Archive for September 27th, 2010

Andy Seuss Comes Back from Spin to Keep Title Hopes Alive

Riggs Racing Driver Finishes Third and is Only Three Points Out of Point Lead Heading Into Season Finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hampstead, NH — Less than one lap into Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Tri-County Motor Speedway near Hudson, North Carolina, it looked like Andy Seuss’ hopes of becoming the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion could have been finished. But neither Seuss nor his #47 Q Racing Oil / Rockingham Boat team of Riggs Racing gave up and they were able to stay right in the middle of the championship battle.

Seuss started the race in the seventh position – right in between championship rivals James Civali and L.W. Miller. On the first lap, Miller made contact with the rear of Seuss’ car, which sent him for a spin right in front of the field – continuing a long-time feud between the two drivers that has flared up with Seuss being involved in wrecks and spins at Caraway Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Ace Speedway among other tracks in the past.

“That was nothing new,” said Seuss. “Some people, you just can’t race with. But fortunately, I didn’t hit anything and nobody else hit me, so we were able to keep going and not give up.”

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Peltier PASS South Hickory winner

Championship will be decided at the Mason-Dixon Meltdown

Hickory, NC — The PASS South Super Late Models headed to the Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway for the “Over the Mountain 150” Saturday, September 25th, 2010. Heading into the night’s action, Ryan Blaney held a six-point advantage over Preston Peltier for the series championship. Both racers showed why they are battling for the top honors as Peltier went to victory lane with Blaney crossing the line second, shrinking Blaney’s lead to just four points heading into the final race of the season.

“It is going to come down to the last lap at Newport,” said Peltier in victory lane. “If he gets the championship, he will deserve it. If I get it, I will deserve it. I just hope it is exciting.”

For the sixth time this season, Andy Loden was the driver at the top of the charts during qualifying. As it was last race at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC), Loden’s #29 machine set a new record during the session, this time a new track record at Hickory Motor Speedway for the PASS South Super Late Model series with a 14.713-second lap.
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NEMA’s Jim Miller Eyes Strong Finish

Brockton, MA — Jim Miller has been around long enough to know making predictions is folly. The 25-year veteran heads into the Northeastern Midget Association traditional season-enders – Seekonk Speedway DAV Memorial Oct. 9-10 and Thompson Speedway’s World Series Oct. 15-17 – with his usual strategy.

“I race from week-to-week” he says. “I race as hard as I can with what I have and, in the end, I take what I get.” A checkered flag at either would be sensational for the three-time NEMA winner, the last coming at Oxford Plains, ME in 2001.

Miller is part of the often unsung corps that forms NEMA’s strength. At the point where “there is nothing I have to prove to myself,” the 54-year old carpenter nevertheless comes into the final two races hoping to cap off a “decent” season with a strong top-seven finish in the point standings. He finished eighth in 2009, his first season after a seven-year hiatus. That “stat” is clouded, however, because he gave up his car at the Marilyn’s Passion race to Russ Stoehr.

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2011 Providence Indoor Race Date Announced

Area Auto Racing News has announced the date for next year’s indoor racing at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI.  The race will take place on February 5, 2011 at 7PM.

Sources: AARN.com

News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Heads to Stafford for CARQUEST Fall Final

Annually an important event in shaping the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship picture, the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 3 will once again go a long way toward deciding the 2010 title.

As the penultimate race of the 2010 season, the Fall Final will have many championship implications. Donny Lia’s win in last year’s event solidified his title hopes, which marked the seventh time the eventual champion won the Fall Final.

The 2010 Fall Final – the 25th time the Whelen Modified Tour has participated in Stafford’s season-ending race weekend – will feature an extremely tight points battle as first and second are separated by single digits, and fourth place is less than 100 points out.

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Lee Small Block Supermodifieds Anxious to Race at Seekonk

Seekonk, MA — The cars and stars of the Lee USA Speedway, Small Block Super Modified Series are anxious to travel south to the Bay State to compete for the first time at the “Cement Palace”, at Racing Against Breast Cancer, this Saturday October 2nd. Lead by 2010 Small Block Super Modified Champion, #98, Thomas Tombarello, Jr., the Small Block Super Modifieds are expecting a near full field to compete at the Bay State Oval.

“I’m really looking forward to this as are all the Lee guys to race at Seekonk and to support such a great cause”, said Tom from the family owned campground in Madbury, NH. Although he is competing 100 miles from his home track in another state, Tom’s rookie appearance at the famed Bay State oval will be greeted by many local fans. “We have many Providence, RI area campers who stay with us, who are planning on attending the race to help cheer me on”, added Tombarello.

Tom’s Championship comes after his only 2nd year in competition in a small block super modified, which is also the only type of racing and the only type of race car he has driven. Tom was very quick to credit ISMA regular Justin Belfiore, who also drives the #98 in ISMA, for pointing him in the direction of the small block super modifieds. ‘Justin is my brother-in-law, mentor and best friend”, said proudly by Tombarello.

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