Archive for May 23rd, 2010

Big Holiday Weekend For Modified Racing Series

Plattsburgh, N.Y. – Keeping with the tradition of being the biggest motorsports weekend of the season, New England’s Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti, will spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend, competing in two states in two days. It’s the first time race events have been scheduled back-to-back by the touring series. 100 lap green flag races will be run at both venues.

Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY., will host the series on Saturday, May 29., for the first time. Series drivers expected to enter the “U.S. Army, Greg Atkins Logging and Taylor Rental 100,” include 2009 series champion Jon McKennedy, E.Chelmsford, MA., 2006 series champion Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., long time modified driver Carl Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., recent Albany-Saratoga Speedway winner, Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., 2009 Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year, Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME., and Kenny Barry, Preston, CT. to name a few. Saturday’s race program gets underway at 5 P.M.

Sunday, May 30, the action shifts to the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, VT., for the running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, the third appearance there by the MRS. McKennedy, Dwight Jarvis, Pennink, Dore, and Barry are all expected to enter the Sunday program.

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Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment & Seekonk Speedway Announce Special Event

Seekonk, MA — Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment and Seekonk Speedway jointly announce a special race event- RACING AGAINST BREAST CANCER. This special race event is coordinated through the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the Racing Against Cancer Team. The event is scheduled for Saturday October 2, 2010 with a rain date of Sunday October 3, 2010.

“Seekonk Speedway is honored to host this special event to support the fight against breast cancer”, says Francis Venditti, Seekonk Speedway General Manager. Headlining this exciting racing event is a 100 lap super modified race by the International Super Modified Association (ISMA).

“We are excited about our return to Seekonk Speedway after a five year absence and look forward to the opportunity to participate towards such a worthy cause”, says ISMA President Howie Lane. Also in competition for the first time ever at Seekonk Speedway is the small block super modifieds from Lee USA Speedway. “Having both ISMA and the Lee USA Speedway small block super modifieds competing in separate events, should make for a very entertaining racing event”, says race promoter Gary Sagar.

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St. Germain Wins First NETS Race

Winchester, NH — John St. Germain #14 wins New England Truck Series first feature event at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on Saturday, May 22. St. Germain finished third in the heat with Gee Perry # 83

finishing first. With our rule of redraw top four from the heat race, starting feature line up placed Gee Perry #83 starting fourth in the feature with St. Germain #14 starting on the pole.

The New England Truck Series ran a 20-lap feature event. St. Germain of West Sand Lake, NY who drives the #14 sponsored by DMS Wraps was on the pole with Greg Butler of East Hampton, CT driving the # 85 East Hampton Auto Parts, Storm Tech Cottman Transmission of Portland next to him. The #3 Chevy Truck driven by Derick Chriss, attempted to start the feature on the track only to break down with ignition problems, which delayed the start of the race while a tow truck pushed the truck into the pits ending his night of racing. At the drop of the green flag, St. Germain took the lead with the #85 Greg Butler Truck coming out of turn two falling back between the field of trucks ending up in the rear by turn three. Mean time the #83 of Gee Perry FEB Construction truck with a tight pack raced ahead of the Ford Sponsored EJP Homes Backup truck of Andy Lindeman #12 positioning himself in second by lap two. The #33 sponsored East Hampton Auto Parts Chevy of Dan Butler moved up into fourth position passing his brother coming out of turn four as the #85 Chevy of Greg Butler, which he pulled into the infield with transmission problems that ended his night.

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Martin, Casper, Estrella and Lineham pick up Seekonk Checkers

Seekonk, MA — On Saturday night, The Radical One returned to Pro Stock victory lane for the first time since 2006, holding off challenges from Dave Darling and Fred Astle over the final restarts. John Dabrowski took the lead on the initial green from pole sitter Phil Meany, and led the first six laps before the first caution came out for Dave Hutchins who slowed in turn two. Martin had already moved into the runner up spot, and lined up aside John. Rick took the lead over on lap 8, and started to open up his lead over Dabrowski. The second caution came out on lap 14 when Hutchins and Kyle Casper tangled in turn 2.

Over the next dozen laps, Martin continued to set the pace, while Mike Brightman led the charge to catch Martin. He hung on to second until Dave Darling moved underneath and took over second just before the caution came out for Scott Dion, who spun in turn 2. Kevin Casper was penalized for the assist.

With Brightman being penalized two positions for jumping the previous restart, Astle and Ryan Vanasse moved into third and fourth on the restart. Astle took over second after moving under Darling as they came back up to speed and set his sights on Martin. A final restart on lap 32 would give Astle a shot at a side by side battle.

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Pembroke Wins at Devil’s Bowl

Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke took the win in the Thunder Road Late Models 100 lap event at the freshly paved Devils Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT on Sunday, May 23. Pembroke battled side-by-side with hometown favorite Mike Bruno of Rutland, VT for the majority of the race, which was the season opener for Devils Bowl and also the opening event in the Thunder Road Late Models 2010 championship campaign.

Pembroke took the lead on lap 14 after starting in the 3rd position before swapping the lead with Bruno, who started 7th for the remainder of the event. Pembroke broke away from Bruno several times while working through lap traffic but Bruno reeled him in each time, but didn’t have enough to complete the pass. Pembroke and Bruno were followed to the line by pole-sitter Tracie Bellerose, Brent Dragon and Joey Becker completing the top five. Senator Phil Scott, Nick Sweet, Mike Bailey, Tony Andrews, and rookie Chris Riendeau rounded out the top ten.

The 100 lap event was slowed by six cautions including a red flag for a Grant Folsom flip on the front stretch. The race was completed in just over 1 hour, 12 minutes. Sixteen of the twenty-six starters were on the track for the checkered flag.

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Jeff Paul Wins First Waterford SK Modified Race of Season; Brian Andronaco a First Time Winner in Late Models

Galvin, Bellisle & Frissora among Speedbowl Winners

Waterford, CT — A competitive night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing took place Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl with Ledyard driver Jeff Paul claiming his first win of the year in the SK Modifieds®, snapping Keith Rocco’s three race winning streak in the division. Eighteen year old Brian Andronaco of Wilton was a first time winner, wiring the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event. Josh Galvin of Franklin became the first repeat winner of the year in the Street Stocks and Louis Bellisle of Griswold recorded his first Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock win of the season. Anthony Frissora of Massachusetts won the visiting Allison Legacy Series tour race.

Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry was the early leader in the SK Modified® 35-lap affair. He and second place Joe Perry checked out over the field which battled intensely behind in the opening laps. Rob Janovic Jr. moved low under Diego Monahan for the third spot on lap six, leaving Jeff Pearl to challenge Monahan for fourth. Keith Rocco was advancing through the top ten when trouble in the back half of the field saw Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. and Adam Gada get together to draw the first caution on lap nine.

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