Archive for August, 2010

September Series Closes Out Friday Night NASCAR Racing at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — As the summer season begins to give way to the autumn season, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Motor Speedway heads into its final month of Friday night NASCAR racing before the season ending CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. The CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 1st through Oct. 3rd and the “September Series”, Stafford’s three Friday night events in September, give competitors one final chance to position themselves either into championship contention, or to move up a spot or two in the points standings before the 2010 season comes to an end.

The tightest points race of the season at Stafford is in the Limited Late Model division. Last year’s top-2 finishers, Andrew Durand and Dan Flannery, are once again dueling for the track championship. Flannery has enjoyed a career season with five wins and he has led the points standings for much of the 2010 season after a poor Spring Sizzler left him playing catch up for the first few races of the year. But Durand, the defending Ltd. Late Model track champion, has been the most consistent driver in the division. Durand has yet to finish lower than ninth this season and he has also scored two wins, one of which came in last week’s double feature event and he moved ahead of Flannery in the standings for the first time since early in the season. Also in contention is Dave Yardley, III, who captured his first career victory this season and former track champion Kevin Gambacorta, who has two wins to his credit this season.

Stafford’s premier division, the SK Modifieds®, has been the Keith Rocco show this year. Rocco won the season opening Spring Sizzler and he has won 8 more times for a grand total of 9 victories this season. Rocco has been atop the SK Modified® standings all season long and he appears headed to his second career track championship at Stafford. The hottest driver in the division over the past 6 races has been Frank Ruocco. Ruocco ended Rocco’s 4-race winning streak on July 9th and he has scored 5 podium finishes out of his last six events to catapault himself from outside to the top-10 in points into fourth position behind Woody Pitkat and Ted Christopher. Speaking of Christopher, he has yet to win an SK Modified® feature this season. Should Christopher remain winless, it would be the first time since the 1985 season that Christopher hasn’t won at least one SK Modified® feature event at Stafford.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Triad Commercial Property Services 150

Daytona Beach, FL — The sixth season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour continues this weekend when the tour returns to Caraway Speedway for the Triad Commercial Property Services  150.

Caraway Speedway Data
Race: #7 of 10 (8-28-10)
Track Layout: .455-mile oval
Banking: semi-banked paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps/68.25 miles

Qualifying/Race Data
2009 pole winner: George Brunnhoelzl
2009 race winner: Brian Loftin (76.000 mph, 54:00)
Track qualifying record: George Brunnhoelzl III (102.844 mph, 15.752 seconds, 4/11/09)
Track race record (150 L): Tim Brown (90.977 mph, 44:31 min., 9-9-06)

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Flannery wins race and Wednesday Legends Cars Championship; Sowa, Potter and Williams others in Victory Lane

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl crowned another champion of its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program and saw two championship battles tighten up headed into the final week of competition next Wednesday. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton merely had to start the Legends Cars race to cinch up the division championship but won it in style by executing a thrilling final corner pass to win the event. Hometown driver Al Potter scored a popular win in the Super X-Cars, his first of the year. Patrick Williams of Middletown took the X-Car race. The championship battle tightened in the Super X-Car and X-Car divisions after the night’s racing was complete. Nicholas Sowa of Middletown won his fourth Bandolero race of the year and third in four weeks. Taylor-Marie Moran of Preston and Kim Parker of Niantic split the two Women on Wheels races.

An exciting 20-lap Legends Car race started out rough, as multiple cautions and a red flag slowed the action over the opening circuits. Through that exchange the top five cars changed hands when multiple leaders were involved in the early turmoil.

Jason Palmer took over the lead when racing went green on lap 2, using the outside lane to get around Dennis Pantani. Nick Ladyga also got around Pantani for second, with Flannery riding in fourth. The order remained that way through lap 9 when yellow was back out for Johnnie Gloor who spun in three.

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NETS Trucks Participate at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

The New England Truck Series (NETS) and Albany-Saratoga Speedway have announced earlier this season that the two parties have reached an agreement to bring the New England based touring series trucks to the famed New York oval.

On Friday, August 27, the stars of NETS will take to the 4/10-mile oval as part of their regular scheduled racing adding in the pro-stock division.

“This is a great opportunity for our Series,” Lorraine Pard, NETS Series Director said. We were disappointed that we were rained out in April, so it is great to be able to find a date that worked out for both parties. I know that many of our drivers are looking forwarding to competing on the asphalt at Albany-Saratoga. I know I am!”
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Spotlight On: Myers Adds to Family Legacy with Fourth Bowman Gray Title

Whelen Southern Mod Tour regular wraps up weekly series crown

Burt Myers extended the heritage of the single most-enduring family name in competition at NASCAR’s longest-running short track with his fourth career track championship there.

Myers, 34, of Walnut Cove, N.C., won the 2010 Bill Plemmons RV World Modified Division track championship at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday night, August 21.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series title capped a busy four-race week for Myers, and he said that all the racing helped him cope with any anxieties he might have felt about last weekend’s final race of his track championship chase.

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“The Magic Mile” Helps Bring a Magical End to Summer for Local Day Care

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway lent a helping hand to A Little Folks School in Manchester with a $500 onation after the school had been broken into and robbed.

The opening teacher arrived yesterday morning to find the day care on Goffs Falls Road had been vandalized. Locked cabinets had been broken, money stolen, and games children were allowed to bring during the summer months were taken.

“Much of the money taken was for the children’s field trips to McDonalds, Livingston Park, Chucky Cheese, and an ice cream outing to celebrate school starting,” said Judy Patriquin Director of A little Folks School. “The vandals also broke into the cabinet with Nintendo DS games which are pretty expensive,” she said.

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SYLVANIA offers up a High-Octane Ultimate VIP Experience

Loudon, NH — A NASCAR fan’s dream could come true during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 19 by winning the SYLVANIA Ultimate VIP Experience .

For the true NASCAR fan, this opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance to experience exclusive access and the glamour of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Sunday morning. One lucky fan will spend the day like a NASCAR star, arriving with their guest at the Speedway in a helicopter landing feet from “The Magic Mile.”

The winner and guest will then enjoy the high-octane experience of NASCAR in New England by touring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage and rubbing elbows with some of NASCAR’s top racing personalities during the exclusive drivers’ meeting.

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Keith Rocco Returns to Thompson on Thursday

Newly crowned national champ Keith Rocco returns to Thompson this week to compete in both the Sunoco Modified and the Modified Racing Series events.

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Tune-In Alert: Thompson

Don’t forget to tune in to the Budweiser King of Beers 150 (Aug. 12) NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race from Thompson International Speedway tonight on VERSUS at 7 p.m.

VERSUS can be found at:
DirecTV Ch. 603 / 603 HD
Dish Network Ch. 151 / 151 HD
Cable – check local listings

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

Hinckley Looks to Sweep at Thompson, Large Field Expected

Thompson, CT – – 13 time winner Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT., fresh off a strong second place finish last weekend at Seekonk, MA, Speedway, leads the list  of 32 pre-registered drivers for Thursday nights return engagement by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti, at Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, CT. Hinckley won the series race in June, his first ever win at the famed speedway.

Hinckley, an early leader in the point standings for the series championship, has overcome some recent tough luck to stay within striking distance of point leaders Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., and Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA. Hinckley is 39 points from first place. Only five points separate Jarvis and McKennedy.

“Hopefully we turned it around. At Waterford, we hurt the motor, needed a new clip. It was discouraging. Our guys worked very hard. Seekonk was a shot in the arm. We’ll go to Thompson and keep our chin up,” said the second-generation driver.

Thompson Schedule

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Crew Profile: Scott Widener

In the NASCAR world, a crew member is the backbone of any team that helps a driver achieve success on the track. Often times the person leading the way behind the scenes is the crew chief. In the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, the crew chief is the person that works tirelessly behind the scenes to help his driver and team become winners.

This week’s profile features Scott Widener, crew chief of the No. 1 Capital Bank/Patterson’s Brand Foods Ford driven by Burt Myers

Scott Widener

AGE: 39
HOMETOWN: Kernersville, N.C.
CHILDREN: Colton, Camile
TEAM: Philip Smith Motorsports
DRIVER: Burt Myers
AT-TRACK JOB: Crew chief, tire changer

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Allard and Hoar Lead Teams into “Showdown at Chaudiere”

Over $35,000 Up For Grabs

The third annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec will feature 12 drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge versus 12 drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour this Saturday, August 28. The 24 car field will battle for a purse of over $35,000 including a $500 per driver bonus for the winning team and $5,000 to the winner.

The Canadian team will be led by current point leader Karl Allard of St-Felicien, Quebec who has won five Série ACT Castrol Edge features already in 2010 including two 150 lap events at Autodrome Chaudiere. He will be joined by the 2008 Showdown winner Patrick Laperle, Jean-François Déry, rookie Jimmy Cormier, Gaëtan Lauzier, rookie Alex Labbe, Claude Leclerc, Jonathan Desbiens, Patrick Cliche, Jacques Poulin, Patrick Hamel and 2009 Série ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge.

Six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont will lead the American-based team. The current point leader has three wins this season including a victory in the combination Série ACT Castrol Edge and ACT Late Model Tour Riverside Can-Am at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, Quebec. The remainder of the US team includes Vermonter’s Joey Becker, defending Showdown Champion Brent Dragon, Joey Laquerre, Pete Potvin, Nick Sweet, and Chip Grenier, as well as New Hampshire natives Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Randy Potter, and Maine drivers Brad Babb, Austin Theriault, and TJ Watson.

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Seekonk Hosting NEMA’s “Louie”

Brockton, MA — 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.

The battle includes car owners Tim Bertrand and the Dumo’s Desire team. Cabral and Stoehr are both “Louie” winners, Cabral looking to become the first to collect three triumphs.

Jeff Abold, slated to drive the Seymour #4, will be the “defending champ” in the 14th running of the 29-lap event. “The Louie,” which honors the memory of heralded owner Boston Louie Seymour, is NEMA’s most coveted trophy.

A large field is expected for the 29-lap NEMA Lites test as well.

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NASCAR Takes Action Against Thompson Speedway Competitors

Thompson, CT — The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has imposed an indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition on four drivers following an incident on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Thompson International Speedway. NASCAR is the sanctioning body for races at Thompson and NASCAR officials are in charge of the competition at the speedway. The official penalty notice from NASCAR cited the drivers for “Actions detrimental to stock car racing.”

Race drivers Fred Michalski of Dayville, CT, Scott and Trevor Michalski of South Killingly, CT and Scott Jassaume of Danielson, CT all received the same penalty from NASCAR. In addition, the Speedway has informed these drivers and Ruth Michalski of South Killingly, CT that they are no longer welcome on the property in and around the race track.

“We feel the actions taken by NASCAR are appropriate considering the seriousness of the incident in our pit area last Thursday. We can not and will not tolerate that kind of behavior by anyone. We believe that these actions are in the best interest of the Speedway, its fans and competitors”, Said track owner, Don Hoenig.

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Busy week ahead at ‘Bowl

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl continues a blockbuster month by closing out August with a busy week of events. The shoreline oval will be in action four out of five days this week, highlighted by a Raceceiver National Legends Tour race as part of Saturday’s race program and ‘Old School Enduro’ racing on Sunday with $1,000 payouts to the winners.

The week begins with the 10th season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday winding down. Just two more events remain in that series, starting with this Wednesday’s event. Twelve-year old Taylor Martin has already claimed the Bandolero points title, and sixteen-year old Anthony Flannery has the Legends Cars championship on his radar. The other division point battles remain tight with every position counting from this point forward. As always, youth are admitted free on Wednesday with adult admission of just $7 and the racing starts at 7:00pm.

The ‘Show & Go at the ‘Bowl’ has gained momentum through the summer months and returns this Friday night with more spectator drag racing and free car cruise. With free grandstands admission and only a $20 entry fee to drag race, the popularity has grown with nearly 100 thrill-seeking competitors testing their foot speed skills out on the Speedbowl asphalt each week. Test and tune begins at 6:00pm every Friday night.

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News & Notes: 2010 is Starting to Look a Lot Like 2007 Championship Season for Miller

Although he suffered mechanical problems last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, and ultimately the points lead to James Civali (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water Dodge, L.W. Miller (No. 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac) is not panicking.

In fact, Miller is still real excited about his chances to score his second NWSMT championship this season. Miller and Civali have traded the lead twice this season and Miller enters this weekend’s Triad Commercial Property Services 150 at Caraway Speedway just five points behind Civali.

While it appears Miller and his team have things clicking on all cylinders this year, it was a decision the Dushore, Pa., native and his team made near the end of last season that has already paid dividends this year.

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Todd Annarummo comes home to his first Modified Racing Series win. Vanasse, Martin & Henshaw share checkers

Seekonk, MA — Local-boy-makes-good, Todd Annarummo came home to Seekonk for his first win in the Modified Racing Series presented by 100-lap race on Saturday night. Annarummo, from nearby Swansea, who campaigned Seekonk in Pro Stocks before going to the Modified Tour, hauled down his second modified victory in a month at the one-third mile oval; he won the Open Wheel Wednesday Modified Madness 100. This time it was Les Hinckley from Windsor Locks, CT, who hounded him to the finish line; Stephen Masse, who had done the honors back on July 28, had a dreary day, unable to get really into the thick of the action. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA, who had taken third earlier, had a strong fourth place finish and led early laps before Annarummo went to the lead. Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT, finished third and Seekonk veteran Jimmy Kuhn from West Bridgewater, MA, took fifth.

Preston, CT, driver Ken Barry jumped out to the lead from his pole position, followed by McKennedy from the outside pole. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT, making a return from a broken wrist which interrupted his midseason, grabbed third from his inside second row starting slot. Annarummo started down low in the third row and was on tap for fourth out of the starting blocks.

The very fast field strung into a line and began turning in fast laps until Jack Bateman of Canaan, NH looped it in the second turn on lap six. The restart had Barry, McKennedy, Pasteryak and Annarummo in that order, with Pennsylvanian Rowan Pennink and Vermonter Dwight Jarvis in the third row.

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#12 – Todd Annarummo

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Modified Racing Series Returns to Thompson this Week

Thompson, CT — The exciting Modified Racing Series returns to the Thompson International Speedway this Thursday night for their second 75-lap race of the season. The MRS made its first appearance of the year in June and thrilled fans with a great evening of open wheel action.

Les Hinkley of Windsor Locks, CT claimed the victory in the hotly contested TOWN FAIR TIRE MRS feature race in June at Thompson and he is looking to make it two in a row at the largest track on which the MRS competes. Hinkley will be challenged by current MRS points leader Dwight Jarvis and other top contenders like Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, Steve Masse and Ken Barry. A full field of Modified racers is expected for this special event.

Modified race cars will dominate the late summer schedule at Thompson. One week after the MRS event, the track will play host to the third of four open competition Tour-Type Modified 40-lap shoot out races on September 2nd.

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Lapierre at W. Peabody

W. Peabody, Mass., Aug. 23, 1952 – Roland Lapierre of Woonsocket, R.I. finally received the nod of Dame Fortune and came through the winner in tonight’s hectic Ford feature at the West Peabody Speedway. Roland started in 17th spot and took over leadership just after the ½ way mark had been reached. The original starting field of 28 cars was whittled down to 18 after three first lap restarts due to jam-ups and multiple spills. At the start, Johnny Daluz held the lead briefly, then it was Paul Finlayson who hung on to be taken by Lapierre.

At the ½ way mark, it was Finlayson, Lapierre, McGovern, McKenzie and Daluz. These top-runners varied little during the remainder of the event but competition was still tough as they began lapping the slower cars on this tight little oval and the fans kept on their feet cheering on their favorite driver during the entire distance.

1st heat, 10 laps, Fords – Earl Bentley, Guy Barbanty, Paul Finlayson, Dave Humphrey.

2nd heat, 10 laps, Fords – George Smaldone, Red David, Roland Lapierre, Hugh McGovern.

3rd heat, 10 laps, Non-Fords – Barney Atherton, Ed Monteiro, Jack Young, Bob McDermond.

1st Semi-Final, 15 laps, Fords – Humphrey, Norm Canuel, Bentley, Finlayson, Paul Leger.

2nd Semi-Final, 15 laps, Fords – Barbanty, Frank Traverse, Doc McKenzie, David, Fred Borden.

Feature, 25 laps, Fords – Lapierre, Finlayson, McGovern, McKenzie, Humphrey, Martin.

Non-Ford feature and hurdle race, 14 laps, Monteiro, Gillis, Daluz.

Sources: National Speed Sport News

Johnny Clark Best at Inaugural PASS SLM Race at Spud Speedway

Alan Wilson Prevails in PASS Mods

Limestone, ME — Farmingdale, Maine’s Johnny Clark took another step toward winning his fifth Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model championship with his victory in the first-ever trip to Spud Speedway for PASS racers last Saturday night, August 21st.

Clark’s step toward the title was a small one, as his chief rival for the 2010 title, Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, finished in fifth position after winning his heat race. Clark suffered a flat tire in his qualifier and finished in sixth position aboard his Clark’s Car Crushing/Port City Race Cars #54.

In the 150-lap Super Late Model main event Clark’s chief competition came from the Richard Moody Racing tandem of Travis Benjamin and Trevor Sanborn.

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Joey Pole Wins Nutmeg State 100 at Waterford

Hudson, New Hampshire’s Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. earned his sixth career ACT Late Model Tour win in the Nutmeg State 100 at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT on Saturday, August 21. Pole started in the third position and worked his way around Brent Dragon and Waterford regular Jeff Smith to take the lead on lap 31. He would lead the remainder of the 100 lap event.

ACT Tour point leader and defending champion Brian Hoar came from the 12th starting position to take second while Dragon had to settle for third. Smith held on for fourth while Mark Lamberton completed the top five. Jeff Zuidema, rookie Brad Babb, John Donahue, Randy Potter, and Bruce Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top ten.

The Nutmeg State 100 was the tenth event on the 2010 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. It was completed in just over 56 minutes and was slowed by just four cautions.

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Chadwick wins second SK Mod race of season while Joey Pole wins Nutmeg State 100 ACT race; Stone, Moran and Rocco other winners on night

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl hosted competitors from across New England and New York for the Nutmeg State 100 ACT Late Model Tour on Saturday night. In addition four divisions of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were in action. Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire won an exciting ACT Tour race, beating out Brian Hoar over an exciting final five laps. Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard won his second SK Modified® race of the year surviving multiple restarts on his way to victory. Al Stone III of New Haven came out on top of a wild conclusion to the Street Stock race, and Keith Rocco of Wallingford took the checkered flag in an equally exciting finish in the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Truck event. Preston’s Greg Moran Sr. won his first Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race of the year to round out the night’s racing.

The 35-lap SK Modified® race saw Jeff Paul bolt from third to first by turn three on the opening lap. Trouble behind the leaders saw Tucker Reynolds Jr., Diego Monahan, Glenn Pressell, Todd Ceravolo, Adam Gada and Joe Gada all get out of shape into turn one to draw the first caution flag with just a lap in the books.

Paul was back out front when the green flag returned with Chadwick coming up to second. Another caution waved on lap 4 for a spin in turn one involving Jeff Gallup and Mike Sweeney. Chadwick challenged the outside of Paul after the restart, trying to hang with the leader. Ron Yuhas Jr., Keith Rocco and Jeff Pearl raced their way into the top five to join the top two. Chadwick was able to edge ahead into the lead over Paul on lap 7.

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Home Sweet Home for Todd Annarummo at Seekonk

Seekonk, MA–  Todd Annarummo of Swansea, MA. passed race leader Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA., on lap 28, and went on to win the 100 lap Modified Racing Series, sponsored by feature race at Seekonk Speedway. “

Annarummo ran a strong race from the start and set a torrid pace throughout the 100-lap grind. “We used a lot of the car getting by Jon early. We didn’t have much left at the end, we were just hanging on.”

It was Annarummo’s first win with the series. He became the 11th different winner in 13 races in 2010.

Polesitter Ken Barry, Preston, CT. dueled with McKennedy in the early stages of the event until McKennedy claimed the top spot. The defending champion led from lap 12 through 28.

 [Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

#12 – Todd Annarummo

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Lindeman’s First Truck Win at Thompson Speedway

Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY, came on late in the New England Truck Series (NETS) feature event to score the victory. The NETS had a short field but there was no shortage of action; especially in the early going. The #16 Lee-Boy sponsored Chevy of Willy Auchmoody, took advantage of his front row starting position to show the way from the drop of the green flag.

The #83 FEB sponsored Chevy of Gee Perry had rocketed from his fourth starting position to run second on the opening lap, immediately, Perry was locked in a heated battle for the lead with Auchmoody.

Starting the feature from the back, the # 0 New England ATV sponsored Chevy of Howard Hurricane Payne, wasted no time in pursuit of the third position in tow with Perry. Coming out of turn four, on lap four, Payne moved up into second position with Perry on his inside in third, making contact sending Payne into the infield putting him down two laps.

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Jason Bonnett Wins Bond/WIX Tiger Tour 100 at Canaan

St. Albans, Vermont’s Jason Bonnett claimed the win in the third Bond/WIX Tiger Tour 100 event of 2010 held at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH on Saturday, August 21. Bonnett survived four early cautions as he climbed his way through the field from his 15th starting position to inherit second on lap 20 after Joel Hodgdon was spun out of the lead by Derrick O’Donnell. After a three lap battle with rookie Jason Corliss, Bonnett took the lead for good and dominated the remainder of the event.

Tony Rossi claimed second while current point leader Tom Therrien worked his way back to a third place finish after being involved in an early caution. Hodgdon recovered to take fourth followed by Jimmy Hebert completing the top five. O’Donnell finished sixth followed by David Finck, Bobby Therrien, Josh Demers and Jay Webb.

The 100 lap event was completed in one hour and eleven minutes including a short red flag period due to a wild ride by Jason Corliss into a tire barrier off the backstretch on lap 89. Corliss was ok but his car couldn’t continue. The race saw a total of 10 cautions. 21 cars took the green flag with 13 taking the checkers, eight of which completed all 100 laps.

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The Second Annual Shane Hammond Driving School Sept. 10-11

Friday, September 10th – 10AM to 2PM
Saturday, September 11th – 9AM to 1PM
Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT –
Presented by The First Turn Midget Driving Experience


Proceeds will benefit The Foundation
Option 1 – $395.00 for 25 laps  –  Option 2 – $695.00 for 50 laps.
Choose your date, September 10 or 11 and option 1 or 2
Space is limited and preregistration is required by September 4.

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J.J. Hill Wins 3rd Annual Late Model 100 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Late Model division took center stage at Stafford Motor Speedway this past Friday night with the 3rd Annual Late Model 100, the second extra distance event of the 2010 season. Joining the Late Model 100 was Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, SK Light Modifieds, DARE Stocks, and twin 20-lap Limited Late Model feature events. J.J. Hill was the big winner of the evening, taking his first career victory in the 100-lap extra distance classic. Newly crowned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Keith Rocco took his 9th feature victory of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tommy Barrett, Jr. took his 7th win of the 2010 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Durand and Rob Dow were the winners of the 20-lap Limited Late Model features, and Kyle Casagrande became the first three-time winner of the 2010 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. 

#41 – J.J. Hill 

In the 100-lap Late Model feature event, Tom Fearn took the lead at the green with Scott Cook, Jim Peterson, Adam Gray, and Michael Bennett making up the top-5. Woody Pitkat, who won the Lincoln Tech Late Model 100 back in May at Stafford, spun and backed into the turn 1 wall with 3 laps complete to bring the caution out. Pitkat was able to get back out on the track and continue in the race. 

Fearn took the lead back under gren with Gray moving into second. J.J. Hill moved into third with Peterson falling back to fourth and Cook falling back to fifth just in front of Bennett. Peterson’s car was leaking fluid on lap-13 and he was brought to pit road for a consulation. With Peterson’s misfortune bringing him to pit road, Cook was now in second place, a full straighaway behind Fearn, who was setting sail while in the lead. Behind Cook was a que of cars including Bennett, Ryan Posocco, Dillon Moltz, and Wayne Coury, Jr. 

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Local Speedbowl drivers look to shine on Saturday

Nutmeg State 100 on tap for American-Canadian Late Model Tour

Waterford, CT — Saturday, August 21st marks the first of two appearances in 2010 for the American-Canadian Late Model Tour (ACT) at the Waterford Speedbowl. Local drivers in the Speedbowl’s own Late Model division, sponsored by Bob Valenti Auto Mall, will have the chance to qualify for the 100-lap Tour race and show off their hometown talent.

The top two in the Speedbowl’s championship standings in the Late Model ranks, Tim Jordan and Jeff Smith, plan to compete. In addition recent feature event winner Jeff Paul and another local racer, Joe Curioso, figure to be in the mix on Saturday.

For Jordan, of Plainfield, it’s another goal and milestone to reach. “I’m looking to better my finish from last year (5th place)” says Jordan. A year ago in the event Jordan, the 2006 Speedbowl track champion, steadily made his way to third place in the race in the closing laps. He sat behind a spirited battle for the event win between veterans Brian Hoar of Vermont and Brad Leighton of New Hampshire. A wild finish among those two and a lapped car cost Jordan a podium finish and chance at the win. According to Jordan, the current Speedbowl point leader, “I really want to win (Saturday’s) race.”

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Modified Racing Series at Twin State in October After All

Claremont, NH — In a joint statement issued Thursday, August 19, Dennis Fleury, owner of the historic Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., and Jack Bateman, President of the Modified Racing Series announced a series race has been added to the 2010 schedule and the tracks special “Fall Challenge” weekend Saturday, Oct 16, and Sunday, Oct 17.The race program will feature qualifying heat races on Saturday with a 100-lap feature race on Sunday.

“We were looking to add some thunder to this years “Fall Challenge”. Bringing in the Modified Racing Series does that. Several of the drivers with the series are former regulars here. It’s nice to be able to bring the drivers back, they have a lot of fans in this region.”

Bateman saw the opportunity to place a show back on the schedule that was lost to rain in June. “We posted a 20 race schedule last winter. This race will fill that void from the Seekonk rainout.” The series founder added, “Barring any rainouts, we could have a five-week layoff after Stafford. The addition of Twin State creates a great finish to the season. Three consecutive two-day events at three great race tracks.”

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Who Are You Fooling

Have we taken the Lord’s name in vain? Are we Christ like? Are we acting and behaving in a way that would reveal to others the love that God has for them through Jesus? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Sponsors make the racing world go round. We need them to support our racing program. We also need to represent them and promote their interests. Racing has a loyal fan base and that can be very beneficial to a sponsor who, in turn, pays for that opportunity.
What happens when we don’t represent our sponsor well? Or maybe we just don’t fit the profile. What would you think if a 16 year old started promoting Geritol? How believable do you think he/she would be?

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