Archive for August 2nd, 2009

Nokie Fornoro Captures Monadnock Midgets

Winchester, NH – Calling it an “either me or him situation,” Nokie Fornoro took the lead on the third restart and went on to capture the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway. It was the second win of the season for the Jarret 4 team.

The third restart came with just two laps complete. It put Fornoro, who initially started sixth, on the front row outside John Zych Jr. Lou Cicconi Jr., subbing for an ill Russ Stoehr in the Angelillo 45 and Greg Stoehr were in row two.

Fornoro got the lead midway through three and four. Cicconi, the quickest in both practice and the heats, got Zych a half lap later for second. “On this track, when cars are within three tenths of each other passing can be a pain in the butt,” said Fornoro who set about “trying to get as many lapped cars between me and whomever.”

Fornoro had the fastest lap in the feature, an 11.892 effort on the 10th circuit.
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Janovic nails first ’09 win; Bertrand surprise winner in Late Models; Stone, Coates and D’addario score victories

Waterford, CT — A memorable night of motorsports took place at the Speedbowl for Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series race program. Rob Janovic Jr. and Ernie Bertrand were first time winners this season in the SK Modified and Late Model divisions respectively, while it was Al Stone III winning his fourth Street Stock event, Allen Coates continuing his unbeaten streak in the Trucks, and Curt D’addario Sr. winning the X-Car race. The Modified, Late Model, and Street Stock point battles were all shaken up following the completion of their feature events.

Rob Janovic Jr. and Tyler Chadwick brought the SK Modified field to green, with Waterford native Janovic moving out front on lap one. Ledyard’s Chadwick tucked in behind Janovic and stayed on the leader’s bumper. Salem drivers Corey Hutchings and Dennis Gada joined Ledyard’s Jeff Paul and points leader Keith Rocco in a tight pack dicing for position behind the top two. Rocco, hailing from Wallingford, moved to fourth on lap five then moved inside Hutchings for third by time the field completed lap nine.

Up front Janovic wasn’t able to shake free from Chadwick. The pair raced together several car lengths in front of Rocco who was moving in after taking over the third spot. Paul was holding off Gada for fourth further back.
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Pinch hitter P.J. Stergios Delivers

Winchester, NH – “Pinch hitting” for brother Jake, P.J. Stergios won the 20-lap NEMA Lites feature Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway. It was the first-ever Midget win for Stergios who took control with some nifty back stretch heroics and then survived two restarts.

Stergios passed both Jake Smith and Russ Wood Jr. to take the lead following a lap-two restart. He had a comfortable edge when yellow flew again on lap 12. He got away from Wood and three laps later beat back a restart challenge from Shaun Gosselin.

With the car “coming in better and better” and with “a lighter fuel load,” Stergios was worried about the cautions. Although he “leaned it out under caution” when he came to the restarts he “brought it down slow and then just stood on it.” He learned that, he says, from watching “the good Modified drivers.”
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