Archive for October, 2008

Bill Davis Captures 2008 Limited Late Model Championship for First Career Stafford Track Title

Stafford Springs, CT — After two seasons of contending for the Stafford Motor Speedway Limited Late Model championship but coming up short at season’s end, Bill Davis and the #06 Shop Tech Software team proved that the third time is the charm, taking the 2008 championship by a 22-point margin over the 2007 champion, Sean Foster.

Davis opened the 2008 season in grand style with a victory at the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler and he used the momentum from that victory to lead the points standings for all but one week of the year.
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Car Number Requests for ’09 Being Accepted at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Thompson International Speedway is accepting applications for car number renewals. For ease and convenience, the 2009 registration forms may be accessed from the front page of the Thompson web site.

As in previous years, any driver who secured track points with a registered car number will have until January 15, 2009 to renew that number. If the number is not renewed, it will then be assigned to the first person requesting the number. That determination is made by the date that each request is received at the Thompson Speedway office. If a number is being requested that was not used in the 2008 season, it will be awarded on a first come-first served basis.
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Norm Sears Takes Third Consecutive DARE Stock Track Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Only Phil Rondeau and Ryan Posocco have ever won three consecutive track titles in any division in Stafford’s long and extensive history. Now, with a third consecutive Stafford Motor Speedway DARE Stock track championship this season, Norm Sears has joined that exclusive club as well.

“Three in a row was definitely the goal for this season,” said Sears. “We knew that Ryan had done it and we later found out that Rondeau had also done it, so that really gave us an extra push for the season.”

Sears and the #90 ECI / Cliff Nelson Motorsports team began their championship quest with guns blazing, winning the first two DARE Stock feature events of the season and building a healthy point lead early in the season. But that large lead was cut into as Sears placed 18th and 10th in the next two races. Sears would regain his consistent form of years past and posted 12 top-8 finishes in the final 14 races to take the championship by an 8-point margin over Scott Roy at season’s end.
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What If

Have you ever played that game of Monday morning quarterbacking? We rehash the decisions made and wonder what the outcome would have been if different choices were made. How about in your life, have you spent some time wondering what if? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What if you didn’t pit and tried to finish the race on old tires? What if you didn’t try to pass on the outside? What if you were more patient? What if we raced differently would the outcome be different? Certainly, every choice we make is exactly that, a choice. We have to analyze the options and pick the choice that best accomplishes the desire of our heart.
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ACT Late Models Returning to Beech Ridge in 2009

The American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship stock cars will return to Scarborough, Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2009, ending a 16-year absence. The 1/3-mile, semi-banked oval outside Portland was pivotal in deciding the first-ever ACT Late Model Tour champion, as Dave Whitcomb of Essex Jct., VT spring-boarded from a Beech Ridge victory in September 1992 to secure the title. Pat Corbett won the Tour’s only other event at the track in July 1993.

The 150-lap event will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, on the weekend following the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME.
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Seekonk Speedway Wednesday Rules Meetings

On Wednesday, October 29, Seekonk Speedway held rules meetings for the Pure Stocks, Late Models and Pro Stocks. There were no changes made that were significant in any of the divisions. Here is an overview of changes:

Pure Stocks:
* There was a clarifcation on the starting position of the previous weeks winner. The previous weeks winner will start last in the next event. He/she will start behind any cars that were not here the previous week and behind all cars that did not complete qualifying.
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Three-Day Celebration Awaits Whelen All-American Series

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will honor its champions during a three-day celebration in Las Vegas on Nov. 5-7, culminating with the series’ 27th annual awards banquet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.

NASCAR, series sponsor Whelen Engineering and track operators will gather to honor nationals champion Philip Morris, plus U.S. state, Canadian provincial, and track champions from throughout North America.
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Joe Allegro, Jr. Takes Unusual Path to 2008 SK Light Modified Track Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — In only his second season of racing at Stafford Motor Speedway, Joe Allegro, Jr. took home the 2008 SK Light Modified track championship in the tightest points race of the 2008 Stafford season. While Allegro and his Parker Street Used Auto Parts team will celebrate as champions, the road they took to the championship was most certainly a path less traveled.

Allegro began the 2008 season with a last place finish at the Spring Sizzler, putting him in a deep hole at the outset of the year. Two more subpar finishes over the next three races left Allegro 86 points behind the championship leader. It is often said that the mark of a champion is consistency, and a second place finish in the fifth race of the 2008 season is where the consistency began to come into play.
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Thompson’s Flea Market this Weekend

Thompson, CT — Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap meet and Flea Market will open for the 37th time this weekend, November 1st and 2nd , on the grounds of the Thompson International Speedway. Over 1,500 vendors and literally thousands of buyers will gather at the historic speedway for this annual, two-day, buy, swap and sell event.

Like so many things, Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market began with only a few vendors and a few hundred buyers. But, the success of that very first event proved that it had the potential to grow quickly. However, nobody envisioned the growth to be as rapid as it was or to become as famous as it has. The Thompson Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market is now one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
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MacDonald & Christopher Win Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championships

Loudon, NH — Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. has won the 2008 Camping World Series East Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Driving the No. 71 Grimm Construction Inc. Chevrolet, Eddie won the Heluva Good! 125 in June and completed his “sweep” by winning the second Heluva Good! 125 in September.  This is MacDonald’s first Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championship.
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Ryan Posocco Wins Fourth Career Stafford Late Model Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2008 Late Model season at Stafford Motor Speedway saw Ryan Posocco take home his fourth career championship behind the wheel of Marcia Kretschman’s #48 Davidson Company Ford. Posocco and the Kretschman team put together a season for the ages that saw them win 7 races and post 14 podium finishes in 17 starts. The Kretschman team won the 2006 Late Model championship with Woody Pitkat behind the wheel, so although Posocco expected some success going into the 2008 season, he never imagined the level of success that they reached this year.

“I think going into the year, [the Kretschmans and myself] expected to have some success, but we never could have imagined the level of success that we reached this year,” said Posocco. “I don’t think any one of us thought that we could do what we did this year.”
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Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time

He was known as “Gentleman Dick” Watson and in later years, simply as the “Silver Fox”.
The late Dick Watson was one of the most-respected drivers of his era. A fellow competitor that raced against Watson during his heyday stated that “He was a driver that you could run with lap-after-lap. You simply never had to worry about him doing something that would get the both of you in-trouble. Dick was that good.”

The accompanying image captures Watson after a 1965 Bowl’ victory in the Bob Garbarino-owned “Mystic Missile”. The same year, the team captured the Connecticut Modified Championship before moving-on to success within the NASCAR circuit.

Watson was inducted into the prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003. (Shany photo courtesy of Linda Watson).

ALNRS Concludes with Fall Challenge at Twin State Speedway

Newburgh, NY — The Twin State Speedway New England Outdoor Furnace Fall Challenge caps the 2008 ALNRS season. Just as he did last season Cody Gneiting of Somers, CT ended the season on a high note winning back to back races. Cody showed, that his win at the Octoberfest at Lee Speedway was no fluke has he marched his way to the front to capture his second win of the season. Second place went to the newly crowned 2008 ALNRS Champion Dylan Smith of Randolph, VT. Based on his finish in the heat race Dylan merely had to start the feature to claim the championship. Finishing third was Taunton, MA driver Shane D’Agostino who had a fierce on track battle with Dighton, MA driver James Logan. The two literally battled all season long, duking it out on the track with the final battle resulting in a black flag for Logan has the two drivers beat and banged on each other for position. The black flag put Logan down three laps relegating him to a 7th place finish, which dropped him to third in the season’s final point standings just four points behind D’Agostino.

With the race being held over from Saturday until Sunday, due to rain and several cautions in the first 11 laps of the race Saturday. The drivers picked up where they left off Saturday as the first of six cautions was brought out on lap 15 as Wakefield, NH driver Mellissa Fifield spun coming out of turn four. The second caution came on lap 18 as Logan and D’Agostino got together as they battled for position. Lap 19 brought out caution number three as rookie driver Mickey D’Agostino who was making his first appearance in the ALNRS spun coming off turn four. Turn four appeared to be the turn of choice as Fifield once again spun exiting on lap 26. On lap 28 Logan would get into D’Agostino bringing out the fifth caution and thus resulting in Logan receiving the black flag as Twin State Speedway officials deemed it intentional contact. The final caution would wave as the #3 driven by Bennington, NH driver Kyle Poodiack would spin in turn two. As a result the race was given the yellow-checkered and thus putting an end to the 2008 ALNRS season.
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2009 SpeedwayEXPO Ticket Office Opens

Order advance tickets and save!

Salisbury, MA — Advance tickets are now available for SpeedwayEXPO and may be ordered online or by phone. At just $11, attendees will save $5 over the price of a ticket purchased at the door. Scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2009, the third annual SpeedwayEXPO returns to the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Presented by Speedway Illustrated Magazine, the three-day show is the largest event for drivers, teams, tracks, and racing vendors in the Northeast. SpeedwayEXPO will kick off the 2009 Northeast racing season with more than 200 new race cars and old favorites, and hundreds of exhibits for drivers, crews and fans from a dozen states and Canada. Thousands of short track and speed enthusiasts pack more than 130,000 square feet of exhibition space to take part in seminars and demonstrations; see retailers of racing equipment, gear, and memorabilia; meet racing celebrities-today’s and yesterday’s-and attend Riverside Rides Again, the 10-year reunion of the famous Riverside Park Speedway.

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Pasteryak, White, Win True Value Modified Series Titles

Claremont, NH — 28 year old Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., claimed the 2008 True Value Modified Racing Series championship Sunday afternoon, Oct 26, finishing seventh, in the running of the “Ricky Miller Memorial 100,” at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH.

Pasteryak, winner of two races this season, at Waterford, CT., and Seekonk, MA., took a 17 point lead over Madison, CT., driver Mike Holdridge, into the season finale, but Pasteryak’s strong finish enabled him to secure the championship but not without a little drama.
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Hirschman Grabs First True Value Mod Win

Claremont, NH –- Northampton , PA. ,modified star Matt Hirschman made his first start with the New England based True Value Modified Racing Series a successful one, besting a field of 25 racers, to win the New England Outdoor Furnaces, “Ricky Miller Memorial 100,” Sunday, Oct 26, at Twin State Speedway, Claremont , NH. The race was the final event of the 2008 season.

It was the first appearance by the fifth year series at the famed New Hampshire oval, and the first time an “outside” driver has won a TVMRS sanctioned race. Hirschman entered the event this past Monday. He is the 2008 RoC modified champion and winner of 12 major races this season.
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Andy Lindeman Wins at Twin State Speedway and Clinches 2008 Championship

Claremont, NH — Andy Lindeman won the AllStar Race Truck Series feature event at Twin State Speedway on Saturday, October 25th thereby clinching the 2008 Championship. Andy is from Poestenkill, NY and drives the #3 sponsored by Thorpe Electric Supply Co, Dawson Towing, Wells Communication Service Inc., Buffa-Matic Transmission, FANE Trucking, Dale Lindeman Construction, PMC Race Car Fab, Lakeview Inn, Shirmer Plumbing, EJP Homes, Towne Tavern, Freeman Brothers, and Salvage Eaton Electric.

With the treat of rain moving in the feature was run in lieu of the heat races. Eleven trucks took the initial green flag for the start. In turn one Derek Chriss of Averill Park driving the #12 sponsored by Dan Engwer Wholesale Florist went low inside making it 3 wide which sent trucks spinning in all directions. Mike Carrigg of Southbury, CT driving the #41 Sponsored by Carrigg Motorsports ended up in the infield with a bent chassis, right side suspension destroyed, and was done for the night; Gee Perry of Granby, CT driving the #83 FEB Construction went into a pile of dirt in turn 1 not causing any damage to halt his competition for the night; Greg Butler of East Hampton, CT driving the #85 sponsored by East Hampton Auto Parts had to go into the pits and change his left rear tire which went flat causing him to restart at the rear of the field; Chriss had his front end damaged and had to restart in the rear of field; and Chris Austill of Waterford, CT driving the #07 sponsored by C & S Marine Service went into the back wall. The collision with the wall had Austill’s hood and roof being ripped off along with damaging the right frame rail. This brought out the red flag while they attended to Austill’s truck. Everyone was ok.
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Santos III Rules at Twin State

Claremont, NH — Showing off his “traffic game” to perfection, Bobby Santos III won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Twin State Speedway’s Open Wheel Sunday. It was the last show of the season for NEMA.

Starting sixth, Santos drove the family #98 past early leader Mike Horn on lap four. Adam Cantor (Cantor 7ny), who had followed Santos to the front, assumed second less than a lap latter. The top two remained unchanged to the checkered, two thirds of the race run in traffic.
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NEAR Movie Party Just Aroud the Corner on Sat. Nov. 8

The annual NEAR Movie Party is set for Saturday November 8th at 6:00 P.M. at the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave in West Springfield, Mass. (Across from the Big E Fairgrounds).

The annual event will feature Videos remembering Riverside Park Speedway provided by Ken Meisenhelder of KGM Video, who did the videos at “The Park” from 1982 to it closed in 1999.

It is also a good time to bring along photos albums and memorabilia as many drivers and Hall of Famers are among the attendees.
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Sandra Farone, Wife of Seymour the Clown, Passes at 66

Sandralee M. (Domizio) Farone, 66, of Berlin, formerly of New Britain, died Oct. 24, 2008 at an area convalescent home. She was the wife of John J. Farone, Jr. Born in New Britain, Sept. 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late former Alderman and President Pro Temp Thomas Domizio and Antoinette (Sciola) Domizio.

A graduate of New Britain High School, she worked as a teacher’s aid for the city of New Britain. Sandralee also served on the Thomas Jefferson School PTO, the Junior League, was secretary on the Bicentennial Committee and worked in the office of the treasurer, both for the city of New Britain and also worked for Our Lady of Rose Hill Day Care. Besides her husband, she is survived by daughters, Angela Muir and her husband, Andrew, of Newington and Andrea Farone of Hayward, Wisc.; and grandchildren. Alexander and Austin Muir, both of Newington.
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Documenting the Speedbowl

Waterford – The idea was hatched in the mind of a man who had only been to the Waterford Speedbowl twice in his life, despite growing up a couple of miles from the venerable shoreline oval.

Gayle Saunders, a 1993 Waterford High School graduate who works in MTV’s business and legal department – and is an aspiring filmmaker who has produced commercials with Landmark Pictures and Sound, had heard of the Speedbowl’s financial troubles. He had friends who were involved at the track, so his curiosity was sufficiently piqued.

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Keith Rocco Wins 2008 Stafford SK Modified Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — Heading into the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, Keith Rocco led Ted Christopher by 14 points in the chase for the 2008 SK Modified® track championship. When Christopher’s car slowed with mechanical problems on lap-37, Rocco only needed to complete the final three laps of the season to lock up his first career championship. Rocco gave chase to eventual race winner Woody Pitkat, but came up just short of the win. Rocco’s second place finish was enough to clinch the championship, his first career championship at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“After its all over and you look back on it, you realize that this doesn’t happen overnight,” said Rocco. “It takes all 17 races and a lot of hard work during the season. You come down to it, it was only Ted and myself in contention for the championship at the end of the year and it was a big deal to win it.”
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NEMA Ends ’08 Season At Twin State

Claremont, NH — The Northeastern Midget Association brings its 2008 campaign to a close at this weekend’s rescheduled Open Wheel Sunday at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH. Although both NEMA and Twin State are among New England’s oldest racing institutions, the Midgets have run only two features at the semi-banked third mile.

Twin State is a major challenge. Kyle Carpenter was the last winner, besting Joey Payne Jr. and Adam Cantor in 2005. Dave Humphrey (1973) is the only other NEMA Twin State winner.
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Seymour the Clown Undergoes Cancer Surgery

If you attended Stafford Speedway during the 60’s & 70’s you certainly know who Seymour the Clown is. Primarily known as the Stafford Speedway Clown, Seymour could also be found at tracks from Daytona to New Jersey and New York entertaining the crowd with his antics and interaction with the drivers.

On Friday October 17th Butch underwent surgery for Colon Cancer at New Britain General Hospital and was released yesterday October 22nd and will be recovering at home for the next few weeks. According to doctors the prognosis is very good as they believe all the cancer was removed.
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Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time

Speedbowl Pioneer “Wild Bill” Scrivener

First making headlines in the Speedbowl’s popular Bombers (a support class that ran from 1958 – 66), the late “Wild Bill” Scrivener claimed the division’s 1965 championship in the famed Bonville Bros. #4 Coupe. Later advancing to the Modifieds, the pioneering Speedbowl chauffer had scored a combined career total of over thirty feature victories before retiring at the close of the 1976 campaign. “Wild Bills” last main event triumph came on Easter Sunday of 1974 in the Dodge-powered Rambler American-bodied car pictured above. (Dugas Photo)

Peaceful

Have you noticed the world is becoming more “Me First” It seems everywhere you go someone is trying to get ahead of you. What is it that makes us think we deserve to be first? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Racing is built on being first, that’s the whole object. Finishing first on the race track is what we strive for, but being first is different. You can earn your way to the front by racing, but some people think they deserve to be in front. We have to be careful when we think we deserve more than others, when we think more of ourselves that we ought to.
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Whelen Signs On As Title Sponsor For Bodine Bobsled Challenge

NASCAR Whelen Series Champions to Compete

Lake Placid, NY — Whelen Engineering has signed on as the title sponsor for the Fourth Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, slated for January 2-4, 2009 at the Olympic Sports Complex.

“We take great pride in being a longtime sponsor of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc.,” said Phil Kurze, Vice President of Motorsports for Whelen Engineering and President of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. “When the title sponsorship of this event became available, we were very excited about the opportunity to support such a wonderful event.”
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Rudolph Achieves Career-Best Finish in NASCAR Tour Finale

Lockport, NY — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour brought down the curtain on their 2008 season last Sunday afternoon with the 2008 Fall Final at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut. Ransomville, New York driver Erick Rudolph and the DeLange Racing team persevered to garner a fifth place finish, their best-ever result on the premier Modified series.

Rudolph battled an ill-handling car in the initial stages of the race. The team made the decision to pit early to fine-tune the set-up on the #45 Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete machine, and then fell in at the rear of the field. From that point the talented 16-year-old driver used a blend of patience and power to steadily work his way forward. At the checkered flag he crossed the finish line in fifth place, ending his rookie Tour season with his peak performance.
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ROC Champ Hirschman Enters Ricky’s Race

Canaan, NH — 2008 ROC modified champion and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standout Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA., announced Monday Oct 20, his intention to compete in Sunday’s “Ricky Miller Memorial 100″ at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH. It will be Hirschman’s first race with the True Value Modified Racing Series. He’ll drive the Pennsylvania based J & J Motorsports # 59.

With the ROC and Whelen Modified Tour point races behind him, the second generation racer felt it was time to get in as many races possible before seasons end. All the pressure is off and Hirschman will head to New Hampshire’s Upper Valley with two thoughts, to win, and have fun.
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Allison Legacy North Heading Into Final Racing Weekend of 2008

Newburgh, NY — The ALNRS heads into their final race weekend of the 2008 season. With the 2008 ALNRS Championship hanging in the balance between Randolph, VT driver Dylan Smith, the series current point leader and Dighton, MA driver James Logan and Taunton, MA driver Shane D’Agostino. Logan trails Dylan by a mere 49 points. Logan had held the point lead for the entire season before heading into the September 20th race at Monadnock Speedway were a DNF in the heat race and a mechanical failure in the feature left him trailing Dylan by 17 points. With the final race at Twin State Speedway being double points, James still holds a mathematical chance of regaining the top spot and clinching his first championship. Dylan, on the other hand heads into this weekend’s New England Outdoor Furnace Fall Challenge with a 49 point lead. With that, Dylan would simply need to finish 9th or better to clinch his first ALNRS Championship. Also from a mathematical standpoint D’Agostino has a chance at clinching his first title as he trails Logan by 10 points and Dylan by 59 points.

Also up for grabs is the ALNRS aDP Rivet Rookie of the Year. This is fierce battle between four drivers. Currently Northport, NY Driver David Schneider is in the lead 13th points ahead of his younger brother William and 16 points ahead Wakefield, NH driver Mellissa Fifield. Also in contention is Bennington, NH driver Kyle Poodiack who trails David by 34 points.
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