Archive for October 8th, 2010

Ryan Posocco Takes Home Fifth Career Late Model Track Championship at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — While Ryan Posocco locked up his fifth career Late Model track championship this past Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway, it was not without some close calls during the final race of the season as Posocco tried to keep pace with Woody Pitkat. First Posocco had to dodge several incidents that happened directly in front of him and then he had to contend with a car that wasn’t quite coming up to speed on restarts.

“There wasn’t much anxiety leading up to the race, we knew what we had to do,” said Posocco. “It was crazy out there [the last race.] Woody got buy us pretty quick at the start of the race and then I just tried to follow him through. I knew that if I could stay on his bumper that we were good for the championship. There was nothing today, they preached in the driver’s meeting to respect [the championship contenders], but those guys are here to win the race too, so you have to respect that. A couple of guys ran me pretty clean and a couple of guys not so much. We were off all day on the restarts, we just couldn’t get going, and it showed on that last restart how bad we were. Corey [Hutchings] was able to get down but luckily he drifted up the track a bit and I stuck my nose in there. We still don’t know why we were so bad on the restarts.”

At the beginning of the year, it looked like 2010 was going to be anything but a championship year for Posocco and the Kretschman team. They rallied to a 9th place finish in the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler after hitting the turn 2 wall, but they struggled for much of the first month before getting their first win of the season in June.
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Keith Rocco Wraps Up Second Stafford SK Modified® Track Championship with Record Setting Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheeler’s Automotive stamped their names into the Stafford record books as track champions this season by laying claim to the record for most SK Modified® victories in a single season. Rocco entered the final race of the 2010 season tied with Ted Christopher for the most SK Modified® feature victories in a single season at 9. Rocco’s CARQUEST Fall Final victory supplanted Christopher’s name in the record books and left the Wallingford native to celebrate his second career Stafford track championship in grand style.

“I know we had tied it and we had one more shot to beat it,” said Rocco. “It’s something that you don’t do too often winning ten races in a season, so that’s another notch in the belt. Teddy has grandstands named after him here, so to beat one of his records, you know you’re doing something.”

While Rocco had clinched the track championship two races ago, he was still pursuing the SK Modified® record for wins in a season. And after several trips to pit road under caution as a result of hitting the wall at the start of the race, it appeared that Rocco’s chance at claiming the record had come and gone.

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Ted Christopher banking on good Modified Nationals effort

1992 track champion already a two-time event winner

Waterford, CT — Ted Christopher, the multi-time track champion at race tracks across Connecticut including the Speedbowl, is ready to take part in this Saturday and Sunday’s Finale Weekend event with his eyes set on taking the checkered flag. Christopher looks to become a two-time winner of the Budweiser Modified Nationals and take home the 150-lap race’s $5,000 payday.

The 2010 Thompson Speedway track champion will enter the race in the Paige #00 machine he won that title with. Christopher is winless at the ‘Bowl since 2004, the longest draught of his career at the shoreline oval. He hasn’t competed frequently at the track since 2005 when he made six starts. In all, his racing resume includes 33 career victories at the Speedbowl – third all-time at the track despite the dry spell.

Christopher will join the 2010 Stafford Motor Speedway and Speedbowl division champion Keith Rocco. Rocco was also crowned the NASCAR’s Connecticut State Champion and National Champion in its Whelen All-American Series. Other past champions expected in the field include Ron Yuhas Jr. (2009), Rob Janovic Jr. (2007), Dennis Gada (1999-2003, 2006, 2008), Jeff Pearl (1998) and Todd Ceravolo (1997). Christopher was the 1992 track champion. Another past division champion, Ed Reed Jr. (2004), will qualify the Gaydosh #94 for the SK-150. In all, 13 of the past 14 track champions will be present.

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Happy Homecoming for Alexander

Returns To Claim Monadnock Modified Championship

Daytona Beach, FL — Kirk Alexander marked the return to his home track with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

The 38-year-old driver from West Swanzey, N.H., won the Modified Division championship at Monadnock Speedway, a high-banked .250-mile paved oval in Winchester, N.H.

“He’s the kind of person anyone would like to have as their track champion,” Monadnock track promoter Larry Cirillo said. “We’re proud to have him represent us. He portrays a positive picture of what short track racing is. If things don’t go his way, he’s the kind of guy who says ‘that’s racing.’ There’s no finger pointing. He’s a good guy.”

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ISMA 2010 Champion to be Crowned at Thompson World Series of Racing Next Weekend

Oswego, NY – It’s been some time now that the International SuperModified Association driver and car owner title went down to the final race of the season. Chris Perley and the Vic Miller team have pretty much dominated the scene between 2003 and 2009, with only the Abold-Dunigan team squeezing in for a title in 2005. This year’s run for the roses has been different as Canadian Mike Lichty and former ISMA champion Russ Wood, have been battling back and forth at the top. For Lichty, the 2010 title would be his first-ever and for Wood the crown would be a record seventh time at the top with his third different car owner.

Lou Cicconi, after a win at Albany-Saratoga in May, was the early leader but Mike Lichty came back to claim his first-ever win on the ISMA circuit at Waterford to begin a string of top five finishes that would last until Lee USA’s Ollie Silva Memorial in August. Lichty had some bad luck at that 75-lapper, finishing ninth, while Russ Wood was on a string of his own which included a win at Airborne had a second place at Lee that night.

The point lead would now move to Wood by a handful of points, especially after leader Lichty and Lou Cicconi crashed out of the lead at Waterford the next day after Lee. At Oswego’s Super Nationals, Lichty regained the lead with a second place while Wood still kept up the pace with a fifth. Lichty’s sour streak came back to haunt at the Lee USA Classic on Sept. 11 with two features to be run with separate full points for each. Wood finished second and third at that double-header while Lichty had a tenth and seventh.

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Fall is in the Air

As we begin to see the change in the seasons, we feel the change in the air. Summer has given us many memories to relive in the days to come; now it is time for the things of summer to rest. I enjoy fall for many things but most of all I enjoy fall for the change. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The crisp cool mornings, the color of the trees, the sound of geese trumpeting there way to southern regions, the sound as you bite into a fresh picked apple, the smell of a roasting turkey with all the fixings, I could go on but you get the picture. If we take the time to look, each season has blessings of its own to provide for us a reminder that God created this for our enjoyment.

Sometimes we get so busy during the summer that we forget to stop and take a look around. We forget to enjoy the blessings God has provided for us. We forget that this was created for our pleasure.

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