Archive for July 8th, 2011

Speedbowl on summer break July 9

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returns July 16 Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl takes a one-week hiatus from its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on July 9, following on the heels of the mid-season championship 300 last Saturday night. The track hits the break in the midst of some great championship points battles and a season marked by successful individual campaigns at the halfway mark in the Saturday night season.

NASCAR racing resumes on Saturday, July 16 presented by The Rock 106.9 WCCC, with all five Whelen All-American Series divisions in action. The SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds will all be part of the event which also includes a special Saturday appearance by the X-Car division – a staple of the track’s mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program.

Each of the Speedbowl’s NASCAR divisions point races are yet to see much separation, speaking to yet another highly competitive season at the shoreline speedway. Keith Rocco, the defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion and defending track SK Modified® champion is once again in the hunt nationally as well as locally to repeat his titles from a year ago.

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Pursley Rolls to Top of Hunter Index

Voted No. 1 for July After Incredible K&N Pro Series West Run

Daytona Beach, FL — Greg Pursley has made winning look easy.

Seven races into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, he has made five trips to Victory Lane. He won two of the three races in June, leading a 364 of 400 laps en route to the pair of victories.

His performance was mirrored in the July voting for the Hunter Index, as determined by a panel of auto racing writers and NASCAR representatives. The Newhall, Calif., driver collected 10 of the 13 first-place votes to easily earn the top spot.

“No surprise here,” said Jorge Mondaca, motorsports editor for “Greg Pursley continues dominating the K&N Pro West Series. It took a Sprint Cup driver to snap his winning form, but even then he posted an impressive fourth on the road course at Sonoma.”

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Rain takes out another Fast Friday at Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, MA — For the third time this season, Mother Nature has kept the competitors of Seekonk Speedway’s Fast Friday series home on race night. This time, the New England Pro4 Late Model Series was also kept at bay, as a steady rainfall fell throughout the morning and afternoon in the Southeastern MA region.

With three races in the books for the Pure Stocks, Randy Moretti of West Warwick RI leads the championship points standings, with three runner-up finishes. Ed Flanagan Jr sits second, with Bill Chouinard, Jamie Salley and rookie Jesse Melberg rounding out the top five.

Ed Gould leads the charge in the Sport4 class, with Kyle Pacheco, John Lamake, Chris Bissell and Robert Henry taking the rest of the top five.

In the Seekonk Youth Racing Association 750 class, Branden Dion, fresh off his first win of the season sits atop the standings, with reigning 600 champion Nick Lascoula on his heels. Adam Swift, Willy Sanchez and Kaitlyn Donovan round out the top five.

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Stafford Rained Out

Due to rain, tonight’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Stafford Motor Speedway has been cancelled.

July Packed with Exciting Racing Action at Thompson

Thompson, CT — July is one action packed month at the Thompson International Speedway. The racing action continues with the biggest event of the season for the Sunoco Modifieds, a 100-lap National Championship event for the Pro All Star Series (PASS), a 40-lap shootout for the Tour-Type Modifieds and the return of the Mini Stock northern challenge race.

The big event for the Sunoco Modifieds will be held this Thursday, July 14th which is Whelen Engineering night. Whelen Engineering, the title sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, will sponsor the night that will also feature Thompson’s Super Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Late Models, XTRA/MART Limited Sportsman and the Monster Mini Stocks.

Sunoco Modified competitors are looking forward to their big night when one race team will rake in the extra purse money and will carry the special rewards of winning the biggest race of the season for the track’s premier division. Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Todd Ceravolo and more will certainly bring their “A Game” to the speedway this Thursday in hopes of winning the big one.

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Mike Horn Ends NEMA Victory Drought

Thompson, CT — Mike Horn’s victory drought is over. “It’s like a dream,” he said after winning the Northeastern Midget Association Marvin Rifchin Trophy Race Thursday night at Thompson Speedway. It was his first-ever NEMA checkered.

After an aborted initial start, the race went green for all 25 laps. Horn (Horn 93X), a NEMA competitor since 1993, led all of them. He was challenged throughout by Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47), the latter coming from sixth to second by lap three. “I kept waiting for Randy to come by,” said Horn. “I waited right to the checker.”

Cabral’s two best challenges came in between one and two and in three on lap eight. “He showed me the nose and I realized I had to step it up,” added Horn. He had, after all, “spent a long time thinking about it [the first win].”

B.J. MacDonald (MacDonald 49), in his first NEMA start of the season, came from seventh to third with point leader Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) fourth and Greg Stoehr (Stoehr 26b) fifth. Russ Stoehr’s win streak ended at three. The top three cars all had similar Bertrand set ups.

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

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