Archive for May 14th, 2009

Thompson Practice Postponed to Saturday

Today’s practice session at Thompson International Speedway has been postponed due to rain.  The practice will now take place on Saturday.


Veteran Official Focuses On Whelen All-American Series

Cox committed to NASCAR’s grassroots

A veteran NASCAR official whose career has spanned four decades is working with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series exclusively starting this season.

Ed Cox, of Ormond Beach, Fla., who accepted his first NASCAR assignment as an official in 1977, retains the title of NASCAR Special Services Representative, which he has held since 1984. Throughout his career, Cox has had other duties simultaneously, including that of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Director, which he held for 15 years concluding in 2008.

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2008 NASCAR Truck Champion Johnny Benson Jr. Finds More Time to Compete with the ISMA Supers in 2009 Beginning at Waterford

Oswego, NY – Last year Johnny Benson Jr. was extremely busy most race weekends as he pursued a NASCAR Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck championship. But, he did manage to eke out some time to compete in the winged supermodifieds, which are his second love. This year he has announced that he’ll be hitting the ISMA trail on eight occasions due to less schedule conflicts between the two series. His first appearance in his new 21 will be at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday, May 23rd.

While the two divisions he will compete in are like night and day, Benson’s affinity to the powerful supermodifieds comes naturally. Benson’s father is a former supermodified champion and was the winner of the 1966 Classic at Oswego Speedway. Prior to his limited number of runs in the Lichty car in the past few seasons, Benson had no prior open wheel experience, but he indicated in a past interview that he loves racing in the ISMA supermodified division.

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A New Team Name, Sponsors, and Engine Program for Andy Schlatz

A new team name, new sponsors, and a new engine program. Andy Schlatz (Owner Lite #20 and Driver NEMA #77) is really looking forward to the 2009 season.

Under the Hollywood Motorsports banner, Chris Haskell will be piloting Andy’s #20 in the NEMA Lites. Chris was the 2007 750cc Champion at Whip City Raceway in Westfield, MA. D.J. Cavaliere from Cavaliere Onsite Recycling and Equipment Sales in Stamford, CT has signed on as a major sponsor. Long time friend and sponsor Kurt Rafferty from Rafferty Fine Grading in Enfield, CT will continue with his prized support for the team.
PBHIndy.com  has been working hard on getting this engine program off the ground and Andy is honored to be representing Honda in their first year in NEMA.

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NASCAR Champion Johnny Benson Jr. to compete 5/23 at Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, CT –Waterford Speedbowl has announced 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson, Jr. will compete in the May 23rd season opening ISMA SuperModified event.

Benson, currently fifth in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points, is set to make his Speedbowl debut behind the wheel of his own Super. After trying his hand in four ISMA races last year, Benson has committed to running the first eight races of the 2009 ISMA season commencing with the ‘Bowl’s annual Memorial Day weekend 50-lap classic.

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Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson to Field ISMA Supermodified in 2009

Johnny Benson will be racing his new Super in the first 8 shows of the ISMA season, including the Waterford Speedbowl on May 23rd.

Johnny Benson’s 2009 ISMA slate starts with the season opener at Waterford and will continue through Delaware Speedway in Ontario on August 7.  Benson competed four times with the ISMA Supermodifieds last season, driving the Lichty #74 and his own #21.  He ran at Stafford, Sandusky, All-Star and Delaware.
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Waterford & Stafford Photo Galleries

May 8 – Stafford Motor Speedway
[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

May 9 – Waterford Speedbowl – True Value Modifieds
[Photo Gallery] by Adam Fohlin
[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto