Archive for May 16th, 2010

Norm Wrenn Captures Second 2010 Win at Monadnock

Winchester, NH — With 15 cars on hand, the RF Logic / Bot-L Gas Pro Four Modifieds of New England put on a fast paced show at Manadnock Speedway this weekend. The heat races went green to checkers without any cautions with George Sherman and Robin Berghman picking up the wins

Sherman and Phil Lausier lead the pack to the green in the feature. By the end of lap one Lausier was able to tuck in line for second but was feeling pressure from behind by #25 Tyler Anderson, who was followed by Brian Vincent, Rob Richardi, Jr., and Norm Wrenn.

Back in the pack action was heating up as last place starter was putting some pressure on #00 Dave Richardi for the 9th position. By lap 9 the leaders began to catch the rear of the field and put Mark Charette and Mark Giordano down a lap. At the halfway point it was Sherman still leading Lausier, Anderson, Vincent, Wrenn, Richardi, Jr., Norton, Dan Meservey, Frank Perry, and D. Richardi.

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East-West Showdown Resumes At Albany-Saratoga Friday

Malta, N.Y. –The much anticipated matchup of New England’s Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com and the New York based, ROC DART Asphalt Series, resumes Friday night, May 21, when both sanctioning groups embark on the famed Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, New York.

The race, originally scheduled April 18, was rained out after two qualifying heats were completed. Forty-nine race teams were attempting to qualify for the 100 lap feature when the skies opened forcing postponement.

“Pistol Pete” Brittain, Allentown, New Jersey., won the first qualifying race while Koszela Speed Rookie Of The Year contender Norman Wrenn, Nashua, NH., passed race leader Joe Doucette, Framingham, MA., on the last lap to capture the second heat race.

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New England Truck Series at Monadnock Speedway

The New England Truck Series (NETS) will do battle for the first time under its new banner on May 22, 2010 in Winchester, NH along with the Monadnock Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Young Guns, and Full Size Enduros scheduled events of the night.

“There could not be a better beginning for the New England Truck Series. Monadnock Speedway is the favorite track of the truck series with a great following of race fans. We are celebrating a new day in the life of our touring division”, states Series Director Lorraine Pard.

The high banking 1/4 mile feature race will showcase the stars of the region’s lone truck division as they look to start their action packed season off in hot pursuit of the coveted Series’ title. The green flag racing compeition begins with our seasoned drivers, and new rookies joining our racing family this season.

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Vanasse Caps Speedway Funfest With Pro Stock Win

Ryan Vanasse led the Seekonk Pro Stock field from the falling of the green to the checkered flag in a show of strength behind the wheel. Earlier in the evining, the Warwick, RI speed ace had earlier battled to the stripe with Kyle Casper for a second place finish in the Late Model division.

The iron man springboarded to the lead from the front of the starting grid and never saw another car ahead of him for the entire 40 laps of the race. Closest challenges came during the restarts following cautions in the event.

Vanasse jumped away from his starting spot on the outside of the front row and was enjoying a 3-car lead by the second lap and had it up to 5 cars by the time the first yellow waved on the third lap, when veteran Joe Cerullo and Tom Scully, Jr. got together coming out of the second turn. Cerullo went to the pits on the hook. Scully made the first of several pit stops he made through the race under his own power.

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Eddie MacDonald Holds On For ACT Win at Oxford Plains

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA took the checkered flag in the American-Canadian Tour 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME. MacDonald started in the fifth starting position and would take the lead on a lap 54 restart.

The 2009 Oxford 250 and ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner would lead the remainder of the race but not without pressure from hometown favorite Tommy Ricker of Poland, ME. Ricker got to the rear bumper of MacDonald several times in the final laps but didn’t have enough to get by while the two worked their way through lap traffic. The 2009 ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar took third after leading the first 25 laps. MacDonald’s only other ACT Late Model Tour win also came at Oxford Plains Speedway in August of 2007.

John Donahue made a late race charge from his 31st starting position to finish fourth followed by Tim Brackett rounding out the top 5. Travis Adams, Scott Payea, Brent Dragon, Jeff White and TJ Brackett rounded out the top ten.

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Keith Rocco Wins Fifth SK Modified Race of Season; Meyer First-Time Winner; Cassidy, Coates & Flannery Among Speedbowl Victors

Waterford, CT — A five division program of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing was completed Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl with national Series points leader Keith Rocco of Wallingford picking up another win in the SK Modifieds®, his fifth in six events held at the track this season. Eighteen year old Chris Meyer of North Franklin was a first time winner dominating the Street Stock race. Fifteen year old racer Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued a hot start to the Legends Cars season and Allen Coates of Ledyard showed his Speedbowl prowess in checkering another A.B. CDL Training Center Truck race.

The ground pounding SK Modifieds® rolled out for their 35-lap feature with former Legends Cars champion Mark Bakaj moving out to the race lead from his pole starting position. Kyle James moved to second, Dennis Charette third, and Jeff Paul to fourth in the opening circuits. Further back the field was sorting itself out with multiple side by side battles taking place back through the field. Tom Abele Jr., Ron Yuhas, Jeff Pearl and Rocco were all working hard, successfully using the Speedbowl’s outside groove to advance. The first yellow flag waved on lap 11 when Mike Finkeldey slid through the turn two grass and came to rest off the apron of the track.

Bakaj restarted strong but James came on like gangbusters to pull alongside down the back chute. Bakaj fought him off, with James falling back to the clutches of Charette who moved to his inside. The action continued to be great all over the three-eighths mile Speedbowl oval as both the high and low grooves were working well for the competition. Charette eventually took second from Bakaj and brought Yuhas with him into third.

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