Archive for October 13th, 2008

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Thompson

And Then There Were Two:  Christopher, Hirschman Vie For Title
Fifteen races and 2,153 laps have not been enough to decide the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, so it will all come down to the season finale this Sunday, Oct. 19 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

As the series heads to Thompson for the fifth and final time in 2008, the championship trophy is assured to go home with a first-time winner as Ted Christopher and Matt Hirschman are the only two contenders mathematically left standing after last Sunday’s race at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. With a runner-up finish at Stafford, Hirschman drew within 35 points of the lead that Christopher has maintained since Aug. 23 when he took the checkered flag at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park.
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Curley and Dragon Headed to New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Short track stock car racing promoter Tom Curley and driver Bobby Dragon have been nominated to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame Class of 2009.  Curley is President of the American-Canadian Tour sanctioning body and Co-Owner/Promoter of Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT; Dragon is a multi-time champion driver, and is still active in a storied career that began over 40 years ago.

Originally of Maine and now living in Barre, VT, Curley got his start in racing as a competitor, racing in the original Flying Tiger division at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT in 1965 before a brief stint in the open-wheel Modified ranks.  He became involved in the promotional and operational side of stock car racing at Catamount in 1978, working alongside television and radio broadcaster and Catamount Stadium and Thunder Road Founder Ken Squier, a 2002 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee.
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Whelen Modified Tour Championship to be Settled at Thompson

Thompson, CT – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be crowned this weekend during the XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing at the Thompson International Speedway. After a very competitive season on the Tour, it will be the final race of the year that determines the championship of the oldest, fastest and most exciting of NASCAR’s touring divisions.

Ted Christopher is looking to secure his first-ever championship ring in the Whelen Modified division. Following his sixth place finish at Stafford’s Fall Final, Christopher enters the last race with a 35 point advantage over Matt Hirschman.

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Pasteryak Wires Seekonk Finale

Seekonk, MA — Point leader Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT, went wire to wire Sunday afternoon winning the “D.A.V. Memorial Fall Classic 100″ for the True Value Modified Racing Series at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.  Pasteryak, by virtue of winning his qualifying heat, started on the pole, fended off Todd Annarummo and was never headed to score his second win this season. Pasteryak’s win makes him the fifth different winner of the October race

Pasteryak was fast all weekend and in post race interviews was quick to point out his Dawleys Auto Center racer was dialed in from the get go. “It was one of them nights and one of them weekends where everything went good. I picked a good number, started on the pole in the heat race, we didn’t change it from practice to the heat race, didn’t change it from the heat race to the feature, we didn’t touch the thing since we took it off the trailer. It was the right kind of race for someone who started on the pole to have a good night with only one caution instead of having restart after restart where you buzz the tires, buzz the tires, I was just able to roll it around, I watched Vinnie do it here enough, I should be getting good at it by now.”
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Cabral NEMA DAV Winner

Seekonk, MA – Even when Randy Cabral’s luck has been bad this year, it’s turned out good. “It’s been that kind of year for  me,” offered Cabral after capturing his seventh Northeastern Midget Association victory of the season Sunday at Seekonk Speedway’s D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

Coming from 12th, Cabral (Bertrand 47) passed Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) in traffic in turn one on lap 21.  He went on to beat a closing Jeff Abold (Seymour 29), putting a positive luster on what began otherwise.

The car broke a lower drive shaft in Saturday’s qualifying. “It happened going down the backstretch on the last lap and I coasted over the finish line,” explained Cabral. “That was the difference between winning and not winning. If I didn’t finish sixth I wouldn’t have started 12th. Further back, I don’t know if I could have done it. If it had been a one-day show, we would not have run.”
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Tom Scully Jr and Chris Pasteryak Headline DAV Fall Classic Winners

Randy Cabral, Rick Martin, Ryan Vanasse and Chris Rioux pick up DAV wins

Seekonk, MA — Tom Scully Jr lead wire to wire in the 100 lap Pro Stock half of the DAV Fall Classic twin bill, picking up the biggest win of his career. It was the sixth win of the season for Tom, earning him over $5,500 for the win, including lap money.

During the Pit Party earlier in the day, the top nine qualifiers redrew for starting positions. Scully, after qualifying second on Saturday, picked the pole position, and never looked back. Monadnock Speedway and Canaan Fair Speedway regular Bryon Baker started on the outside of the front row, but slid back in the opening laps, allowing Les Rose Jr to run second early. Four time Pro Stock champion Rick Martin was running his first Pro Stock event of the season, and moved up into the runner-up position by lap five. While he was following the tire tracks of the East Coast Collision Chevy, Dave Darling and Fred Astle Jr were working their way through the field into the top five.
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