Archive for July, 2008

Pitkat Streaks in Sunoco Mods at Thompson; Fields Checkers Mini Marquee

Zuidema & Palmisano Share Late Models Wins; Boss, O’Sullivan Also Victorious

Thompson, CT — Early evening rain could not dampen the spirits of the Thompson faithful and the strong field of competitors that gathered on Thursday Night. Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, made it two in a row in the Sunoco Modified division. Danny Fields of Deep River, CT, scored the victory in an ultra-competitive extra-distance event for the Mini Stocks. Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA, and Marc Palmisano of Hadley, MA, shared Late Model victory lane in the division’s doubleheader. The likes of Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA in the Pro Stocks; Larry Barnett of Ledyard, CT in the Limited Sportsman; and Glenn Boss in the TIS Modifieds; turned their luck around with victories in their respective divisions.

Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, scored his second straight victory in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson Speedway on Thursday night. The feature was slowed almost immediately for an opening lap incident that involved Paul Supernant. Point leader Kerry Malone had problems under the caution getting towed to pit road. Bobby Grigas led the opening three laps before giving way to the charge of Keith Rocco. Tommy Cravenho ran in the third position. Bert Marvin, Jimmy Blewett, and Woody Pitkat were making tracks to the front.

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SYLVANIA 300 Weekend Includes a Heluva Good! Friday

Loudon, NH — Fans attending Friday’s events during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend on September 12, 2008, will see one Heluva Good!(r) show.

In June, Patrick Carpentier, a native of Joliette, Quebec, won the Heluva Good!(r) Pole for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. It was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole for the Canadian, who has had a number of strong qualifying attempts throughout his rookie season. This was the second time a foreign-born driver has been the top qualifier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Lloyd Shaw from Toronto, Ontario, was the first to accomplish this feat in 1953.

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Extra Prize Money At Stake for Phil’s Propane 50

Seekonk, MA — Phil’s Propane has announced that the Phil’s Propane 50 lap Late Model main event on tap for this week, will pay an extra $500 to the winner, $300 for second and $200 for third. Best of luck to all competitors.

Sources: Seekonk Speedway PR

Where Do We Turn

It’s been a pretty tough stretch for our racing family and this week was no exception. We have lost many over the last few weeks and this week we added to those losses. Where do we turn when we have to deal with the loss of someone we care deeply about? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I stayed pretty close to home this week. My Grandmother went in the hospital last Thursday and went home to the Lord on Tuesday. She was 85. Her children came in from California and Vermont along with her sister. We pulled together as a family and supported one another. We will get through this as we reach out to one another.

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Bowes, Morgan Wild n’ Wacky Winners

Waterford, CT — John Bowes took the lead on the backstretch with eight laps remaining and went on to a convincing X-Car win in Wild n’Wacky Wednesday action at Waterford Speedbowl. It was the third win of the season for Bowes. Steve Violette claimed second with a last lap pass while early leader Daniel Madore was third.

Other winners were Ryan Morgan in the Legends, David Flammia Jr. in the X-Modifieds and Greg Moran Jr. in the Super X Cars. Nicole Harris won the Women on Wheels X Car feature.
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Jerry Gappens on NHMS Being Omitted From the 2009 IndyCar Schedule

Loudon, NH — The following is a statement from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens on the Speedway being omitted from the 2009 IndyCar Series Schedule.

“I’m extremely disappointed for our fans, who have given us very positive feedback about the possible return of IndyCar racing to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In fact, in a recent poll on our website, nhms.com, nearly 80-percent of our fans said they wanted to see this exciting form of motorsports return.  That’s a strong endorsement, and I don’t understand the decision not to include our facility on next year’s schedule.
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NEMA Ideal Compliment To Bowl’s Nostalgia Event

Waterford, CT — Nothing can be more appropriate than the Northeastern Midget Association on Waterford Speedbowl’s “Nostalgia Weekend” agenda. The NEMA-Speedbowl relationship dates back to 1953, the club’s initial campaign.

The Speedbowl’s Midget connection goes back to its first year, 1951. The win list at the ‘Bowl starts with the legendary Johnny Thomson.

A 25-lap NEMA feature will share Saturday’s bill with the Speedbowl’s SK-Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman and Mini Stocks.

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Ward Gets Championship Hopes Back On Track At Greenville-Pickens

Daytona Beach, FL — Marty Ward can’t ever remember racing without his father. So when Maurice Ward passed away following a heart attack while racing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., in 2006, it nearly chased the younger Ward out of the sport.

“Last year, I just didn’t want to race,” Ward said. “I had a hard time going back to the race track. I just didn’t want to be there.”

He made spot starts throughout last season, but the fire that had fueled four track championships in the historic half-mile’s Late Model division was gone. Ward said he began to come back when he traveled down to Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway for a Thanksgiving Day show and wound up finishing second.

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Orleans Wins ALNRS Adirondack North South Shootout

Newburgh, NY — The Allison Legacy North Race Series held their first ever North – South Shootout this past weekend at the Adirondack International Speedway in Lowville, NY.

The weekend began Friday afternoon when the teams arrived for two hours of practice.  Unfortunately for two teams their weekend would end early as the 99 of Tommy Barrett and the 89 of Cody Gnieting would have and untimely meeting at the exit of turn four ending both of their shot at the weekends grand prize. Also during practice two time ALNRS Champion Anthony Frissora, who was making his return to the series on a part time basis in the #88 G&S sponsored Ford Thunderbird, spun coming out of turn four which left nowhere for the 27 of William Schneider  to go.  Both cars were heavily damaged however do to the hard work from their crews they would both be able to make the show.

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Quest for the Cup Starts at the SYLVANIA 300

Loudon, NH — Twelve drivers will look to win the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” during the SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 14, 2008.

In the four years since the inception of the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup”, a championship contender has found himself in victory lane at the end of the SYLVANIA 300.

In 2004, Kurt Busch took home his second win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at the SYLVANIA 300.  He then went on to claim the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. 
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Analyzing the Miller Lite 140 at Riverhead Raceway

Daytona Beach, FL – The 47th running of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2 with the Miller Lite 140.

At Riverhead Raceway:

  • The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has held races at Riverhead each year since the series was formed in 1985.
  • Riverhead played host to at least two, and as many as three, NWMT races from 1985-2002.
  • Among the early entries for the Miller Lite 140, seven have reached Victory Lane at Riverhead before … Mike Stefanik (6 wins), Ted Christopher (4), Donny Lia (4), Rick Fuller (2), Dan Jivanelli (2), Wayne Anderson (1) and Ed Flemke Jr. (1).
  • At .25-miles, Riverhead is the smallest track of the eight that the NWMT will race at in 2008.

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North-South Shootout Promises to Be Bigger & Better in 2008

Lexington, NC: The 6th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout(TM) promises to be better than ever in 2008 when it returns to Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC, in=2 0November. The Tour-Type Modifieds of the North and South will continue to share the spotlight with the ultra-fast Supermodifieds from across the country. The weekend’s support divisions will include the popular SK-Type Modifieds and authentic Vintage racing divisions. Joining the strong line-up also will be the Street Stocks.

This year, for the first time, the headlining Tour-Type Modified will compete in 125-laps of green flag racing; up from 100 in years past.

“We added the extra distance to the race to boost the excitement,” said Promoter Charles Kepley of C&C Racing Promotions. “The Shootout will be more competitive than ever and that is what keeps the racers and the fans coming back each year.”

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‘Wings & Wheels’ Set For Speedbowl Aug. 16

Waterford, CT – Three of New England’s fastest divisions will be coming to Waterford Speedbowl Aug. 16 when Saturday Night Fever becomes The Racing Against Cancer Wings and Wheels presented by Foxwoods and Kool 101.

The International Supermodified Association (ISMA), the True Value Modified Series (TVMS) and the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) will be joined by the Speedbowl’s SK-Modifieds. One hundred mile per hour speeds will be commonplace in one of the most attractive offerings in the Speedbowl’s 58-year history.
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True Value Modified Series Heads to Historic Beech Ridge Saturday

Canaan, NH — Modified racing returns to the State of Maine, Saturday night, August 2, when the True Value Modified Racing Series makes it’s annual stop at the famed Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. This weekend’s race will be the fourth appearance by the New England touring series and all previous winners have indicated they are heading to the Pine Tree State. The Beech Ridge event has delivered very competitive races, surprises, and first time winners.

David Pinkham, Buxton, Me., currently in a battle for the 2008 series championship, will be a strong fan favorite as he’ll drive a Maine based racer owned by veteran car owner Tom Greeley, Auburn, ME. The Greeley/Pinkham combo has been in victory lane this year at Waterford, CT., and just over a week ago at Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, ME. Pinkham captured the inaugural Beech Ridge race in 2005.
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TSR Stays On Track at Monadnock

Southbury, CT — The team was full of anticipation unsure if this weekend’s cars set up would suit its new driver. The first practice was shortened due to the track getting oiled down by another competitor. Mike used good judgment and as a veteran pulled off the track knowing he had enough information on the car to relay back to the rest of the team.

After a debrief with the crew they went to work on the changes to be made to the car. The Second warm up and heat proved what this young and talented team is made of although the TSR 63 failed to qualify in the heat race by one position every change made throughout the night improved the car.
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Monadnock NEMA Honors To Santos

Winchester, NH — Coming from the ninth starting spot, Bobby Santos III grabbed the lead with two laps remaining and captured the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway. It was the third win of the season for Santos who was making his first-ever start on the quarter mile.

Santos, in the family #98, “took the line away” from Nokie Fornoro (Jarret #4) in one and two. It capped an amazing run to the front over the final eight laps. It was his 11th career NEMA win.
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Ron Barboza Jr Picks Up First Street Stock Win of Season at Seekonk

Scully Jr, DeGasparre Jr, and Bowser Win as Seekonk Speedway Starts the Second Half of 2008

Seekonk, MA –Saunderstown RI’s Tom Scully Jr started off the second half of the season the same way he started off the season, in Victory Lane in the ARC Pro Stocks. Tom started seventh on the start, and used the outside lane to find himself picking up his third win of the season.

Scott Dion and John Dabrowski brought the field down for the green in the 40 lap ARC Pro Stock feature. While the pair raced wheel to wheel, Joey Cerullo spun his Flood Auto Group mount in turn 2 to bring out the first caution of the night.
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Race Fans Get Bonus This Thursday at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Fans of Thompson International Speedway’s Thursday Night Thompson Thunder will enjoy extra events this Thursday night, July 31st.  Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Mini Stocks will be featured in an extra distance event and the exciting Late Model division will race in two feature races.

The double features for the Late Models are the result of a make up race going back to the Icebreaker last April. The rains came on that Sunday afternoon and forced the event to be re-scheduled. The 20-lap event will be run this week in addition to a full schedule of Thompson’s “Super 6″ racing divisions.

July 31st will also be the biggest night of the season for the ever-popular Mini Stock division. Each racing division at Thompson has an extra distance race as part of their schedule. The spotlight will be on the Mini Stocks this week.
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Coby, Chadwick, Jordan Among Speedbowl Winners

 Waterford, CT — Winning Saturday evening’s Town Fair Tire Night twin 35-lap SK Modified features were Doug Coby and Tyler Chadwick.      .          

Other feature winners were Tim Jordan (Late Model), Al Stone III (Sportsman), Ben Bargnesi (Mini Stock), and Max Zachem (Legends).     

In the first of two 35-lap SK Modified features, pole-sitter Doug Coby battled with Jeff Paul during the opening stages. Upon a restart with fifteen circuits remaining the leader faltered, causing a chain-reaction that damaged several top cars, most able to return after going pitside. Entering the midway point, it was again Coby and Paul, with Rob Janovic Jr. closing quickly. During the final laps, Coby took total command. Rounding-out the top-5 was Paul, Janovic, Jeff Pearl, and Shawn Monahan.

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Kobyluck Proves Experience Counts

Beaver Falls, NY — Series veteran Matt Kobyluck got the best of development drivers Trevor Bayne and Austin Dillon in the late stages of Saturday’s Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway to collect his second straight NASCAR Camping World Series East victory.

Kobyluck led just three laps in winning for the third time in six trips to the New York half-mile. His No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet was running third as Bayne and Dillon swapped the lead five times times between laps 113 and 130. Kobyluck got by Dillon, the 18-year-old Richard Childress Racing development driver, to grab second on a lap 136 restart. He then got the jump on Bayne, a 17-year-old Dale Earnhardt Inc. development driver, on a lap 148 restart. The race ended under caution following a multi-car accident in Turn 4 of the white-flag lap.

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Tayla Orleans Wins at Adirondack

Newburgh, NY — Former ALNRS competitor Tayla Orleans Wins big in her return to the ALNRS.  Tayla started last in the 13 car field and went from the back to the front in dominating fashion.  Second place went to Randolph, VT. native Dylan Smith. Rounding out the top three was former two time ALNRS Champion Anthony Frissora from Shrewsbury, MA who returned to the series in a car fielded by G&S Racing. Stay tuned for complete results from the ALNRS North/South Shootout.

Southern Modified Driver Killed In Motorcyle Accident

“NASCAR is deeply saddened to learn of Brian’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” said Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications.

Pack, 34, from Walkertown, N.C., was a regular in the Modified division at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., and on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Sources: NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour PR.

Uhrig & Perry Visit Victory Lane for First Time at Seekonk

Anderson Hangs On to Win a Thriller

Seekonk, MA — The Fast Friday series returned to Friday night action, and when it was over, Warwick RI’s Nick Uhrig and Holbrook’s Bob Perry were clenching their first career checkered flag. Uhrig bested 14 other competitors in the popular Pure Stock division, becoming the second first time winner in the division this season.

The 25 lap main event started with Jeremy Lambert and Joe Carpenter bringing the field down for the green. Lambert got a great jump on the start and made it a three wide battle as they came out of turn two. Before lap one was complete, Lambert and Carpenter found themselves sliding back on the outside. John Robidoux was the next in line, and followed Nick on the inside, and assumed the runner-up position. When the field crossed at lap five, Scott Cestodio was up to third, with Randy Moretti and Bill Chouinard rounding out the top five.

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Woody Pitkat Comes Back From 2 Laps Down to Win CARQUEST SK 150 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Friday night, July 25th, was the 5th Annual CARQUEST SK® 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Woody Pitkat scored the $4,000 winner’s check by coming back from a flat tire which put him two laps down at one point with a late race pass for the win. Joe Rzeszutek wired the field in the 30-lap Late Model feature for his first win of the 2008 season, Harry Wheeler became a first-time career winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Durand nailed down his second feature victory of the 2008 season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Jeff Jolly scored his first win of the 2008 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event.

In the 150-lap SK Modified® feature event, Todd Owen took the lead from the pole and led the first 9 laps before giving way to Chris Jones on lap-16. Jones led to lap-27 when Frank Ruocco took over the lead. Ruocco then led to lap-54 when Keith Rocco took the lead on a restart, but Ruocco would retake the lead on lap-56. Ruocco remained out front until lap-93 when Ronnie Silk moved to the point. Silk then held the lead up to lap-102 when Ruocco went back out front. Ruocco held the race lead until Silk beat Ruocco back to the start/finish line on lap-124 with the caution coming out one lap later.

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Past Modified Champion Anderson to be Honored at Riverhead Raceway

NASCAR Will Also Recognize Three New Jersey Champs

Daytona Beach, FL — As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Wayne Anderson will be honored at the Miller Lite 140 on Aug. 2 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

NASCAR will honor each of its 31 all-time Modified champions throughout the season. Anderson, who hails from Yaphank, N.Y., on Long Island, will be recognized for his 1994 title and career accomplishments at Riverhead, his home track. Anderson, who last competed full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 1995, has been a regular in Riverhead’s Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. He will participate in this year’s Miller Lite 140.

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Rains Cancel Thompson’s TNTT

Thompson, CT — Heavy rains and severe thunderstorms caused the management of the Thompson International Speedway to cancel their race program for Thursday, July 24th.

A two-day rain storm produced torrential downpours and flooding of the Thompson complex.

The event will not be rescheduled. However, the racing action will resume on Thursday, July 31st and will follow the track’s published schedule. That schedule includes a special 25-lap feature event for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Mini Stocks.

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Running the Right Race

In racing only one car receives the checkered flag signifying the winner. Many run with the goal of winning, but there is only one who receives the prize. Life is like a race and each one of us should run in such a way as to win. How is our race going? Are we living our life with winning as our goal? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Do you remember your first win? Wasn’t it fantastic? It seems like the world stops turning and for that moment you are the center of attention. It doesn’t matter how many times you win after that there is nothing that can replace the first time. Winning never gets old. Once we have won we have the desire to repeat the experience over and over.

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Rain Halts Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Shortly after the SRX Cart Series took to the track for their first-ever visit to the Speedbowl, a steady downpour moved into the area forcing cancellation of the evening’s events.

Action resumes Saturday night with a full slate of action for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Twin features for the SK Modifieds highlight a busy agenda that also includes a 30-lap Late Model feature along with 20- lappers for the Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Legends.

Gates open at 4:30 PM and qualifying begins at 5.

Please log-on to www.speedbowl.com for more information on upcoming events at the Speedbowl.

Sources:David Dykes/Waterford Speedbowl PR

TSR Welcomes Mike Keeler for Monadnock NEMA Race

Southbury, CT — TSR Motorsports Inc. would like to welcome Mike Keeler aboard as Team driver of the 63 NEMA Midget. Mike is a veteran Nema driver and brings along a wealth of experience and depth to this young and growing team.  We are also pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Keeler (Mike’s dad) who will be lending a hand in the pits with the Team. Kevin is a well respected race mechanic and chassis tuner. Mike will drive for TSR Motorsports as his schedule allows as he is owner and driver of his own Super Modified team. Mikes first scheduled race is Monadnock Speedway this Saturday.

Points Battle For State And Provincial Titles Waged Throughout NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Daytona Beach, FL — The list of drivers who have won NASCAR U.S. state and Canadian provincial championships is a long and distinguished one, consisting of local legends as well as names like Morgan Shepherd, David Pearson, Jack Ingram, Ralph Earnhardt and Richie Evans.

The NASCAR tradition was resumed last year and champions from across North America were crowned at the season-ending banquet in Las Vegas. As the 2008 season heats up in the summer months, the state and provincial battles throughout the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series follow suit.

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