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Martin Wins SYLVANIA 300 for First Career Victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — Sixteen years after winning the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Mark Martin found victory lane in the SYLVANIA 300, the first race of the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“I fought hard for that race,” said Martin.

On Friday, pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya spoke of the mutual respect he has for Martin, as a driver in the Series that he’s turned to for advice.  Sunday’s thrilling finish pitted the two directly against each other testing that respect.

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Gada takes second SK Modified win of season; Botticello takes Late Models – Hovey, Coates, Brew also win

Waterford, CT — On a chilly late summer night, the Waterford Speedbowl hosted Cystic Fibrosis Night and completed its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program with a first time winner and great battles in all the divisions taking center stage.  Dennis Gada returned to victory lane in the SK Modifieds and Dennis Botticello ended a lengthy hiatus to Speedbowl Victory Lane in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models.  Walt Hovey Jr. won his fourth Street Stock event of the year, Allen Coates checkered his seventh NEATV Truck Series race, and Ian Brew won his first ever Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race.

After the pre-race Cystic Fibrosis festivities, seven-time Speedbowl champion Dennis Gada of Salem used his pole starting spot to move to the SK Modified race lead when the green flag came out.  Jeff Pearl, also of Salem, moved to second with Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford in third.  Tyler Chadwick moved inside Jeffrey Paul for fourth on lap six.  Contact in turn one of lap 15 left Glenn Pressell III of Gales Ferry slowing to bring out the first caution flag.
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Astle adds fourth Pro Stock Title to his resume. Mitchell and Tripp become Champs. Duquette wins LM Open

Seekonk, MA — With three titles to be decided on Saturday, September 19, drivers in three divisions were on the edge. The closest battle to be had was the Pro Stock title, which saw Dave Darling leading the chase by seven over Astle, and 22 over Tom Scully Jr.

For Dave to claim his third Pro title, he had to finish no worse than second if Astle was to win. Early on, it looked like he might be the driver to beat. Moving through traffic early, Dave found himself inside the top three by the fifth lap. On lap six, he moved past early leader Dave Hutchins for second, and started chasing Rob Murphy for the lead. His bid, however, for his third championship ended on lap 13.

On a restart for a lap 12 caution, he and Murphy raced wheel to wheel for over a lap. As they came off turn two, the pair made contact, sending both drivers up the track. While Murphy was able to recover, Darling was not, and the Johnson Landscaping Dodge suffered heavy damage, ending his night. Ken Spencer was also involved and suffered race ending damage.

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