Archive for August, 2010

Dixon, Kanaan Usher in “New Breed of Speed” at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH —  A “New Breed of Speed” stormed into New Hampshire Motor Speedway Tuesday, August 31, when two of the top teams from the IZOD IndyCar Series completed the first official testing laps in preparation for next year’s return of IndyCar racing to New England.

The teams, with drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, are participating in a two-day Firestone Tire Tests. The test wraps up Wednesday.

In just a little less than a year, the IZOD IndyCar Series will race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 14, 2011.

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TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com and NHMS Partner Up for the Camping World Truck Series Race on Sept. 18

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that The Charity Splits Company, of Joliet Ill., will sponsor TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 18.

Charity Splits has been established in motorsports by benefitting multiple NASCAR Charities and Foundations including: The Tony Stewart Foundation, Victory Junction, The Petty Family Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, The Ryan Newman Foundation, The Dale Jarrett Foundation, and The Kyle Busch Foundation.

This new and innovative model for charitable fundraising is a win-win for NASCAR enthusiasts. Not only do fans have the opportunity to support their favorite drivers’ foundations, but this fall, they will also have the chance to get a big win for themselves, a brand new Camping World RV courtesy of Camping World of New Hampshire.

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Speedbowl’s final Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday of 2010 on Tap

Waterford, CT — With summer season winding down and kids headed back to school, there is still unfinished business to take care of at Waterford Speedbowl. The track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program celebrated its 10th season in 2010 and has staged fabulous weekly battles, great racing and quickly paced events all summer long. The final night of competition in the popular mid-week series takes place this Wednesday evening. While two champions have already been crowned, three more will be settled Wednesday.

In the Super X-Car division, Ledyard’s Charles Beal and Quaker Hill driver Mike Maskell are fighting for the championship. Beal holds a 17-point advantage headed into the final race, meaning a seventh place finish or better will wrap things up regardless of what Maskell is able to accomplish in the final race event.

Maskell needs to finish nine positions ahead of Beal on the track to claim the title or, if he’s able to pull out his first win of the season, the difference would be cut to seven positions better than Beal. Beal holds the tie-breaker if the pair finishes with the same point total. Both drivers are seeking their first championship.

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The PASS 400 Weekend is Just Around the Corner

Naples ME —  While the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) super late model race teams are prepping for the return of oval track racing to North Wilkesboro (NC) Speedway this weekend, there’ another big weekend of racing on the horizon when the PASS Super Late Models, Mods and Sportsman take to another history-laden venue in the form of Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on September 11 and 12.

It’s the sixth edition of PASS 400 weekend, a four day motorsports extravaganza that’s become a must attend event for racers and race fans from all over the eastern seaboard. It’s the longest race of the season for all three PASS North touring series, and there’s track time for almost every circle track division one can find in northern New England.

There’ll be a full field of super late models on hand to try and break the Rowe stranglehold on the 300 lap grind. Mike and Ben Rowe finished 1-2 in the inaugural PASS 300 and Ben earned the victory in 2006. Ben’s dad was back in victory lane in 2007 but Johnny Clark broke the Rowe win skein in 2008. Mike Rowe came back in 2009 to score his third PASS 300.

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Astle Wins, Gains Breathing Room in Championship Race

Seekonk, MA — Flyin’ Fred Astle was living like his nickname, Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway. The Pro Stock multi- champ from Westport stormed his way to the front of the Phil’s Propane 75-lap race by lap 10 and refused to relinquish the top spot all the way to the checkered flag. It was a new jewel in Astle’s crown, as he had not yet won a 75-lap race at the Cement Palace.

The win also granted him breathing room over his nemesis this season, David Darling of Rehoboth. The duo entered the evening just one point apart in the standings and had see-sawed the lead over the past few weeks. Astle held two victories while his antagonist had nabbed three. Darling’s eleventh place finish, exacerbated by losing a tire on-track due to body metal rubbing the right front, will allow Astle some breathing room with three races remaining, but not much.

E for Effort honors on the evening go to Berkley, MA hot shoe Jake Vanada who came up to seriously hound Astle throughout the latter stages of the event. Vanada, who has seen a win on the year, has suffered a yin-yang series of fortunes with mechanical problems on his Pro Stock. It was running like a clock on the evening and Vanada was taking full advantage of his fortune.

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Series Title Run Turns into Four Way Battle for Waterford Saturday

Waterford, CT. – With only five races remaining on the 2010 schedule, the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.com, returns to the Waterford, CT., Speedbowl Saturday night, September 4, with one of the hottest battles for the series championship in the seven year existence of the tour.

Engine issues for the point leader, an off night for the series defending champion, a dedicated car-owner and hard working pit crew, a well deserved win fought by one of the series young stars, last week at Thompson, CT., has created a log jam at the top of the standings.

Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., suffered engine problems during practice at Thompson forcing the point leader and former series champion out of the event. Jon McKennedy, East Chelmsford, MA., second in the standings, was off the mark and involved in a late race incident resulting in a 24th place finish, leaving him in a first place tie with Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT.

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Andy Seuss Gains Maximum Points in NASCAR WSMT Title Fight by Winning at Caraway Speedway

New Hampshire Driver Leads Every Lap in Race to Be Televised This Week

Hampstead, NH — There’s no real secret formula or shortcut when it comes to trying to win a championship. If you need to gain points, the best way to do that is to just work hard and win everything in sight.

So as Andy Seuss chases the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship, he did exactly what he needed to do on Saturday night at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina. Driving the #47 Q Racing Oil/Rockingham Boat Modified fielded by Riggs Racing, Seuss set fast time, led every lap of the race and won the event.

“We are going to have to go all out to win this championship,” said Seuss. “All that we are concerned about is going after the best result that we are capable of and the rest will take care of itself. That’s what we did on Saturday night and that’s what we are trying to do in the last three races of the year.”

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Changes Made to Late Model Order of Finish from August 27th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Following post race technical inspection from the August 27th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following change has been made to the official Late Model order of finish.

Unofficial Late Model second place finisher Scott Cook was penalized for a rules infraction. Cook’s car exceeded the maximum allowable left side weight percentage and he was penalized from his finishing position of 2nd place to the last place finishing position of 22nd. Cook’s car was found to measure out to 55.33% left side weight, or 9.9 pounds over the allowable limit.

There was also a change made to unofficial third place finisher Michael Bennett in the Late Model feature. Due to overaggressive driving and contact with Tom Fearn on the final lap of the race, Bennett was penalized back to the 8th place finishing position, one position behind Fearn in the finishing order.

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Fast Laps and Open Wheels Return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Tuesday’s IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone Tire Test Free for Fans

Loudon, NH — Preparation for next year’s return of the IZOD IndyCar Series begins in earnest tomorrow as two top teams and drivers participate in a Firestone Tire Test Session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Popular IZOD IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan will be driving his Andretti Autosport No. 11 7-Eleven Slurpee Honda. Kannan has a total of 13 career IndyCar Series wins and 10 IndyCar Series poles. He also was the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion.

Scott Dixon will also be taking on “The Magic Mile,” piloting the No. 9 Target Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. The two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner has an impressive total of 22 wins and 17 poles.

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News & Notes: Championship Race Tightens

Top Southern Modified Tour contenders head to Langley

For the third consecutive race, there has been a change atop the leaderboard for the points championship.

After suffering a blown motor at Bristol Motor Speedway, L.W. Miller (No. 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac) rebounded to take the lead after finishing second to Andy Seuss this past Saturday at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

James Civali (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water Dodge) finished with a solid top-10 run, but still fell to third when a new name surfaced in the battle for the top spot in the overall points standings.

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Johnny Benson at Seekonk for Racing Against Cancer

Seekonk, MA — Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment, Inc. and Seekonk Speedway, jointly announce an early entry for” Racing Against Breast Cancer” on October 2nd, at the famous 1/3 mile Bay State oval. 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, Johnny Benson Jr, will join the cars and stars of ISMA in a 100 lap Super Modified Race. Johnny will be piloting the # 74 Brad Lichty of Ayr Ontario, Canada owned, Patco Transportation, sponsored Super Modified.

“I have never seen Seekonk Speedway, but I am aware of its rich racing history. Many of the ISMA teams tell me it is one of their favorite tracks. I am exited about competing at the famed “Cement Palace”, which should be a lot of fun while supporting a great cause in the fight against Breast Cancer”, said Benson from his race shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Labor Day weekend brings ISMA to the Oswego Speedway in Oswego, New York to compete in the 17th Budlight ISMA Super National 50, as part of the 2010 International Classic Weekend. This event is the 3rd of three pre-qualifier races for the “Racing Against Breast Cancer” Race, with the winner receiving a guaranteed starting position. Chris Perley #11, and Joey Scanlon #88, are guaranteed starters as a result of the races at Lee USA Speedway, and the Waterford Speedbowl.

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ACT Announces First Invitees to NHMS Invitational II

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the first group of invitees to the second annual ACT Invitational to be held Saturday, September 18, 2010. The region’s greatest triple header of the year at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the ACT Invitational joining the NASCAR Whelen Modified division and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in an event with added laps and additional teams for the 2010 version.

“The second ACT Invitational is one of the most anticipated events of the year for short track teams from throughout New England and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. We had two great days of testing this month, with over 70 teams spending two days at the ‘Magic Mile’. Now the hard part of determining who will make up the 43-team roster begins. This first group is mostly made up of those that have gotten invited by winning races in 2010 or a few ‘at large’ bids for those that are having outstanding seasons and have been supporters of ACT racing,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

The following is a list of the first 20 teams that have been invited to participate in the second ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18, 2010. The additional 23 teams will be announced on Tuesday, September 06, 2010 and the final few on Monday, September 13, 2010:

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Tour-Type Modifieds Kick Off the Holiday Weekend at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The Labor Day weekend begins this Thursday when the Tour-Type Modifieds return for the third of four appearances this season at the Thompson International Speedway. These popular events attract many of the top Modified drivers in the northeast for the 40-lap shoot out that pays $2500.00 to win.

The Tour-Type Modifieds had four races scheduled at Thompson this season. Two very competitive events have captured the race fans with the high speed, wheel-to-wheel racing action. Ronnie Silk, a driver who has realized considerable success at Thompson in the past couple of years, won the first 40-lap shoot out. He was followed across the finish line by Ted Christopher, Louie Mechalides , Steven Reed and Keith Rocco.

When the Tour-Type Modifieds returned for round two, it was seven time NASCAR Modified Tour champion, Mike Stefanik who claimed the win. Silk tried to make it two in a row, but Stefanik was just too strong for Silk to overcome. Silk had to settle for second with Reed, Mechalides and Tom Bolles crossing the finish line behind him.

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Yagmin, Navin & Lawhead Among Waterford Speedbowl Sun. Night Winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was in action Sunday evening hosting a night of Old School Enduros, Burnout Contest and Motorcycle Stunt man Luke Duke Emmons. The winner of each Enduro pocketed $1,000 for their efforts.

John Yagmin of Tolland won the 100-lap 8-cylinder Enduro, first outdueling James Consalvo of East Hartford then held on to top Danny Figueiredo of Wethersfield over the final laps. Consalvo was a factor for much of the event, racing Yagmin for the lead over a lengthy portion of the race.

Consalvo dropped off the pace at a lap 85 red flag however, leaving a shootout between Yagmin and Figueiredo. Yagmin’s margin of victory was just five car lengths at the conclusion.

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Rebroadcast from Boston Louie Memorial Classic at Seekonk Available

Boston, MA — The action picked up on Saturday, August 28, 2010 when the winged wonders, the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites, hosted the 14th Annual Boston Louie Memorial Classic event at the Seekonk Speedway.

NEMA announcer Peter Falconi called the NEMA Midgets and the NEMA Lites racing action from flag to flag, as well as, providing post race victory lane celebrations. KC & Brian Hanaford produced the re-broadcast of this event from their Boston studios.

A slim 22 points separate leader Randy Cabral and Russ Stoehr as the Northeastern Midget Association makes ready for the coveted Boston Louie Memorial Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway.

Boston Louie Broadcast

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Earl Curtin III and Christine Cavallaro pick up career firsts. Taylor Therrien and Dave Hutchins Jr repeat

Seekonk, MA — On Friday, August 27, Earl Curtin III used the high line to pick up his first career Pure Stock Victory. Earl started eleventh in the 23 car field, and was able to use the high and low lanes to find himself up front. Curtin crossed into the top five on lap eleven, and into second with six laps remaining. A timely caution for Earl came out on lap 20, when Melissa Charette lost what was an eighth place run. Bill Chouinard was leading the race, and did all he could to hold off the rookie, but was they races wheel to wheel over the last five laps, Curtin was just a touch stronger. As the duo battled off turn four, they both slid high, and Curtin touched the outside wall with his right rear bumper cover. But it was not enough to slow his momentum, and he went on to edge the former champion by .018 at the finish line.

Outside pole sitter Jeremy Lambert followed Melissa Charette for the first eight circuits, but moved out front on lap nine. The Westport native was looking for his first win before Chouinard snuck in and took over the lead on the twelfth circuit. Lambert was able to get back out front for the next few laps as they swapped the lead back and forth several times. A caution on lap 16 paired them back up, and Chouinard held off Lambert and led until the final three laps.

Melissa Charette led the first eight laps. The Taunton native tried to hang out up front, but slid back through the top ten. She was sitting eights when she spun on lap 20. She was able to work her way back to sixteenth at the final rundown.

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Chadwick goes back-to-back in SK Mods; Thomas, Stone and Cassidy back in Victory Lane

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl returned to action on Saturday with another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Night of Electricity, presented by Electrical Contractors Incorporated. Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard won his second consecutive SK Modified® race and third on the season. Groton’s Bruce Thomas Jr. and Lisbon’s Ken Cassidy Jr. won their third races of the year in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock divisions. Al Stone of New Haven rounded out the winners by taking his third consecutive Street Stock win, his fifth overall on the year.

Doug Coby raced to the lead on the initial lap of the 35-lap SK Modified® feature race coming from his second starting position. Joe Perry settled into second ahead of Joe Gada, Todd Ceravolo and Chadwick over the race’s opening circuits. The field quickly singled out and clicked off the early laps.

Just outside the top five, Tucker Reynolds Jr. challenged and took sixth position from Jeff Pearl on lap 12. The leaders began jostling for position, first with Chadwick finding his way around Ceravolo to fourth. Moments later, Gada slipped inside Perry for second and brought Chadwick and Ceravolo both by Perry on lap 13. That action was slowed when point leader Keith Rocco spun in turn four while battling in the back half of the top ten. Rocco, Pearl and defending champion Ron Yuhas Jr. were among those headed pit-side for adjustments during the caution.

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Flannery takes 50-lap Legends National Qualifier

Anthony Flannery of East Hampton, CT won Saturday’s 50-lap Raceceiver National Legends Tour event at Waterford Speedbowl, his seventeenth win at the track in 2010. With the win, Flannery, the track’s Wednesday series track champion, earned an automatic berth in the Legends Nationals at Langley Speedway October 7th-9th.

After the race Flannery felt a great relief. “It takes a lot of pressure off qualifying (at Langley for the Nationals). It will give me time to focus practicing my car, to dial it in for the feature. We look forward to going down and representing Waterford Speedbowl the best we can”.

The race began with David Garbo Jr. before caution on lap 2 saw Joey Mucciacciaro spin in turn two to bring out the first caution flag.

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Abold, Nocella Dominate at “The Louie”

Seekonk, MA – Jeff Abold became the first back-to-back Boston Louie Memorial winner Saturday night, dominating the 14th running of the Northeastern Midget Association’s headliner at Seekonk Speedway.

Coming from the 14th starting spot after setting fast time (11.071), Abold (Seymour 4) needed only 10 laps to take the lead from Anthony Marvuglio. Only a late restart and brief challenge from point leader Randy Cabral slowed the run.

It was a complete sweep for the sponsoring Seymour family, Anthony Nocella (Seymour 29) coming from ninth to win the NEMA Lites feature. Nocella also withstood a late restart threat before besting Andy Barrows (Barrows 81) and Randy Cabral (Scally 4).

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#4 – Jeff Abold

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Jimmy Weller Breaks Through at SoBo for First PASS South Victory

Naples, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South fans that have followed the series’ super late model cars and stars over the past two seasons saw a racer come into his own Saturday night at South Boston (VA) Speedway when Jimmy Weller scored his first PASS super late model victory in the PASS SoBo 150

Weller has made big strides all season long and he was able to seal the deal by surviving a lap 135 restart alongside teammate Ryan Blaney. Veteran Jay Fogleman rounded out the podium with his third place run.

Blaney’s runner up finish was enough to move him atop the championship point standings after Preston Peltier, who entered the night as the point leader, struggled his way to a tenth place finish after getting caught up in an incident around the event’s half way point.

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Laperle Dominates Showdown at Chaudiere

U.S. Team Takes Team Bonus

St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle dominated the third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, August 28. The special all-star race featured 12 of the top drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge against 12 of the top drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour.

Laperle started on the pole position after earning a +5 handicap in ACT’s plus-minus handicap system. The U.S. team earned the outside pole thanks to six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont, who would lead the first 32 laps. Laperle would take the lead from Hoar on a lap 32 restart and would proceed to lap all but the top three while leading the last 167 laps.

Fellow Quebecer Donald Theetge earned the runner-up position after battling the majority of the event with Hoar. Hoar would earn third while Groveton, New Hampshire’s Randy Potter finished fourth after going down a lap with under 10 laps remaining. ACT Late Model Tour Rookie Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine completed the top five.

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Seuss Goes Flag-To-Flag for Caraway Win

Takes second win this season at Caraway by leading every lap

Asheboro, NC — For the second time this season Andy Seuss led flag-to-flag in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition at Caraway Speedway – this time winning the Triad Commercial Property Services 150 on Saturday night.

Seuss held off numerous challenges from L.W. Miller, who he also had to fend off in similar fashion for his win in March, to take his eighth career tour win and third tour victory at the .455-mile track in Asheboro, N.C.

A late-race caution following contact between the two leaders, led to the race distance being extended for a green-white-checkered finish.

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QUALIFYING: Seuss Wins Pole At Caraway

Series veteran records first pole of 2010, third of his career

Asheboro, NC — Andy Seuss had a little divine intervention in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying at Caraway Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Seuss had tour chaplain Kyle Frosman draw his number in qualifying draw for the Triad Commercial Property Services 150. Seuss went out fourth and put down a fast-lap of 15.880 seconds (103.149 mph) around the .455-mile oval, where last year he scored one of his two career poles.

L.W. Miller was second fastest, with a lap of 15.926 seconds (102.851 mph). Brian Loftin was third, followed by Frank Fleming and Jason Myers.
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PRACTICE: Civali Paces Practice At Caraway

Asheboro, NC — James Civali likes being out front, even in practice. Civali piloted his No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water Pontiac to the front of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified field in a rain-interrupted practice Saturday afternoon at Caraway Speedway for the running of the Triad Commercial Property Services 150.

Civali finished with a fast time of 16.056 seconds (102.018 mph) just 1/100 of a second faster than Tim Brown, who finished with a time of 16.063 seconds in his No. 02 T&C Motorsports Chevrolet. Defending series champion George Brunnhoelzl III, who won three times last season at Caraway Speedway, was third fastest – with Andy Seuss and Johnny Kievman completing the top five.

Civali enters this weekend as the leader in the championship standings, with slim five-point lead over L.W. Miller (974-969).

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Christopher, Pitkat, Barrett, Yardley & Casagrande Score Aug. 27th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway was back in action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Friday night, August 27th. Ted Christopher scored his first victory of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Woody Pitkat took advantage of a green white checkered restart to nail down his sixth victory of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. scored his eighth win of 2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dave Yardley won his second feature of 2010 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Cory Casagrande matched his brother Kyle as a three-time winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Jeff Malave took the lead at the green and set the early pace ahead of Sean Foster, Curt Brainard, Dan Avery, and Jeff Baral. Christopher Jones found the turn 3 wall to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Malave took the lead back under green with Foster in second. Brainard was third, but he washed up the track on lap-7 and lost a host of positions. Baral was now third with Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece behind him. Christopher moved into third on lap-8 and he brought Preece with him by Baral to drop him back to fifth place. Christopher continued his march to the front by taking second place from Foster on lap-13.

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Working Through Some Things

Life, like racing is full of ups and downs. Some times it feels like we are on a roller coaster and we just want the ride to stop. We are looking for that one thing that will satisfy us, make our life complete, but is always eludes our grasp. There is a solution to filling that need for satisfaction and fulfillment. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

You head to the track full of anticipation. You worked all week on the car and you know it is right. Your expectation is for a great race and a win. You unload and your practice times are among the fastest. Your excitement builds. You qualify on the pole and take the green flag first. Then it happens, they call it racing. It is the reason we run the race. You make a mistake in judgment and your night ends, up against the wall. From the penthouse to the outhouse, what a ride.

I have sat with many drivers and listened, sometimes to silence, disbelief. “It just doesn’t make sense, we were so good tonight, we should have won this race.” You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again, racing isn’t always fair, the fastest car doesn’t always win. How do we deal with the disappointment? How do we deal with our shortcomings?

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Pennink Tops Christopher at Thompson MRS Event

Thompson CT — Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., passed race leader Bobby Santos III, Franklin, MA., on lap 56 to go on and win the 75-lap modified feature race at the Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, CT Thursday night. The race was sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValentiAutomall.com. The win was Pennink’s second this season and his third career victory.

Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI. jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag leading 30 of the first 31 laps. Santos took command leading laps 32 thru 55 when he was passed by a hard charging Pennink. Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT., became a factor applying late race pressure to Pennink before settling for second. Santos III was third followed by Eric Goodale, Wading River, NY., with Les Hinckley III, Windsor Locks, CT., finishing fifth.

Sixth thru tenth was Steve Masse Bellingham, MA., Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., Ken Barry, Preston, CT., Jeff Malave, Manchester, CT., Jimmy Kuhn, Bridgewater, MA.

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#25 -Rowan Pennink

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Christopher Reigns Supreme at Thompson; O’Sullivan, Coury, Arena, Studley, & Gorgieveski Score Victories

Thompson, CT — The Thompson International Speedway played host to the Modified Racing Series for the second time in 2010. In the end it was “one of their” own standing in victory lane with Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, PA, scoring his third Modified Racing Series victory. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, earned his ninth Sunoco Modified feature event of the season. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, bested a strong field to post the victory in the Super Late Models.

Wayne Coury, Sr. of Milford, CT, celebrated with a win in the Late Models. Joe Arena of Bristol, CT, earned a hard-fought victory in the Limited Sportsman division. John Studley of Framingham, MA, streaked to consecutive victories in the TIS Modifieds. It was a night banner night for Mike Gorgieveski of Auburn, MA, who scored his first career victory in the Mini Stocks.

Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, NY, who has called Thompson International Speedway home for the last few seasons competing in the NASCAR All American Series Weekly, claimed the victory in Modified Racing Series 75. Mike Stefanik showed the way in the early going before relinquishing the lead to Bobby Santos III. Stefanik would retire from the event two laps shy of halfway.

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#25 -Rowan Pennink

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Excitement Building for Modified Racing Series Debut at Stafford Speedway with Shark Cycle 100

Stafford Springs, CT — With the Modified Racing Series making its debut appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 10th, it is in the midst of its most competitive season with 10 different winners in 12 races and a tight points race. There was a palpable buzz in the air when the Stafford race was announced back in December and the buzz has picked up steam as the race approaches with such an exciting points race and the number of different feature winners.

“Everyone is looking forward to coming to Stafford,” said Modified Racing Series President Jack Bateman. “I think that most of our racers are unfamiliar with Stafford, which usually makes for an interesting race. Stafford is the jewel of modified racing and we’re all looking forward to being able to race there. We are expecting to have about 32-36 cars when we come to Stafford, and we are going to start 28 cars for the feature.”

Dwight Jarvis currently leads defending Modified Racing Series champion Jon McKennedy by a mere 5 points with Les Hinckley sitting in third place, 39 points behind Jarvis. The truly amazing part of the 2010 championship fight is that Jarvis is leading the points after missing the series’ opening race in Waterford at the end of April. Jarvis has been consistently good this season, winning the series’ second race of the year at Monadnock while earning 3 second place and 2 third place finishes to go along with his victory. With the exception of an 18th place finish at Oxford Plains in July, Jarvis has finished in the top-10 every time he has taken to the track this season, while McKennedy and Hinckley have both experienced several hiccups as they try to maintain pace with Jarvis in the race for the championship. The series has had 10 different winners in 12 races this season, with only Hinckley and Steven Masse able to record multiple feature victories.

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