Archive for May 2nd, 2009

Around The Track With Jalopy Jack

Dear racing people,

I’m sorry that I haven’t been around for awhile, the racing’s been going but my writing hasn’t. We’re going to take care of that.

Similar to the past, I’d say that you can expect the same style. I don’t know at the present time if I’ll be updating every week, but I’ll guarantee an update after every show at my home track, Wall Stadium. I’ll continue doing comparisons of the old and the present. I’ll also continue to interject my thoughts and feelings about racing in our society and our society with racing. I realize that Wall Stadium isn’t exactly New England. I’ve always felt there’s something special about New England racing and its people. I also feel that the racing and tradition of Wall Stadium’s very special. What happened at this past Turkey Derby proved that big time. Essentially, racing’s the same all over our country. And don’t forget fans, in case you didn’t know, Wall Stadium was designed with the late Lonsdale Sports Arena in mind. I’ve been to something like 45 different short tracks and have yet to see banking like Wall Stadium has. I also hope to visit a modest number of other speedways this season, including a few [too few] in New England. Guaranteed in this lineup will be Seekonk Speedway.

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Waterford Speedbowl – May 2, 2009

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Bruce Thomas, Jr. Doubles Up in Late Model Qualifying

Waterford, CT — For the second time this season, Bruce Thomas, Jr. is the fastest driver in Late Model qualifying. Thomas of Groton, CT paced the 1/3 mile oval in 15.202 seconds. Tim Jordan, fresh off last week’s emotional feature win, was second. Larry Goss had a fast car in practice and his #88 backed it up with the third quickest lap. Marc Curtis and Vinny Esposito rounded out the top 5.

Late Model Qualifying Results

  1. #35-Bruce Thomas, Jr.
  2. #47-Tim Jordan
  3. #88-Larry Goss
  4. #27m-Marc Curtis
  5. #11-Vinny Esposito
  6. #5-Richard Staskowski
  7. #07-Brian Andronoaco, Jr.
  8. #00-Ernie Bertrand
  9. #15-Jeff Smith
  10. #7-Robert LaBlanc, Jr.
  11. #82-Mark Hudson
  12. #87-Jimmy Rosenfield

We are under a red flag at the moment during the Legends Car heat for a hard crash by #8 Joey Cipriano into the turn 3 wall. Fortunately, the Waterbury driver is OK.

Payne Tops Truck Qualifying at Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl hosted time trials for the Trucks with #0 Howard Payne recording the fastest lap, 16.494 seconds. #84 Allen Coates was second at 16.576 and #85 Greg Butler at 16.687. Mike Anzalone, Scott Gregory, Dan Butler, Jonathan Zoller rounded out the field.

The Mini Stock heat races are underway.

Truck Qualifying Results:

  1. #0-Howard Payne
  2. #84-Allen Coates
  3. #85-Greg Butler
  4. #17-Mike Anzalone
  5. #94-Scott Gregory
  6. #25-Dan Butler
  7. #13-Jonathan Zoller

Pit Notes from the Merchants Bank 150

Pit Notes from the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road 5/2/09

  • The 50th Anniversary season at Thunder Road “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” kicks off this weekend with the 11th running of the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 3rd.
  • The weekend started with the Annual opening day car show in downtown Barre. Main Street was packed with 117 cars from Thunder Road’s four divisions. It was a beautiful day for the thousands of fans that came out to see the cars up close and personal.
  • The fans also got to witness the always-entertaining Pit Stop Contest. Cris Michaud’s crew took home the victory over the crews of Eric Williams, Craig Bushey, Jason Corliss and Travis Hull as well as a crew from Barre City.
  • A total of 39 ACT Tour Late Models showed up to take advantage of Saturday’s practice session, which totaled over two hours. More cars are expected to show up tomorrow and should push the total cars attempting to qualify for the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150 over 40.

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