Archive for July 27th, 2009

Around the Track with Jalopy Jack

Start things off; let’s get NASCAR Cup out of the way. Last year was the “Bad Year 400”. They couldn’t possibly make that mistake again, so it was more or less back to business as usual for NASCAR Cup at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this year’s Brickyard 400. I guess the main difference would be the automatic double file restart coming to Indy. I thought the race was a bore. It started out looking good but that didn’t last long. Seems like the same drivers keep winning this one. But I guess come this time next year, I’ll be marking out for it again. Wouldn’t it be something if this coming weeks Pocono race winds up being better? I placed Pocono as the absolute bottom of the barrel when it comes to the Cup tracks. That’s even ranking below the cookie cutter tracks because Pocono came before they did and I always thought that Pocono was the pits. And just in case you might be thinking that ole Jalopy Jack don’t know what he’s talking about because he’s never seen the race at Pocono, the fact is that I’ve never seen Cup race there but I took advantage of a free ticket last year to see an ARCA race there and I wasn’t disappointed. How could I be disappointed when I knew what to expect? There’s one point in the race that there was a red flag. The sightlines were so bad that I couldn’t even see where the cars had lined up. And just to prove to me that it was big league; it took an hour to get out of the parking lot after the race. The only nice thing I could say about the place was that there were plenty of bathrooms. I do wish I could’ve been there when they used the 3/4 mile track. Just one of many things I have missed in racing.

In the stands at Wall Stadium this past Saturday, I was asking some people if they ever heard of, or remember Modified drivers like Bugs Stevens, Leo Cleary, Rene Charland, etc. I didn’t get one positive answer. The reason I brought this up is because I thought they might’ve been interested in a little story I’m about to tell you. Up in New England is a fine organization called “Pro Four Modifieds”. I still call them “Mini-Modifieds”. They’re hurting in car counts this year, but they put on one hell of a show and every car’s a work of art. In a recent race at Seekonk, Norm Wrenn was looking to remain undefeated for the season. Upsetting Wrenn for the win for the grandson of Leo Cleary, Cory Cleary. Just thought that would interest somebody and I’m sure some of you readers know what’s going on.
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News & Notes: Fleming Becomes Championship Contender

Frank Fleming (No. 40 Pro Health Center/Jerry Hunt Auto Sales/Lewisville Motor Co. Pontiac) enters this weekend’s Advance Auto Parts 199 at Bowman Gray Stadium with a lot of confidence. Fleming, who has competed in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour since its inception in 2005, finished second at Caraway several weeks ago in the most recent race for the touring modifieds and has a lot of experience at the Stadium.Fleming, 50, is one of the elder statesmen of the competitive NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, but he was smiling like a rookie who had just gotten his first top-five finish back on July 3.

“We had a really good car that night,” said Fleming. “George told me after the race he was just riding at the end, but we were catching him and I would like to have had another five or so laps to see what we could have done.”
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Whelen Modifieds Return To Long Island Bullring

Riverhead 175 to be contested this Saturday

In 25 seasons, just two venues have been on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule each and every year. On Saturday, Aug. 1, one of those historic tracks will once again welcome the Tour back to town.

Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway will play host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2009. While NASCAR Modified racing existed at Riverhead long before 1985, the track and the Tour have forged a history of their own together. Saturday’s Riverhead 175 will be the 48th all-time race at the Long Island landmark.

Riverhead is not only one of the staples on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, but also one of the more unique stops. The quarter-mile bullring is the shortest track among the eight that the Tour will visit, and provides many challenges for those that race there, including a Tour driver that got his start in racing at the track, Donny Lia.
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Four Races in two Weeks for Thompson’s Sunoco Modifieds

Thompson, CT — It will be a busy two weeks for Thompson Speedway’s Sunoco Modifieds. The track’s premier NASCAR Whelen All American Series division will compete in double feature events on Thursday, July 30th and again on Thursday, August 6th.

The July 30th date will incorporate both the regular weekly 30-lap main for the Sunoco Modifieds plus the postponed 30-lap feature dating back to June 11th. The August 6th twin bill is a change from the single 100-lap race to a twin 50-lap format.

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Cassius Clark Cruises to PASS Super Late Model win at Riverside

Groveton, NH — Cassius Clark wrestled  the race lead from Donnie Whitten on lap ten of Saturday’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) super late model Summerfest 150  at Groveton New Hampshire’s Riverside Speedway  and never looked back to record his first PASS  feature win of 2009. Clark’s victory ended a PASS North winless streak dating back to October of 2007 for the 2008 PASS National Championship series titlist. Kelly Moore brought his NAPA Chevrolet home second and pole sitter Donnie Whitten earned his best result of 2009 by finishing third. Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw rounded out the top five.

Only a pair of minor caution periods slowed the 150 lap event that took just forty three minutes to complete.  Point Leader and defending race winner Johnny Clark had a subpar night finishing ninth, the last car to complete all 150 laps. Derek Ramstrom was involved in one of the few on track skirmishes, resulting in a 13th place run. Ben Rowe worked his way up to fourth from  his  eleventh place spot on the starting grid to gain a little ground in the title chase, and Adam Bates recorded a sixth place finish to keep pace with the title contenders.

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Two-Days of Super MOdified Action Coming Up at Delaware Speedway; Corr/Pak Adds “Tammy-10” Modified Bonus to Super Purse

The arrival of the ISMA Supermodified at Delaware Speedway is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. This year promises to be twice as exciting as the ISMA cars invade Delaware Speedway for two days of speed, action, and great racing memories presented by Sloan Insulation of Windsor and Patco Transportation and an added $4,000 on the line for the ISMA drivers put up by Corr / Pak Merchandising. 2009 marks the fourth year in a row the coveted series has graced the Delaware half-mile after a previous twenty-year absence.

The cars in the American-based ISMA (International Supermodified Association) are the most powerful cars to visit Delaware Speedway each year. The majority of the vehicles are home built by the race teams themselves. The light weight of the cars combined with the over 850-horse power the cars generate create a recipe for quick times around the speedways the series visits. The cars also have large wings mounted on top of the car mounted on air shocks, which change the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle to create extra down force in the turns and reduce drag on the straights. The cars are also directly driven off the engine, which means the cars require a push start and have no starter and no battery with the aim of further reducing the weight of the cars.
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