Archive for April 4th, 2009

Andy Seuss Wins NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 at South Boston

South Boston, VA –What a difference a week makes for Andy Seuss. After mechanical problems ended his night just four laps into the season-opening race two weeks ago, Seuss was able to hold off George Brunnhoelzl, III to win the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 150 Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

Seuss (No. 47 Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil Dodge) started 8th after the redraw and quickly moved into the top five by lap 40. Seuss passed Brunnhoelzl, III (No. 28 Oval Speed/Fibrwrap Ford) on lap 87 and was able to stay out front the rest of the way.
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Christopher Pole Winner for Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway; Rocco & Zuidema Win Firsts of Weekend Doubleheader

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher of Plainfield, CT, who has been hot behind the wheel with a host of wins already in 2009, started his Whelen Modified Tour title defense in style by winning the Coors Light Pole in qualifying for the Icebreaker 2009 at Thompson Speedway. With a lap of 18.642 seconds (120.890 MPH), Christopher earned his 19th career WMT pole and his eighth career pole at Thompson. Doug Coby, driving for George Bierce, qualified second.  There were a few surprises in qualifying including Glenn Reen, Jamie Tomaino and Rowan Pennink rounding out the top-five.

After the redraw, Coby and Pennink will start from the front row on Sunday afternoon while Tomaino will make his record-setting 500th career start. Christopher will ultimately start from the fourth position followed by Mike Stefanik and Reen.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, scored his first win of the 2009 season in a fiercely competitive opener for the Sunoco Modifieds. Rocco jumped out from his front row starting spot to take the lead in the early going of the Sunoco Modified Main event. In the early stages of the event Tommy Cravenho ran second with heavy pressure from Josh Sylvester.  Todd Ceravolo and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five. The battle for the fifth position with Ceravolo, Christopher, Bert Marvin, and Kerry Malone was beginning to heat up when the first caution of the event flew on lap six for a spin by Harry Rheaume.  During the caution, Jimmy Blewett headed down pit road for service. Continue reading ‘Christopher Pole Winner for Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway; Rocco & Zuidema Win Firsts of Weekend Doubleheader’

Christopher Starts Title Defense With Pole At Thompson

Nineteenth Career Coors Light Pole Award For Defending Modified Champ

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher began his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour defense by earning the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday afternoon at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker.

Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., clinched his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title at Thompson last October when he reached Victory Lane in the Xtra Mart World Series. On Saturday he laid down a fast lap of 18.612 seconds (120.890 mph) in the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet to earn his 19th career Coors Light Pole Award, and his eighth at Thompson. Following the redraw of the top six qualifiers, Christopher will start fourth for Sunday’s 150-lap feature.

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Lap By Lap: Icebreaker

3:51 p.m. — Qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has concluded. Ted Christopher earns his 19th career Coors Light Pole Award and eighth at Thompson. Doug Coby, Glen Reen, Jamie Tomaino and Rowan Pennink. Tomaino will make his 500th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start in Sunday’s race, tentatively scheduled to take the green flag at 3:15 p.m. 

3:48 p.m. — After a delay to clean liquid off the track in Turn 2, Jimmy Blewett, Wade Cole and Eric Goodale conclude qualifying. 

3:26 p.m. — Ted Christopher knocks Doug Coby off the pole. Christopher went out 29th and posted a time of 18.612 seconds (120.890 mph) 

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Speedbowl Cancels Saturday April 4 Event

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl officials cancelled activites scheduled for tonight, Saturday April  4 due to weather.  The full racing program from Saturday April 4 has been postponed and moved to Saturday April 11.   The Speedbowl will kick off its weekly program next Saturday night with the SK Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks competing in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.

The Legends Cars will also join Saturday, April 11’s racing program with the postponement.   In addition, Legends Cars have been added to Saturday, April 25 and will now be in action every Saturday night up to and including May 2.

Spectator gates will open at 3:00pm with qualifying beginning at 5:00pm on Saturday, April 11.  For more information please visit or contact the track office at 860.442.1585.

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Waterford Speedbowl Cancels April 4 Racing Program

BULLETIN (12:03 PM 04/04/09): Due to rain currently on-site and the forecast for windy and cold conditions, tonight’s racing has been cancelled….

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Seekonk Speedway Opens Grandstands for Today’s Practice Session

Seekonk, MA — Upon further review, speedway management has decided to open the grandstands for Saturday’s practice. Be sure to check out the new and im………… Oooops. I almost let it out…

Sources: Seekonk Speedway PR

Jimmy Blewett Leads Icebreaker NASCAR WMT Practice

Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ was fastest today during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice session with a lap of 18.612 seconds at 120.890 MPH.  Doug Coby was second fastest in the George Bierce owned #19 with Jamie Tomaino in third.  Tomaino is scheduled to mark a milestone tomorow, his 500th career start in a Whelen Modified, the first driver to reach this accomplishment.  Former champion Todd Szegedy was fourth quickest with Reggie Ruggiero rounding out the top-5.

Seven-time Whelen Modified tour champion Miek Stefanik was sixth, Ronnie Silk, Rowan Pennink, Eric Beers and defending Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher was tenth.  Defending Icebreaker champion Eddie Flemke, Jr. was 22nd.

Qualifying is scheduled to start at 2:45 PM.

Practice Results Below
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LIVE: Whelen Modified Tour Opens 25th Season With Icebreaker

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins with the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway. Practice and qualifying are schedule for Saturday, with the race slated for Sunday afternoon.  Icebreaker logo

Follow the links below to follow all the action from Thompson, Conn. throughout the weekend.

Updates throughout the day and lap-by-lap during the race:


To get all the information on the Icebreaker in one place:


NEAR Hall of Fame Process Begins

The process whereby an individual earns entry into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame has begun. It begins with the nominating form that is now available on the New England Antique Racer’s website

The 12th NEAR Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be Sunday Jan. 29, 2010 at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

All nominations – last year there were over 100 – are presented to the “selection committee” which reduces the number to 16. Eight “inductees” are then selected by a vote that includes both the selection committee and members of the Hall of Fame. The selection committee will meet in May. The selection committee consists of some of the most respected racing historians and journalists in New England.

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NASCAR WSMT Practice: Brunnhoelzl Fastest at South Boston

South Boston, VA — George Brunnhoelzl III overcame engine problems in the season-opener to record a third-place finish two weeks ago. Brunnhoelzl continued to showcase a fast car Saturday at South Boston Speedway for the season’s second race.

Brunnhoelzl’s No. 28 Oval Speed/Fibrwarp/PT Ford posted the fastest practice lap at 14.889 seconds (96.651 mph) around the historic .400-mile facility.

L.W. Miller (No. 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac) was second fastest at 15.041 (95.738), followed by Burt Myers (No. 1 Capital Bank Ford) at 15.152 (95.037). Frank Fleming and J.R. Bertuccio rounded out the top five.

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