Archive for July 22nd, 2009

Hutchings Takes first ‘Bowl SK win; Thomas, Hovey, Cassidy, Morgan also reach Victory Lane

Waterford, CT — A special night of NASCAR racing on Wednesday, July 22nd featured another round of quick and entertaining action from the Speedbowl’s four NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions plus the Legends Cars. Salem’s Corey Hutchings grabbed his first open-wheel win at the ‘Bowl, holding off the competition in a fiercely competitive SK Modified event. Groton’s Bruce Thomas Jr. prevailed late to win the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event, while it was Walt Hovey Jr. of Chaplin taking the Street Stock win. Defending Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock champion Ken Cassidy Jr. returned to Victory Lane, as did Ryan Morgan in Legends Car action.

Frank Mucciacciaro and Wendell Dailey brought the open wheel SK Modifieds to green for a thrilling 35-lap event. Mucciacciaro led the first five laps before caution waved for Joey Gada who spun off turn two. Corey Hutchings took over following the restart. Mucciacciaro lost traction in turn two on lap nine, creating a tense moment for the field behind and sending several cars spinning including Speedbowl and national NASCAR Whelen All American Series points leader Keith Rocco. Rocco, of Wallingford, joined several competitors who pitted for service during caution and resumed from the rear.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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Beech Ridge Next for American Canadian Tour

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will return to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with the most diverse group of racers of the 2009 championship campaign. ACT point leader Scott Payea holds a slim 23-point lead over Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk (Joey Pole). Five-time ACT Champion and former NASCAR Busch East star Brian Hoar sits in third and is looking for his first win in 2009. Hoar comes off a strong outing in last week’s TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford, ME. Hoar finished 4th after leading the “250” in the second half of the richest one-day Late Model stock car race in America. ACT veterans Randy Potter from Groveton, New Hampshire and John Donahue from Graniteville, Vermont round out the top five, separated by only 79 points just past the half-way mark in the 2009 season.

“I had a blast racing the last two weeks. The 200-lap race at Kawartha was a solid outing for us, and leading the “250” for a while and ending up with a 4th has our team ready to come into form for the second half. We finally feel we are ready to challenge Scott and Joey and make a run for the 2009 ACT title. I am anxious to get to Beech Ridge. It is always fun to go to new tracks and with the momentum we feel we now have, this kind of neutral track should fit our program very well,” said Hoar.

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