Archive for August 19th, 2009

Double X-Car races to Bowes and Zaikarite while LaRose lands Super X win; Palmer again in Legends

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl completed another Wild ‘n Wacky race program under warm sunny conditions. The X-Cars competed in two events with John Bowes and Pete Zaikarite winning. Jason Palmer returned to his second home, Speedbowl victory lane, in the Legends Cars. Steve LaRose ended up with the Super X-Car win and Paul French was a first time winner in the X-Modifieds.

The Legends Cars completed lap one of their 20-lap feature when calamity struck on the frontstretch near the rear of the field eliminating youngsters Troy Talman, Christian Pedersen, and Adam Gada. When the green flag was back out Dennis Pantani of Branford took the lead from Deep River driver Ed Field, but that move proved to be short lived when veteran Carl Blandina of Milford moved to the pin.

Jason Palmer of Berlin, who has simply dominated the Legends Car division this year, moved his way through the field into contention by the midway point. Palmer moved inside Blandina and completed the pass for the lead at halfway.
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Lia Storms To Victory At Bristol

Second Win Of 2009 Comes In Combo Race

Bristol, TN — Donny Lia overcame a late-race miscue to capture the inaugural UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night.

Lia led 40 of the final 43 laps en route to his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season. He jumped a restart on lap 138 and briefly lost the lead to Ted Christopher when race officials ordered him to give his advantage back. However, Lia drove back by Christopher three laps later to take the lead for good.

Lia, who won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June, beat Christopher to the line by 3.126 seconds in the first event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile.”

Ryan Preece finished third while George Brunnhoelzl III was the top finishing NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the combination race. Woody Pitkat rounded out the top five.

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Perry Picks Up First Career Win

Winchester, NH — In the sweltering heat of a genuine summer day, the Pro Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) completed their ninth race of the season at Monadnock Speedway. Sponsored by Bot-L-Gas and RF Logic, the 25-lap main event showcased 16 Pro Fours. The #60 of Andy Major—in his debut event for 2009—won the first qualifying heat while the #1m of Norm Wrenn won the other. But it was the #83 of Franky Perry that drove his machine into victory lane at the end of the night to capture his first win of the 2009 season.

When the green flag unfurled for the feature, Perry started on the pole with the #12 of Rob Richardi, Jr. to his outside. From his fourteenth starting position, Wrenn moved past Major and the #86 of Mark Charette. But Major followed closely on his heels. Wrenn and Major continued making their way to the front when they passed the #16 of Stan Mertz, who was holding steady in the middle of the pack.
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QUALIFYING: Rained out at Bristol

Christopher, Brunnhoelzl on front row for race

Bristol, TN — The rain arrived just as cars had hit the track and lasted just long enough to force NASCAR and track officials to cancel qualifying for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The starting lineup was set in accordance to the rule book, which means NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Ted Christopher will start in the pole position. He’ll be joined on the front row by NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader George Brunnhoelzl III. Christopher was fastest in two of the three practice sessions.

Todd Szegedy and Andy Seuss will make up the second row for the race, which is scheduled to go green at 6:09 p.m., and air on SPEED on a delayed basis at 7 p.m. Ryan Preece and Brian Loftin will be in the third row, followed by Donny Lia and Frank Fleming, and Rowan Pennink and L.W. Miller. Lia had the fastest time overall in practice.
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Ride Along with Ted Christopher at Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, TN — Wednesday’s UNOH Perfect Storm 150 is the first time the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour hit the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. The race, which is scheduled to take the green flag at 6:09 p.m., will air on a slight delay at 7 p.m. on SPEED.

The drivers have been on the track for three practice sessions leading up to the 3 p.m. qualifying.

Before you watch the race on SPEED, check out a ride-along with defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher. Christopher was fastest in the first two sessions and second to Donny Lia in the third.

PRACTICE: Lia Posts Top Time

Christopher fast in 2 of 3 sessions
Bristol, TN — In the final practice for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150, somebody finally put up a faster lap than Ted Christopher. Donny Lia, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, had the fastest overall lap of the three practice sessions with his time of 14.924 seconds (128.571 mph).

Christopher, who had the fastest time in the first two sessions, was right behind in 14.959 seconds (128.271 mph). He was the only driver with a lap under 15 seconds in all three practices. The UNOH Perfect Storm 150 is Wednesday’s combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

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PRACTICE: TC Still Fastest

Posts top time Wednesday morning

Bristol, TN –In two of the three practice sessions in preparation for Wednesday night’s UNOH Perfect Storm 150, Ted Christopher paced the field.

After putting up the fast time under the lights Tuesday night, Christopher backed it up in Wednesday morning’s practice session. The UNOH Perfect Storm 150 is Wednesday’s combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Christopher, the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader, had a fast lap Wednesday at 14.957 seconds (128.288 mph). James Civali, who is looking to make his first race of the season, was second fastest at 14.990 (128.005). Rowan Pennink was third at 15.002 (127.903), while Andy Seuss was fourth overall and the top NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver at 15.036 (127.614).
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