Archive for October, 2010

Annual NEAR Movie Party Slated For This Saturday Evening

W. Springfield, MA — This Saturday evening November 6, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), present their annual Movie Party at the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave in West Springfield, Mass. (across from the Big E Fairgrounds).

Admission is set at $15.00 with tickets available at the door. Things get underway at 6:00.

Featuring historical videos and slide shows from a variety of New England speedways, this year’s event will include rare footage from Connecticut’s much-missed Danbury Fair Racearena, the former home of the Southern New York Racing Association.

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All Systems Go for the Annual North-South Shootout

Lexington, NC — The eighth annual 109 U-Pull It John Blewett III Memorial North-South ShootoutTM has taken center stage among the brethren of the short track racing community. With the cars and stars from both the open-wheel and full-fendered ranks preparing for the annual event, the buzz has spread from east to Midwest. Teams scheduled to compete in the North-South Shootout on November 5&6 hail from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, and more.

After seven successful years, the North-South Shootout had earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events in short track racing. Since it’s inception in 2003, owner and promoter Charles Kepley and his team have strived to ensure that the North-South Shootout is the best-of-the-best in short track auto racing.

For the second straight year, the North-South Shootout will feature the best of both worlds as a contingent of Super Late Models, led by the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series, will join the headlining Tour-Type Modifieds. Support divisions will include the SK-Type Modifieds, an equally as competitive and tenacious brand of open-wheel racing, the USA Modifieds, Vintage Modifieds, and Vintage Sportsman..

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2011 Stafford Motor Speedway Schedule Released

2011 STAFFORD SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUN. APRIL 3 Connecticut Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet
SUN. APRIL 10 25th Annual Spring Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meet
SAT. APRIL 16 TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER OPEN PRACTICE – RAIN DATE SUNDAY, APRIL 17
FRI. APRIL 29 TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER PRACTICE (Grandstands Open to the Public FREE of charge)
SAT. APRIL 30 TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER QUALIFYING + SK Light (20), Limited Late Model (20) & Dare Stock (15)
SUN. MAY 1 40th Annual TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER presented by CARQUEST;
200-lap Whelen Modified Tour Event, SK Modified® (40), Late Model (30)
FRI. *MAY 6 SK Modified® (40), Late Model (30), SK Light (20), Limited Late Model (20) & Dare Stock (15)

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Laura Kibbe Continues Angelillo NEMA Dynasty

Brockton, MA — The Dumo’s Desire team will “definitely be in monkey suits” at the Northeastern Midget Association Awards Banquet Saturday night, Nov. 20 at Whites of Westport in Westport, MA. “My mother would have insisted on it,” reports Owner champion Laura Kibbe. It is the final step in a championship effort for team and driver Russ Stoehr dedicated to Laura’s folks, long-time NEMA stalwarts Gene and Marilyn Angelillo.

It is almost poetic that Stoehr and the team took the point lead for good at the Angelillo Memorial, a race Kibbe sponsored in her parents memory at Waterford Speedbowl in September. They left The ‘Bowl with a 22-point lead. “I realized then the championship was possible,” she recalls. “I said to myself, ‘Wow, this could really happen.”

Stoehr, who now has six titles, four in Angelillo equipment, put a bow on it with a third at Thompson’s World Series.
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God’s Creation

I am always encouraging our chaplains to share what God places on their heart. This week Rev. Ray Pavkov shares some of his observations from his trip to the World Series of Speedway Racing. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


In Psalms 114:14 GWT, the Psalmist David, writes, “I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.”

As I was heading up I 395 to Thompson International Speedway for the World Series of Speedway Racing, this verse came to my mind- but as I was driving, something was different. What was it?

Concord Speedway to Host Open Practice in Preparation for NSS

Lexington, NC — On Thursday November 6, 2010, Concord Speedway in Concord, NC will be hosting an open practice for all teams scheduled to compete in the 109 U-Pull It Eighth Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South ShootoutTM. Gates open will open at 1PM with practice scheduled from 3PM-9PM.

The anticipated practice rotation will be the Vintage Modifieds, SK-Type Modifieds, USA Modifieds, Tour-Type Modifieds, and the Super Late Models. Vintage divisions are scheduled to practice every hour on the hour. The SK-Type Modifieds will take to the track every hour on the 10’s (3:10, 4:10, 5:10, etc.) USA Modifieds are scheduled every hour on the 20’s. Tour-Type Modifieds will practice every hour on the 30’s, and the CRA Super Series Late Models will be hourly on the 45s. The schedule is subject to change at the race track’s discretion.

All teams are invited and participation is optional. Pit Passes will be $20.00 per person. Grandstand admission is free on practice day.

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C&C Racing Promotions & Masters TV Join to Broadcast North-South Shootout

Lexington, NC — C&C Racing Promotions has reached an agreement with Masters Entertainment Services to broadcast the Eighth Annual 109 U-Pull It John Blewett III Memorial North-South ShootoutTM scheduled for November 5&6, 2010 at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC. The tape delayed broadcast will air on Fox Sports South.

“We are very excited to be working with Masters TV,” said Charles Kepley, owner of C&C Racing Promotions. “They offer years of expert experience in television production and provide the highest level of professionalism. With their focus on motorsports, we are confident that the broadcast will be second-to-none.”

Masters Entertainment Group, Inc. currently produces over 200 television programs for ESPN, ESPN2, Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports, and the Sunshine Network with specialized coverage of the automotive and motorsports industries. Notable MEG Productions include Fox Sports Net’s Inside Drag Racing and On the Track, a new series that covers many different types of motorsports events from all across America. On the Outdoor Channel, MEG produces Motor Mania, a 13-week series featuring a diverse mix of motorsports programming.

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Phil Scott “Race to the Finish” Schedule

Come support Phil Scott on Monday, November 1st at the following locations:

STOP #1: 4:45am-5:00am
On the Run/Walkers Farm Home and Tack
555 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans

STOP #2: 5:25am-5:40am
Apple Island Resort
70 US Route 2, South Hero

STOP #3: 6:05am-6:20am
Goss Dodge
1485 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington

STOP #4: 7:20am-7:35am
Foster Motors
7 South St., Middlebury

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McKennedy Wins Modified Racing Series Titles, Masse Nabs Lee Finale

Lee, N.H. — It was a strange finish to the season. Four hours after Flagman John Spence Jr. dropped the green flag to start the race, Steven Masse of Bellingham, MA, passed under the checkered flag to capture the season ending “Oktoberfest 100” feature race, sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti Automall.Com, at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H., Sunday afternoon, October 24.

Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, capped off a great season as he claimed the driving championship and the car owner’s title for the 2010 campaign. McKennedy joins three-time champion, Kirk Alexander, as the only other driver to win back-to-back championships. McKennedy won four races enroute to the championships.

Max Zachem, of Preston, CT., jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the opening six laps, until Masse motored by to take the top spot, a position he would hold from lap 7 through 100.

The race was slowed on lap 68 when Jimmy Kuhn, W.Bridgewater, MA, spun to bring out the first caution flag. At that point a persistent rain developed forcing the event to be stopped. The red flag period lasted for close to two hours while speedway officials orchestrated the task of drying out the 3/8-mile facility in very damp and cold conditions.

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Myers Vaults to Top of Final Hunter Index

Bowman Gray Champ Earns First Whelen Southern Modified Title

Daytona Beach, FL — Burt Myers knew going in to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale, he would have to put forth a dominant effort and get some breaks if he was going to come away with his first championship.

All Myers did was lead 149 of the 150 laps of the quarter-mile track on the frontstretch of Charlotte Motor Speedway. And when the dust settled from the various skirmishes that enveloped the other championship contenders, it was the Walnut Cove, N.C., driver standing in Victory Lane with the big trophy.

None of it would have been possible if not for Myers’ effort in the previous two races – a third-place at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., and a win at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C.

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Historic Run for Santos to Modified Title

Youngest Champion in Whelen Modified Tour History

Daytona Beach, FL — The campaign by Bobby Santos for the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship was full of triumphs and milestones.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., had a breakout season that was highlighted by four wins and four poles behind the wheel of the No. 4 “Mystic Missile” Dodge. In addition, his championship run achieved a number of milestones.

Santos became the youngest champion in the 26-year history of the Whelen Modified Tour when his sixth-place finish in the season finale on Oct. 17 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway clinched the crown. Santos turned 25 on Oct. 3, the same day of his fourth win of the season in the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. Todd Szegedy was the previous youngest champion at the age of 27 in 2003.

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Realizing What We Have

Do we realize what we have? Think about the time we spend involved with racing. Think about the blessings we have to be at the track. How about the other blessings in life; family, friends, house and home? Do we realize the value of it? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Do we value the time we spend living life? We put a tremendous amount of effort into racing and preparing to run the race but do we stop to appreciate it? One of the dangers we face is looking ahead to the next event on the calendar and not appreciating this one.

To realize the value of ten years: Ask a newly Divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years: Ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

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Butcher Top Whelen Southern Mod Rookie

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that Greg Butcher has earned 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Butcher, from Mockville, N.C., finished the season with four top-15 finishes highlighted. His best finish was at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, where he was the 12th-place Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the combination race with the Whelen Modified Tour.

Butcher finished 13th in the season standings behind the wheel of the No. 0 Butcher Racing Chevrolet, a team owned by Frank Edwards.

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Martinsville Modified Race to Air on SPEED

Made in America Whelen 200 will be Shown Nov. 11

Daytona Beach, FL —  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race that was held at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway earlier this year will be telecast by SPEED on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. ET.

The Made In American Whelen 200, contested on June 6, was the fourth race of the recently-completed season. It was one of four wins on the year by Bobby Santos, who earned the Whelen Modified Tour championship last week at Thompson (Conn) International Speedway.

With the Martinsville telecast date now set, 10 of the 14 races during the Whelen Modified Tour’s 2010 season received coverage between SPEED and VERSUS.

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Tune-In Alert: Thompson World Series

Don’t forget to tune in to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale, the Sunoco World Series (Oct. 17) from Thompson International Speedway, tonight on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET.

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

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Rob Richardi, Jr. Claims Second World Series Win in Two Years

Thompson, CT- October 16, 2010- Thompson International Speedway played host to the RF Logic/ Bot- L Gas Pro Four Modifieds this weekend. With practice and qualifying rained out on Friday night, the drivers were left with just a feature on Saturday night.

Before the green was even thrown, #11a Dan Meservey, Sr. pulled his car pit side. George Sherman and Phil Lausier brought the cars to the green and raced evenly into turn two. By lap two Dave Richardi and Brian Vincent were making moves on the low side, as Rob Richardi, Jr., moved into second place as Lausier slipped into fourth.

Moments later the caution was thrown as Dave Bedard Spun and Robin Berghman was found in the infield. On the restart it was Sherman on the point, with Vincent pushing from behind. Lausier fought hard to hang on the fourth position with pressure from Adam Norton, Wrenn, and D. Richardi from behind.

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Bonsignore Earns Modified Rookie Award

Second Year in a Row Honor Goes to a Riverhead Alum

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that Justin Bonsignore has earned 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Bonsignore, who hails from Holtsville on New York’s Long Island, registered four top 10s and was the Sunoco Rookie of the Race in eight of the season’s 14 events. His rookie campaign was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the Made In America Whelen 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and laps led at his home track, Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, in the Riverhead 200.

Bonsignore finished 13th in the season standings behind the wheel of the No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet, a team owned by Kenneth Massa that competed on the Whelen Modified Tour for the first time. He earned Coors Light Pole Awards in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and in the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway and became the first rookie to capture more than one pole since Chuck Hossfeld recorded a pair in 2002.

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Past Oktoberfest Winners Enter Modified Racing Series Finale At Lee

Lee, N.H. – In keeping with tradition since 2005, the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti Automall.Com, will close out its 2010 season this weekend, as part of the 25th annual “Oktoberfest” at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H.

Former winners of the Fall race program are expected entries for the two-day event.

Defending race winner, Kenny Barry, Preston, CT., is expected to enter the Lee final. Barry was the class of the field last year winning his first MRS race. The veteran driver will pilot a car maintained by his father, Art Barry, the New England Hall of Fame car owner-builder.

Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA, who has a 61-point advantage over runner-up Dwight Jarvis in advance of the last race, is also entered. McKennedy also enjoys a 27-point lead over Gary Casella, of Saugus, MA, for the car-owner championship. The popular McKennedy, a four -time winner this season, won the October race in 2008.

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NEMA Completes 58th Season

Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association finished its 58th racing season at Thompson Speedway’s World Series, Randy Cabral the 25-lap feature winner while third-place finisher Russ Stoehr claimed championships for himself and the Dumo’s Desire #45. The championship battle clearly turned at Seekonk Speedway’s D.Anthony Venditti Memorial, the admittedly over-aggressive Cabral winding up 21st after an early confrontation.

The “official” ending comes with the usual host of presentations at the annual Awards Banquet Saturday night, Nov 20 at White’s of Westport in Westport, MA. More information is available at www.nemaracing.com.

The championships were a fitting a tribute to Angelillo’s daughter Laura Kibbe who decided to carry on in honor of her mother Marilyn and father. Angelillo died on March 1. It was the sixth title for Stoehr, the 14th for the Angelillo team.

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NETS 2010 Season Champion Points Race Finish at the World Series Event

The New England Truck Series Championship season point’s race was held Saturday October 16th at Thompson International Speedway World Series Event with a close contention in points this season for the first NETS Champion in this new series.

Frank Dumicich, Jr. #42 of East Quoque, NY, a visiting racer, won the victory lane spot at the NETS race World Series Weekend Event. As the green flag dropped, the trucks raced by the start finish line with #16 Auchmoody in fifth position alongside the #6 Dan Butler going into turn one, as #95 Erin Dumicich drove in between them making it three wide on the starting lap sending Butlers front bumper to the wall pulling out the first caution. Lining the field back to its original line up, the green flag dropped a second time with the #85 Greg Butler on the outside pole position taking the lead ahead of the #12 Derek Chriss on lap one of the twenty-five lap race.

Gee Perry #83 of Grandby, CT moved up and took the over the lead position by lap two. Back in the pack, the #72 Michael Power Truck of Port Jefferson, NY, ended his night in contact with Dumicich Jr. resulting with a flat tire. While in a caution, the #22 Keith Chapman exited the track with a loose hood finishing his night. By lap seven, the #5 truck of Frank Dumicich, Sr in turn three, pulled off the track down pit row ending his night also with a flat. Dumicich, Jr was making tracks toward the front; cutting down Perry’s lead with each lap. Dumicich, Jr. caught Perry exiting turn four on lap nine, and was the new leader on lap ten. Roger Turbush #88 of Riverhead, NY ran alone in third ahead of a heated battle for the fourth spot between the #3 of Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY and #85 Greg Butler, Jr. of East Hampton, CT. Holding the sixth position, the #12 of Derek Chriss of Averill, NY with #46 of Tom Smith of Hope Valley, RI in tow.

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Santos Earns NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Title

Christopher Wins Race, Santos Leaves with 2010 Crown

Thompson, CT — Bobby Santos came home sixth to put the finishing touches on his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship Sunday, while Ted Christopher continued his mastery of Thompson International Speedway. Christopher became the first driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to earn three straight victories in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, the traditional season-ending event.

For Santos, the Whelen Modified Tour title came in his first full-time season competing in the division. He gave car owner Bob Garbarino his third championship in four years. Garbarino, an owner in the division since 1961, did not win a championship until driver Donny Lia won it in 2007 and 2009.

When Lia left the No. 4 “Mystic Missile” Dodge in February to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it opened the door for the 25-year-old from Franklin, Mass. Santos proceeded to recorded four wins and four Coors Light Pole Awards during his title campaign and Thompson’s finale was his 11th top-10 finish during the 14-race season.

[Thompson World Series Sat. Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto
[Thompson World Series Sun. Photo Gallery]
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Christopher Score Mod Tour Victory at Thompson on World Series Sunday; Santos Crowned WMT Champ; Perley, Cabral, Silk, Fuller, & O’Sullivan Also Victorious

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, used “home field” advantage to score the victory in the Whelen Modified Tour. By virtue of his sixth-place finish, Bobby Santos, III of Franklin, MA, scored his first Whelen Modified Tour Championship and the second straight for car owner Bob Garbarino. Chris Perley of Rowley, MA, was super at Thompson taking home the victory in the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) feature event. Russ Wood of Pelham, NH, was crowned the 2010 ISMA champion. In Northeastern Midget Association action, Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA won the war winning the feature event but it was Russ Stoehr of Bridgewater, MA winning the 2010 championship. In Thompson regular divisions it was Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, CT, taking down the victory in the Sunoco Modifieds, Rick Fuller of Auburn, MA, in the Super Late Models and Tommy O’Sullivan Late Models.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, earned his fourth Whelen Modified Tour event of the season at Thompson to cap off the season. Eric Berndt, Christopher, Ronnie Silk, and Doug Coby, in the Wayne Darling owned #52, each took their turn at the head of the pack. Christopher led early but relinquished the lead to head down pit road on lap 81. He spent the remainder of the race working his way back through the pack. Christopher took the lead from Coby with only four laps remaining to spot the victory. Ryan Preece had to settle for second followed by Coby. Stefanik and Silk rounded out the top five. Santos finished sixth to clinch the second straight championship for Bob Garbarino.

Chris Perley of Rowley, MA, scored his seventh victory in eight World Series starts for the International Supermodified Association (ISMA). Perley came from deep in the field; passing the likes of Ted Christopher and Russ Wood en route to the victory. Perley used both the outside and inside grooves to make his way through the field. Wood, by virtue of his fourth place finish, scored the 2010 championship-his seventh.

[Thompson World Series Sat. Photo Galleryby Nicholas Teto
[Thompson World Series Sun. Photo Gallery]
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NOTEBOOK: Santos Comes Full Circle

Returns To Weekly Roots To Claim Whelen Modified Tour Crown

Thompson, CT — The career of Bobby Santos came full circle Sunday at Thompson International Speedway.

Seven years ago, a teenaged Santos was a rookie in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified ranks at the track — clawing for a shot at simply cracking the podium every week against guys like Ted Christopher. With a sixth-place finish Sunday at Thompson in the finale of his first full season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Santos locked up the 2010 championship.

As he stood next to the crystal-topped title trophy in Thompson’s Victory Lane, he was a long way from his nearby Franklin, Mass., home and the start of his career in a pit area just a hundred yards away.

“It’s pretty neat. I love Thompson, and I love the Modifieds here,” said Santos, who posted four wins and 11 Top-10s in 14 starts this season in the No. 4 ‘Mystic Missile’ Dodge. “It just means a lot to race on this Tour.

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Randy Cabral Thompson Winner; Russ Stoehr NEMA 2010 Champion

Thompson, CT – Leading all but two laps, Randy Cabral, in the Bertrand Motorsports #47, ended the 2010 Northeastern Midget Association season Sunday, winning the 25-lap feature at Thompson Speedway’s World Series. Cabral held off teammate Cole Carter (Bertrand #39) over the final 15 laps to collect his fourth win of the season and his club-record ninth at Thompson.

Russ Stoehr’s third place was more than enough to clinch championships for him and Laura Kibbe’s Dumo’s Desire #45. It was the sixth championship for Stoehr who dedicated it to the late Gene and Marilyn Angelillo and to the crew that carried on following Gene’s death in March.

Adam Cantor (#7ny) was fourth ahead of a Greg Stoehr (#26b)-Jim Miller (#3m) battle for fifth that went to the former. Greg Stoehr wound up third in the final driver and owner standings.

[Thompson World Series Sat. Photo Galleryby Nicholas Teto
[Thompson World Series Sun. Photo Gallery]
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McKennedy Grabs Fourth Victory with Twin State Win

Claremont, NH — Modified Racing Series point leader Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, captured the 100-lap Twin State Fall Challenge feature race at the Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., Sunday afternoon. The win was McKennedy’s fourth of the season, his eleventh career victory, and his second win at the New Hampshire speedway. McKennedy widened his point lead by 61 points over Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT.

Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag with outside pole sitter Jim Boniface, Winchester, NH., chasing the leader for the first 27 laps until passed by Ron Goodenough, Swanzey, NH. Goodenough eventually took the lead on lap 54 before turning it back over to Masse on lap 56.

Goodenough reclaimed the top spot on laps 65 through 70 before being passed by Masse again on the 71st lap. Masse, with a fast closing McKennedy led the charge through lap 82 when the defending champion took the point to go on and win the race, slowed by 13 caution flags.

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LIVE: Whelen Modified Tour Finale In Sunoco World Series At Thompson

The 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will come to a close and a champion will be crowned this weekend in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

For updates throughout the weekend and the race, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST  |  PRACTICE  |  QUALIFYING  |  RESULTS  |  TWITPIC IMAGES

Sources: Jason Cuningham/NASCAR WMT PR

Coming Up Later Today: NWMT World Series at Thompson

The 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will come to a close and a champion will be crowned today in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Results will be made available at the conclusion of the race. In the meantime, live updates from the track throughout the day and the race can be found at nascarhometracks.com.

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The Race: The Sunoco World Series will be the 14th and final race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010, and the final of three events at Thompson International Speedway.

Race Date: Sunday, Oct. 17

Race Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Race Distance: 150 laps / 93.75 miles

2010 Polesitter: Bobby Santos

2009 Winner: Ted Christopher

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Santos Earns WMT Pole at Thompson; Viens, Richardi, Jr., Stone, Cipriano, Dumicich, Sullivan, Kendell, O’Sullivan & Gentes World Series Saturday

Thompson, CT — The 37th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing officially got underway on Saturday Night at Thompson International Speedway. Rain on Friday set the stage for an action packed night of racing for World Series Saturday. A grand total of nine feature events hit the Speedway. Mini Stockers Mike Viens of Seekonk, MA, was the first to take the checkers to open feature event festivities. Rob Richardi, Jr. of N. Easton, MA, was tops in the Pro-Four Modifieds.

Al Stone of New Haven, CT led every lap en route to the victory in the Limited Sportsman feature event. Joey Cipriano of Waterbury, CT bested the field in the SK Lights. Frank Dumicich, Jr. of East Quoque, NY, was victorious in New England Truck Series. Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, cruised to the checkers in the TIS Modifieds and Joe Kendell of Winchenden, MA, took the victory in a hotly contested Outlaw Mini Stock feature event. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, proved to be the man to beat in the Outlaw Street Stocks and Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored the Outlaw Late Model victory in the nightcapper.

Mike Viens of Seekonk, MA, took the lead in a hotly contested Mini Stock main event to score the victory in the first feature event of the 37th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing. The early going in the Mini Stock main event featured a fierce four-car battle for the top spot including Lloyd Anderson, Chuck Rogers, Mike Gorgievksi, and Chad Baxter. After swapping the lead Baxter finally asserted himself as the leader. Baxter appeared to suffer mechanical woes on lap eight relinquishing the lead to Rogers.

[Thompson World Series Sat. Photo Galleryby Nicholas Teto
[Thompson World Series Sun. Photo Gallery]
by Nicholas Teto

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Morris Comes Up Big Again

Follows up Martinsville win by edging Pulliam for SoBo victory

South Boston, VA — Philip Morris continued his postseason roll Saturday.

The three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion fended off Lee Pulliam in a two-lap dash to the finish to win the Late Model 300 Presented By Danville Toyota at South Boston Speedway.

It is the second big race win for Morris following the conclusion of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. Morris, who finished seventh in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 500 standings, won the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

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Santos Begins Championship Weekend with Pole

Fourth Pole of the Year for Points Leader

Thompson, CT — Bobby Santos took a big step toward earning his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title as he captured the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday for the season finale Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International Speedway.

Santos, from nearby Franklin, Mass., laid down a fast lap of 18.709 seconds (120.263 mph) in Saturday’s qualifying session to earn his fourth pole of the season. He set the Whelen Modified Tour qualifying record in the season-opener at Thompson for his first pole and went on to win the race.

Ted Christopher, the two-time defending winner of the World Series, qualified second with a fast lap of 18.846 (119.389). Eric Berndt was third on the board at 18.885 (119.142).

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