Archive for August 7th, 2008

Five-Time Modified Champion Hirschman to be Honored at Thompson

NASCAR to Recognize Hirschman on Aug. 14

Daytona Beach, FL — As part of the season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Tony Hirschman will be honored at the New England Dodge Dealers 150 presented by Budweiser on Thursday, Aug. 14 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., captured five NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titles during a stellar 11-year span from 1995-2005. His five championships are second-most in tour history.

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Jeremy Frankoski & Bertrand Motorsports Headed to the Boston Louie Memorial

Suffield, CT – The call that Jeremy Frankoski was looking for came only two weeks after his recent departure from TSR Motorsports. Frankoski will be headed to the year’s biggest race, the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial, as a teammate alongside current point’s leader Randy Cabral in a Bertrand Motorsports entry.

“Things worked out well, and just at the right time. I really appreciate the opportunity to be in a top ride, with a great team for such a special race,” stated Frankoski.

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He’s Driven To Honor His Late Brother

Seekonk, MA — Whether in the pits or in the stands, one doesn’t have to search long at a Northeastern Midget Association race before seeing people wearing shirts dedicated to Shane Hammond, who died in a NEMA race in April.

At some NEMA shows, there’s a more personal reminder. Hammond’s younger brother, 16-year-old Anthony Marvuglio, is racing in the new NEMA Lite series – a lower-cost, lower-horsepower alternative which gives drivers experience in the winged, open-wheel Midgets.

“I went from maybe 12½ horsepower in a go-kart, with body panels, to a little over 200 horsepower,” said Marvuglio, an East Bridgewater resident whose brother had moved to Halifax. “Having big tires, having motor (power) right there, is a big difference. I love it.”

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Doris Dykes Passes at 78

Waterford, CT — The Speedbowl sends its condolences to Media Coordinator David Dykes and his family on the passing of his mother Doris Tuesday night. A one-time regular attendee, she had a host of friends at the Speedbowl. A gentle and caring lady, she fought a courageous battle against cancer.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 PM Thursday night at the Byles-MacDougall Funeral Home, 99 Huntington Streeet in New London.

Palmer, Arute Win At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Jason Palmer continued his quest of two straight championships with a victory in the 20-lap Legends feature in Wild n’ Wacky Wednesday action at Waterford Speedbowl. Palmer, also the Saturday night leader, took the lead away from Shaun Buffington with five laps left and went on to finish ahead of George Whitney and Ryan Morgan.

Other winners were Wayne Arute in the 15-lap X-Modified feature; Patrick Williams in the X-Car 20-lapper; Greg Moran Sr. in the Super X 20 lapper and Kathy Civardi in the 10-lap Women on Wheels event.

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Roadwork, Part 1

We have come to the part of the season that has us on the road every week. Almost like the old barnstorming days. If this is Friday, this must be Stafford. I thought about the road we are on in our life and where that might lead us. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As I was driving by a church the other day, I noticed this question on their sign, “Does the road you’re on lead to my place? -God” I thought about the road courses we run and the differences between them and the standard ovals. We run a car that can turn both left and right. The fuel filler is on the opposite side. The car is more balanced left side to right side. In many ways preparing for a road course can help us prepare for the road that leads to life. There are no shortcuts on the road.

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