Archive for June 29th, 2011

Palmer takes Legends Cars win; Ternullo and Martin share Bandolero victories; Pollard, D’addario, Porter and Dimauro other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was busy on Wednesday night for the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program. Twin Bandolero and WackyRaces led the action on the evening. In Bandolero racing Joey Ternullo of Middletown and Taylor Martin of Windham, New Hampshire shared the honors, each picking up a win. In the Legends Cars, Jason Palmer of Berlin raced to the win in a hotly contested duel. The Super X-Car feature was taken by Peter Pollard of Old Lyme, a career first. The X-Car race was won by defending division champion Dan D’addario of Columbia.

The 20-lap Legends Cars race began with Dave Garbo Jr. in the race lead from his pole starting position. Tom Gray took command inside Garbo as the field raced to turn one on lap-2. Gray was able to stretch his lead to five lengths ahead of a battle for the remaining top five positions among many cars. Shaun Buffington emerged in third position just ahead of Palmer, who was up to fourth by lap-5.

Buffington and Palmer would not be separated by more than a car length the rest of the way as they battled over the remainder of the event. The race to get to the top spot between the pair was on following a caution flag on lap-7 for a spin in turn two by Carl Blandina. On the restart, the two were able to race their way past Gray to move into first and second position. On lap-12, Palmer used a nifty crossover move exiting turn four to dive under Buffington. They spent several laps battling side-by-side before Palmer was able to pull into the lead. Just behind the leaders, Angelo Belsito made slight contact with Buffington entering turn one, triggering a chain-reaction incident that sent Dana Dimatteo spinning into the turn one wall, bringing out the caution flag.

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Russ Stoehr Continues NEMA Streak

Stafford, Springs, CT — Inheriting the lead, Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) made it three straight victories capturing the Northeastern Midget Association 30 lapper at Stafford Motor Speedway’s CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday. His 46th career triumph, it was Stoehr’s first at Stafford.

Stoehr had climbed from seventh to second when brother Greg, who had led since lap three, spun in lapped traffic on the 21st circuit. He out-dragged Jeremy Frankoski (Cantor 7ny) into one on the restart and quickly established a comfortable edge.

Jeff Abold (Seymour 29) and Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) both came back from trouble to complete the podium. Chris Leonard (Leonard 22) and Mike Horn (Horn 93x) were fourth and fifth.

The win put Stoehr into sole possession of third place on the all-time win list, passing Nokie Fornoro. “The third straight is something special,” he said. “I had never done that in my career.”

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300 laps of racing in mid-season championship at Speedbowl

Six divisions highlight Saturday July 2 program

Waterford, CT — The Speedbowl.com 300, an annual tradition is up next at Waterford Speedbowl, the shoreline’s home for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. A staple over the 4th of July holiday weekend for over a decade, the mid-season event offers race fans one of the season’s marquee events on Saturday, July 3. In all, 300 laps of feature racing will be on display among six divisions.

A 100-lap feature for the SK Modified© division takes center stage on a racing card that also includes extra distance events for the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks. Each will battle in 50-lappers. The racing stars of the future round out the night’s action, as the Legends Cars and Bandolero divisions will go 30-laps and 20-laps in distance respectively.

As the 2011 season reaches its mid-point another year of highly competitive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is underway at the ‘Bowl. Many memorable feature race battles have already been staged at the three-eighths mile oval with many more surely on their way. To date, 41 NASCAR features have been completed with 24 different drivers taking a down a checkered flag. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models have seen only one driver repeat in winner’s column, spreading out the hardware and keeping that championship point race tight.

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Midget vs. Sprint Car in Champions Challenge at Bear Ridge This Saturday

Bradford, VT —  One of racing’s great questions – which is faster on a dirt short track, a Midget or a Sprint Car? – will be answered this Saturday night July 2 at Bear Ridge Speedway when a pair of champions go mano a mano in a two car match race.

In the First Annual Champions Challenge, Joe Krawiec, the 2010 Whip City Speedway Quad 4 Midget Champ, will represent the USAC DMA Midgets while former Bear Ridge track champ Kevin Chaffee will defend the honor of the SCoNE Sprint Car drivers.

Both drivers are at the peak of their games at Bear Ridge this season. Krawiec has two Midget feature wins and Chafee was the runner-up both times. Chafee also has a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified win to his credit this season.

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Perley, Rocco, Stoehr & Wrenn Score CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Tuesday night, June 28th, was the 8th annual CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program at Stafford Motor Speedway. Chris Perley won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, Russ Stoehr won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, and Norm Wrenn made it four wins in a row at Stafford by taking the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event. In the CARQUEST Champions For Charities event, Keith Rocco took the checkered flag but the real winner was charity as the 14 champion drivers raised over $40,000 for their selected charities.

In the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature event, Ted Christopher took the lead from the pole and bean to set a blistering pace, pulling away from the rest of the competition. Bobby Magner and Johnny Benson were side by side for second place with Benson eventually getting the spot after several laps. Mike Lichty was running fourth with Russ Wood making up the remainder of the top-5 in the early laps.

Christopher was running strong in the lead and was maintaining a several car length lead over Benson in second at the lap-10 marker. Chris Perley was beginning to make a charge to the front of the field at this stage of the race and he cracked into the top-5 by passing Jamie Timmons. The action was slowed by the caution flag with 27 laps complete for Timmons, who spun in turn 2 after he had run among the top-5 cars.

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