Archive for September 9th, 2010

Cates Wins Big in Sunoco Modifieds; Scorzelli & Baxter Score Career Firsts; Gelinas, Coates & Tagg Also Winners

Thompson, CT — An unseasonably cold night set the stage from some heated racing action on Thursday Night at Thompson Speedway. Danny Cates of Chaplin, CT, battled back from adversity to score the victory in the Sunoco Modifieds. Larry Gelinas of Buxton, ME, dominated in Super Late Models to score his fourth victory of the 2010 season. Spirits were riding high as Mike Scorzelli of Malta, NY, and Chad Baxter of Pascoag, RI, scored career firsts in the Late Models and Mini Stocks respectively. Joe Coates of Eastford, CT, was tops in the Limited Sportsman division while Brian Tagg of Oxford, CT, wired the field for the TIS Modified victory.

An early race incident could not slow down Danny Cates of Chaplin, CT, who bested a stout field of Sunoco Modifieds to score his second win of the season. Wayne Arute brought the field to green but the action was short-lived as contact between the fourth-running Tim Sullivan and outside pole sitter Rowan Pennink on the opening lap got Pennink crossed up in front of the field before the start finish line. As cars scattered a number of cars were collected in the incident including Arute, Ted Christopher, Cates, Dave Salzarulo, Andrew Dzenkowski, and Mark Oberg.

Pennink was able to maintain his momentum during the incident and with a complete restart, led the field to the second attempt at the green flag. Pennink was able to lead the opening lap but the car veered toward the wall in turn one. With Pennink off the pace, the new leader was Silk. Christopher’s bad night continued when his car suffered extensive damage being involved in an incident with John Catania.

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Keith Rocco Can Clinch 2010 SK Modified® Track Championship at Stafford Speedway this Friday Night

Stafford Springs, CT — After clinching the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship several weeks ago, Stafford Speedway SK Modified® driver Keith Rocco is set to add another piece of hardware to his trophy case. Should Rocco finish 12th or better in this Friday night’s SK Modified® feature event, he will clinch the 2010 SK Modified® track championship and become a track champion at Stafford for the second time in his career.

“No kidding,” said Rocco. “We weren’t really paying attention to that, I guess that will be a nice bonus if we can finish in the top-12 on Friday.” Rocco has put together a season for the ages this year with his on track performance. Rocco and the #88 Wheeler’s Automotive team began the year with a victory in the Spring Sizzler feature event and then had a stretch from late May into early July that saw them win 6 of 7 races that cemented them as the frontrunner in the 2010 championship chase. Rocco has recorded 9 wins this year and he has finished on the podium in 12 of 17 races thusfar. With only one finish outside the top-10, odds are in his favor to come home with the 12th place or better finish he needs to lock up the track title.

“You always have high expectations at the beginning of the year, but we never figured on winning 9 times this year,” said Rocco. “We have several more races left to go, so we have several more chances to win a couple more races. When you figure on winning 10 races and the championship before you get started racing, it never seems to work out that way. We just try to let things happen and the points will come. I was always taught to make the car work on old tires and our Troyer race car is really good on the longer runs.”

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Stafford Speedway Kicking in Big Assist to Ted Christopher’s “Race to the Finish to Beat Breast Cancer”

Stafford Springs, CT — During the 2010 NASCAR racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Ted Christopher has been racing to help beat breast cancer. For each victory that Christopher records this season at Stafford, he will donate $100 to Breast Cancer Research in Connecticut and he will donate $1 for every lap he completes at Stafford this season. For every dollar that Christopher contributes to the Race To The Finish To Beat Breast Cancer, Stafford Motor Speedway will match Christopher’s total. Christopher’s total stands at $1,495 after he recorded his first SK Modified® feature victory of the 2010 season two weeks ago, meaning that along with Stafford Motor Speedway he has raised nearly $3,000 for breast cancer research.

Christopher has set up an account at Farmington Savings Bank in Plainville for fans to donate to the Race to the Finish to Beat Breast Cancer. Fans can either make a donation in person, or they can send their donation in by mail to Farmington Savings Bank, 117 East Street, Plainville, CT 06062.

“We’ve had a great response so far,” said Christopher. “It’s been great to have Mark and Lisa and Stafford involved with matching the wins and laps. Dale Nelson is going to match my win total, and I’ve had several fans who have offered donations. We’ve raised over $3,000 so far this year and hopefully we can win some more races before the year is out and we can have a nice big check to present at the Fall Final.”

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