Archive for May 17th, 2009

Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Scores Second Career Oxford Plains Speedway Win

Oxford, ME — Joey Pole battled Ricky Rolfe during the early stages of the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway as the first 84 laps were run caution free. After one of the two cautions Rolfe had carburetor issues and fell back in the pack. Pole took advantage of the opportunity and broke away from the field chased by Tim Brackett. Brackett and Pole swapped the lead with Pole running exclusively in the outside groove.

The second and final caution came on lap 96, but Pole would not be denied during the final 54 laps. He was followed to the line by John Donahue and Brackett. The 150 green flag laps were completed in 53 minutes and slowed by two cautions due to minor spins. Eighteen of the thirty cars that started the race finished on the lead lap.

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Rookie Kligerman Rules in Menards 200 at Toledo

Toledo, OH — ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Parker Kligerman held off a hungry pack of series veterans to win the wild Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.

Kligerman, in the no. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, turned back a late-race charge from point leader Justin Lofton during a green-white-checker finish to earn his career-first victory in his eighth series start.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” said Kligerman. “Thanks to Briggs Cunningham, Kerry Scherer, the entire Penske Racing organization, my crew chief Chris Carrier; I couldn’t do it without any of these guys. I wouldn’t even be in a stock car if it wasn’t for these guys.”

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Runaway for Wrenn at Monadnock

Winchester, NH — The Pro-Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) raced the threatening rain clouds to complete their first race of the 2009 season at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 16. The eleven PFMNE drivers were met with an enthusiastic crowd as they rolled out shortly after 6 pm for their heat race and later in the evening for their feature. It was “Stormin’ Norman” Wrenn in his #1m Bot-L-Gas Inc. modified who fought his way through the field for a convincing victory.

The 25-lap PFMNE feature got off to a slow start with the yellow being displayed before one lap could be completed.  Norm Wrenn spun his #1m mount, collecting Mark Giordano’s #34 Tri-Phrase Contractors Limited Pro Four and Stan Mertz’s #16 Marty’s Auto Service-sponsored racecar.  Both Giordano and Mertz pitted, but only Mertz would return some 17 laps later.

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Becomes Fifth NHMS ACT Invitational Qualifier By Winning New England Dodge Dealers 150

Loudon, NH — Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. battled Ricky Rolfe during the early stages of the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway as the first 84 laps were run caution free. After one of the two cautions Rolfe had carburetor issues and fell back. Polewarczyk took advantage of the opportunity and broke away from the field chased by Tim Brackett. Brackett and Polewarczyk swapped the lead with Polewarczyk running exclusively in the outside groove.

The second and final caution came on lap 96 and set up a shootout to the finish, but Polewarczyk would not be denied. He was followed to the line by John Donahue and Brackett. The 150 green flag laps were completed in 53 minutes and slowed by two cautions due to minor spins. Eighteen of the thirty cars that started the race finished on the lead lap.

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Patrick Laperle Becomes Fourth NHMS ACT Invitational Qualifier By Winning St-Eustache 100

Loudon, NH — 2008 ACT Tour Champion Patrick Laperle won the St-Eustache 100 and becomes the first Canadian competitor to qualify for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Laperle battled with Donald Theetge for the second half of the race after Daniel Descoste led the first 44 laps. Descoste’s run near the front ended with a seven car pile-up on the backstretch. Also having a strong run was Brandon Watson who started ninth.

Laperle and Theetge rubbed fenders for the final 56 laps of the race as they battled for the lead. The race was slowed by 9 cautions with the final coming on lap 64. The unofficial top five was Patrick Laperle, Donald Theetge, Brandon Watson, Pete Vanderwyst and Martin Lacombe. 

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Jarvis Brothers Carry Home Torch to Thunder Road Sunday

Barre, VT — Two long time racers from Ascutney, Vermont would like nothing more than to win in front of their home state crowd this weekend when the ground pounding True Value Modified Racing Series rolls into Barre, Vermont’s., historic Thunder Road International Speed bowl, Sunday May 24, as part of the 47th annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Doubleheader. The race is the third event of a 15 race schedule and the second appearance there by the sixth year series. Last years race was highly competitive in front of the largest crowd ever to see a TVMRS event.

Dwight Jarvis, 2006 TVMRS champion, and Brother Peter, 2007 TVMRS Rookie 0f the Year, will lead a strong contingent of open wheeled modified race cars to the legendary race track for the special holiday weekend program.

In last years inaugural race, the first for modified race cars in over 40 years, Dwight finished second with Peter third, behind winner Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH. Alexander will return to T-Road to defend his race title.

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