Archive for July 29th, 2007

First Busch East Top Ten For James Pritchard, Jr. At Adirondack

Beaver Falls, NY — In just his sixth NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race, James Pritchard, Jr. has his first top ten finish. Pritchard, driving the No. 41 Mannings USA Chevrolet for James Pritchard Motorsports, finished tenth in Saturday’s Edge Hotel 150 at the Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y.

Pritchard, 18, found the half-mile circular track to be similar to Mahoning Valley Speedway, where he raced prior to moving up to the NASCAR touring series.

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Fuel Pump Failure Causes Early End For Olsen

Beaver Falls, NY — Mike Olsen looks forward to the trek up north to Adirondack International Speedway every year. With a large contingent of Car-Freshner employees on hand, the 39-year-old driver strives to give his biggest supporters a strong performance in the Busch East Series’ closest visit to the companies Watertown, NY headquarters. All indications were pointing to him achieving that goal. Olsen led 13 laps in the early-running of the Edge Hotel 150, but fell off the pace at lap 134 while battling for the fourth position.

“Sometimes it’s with you and sometimes it isn’t,” Olsen said of his luck. “I’ve been a few years without any mechanical problems and this year I’ve got them. Tonight the fuel pump broke, and unfortunately, it happened late in the race and we just ran out of time trying to get it running.”

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Pinkham, Evonsion, Ricci Lead True Value Modifieds to Beech Ridge Saturday

 

Thanks to persistent inclement weather and a forecast for more, the True Value Modified Racing Series caught a break in their busy schedule Saturday night, a cancellation at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH; and now the popular touring division featuring open wheel modified race cars, will shift it’s focus on a return trip up Rte 95 to Scarborough, ME; to the historic Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Saturday night, August 4, for the “Beech Ridge 100.” The third annual event is also a “guaranteed starter” race for the upcoming Sunoco “Mod Mania” weekend at Thompson, CT;  Sept 8,9. The popular 1/3 mile race facility for years has been rated by fans as one of the best short track venues in the country.

TVMRS fans will find a pair of Maine drivers, a Maine Hall of Fame car owner, and two former Beech Ridge winners leading a long list of entries that will attempt to qualify for the main event. Two years ago, in a surprise move, David Pinkham, Buxton ME, electrified the crowd as he piloted a car owned by Gary Casella, Saugus, MA; to victory. It was the first time the former Beech Ridge standout had driven a modified in several years. Just two weeks ago Pinkham made his first tour start this season in a car owned and prepared by Beech Ridge Hall of Fame inductee Goodwin Hannaford, Hollis, ME. Hannaford came out of retirement and lured Pinkham to wheel his racer. The two have partnered before as owner-driver and know the way to victory lane.

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Jeff Paul Scores SK Victory at Speedbowl

jeffreypaul1.jpgWaterford, CT — Jeff Paul bid farewell to a season-long string of bad luck Saturday night, handily capturing the 35-lap SK-Modified feature at Waterford Speedbowl. The sophomore SK driver survived a host of restarts as well as a late-race charge from Rob Janovic Jr. to win his first main event since August of 2006.

Bruce Thomas Jr. collected his seventh victory of the year in the 30-lap Late Model race.

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Kelly Moore Outduels Trevor Sanborn to Win Summerfest

kellymoorepassriverside1.jpgNaples, ME — Experience beat out youth Saturday night at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, New Hampshire when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models came to town for their 150-lap Miller Lite Summerfest event.

Kelly Moore, the 1995 NASCAR Busch North Series champion and the winningest driver in Busch North/Busch East Series history, stayed barely ahead of Trevor Sanborn, an up and coming Maine driver, at the finish line to take the victory.

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Lawton A First-Time Winner in Seekonk Pro Stocks

Seekonk, MA — Former Late Model front-runner Glenn Lawton of Acushnet, MA roared to victory for the first time in Seekonk Speedway’s top tier division, capturing the 40-lap Pro Stock feature on Saturday night, July 28. The 38 year-old former track champion started second in the event, passed early race leader Steve O’Brien on the third go-around, and held off veteran Dean Pettey to secure his 25th career win at the 1/3-mile Bay State oval. One minor caution slowed the event at lap 10, just after Pettey made a successful three-wide maneuver to pass John Dabrowski and David Hutchins for fourth.

When racing resumed, Pettey passed Hutchins and Scott Dion in rapid succession, assuming second place on lap 12. At the halfway point, Scott Fournier ran third, with 13th place starter Fred Astle, Jr., and Tom Scully, Jr. fourth and fifth. Astle used the outside lane to pass Fournier on lap 25 while point leader David Darling, slowed by heavy race traffic, ran eighth.

Scully overpowered Fournier for fourth with 10 circuits to go, as Lawton, Pettey, and Astle ran nose-to-tail at the head of the class. Pettey, who suffered significant body damage in the prior week’s event, fought a power steering problem throughout the race and was unable to get to the outside of Lawton without the benefit of a caution. In the end, the Westport native crossed under the checkers 0.37 seconds ahead of Pettey, becoming the first Pro Stock rookie to visit Victory Lane this year. “I can’t believe it,” the second generation racer declared. “It has been a dream of mine to win a Pro Stock race for 17 years. I hoped we would get one this year, but after the first week (when we wrecked), we went through a lot. I was starting to wonder. For the last 15 laps, I was just thinking ‘absolutely no cautions’. I didn’t want to see a yellow come out.”

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