Archive for July 1st, 2010

Stefanik Returns to Victory Lane at Thompson in Mod Shootout; Cabral Wins NEMA’s Rifkin Memorial; Thompson Three-Peat for Christopher at Thompson; Gentes, Monahan, Tagg & Defevers Also Score Victories

Thompson, CT — Thompson International Speedway kicked off the holiday weekend with a great night of racing. For the second week in a row, the Tour-Type Modifieds headlined an action-packed night that also included the Northeastern Midget Association and five of the regular NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. Mike Stefanik of Coventry, RI, stormed to victory lane in the Tour-Type Modified Shootout. Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA, earned the victory in a thrilling finish to the Marvin Rifchin Memorial event for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA).

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, made it three-in-a-row in Sunoco Modified action with another last lap pass for the win. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, turned in a commanding performance to win his third Late Model victory of the season. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, CT, turned it on late in the Limited Sportsman main event to score his third victory of the season. Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA, charged to his first TIS Modified win of the 2010 season and Leo Defevers of Brooklyn, CT, made it two straight in Mini Stock competition.

Veteran competitor Mike Stefanik proved his prowess on Thursday night as he scored a victory in the Tour-Type Modified Shootout over Ronnie Silk. Taking advantage of his front-row starting position, Silk worked over Stefanik to lead the first of the 40-lap event. Almost immediately, the duo stretched out their advantage over third running Steven Reed. Contact between Tom Bolles and Ted Christopher sent Christopher spinning on lap three. Bolles was sent to the rear for his involvement in the incident.

[Photo Gallery] by Adam Fohlin

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Cabral By Inches At Thompson

Thompson, CT – Randy Cabral withstood a late challenge from Russ Stoehr and won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap Marvin Rifchin Trophy race by a foot Thursday night at Thompson Speedway.

The leader since lap 15, Cabral (Bertrand #47) survived a last-lap counterattack that began in turn three and fell inches short at the line.

It was the second win of the season (and the eighth career Thompson triumph) for Cabral and a big night for Bertrand Motorsports, visiting Cole Carter claiming third. Early leader Mike Horn and his dad Jeff Horn filled the top five.

Losing his brakes (and battling heating woes) soon after taking the lead, Cabral “couldn’t enter the turns like I wanted too.” He decided “if anybody is going to get by me, it will be on the outside.”


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Erica Santos Looks for Repeat Trip to CARQUEST Victory Lane in 7th Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT –Stafford Motor Speedway welcomes the ISMA Supermodifeds, NEMA Midgets, and Pro-4 Modified cars for a night of open wheel excitement on Tuesday, July 6th for the 7th Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday. Erica Santos will return to the site of her first and thusfar only career NEMA victory and she will look to drive back to victory lane during CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday.

“I always like racing at Stafford,” said Santos. “Last year we didn’t run very well at Stafford, which was disappointing, but hopefully we can have a better run this year. It would mean a lot to me to be able to win again at Stafford. I haven’t won since [2007 CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday] and I definitely want to win again, I don’t want to have only one win in my career.”

Santos will be driving the same #44 for Ed Breault that she drove to victory in the 2007 edition of CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday, which has had two top-5 finished in three races during the 2010 season. Erica piloted the car to a third place finish at Waterford and her brother Bobby finished 5th at Lee Speedway, although Santos says the car had a small motor issue.

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Rob Summers Teaming with Holbrook Racing for CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Event at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The stars and cars of the ISMA Supermodified division return to Stafford Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 6th for the 7th
Annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday. Chris Perley has been the dominant driver at Stafford, winning 4 of the 6 CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday events, but one driver who will look to end Perley’s dominance in the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified event will be Rob Summers.


Summers was the winner of the 2007 CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday event and he comes to Stafford this season driving for owner Jeff Holbrook as a teammate to Russ Wood, the 2005 CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday winner. In the 6 previous CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday events, Summers and Wood  are the only other drivers to win at Stafford besides Perley and Summers likes his chances of having another successful night at Stafford.


“We have as good a shot as any of the top-5 guys in the division,” said Summers. “The Holbrook team is an awesome team and they have great cars. I drove their car at Waterford and it was like driving a Cadillac. Russ Wood has been racing with Jeff Holbrook for so long now, they have great notes to work with and they’re one of the best teams out there.”

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