best battle in the field with five laps to go was between
Pennink and Tim Sullivan.
In the final laps, Cates had cut into Christopher advantage only
slightly as the two stretched their advantage over Rocco. Cates
could not gather in Christopher to muster up a serious challenge.
Christopher went on to earn his tenth win over Cates. Rocco, Pitkat,
and Preece completed the top five. Sullivan bested Pennink for
The Thursday night crowds at the northeastern Connecticut oval have
been quite healthy this year. It appears that some changes may be in
the wind for 2011. Two of Thompson's weekly divisions are in
trouble. The Super Late Models and the Thompson Modifieds draw
consistently 10 cars or less. Its possible that they could be
dropped from the weekly schedule. The tour type modifieds are
gaining momentum. If scheduled properly the addition of this
division monthly or twice monthly could turn into a home run for the
facility. The division could not run on weeks when the Modified Tour
is running. Its getting to the point where many modified competitors
can not afford the tour agenda and would rather race closer to home.
It is also a known fact that speedway owner Don Hoenig is not happy
with NASCAR and could possibly drop one of his tour dates. Couple
that with the fact that not to many tracks are eager to sign up for
dates. This could make for a few open weeks next year. Of course
there are a few loyalists who would not lower themselves to race in
a non tour event.
While Thompson enjoys success the word from the Jersey shore is not
good as the Wall Stadium is locked up tight and will remain closed
until further notice.
Based on a bad forecast due to the fact that Hurricane Earl was
going to dump a lot of rain in Connecticut the Stafford Motor
Speedway cancelled last Friday nights race. Stafford returns next
week when the Modified Racing Series has its debut showing at the
Nutmeg oval. Among those who will be driving through the pit gate
for the event will be 75 year old Bob Judkins who will bring an all
new MRS Modified numbered 2x which will be driven by his grandson
Ryan Preece. The Judkins 2x, with Eddie Flemke aboard, won the first
ever race at Stafford after the oval was paved in 1967. Retired and
living in Florida, Judkins will field a car for his grandson for the
remainder of the year and continue into 2011.
In action on the Connecticut shoreline at the Waterford Speedbowl it
was the annual Thunder on the Sound program, featuring eight race
events and a visit by the popular Modified Racing Series. The event,
presented by Connecticut National Guard, also featured a special
flyover and landing on the track infield by a UH-60 Black Hawk
chopper as part of the opening ceremonies. When the excitement
settled in and racing got underway, 1997 track champion Todd
Ceravolo ended a year long dry spell as he finally returned to the
winner’s circle in the SK Modified® division. Chelmsford, MA native
Jon McKennedy led the final 78 laps in the visiting 100-lap Modified
Racing Series tour event to take his first Speedbowl win. Jeff Smith
mastered the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division to record his
second win of the year. Al Stone III was back in Street Stock
victory lane, his fourth win in as many events. Ken Cassidy Jr won
his second consecutive and fourth Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race
on the season. Allen Coates recorded his 78th career Speedbowl
victory in the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Truck race. Anthony
Flannery was the Legends Cars winner and James Logan was the Allison
Legacy Series race winner.
Ceravolo led the entire 35 lap distance in the SK Modified main
event. With two laps remaining Ceravolo was nearly a straightaway
ahead of Jeff Pearl, who was the same distance ahead of the battle
for third. Jeff Paul was all over Rob Janovic on the final lap but
unable to pull alongside. At the finish Pearl was second over
Janovic, Paul and Tom Abele rounded out the top five.
In some sad news former Waterford Championship car owner Al Gaudreau
is suffering from congestive heart failure and is currently
hospitalized at the Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT. Cards of cheer
can be sent to Al at the Backus Hospital, Room E-310. Billy Harman
says that Gene Bergin is not doing well after suffering a stroke as
he remains in a hospital in Florida.
The Modified Racing Series visited the Waterford Speedbowl.
Defending series champion, Jon McKennedy scored his second win of
the season as he won the 100-lap Modified Racing Series Thunder on
the Sound event sponsored by BobValenti Automall.com. McKennedy’s
ninth with the New England based racing series came behind the wheel
of a brand new Raceworks chassis race car completed late Friday
McKennedy started outside front row in a 25-car field and chased
pole sitter, Geoff Gernhard, for the first 32 laps. McKennedy passed
the race leader on lap 33 and led the remaining 67 laps, winning by
a comfortable margin. Chris Pasteryak, who returned from a
mid-summer wrist injury finished second followed by August Waterford
winner Steve Masse, Gernhard, Dwight Jarvis, Rookie Max Zachem,,
Jacob Dore,, Rob Goodenough,, Rowan Pennink, and Norm Wrenn who
rounded out the top 10.
McKennedy’s win moved him into an 11 point lead for the series
championship over Jarvis with Les Hinckley III, Winsdor Locks, CT.,
falling to third place in the standings, 38 points back. McKennedy
moved into a 9 point lead over car owner Gary Casella in the owners
point standings. There were 27 race teams at the Waterford event
with 14 cars finishing on the lead lap. The race was slowed by six
caution flags and took 56 minutes 23 seconds to complete.
Chris Young was the winner at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island.
With a solid second-place finish in the 30-lap Modified feature race
Saturday, September 4 at Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, New
York), Brett Hearn, locked up his sixth Modified division
championship at the high-banked speedway. Hearn also won the track’s
small-block 358 Modified division title, cementing it on Saturday as
well with a victory in the 24-lap feature. It was Hearn’s second 358
Modified crown at the one-half-mile upstate New York speedway.
In his 36th year of Modified stock car competition (2010), Hearn had
784 feature race victories to his credit. He is the all time winner
at Malta, New York’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway (98 victories) and in
both Modified divisions at Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown,
New York), where his record of 296 feature race wins will never be
topped. Hearn’s records include victories at 47 different tracks in
10 states and two Canadian provinces and place him among the
country’s top drivers in all types of auto racing.
Tony Stewart raced the No. 14 Chevy to his first win of the year,
pulling away from Carl Edwards off the final restart Sunday night at
Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart beat Edwards by a comfortable 1.316
seconds for his first victory since Oct. 4, 2009, at Kansas, leaving
Edwards winless since the 2008 season finale. Jimmie Johnson was
third, followed by Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch.
This was the final year that Atlanta will have its traditional two
Cup races, which began when the track opened in 1960. The spring
event, which has been plagued by poor weather and attendance, will
shift to Kentucky Motor Speedway, leaving only the Labor Day weekend
race in one of NASCAR's largest markets.
Jamie McMurray won the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for
his eighth career Nationwide win. Kyle Busch finished second
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