Archive for June 30th, 2010

Flannery continues mastery of Legends Cars; Martin, Caprio, Marvin and Gallaer others to reach Victory Lane

Waterford, CT — A beautiful summer evening graced fans in attendance for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday at the Speedbowl. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued his season long dominance of the Legends Cars racing, winning his 12th consecutive race in the division. Taylor Martin of New Hampshire returned to Victory Lane in the Bandolero’s, Mike Marvin of Colchester was the surprise winner in an exciting X-Car feature and Michael Caprio of New Haven was awarded the Super X-Car win. Rob Gallaer of Sherman wired the X-Modified race.

Nick Ladyga led the Legends Cars field to green for a 20-lap race but Dave Garbo Jr. was able to move out front on lap one with an inside pass down the back chute. Ladyga settled in second over veterans Carl Blandina, George Whitney and Dennis Pantani in the early laps. On lap five contact among the top five runners sent Pantani spinning ahead of the pack. The field scattered but was able to continue on caution free. That jostled the running order and moved Flannery into third position with Jason Palmer, making a rare Legends Cars start in 2010, up to fourth position and Whitney back to fifth.

Flannery took second position from Ladyga entering turn one of lap eight and ran down Garbo who was still in command out front. Flannery began to turn up the heat on Garbo when caution waved on lap 10.

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Waterford, CT — Saturday night July 3rd marks the 13th annual running of the mid-season 300 event, a holiday weekend tradition at the track. In total, six divisions will see action and 300 laps of feature racing will be recorded by night’s end.

Extra-distance feature races for the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions highlight the racing. A 100-lap SK Modified© race takes center stage plus 50-lappers for the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks. The Legends Cars and A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Trucks will race in 25-lap events. Time trials will set the lineup for each feature event, the only time all season many divisions will go against the clock to qualify.

An extra-distance win in the 100-lap SK Modified© race instantly becomes bragging rights all summer. Keith Rocco looks to maintain his lead in the championship point standings over defending division champion Ron Yuhas Jr. Additional event notes:

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Monster Energy Drink Contingency Program Joins Thompson

To all Thompson International Speedway competitors:

Thompson International Speedway is pleased to announce a new contingency program for our competitors. Monster Energy Drink has joined with the Speedway to offer a case of Monster Energy Drink to feature event winners in all six of our NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. This program will include every race event through the end of the regular season.

To qualify for this program, competitors must display the Monster Energy Drink sticker on their cars. Sticker packages will be available on Thursday, July 8th and the program will begin with the race program on that date. Sticker packages will be available at the Registration booth in the pit area and instructions will be provided regarding placement of the Monster Energy Drink sticker. The winner may pick up the case of Monster Energy Drink at the Registration booth as soon as the finish of the race is made official.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Lime Rock 100 At Lime Rock Park

Daytona Beach, FL — The inaugural appearance for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Lime Rock Park is set for this Saturday, July 3, with the Lime Rock 100 in Lakeville, Conn.

At Lime Rock Park:

• Lime Rock Park opened in 1957.
• This will be the inaugural event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the road course.
• There have been 223 NWMT races all-time in the state of Connecticut between the ovals at Thompson International Speedway (110), Stafford Motor Speedway (96) and Waterford Speedbowl (17).
• Among the NWMT drivers entered for the inaugural Lime Rock 100, three have won NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at LRP … Dale Quarterley (2001, 2003), Ted Christopher (1997), Mike Stefanik (1998).
• There have been six road course races in NWMT history, all at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International from 1996-2000.
• Christopher (1999, 2000) and Stefanik (1996, 97) combined to win four of the six NWMT races at The Glen.

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Staistical Advance: Analyzing The Firecracker 150

Daytona Beach, FL — The sixth season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour continues this weekend when the tour returns to Caraway Speedway for the Firecracker 150.

At Caraway Speedway:
• Since the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour formed in 2005, there have been 65 races in the history of the series.
• This will be the 31st NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at the track.
• The track was built in 1966 initially as a dirt track and was later paved and configured to its current size of .455-miles in length.
• The track has been owned and operated by Russell & Valastra Hackett and their family since 1977.
• A total of four drivers who have visited Victory Lane in the NWSMT races at Caraway will compete this weekend. Leading the group will be Brian Loftin, who holds the record for most wins at the track with seven.
• Burt Myers holds the career record for the most Coors Light Pole awards at the track with 11 and won the pole at Caraway earlier this year.
• Caraway Speedway will also host the tour on Aug. 28.

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NEMA Look Back at Stafford Speedway

John DeLeo, driving the Anderson Brothers #22, won NEMA’s first visit to Stafford Speedway on Sept. 13, 1953. A New Britain native, DeLeo, defeated Bill Bichteman and Bert Brooks on the fifth-mile paved oval that was inside the half-mile dirt.

CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday will mark the 33rd NEMA visit to Stafford.

“A damn fine car,” DeLeo says of the Ford V60 car owned by a Springfield, MA family that built truck bodies.

“The thing about the small tracks,” continued DeLeo, 84, “if you got into the groove, it was difficult for the others to get by you.” The well-traveled DeLeo also won that year at the quarter mile in Manchester, NH.

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