Archive for August 8th, 2010

PASS set to return to Seekonk Speedway on August 14

Seekonk, MA — The Pro All Stars Series will make their second appearance to the birthplace of the Pro Stocks on Saturday, August 14th for a 150 lap event. This will mark the eighth event on the PASS North schedule.

Defending race winner Tom Scully Jr. is set to defend his crown against the best of the PASS. Johnny Clark leads the charge of the PASS contingent, as heads the North points championship over Ben Rowe by only 10 points. With several of the Seekonk regulars poised to compete against the touring group, this event may make a difference in the championship chase.

The 2009 version saw the race dominated by competitors that call the Action Track of the East home. Dave Hutchins led much of the first half of the event. He gave way to Tiverton’s Ray Parent, before he had to pit for fuel just past the halfway point. Just past the halfway point, Johnny Clark led until Scully moved past and dominated the latter portion of the event.

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Astle Takes Second Pro Stock Win

Seekonk, MA — Westport’s Fred Astle took his second Pro Stock win of the season after chasing down a surging Kevin Casper from Somerset, MA, then holding off division leader Dave Darling of Rehoboth, through the second half of the race. It was a tightening win for Astle, as he went into the evening two points behind Darling in the race for Pro Stock Supremacy. Darling led the division 445 points to 443. The win should also put him into automatic contention for this week’s 150-lap PASS Super race at Seekonk. Astle had started on the outside of the fourth row with Darling right behind him.

John Dabrowski led off from the pole. The Bridgewater, Mass driver went to the lead while third place starter Mike Brightman of Acushnet ducked under outside pole sitter Kevin Casper into second. Casper and Tom Scully, Jr. began to fight for position when Tiverton’s Michael Medeiros flew hard into the wall in turn 3.

The lap one restart had Dabrowski battling to the lead over Casper. But the latter turned the tables, moved past Dabrowski and closes the door. Brightman took third over Ryan Vanasse and Rochester’s Rob Murphy. With Brightman trying around the 12, Vanasse got underneath Brightman, and Dabrowski closed the door on them.

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Rocco finds Winner’s Circle again; Staskowski a first time Late Model winner while Stone, Bellisle and Flannery record repeat victories

Waterford, CT — An exciting round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing took place Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl, presented by The Rock 106.9 WCCC. Keith Rocco of Wallingford bested Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry for the second consecutive week to win another exciting SK Modified® feature. Hope Valley, Rhode Island racer Rich Staskowski recorded his first career win in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Al Stone III of New Haven won his third Street Stock division event of the year to keep pace in the championship standings. Louis Bellisle doubled up the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock field, winning his second consecutive race, while teenager Anthony Flannery of East Hampton won his 14th Legends Cars race this season but first since July 3rd.

Tom Abele Jr. and Joe Perry were the early pace setters for the 35-lap SK Modified® race. The first 13 laps clicked off in rapid fashion with third through fifteenth place locked in battle to advance their position. That run ended when Diego Monahan, battling within that pack, made contact with the backstretch wall and slowed in turn four to bring out the caution flag.

Abele continued to lead over Perry, Glen Pressell III, Rob Janovic Jr. and Rocco, who advanced from his starting spot deep in the field as the race reached halfway. Janovic and Rocco made their way under Pressell as the field completed lap 18. Trouble just behind the top five saw defending champion Ron Yuhas Jr. spin between turns one and two, collecting Tyler Chadwick and Kyle James to bring out the yellow.

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Rob Summers Cruises to ISMA Win at Delaware on Saturday

Delaware, Ont. – Rob Summers became the sixth different winner in the eight races run to date on the ISMA tour Saturday night at Delaware Speedway in Canada. Summers took over the Jeff Holbrook-owned 35 ride earlier this year and since then he’s been getting closer and closer to a victory. The Vernon, CT driver came to the half-mile oval on Friday after two strong second place runs at Sandusky and finished a competitive fourth following some of ISMA’s best. Saturday was his turn to be the one to follow. Starting tenth in the field, he was up to third by lap ten. A slip on lap 15 by Mike Lichty who was trying to pass leader Bob Dawson, gave Summers a shot at second and then on lap 27, he drove by Dawson in traffic going into turn two. Summers pulled away from Lichty and was on his way to victory. The win was the second in his supermodified career.

As always, Summers gave praise to his car owner and team. “The car has been on rails ever since we unloaded it this weekend. The crew did such an awesome job – Jerry, Mike, Brian Allegresso, and the whole JWJ team. They gave me one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. It was unreal – it went on the outside and inside. After I made the pass for the lead I was able to kind of just ride around out there. Again I can’t thank Jeff Holbrook enough for giving me the opportunity to drive that car.”

Mike Lichty also picked up his second podium finish of the weekend as he chased Summers to the checkers.

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