Scarborough, ME — The Pro Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) completed their eighth race as part of the Four Cylinder Nationals, sponsored by Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was the #1m of “Stormin’ Norman” Wrenn that thundered his way from last to victory lane for the seventh time this year.
The series gridded a 15-car field for the 39-lap feature—in honor of the PFMNE’s 39th anniversary. In what was to be his first appearance of the season, the #00 of Dave Richardi was unable to complete his heat or return for the feature when his machine encountered mechanical difficulties. The same held true for the #83 of Franky Perry and the #68 of Eric Trask as well.
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As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour moves on to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 150 on Friday, Aug. 7, someone other than Ted Christopher is atop the standings for the first time in a long time.
The 10th top-10 finish in a row for Todd Szegedy was enough to move past Christopher in the points standings following last Saturday’s Riverhead 175.
While Szegedy has yet to reach Victory Lane in 2009, he is the only driver to have finished in the top-10 in each of the season’s six races to-date. After battling back from being a lap down early on in last week’s race at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, his eighth-place effort, combined with misfortune for Christopher, changed the top of the season points standings.
Christopher, the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, had been atop the standings for 12 consecutive races dating back to last year, and had a 10-race top-10 streak of his own entering Riverhead.
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Seekonk, MA — On Saturday, August 8th, the NEMA Midgets invade Seekonk Speedway for the 13th annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial, presented by Airgas. In what has become the biggest midget event on the east coast, midgets from all over the Northeast will invade the track that held the first NEMA event in 1953, hoping to put their names on one of the most important trophies in midget racing.
Randy Cabral is the most recent winner of this event, picking up The Louie 3 times in his career. Joey Payne, Nokie Fornoro and Bobby Seymour have all captured this prestigious trophy.
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Seekonk, MA — Rick Martin picked up his first career win on May 30, 2009. On Saturday, August 1, he tied George Summers as Seekonk Speedway’s all time win leader. It was the eighth win of the season for Martin, who held off John Paiva in the 25 lap Seekonk Sports Truck feature. “This ties the record with George Summers, and those guys were my hero’s growing up, and to me on the same line with him, this is a great accomplishment.”
Brian Murray and Mike Ronhock brought the field down for the green, with Ronhock grabbing the early lead, before the first caution came out on lap 1, when Jody Tripp spun. Ronhock picked back up at the top, until Hugh Bowser took over on lap 3.
Martin wasn’t going to let this one get away early, and started to put pressure on Bowser. Working the outside lane, Martin picked up the lead on lap nine, and started to open up the lead on the field.
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Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will roll into the Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, August 13th for the New England Dodge Dealers presentation of the Bud 150. This will mark the second appearance of the WMT at Thompson this season and is one of the biggest events hosted by the track each year.
The season opened for the WMT back in April at Thompson’s Icebreaker and it will end with Thompson’s World Series in October. However, tucked in the middle is one of the very best races of the year, the Budweiser 150. Fans have been waiting for the return of NASCAR’s oldest and fastest division and that wait is just about over.
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