Archive for September 12th, 2010

Patrick Laperle Steals Fall Foliage Win

St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle earned his second consecutive ACT Late Model Tour win and second consecutive Mohawk Casino Fall Foliage 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. Laperle led early in the event after starting on the outside pole but faded during the mid-portion of the event and went down a lap after spinning on lap 161. After pitting for tires Laperle raced his way back onto the lead lap on lap 211.

Current point leader Brian Hoar and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr., spent much of the race running side by side, swapping the lead, much like last weekend’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic. Eric Williams joined the mix late in the event. Laperle made a three wide pass for the lead under Hoar and Williams after the final restart on lap 285.

Hoar’s second place finish was enough to clinch his seventh ACT Late Model Tour Championship. Pole took third, Brad Leighton fourth and Williams rounded out the top five. Rand Potter, Scott Payea, Brent Dragon, Craig Bushey and Joey Becker completed the top ten.

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Johnny Clark Scores PASS 300

Scarborough ME — Johnny Clark got his shot at the lead late in Sunday’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and he led when it counted to earn his second win in PASS North’s longest and richest super late model race. Clark passed Bill Rogers with forty to go and held off Cassius Clark by less than three tenths of a second to earn 2010 victory number five for the Clark’s Car Crushing team.

Cassius Clark took his EJ Prescott mount to the front several times throughout the event and looked like the man to beat, but a long battle over third with Richie Dearborn delayed him from catching the front pair until the day’s final restart with nineteen to go. Cassius got to Johnny’s rear bumper cover but the second generation Farmington Flyer raced the leader hard and clean to the checkers, settling for second.

Long stretches of green flag racing and plenty of lead changes highlighted the afternoon. Seekonk Speedway regular Tom Scully led from the pole to lap 30 when Cassius Clark took over and ran off to a straightaway lead. Scully took back the top spot on a restart and then it was Scott Chubbuck using the outside line to take a turn up front. Beech Ridge regular David Oliver led next, putting defending and three time race winner Mike Rowe a lap down just before the 100 lap mark.

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Shaw, McKeage and McKinstry Winners on PASS 400 Sunday

Scarborough ME — The PASS Sportsman and Mod series joined the North East Mini Stock tour on Sunday’s PASS 400 Weekend card and all three divisions came through with exciting extra distance feature racing for the fans in the stands.

Grant Aither led thirty two PASS Sportsman racers to the green and kept the lead until both Jay Sands and Craig Smith slipped under the LEE USA track champion on lap five when Smith took the point away from Sands and Clyde Hennessey followed him through. Smith kept the field at bay until lap 35 when mechanical issues ended his afternoon. Sands resumed command and ran away and hid, but another caution erased his straightaway lead. Meanwhile the PASS points leaders had worked their way toward the front Mike Landry, Dan McKeage, and Carey Martin restarted 4th, 6th and 7the respectively. On the restart Landry made his way to second with McKeage hot on his heels. Now it was time to challenge Sands. Sands ran the second groove and Landry the bottom, the pair battling side by side at the half way mark. Hennessey sat third, McKeage fourth and Martin fifth when the field received the crossed flags.

The second half of the 100 lapper featured some longer green flag runs and there was no lack of action. Sands and Landry were still battling for the point and Carey Martin won a battle with McKeage for fourth. The yellow flag flew at lap seventy one and PASS Sportsman point leader Landry was forced to pit returning to the line- up twentieth. Sands now had Martin on his tail with McKeage, Hennessey, and Corey Bubar the top five.

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Ceravolo repeats in SK Mods; Esposito and Puleo return to Winner’s Circle, Panaroni claims first of year; Stoehr and State claim NEMA memorial races

Waterford, CT  — Waterford Speedbowl was in action for another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday evening, completing six main events on the night.  Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry finally bit the bad luck bug a week ago, then dominated again to take his second consecutive SK Modified® feature win.  Seymour’s Vin Esposito won his second Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature on the year.  Ed Puleo of Branford led throughout to win his fifth Street Stock race of 2010, while Mark Panaroni of Ivoryton checkered the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race, his first of the season.  Russ Stoehr of Lakeville, MA won a 35-lap NEMA Midget memorial race and Jesse State of New Hyde Park, NY was the victor in the NEMA Lite event. 

The 35-lap SK Modified® race saw Joe Perry race to the lead ahead of Tom Abele Jr. and Kyle James on the opening circuit.  Jeff Paul jumped out of line to the outside groove early to challenge the top three.  Ceravolo joined Paul in the outside lane and raced outside Ron Yuhas Jr. 

Paul briefly took third away from James while Ceravolo took fifth from Yuhas by lap-5.  James battled back a lap later also enabling Ceravolo to move to fourth ahead of Paul.  Caution waved on lap-9 for Jeff Gallup who spun in turn three.

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STRAIGHT AWAY: Christopher Keeps Rolling

Connecticut Modified Ace Shows No Sign Of Slowing At 52

Ted Christopher doesn’t spend a whole lot of time checking his rearview mirrors. Not when it comes to driving his race car, and not when it comes to his career.

He doesn’t spend time thinking about his legacy in Modified racing, despite the fact that he’s the winningest driver in the history of Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway — where he has an entire grandstand named after him. He doesn’t spend time thinking about the fact that he’s won more races in the history of New England’s largest speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, than any other driver.

And he certainly isn’t spending time thinking about what a second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship could mean to his resume.

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Russ Stoehr Wins Angelillo Memorial

Waterford, CT – Taking the lead on a restart with five remaining, Russ Stoehr, driving the Dumo’s Desire 45, put a fairytale ending on the Northeastern Midget Association’s 35-lap Angelillo Memorial Saturday night at Waterford Speedway. The late Marilyn and Gene Angelillo owned the team, now led by daughter Laura Kibbe, for over 30 years.

Stoehr, the fourth leader, snuck inside Erica Santos on the third restart with five laps remaining. It was the third win of the season and the 43rd career triumph for Stoehr who assumed the point lead as well. Santos (Breault 44) held on for second followed by Jeff Abold (Abold 29), Joey Payne (Seymour 4) and Jim Miller (Miller 3m).

Jesse State wired the accompanying 20-lap NEMA Lites race. Carl Medeiros and Ryan Bigelow were second and third.

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Jesse State Scores NEMA Lites Victory at Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Jesse State drove a picture-perfect race in notching the 20-lap NEMA Lites portion of the Angelillo Memorial Race on Saturday evening at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Starting on the pole, State quickly took command going unchallenged for the entire event which went-off in record time and included only a single caution flag. Carl Medeiros Jr. finished 2nd, with Ryan Bigelow besting Jim SantaMaria to complete the top-3.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in victory lane, and it sure feels good,” said State at the conclusion of the event. “My dad put a super setup under me tonight, and the car was just-about perfect. It’s great to win on such a special night.”

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