Archive for August 30th, 2010

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.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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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, 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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