Seekonk, MA — Seekonk Speedway kicks off their weekly Saturday program this week with a full night of ARC action. Led by the Pro Stocks, Dave Darling leads the points chase heading into week 2. Fresh off his 2nd consecutive opening day win, will lead the field into week 2. Defending Champ Fred Astle looks to get back to the top after an opening day runner up finish.
With one event on the books, lineups will be set up using the 2010 handicapping, forcing all of the opening day winners to work their way through the fields in their bids to repeat.
The Late Models, Seekonk Sport Trucks and Street Stocks will also be part of the regular distance event. Adult admission is just $12.00, with kids 12 and under, Free. The first green flag drops at 6pm. For more information, contact the speedway office at (508) 336-9959, or check us out on the web at seekonkspeedway.com.
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Barre’s own Nick Sweet earned his first career American Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car win in the 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 2. Sweet started from the 12th position after qualifying through a consi. He battled his way to the front, driving around Patrick Laperle and then Dave Pembroke for the lead. Sweet held off six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston late in the event. Hoar took second followed by Laperle in third.
Pembroke led the majority of the first half of the race before battling Laperle just after the halfway point in the 150 lap event. Pembroke drove back around Laperle but then lost the battle with Sweet. Pembroke would hold on for fourth and Mark Lamberton took fifth. Craig Bushey, Joey Laquerre, Chip Grenier, Scott Payea and Mark Hayward rounded out the top ten.
The 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 was the season opener for the 25th Season of American Canadian Tour racing and also the season opener of the 2010 Thunder Road season. With the win Sweet also earned the first invitation to the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18.
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Malta, NY – Liquid Lou Cicconi was supposed to pilot a midget on the newly paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway earlier in April; perhaps gaining a slight edge for the May 2 ISMA opener. That race was rained out, but for Cicconi, it turned out, it didn’t matter. The Aston, PA driver started ninth on the grid for the 50-lap inaugural winged super feature, moving into second on lap 19. He seized the opportunity to take the lead from Dave Duggan after a lap 21 red flag, driving by the 51 on the backstretch. As the race shook out, Chris Perley and new teammate Mike Ordway Sr. were able to track Cicconi down but Lou held out for the win despite a late race yellow. The win put Cicconi in a tie for 9th on the ISMA All-Time win list.
Said Lou in victory lane, “This is a really neat race track. The more we ran the more the track came in and got racy. It was really a challenge after I took the lead. When I got pushed started after that red, my brake got stuck. I thought it was going to slow the car right down. I had Chris behind me and I thought it was going to be all over. Luckily there was a lap car between us on that last yellow. It was very exciting. I’m happy for the Wentworths and our sponsors – although we don’t have too many.”
The late race caution Lou mentioned came on lap 46 when the 97 of Danny Lane ended up in between one and two with a flat tire. Lane was able to return. But when the race was scored back to the last completed lap, ISMA’s 2009 Rookie of the Year Ben Seitz, was placed in between the 10 of Cicconi and the 11 of Perley where he was showed to be running at the time. He was a lap car, but provided what the 2009 ISMA champ Perley thought made the difference in the race.
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Winchester, NH –Despite 12 caution periods Ascutney, VT racing veteran Dwight Jarvis scored his first win of the season Saturday night in front large opening night crowd when he captured the Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 for modified race cars at Monadnock Speedway.
The win by Jarvis was his sixth career victory with the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValentiAutoMall.com.
Starting 17th in a 24 car field, Jarvis methodically worked his way through the lineup, taking the top spot on lap 76. It was a hard fought victory for the popular driver who chased early race leader, Jim Boniface, Winchester, NH., for several laps before making the pass. Boniface led the race for 68 laps.
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