Archive for October, 2009

2010 Car Number Registration & Driver Application Forms posted

Waterford Speedbowl has made the 2010 Car Number Registration & Driver Application forms available. Race teams can find them on the website under ‘The Bowl’ , then ‘Track Forms’.

Or, by following these links:

2010 Car Number Registration

2010 Driver Application

Race teams are reminded that all Waterford Speedbowl divisions including NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams, all Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday teams including Legends Car, Bandolero, and Truck Series teams are required to complete these forms.
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Adam Gray Wins Reliable Welding & Speed Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — One year after winning the Late Model championship at Monadnock Speedway, Adam Gray moved to the Late Model division at Stafford Motor Speedway and outdueled John Kasper to win the 2009 Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year award. Gray missed an event during the 2009 season, but still accumulated enough points with 5 top-10 finishes during the year to take the rookie title by a scant 4 point margin over John Kasper.

“We had some really good parts, some really bad parts, and some mediocre parts to the season this year,” said Gray. “We definitely had a learning year. Coming from Monadnock where I won 6 races and the championship last season, it was a little frustrating at times this year, but we learned a lot. We started off the year with some basic ideas and we had people helping us out with the car setup, but it wasn’t until we took the car to Bob Fill later in the year that we really seemed to hit on something. I think that we will be a force to be reckoned with next season.”

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Mark Bakaj Wins Reliable Welding & Speed SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — -One year after challenging for the championship in the SK Light Modified division, Mark Bakaj made the move up the ladder to the SK Modified® division and came away as the 2009 Reliable Welding and Speed SK Modified® Rookie of the Year. Bakaj drove to 3 top-5 and 8 top-10 finishes this season to finish in 9th place in the 2009 SK Modified® standings and he outpointed Matt Gallo and Joe Allegro, Jr. for the top rookie honors.

“As hard as it is for me to say, we had a good year,” said Bakaj. “As a racer you always want to be running up front every week and we weren’t quite there every week. But looking back, we had some motor problems this year and we had a horrible July and August, so overall we’re pretty happy with how things went for us this season. We definitely had a blast racing all year long.”

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Around the Track with Jalopy Jack

Extenuating circumstances. That’s the story. That’s my story, that’s the racers story, that’s the promoter’s story, that’s everybody’s story. Call it what you want, whether Mother Nature, precipitation, etc. We all put up with it and I think we all made the best of it.

The big show at Wall Stadium wisely had a rain date on Sunday 10/25. People I see in Belmar on my way to the track said “strange seeing you on a Sunday”. And I think a lot of people didn’t expect this to happen on a Sunday. At $25 and $30 a ticket, the stands were more then 1/2 full. For another non-point but big money Tour-Type Modified extravaganza, I’d say the 27 cars was pretty good. Did I hear rumors of 40 cars? Yes I did. But that was before all these wet problems hit us. At the same time Wall was racing, so was Thompson Int’l Speedway and the actual Whelan Modified Tour Series in possibly their biggest race of the year and final point race, the fabled World Series. Last year, I personally witnessed over 40 cars for that event. This year only 29.

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NEMA Banquet Honors Champions

Brockton, MA — Champions Randy Cabral and Tim Bertrand will be atop the honorees list when the Northeastern Midget Association caps off its 57th season at the annual Awards Banquet, Saturday night Nov. 21 at White’s of Westport in Westport, MA. Cabral drove Bertrand’s car to five victories and second straight championships for both.

Reservations for the banquet ($40 a ticket) may be made by contacting Lucille Jarret at 386 Wrentham Rd, Bellingham, MA, 02019. Additional information is available at 1-508-883-4899 or at mjlj386@comcast.net. Cocktails are slated for 6 pm followed by dinner at 7.

Cabral was one of seven different winners, joined by Nokie Fornoro (3), Adam Cantor (2), Chris Abold, Craig Stoehr, Russ Stoehr, and Jeff Horn. The battle for the owners championship – Bertrand nipped Mike Jarret by a mere four points – is evidence of how competitive a season NEMA enjoyed.

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FOX Sports South to Televise Shootout November 28th at 12 Noon

ATTN: TBARA COMPETITORS

All Club rules will apply. Registration/Entry will follow standard TBARA procedures and will be handled directly by TBARA officials. Tires MUST be purchased through Dave Steele. Tires will also be available through Steele at Concord Speedway during the North-South Shootout.

 

PASS Announces Super Late Model Florida Winterfest

Pro All Stars Series President Tom Mayberry has announced that the short track touring series will sanction, officiate and promote a non-points Super Late Model race at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway on Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30 2010. The event marks the first visit to Florida for the ten year old short track sanctioning body that currently sanctions and promotes five touring series in nine states and Canada.

“We’re excited to have reached an agreement with New Smyrna to put on the inaugural PASS Florida Winterfest at their great facility, “said Mayberry in announcing the event. “ New Smyrna is synonymous with winter short track racing, and I know that there is interest throughout the Super Late Model ranks for an extra distance mid-winter event. We expect to see the best of the best from across the country at PASS Florida Winterfest.”

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Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National cancelled

Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry announced today that the touring short track sanctioning body will not promote a non-points Thanksgiving weekend event at Southern National in Kenly, North Carolina.

“It was a difficult decision for us,” according to Mayberry, “As a series, we don’t like to cancel previously announced events. But we felt that the current economic climate and the impending auction of the property shortly before the scheduled race date would make it difficult for us to promote a successful Thanksgiving Classic at this time. I want to thank Kirk Leone, Mike Bushee, Becky Boone and the Wake County Speedway staff for working with us this season, and I hope that we may bring the Pro All Stars back to Southern National in the future.”

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Rowe Adds Beech Ridge, Maine Titles To Legendary Career

One of New England’s all-time greatest drivers switched gears in 2009, and ended up very satisfied with his change of scenery.

Mike Rowe, 59, of Turner, Maine, won The Pine Tree State’s 2009 NASCAR championship. He launched to state champion status from his 2009 NASCAR Pro Series (Late Model) division track championship at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. The .333-mile paved oval is acclaimed as one of the top motorsports and family entertainment facilities in the nation.

A seasoned veteran, Rowe sounds like he had an enjoyable experience in 2009. Not only did he compete full time at Beech Ridge for the first time in his life, he also joined a team for which he had never driven before. He ended up adding some polish to a fabulous career.

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Barry Scores First, McKennedy Wins True Value Modified Crown

Lee, NH — Irish eyes were smiling Sunday afternoon as Kenny Barry won the race and Jon McKennedy won the series title capping off the season for the True Value Modified Racing Series, at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.

For Barry, it was his first win with the New England based series as he bested a field of 25 competitors. The Preston, CT., driver was the fifth different winner of the “Oktoberfest 100.” Barry also became the 12th different winner in 15 races this year and the second first time winner in as may weeks that had veteran Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., knocking on the door at the finish. The 2006 champion finished 0.173 behind the winner in Sunday’s race.

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Johnny Clark is the Man of the Hour at Greenville-Pickens, Ben Rowe claims PASS South title

The 2009 season finale for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South super late models is officially in the books and for the second straight year, a driver by the name of Johnny Clark has closed out the southern schedule as the final event winner. Last year the 2008 PASS North champ took the win at the Mason Dixon Meltdown as the tour finished out at the South Boston Speedway while this year he duplicated the feat, claiming both the PASS North title and winning at the PASS South “Howler” finale at Greenville-Pickens Speedway to wrap up the 2009 season. Johnny held off another veteran in Jay Fogleman for the win. Fogleman showed true grit Saturday after starting the day at the hospital with symptoms of the flu. DJ Shaw was third followed by Ben Rowe in fourth and Randy Porter fifth.

The 125 lap “Howler” was only slowed for two cautions, allowing for tons of green flag racing. A pair of veterans in Porter and Fogleman led the field to green after the series’ mandatory redraw of the top ten qualifiers. Justin Wakefield, who was the quickest in qualifying, would start the race from the ninth position. Close racing between the pair provided the majority of the action for the first half of the event until the yellow flag waived for the first time on lap sixty. Many of the top ten took the opportunity to make adjustments to their cars including second place man Fogleman.
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Christopher Wins World Series 150; Perley & Fornoro Earn Winged Wins at Thompson; Silk, M. O’Sullivan, T. O’Sullivan & Barnett Weekly Series Winners; Gentes, Foster & Adams Sunday Outlaw Winners

Thompson, CT — What a difference a day makes. After a rain soaked Saturday, the skies were crystal clear making the way for eleven feature events for the culmination of the XtraMart World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, October 25, 2009. Drivers from all over the northeast competed with winning drivers coming from five different states in New England.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, book-ended the season with Thompson Speedway victories in the Whelen Modified Tour. The veteran racer opened the season with a victory in the Icebreaker and capped off the 2009 season with a World Series win. Donny Lia secured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship with his fourth-place finish.

A last lap pass found Chris Perley of Rowley, MA, in International Supermodified Association (ISMA) victory lane. Nokie Fornoro of Stroudsburg, PA, scored the Northeastern Midget Association 30-lap main event to send his retiring car owner out in grand style.

Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, CT, came out on top of a fierce Sunoco Modified battle to score the World Series win. In racing of the Late Model variety it was Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, scoring the Super Late Models victory; his brother Tommy made it a family affair winning the Late Models. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, continued his domination of the Outlaw Late Models with a dominating performance.

Other winners included Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT, in the Limited Sportsman; Sean Foster of Middletown, CT, in the Outlaw Strictly Stocks; and Beth Adams of Winchendon, CT, in Outlaw Mini Stocks. Rob Richardi, Jr. of North Easton, MA, was tops in the Pro-Four Modifieds.

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Wild World Series ISMA Finale Finds Chris Perley a Winner After Lady Luck Helps Him to Victory Lane

Thompson, CT — “I’ll take this one,” Chris Perley shouted as he erupted from his Vic Miller 11 in victory lane at Thompson Speedway Sunday. With ten laps to go in the ISMA portion of the World Series of Racing, Chris Perley, who had won six of the last nine World Series’ events, had not really expected win number seven. He was running fifth late in the race and figured that was where he was going to stay. Ahead of him Mark Sammut, Dave Shullick Jr., Russ Wood and Mike Lichty had been the show. But on lap 43 things began to happen. Leader Sammut broke a hub and crashed out of the race. Dave Shullick Jr. took over the lead on the restart and Perley was able to pass a “loose” Mike Lichty who had used a lot of car battling Sammut, to gain third with five to go. Then with two to go, Perley had moved by Wood when all of a sudden Shullick’s wing broke giving Chris the opportunity to grab the lead and the win.

Said the recently crowned 2009 ISMA champion after a finish that definitely went his way, “ I was kind of settling in on sixth or fifth. I was racing hard, but the car was loose. I couldn’t really get where I wanted to go. As I’ve said before, I’d rather be lucky than good sometimes and this really played into my favor today. But, I didn’t give up on the car because my crew never does. I have awesome motors from R&R and Ed Shea helps out with those motors and everything. I have a great crew. Obviously you can’t beat this crew. You can’t beat this crowd or this track either. It’s my favorite track.”

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Lia Wins Modified Tour Title, Christopher Takes Thompson Win

Second Championship In Three Years For Long Island Driver

Thompson, CT — Donny Lia led the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in victories in 2009, but in the end, it was a fourth-place finish in the season finale Sunday in the World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart that was enough to give the Jericho, N.Y., native his second Tour championship in the last three years.

Defending Tour champion Ted Christopher won the race by 1.187-seconds over Ryan Preece, but Lia’s finish was enough to give him the title by 16 points over Preece. It was the closest championship finish since 1996.

Christopher took the lead for the final time from Lia on Lap 132 and led the rest of the way. However, he was mathematically eliminated from championship contention when the field took the green flag Sunday afternoon. Christopher finished third, 89 points behind Lia.

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Nokie Fornoro Takes Rifchin Trophy; Cabral, Bertrand are Driver and Owner Champions

Thompson, CT – Taking control on a lap 16 restart, Nokie Fornoro captured the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway’s World Series.

The Marvin Rifchin Trophy Race was the final outing for Fornoro’s owner Mike Jarret. The season finale, it was the 110th career Midget victory for Fornoro, 45 of them in NEMA including three this year.

A second straight driving championship all but secured going in, five-time winner Randy Cabral gave Tim Bertrand his second straight owners title with a third place finish. Bertrand finished with a four-point bulge on Jarret.

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John St.Germain Gets the Win at Thompson International Speedway on Friday, October 23rd

John St.Germain gets the win on Friday, October 23rd at the Thompson Int’l Speedway XtraMart World Series of Speedway Racing while ARTS being honored to be the lead-off main event for this famous event.

St.Germain also won the 8-lap heat race after starting on the outside pole next to Derrick Chriss.  St.Germain jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and continued the lead to take the checker flag.

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Richardi Wins Thriller at Thompson

Thompson, CT — In their final race of the 2009 season, the Pro Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) put on a spectacular show at the Thompson Int’l Speedway Sunday evening. Qualifying for the weekend long event was completed on Friday with Norm Wrenn and Dan Meservey, Jr. picking up heat race wins. Due to extensive rain on Saturday, the Harry Kourafas, Jr. Memorial race was postponed to Sunday. Rob Richardi, Jr. held off the advances of Norm Wrenn to pick up his first win of the season, snapping Wrenn’s World Series win streak.

Richardi, Jr. and Dan Meservey led the 21-car field to post. The #00 of Dave Richardi stole the second and third positions away from Meservey Jr. and Sr. in hot pursuit of his brother. By the time the cars were coming off of turn two, Wrenn had already passed the #16 of Stan Mertz, the #86 of Mark Charette, and #4 of Cory Cleary to claim tenth. Within the next two laps, the #83 of Franky Perry began to catch the #10 of Brian Vincent, and by lap four, he had completed the pass for a top five position. Vincent would also be passed by Wrenn on lap five, but the pass was nullified when the first caution flag of the event was displayed for the #60 of Andy Majors and the #11a of Dan Meservey, who both made contact with the wall in turn three. Both drivers were unable to continue.

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Happy Ending: Brunnhoelzl Earns His First NASCAR Championship

Wins finale & claims Whelen Southern Mod title

Ashboro, NC — George Brunnhoelzl III capped off his first NASCAR championship a victory in the Fall Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway, the final race of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season.

Brunnhoelzl needed to only start the finale to clinch the championship. He assured himself of that by claiming his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of the season. He went on to claim his fifth win of the season and third at Caraway.

He started fifth after the post-qualifying redraw of the top six, and took over the lead on Lap 73 when Brian Loftin came down pit road under caution. He briefly lost the lead to John Smith at the line on a Lap 142 restart, before retaking the point.

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Rain Stalls Day Two World Series; Action Packed Sunday on Tap

Thompson, CT — After a valiant attempt at running day two of the World Series of Speedway Racing, the persistent and prolonged rain forced Thompson International Speedway to postpone the remaining schedule of events until Sunday, October 25, 2009.

A spectacular day of racing is planned for Sunday that will include the Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Super Modifieds, NEMA Midgets, Sunoco Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Pro-Four Modifieds, Outlaw Late Models, Outlaw Strictly Stocks, and Outlaw Mini Stocks. In all there will be 11 features will take to the ultra-fast 5/8th mile facility.

The action gets underway at 12:30PM with a quick practice session for the Whelen Modified Tour followed immediately by the full slate of feature racing. For a complete schedule of events log on to the speedway’s official website, www.thompsonspeedway.com.
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Qualifying Rained Out, Field Set For Sunday’s Whelen Modified Finale

Championship Contenders Will Start On Front Row

Thompson, CT — Due to persistent rain, there will be no on-track activity on Saturday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

The Whelen Modified Tour was scheduled to practice and qualify for the season finale on Saturday, but with rain at the speedway, the starting lineup for Sunday’s 150-lap race will now be set by the rulebook. Practice is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Just 26 points separate current championship points leader Donny Lia from second place Ryan Preece heading into the last event of the season. With qualifying now rained out, the two will start side-by-side in the front row on Sunday.
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Indianapolis 500 Veteran Enters Indoor Coffee Cup Event

Providence, RI — Davey Hamilton has turned many laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Now, he’ll try to be the best at the upcoming Coffee Cup at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on December 4-5.

Hamilton, a nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter, is the latest entry for the upcoming two-day indoor three-quarter size Midget Car race, which drew rave reviews from competitors and fans when the same cars competed at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in March.
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World Series Saturday Rained Out at Thompson

“We have tried, but are unable to continue with any racing today (10/24 3:05pm).”

World Series Sunday Schedule

Track Drying Underway at Thompson

According to the track web site, Thompson International Speedway is currently drying the track in the hope of getting some practice in this afternoon.

Ralph “Trigger” Watson Passes at 82

Ralph “Trigger” Watson, the Clown Prince of the cutdown era, passed away on October 18 in Newburyport, MA.

Trigger was a real gasser, tough as nails. Leo Cleary recalls that “the only way to beat him was over the head.” His best years came in 1955 and 1956 when, aboard his infamous ’34 Ford mini-sedan aptly labeled “the Thing”, he won eighty features, including the Canadian American Classic in Toronto.

Watson was also a character through and through who approached his racing with an infectious joy. He was the promoters’ dream, the kids’ hero.

He was 82.

Racing-Reference.Info Adds NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stats

Racing-Reference.Info, a popular auto racing statistics site has added the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to its web site. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 25-year history joins their already massive collection of other NASCAR divisions including Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Trucks, Camping World East and West, Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and Canadian Tire Series. The defunct Convertible Series, IRL, Champ Car, and Formula 1 are also a part of this invaluable resource to the racing community.

LIVE: Whelen Modified Tour Season Finale At Thompson

The 25th Season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is scheduled to conclude this weekend with the World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

For updates throughout the race weekend, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

For event information and results, please click here: EVENT PAGE

Speedbowl moves Smacktoberfest to Sunday

Waterford, CT — Due to the prevalent and heavy rain forecast for today, Waterford Speedbowl has postponed and moved its Smacktoberfest event ahead to the rain date of tomorrow, Sunday, October 25.

The event will follow the same schedule and timing, with spectator gates opening at 12:00pm and the smashing getting underway at 2:00pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to pick out their seat and avoid lines. Adult tickets are $14, youth age 6 through 14 years of age are just $5 and all kids 5 and under are admitted free.

The Speedbowl offers acres of free parking, making Smacktoberfest an affordable day of fun and mayhem for the whole family.

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Sullivan, Churchill, St. Germain & Andersen Scored Feature Victories to Open Thompson’s 2009 World Series

Thompson, CT — Friday of the Thompson International Speedway XtraMart World Series of Speedway Racing is traditionally reserved for qualifying for a host of regular Thompson divisions and the always varied and exciting Outlaw divisions. In an effort to be proactive with a less than stellar forecast, Speedway Management decided to run feature events for the ARTS Truck Series, the SK Lights, TIS Modifieds, and Mini Stocks.

After post race technical inspection, John St. Germain of West Sand Lake, NY, was scored as the winner of the ARTS Trucks. Brit Andersen of Branford, CT, scored the victory in the SK Lights Modifieds. TIS Modified champion Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, put an exclamation point on his 2009 season with a victory at the World Series. Randy Churchill of Niantic, CT, continued his prowess in the Mini Stocks with a win.

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Thompson Adds Feature Racing to World Series Friday Schedule

According to the track web site, Thompson International Speedway has made a change in their Friday schedule. Following the 8-lap qualifying heat races, 20-lap features will take place for the ARTS Trucks, SK Sunoco Light Modifieds, Thompson Modifieds and Mini Stocks. It is the first of three-days and 15 divsiions of feature racing at the World Series of Speedway Racing. For more information, including the schedule (subject to change) and ticket prices, visit the track web site at www.thompsonspeedway.com.

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Eddie MacDonald and Donny Lia Win Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championships at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. has won the 2009 Camping World Series East Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Driving the No. 71 NEMO/Grimm Construction Chevrolet, Eddie finished sixth in he Heluva Good! 125 in June and won the second Heluva Good! 125 in September. MacDonald scored a total of 15 bonus points at the speedway in 2009 which led to his second consecutive Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championship.

Ryan Truex of Mayetta, N.J., placed second in the Camping World Series East Track Championship standings. Behind the wheel of the No. 00 NAPA Toyota, Ryan finished second in June and third in September at the Heluva Good! 125 races. Truex is the brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Martin Truex, Jr.

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