Archive for July 12th, 2010

David’s House Founder Named Grand Marshall of Ricky’s Race

Canaan, NH — Dick Cyr, President Emeritus of David’s House in Lebanon, NH. has been named Grand Marshall for the third annual 112 lap “Ricky’s Race For Kids” for open-wheel modified race cars. Cyr will drop the green flag to officially start this year’s race to be held at Canaan Fair Speedway, Saturday, July 24, featuring the return of the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValenti AutoMall.Com. Race time is 5:00 PM.

The race is held to honor the memory of Ricky Miller, a New England racing standout who died at the age of 34 from complications from a racing accident. This year, the two-day event, will again serve as a fundraiser for David’s House, in Lebanon, NH.

Last October, a total of $10,012, was raised by retired racing great Donnie “The Golden Jet” Miller, his family, and a large support base. This year the family hopes to surpass that amount.

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Modified Racing Series Heads to Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday

Oxford Plains, ME — With the second half of the season set to begin this weekend, New England based Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com, heads up Rte 95 to Oxford Plains, ME., for their fourth appearance as part of the 37th annual TD Bank Oxford 250 weekend. The open-wheel 600 horse powered modifieds will compete in the “Maine-ly Action Sports 100” lap green flag race on Saturday night, July 17.

The three previous races held at Oxford Plains were hotly contested and this year’s event promises to be the same based on the drivers planning on making the trip.

Maine drivers expected to enter the race are both popular and successful competitors with the seven year series. 2009 Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year, Jacob Dore, Sanford, a former winner at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., and 2008 Oxford winner, David Pinkham, Buxton, are ready to defend their home turf. Pinkham will drive for longtime race car owner/builder Tom Greeley, of Auburn.

Maine-Ly Action Sports 100 Event Schedule

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Tuesday Night is PASS Racing Night at Lee USA Speedway

Naples, ME — All three Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North touring divisions will be in action Tuesday night July 13th at Red and Judy MacDonald’s’ immaculate Lee (NH) USA Speedway and the competition is guaranteed to be fast paced and action packed.

The PASS Sportsman have been added to this year’s Lee USA stop, and that division will put on a 75 lap show that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The touring Sportsman will have just a few hours to get dialed in for their feature, and although many of the series regulars have made the trip to Lee in the fall for Lee’s popular Octoberfest event, they haven’t experienced the fast three-eighths in the heat of midsummer. Expect the Friday night regulars at the Route 125 oval to give the touring pros fits, although the extra distance will help to even up the score. 2009 series champ Carey Martin and Clyde Hennessey are knotted atop the PASS Sportsman point standings after two events; Mike Landry trails the pair by five.

2010 PASS North Points 
Lee USA 7/13 Entry List

Lee USA 7/13 Event Schedule

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Sunoco Modifieds Face 50-Lap Main Event on Thursday

Thompson, CT — Thompson Speedway’s Sunoco Modifieds, the track’s premier NASCAR division, will compete in their longest race of the season this Thursday night. The annual 50-lap event is, to many, the highlight of their season. Fans and competitors alike look forward to this race due to the traditional excitement that surrounds it and the incredible competition displayed weekly from these ultra-fast, open wheel racers.

Current points leader, Ted Christopher, will go into the 50-lap event with a slim 36 point advantage over Rowan Pennink. Pennink finds himself a mere 10 points ahead of third place Keith Rocco and Rocco’s advantage over 4th place Ronnie Silk is only 12 points. Woody Pitkat rounds out the top five in the current points standings and is only 100 points behind the leader.

With so much on the line for these drivers, Thursday’s race becomes a very important even. Fifty points are awarded to the winner and a bad night for anyone in the top five could seriously change the race for the track championship trophy and the points fund money that goes with the title.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Returns To New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway

The seventh race of the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on July 17 will feature a return to one of its old stomping grounds.

For the first time in two decades, the Whelen Modified Tour will return to Monadnock Speedway. The high-banked quarter-mile facility in Winchester, N.H., last played host to the Tour in 1990.

Each of the five races from 1986-90 produced different winners, including active drivers Mike Stefanik (1988) and Jamie Tomaino (1990).

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NEMA Looks Back at Waterford

Nokie Fornoro’s win at Waterford Speedbowl on Aug. 22, 1981 was his third straight win and the eighth in nine races in the Scrivani #22.

From the left, Jackie Parker, Mike Scrivani Sr., Greg Snow, Jimmy Susi and starter Frank Scambato joined Nokie in Victory Lane.

Mike Favulli and Johnny Coy chased Fornoro home. Nokie won the next three races equaling the standard for straight victories – 6 – established by Joe Csiki in 1963.

Part of club since its inception in 1953, the Speedbowl will host it 82nd NEMA race on Saturday, July 24.

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‘Coming Home’ Ovals Next For NEMA

Brockton, MA — “Going home” is the way many Northeastern Midget Association competitors feel about Seekonk Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl. There’s good reason.

The two historic ovals hosted the first two NEMA events on May 30 and 31 back in 1953. Since then over 160 NEMA features have been run at the two facilities.

“There are not a lot of secrets left at either place,” explains Greg Stoehr, one of five active drivers who have won at both tracks.

Only three days separate the action this time. NEMA makes traditional stops at Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday on July 21 and Waterford’s Nostalgia Weekend Saturday, July 24.

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Hall of Famer Gene Bergin Hospitalized

Gene Bergin, one of the initial inductees into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1998, is currently confined to the Flagler Pines nursing home following some medical issues. According to Gene’s son he is extremely depressed and is hoping cards from his many friends and fans will help cheer him up. Cards will reach Gene at: Gene Bergin, Flagler Pines, 300 South Lemon St., Bunnell, Florida 32110.

Gene Bergin was one of the most versatile drivers in New England auto racing history, having driven Modifieds, Midgets, Sprint cars, Indy cars, and Grand National cars in his career.

Bergin first started racing in the early 50’s at the Riverside Park Speedway collecting many feature event wins and the 1962 Modified track championship.

He then in 1964 moved on to the Stafford Motor Speedway winning several features on the still dirt surface driving Sharkey Gaudiosi’s #44, and also holds the distinction of being one of only two drivers to win a feature event on both the dirt and asphalt surfaces at Stafford, ( The other being Ernie Gahan).

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