Archive for April 4th, 2010

New England Truck Series to Open at Albany-Saratoga

The newly-renamed New England Truck Series (NETS) will do battle for the first time under its new banner on Saturday, April 17, when Albany-Saratoga Speedway will swing their gates open to the full-sized race trucks for 50 action-packed laps. NETS will be part of this historic race weekend, which will mark the return of the Speedway to its asphalt roots after operating as a 4/10-mile dirt oval for the past many seasons.

“There could not be a better beginning for the New England Truck Series. Just as Albany-Saratoga Speedway is celebrating a new start, so too, we are celebrating a new day in the life of our touring division. It truly is a pleasure to open our season up with this prestigious event,” NETS Consultant, Josh Vanada, said.

The 50-lap main will showcase the stars of the region’s lone truck division as they look to start their season’s off in hot pursuit of the coveted Series’ title. Defending Series’ Champion Andy Lindeman will lead the charge as he looks to add Albany-Saratoga to an already impressive list of tracks where he has visited victory lane.
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Rocco, Field & Coates Repeat Winners; Oldham & Giarratana Score Waterford Victories

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl opened its Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program with an exciting five division race program. Repeat winners were the story of the night as multiple competitors carried momentum from last weekend’s Budweiser Blastoff opener into week two. Keith Rocco took a hard fought SK Modified win® while Dan Field and Allen Coates repeated in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock and Truck divisions respectively. Other winners were Ronnie Oldham Jr. in the Street Stocks and Giovanni Giarratana in the Legends Cars.

The 24-car SK Modified® field was led to green by Tom Abele Jr. and Mike Sweeney. Abele, of Norwich, took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Newcomer to the division Kyle James moved into second and former Legends Car track champion Mark Bakaj settled into third. The first caution waved on lap eight when Sweeney bobbled in turn two, putting moisture onto the track. Todd Ceravolo had been steadily progressing through the competitive field when he lost an engine just as the yellow flag waved, eliminating him from the competition.

Abele resumed at the front on the restart. Bakaj, from Lebanon, moved past James to second as the field completed lap nine and immediately looked inside the leader on lap 10. Bakaj couldn’t make that move stick and the second caution came out for Glenn Pressell III who crashed into the turn four wall before another lap could be completed.

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