Archive for May, 2002

Joe Gosek Takes First-Ever Chemung Speedrome ISMA Event as Leaders McKnight & Cicconi Crash Out with 23 to Go

Chemung, NY — A lot of the racing clichés fell on the description of Friday night’s inaugural ISMA 75 lapper at the Chemung Speedrome. “You’ve got to be there at the end.” “You win some and lose some” “That’s racing.” Oswego, NY’s Joe Gosek was the victor of the event after Lou Cicconi and Dave McKnight crashed out while battling for the lead. It was simply one heck of a battle out front until their demise. Gosek, who had led from lap 6 until lap

19 when McKnight took over, retook the lead after the lap 53 incident between the 2001 ISMA Champ McKnight and two-time feature winner in 2002, Cicconi.

Gosek was aware that he had been in the right place at the right time. “We didn’t have a great car tonight. Dave and Lou were both faster than me in practice. We decided we were junk and changed the whole setup on the car before the heat race. I liked that setup better, but I knew we were still too loose and they were still too quick. They got racing there like wild men with about thirty to go and in the meantime I had changed the brakes after that restart just before they crashed. My car felt better. And, you hang in there and get the best you can from it. The next time I came around the lead cars were out and I was in front. You win some and lose some. This time we were fortunate. The guys worked hard and it’s nice to turn the season around after those first two races where we weren’t too good.”

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Rain Postpones Connecticut Classic 150

Stafford Springs, CT — The Connecticut Classic 150 Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring race, originally scheduled for May 24, 2002 has been postponed to Friday, May 31, because of rain. The starting field is set as Bud Pole qualifying was completed before the inclement weather struck.

A total of 44 Featherlite Modified Series drivers went under the clock at the 1/2 mile Connecticut oval for the 31 starting spots available. Nevin George of Kunkletown, Pa., who scored his first career series win at Nazareth, Pa. last week, earned his first career Bud Pole with a time of 18.370 seconds for an average speed of 97.986 seconds in the Bruce George Paving Chevrolet. Ted Christopher, winner of the Spring Sizzler at Stafford in April, was second fastest with a speed of 97.933 mph in the Mystique Motorsports Chevrolet. Robbie Summers, Jerry Marquis and Jamie Tomaino rounded out the Top-5 in qualifying.

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Pit road project completed in time for regular season opener at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The project began in late winter. Phase one was completed just prior to the ICEBREAKER in early April. Following that event, phase two began and now has been completed. The project, of course, is the new pit road in the infield at the Thompson Int’l Speedway.

It began with several hundred feet of steel barriers being removed and replaced with new concrete walls. Next came the layout of the new exit from pit road which will take racecars from the infield pit area back onto the race track on the back stretch as opposed to the former re-entry in turn one. This will provide for a smoother and safer re-entry of racecars back onto the speedway.

The new pit road is now 840 feet long and 40 feet wide. This larger configuration will make for less congestion on pit road and provide pit ‘stalls’ for more competitors. The exit road is just over 300 feet long; is 16 feet wide. It provides access to the speedway so that cars returning to competition may do so by ‘blending’ into traffic on the track’s long back straightaway.
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Connecticut Classic 150 Entry List

## Driver Hometown Team
04 Fred
Vordermeier, Jr.
West
Hempstead, NY
E.J.
Davies Trucking Chevrolet
0 Nevin
George
Kunkletown,
PA
Bruce
George Paving Chevrolet
2 J.R.
Bertuccio
Centereach,
NY
Gershow
Recycling Chevrolet
3 Jerry
Marquis
Broad
Brook, CT
Ace
Moudling/Angelo Russo Chevrolet
4 Chuck
Hossfield
Ransomville,
NY
Garbarino
Racing Dodge
5 Charlie
Pasteryak
Lisbon, CT Dawley’s
Auto Center Ford
7 Tom
Baldwin
Bellport,
NY
Virginia
Motor Speedway Chevrolet
8 Rick
Fuller
Auburn, MA Sunoco
Race Fuels Chevrolet
10 Dan Avery Somers, CT Budweiser/Red
Line Oil Chevrolet
11 Donny Lia Merrick,
NY
Huntington
Honda/Kia/Suzuki Chevrolet
12 Bo Gunning Bethlehem,
CT
TS Haulers
Dodge
13 Ted
Christopher
Plainville,
CT
AWD/DWD
Chevrolet
14 Rob
Summers
Manchester,
CT
Epping
Motors/Bear Motorsports Pontiac
14 Ken Wooley Howell, NJ Atlantic
Sprinklers Chevrolet
15 Zach
Sylvester
Lebanon,
CT
TAS
Country Homes Chevrolet
16 Chris
Kopec
Ware, MA Diversified
Metals Chevrolet
17 Jeff
Fuller
Auburn, MA Al-Lee
Installations Chevrolet
20 Tim Deroin Chicopee,
MA
Auto Body
Supplies & Paint Pontiac
21 Mike
Stefanik
Convetry,
RI
Art Barry
Racing Chevrolet
25 Renee
Dupuis
Glastonbury,
CT
Space
Fitters, Inc./ATC Chevrolet
28 Jamie
Asklar
Southington,
CT
Ramar-Hall/Newcomb
Spring Chevrolet
29 Paul
Suprenant
Springfield,
MA
Suburban
Chevrolet/Scibelli’s Mobil Chevrolet
31 Tony
Ferrante, Jr.
Franklin
Square, NY
Anthony
Ferrante, Co. Chevrolet
32 David
Berghman
Rehobeth,
MA
Emanuello
Motorsports Chevrolet
33 Wade Cole Riverton,
CT
Performance
Engines/NAPA Chevrolet
34 Joey
Caraccia
Selden, NY Boehler
Racing Chevrolet
35 Mike
Molleur
Shelton,
CT
AA II Auto
Rental Chevrolet
36 Eric Beers Northampton,
PA
TAS
Country Homes Dodge
48 Tony
Hirschman
Northampton,
PA
KAMCO
Supply Corporation Chevrolet
50 Todd
Szegedy
Ridgefield,
CT
Ford
Racing Ford
54 Dave
Etheridge
Cortland,
CT
A+A Office
Systems Chevrolet
62 Jim Willis Red Bank,
NJ
Willis
Racing Chevrolet
71 Bob
Polverari
W.
Springfield, MA
Frasco
Fuel Oil Pontiac
72 Jimmy Kuhn W.
Bridgewater, MA
DeSantis
Chevrolet/WS Shephard Co. Chevrolet
73 L.W.
Miller
Dushore,
PA
Frasco
Fuel Oil Chevrolet
75 Carl
Pasteryak
Lisbon, CT Western
Auto Chevrolet
76 Jimmy
Blewett
Howell, NJ John
Blewett, Inc./Flow Tech Eng. Chevrolet
77 John
Blewett III
Howell, NJ Mastrobattisto,
Inc. Pontiac
79 Ed Flemke,
Jr.
Southington,
CT
Hill
Enterprises Pontiac
83 Chris
Wenzel
Holyoke,
MA
Wenzel
Racing Team Chevrolet
84 John
Fortin
Holtsville,
NY
Fortin
Petroleum Chevrolet
92 Ken
Bouchard
Fitchburg,
MA
Renaissance
Antiques Chevrolet
94 Jimmy
Broderick
Brookfield,
CT
Arbitell
Convenience Stores Dodge
96 Howie
Brode
Bay Shore,
NY
Petro Fuel
Oil Chevrolet
99 Jamie
Tomaino
Howell, NJ Perth
Amboy Spring Chevrolet

 

Sources: Stafford Motor Speedway PR

 

Pipe Smoke 05-22-02

Last night I had a nightmare.  I woke up as I was dreaming that the webmaster had written, stating that he wanted more racing and less recovery in this column.  Thankfully it was just a nightmare.  Thus far, the response to this column has been good and I look forward to a long stay here at YankeeRacer.com.  If you do have comments or opinions, the email is below.  I will reply.

Tonight as I was preparing this column, I heard the patter of tiny feet. Ginger, my 8 lb poodle wanted some lap time.  She got it.  That is a fringe benefit of being sober.

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The Anti-Christ has Come (Part 6)

1st John 2:18 “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”

Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!This week, we promised to start identifying those who act in the spirit of the Antichrist, the one opposed to Jesus, the Messiah. These are the ones who act in a way contrary to the mind and attitude of our Lord. 1 John 4:3, “but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

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Family Fun Night this Saturday at Thompson

Thompson, CT — With the first holiday weekend of the summer being celebrated this weekend, Thompson Int’l Speedway will present one of its traditional holiday Family Fun Nights on Saturday, May 25th.

This fun-filled event will include three divisions of racing, a spectacular motorcycle jump from World Champion Doug Danger, the return of the Green Mamba jet powered car melt down machine, muscle car burn-outs, a school bus demolition derby and a huge fireworks display.

The racing portion of the program will include Thompson Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks along with the American Race Trucks. Qualifying for these racing divisions will begin at 4:30 PM and the show will open with feature events beginning at 6 PM. For those wishing to make a day of it, the grandstands will open at 2PM so that fans can watch the practice sessions and enjoy the qualifying races prior to the 6 PM start.
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The Anti-Christ has Come (Part 5)

1st John 2:18 “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”

Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!So, how come we still have problems with the devil since he has been defeated at the cross? In the same way, ask yourself this: Can you pass any test if you do not have the information and even if you do have the information, never take up a pencil and mark down any answers?

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Tony Stewart-Ted Christopher match race tickets go on sale on June 3

Thompson, CT — Tickets for the Tony Stewart-Ted Christopher Match Race will go on sale at the Thompson Int’l Speedway track office on Monday, June 3, 2002. Fans, who have been seeking ticket information, will be able to call the speedway office and order tickets for this very special night of competition and fun on July 17th .

NASCAR Winston Cup Series star Tony Stewart will be on hand at the Thompson Int’l Speedway on Wednesday, July 17th to compete in a match race with the 2001 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion, Ted Christopher.

Even though these drivers currently compete in totally different circles, the two met back in 1997 at New Smyrna Beach Speedway in Florida. They competed against each other in that nine consecutive night series and developed quite a rivalry in the process. The Thompson Match race on July 17th may put that rivalry to bed once and for all or it may simply fuel the flames between these two tough competitors.
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Pipe Smoke 05-15-02

I was torn ths week, between continuing my “hardcore” introduction to alcoholism and doing my semi-annual gratitude column.

When I began “Pipe Smoke” back in October of 2000, I decided that I wanted to highlight some of the ways that I stay sober.  In that respect, I am doing my job of carrying the message to those who are sick and suffering.  One of the most important tools that I use is Gratitude. Part of using that tool is making a gratitude list and I am enclosing my 20th anniversary list as part of this column.

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Berghman Makes Late Race Pass To Win Waterford 150

Waterford, CT — Dave Berghman of Rehoboth, Mass., passed Todd Szegedy with just 7 laps remaining in the Waterford 150 to earn his first career Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring victory at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.

Berghman was making his 98th career start in the series dating back to 1994. Before his victory at Waterford, the best finish for this second generation driver was a pair of 5th place finishes during the 2001 season. Berghman is the son of Carl “Bugsy” Stevens a former three time NASCAR national modified champion during the 1960′s.

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Pit Road Improvements Underway at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Phase two of the pit road improvement at Thompson Int’l Speedway is in full swing. The design of the new and larger infield pit road was done during the winter months and a portion of the project was completed prior to the ICEBREAKER in April. The second phase includes extending and re-shaping of the exit in order to allow racecars a smoother and safer re-entry to the speedway following a pit stop.

The new pit road will be longer to accommodate more racecars and will exit onto the back straightaway of the historic 5/8ths mile oval. In addition to the construction and design of the road itself, considerable construction and re-construction of the concrete walls on both sides of pit road are also a major part of this improvement.

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Pipe Smoke

Hello Friends,

I would like to welcome my friends from the Seekonk Speedway to this column.  It is also nice to see my friend, mentor and spiritual advisor, Rev Pat Evans joining us here at Yankeeracer.com.  Tonight, (Tues) I was in the chat room at www.rwjm.com and I jokingly remarked that with Pat and I sharing the same site, racing would never be the same.

For those of you who are new to this column, this is how it works.  I start off with personal notes, changes to the website, and thing of general interest.

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Waterford 150 Pit Notes

  •  The 3rd Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring race of the 2002 season, the Waterford 150 is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at the Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Conn.
  • Bud Pole Qualifying is scheduled to be held at 5:00 p.m. for positions 1-25. The fastest qualifier will determine the redraw of the Top 6, 8 or 10 cars. Four provisional positions – based on the 2001 Featherlite Modified Series season points standings (two driver, two car owner) – and a past champion provisional is available for a maximum starting field of 30 cars. The Waterford 150 is scheduled to start at approximately 8:30 p.m.
  •  The Waterford 150 will be the final event of the 2002 season to use 2001 points in determining provisional starting positions.

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The Anti-Christ has Come

1st John 2:18 “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!

Last week, we saw Jesus being tempted by the antichrist and rebuking the devil. Jesus used the Word of God, a power the devil can not stand against. The devil had a final weapon going for him. It was death. God had a plan to defeat him, even in death.

The devil thought he had finally won at the crucifixion of Jesus. At the last moment, it happened this way: Mark 15:33-39 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

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Pit road improvements underway at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Phase two of the pit road improvement at Thompson Int’l Speedway is in full swing. The design of the new and larger infield pit road was done during the winter months and a portion of the project was completed prior to the ICEBREAKER in April. The second phase includes extending and re-shaping of the exit in order to allow racecars a smoother and safer re-entry to the speedway following a pit stop.

The new pit road will be longer to accommodate more racecars and will exit onto the back straightaway of the historic 5/8ths mile oval. In addition to the construction and design of the road itself, considerable construction and re-construction of the concrete walls on both sides of pit road are also a major part of this improvement.

“This is something we have wanted to do for some time, said track owner and promoter, Don Hoenig. It’s a project that takes both the proper weather conditions and some time to complete. We have to construct a new exit road that runs from the current pit road all the way around to the back stretch and re-construct concrete walls. It’s a project we hope to have completed by the time we have our next event on Saturday, May 25th ,” said Hoenig.
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Seekonk Provides Lou with Second Straight ISMA Feature

Seekonk, MA — Lou Cicconi dazzled the Seekonk Speedway crowd on Sunday with a display of driving excellence for the second straight day. Lou, who wreaked havoc on the field on Saturday night, was right back at it Sunday afternoon as he darted in and out of traffic to win his second straight ISMA feature of 2002. Scott Martel, who took up the early lead, bound and determined to make up for last year’s last lap loss, fell victim to first Dave McKnight and then to Cicconi as the race approached the midway mark. Lou swept by McKnight in a breath-taking maneuver on lap 38 to go on for the $3,000 paycheck on third mile Seekonk oval. Lou credited his two-day success story to some others in victory lane.

“It was a great race,” said Lou. “The car was really neutral. It ran just great. I just took my time and drove just like I did last night. I really want to thank my father and Tom Chrisman who works on Howie Page’s car. They built the car for me. They’ve worked so hard it’s unbelievable. And, then there’s my crew, Tim, Ed, Wayne and Matt…They also did a great job. I couldn’t do it without them. And, finally thanks to my girlfriend Barb, who fed us all.”

Last year’s ISMA champ, Dave McKnight, who ran top three most of the 75 laps, said later, “This race was better than yesterday. Yesterday we just missed it. Hat’s off to Louie…he did a good job. I know they’re chasing the championship and we’re trying to repeat too. We’ve got some homework to do. Louie’s picked up the pace. We’ve got to pick up the pace a little bit more. We had a little bit of motor trouble there at the end. We were running a little hot. I’m happy. The team did a good job. The car ran good. We finished second. We’re all in one piece. We’ll head to Chemung and then Oswego. That’s the place I love to run.”

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Lou Cicconi Flies to Victory at Lee USA ISMA Opener

Lee, NH – Aston, PA’s Lou Cicconi finished up the 2001 ISMA season in second place in points with two feature wins. “Liquid” Lou continued his success Saturday at the Lee USA Speedway ISMA opener by winning the first event of the season, handily beating out a competitive 24-car field. Lou took the point from leader Howard Page on lap 12 and was never seriously challenged after that. The $3200 payday was a pleasant start for the fourth year ISMA pilot who used some of his wily ways to stave off any attempts second place runner Mike Ordway might have been considering late in the race.

“It was an awesome race” said Lou in victory lane.” I really didn’t think I was going as fast as I was. The track was really, really loose and I was trying to be real smooth and consistent. I felt like I did a good job. I was feathering the throttle. I didn’t really know there were lap cars there. I ran out of brakes on lap 20. I had no brakes. I tried to stay alongside McKnight on purpose. I knew that if I kept McKnight on the outside of me, Ordway couldn’t pass me on the outside. It was awesome.”

Mike Ordway, who stayed second to Cicconi’s high flying run, for 30 laps said in post-race interviews: “The car was really loose and the track was kind of dirty. I don’t know if there was some oil out there or what, but everyone was slipping and sliding. I just really couldn’t get on the gas enough to catch up to him (Lou). You can’t win them all, but we’re going to try.”

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Short track wins by Stewart and Christopher add excitement to July 17th Thompson match race

Thompson, CT — Tony Stewart showed his short track skills at Richmond International Raceway when he won the Pontiac Excitement 400 on Sunday, May 5, 2002. Stewart took the number one spot with only seventeen laps remaining and went on to win his third career Winston Cup victory in seven starts at Richmond.

Meanwhile, Ted Christopher, driving a NASCAR Featherlite Modified, cruised to a win on the same day in the Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. Christopher was never seriously challenged for the top spot as he claimed his first win of the season on the NFMS schedule.

All this begins to set the stage for two short track superstars to go head to head on July 17th at the Thompson Int’l Speedway. That is the date when these two incredibly talented drivers will face off in match race.
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Ted Christopher Wins 31st Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — After coming so close so many times to a Modified Series victory at Stafford, only to be denied, Ted Christopher now has two consecutive Modified Series wins at the half-mile.

Christopher won the 2001 season ending CARQUEST Fall Final, and today dominated the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, leading 150 of the race’s 200-laps.

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Bo Gunning & Jay Stuart Take Spring Sizzler Wins

Stafford Springs, CT — Two-time SK Modified champion Bo Gunning made his return to the SK Modified ranks at Stafford Motor Speedway a triumphant one, as he claimed his first SK Modified feature win since September of 1998, and the 39th of his career.

Gunning ran down early leader Eddie Spiers, and made the pass for the lead on lap-32 of 40. Spiers didn’t give up the lead easily, as he ran on Gunning’s bumper to the checkered flag, but was unable to make a pass.

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Pipe Smoke 05-01-02

by John “Pipe Smoke”

Welcome to this, the first edition of Pipe Smoke to appear on the YankeeRacer.com website.  In October 2000, I started this column as an independent site and now it is time to move to the big time.  There are three things that I hope to do here, carry the message of recovery from alcoholism, highlight some of the best drivers and teams coming from Western Ma., and just have some fun.  If you like racing, welcome. If you are in recovery, welcome. If you, like yours truly happen to be sober and involved in auto racing, welcome, you have found a home.

Who the heck is, “The Pipe”.  My name is John and I am a recovering alcoholic and a member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In keeping with the A.A. tradition of anonymity, I have adopted  “The Pipe”as my screen name, so that I can write about my experiences during mydrinking years and in recovery.

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