Archive for July 13th, 2009

Around the Track with Jalopy Jack

Due to more technicalities, this part of Jalopy Jack Racing Entertainment wasn’t available in the last couple of weeks. I hope you were checking out WLAR [We Love Auto Racing] at 718-707-1052 because that’s were the commentary was gone. Backtracking a little bit to 6/27 at Wall Stadium, that was “Full Fender Night” and the Late Models replaced the weekly Modifieds in the headlined spot. We also had the Legend cars that had 15 take the green for the 25 lapper and the Street Stocks that had 16 take the green for their 25 lapper and the Factory Stocks had their annual 40 lap championship race and that saw 24 cars take the green. Only the Legends race was formful. The other 3 features were all slam bam affairs.

The Factory Stocks went 37 slam bang laps but they had to throw the yellow after the leaders who’re weaving thru lap traffic came to a meeting of the same spot in the third turn and took their troubles up the banking into the wall head on. A bunch of other cars got caught up in the confusing melee. You can find results elsewhere because I’m not a reporter but the man who won left earlier and everyone who passed him, was caught up in that rack. The Late Models only had 15 cars for their 100 lapper, but they were wrecking them like that had 40 cars. The man who won it #7A, Jim Wismer, was probably the only car not to make contact with anybody. For the most part, he was a fast but hopeless second but after circumstances, he made a bold move on a lap 85 restart to get the lead and it was his from there. A special shout out to the #14 car of Elliot Wohl, he had essentially a sportsman car with Late Model sheet metal and a Street Stock engine. A spin put him a lap down but I believe, he would’ve been on a lead lap at the end if he was left alone. I’m now seen Mr. Wohl this year on a road course, in a Street Stock, in an Enduro car and now brave enough to challenge the Late Models.

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Super Late Models in the Spotlight at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models will face their longest race of the season this Thursday night, July 16th. Their regular 30-lap feature race will be extended to 50-laps for this division of high powered race cars and high profile drivers.

Derek Ramstrom, the young “hot shoe” from West Boylston, MA, is the current points leader in the Super Late Model division and he will lead a very talented field of drivers into the biggest race of the season for this division.

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Ramstrom Rumbles to PASS Full Fender Frenzy win at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Derek Ramstrom turned in a dominant performance to win Saturday nights’ Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model Full Fender Frenzy 75 at Thompson International Speedway. Ramstrom took the lead on lap one and kept the field in his rear view mirror, leading from green to checker. Richie Dearborn continued his streak of top five finishes with a second place run and Johnny Clark finished third.

Heat race winners Jay Fogleman and Ramstrom brought the field to the green and Ramstrom quickly jumped out front over Travis Benjamin, Kelly Moore, DJ Shaw and Fogleman. The young man who calls Thompson his home track built up a ten car advantage by lap ten and looked dominant from the get go. The race stayed under green for better than fifty laps as Ramstrom continued his drive into the sunset, but the battle for second through fourth between Moore, Shaw and Dearborn heated up. Fogleman took the fifth spot away from Rowe on lap fifty three and set sail after the front four.

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Mark Sammut Picks Canada to Earn First ISMA Win

Nelles Corners, ON — After approximately 11 years of trying, London, Ontario’s Mark Sammut was finally able to notch his first-ever career win in ISMA and he did it in front of a Canadian crowd of well-wishers. It was perfect end to what might have been a less than perfect day at the Cayuga Int’l Speedway that saw a rather sparse turnout of cars for what was for some of the competitors, a third race in six days. Sammut started tenth in the short but strong fifteen car field and worked his way up to second by lap 31. He then had to figure out his way around a strong-running Ben Seitz in the Budnick 88 with less than 20 laps to go.

Sammut commented on his trip to the front. “Seitz was running a great line. He was going in deeper than I was so I couldn’t get beside him going in. He was a little bit slower in the center. That’s the only place I had anything for him. I watched him for quite a few laps trying to find a hole. I didn’t see anything that was going to work out very good. I knew I had to wait my turn and when he went up high enough I’d try and get in there. I did and it worked out and luckily I made it through.
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Laps for Lupus set for Speedbowl on July 18

Waterford, CT — Saturday night July 18 will mark a special night at the Waterford Speedbowl.  Not only will the Wild ‘n Wacky race program have its first opportunity ever to shine under the lights on a Saturday night, but the day’s activities will also feature a special charitable partner.  The Speedbowl will host “Laps for Lupus”, benefitting the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Connecticut Chapter.  Among the planned fundraising festivities are a special Track Walk, silent auction, as well as hospitality for donors and special guests.

Operating successful benefit walks in other parts of the state, July 18 is LFA Connecticut Chapter’s first charitable walk in Southeastern Connecticut.  Race fans as well as supporters of LFA and its fundraising efforts are welcomed to attend.  Check-in will occur at 2:00pm under the hospitality tent behind turn 1 of the Speedbowl, with the track walk taking the green flag at 3:00pm.  Following the walk, participants making a donation benefitting Lupus receive a Speedbowl-style BBQ under the hospitality tent plus admission into the night’s racing.   The required donation is just $15 for adults and $5 for kids under the age of 14, with all net proceeds benefitting the LFA’s Connecticut Chapter.

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