Seekonk, MA — Flyin’ Freddie Astle labored his way to the front, and then put on wings once he got into the lead to take the Phil’s Propane 75-Lap Feature and become the first Pro-Stocker to chalk up a second victory on the season. Point’s leader Mike Brightman of Acushnet worked his way into second just before the midpoint of the race, and though he dogged the Westporter to the finish line 39 laps later, did not have an answer for Astle. Taunton’s Ken Spencer, Dick Houlihan of Bridgewater and Rehoboth’s Dave Darling completed the top five on the evening.
Spencer, starting on the outside of the front row, escaped from Polesitter Kevin Casper of Somerset, and led the first 20 laps of the extended feature. They were door-to-door at the start, but when Houlihan attempted to run a 3-wide, underneath pass on Casper, Spencer escaped into the lead. Kyle Casper and Houlihan swapped places, Kyle tried under Kevin, was denied, then Houlihan got under to take third back. By this time, he had Astle on his tail, after the latter had moved quickly up from his starting place outside the fourth row. Brightman had been shadowing him from his own start inside on the fifth echelon.
Astle edged past Spencer on lap 21, Brightman was third, Darling fourth and Houlihan fifth. On the next lap, Darling came up fast on Brightman’s tail, braked hard to avoid collision, but still tapped Brightman. The combined braking and tap put Darling into a turn one spin, bringing out the caution. Brightman wavered, but continued.
Astle and Spencer dueled for the lead, with Astle going back to the lead. Brightman edged Houlihan for third and Scott Dion settled into fifth.
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Seekonk, MA — On Friday, June 24th, Seekonk Speedway’s “Fast Friday” program resumed for the first time since the season premiere following two weeks of rain. In the SYRA 600s, Chase Belcher survived a late charge from Curtis Rolando to pick up the feature victory. Branden Dion earned his first victory in the SYRA 750s, while Rich Sprague grabbed his first career victory in the Sport Fours. The C.D.G Industries New England V6 Modifieds made their first appearance of the season at Seekonk, andPresident Allan Rieser Jr. took the checkered flag. In the nightcap, John Robidoux emerged once the smoke cleared with his first victory of the season.
In the Sport Four feature Jewett City, Connecticut’s Chris Bissell had a strong run early, and jockeyed with Ed Gould and Rich Sprague for the top spot for most of the race. In the closing laps, Sprague made his way around the field and took the checkered flag, sweeping the heat and feature.
The SYRA 600s took to the track for a twenty lap feature event. Austin Blais led nine of the first ten laps. Jason Enos hung tough battling for the lead, but after making contact with the leader on multiple occasions, trouble stuck the top two. On the exit of turn four, both Enos and Blais spun their mini cups to the apron on lap eleven. The caution grouped Chase Belcher and Curtis Rolando to the front row, and just like in their heat, Belcher pulled away and maintained the lead despite a trio of spins by Kiera Carpenter, hanging on for his first victory of the season in front of Rolando, Shelby Donovan, Tyler Boudreau, and David Lougee.
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Former champion leads every lap in victory
Winchester, NH — Todd Szegedy showed everyone why he is still someone to watch on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Szegedy, the 2003 champion, started from the pole and led every lap to win the Monadnock 200 Sunday for his 15th career tour win and first since August of last year.
With his win Szegedy became the fourth different winner in as many races this season on the tour and it was his first top-five finish of the season.
Szegedy held off Justin Bosingnore who followed in second while Matt Hirschman was third. Ron Silk was fourth and James Civali completed the top five.
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Veteran collects first Coors Light Pole Award of the season
Winchester, NH — Todd Szegedy has won his eighth career Coors Light Pole Award during qualifying for the Monadnock 200 Sunday at Monadnock Speedway. Szegedy topped the session with a fast lap of 12.447 seconds (72.307 mph) to claim the top spot. Ron Silk followed in second with a time of 12.575 seconds.
Andy Seuss, Matt Hirschman and James Civali completed the top five. Ron Yuhas Jr. followed in sixth with Justin Bonsignore seventh and Erick Rudolph eighth. Glenn Reen and Mike Stefanik completed the top 10.
Ted Christopher, who won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Monadnock last year, qualified 14th.
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New York native leads practice session
Winchester, NH — Justin Bosignore finished practice on top to lead the 28-car field for the Monadnock 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race to be held later Sunday.
Bosignore ended the session with a fast lap of 12.452 seconds (72.278 mph). Doug Coby was second with a time of 12.531 seconds. Ron Silk was third with Erick Rudolph and Eric Berndt completed the top five.
Matt Hirschman followed in sixth with Mike Stefanik seventh. Renee Dupuuis followed in eighth with last year’s race winner at Monadnock Speedway, Ted Christopher, ninth. Eric Beers completed the top 10.
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Waterford, CT – Paul Luggelle scored his third career NEMA Lites victory Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl. Starting second, Luggelle took the lead on the backstretch with 13 remaining and when on to a convincing win.
Only the fifth “Quad 4” win in Lites history, Luggelle (Luggelle 28) covered the 25-laps in an impressive 6:09.288 (91.392 mph). He also had the fastest lap – 14.277 seconds.
Anthony Nocella (Seymour 29) passed five cars over the final two laps to finish second. Ryan Bigelow (Bigelow 13), rookie Brandon Igo (Igo 13) and Vince Jacobs (Seymour 9) completed the top five.
Pole sitter Lanson Fornoro (Parker 47), after a brief battle with Bigelow, ran away from a second-place that also included Igo, Carl Medeiros Jr. and Luggelle. Despite a broken header, Luggelle took second from Bigelow just before the halfway point.
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Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday night with a 6-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program. In total, seven feature events were completed on the night including a pair of Street Stock features. Defending track and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco of Wallingford returned to Victory Lane, picking up the checkered flag in the night’s SK Modified® feature. Jason Palmer of Berlin picked up a career first win in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division. The two Street Stock feature races were swept by defending champion Al Stone III of New Haven. Glenn Colvin of Clinton won the Mini Stock race.
Other winners on the night included Paul Luggelle of Holbrook, MA and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington in their respective NEMA Lite and Legends Cars features.
Rocco led the SK Modified® field to the green flag in their 35-lap feature looking to end a string of finishes outside the top-five, including two 17th place finishes. Nichole Morgillo, Kyle James, Jeff Pearl and Tyler Chadwick raced to the top-five positions behind Rocco in the opening laps. James was the first to pull out of line, challenging Morgillo’s outside on lap-3. After three laps of pursuit, James moved into the position for good in turn three. Pearl followed suit and was in third when the field completed lap-7.
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