Archive for April, 2002

PASS Adds Thompson Date

Thompson, CT — Pro All Stars Racing President Tom Mayberry and Thompson International Speedway owner Donald Hoenig are pleased to announce that the Pro All Stars Series will sanction a special extra distance Pro Stock race at the Nutmeg oval on October 6, 2002. The event will bring together all of the top Pro Stock competitors from northern and southern New England as well as the Canadian Maritimes.

Said Mayberry, “We’re very excited that Mr. Hoenig has chosen the PASS to sanction this very special event. Thompson Speedway is certainly the super speedway of short track racing, and I know that our PASS teams are very excited about the prospect of competing there. Fans will see the top guns from the north and the south competing for bragging rights and a great pay day. The points races throughout New England and Canada will be wrapped up, including the 2002 Pro All Stars Championship. Everyone will be racing for the win in this one; it’s a race we’ve wanted to sanction since we formed the PASS. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 100 cars on hand for qualifying. We’re currently working out the race distance and purse structure, but we wanted to let race fans and race teams know about this event as soon as possible so they could add it to their racing calendars!”

Qualifying for the Pro All Stars as well as the support divisions will take place on Saturday October 5th, with all features going green on Sunday October 6th. The PASS series will add a 50 lap “B” main with transfer spots to their feature, and a “C” Main if necessary.

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Spring Sizzler Rained Out; Rain Date Set for May 5th

Stafford Springs, CT — Friday night NASCAR racing scheduled for May 3rd, 2002 has been cancelled


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Doug Coby, Dan King & James Williams Score Sizzler Saturday Wins; Ken Wooley, Jr. Sets Featherlite Modified Fast Time

Stafford Springs, CT — Doug Coby. a former champion in the Stafford Motor Speedway Late Model and Pro Stock divisions, captured his first career SK Modified feature victory in dramatic fashion in the first of the weekend’s two 40-lap features.Coby, of Milford, used the bottom lane to shoot past leader Chuck Docherty in the event’s final lap to earn the checkers. Docherty was able to hold off a hard-charging Lloyd Agor to finish second. Jay Miller and Bo Gunning rounded out the top-5.

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Spring Sizzler Entry List

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Jeff Fuller Returns to Stafford for 31st Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — Jeff Fuller, the 1992 Featherlite Modified Series champion, and 1991 winner of the Spring Sizzler, will return to Stafford Motor Speedway behind the wheel of Ed Whelen’s #17 FMS entry for the 31st annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, replacing Mike Ewanitsko.The Spring Sizzler will culminate a busy week for Fuller, who will be racing this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in a Joe Nemechek prepared Busch Series entry.

“I’m going to Talladega this weekend with the #88 Scott Paper Towels car for Joe Nemechek, and then we’ll fly up to the shop on Sunday to prepare the car,” said Fuller. “People don’t realize how much work goes into changing a car. I’ve got to get fitted for a seat in the car, and with all the safety items in the cars now, we’ve got to change them around to fit me. Mike’s a pretty big guy, and I’m pretty small, so we’ve got some work to do to get the car changed around.”

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CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Event Info Bulletin

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 27 & 28, 2002


• The 31st annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will represent race 2 of 19 for the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series on their 2002 schedule of events.

• Posted awards for the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler total $77,575.

• Stafford Motor Speedway Broadcasting will provide live, worldwide audio coverage of the CARQUEST Spring Sizzler. The event will be aired worldwide on via Yahoo!

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Extreme Family Fun Night offers fun on all levels

Thompson, CT — After a very successful season-opening ICEBREAKER, the Thompson Int’l Speedway now sets its sights on the first summer holiday weekend program of the summer.

Saturday, May 25th Thompson Int’l Speedway will present its first “Extreme Family Fun Night”. These programs are great family entertainment and have been reworked this year to provide fans with a thrill-a-minute, fast-paced program. “We have restructured our programs this year so that fans will enjoy a full night of entertainment yet be headed home at a very reasonable hour,” said track owner and promoter, Don Hoenig. “We have moved our Family Fun Nights to Saturday nights and have them rain dated for Sundays,” he concluded.

The “Extreme Family Fun Night” will include two divisions of racecars and the American Race Trucks. Once the races are complete, the program will shift to other exciting entertainment including the incredible Green Mamba Jet Powered car that destroys automobiles by melting them down to nothing. The Green Mamba first appeared at Thompson last year and was a huge hit with the track’s fans. In addition, the Doug Danger World Class Motorcycle Thrill show will take to the speedway for an encore performance of high-flying jumps, wheelies and more. The Oxygen Channel’s Greta Gaines, host of the TV show FREERIDE, will have a crew on hand to film Doug as he jumps over two school busses parked end to end. This is all part of an upcoming Oxygen Network feature on Doug Danger which will be centered around a spectacular jump that he will be doing at Thompson on Labor Day weekend. Another fan favorite will return to smoke up the nighttime air when the Muscle Car Burn-Out and smoke show performs directly in front of the grandstands. Once the smoke clears, a major school bus demolition derby will thrill kids of all ages. The evening will be topped off by a spectacular fireworks display that has become a holiday weekend tradition at Thompson.
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Gary Drew Claims New England Dodge Dealers 100

OXFORD, ME — The Pro All Star Series (PASS) kicked off its 2002 season at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday and local campaigner Gary Drew fought off the PASS regulars and took the checkers in the Maine Dodge Dealers 100. PASS is the touring series of choice for northern New England Pro Stocks \ Super Late Models and this event was another example of the high quality of racing the series has to offer. When the dust had settled Drew was $4, 000 happier and proved that his run to victory in the 2001 True Value 250 at Oxford was no fluke. The combination of PASS and Oxford Plains drew 58 cars to the event as rain delayed the early morning practices. However, the rain held off for the afternoon racing as Sunoco Pole qualifying commenced at high noon.

The PASS qualifying format of time trials and heat races is very popular among fans, as drivers must prove themselves under the clock and in a race to get into the feature. Under fluctuating overcast and sunny skies, drivers took their two laps on the clock and defending series champion Sam Sessions of South Paris won the Sunoco Pole Award with a lap of 15.612 seconds. Drew, Mike Rowe, Jeff Taylor, and Andy Shaw rounded out the top five. The entertaining Dash for the Pole saw the top ten time trial drivers draw for a starting spot in a 15-lap dash to determine their actual starting lineup. Andy Shaw benefited from the draw and fought off Sessions to start on the point for the feature. The True Value heat races were held for everyone outside the top ten and Johnny Clark, Dick Houlihan, Scott Robbins, and Larry Gelinas took the heat race victories. Two consolation rounds featured Bruce Haley and Gary Smith taking checkers.

The green flag waved for the feature at 5:10 pm after driver introductions, national anthems, and a reminder to everyone not to forget the September 11th tragedy. Sessions jumped to the front over Shaw and actually led lap number one. Shaw tried to hound the defending series champion but Sessions held a comfortable lead until the familiar car of Drew got around Shaw on lap five and set his sights on the leader. The first caution flew on lap 10 for Richard Pelton and Scott Chubbuck who tangled out of turn four and got into the frontstretch wall. Chubbuck was able to continue while Pelton suffered major damages to his Monte Carlo.

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Marquis wins Featherlite Modified Series season opener … again

Thompson, CT — Jerry Marquis of Broad Brook, Conn. began the 2002 Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring season in the same fashion as last year – by winning the season opener. Marquis, the 2000 series champion, drove to a 1.3 second victory over Robbie Summers of Manchester, Conn. in the Icebreaker 2002 at Thompson International Speedway.

It was the 12th career victory for Marquis and third at Thompson for the driver of the Vanson Leathers/Ace Moulding Chevrolet. Marquis passed Todd Szegedy on lap 114 to take the lead for good.

“I got a good run coming off of Turn-2,” said Marquis. “I was able to get under Todd going into three and the car just stuck. That was all we needed.”
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Marquis, Docherty among Thompson winners

Thompson, CT — Jerry Marquis of Broadbrook, CT took the lead in the Boehler Racing #3 from rookie Scott Szegedy on lap 114 to take the lead in the Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring event during IceBreaker ’02. Once out front he maintained a comfortable lead over Rob Summers in the Bear Motorsports entry. Chris Kopec ran a great race to finish third.

Chuck Docherty turned his IceBreaker start at Thompson in the Poulin #78 a victorious one. He set sail from his pole starting position in the second Sunoco Modified feature of the weekend. Behind Docherty a great race was developing for the runner-up spot between Scott Foster, Jeff Malave and Ted Christopher. The trio ran nose-to-tail for several laps catching Docherty as the laps clicked off. A caution on lap 13 set up a restart that gave Christopher the opening that he needed as he got past Foster, who had slipped to third behind Malave.

A green flag run to the checkers gave Docherty breathing room and the fans a great show. A tremendous side-by-side battle was waged between Christopher and Malave. At the stripe it was Docherty in for the win and Malave by a few feet over Christopher. Rounding out the top five was Scott Foster and Eric Berndt.
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Miller earns pole for Featherlite Modified Series opener

Thompson, CT — L.W. Miller of Dushore, Pa. earned his first career Bud Pole Award in qualifying for Sunday’s Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring Icebreaker 2002 at Thompson International Speedway. Miller toured the 5/8 mile oval in 18.677 seconds for an average speed of 120.469 miles per hour in the Stateline Auto Auction Chevrolet.

Nevin George of Kunkletown, Pa. was second fastest in the Bruce George Paving Chevrolet with an average speed of 120.353 mph. John Blewett, III of Howell, N.J. qualified third fastest in the Mastrobattisto Contractors Chevrolet with a speed of 120.314 mph. Eddie Flemke of Southington, Conn. and Jerry Marquis of Broad Brook Conn. rounded out the Top-5 in qualifying.

The Top 10 qualifiers drew for starting position for the 150 lap Icebreaker. Tony Ferrante, Jr. of Franklin Sq., N.Y. drew the number one starting position. Charlie Pasteryak of Lisbon, Conn. will start along side Ferrante on the front row. Miller will start fourth.

Defending Icebreaker Champion Rick Fuller of Auburn, Mass. will start 12th. Defending Featherlite Modified Series Champion Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I. will start 15th.


Staring lineup for Sunday’s Icebreaker 2002 Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring 150 lap race at Thompson International Speedway showing car number in parentheses, hometown, make of car, and qualifying speed in miles per hour. The Top 10 drivers drew for starting position.

1. (31) Tony Ferrante,Jr.,Franklin Sq.,N.Y., Chevrolet , 119.598
2. (5) Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Ford, 119.560
3. (79) Eddie Flemke, Southington, Conn., Pontiac, 120.276
4. (73) L. W. Miller, Dushore Penn, Chevrolet, 120.469
5. (48) Tony Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 119.073
6. (94) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 119.275
7. (77) John Blewett, III, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 120.314
8. (84) John Fortin, Mastic, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.218
9. (0) Nevin George, Kunkletown, PA, Chevrolet, 120.353
10. (3) Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook, Conn., Chevrolet, 119.840
11. (54) Dave Etheridge, Portland, Conn., Chevrolet, 119.048
12. (8) Rick Fuller, Auburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 118.922
13. (2) J.R. Bertuccio, Centereach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118.865
14. (14) Robbie Summers, Manchester, Conn., Pontiac , 118.690
15. (21) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 118.671
16. (20) Tim Deroin, Chicopee, Mass., Pontiac, 118.640
17. (94) Jimmy Broderick, Brookfield, Conn., Dodge, 118.596
18. (13) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 118.596
19. (16) Chris Kopec, Ware, Mass., Chevrolet, 118.540
20. (75) Carl Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Pontiac, 118.490
21. (36) Eric Beers, Northampton, Penn., Dodge, 118.477
22. (25) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 118.452
23. (10) Dan Avery, Somers, Conn., Chevrolet, 118.384
24. (00) Tommy Cravenho, Raynham, Mass, Chevrolet, 118.384
25. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 118.377
26. (72) Jimmy Kuhn, Bridgewater, Mass., Chevrolet, 118.147
27. (04) Fred Vordermeier, West Hempstead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118.141
28. (12) Bo Gunning, Bethlehem, Conn. , Pontiac, 118.042
29. (69) Tommy Cloce, Canton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 117.918
30. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Pontiac, 117.881
31. (91) Ken Bouchard, Fitchburg, Mass., Chevrolet, 117.869
32. (32) Dave Berghman, Rehoboth, Mass., Chevrolet, 117.709
33. (62) Jim Willis, Little Silver, N.J., Chevrolet, 117.586
34. (17) Mike Ewanitsko, N. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, provisional
35. (7) Tom Baldwin, Bellport, N.Y., Chevrolet, provisional
36. (34) Joey Caraccia, Selden, N.Y., Pontiac, provisional
37. (4) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Dodge, provisional
38. (28) Jamie Asklar, Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, provisional

Sources: Mark Mockovak/NASCAR FMS PR

Miller, Blain, Christopher hot as racing gets off to blustery start at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Beautiful sunshine and cold temperatures greeted the New England racing community with the first day of IceBreaker 2002 action. L.W. Miller ripped off a great lap to earn his first career Bud Pole in the Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring.

Doubleheader feature race action found, none other than, Ted Christopher in Modified victory lane and David Blain in for a Late Model win.

David Blain took the top honors in a full-contact Late Model main that featured 37 cars.

Woody Pitkat led most of the distance in the event before a hard-charging John Falconi, who had to work his way passed Marc Palmisano, took the lead at lap 10. Falconi appeared to be on his way to victory; however, his night ended in the turn two wall. Blain cruised on to the checkers to take the victory in the first Late Model win of the season and of the weekend.
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