Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway, for the third time, attempted to get their opening day program completed. But even a few rain showers weren’t going to delay us again. Dave Darling picked up his 22nd career Pro Stock win in dominating fashion. Starting on the pole after the top 6 were inverted by a blind draw, Dave was out for a Sunday drive. While he dominated the event from the pole, there were many challengers for the lead. Sophomore Jake Vanada of Berkeley was the first to challenge Dave for the lead, but couldn’t hang on from his outside pole start. He would get another chance, as Wayne Dion brought out the first caution with a spin on lap 1, forcing the Houle Motorsports driver out of the event.
Darling and Vanada would try it again, but Darling was up for the challenge. Vanasse squeezed under Vanada and put the Team V Transport Chevy into the runner up position. The second caution fell on lap 4, when the K Spencer Electric Chevy of Ken Spencer scraped the outside wall and came to a stop in turn 1. Vanasse settled into the runner up spot with Mike Brightman, Rob Murphy and Tom Scully Jr. rounding out the top five when the third caution came out on lap 15.
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In the world of NASCAR Modified racing, Ted Christopher is king.
The Plainville, Conn., racing veteran earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2008 on the strength of four wins and has rolled that momentum over to the current season where he has put a stranglehold on not one, but two divisions.
There have been two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races to-date in 2009, and Christopher has his name all over both. In the opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 5, Christopher earned the Coors Light Pole Award and then went on to lead 111 of 154 laps en route to his second trip to Victory Lane in a row at the track where he closed 2008 with a win. Christopher then moved on to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway and dominated yet again with another pole and race win on April 26.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Following post race technical inspection from the May 15th Whelen Event Night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following changes have been made to the official Limited Late Model order of finish.
Unofficial Limited Late Model feature winner Shawn Thibeaut was disqualified from the official order of finish. Thibeault’s car was found to exceed the 25 pound maximum torque limit for the rear tires and he was disqualified from his finishing position of first place to the fifth place finishing position.
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The Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic Twin 100’s at Thunder Road for American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and the True Value Modified Racing Series will also honor generations of racing heroes who helped build the venerable quarter mile high-banked short track into one of the most famous in North America.
Flathead drivers of the 60’s like Harold Hanaford, Johnny Gammell and the Ingerson Brothers, along with the stars of the 70’s — ‘Mod Squad’ members, Robbie Crouch, Johnny Rosati and Joey Kourafas, and favorite Bay State adopted son, Dave Dion, have all provided race fans in the Northeast with spectacular racing. Generations of Vermont Dragons, Canadians Cabana, Whitlock, and Laperle, and present champions Scott, Michaud and Williams have all helped Thunder Road earn its moniker as the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’. Located in the granite capital of the world, Barre, Vermont, a new Memorial Park has been established to help celebrate the 50th anniversary year to pay tribute to the long list of Thunder Road champions.
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The 50th Anniversary Season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl will continue on Memorial Day weekend when both the ACT Tour and the True Value Modified Racing Series battle the high banks of the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”
May 24th will mark the 47th running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100. It has become a staple of the Thunder Road season and now the ACT Tour schedule. Winners of this prestigious event include legends such as Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion, Robbie Crouch, and Jean-Paul Cabana, as well as today’s heroes, Phil Scott, Cris Michaud, Brent Dragon, Dave Pembroke and last year’s winner John Donahue among others.
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Brockton, MA – Tim Bertrand and Randy Cabral #47 will begin defense of their respective championships (owner and driver) when the Northeastern Midget Association begins the 2009 season Saturday night (May 23) at Monadnock Speedway. It will be the 57th season opener for NEMA.
“Rule changes have equaled competition up a little bit and it has forced our team to be on our game a little more,” says Bertrand. He expects a torrid battle for the championships that will include, among others, Nokie Fornoro is the Mike Jarret #4, Russ Stoehr in the Gene Angelillo #45 and Greg Stoehr in the family #26. Other contenders include Erica Santos in the Ed Breault #44 and Adam Cantor in the family #7ny.
“We are excited about beginning the defense of our championships,” said Bertrand. “We expect it to be difficult. Several cars have tested well.”
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Oswego, NY — When the huge red hauler pulls into the Waterford pits on May 23 for the season opener, a trio of good ISMA cars and good ISMA drivers plan on giving the Chris Perley-Vic Miller team a run for the money, and the plan on winning a few races too. After putting three cars in the top ten in ISMA points (2nd, 5th, and 9th), the Jeff Holbrook team is more than ready to do even better in 2009.
In 2004, Oswego supermodified driver Jeff Holbrook dabbled a little in ISMA competition after the non-wing supermodified season was done. In 2005, as a car owner, he brought one car to the winged ISMA circuit with Bob Magner as his driver. One year later, the car owner-driver, brought three potent supermodifieds into contention and found almost immediate success. The next two years saw more top ten placings, with sometimes four cars in competition.
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- Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday on May 20th will also feature Women on Wheels for 4-cylinder X Cars.
- The ISMA SuperModifieds will begin their season for the third consecutive year at the ‘Bowl, visiting May 23 for a 50-lap event. Pricing is $30 for adult grandstands, $10 for youth grandstands, and kids 5 & under are free.
- Late Models will run feature only on May 23’s race program, race lineup will be determined by handicapping. Late Model teams will pit in the North Pit to welcome and accommodate ISMA SuperModified teams
- Pit Gates open at 12:00pm on May 23 for ISMA teams only, Speedbowl divisions at 2:00pm.
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Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY won the AllStar Race Truck Series 2009 season opener at Twin State Speedway on Friday, May 15th. This was the first half of a double header weekend. Andy drives the #3 sponsored by Dawson’s Towing, Thorpe Electric, Freedman Bros. Salvage, Well’s Communications, JCS Truck Repair.
The day’s event started off with two 10-lap heat races. 2008 Rookie of The Year, Greg Butler, Jr. of East Hampton, CT driving the #85 sponsored by East Hampton Auto Parts, Cottman Transmission of Portland, Storm Tech, Jepson Racing Engines, and G & S Auto Center went from green to checker winning the first heat. Rookie John St.Germain of West Sand Lake, NY driving the #14 sponsored by Dawson’s Body Shop, JCS Repair, Larry Dickinson Construction, BPW Enterprises, and PDT Taping won the second heat setting up the field for the feature event.
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