Archive for August 18th, 2010

Taylor Martin Clinches Bandolero Championship; Garbo takes first career Legends Car win

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl completed Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday’s program with a record-setting night, crowning its first division champion of the season. Taylor Martin of Windham, New Hampshire didn’t win the Bandolero race but finished third, which was good to secure the division Points Championship and make her the first female champion in the track’s 60-year history. David Garbo Jr. of Stonington won his first ever Legends Cars race by executing a late race pass. John Yagmin of Tolland won another Super X-Car feature, this time by inches after some last lap drama. Columbia driver Dan D’addario returned to the winner’s circle in the X-Cars, while the X-Modifieds rounded out the program with Waterford native Bubby Brouwer as the victor.

Troy Talman and Dana Dimatteo swapped the lead over the opening laps in the 20-lap Legends Cars race as two caution flags kept racing action to a minimum. After the early cautions, racing settled in with Garbo moving to second behind Dimatteo. Alessandro Vitelli advanced to third when the race reached halfway on lap 10. Ed Field and Talman battled for fourth with Field using the inside lane to take over that position on lap 11.

Dimatteo led through two more caution periods but Garbo applied heavy pressure over the final two laps to set up an exciting finish. Garbo looked for racing room underneath the inside of Dimatteo, ultimately finding the space needed down the backstretch on lap 18. He edged ahead over the final lap to take his first career win in the division. Dimatteo finished second ahead of Vitelli, Talman and George Whitney. Field fell back to sixth.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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NEMA’S Headliner ‘The Louie’ Looms

Brockton, MA — Three former winners including defending champion Jeff Abold will be among the entries for Northeastern Midget Association’s 14th annual Boston Louie Memorial Saturday night, Aug. 28 at Seekonk Speedway.

The event memorializes the memory of the legendary car owner Boston Louie Seymour. Hosted by the Seymour family, headed by matriarch “Miss Ellie,” the 29-lap feature has become the most coveted prize in New England Midget racing.

In addition to Abold, Russ Stoehr, who won the first “Louie” in 1997, and Randy Cabral are the other former winners. Two-time defending NEMA champion Cabral, who prevailed in 2000 and 2008, hopes to become the first three-time “Louie” winner.

The NEMA Lites are on the agenda as well. Anthony Marvuglio’s Lites win was one of 2009’s emotional highlights.

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Newman Perfect In Thunder Valley

Makes It 2-for-2 In Whelen Modified Races With Bristol Win

Bristol, TN — Ryan Newman continued his winning ways in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with a victory in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver held off a late charge from seven-time tour champion Mike Stefanik over the closing laps to secure his second win of the season. Newman also won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway driving the Modified owned by Kevin Manion.

James Civali was the top NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the annual combination race in third place overall. Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five.

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Laquerre Tops ACT Test and Tune at NHMS Day 2

Montpelier, Vermont’s Joey Laquerre topped the speed charts of day number 2 of the ACT Test and Tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Wednesday. Laquerre averaged 119 miles per hour on his fast lap of 32 seconds flat. He came up just hundredths of a second behind yesterday’s fast time set by Brian Hoar.

Turner, Maine’s Ben Rowe, Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Patrick Laperle of Montreal, Quebec were the only other competitors of the day to break into the 32.0 range.

Another 31 teams from around the Northeast and Quebec took to the Magic Mile looking to earn an invite and preparing for the second annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18. The teams received seven hours of on track time including two 12 lap simulated races. The races, much like Tuesday’s, were reminiscent of the competitiveness seen in last fall’s Inaugural ACT Invitational. Former NHMS track champion Brad Leighton claimed the win in the first race while Laquerre took the honors in the second.

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QUALIFYING: Historic Pole For Bonsignore

Rookie Earns First Career Pole, First Pole At BMS

Bristol, TN — Justin Bonsignore became the first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at Bristol Motor Speedway, and in the process also earned the first pole of his career.

Bonsignore, a rookie from Holtsville, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 14.835 seconds (129.343 mph) to earn the pole position for tonight’s UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol. The third-to-last to car to go out, Bonsignore knocked three-time 2010 pole-sitter Bobby Santos (14.842/129.282) from atop the chart, then held on as Todd Szegedy (14.839/129.308) put together a run that qualified him second.

While this is the second edition of the race with the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours, Bonsignore is the first pole winner at Bristol as qualifying was rained out in the inaugural event a year ago.

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PRACTICE: Civali Head Of The Class

Qualifying For UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Set For 2:45 p.m. 

Bristol, TN — James Civali led the way through two practice sessions Wednesday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway in advance of the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour combination race.

Civali laid down a fast lap of 14.785 seconds (129.780 mph) in the 50-minute final practice, the quickest lap of any driver in either session. The Meriden, Conn., driver also posted the fastest lap in the 110-minute first practice of the day at 14.903 (128.753).

Civali was followed on the speed chart in the first practice by Tim Brown (14.996/127.954), Chuck Hossfeld (15.013/127.809), Justin Bonsignore (15.014/127.801) and Ron Silk (15.016/127.784).

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American-Canadian Tour Test and Tune Session Day Two is Underway

Loudon, NH — The cars and stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) are back in action at “The Magic Mile” today for round two of testing for the upcoming ACT Invitational in September.

Thirty-three teams are expected to take on the 1.058-mile oval throughout the day hoping to grab a spot in the ACT Invitational on September 18. Drivers on track include last September’s ACT Invitational and K&N Pro Series East winner Eddie MacDonald, and New Hampshire’s own Brad Leighton, who has an astounding eight top-five’s and 27 top-10’s at NHMS.

“This is just a great couple of days for our teams. For veterans it is a chance to race a great facility that has been the heartbeat of stockcar racing for the past 20 years, and for our younger teams it is really a dream come true. The hard part is sorting out who gets the invites for the September race after the practice sessions end,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

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Tune-In Alert: Bristol

Don’t forget to tune in to SPEED tonight at 6 p.m. ET to see the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified & Southern Tour race live from Bristol Motor Speedway.

SPEED can be found at:
DirecTV Ch. 607 / 607 (HD)
Dish Network Ch. 150 /150 (HD)
Cable – check local listings

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Pro Four Modifieds Cancel Lee USA Date

Due to time constraints at Lee USA Speedway and the number of divisions, the race this Friday, August 20, 2010 has been CANCELLED.