Archive for September, 2000

Brainard & Taylor Claims Titles as McCallum, Quinn, Young, McNeil & Coates Win

Thompson, CT — The Sunoco Modified and Strictly Stock championships went down to the wire with Curt Brainard and Tim Taylor claiming their respective championships on Tri-Fifty Night at Thompson International Speedway. Roger Godin had previously clinched the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Championship to record his second title in as many years. Late Model champion Lonnie Mecteau, Mini Stock champion Chris Gagnon, and Pro Four Modified ace George Savary had also secured the titles previously.

Feature winners on the evening included Jim McCallum of Fall River, MA who brought home the Pro Stock checkers; while Jerry Young, Jr. in the Late Models, Bill McNeil in the Strictly Stocks, and Dennis Coates each scored their second feature wins of the season. Scott Quinn brought his Sunoco Modified in for his second straight feature victory

Veteran Jim McCallum led green to checker to record his first Pro Stock victory of the 2000 season. McCallum jumped out to the lead with Steve Ribbe, Jeff Zuidema, Phil Rondeau, and 2000 champ Roger Godin in pursuit. The championship already decided the chase was on for the runner-up position between Steve Ribbe and Dick Houlihan. Ribbe had his hands full battling Rondeau, while Houlihan, in a borrowed car after crashing hard last week, was working his way through the pack. At the halfway point McCallum and Ribbe, running nose-to-tail had started to distance themselves from the pack. The car on the move at the time was Eddy Carroll. Jeff Zuidema, who had been battling for the fourth position, lost power and was forced to retire from the event with only 11 laps remaining.

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Godin Reigns Supreme, Konopka Finds Victory Lane

Thompson, CT — Roger Godin of Spencer, MA continued his domination of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks recording win number six of the season on Family Fun Night at Thompson International Speedway. Joining in on the fun were repeat winners included Ryan Stone of Branford, CT in the Strictly Stocks and Rich Barry of Central Village, CT in the Mini Stocks. Late Model victory lane saw a new face with Gerry Konopka of Lebanon, CT recording his first victory of the season.

Roger Godin, after being absent from Pro Stock victory lane for two weeks, returned to his familiar spot on the front stretch to claim his sixth win of the season. Joe Perry of Agawam, MA and Bernie Croteau of Monson, MA led the 27-car field to the green flag, however, before the completion of lap one the caution flew for a spin by Liane Lombardi. After a failed attempt at the restart Croteau assumed the lead while Perry was freight trained by a number of cars including Ken Kohler, Steve Ribbe, and Godin. The same fate was handed to Croteau only one lap later. Ribbe made an inside move on Kohler to take the lead on lap eight with Godin following through for second. The top three of Kohler, Ribbe, and Godin distanced themselves from the remainder of the pack.

The leaders encountered lapped traffic during an extended green flag run allowing Ribbe to gain some breathing room over Godin. Ribbe and Godin pulled away from the field while third through seventh positions ran nose to tail. A caution of lap 21 for a spin by Mark Tersian set up the first of several restarts that pitted Ribbe and Godin for the lead. Godin took the lead by a nose but drifted up in turn two giving Ribbe the advantage.

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