Archive for April 19th, 2008

Rob Janovic Captures SK Mod Feature at Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Reigning SK champion Ron Janovic Jr. took his first victory of the season at the Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening. Pole-sitter Fran Muccicciaro Jr. set the pace for the first few circuits before spinning. Dennis Charette took over as leader before being passed by Janovic. The red flag appeared following a grinding crash on the front chute on lap 17 that saw Dennis Charette become airborne after tangling with several other cars including Dennis Gada, Jeff Pearl, Jeff Malave, and, Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. Taking the lead on the final restart, Janovic went on to win over Jeff Paul, Tyler Chadwick, Justin Gaydosh, and Diego Monahan.

Other feature winners were Bruce Thomas Jr. (Late Model), Jack Aquilina (Sportsman), and, Randy Churchill Jr. (Mini Stocks).

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MototownUSA Crowns Seven 12 Pack Indoor Champs

Sunday Finale, Other Car, Motorcycle Racing Cancelled

Windsor, CT — MototownUSA has proclaimed six drivers as inaugural Bud Light 12 Pack Indoor Racing Series champions since cancelling its scheduled Noon Sunday April 20 finale.

MototownUSA founder Tommy DeFranzo said as of 4 p.m. April 19, that all racing and open practice has been “cancelled until further notice.” Similar announcements are found on the track’s answering machine and on MototownUSA.com.

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Seekonk Speedway Hosts First Practice Session of 2008

Seekonk Speedway hosted its first practice session of the season. A host of race teams from the weekly Pro stock, Late Model, Sport Truck, Street Stock and Seekonk Youth Racing Association classes filled the pit area.  Cars from the Pro 4 Modified and NEMA Midget tours were also in attendance.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

Erica Santos Seeking Second NEMA Win

Erica Santos wants, make that needs, another victory.  The sooner it comes the better it will be for Santos who made Northeastern Midget Association history last year when she won at Stafford Motor Speedway, the first female in the club’s history to do so.

NEMA’s busy ’08 campaign continues May 3-4, helping Seekonk Speedway open its season. You can bet on folks talking about Erica at Stafford.

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Ed Flemke, Jr. Looks to Carry Winning Momentum to Spring Sizzler at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Stafford for the first of four visits during the 2008 season, Ed Flemke, Jr. finds himself in an unfamiliar position.  Flemke won the season opening race for the first time in his career and he sits atop the championship standings as he readies for the 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.  Flemke and his Gary Teto owned team look to carry their winning momentum into Stafford. “I’ve never in my life won a season opener, usually I never finish the first race” said Flemke.  “All the guys on the team work so hard during the winter to get the car ready and winning showed that all the hard work does pay off, which can be a contagious thing for the race team and really give us a boost for the season.  If you start off the season with trouble in the first race or two, it can take you the entire rest of the season to try to dig yourself out of that hole from the start, so this is definitely a good start to the year for us.”

Flemke will look to add his name to the Stafford record books as a Spring Sizzler champion, an honor that has been bestowed upon 22 different drivers, including his father.  Flemke, Sr. nearly won the inaugural Sizzler in 1972 before a faulty water pump eliminated him from contention after dominating the event.  Flemke, Sr. came back to Stafford the following year with another dominating performance that enable him to take the trip to victory lane that had eluded him one year earlier.  The Sizzler winners list reads like a who’s who of Modified racing and should Flemke add his name to that list, it would be a huge personal accomplishment to join his father as a Sizzler champion.

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Stafford Previews 2008 DARE Stock Season

Stafford Springs, CT — The DARE Stock division at Stafford Motor Speedway enters the 2008 season with Norm Sears looking to etch his name into the SMS record books.  Sears is the two-time defending DARE Stock track champion and this season he will attempt to join Phil Rondeau and Ryan Posocco as the only drivers to ever win three consecutive track championships at Stafford in any division.

The 2007 season was a season of parity in the DARE Stock division as 15 different drivers reached CARQUEST Victory Lane.  The DARE Stock division also featured the tightest point battle of Stafford’s five weekly divisions, with the championship chase coming down to the final lap of the final race of the season.  As championship contenders faltered down the stretch, it was Sears and his team that demonstrated a model of consistency, posting top-3 finishes in all but one of the final 8 races leading up to the CARQUEST Fall Final, where a 4th place finish gave Sears the championship.

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Regrettable Actions

Did you ever say or do something that you later regretted? Many times in life we act first and think later. Let’s take a look at how we can think before we act. Greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ! This is Rev. Dan giving Don a break this week.

There was a fantastic baseball player – in fact one of the best second basemen of his era. I don’t want to mention his name, but many of you might be able figure out who this is. We remember him not because of his playing abilities, but for something he did in the last weekend of the 1996 season. He was upset with a decision by the home plate umpire and he argued the call and ended up spitting in his face. Immediately, he we criticized by the media and fans for what he did. He later apologized to the umpire, and in fact they became friends, but the damage was done. In one uncontrolled moment, his good name was ruined.

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