Archive for September, 2008

Seekonk Speedway Readies for 16th annual D.A.V. Fall Classic

Seekonk, MA — Since the passing of Seekonk Speedway founder D. Anthony Venditti, only one race has been able to uphold the legacy of a man that was know as much for his way of thinking to his love of auto racing. Over the 40+ years of owning and operating “The Action Track of the East”, Anthony always looked for the next star, the next class, and the future of the sport. Two of his creations will take center stage on the weekend of October 11 and 12.

In the mid 1970’s, the big block modifieds were starting to price themselves too high. Anthony came out with a solution. Thus, the small block modified, which reigns as one of the most popular and competitive open wheel class on the east coast, was born. Later that same decade, The Godfather, as he became known, started to think about the next evolution. In 1978, the All Pro division joined forces with his Late Model class. A name change in ’79, they became as the Pro Stocks. By 1984, they were the headlining division at the 1/3 mile oval.
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Popular Outlaw Stock Division Returns For Bowl’ Town Fair Tire Finale

Waterford, CT — Debuting earlier this season as part of the Speedbowl’s popular Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday midweek series, the Outlaw Stock division has been well-received by both fans and competitors.

Slated for a 20-lap feature, they’ll again appear at this weekend’s season-ending, two-day, 13-division division Town Fair Tire Finale.

The brainchild of Speedbowl Tech Inspector Don Rand, the class has lived-up to its expectations as a “Run What You Brung” affair, attracting competitors from a myriad of different divisions. While Scott Foster, the winner of the initial event was piloting a “conventional” Monte Carlo Late Model-type entry, second-place finisher Glenn Boss was behind the controls of an open-wheel “Thompson Modified”. Third on the podium was Alan Coates, wheeling an All-Star Race Truck. Also in the field were several Sportsman-class entries, as well as racers from Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts.
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Gada, Thomas, Stone Seek Speedbowl Glory

Waterford, CT — The ending of a long SK-Modified championship battle and the possibility of two “Triple Crown” achievements are part of the excitement for this weekend’s season-ending, two-day, 13-division division Town Fair Tire “Finale” at Waterford Speedbowl.

Dennis Gada hopes to secure a record seventh championship in Sunday’s 100-lap SK feature. Bruce Thomas Jr. and Al Stone III can secure “Triple Crown” laurels with victories in Sunday’s 100-lap Late Model and 50-lap Sportsman features respectively.

Point battles will also come to an end in Sunday’s 50-lap Mini Stock and Saturday’s 25-lap Legends event.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Chemung 120

Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Chemung

With just three races left in the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, the series will head to  Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Chemung 120 will mark just the second time in the 24-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour that the series has contested a race at the .375-mile oval. Jerry Marquis reached Victory Lane in the only previous race on Aug. 10, 2001.
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NEMA’s Owners Race Headed To Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — The squeaky tight Northeastern Midget Association Owners point battle moves to Waterford Speedbowl’s Town Fair Tire Finale this weekend. It’s like going home for NEMA and it’s a good bet Randy Cabral is feeling pretty good about it. “Every time I see the Speedbowl on the schedule I just smile,” he says.

Cabral’s owner Tim Bertrand trails Bob Santos Jr. by 13 in the owner standings. Bobby Santos III drives for his father. Cabral and Santos have nine wins between them this season, five for Cabral whose “dream season” includes three Speedbowl wins.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on the Air: Week of Sept. 29 – Oct.5

Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers that will appear on radio shows during the week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 5.

Monday, Sept. 29
Eric Beers – “Track Talk,” WACK (1420 AM or 1420wack.com), 6 – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Eric Beers – “Sirius Speedway,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 3 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5
Chemung 120 winner – “Carey & Coffey Show,” ESPN Radio Local (940/1510 AM or careyandcoffey.com), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

ARTS Truck State on Waterford Speedbowl Finale

Its a sad day in the AllStar Race Truck Series camp. For the first time in over 12 years, since the ARTS trucks started racing in that area, we will not be racing at the Waterford Speedbowl’s season finale. After having a long conversation with Jerry Robinson today by phone, a deal could not be reached on the past due payment of a race we ran at the Bowl on 7-19-08. He also stated he could not guarantee it would ever be paid. To top that off he then said we were more than welcome to come to this weekend’s event. He suggested that the ARTS racers pay to get in the back gate but race for free with no purse or possibly a smaller purse. He again promptly said he did not know if he would be able to pay for this weekend’s event as well as the 100 lap event which we ran on 7-19-08. Jerry claimed that the TIS Modified division that is on their website as replacing us was also running for free, no purse.

ARTS did everything in its power to maintain a good relationship with the track. It has always been two to three weeks after running a race at the Bowl before the check comes. It was never a big deal. But after three weeks went by and we did not receive a check we made several attempts to contact Jerry concerning the bill. When I finally got to talk to Jerry days later, he said he was not going to pay the amount that we were contracted to receive. We agreed on a payment of a lesser amount. Jerry said that we could pick up a check for the 100 lap event when we came back to race in two weeks time. Trusting that things would be ok, the ARTS trucks returned to the Bowl 5 weeks after the 100 lap event, which we were not paid for. When we went to the office to find Jerry we found out Jerry was not there and Bill could not give us a check because Jerry hadn’t left one with him for ARTS. He said we had to talk to Jerry. Once again, in good faith, the ARTS truck raced hoping that things would work out. Again, I resumed my daily phone calls to try and get some kind of answer from the track. Some times calling the track, Bill’s cell, and Jerry’s cell and still no one would return a phone call. On Thursday, 9/18/08, I again spoke with Jerry. I wanted to set up a meeting to work something out, to remain racing at the Bowl. At this point they now owed ARTS for the 100 lap event which was run 7-19-08 as well as the race ran on 8-23-08. Jerry said he could not meet with me but did agree to pay off the 8-23-08 race. We did receive that check and are waiting to hear if it has cleared. Also Jerry said I could call him back on the following Monday, 9-22-08 to settle the remaining balance. But it was back to the same old thing, leave a message and no one will call you back.
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Laperle Wins Milk Bowl, Steals ACT Championship

Patrick Laperle of Montreal had a career-defining day at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, winning the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl stock car event, and stealing the American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship from rival Scott Payea of Milton, VT. Laperle took a narrow two-point Milk Bowl win over Eric Williams in the three-segment, cumulatively scored race, and crept past Payea for the championship by just a single point, unofficially, for the season crown.

“(Today) was about the championship,” said the emotional Frenchman. “You race all year for a championship. The Milk Bowl was like, how do you say it, the cherry on top of the ice cream.”
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Could Twin State Hold True Value Title Race?

Claremont, NH — Even Nostradamus would not have laid odds on this one. Jeanne Dixon.?” No way, she’d stick with world event predictions. Both are famous for their prognostications and likely would have uttered the phrase, “Who would have thunk it?” That question rings true thanks to what Mother Nature has created.

The just concluded weekend, complete with heavy rains and tropical storm Kyle grabbing headlines has forced the unimaginable. Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., five years after the formation of the True Value Modified Racing Series, possibly hosting the deciding race for the series 2008 championship, Sunday, Oct 26. To steal a line from Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione, “Can you believe it”?
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Rain Halts NSS Qualifying This Weekend

Defending Race Champions Set to Preserve Titles While List of Starters Grows

Lexington, NC — This past weekend was scheduled to be a big one in North-South Shootout Qualifying competition. Three of the final remaining qualifying races for the 6th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout were originally scheduled for the weekend of September 27 and 28. But yet another tropical storm pounded the northeast canceling all racing in the region for the duration of the weekend.

The “King of the Mountain” event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Mountain Speedway were to have carried starting spots for both the Modified and SK-Type Modified portions of the annual North-South Shootout. On Sunday, in Claremont, NH, the Twin State Speedway was set to proudly host the first-ever Ricky Miller Memorial 100 for the True Value Modified Racing Series. The winner of that event would also secure a starting spot for their car owner in the Modified portion of the Shootout.
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Richard “Dick” Bahre, 76, Former NASCAR Car Owner Passes

Loudon, NH — Former NASCAR car owner, Richard “Dick” Bahre, 76, passed away on Saturday in Statesville, N.C.

Bahre was the brother of New Hampshire Motor Speedway founder, Bob Bahre, and the uncle of former track president, Gary Bahre. Dick helped build the speedway with Bob and Gary in 1989.

“Dick Bahre was an integral part of the speedway’s history,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “He worked side-by-side with Bob and Gary to build a first class facility for race fans to enjoy. As a car owner, Dick gave many drivers the opportunity to compete in NASCAR’s elite divisions. This is a tremendous loss for the Bahre family, the speedway, and the entire motorsports community.”
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Chris Perley Beats Bug at Berlin

Marne, MI — Saturday was a perfect fall day for racing in Michigan, but Chris Perley’s day started with a stomach virus. He spent most of the day trying to rest and recover in the confines of a busy pit, but despite the ailment he was able to muster up just enough energy to bring home his fourth straight Berlin Raceway win. Three-time Berlin winner Russ Wood was the man to beat for Perley on the track. Wood took over the lead on lap 8 and looked to be a sure winner, but even Wood knew Perley was out there somewhere. By lap 30, the 11 was right on the tail of the 29. In two laps, the lead switched and never switched back despite trepidations from both the winner and the pursuer.
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“I thought for sure Russ would be back because we kept getting tighter and tighter,” said Chris in victory lane. “I thought I was going to lose it at the end. I didn’t know how close he was. I really laid low today. I tried to get a little bit of rest. I certainly don’t feel good but these guys give me an awesome car so I can’t give up on them at any time. I just gave it everything I had and we were lucky enough to come out on top tonight.
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Brown Gains Ground With Win

Asheboro, NC — With championship implications clearly on the line with only two races remaining, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returned to action on Saturday night at the famed Caraway Speedway.

In the end, it was a successful night for Tim Brown who scored his second victory in the last three races on Saturday in the Whelen 150. Brian Loftin finished second, which allowed Brown to cut 10 points off Loftin’s lead. Loftin leads Brown by 35 points heading into next weekend’s season finale at Caraway.

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“Joey Pole” on the Milk Bowl Pole Again

Nineteen year-old stock car sensation Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. won his third consecutive Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award at the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday afternoon. The Hudson, NH driver earned the $1,000 top prize after posting a single-lap time of 13.165 seconds around Thunder Road’s high-banked 1/4-mile oval, besting 56 other cars in attendance.

“We always post great times here in qualifying, now we have to put the pieces together to take that next step and win the race,” said Polewarczyk, who finished third in the event in 2006. “My team is firing on all cylinders, we have two ACT (American-Canadian Tour) wins this year, and now we want to win the big one, the Milk Bowl.”
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Dave McKnight Repeats ISMA Win at Delaware

Delaware, Ont. – In 2007 Dave McKnight broke an ISMA winless streak of several years by coming home the victor at Delaware Speedway in his native Canada. Friday night he repeated the feat after taking the lead from Jeff Holbrook on lap 15 and staying out front in the competitive 50-lapper for the duration. McKnight was able to build up a comfortable lead while behind him others were battling tooth and nail to gain a position or two.

“We got a little bit of a break. We started decent tonight,” said the Brampton, Ontario driver. “We got out front and we gave it everything we had. I knew Chris and the others would be coming but we definitely had a stronger car tonight. We’ve been struggling all year and we just haven’t had the car to get the job done. Tonight we did.”

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Rain Washes-Out Saturday Night Card At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Heavy rains expected to blanket New England throughout the weekend prompted Speedbowl officials to cancel Saturday evening’s race program. The decision to “pull-the-plug” was made Friday afternoon.

Action resumes at the shoreline oval with the season-ending Town Fair Tire Finale on October 3, 4, & 5. A record thirteen divisions are slated to take the green with championship honors still up for grabs for many of the Bowls’ weekly competitors.
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Mother Nature Cancels ALNRS Race

Newburgh, NY – For the eigth time this season Mother nature has forced the cancellation of the ALNRS race.  The ALNRS was to compete in the New England Outdoor Furnace Fall Challenge at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH on Saturday, however due to the weather track management was forced to cancel all scheduled races for Saturday Sept. 27.  It is yet to be determined if the Sunday portion of their show will also be cancelled.  Should the entire weekend be cancelled the entire race weekend will be rescheduled for October 25 & 26.  The ALNRS will head to Lee USA Speedway next weekend for the Octoberfest weekend and possibly the final race of the 2008 ALNRS Season.

Saturday Program Cancelled at Waterford

Waterford, CT — With forecasts for the weekend worsening, Speedbowl management has cancelled Saturday night’s program. The Speedbowl is now preparing for the season-ending “Finale” on Oct. 3-4-5.

Stafford Motor Speedway 2009 Limited Late Model Rules Released

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has released their 2009 rules for the Limited Late Model division, which are available online in the DOWNLOADS/RULES section of www.staffordspeedway.com.

Rule change highlights for the 2009 Limited Late Model season include: Jacking bolts will be allowed on the front suspension. Shock location has been moved from the inside to the outside of the frame rail and the Pro WB Series Shocks will be the mandatory shock on all Limited Late Model cars. Disc brakes were previously only allowed on the fron of the car but now will be allowed on all four wheels, and teams can use the new XYG Tube Metric snout. Teams will be allowed the option of running a Ford 9 inch non-locking rear end.
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Car No. 1 NWSMT Team Penalized for Rules Violations at Martinsville Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today the car No. 1 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Saturday, Sept. 20 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.

The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-6.1.1B (ignition system wires must be continuous from the start connector to the end connector. Splices, bare and punctured wires will not be permitted in the ignition system: spliced wires from the purple wire out of the ignition amplifier box) of the 2008 NASCAR Touring rule book. The violations were discovered during post-race inspection on Sept. 20.
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Mother Nature Can’t Dampen Milk Bowl

The 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl stock car event will go on as scheduled at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sat./Sun., Sept. 27/28, despite a test from Mother Nature.  Recent weather forecasts have changed in favor of the event’s taking place, and have prompted race officials to continue with the program as planned.

“We feel like we’ll get a fair chance to race on Saturday, and Sunday should be even better,” said Thunder Road Manager Tom Curley.  “In fact, we’ve even got back-up from our friends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as they’ve kindly offered us the use of their jet-dryer in case we do get wet.”

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Weather Postpones Stafford Fall Final Weekend

Events Rescheduled For Oct. 10-12

Daytona Beach, FL — An expected weekend-long deluge from a tropical storm has postponed the 36th annual CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn.

The race weekend, which featured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the final race of the NASCAR Camping World Series East, has been rescheduled for October 10-12.

The weekend will include all five divisions of Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series as scheduled.

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Rain Postpones Stafford Speedway’s CARQUEST Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — With the forecast calling for heavy rain for Saturday, and Tropical Storm Kyle, which is predicted to intensify into a hurricane and approach the New England coastline on Sunday, Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that it has postponed its CARQUEST Fall Final racing card that was scheduled for September 26 through September 28 to the weekend of October 10, 11, and 12.

The schedule for the Fall Final Weekend will remain the same. The 36th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend will kick off on Friday, October 10th with a practice session running from 2:00pm to 6:30pm for Stafford’s weekly divisions. The General Admission grandstands will be open to the public at no charge for the practice session.

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Schedule Change Made to CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — With a forecast calling for a steady rainfall throughout the day on Friday, September 26th, Stafford Motor Speedway has made a schedule change to its 36th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. The SMS Paddock Area will open to all teams at 7:00am on Saturday, September 27th, there will be no activity at the track on Friday, September 26th.

Dylan Smith Takes Allison Legacy North Points Lead

Newburgh, NY — For the first time this season the ALNRS has a new points leader. Randolph, VT driver Dylan Smith not only picked up his third win of season this past weekend at Monadnock Speedway, he also became the series current points leader heading into the final two races of the season.

James Logan of Dighton, MA. who had held the points lead the entire season in his 44 G. Lopes Construction  Thunderbird,  came into the weekend with a fifteen point lead over Dylan. Unfortunately for James his luck ran out Saturday during the heat race when he got together with the 19 of David Schneider as they entered turn three. James was unable to finish the heat race and had to retire to the pits for repairs. The winner of the heat race was Dylan who picked up five points for the win to help close the gap on Logan. 

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Blewett Scores Fifth Win in Sunoco Mods at Thompson; Malone Mod Champ; Astle, Zuidema, Sundeen, Vigeant & Field Also Crowned ‘08 Champs

Final Thursday Night Feature to Bessette, O’Sullivan, Douton, Sullivan & Romano

Thompson, CT — The point chase went down to the wire with 2008 champions being crowned on the final Thursday Night of competition at Thompson International Speedway. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ, won the battle in the Sunoco Modifieds but it was Kerry Malone of Needham, MA, winning the war. Fred Astle, Jr., of Westport, MA, was the runner-up to George Bessette of Danbury, CT, in Pro Stock action on Thursday Night to catapult him to the divisional championship.

Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA, was crowned as the 2008 Late Model Champion while Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, won the final regular feature event for the division. Chris “Moose” Douton of Waterford, CT, was tops in a Limited Sportsman feature that found Scott Sundeen of Oxford, MA, winning the championship.  Kurt Vigeant, also of Oxford, MA, scored back-to-back championships in the TIS Modified division. Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, was victorious in the final TIS Modified point race of season. Mike Romano of Glendale, RI, did all he could; winning the Mini Stock feature; but, it was not enough to overtake Danny Field of Deep River, CT, who earned the 2008 championship.

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News & Notes: Champ Kobyluck Heads Home To Celebrate

Matt Kobyluck realized a decade-long dream of winning the NASCAR Camping World Series East championship when he clinched the title with a third-place finish at Dover International Speedway Sept. 19.

Now he can get back to business, and job No. 1 is winning the final race of the season at Stafford  (Conn.) Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 28.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Stafford

Stafford Closes Curtain On Season With Fall Final

The fourth and final trip to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway in 2008 will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28. The CARQUEST Fall Final, the track’s traditional season-ending show, will see the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour go green at approximately 3 p.m.

The 150-lap race will be the 14th of 16 dates on the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. In the first three trips for the series to Stafford this year, Ted Christopher, Chuck Hossfeld and Jimmy Blewett have registered victories.

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ISMA Hits the Road for an International Doubleheader

Oswego, NY –- The ISMA contingent is on the road again for a two-day-two race stint in Canada and Michigan. First up is the Friday night, Sept. 26 North of the Border event at Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Then it’s across Michigan the next day for another 50 lapper at Berlin Raceway in Marne. This series wraps up the last two races on the 2008 schedule before the finale at Thompson, CT in October.

Delaware Speedway has a storied history of supermodifieds and some of the greats in the ranks from that division came graced the track over the years. ISMA winners over the years since 1976 include Steve Gioia Jr., Bentley Warren, Mike McLaughlin, Gary Allbritain, Chris Perley and now finally, a Canadian. Last year Dave McKnight stopped his roller coaster season on top with a win before a very partial Canadian crowd. McKnight was followed by ISMA champ Chris Perley and in third, by Ryan Litt, another Canadian favorite. To boot, Canadians prevailed in the top five with a great run by London, Ontario’s Mark Sammut for fourth and Innerkip, Ontario’s Mike Lichty in fifth. Michael Barnes, Craftsman Truck star Johnny Benson Jr., Mike Ordway Jr., Dave Trytek and Robbie Summers completed the top ten.