Waterford, CT -- After his first few laps in a Legends school at the Waterford Speedbowl, 16-year old Brent Sweet knew there was something special about the place. He began appreciating the allure it held for his grandfather and his father.
The family’s third generation of participation begins when Brent attempts to qualify for the SK-150, the centerpiece of the season-opening 12th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals on April 12-13. The weekend also includes extra-distance races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models, Sportsman, and Mini Stocks. The NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, Legends, AllStar Race Trucks, Pro4 Modifieds, and Allison Legacy Cars are also part of the festivities.
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Concord, NC If a driver is successful in racing, then there will come a point in their career when they shed the tag of having potential and pick up the label of being a contender. For Bobby Grigas, III that moment might have come during the 2008 version of Florida Speedweeks.
Sure, the Massachusetts native had already done some impressive things in his career by winning multiple times in the True Value Modified Racing Series and coming within a hair of winning the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year title. But at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this past week, Grigas really graduated into the big leagues.
With some of the best names in Modified racing present, Grigas finished fourth in the standings at New Smyrna. He never finished outside the top-10 all series long and only twice in seven races did he place lower than fourth. Grigas had one of the fastest on the track and his performance with it was very consistent.
“I couldn’t ask for a better finish or a better week,” said Grigas. “I’m getting a lot more seat time and that is what is helping me out. I am also getting more experience. I think that seat time is helping me out. Everyone sees that I have come a long way over the last few years.”
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Guerard, Baumann, D. Jacobs, Routhier Share Spoils
Windsor, CT — Timex Morgan, of Rochester, N.Y., and Jimmy “Bubba” Broderick, of Brookfield, Conn., were among the winners of MototownUSA’s first Bud Light 12 Pack Series Friday night features here.
Morgan preserved his Mototown 600cc micro sprint drivers points lead by winning the 20-lap feature. Morgan led the entire green-to-checkered flag headliner over “Liquid” Lou Cicconi. Cicconi, in what he said was his first dirt track appearance in 12 years, won the 10-lap heat in a borrowed car.
Anthony Nocella took third among the feature’s seven finishers and second to Morgan, a New York Modified Midget Series regular, after five of 12 Bud Light rounds run since Jan. 6. MototownUSA officials have added an April 27th finale, replacing a snowed-out December first round, to complete the 12 pack.
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