Archive for July 17th, 2010

Seuss Becomes Eighth Different Winner With Oxford Victory

Oxford, ME — Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH., took the lead on lap 85 and went on to win the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com, feature race, Saturday night, July 17, at the Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine. An emotional Seuss dedicated his win to his friend, crewman, and car builder Jay Hull, who passed away last week.

The “Mainely Action Sports Night 100” was the first win of the year for Seuss, his fifth career win with the series, he becomes the fourth different driver to win the Oxford race and the eighth different winner in nine series races in 2010.

Seuss shared the top spot with four other drivers. Pole-sitter Jack Bateman, Canaan, NH., led the first six laps until Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME., took over the lead to the delight of the home state crowd leading through lap 13. Then fellow Maine driver David Pinkham, Buxton, showed the way from lap 14 through 42. Bateman again took command and showed he was a force to be reckoned with leading the event from lap 43 to lap 73. The long time racer had a sizeable lead when the first caution flag was displayed on lap 73.

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Christopher Captures Monadnock Checkers

Earns 36th Career Whelen Modified Tour Victory

Winchester, NH — Ted Christopher celebrated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to the high banks of Monadnock Speedway with his 36th career victory Saturday.

The win moved Christopher, the 2008 Tour champion, into sole possession of third place on the career win list. It’s Christopher’s second win of the season, which moved him past Tony Hirschman. The Plainville, Conn., driver now trails only Mike Stefanik (70 wins) and Reggie Ruggiero (44).

The win at Monadnock for Christopher also marked the 12th-different track in which he has reached Victory Lane. His previous win this year came at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on May 1.

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DeSouza, Spencer, Martin & Beaulieu pick up Seekonk Mid Season Championship honors

Seekonk, MA — Ken Spencer ended his two-season drought of Pro Stock wins in a convincing fashion after a second-lap spectacular crash halted the race for a major cleanup. The Taunton native hadn’t visited Victory Lane since a win in the 2008 season. Spencer, Rob Murphy from Rochester, MA and Westporter Rick Martin dueled for the lead throughout the feature. The trio finished the race in that order, just ahead of Ryan Vanasse and defending champ, Fred Astle. Astle’s fifth place finish juggles the leadership in points in the division at this mid-season race: Dave Darling, who nabbed the seventh spot on the night had been nursing a 1-point lead over Astle, and the 4-point differential edges Astle 3 points ahead of Darling.

At the outset, Murphy leapt off the high side of the front row, ahead of polesitter Phil Meany of Gardner, MA, getting the track to himself entering the first turn on lap 2. Meany got wide in turn one as Westport’s Dave Hutchins went to his outside. Opportunistic Spencer dived in underneath, making it 3-wide in turn 2. Coming out, the dynamics saw Meany get up into Hutchins, who was forced to the backstretch wall. The outside tires mounted the barrier amid a fury of sparks and rode the middle of the wall, tilting the car at a 45-degree angle. The pack began to scramble, but Acushnet’s Mike Brightman took a full force hit as Hutchins came down off the wall. Brightman had to be taken off on the hook and spent a great deal of time in the pits with suspension repairs. Also hauled from the track were the cars of Billy Manchester and Jeramee Lillie.

Murphy forged to the lead at the drop of the green and Spencer followed him into second. With Meany on the outside, Martin and Scully began a battle for position. Martin edged the Saunderstown, RI driver for the position. By lap 7, Murphy and Spencer were brawling over the lead with Martin patiently following for a shot at the spoils. Astle, Darling, Scully, Meany and Jake Vanada paraded behind them. Spencer had edged ahead of Murphy by the lap’s completion and wily Martin leapt at the opportunity to run to Murphy’s outside, where they battled through laps 8 and 9. Astle and Darling followed.

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Russ Wood Steals Airborne Win with Spectacular Last Lap Pass

Plattsburgh, NY – The large, enthusiastic crowd that filled Airborne Speedway Saturday night to see the ISMA winged supers race for the first time, certainly got their money’s worth. From the speeds, the qualifying heats, to the wave lap and down to the checkered flag, the fans were into it. The northern New York four-tenth’s mile oval seemed to be made for the powerful supermodifieds and it showed in the racing. “Awesome” was the by word from the drivers and fans alike at the end of the Airborne 50-lapper. It was a race to remember for sure – especially for winner Russ Wood and runner-up Justin Belfiore.

Ipswich, Mass. driver Justin Belfiore jumped to the initial lead and looked to be headed for his first win of the season until ninth-place starter Russ Wood closed in on the Belfiore 98. For the last ten laps of the race, the duo swapped the lead dicing in and out of traffic. A yellow with five to go set up a shootout, that had the crowd going wild. Lap after lap Wood tried the low side of Belfiore and was repelled. On the last lap, Wood chose the outside in one last attempt to wrest the lead from Belfiore and was able to pull alongside and by as the pair came down for the checkered much to the delight of the fans on hand. Thunderous applause greeted the veteran driver in victory lane.

Said the man who holds second place on the All-Time ISMA win list, “This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time. This was an excellent race. I loved running with Justin. My car was working really well in the beginning. In the long run it got a little tight but those couple of yellows helped me. I was cranking the brakes and got Justin there for a little while. He was covering the bottom. In the last lap I said to myself I have to try something different. I just put it on the outside. It was a little skatey but I went for it and it stuck. It was a ball out there. I love this place. I hope we come back for sure. It’s a nice facility. They run the show off quick. We’re going to be out of here at a decent time. I have no complaints about the place. It’s awesome.”

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LIVE: Whelen Mods At Monadnock

For the first time since 1990, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., for Monadnock 200.

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