Archive for October 2nd, 2010

Galko, Flannery & Saunders Twins Score CARQUEST Fall Final Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final race event of the 2010 season with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. Matt Galko won the SK Light feature and the SK Light track championship, Dan Flannery won the Limited Late Model feature and the Limited Late Model track championship, and Albert Saunders won the DARE Stock feature while Tony Membrino, Jr. became the DARE Stock track champion. Cliff Saunders was the winner of the 8-lap Paradiso-Muska DARE Stock Shoot-Out.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Tony Santangelo took the early lead from the pole. Jay Goff was second behind Santangelo with Matt Galko moving into third. Victoria Bergenty was fourth and Heather DesRochers was fifth when the caution came out with 2 laps complete as David Webb spun and kicked dirt onto the racing groove.

On the restart, Galko charged into the lead but the caution came back out one lap later as Erica Santos went around in turn 1. SK Light points leader Tommy Barrett, Jr. was also involved, which eliminated his championship hopes as he was finished for the race.

[Photo Gallery] by Adam Fohlin

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Three PASS Titles Still Up For Grabs

South – National – Sportsman

Naples, ME — The 2010 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) racing schedule is winding down, but there are still three championships to be decided when the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Sportsman take to two different race tracks on Saturday October 16.

In New England the PASS Sportsman title is a three way battle between 2007 Champion Dan McKeage, defending Sportsman champ Carey Martin and Mike Landry. The standings were turned upside down on PASS 400 weekend at Beech Ridge when Landry had all sorts of problems, eventually wrecking out of the 100 lap feature for a 20th place result. McKeage earned his first win of 2010 and Martin came home in the show spot, vaulting the pair past Landry in the standings. McKeage has a fourteen point advantage over Martin with Landry twenty four back.

The title bout will add spice to Riverside Speedway’s season finale that includes qualifying races and a 75 lap feature for the PASS Sportsman, the Frostbite 250 four and six cylinder Enduro and the crowning of Riverside’s own Outlaw division champion. Riverside Speedway is just off Route 3 on Craggy Road in Groveton, New Hampshire. The action gets underway Saturday October 16 at 1:00 PM.

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QUALIFYING: Bonsignore Nabs Stafford Pole

Second Coors Light Pole Award For Long Island Rookie

Stafford Springs, CT — Justin Bonsignore stole the show in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying Saturday afternoon at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The last car to go out during time trials, Bonsignore registered a fast lap of 18.355 seconds (98.066 mph) to earn the second Coors Light Pole Award of his rookie season. The Holtsville, N.Y., driver’s first career pole came earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bonsignore’s top run knocked favorite Eric Beers off the pole. Beers, who was the fastest car in morning practice, was the 29th of 31 cars to qualify and he promptly moved to the top of the chart with a lap of 18.387 (97.895). Following a fast run by Eric Berndt, Bonsignore closed qualifying with the top run.

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Brian Hoar Claims Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole

Williston, Vermont’s Brian Hoar claimed the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood pole position for the 48th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre on Sunday, October 3. The two-time (1998 and 1999) Milk Bowl Champion set a fast time of 13.001 on the day. Three-time Milk Bowl pole sitter Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH was just 22 one-thousandths of a second of Hoars time and will sit on the outside pole.

An impressive 61 ACT Late Models completed time trials. The fast three times, which were Hoar, Polewarczyk and Montreal, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle set the top three spots in the segment 1 line-up of the Milk Bowl. The Triple 50 lap heat races added the top five finishers from each to the starting lineup. Brent Dragon, John Donahue and Joey Laquerre claimed the wins in the Triple 50s. The next six spots were filled in based on the six fastest times that were not qualified yet.

The first 24 positions are now set for tomorrow’s 48th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. The final six positions will be decided the Last Chance race which will be set to roll at 1:00pm tomorrow, Sunday, October 3 at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” Thunder Road in Barre.

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PRACTICE: Beers Leads Stafford Field

Points Leader Santos Second Fastest

Stafford Springs, CT — Eric Beers paced the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field during practice Saturday in preparation for the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Beers, driver of the No. 76 Horwith Freightliner Chevrolet, toured the half-mile Stafford oval in 18.177 seconds (99.026 mph) during the 90-minute session Saturday morning.

Points leader Bobby Santos was second-fastest at 18.224 (98.771) followed by Glen Reen at 18.368 (97.997). Justin Bonsignore, Chuck Hossfeld, Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink, Todd Szegedy, Eric Goodale and Eric Berndt rounded out the top-10 fastest cars.

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