Archive for September 30th, 2007

Laperle Kisses the Cow at Thunder Road

milkbowl20071.jpgAmerican-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car driver Patrick Laperle of Montreal earned a convincing victory in the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday. The recently crowned Champion of the Serie ACT Castrol in his native Canada took the win with a dominating nine-point spread over runner-up Ben Rowe of Turner, ME in the three-segment, cumulatively scored race.

“Man, the car was unbelievable all day long. It was fast anywhere I tried to drive it,” said the popular Frenchman. “I love Thunder Road, and I love the Milk Bowl.” The victory was Laperle’s second in the race in three years.

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North-South Shootout Formally Named JBIII Memorial

Lexington, NC — This week, C&C Racing Promotions, with the consent of the Blewett Family, formally announced that the North-South Shootout (TM) will be run annually as a tribute to John Blewett III. The race now will be perpetually known as the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout(TM).

It immediately became clear to the promoters of the North-South Shootout(TM) after the tragic and untimely death of Blewett at Thompson Speedway on August 16, 2007 that something meaningful needed to be done in his honor.

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Heath Hindman Adds Another First to PASS South’s Hickory Lore

Hickory, NC — Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) has been the site of many firsts when it comes to the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model tour in the last two years.   Hickory was the site of the first ever PASS South race in April 2006 and saw Mike Rowe take the first checkered flag.   It was the site of Ryan Lawler’s first-ever PASS South victory and he has turned that success into two more series wins since then.

On Saturday, September 29th, the firsts kept rolling in and Heath Hindman could not be happier about it.    While the running of the “Over the Mountain 150” at Hickory saw drivers making their first PASS South starts and others leading their first-ever laps in Super Late Model competition, it was Hindman that scored the best first of all.

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Pitkat Wins SK Mod Feature, Moltz Wins LM Feature; Christopher & Hutchings Claim Titles at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway closed out its 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with the Sunday half of its 35th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. Woody Pitkat capped a spectacular 2007 SK Modified® season by capturing his 8th feature victory of the year, but it was Ted Christopher who locked up the championship by 34 points over Pitkat with a second place finish. In the 40-lap Late Model feature, it was 16-year old Dillon Moltz driving to his second feature win of the season with Corey Hutchings taking the Late Model title in his rookie season at Stafford with a third place finish.

The 50-lap SK Modified® feature took the green flag with Wade Mattesen taking the lead from John Cleary on the opening lap of the race. Mattesen held the race lead until lap-3 when Woody Pitkat made a hard charge to move from third place to the lead. Once Pitkat was out front, he put on a dominating drive to score his eighth feature victory of the 2007 season. Pitkat had Ted Christopher chasing him for much of the race and several caution periods kept the two cars in close proximity. But the final 22 laps of the race ran green and Pitkat was never seriously challenged by Christopher as he slowly extended his lead lap by lap. Christopher finished second with Ken Barry, Brad Hietala, and Bo Gunning rounding out the top-5.

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Lia Wraps Up Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — Donny Lia’s 2007 season has been so successful, he was able to clinch the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship with a race remaining on the schedule.

Lia, with six wins and 11 top fives in 15 races, finished seventh in Sunday’s Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. Combined with Todd Szegedy’s 22nd-place finish, Lia improved his points lead over second-place Szegedy to 183 and earned Lia his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
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Strong Turnout for 4th Annual Circus of Dirt at Brockton Fairgrounds

Brockton, MA — Perfect weather for the 4th Annual Circus of Dirt at the Brockton Fairgrounds resulted in a strong turnout of entries for the event which was sanctioned by the AMA and the New England Dirt Track Series over the weekend. When it was all over local and New England riders held their own against New York and Pennsylvania riders in nine out of eleven classes.  The dry weather, too dry in fact, also resulted in several breaks in between qualifying heats and the features for the venue’s water tanker and grooming equipment to work on the track surface in an effort to keep the dust down to a minimum.

Among the winners were Jason Pacheco of Taunton who went home with the Vintage Amature winners trophy while Carver’s Asa Irish did the same thing in the Vintage Expert.  Plymouth’s Brian McKenna ended the afternoon with another win in the the 250 Pro main event over Brent Laskawa of Londonderry, NH.  The 250 Amateur feature saw first place go to David Berryman of Plymouth who managed to hold off  Kyle O’Connor from Middleboro.

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Championship Run Heats Up For True Value Modifieds

With only two races left on the 2007 scehcule, the True Value Modified Racing Series returns to action Saturday and Sunday Oct 6, 7, at the famed Seekonk Speedway, Rte 6, Seekonk, MA., for the running of the D. Anthony Venditti Memorial Festival of Racing, and again this season, the chase to the championship is going down to the wire with only one more race remaining after this weekend’s event, at Lee, NH., to decide the title.

14 points is all that separates two time champion Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, NH., and second place point man, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT. Both drivers have been victorious at Seekonk.

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Perley is Back on Top at Berlin

chrisperleyberlin.jpgMarine, MI – Chris Perley had two bad races in a row in the last two ISMA events, but he made a quick recovery from his mini downward spiral. Friday night he took a third at Delaware Speedway. Saturday night he lapped up to the fourth place car at Berlin Raceway in dominant fashion. Starting eighth in the field, he moved into the lead by lap seven after point man Johnny Benson Jr.’s strong sprint was for naught as the rear end went in his car. Perley moved out front and never was threatened after that. His Berin Raceway win was his tenth of 2007 matching his 2006 win total. With one race remaining on the ISMA-Wirtgen schedule, there is no doubt who will be champ.

Said Perley after his second straight Berlin win, “It’s been a small string of bad luck for us. I just wanted to get the race over tonight. I just wanted to do everything I could to stay out front. I had a big mire of lap traffic there for a while. Luckily I wasn’t involved in that lap one miscue. I just wanted to say ‘Berlin it’s worth the trip!’ When Johnny Benson took the lead I felt we were pretty even. I felt that there was going to be a waiting game between him and I. He looked pretty strong. I was running pretty hard to stay with him. But, I didn’t want to tackle him at that point because I didn’t know what he had. Then he dropped out. It was a great race for me. This crew just keeps digging. We’ve had a couple wrecks in the past couple weeks and obviously the car has come back and they’re number one. I’d like to thank all the fans for hanging around and watching the show tonight. I hope it was worth it. Berlin Raceway is a great place to race.”

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