Archive for May 30th, 2010

Masse Repeats at Thunder Road

Barre, VT — 20 year old Stephen Masse, Bellingham, MA. captured his second consecutive Memorial Day Classic 100 at the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl Sunday, May 30th. The race was sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValentiAutomall.com.

Starting fifth in a 24-car field, Masse moved to second by lap nine and then took over the lead from early race leader Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA on lap 19.

Despite 11-caution periods that slowed the race, Masse opened up sizable leads, several times by large margins, but was never headed. Rob Goodenough, West Swanzey, NH., who started the race in seventh position, finished in the runner up spot followed by Ken Barry, Preston, CT., Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey, NH., and 17 year old Norwich Free Academy student, Max Zachem, Preston, CT. At one point in the race Zachem was joined in the top five by fellow high-schooler Joey Jarvis, Ascutney. Both drivers will graduate from high school in June.

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Rain Stops Monadnock, Twin State Next

Winchester, NH — With Jim Miller and Jeff Horn set to lead the feature to the green, rain ended the Northeastern Midget Association’s return to action Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway.

Officials agreed that twin 25 lap features will be on the agenda when NEMA returns to Monadnock on Saturday night, July 31.

Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH is next on the agenda, Friday night, June 11.

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Todd Betrand Scores Monadnock NEMA Lites Series Victory, Rain Curtails Full Midget Event

Winchester, NH — Wheeling the Tim Bertrand #48, Todd Betrand defeated a large field of NEMA Lites entries at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Saturday evening to score his first feature victory of the season.

Pole-sitter Andy Barrows set the pace for several circuits surviving a number of early-event restarts before spinning and being overtaken by Lanson Fornoro in the Paul Lugelle #00.

Within laps, 2009 NEMA Full Midget champion Randy Cabral moved into the picture, leading for several circuits before exiting with mechanical issues. Following a mid-race restart, Betrand chose the outside in overtaking the leaders, cruising to the 20-lap win.

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Seekonk Speedway Falls to Rain for the Second Time

Seekonk, MA — Just as the final round of practice was about to wind down, the 30% of rain became 100%, and washed out the May 29th event. ARC racing will return on Saturday, June 4th, with the Kraze’s Speed Equipment 30/30 for the Street Stocks. This will put up to 30 Streeters on the speedway for a 30 lap main event. This has become one of the most exciting events on the schedule.

Also on the schedule is the first of four visits for the Pro4 Modifieds. These scaled down versions of the modifieds, using 4 cylinder engines, returns to the track that started it all back in the 1978. Robin Berghman picked up her first ever Pro4 Modified win the last time the class raided The Konk, back st the DAV Fall Classic in 2009. She will be up against many drivers returning to the track they took their first laps at, including Matt Sagar, Brian Vincent, Rob and Dave Richardi, Stan Mertz and Bill Jorres. They will compete in a 25 lap feature, and will compete against Dan Meservey, George Sherman and more.

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Gaydosh enters winner’s circle with SK win; Esposito, Stone and Caron other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was in action on Saturday evening as part of their Memorial Day Weekend of events, hosting the visiting ISMA Supermodifieds for a 50-lap race plus a full card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. After waiting out a brief rain delay, racing action saw Newtown’s Justin Gaydosh pick up his first victory of the year in the 35-lap SK Modified® event. Vin Esposito of Seymour wired the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, securing his first win of the year. New Haven’s Al Stone III took his second win of the season in the 25-lap Street Stock feature, while Sean Caron of East Hampton also became a two-time winner after taking the 25-lap Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock checkered flag.

A thrilling SK Modified® feature began with Gaydosh setting the early pace of the race with Joe Perry behind in second place. Diego Monahan was third, while a battle for fourth broke out between Mark Bakaj, Shawn Solomito and Rob Janovic Jr. Bakaj won that battle, bringing Janovic with him to make up the top five in the early going. Further back Ron Yuhas Jr., Keith Rocco and Tyler Chadwick were battling in an effort to enter the top ten. After Rocco had just edged ahead to the inside of Yuhas he tangled with Tom Abele Jr. on the front stretch on lap nine, spinning into turn one. Rocco resumed from the rear after pitting for repairs.

Gaydosh resumed his lead on the restart. Janovic went from fifth to third, taking that spot away from Monahan on lap 13. That opened the door for Kyle James and Tyler Chadwick to enter the top five and race their way past Monahan. Yuhas was hot on their tails when the second caution waved later that lap for Jeff Gallup who had spun in turn four.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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Wild Finish in MRS Race at Airborne

Plattsburgh NY — In a wild last lap finish, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT, unofficially won the 100 lap Modified Racing Series feature at the Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, Saturday night May 29, 2010. Hinckley, from his pole starting position led the first 74 laps, setting a torrid pace holding off the constant threats of Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA and defending series champion, Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA. Unofficially the win by Hinckley is his 12th MRS victory.

Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA, who started 15th in the 25-car field, passed Hinckley on lap 75 and held the top spot, resulting in Hinckley chasing the new leader. Hinckley and Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT pursued Pennink until lap 99, when Hinckley and Pennink made contact racing to the checkered flag resulting in a violent crash at the start-finish line. Both cars came to a halt against the first turn safety barrier, neither driver was injured.

Jarvis settled for third followed by Carl Pasteryak, Libson CT, and Kenny Barry, Preston, CT.

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