Archive for August 1st, 2010

Anthony Nocella Captures NEMA Lites Victory at Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH — Victorious in the 25-lap NEMA Lites feature at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday evening was Anthony Nocella.

Outside pole-sitter and early-leader Joey Mucciacciaro survived a number of early event cautions before yielding the top-spot to Nocella, who started 8th, late in the event.

“The car was getting-better as the race went-on, but we may have needed that final restart to get-by Joey,” stated Nocella in victory lane.” I was definitely quicker, but that’s not to say that I could have got-by him. I really love this track; we’ve got running-here down pretty-well.”

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Rocco returns to SK Modified Victory Lane in exciting fashion; Paul, Hovey, Bellisle and Logan round out winners

Waterford, CT — Beautiful weather graced Speedbowl fans enjoying Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. Keith Rocco of Wallingford outdueled Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry in a thrilling SK Modified® finish while Jeff Paul of Groton captured his first career Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model checkered flag. Walt Hovey of Chaplin was a winner in the Street Stocks, with Louis Bellisle of Griswold taking the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race. Massachusetts native James Logan was the winner of the visiting Allison Legacy Series event.

The 35-lap SK Modified® race had trouble getting underway with two false starts for cars suffering mechanical woes, however when racing began Glen Pressell III used his pole starting position to take the race lead over Tom Abele. The field behind jockeyed for position with Kyle James emerging third, Rob Janovic Jr. into fourth and Rocco to fifth in the opening five laps. A gaggle of cars raced behind including Tucker Reynolds, Todd Ceravolo, Diego Monahan, Doug Coby, Tyler Chadwick and Ron Yuhas among others. That pack diced for position with Ceravolo lightning his way through to join the top five on lap 9.

Ceravolo immediately jumped outside Rocco for fifth, using the outside lane to ultimately pass by the entire top five in impressive fashion to become the new race leader on lap 14. Rocco, Janovic and Abele followed suit using the outside lane to clear Pressell once Ceravolo was out front. Caution finally slowed the action on lap 15 for a spin at the back of the field.

[Photo Gallery] by Adam Fohlin

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Russ Stoehr Monadnock Winner

Winchester, NH – “It’s the camera thing,” explained Russ Stoehr. “If you don’t see the flash in the corner, you know you’re pretty safe.”

Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) got away from an early battle with Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) and then went on to a convincing win in the 30-lap Northeastern Midget Association 30-lapper Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway. It was the second win of the season and the 42nd career win for Stoehr.

Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 36) won a long battle with Chris deRitis (deRitis 75) for the third podium spot. Early leader Jim Miller was fifth.

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Whitey Brainard Passes at 86

Curtis H. (Whitey) Brainard

Born in Hudson Falls, NY on Apr. 18, 1924
Departed on Jul. 31, 2010 and resided in Cheshire, CT.

Service: Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010
Cemetery: Oak Grove Cemetery

Curtis H. (Whitey) Brainard, 86, of Cheshire passed away on July 31, 2010. Husband of the late Jean Matthews Brainard, he is survived by sons Brian Brainard of Hamden and Jeffrey Brainard of Bristol. In additon to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Alma Smith and brothers Howard, Arthur, John, Lionel and Lester Brainard.

A son of the late Sumner and Roda Knowlton Brainard, Curtis was born in Hudson Falls, NY on April 18, 1924. A US Army Veteran of WW II, Curtis served in Company A, 90th Chemical Battalion. He drove stock cars at the West Haven Speedway in the 1940’s and 50’s, and retired in 2001 from Connecticut Stone where he had been employed as a truck driver.

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