Archive for June 2nd, 2009

Rob Summers to Make 2009 SK Modified® Debut at Stafford’s 36th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s SK Modified® division will participate in their first of two extra distance events during the 2009 season this Friday night, June 5th with the 36th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100. Rob Summers will make his 2009 SK Modified® debut in the race, looking to reach victory lane like he did at the 2008 Spring Sizzler.

“This will be our first race in the SK car this year,” said Summers. “We didn’t get to race in the extra distance events at Stafford last year because there was a schedule conflict with the ISMA Supers. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Stafford for the 100-lapper.”

Summers has four career Whelen Modified Tour pole positions and an ISMA Supermodified victory at Stafford Motor Speedway to go along with his Sizzler SK Modified® feature win of last year. With the 36th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100 being an extra 60 laps above the normal Friday night feature distance, Summers looks to use his previous Stafford experience as a building block as he makes his first start of the 2009 season.
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D’Agostino Wins ALNRS Race at Adirondack

Newburgh, NY — The ALNRS made their first of three stops to the half mile Adirondack Int.  Speedway in Lowville, NY this past weekend.  After being off for several weeks the ALNRS teams were eager to get back to action.  With only one heat race on the schedule the 14 car field took to the track for their qualifying race.  At the drop of the green the #8 of Michael Vasquez Sr. of Newburgh, NY who was on the outside pole position had a little trouble getting his KMV Racing & V-Twin Performance Ford Thunderbird into high gear and caused the field to stack up behind him.  With a slight tap from behind the #8 found himself spinning down the front stretch making slight contact with the front stretch wall.  With a complete restart the field once again took the green.   The battle up front was between several of the series top drivers who began jockeying for position.  At the end of the 10 lap qualifier it would be the #44 of Dighton, MA driver James Logan taking the top spot followed by Somers, CT driver Cody Gneiting and Taunton, MA Driver Shane D’Agostino.  Rounding out the top five was current points leader Paul Tuthill of Washingtonville, NY followed by Bennington, NH driver Kyle Poodiack who started on the pole.

The first 3 laps of the feature would see Logan, Tuthill, Gneiting, D’Agostino and East Haddam, CT driver Eric Bourgeois battle for the top five postions.  On lap 4 Tuthill decided to test his #81 Interstate Batteries sponsored Ford Thunderbird against Adirondacks version of a safer barrier, has he bounced his car off the large foam blocks lining the front stretch wall.  After a brief caution to clean up the debris the field was back racing again.  There would be green flag racing from lap 5 until lap 22 when a spin by the #9 of aDP Rivet Rookie of the Year Contender Emily Packard of East Montpelier, VT would bring out the second caution of the night.  As they say cautions breed cautions and on lap 24 the 89 of Gneiting would spin as he battled for the lead with the front of the pack.  On the restart the field would be stacked up again when for the second time of the evening Vasquez was unable to find fourth gear.  Everyone was able to get around Vasquez and continue racing. At this point the battle was for second between the #44 of Logan and the #88 of Bourgeois. The 79 of D’Agostino who took the top spot on lap 15 checked out and cruised to his first feature win of the 2009 season. At the checkers the 79 was followed by Logan and Bourgeois. Rounding out the top 5 was Poodiack and Gneiting, who battled back from his earlier spin. The hard charger of the night went to rookie driver Sean Murphy of Mainard, MA, who had his best finish of his rookie season moving up from his13th place starting position and coming in 6th.  This after being involved in a hard crash during the second round of practice.

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“The King,” Richard Petty, at the Warner Theater

On Friday, 26 June, 8pm at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT, racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty will discuss his racing triumphs, NASCAR history and his unique recipe for success. Skip Barber to moderate Q&A session at the end.

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Adam Cantor “Comfortable” On NEMA’s Contender List

Brockton, MA — For the first time since joining the Northeastern Midget Association as a 16-year old in 2001, Adam Cantor “feels confident in saying I’m a contender.” Pointing out “it’s all about confidence and seat time,” the Dix Hills, NY resident says “it is a matter of feeling comfortable” in his surroundings.

NEMA will return to action Friday night, June 26 at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. Fourth at Lee last year, Cantor points out  “two definite grooves” makes Lee a challenge.

Cantor grabbed some interest with a hard-earned fifth in NEMA’s opener at  Monadnock Speedway. Part of a first-lap incident that resulted in suspension damage,  he came from last in a car “that was very difficult to drive.” One of the top cars in the first practice session, he’s convinced “we would have been one of the cars to watch.”
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