Archive for May, 2006

Osborne Claims Point Lead After Abold Seekonk Win; Teams Head to Chemung Saturday

Indianapolis, IN — Ryan Osborne of Milford, N.J. overtook Nick Wean of the same town Saturday at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway, in a USAC Northeast Ford Focus Midget Car Series race won by Jeff Abold, and Osborne will be among the favorites to win or at least try to expand his point lead when teams and drivers head west to Chemung Speedrome in New York.Abold led the final nine laps of the Seekonk race, besting Osborne, Sean Carman, Ryan Smith and Shawn Gosselin. Wean slipped to sixth in points after finishing last in the 19-car field.

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Abold Tops Northeast Focus Race at Seekonk

Seekonk, MA — Jeff Abold of Pennellville, N.Y. paced the final nine laps of Saturday night’s 25-lap USAC Northeast Ford Focus feature at Seekonk Speedway.

Ryan Osborne took second ahead of Sean Carman, Ryan Smith and Shawn Gosselin. Stephanie Stevens led the first seven laps, then Osborne led nine laps before yielding to Abold.

Sources: USAC PR

Rain Causes Postponement at Lowville

Lowville, NY — Rain has forced postponement of Saturday night’s USAC Northeast Ford Focus Midget Car Series race at Adirondack International Speedway.

USAC and track officials are working to reschedule the event for a date yet to be announced.

Sources: USAC PR

Rain Postpones Northeast Ford Focus Race; Lowville Up Next

Indianapolis, IN — The Northeast Ford Focus Midget Car Series remained near stagnant after Saturday’s feature postponement at Oswego Speedway in New York, but competitors look for better weather to run again this weekend.

Competitors trek to Adirondack International Speedway in Lowville, N.Y. for Saturday’s race, the first at the track in 2006. The event will also be the second for the series after rain forced the postponement of Saturday’s feature at Oswego.

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Rain Conquers Seekonk Speedway’s Saturday Show

Seekonk, MA — A weekend of heavy rain forced management to pull the plug on Saturday’s night’s scheduled auto racing program at the 1/3-mile Seekonk Speedway oval. It is the sixth straight season that the 61-year old Bay State facility has lost one its May events to inclement weather. At least one evening of racing at the Cement Palace has been affected by rain during the month of May for eight of the past nine years.

With one week of action completed, Westport, MA’s Rick Martin holds a four-point advantage over Rehoboth’s David Darling in the ARC Pro Stock point standings while 2003 champ and fellow opening night winner Gerry DeGasparre, Jr. of Pawtucket, RI holds a two-point lead over 2004 kingpin Glenn Lawton of Acushnet, MA. Street Stock racer John Hanafin of Quincy, MA and Sport Truck ace Mike Cavallaro of Seekonk, MA, also feature winners on May 6, sit atop the standings in their respective divisions. One hundred twenty-four race cars and trucks competed in the track’s first evening of competition.

Action resumes at the Route 6 oval this Saturday, May 20, with a full evening of qualifying and feature events on tap for the ARC Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sport Trucks, Street Stocks, Mystic Pizza-sponsored Seekonk Youth Racing Association, and the Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment-sponsored Pure Stocks. Grandstand general admission tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for Juniors 13 to 15 years of age. All children 12 and under are admitted free. Pit admission is $20 for ARC Pit Membership Card holders and $30 for non-card holders. The Northeastern Midget Association and the USAC Ford Focus Series will make their first of four 2006 appearances at the Cement Palace on Saturday, May 27. Adult grandstand general admission tickets are $17.

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Rain Forces Northeast Focus Feature Postponement

Oswego, NY — USAC’s Northeast Ford Focus Midget Car Series feature has been postponed after rain interrupted the program Saturday at Oswego Speedway.

Ryan Smith and Stephanie Stevens won the eight-lap heat races before the rains came. The feature has been rescheduled for June 17.

Sources: USAC PR

Wean Leads Northeast Focus Midgets to Oswego

Indianapolis, IN — USAC Northeast Ford Focus Midget Car Series point leader Nick Wean will look to make it two straight when the series contests Saturday the tricky and fast Oswego Speedway in upstate New York.Wean won the season opener for the second-year series at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl and is two points ahead of Ryan Osborne in the standings.

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Martin Outduels Annarummo to Win Seekonk Opener

Seekonk, MA — Four-time Pro Stock champion "Radical" Rick Martin of Westport, MA made a triumphant return to Seekonk Speedway Saturday night, outdueling six-time track titleholder Vinnie Annarummo to capture the 40-lap Pro Stock feature before an Opening Day crowd of several thousand. Now a regular in the touring PASS series, the victory was the first for the 48-year old Martin at the 1/3-mile Bay State oval since June of 2002.

Martin's Wayne Nunes-owned #14 turned the second fastest lap of the afternoon in time trials, won its qualifying heat, and started seventh in the main after a random field inversion. Annarummo, the two-time defending champion, blasted into the lead from his outside pole starting spot at the drop of the green with Lenny Ellis, his son, Todd Annarummo, David Darling, Martin, and fast-timer Kenny Spencer holding second through sixth.

A series of spins and minor crashes brought out the yellow flag four times in the first four laps, sending Ellis to the rear of the field and bringing Spencer's night to a premature end. When racing resumed, the Annarummos ran door-to-door at the head of the class for several laps as Charlie Rose, Darling, Martin, Tom Scully, Sr., and Fred Astle, Jr. settled in behind them. Mechanical woes sent Astle to the pits before the halfway point, which saw Vinnie maintaining a slight advantage over Todd in their see-saw battle, followed by Rose, Darling, and Martin.

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Rolfe first, fastest in clash of champions; Morris ruled winner of Sunoco Mini 100

SUNOCO RACE FUELS NIGHT

OXFORD, Maine – Ricky Rolfe was the class of a season-opening Oxford Networks Pro Stock feature Saturday night, helping produce an outcome that if not unprecedented is definitely unusual in the proud history of Oxford Plains Speedway.

Rolfe led all 50 laps of a race in which all top finishers were past champions in the top division. Following the 2003 champion across the finish line were reigning champ Tim Brackett and 2004 boss Scott Robbins.

Al Hammond, a three-time champion in the 1970s, finished fourth, with Jeff Taylor, owner of a speedway record eight titles, in fifth.

Among that star-studded quintet, there was no question that Rolfe was the favorite after plucking the pole position at the pit gate prior to practice. With no point standings yet to fall back on, all 24 entrants were assigned to their spot on the grid by luck of the draw.

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More than 30 karts kick off 2006 campaign with busy practice session

A-1 AUTO SALES GO KART SERIES

OXFORD, Maine – More than 30 drivers, no fewer than a dozen of them first-time competitors, launched the fourth season of the A-1 Auto Sales Go Kart Series at Oxford Plains Speedway with a 2 1/2-hour, open practice session.

In addition to the new title sponsor, another change to the program is the addition of an Unrestricted class for drivers ages 15-and-up. That brings the total to seven divisions that will see the green flag when the season begins in earnest next Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Two of the drivers to watch in the Unrestricted ranks are Nick Brown of Bath and D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, N.H.

Brown is a three-time champion of the Gold Plate division, where he won 24 of the 36 feature races that have been contested in the short history of the series. Shaw's name already is familiar to regional racing fans, as his father, Dale, is a former NASCAR Busch North (now East) Series champion and remains one of the top touring drivers in New England.

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Wean Opens Northeast Focus Campaign With Win

Indianapolis, IN Milford, N.J. native Nick Wean opened USAC’s Northeast Ford Focus Midget Car Series 2006 season up with his second career victory Saturday at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.Wean, driving the family-owned No. 78 Johnny’s Truck Stop entry, led all 20 laps of the event, besting a field of 16 other cars. Trailing Wean – last year’s third-place points finisher – were Ryan Osborne, Ryan Smith, Sean Carman and Jesse State. Carman and Smith won eight-lap heat races.

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