Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway was back on track with a 5-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event on Friday, July 15. Keith Rocco picked up his fifth victory of the 2011 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ryan Posocco took his first feature win of the 2011 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Galko recovered from an early race incident to take his third feature win of the 2011 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Shawn Thibeault picked up his third win of 2011 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande picked up his fourth feature victory of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. Casagrande’s feature victory tied him with Stacey Botticello and Norm Sears as the winningest drivers in DARE Stock history with 10 career feature wins each.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Nichole Morgillo took the lead at the green flag, driving around Mark Bakaj. Bakaj settled into second with Dan Avery, Glen Reen, and Ted Christopher making up the top-5. Reen moved into second with Avery and Christopher also getting by Bakaj to drop him back to fifth place.
Christopher went to the inside of Avery on lap-10 to take over second, while Reen was trying to take the lead from Morgillo. Reen made a move on lap-10, but he came up short. Not fazed, Reen came back the very next lap and this time was able to complete the pass on Morgillo to take over the race lead. Christopher was now right on Morgillo’s bumper while Ryan Preece and Bakaj came together in turn 4 and came to a stop to bring the caution out with 12 laps complete. Preece came to pit road where his team was working on the front of his car and he was able to continue at the rear of the field for the restart.
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Lee, NH — Greg Stoehr claimed the 25-lap Northeastern Midgets Association feature at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway on Friday evening. It was the veteran racer’s first main event win of the season.
Quickly establishing himself as the man to beat, Stoehr passed pole sitter Paul Scally on the second-lap and was never seriously challenged. He easily pulled-away from the field following the events only two restarts.
Action behind the leader was highlighted by an intense battle for second spot between Jeremy Frankoski, Randy Cabral, and Jeff Abold. The action was halted when Cabral suddenly slowed on the backstretch signaling the event’s first yellow flag. Restarting from the back, Cabral rallied to a 6th place finish.
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Seekonk, MA — Stephen Heath sat on the pole for the twenty lap Sport4 feature, and early troubles befell the driver of the #20. After two laps had been completed, Heath was shuffled back to third position, with Warwick’s John Lamake inheriting the lead and Ed Gould moving from fourth to second. Lamake spun entering turn three, and gave away the lead as the caution waved on lap six.
On the restart, misfortune and miscues struck the leader once again. This time, Warwick’s second Sport Four driver spun in the same spot as Lamake as a result of a side by side battle with #3 Kyle Pacheco. Pacheco edged up the racetrack to the turn four tunnel following the incident, and stalled. After five laps, the rookie received his first DNF of his career, exiting the track with help from the Seekonk Speedway staff.
Following the duo of spins by the leaders in turn three, Dave Westgate Jr. rose to the top of the leaderboard. The remained of the race was run under green flag conditions, and the #49 of Westgate set the pace en route to capturing the checkered flag. Stephen Heath, Devin Miranda, and John Lamake, who spun exiting turn two with two laps to go, rounded out the competitors who finished the race on the lead lap.
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Stafford Springs, CT — On Friday night, July 29th, Stafford Motor Speedway will welcome the Modified Racing Series back to the track for the completion of the Inaugural Lincoln Tech 80. The Lincoln Tech MRS 80 was originally scheduled for June 24th, but a rain shower halted the race with 32 of the race’s 80 laps complete. The Modified Racing Series will complete their 80-lap feature event and there will be heat and feature races for all five of Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. All rain checks from the original June 24 date will be honored for this event.
Pit gates will open at 1pm, spectator gates will open at 4:15pm, qualifying heats for Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Ltd. Late Models, and DARE Stocks will begin at 6:15pm, and feature events will begin racing at 7:15pm.
The Lincoln Tech MRS 80 will resume from lap-33 with Keith Rocco leading Dave Etheridge, Matt Hirschman, Chris Pasteryak, and Doug Coby. Rocco started the Lincoln Tech 80 on the pole and he led the first lap before Pasteryak went by Rocco to take over the lead on lap-2. Rocco then lost second position to Etheridge, but he moved back by Etheridge on lap-11 and he went back by Pasteryak to retake the lead on lap-13. Rocco then held the lead of the race until the rain started to fall with 32 laps complete.
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Stafford Springs, CT — As the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series nears the halfway point at Stafford Motor Speedway, the track’s SK Modified® division has it biggest race of the season on the horizon, the 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150. With the race distance of 150 laps and a purse of nearly $25,000, it is by far the longest and richest race of the year at Stafford.
After a victory in Stafford’s Coors Light SK Modified® 100 earlier this year, and a second in last year’s CARQUEST SK 150, current SK Modified® points leader Ryan Preece is looking forward to the latest edition of the extra distance event.
“These races are the ones you really want to win since they pay the most to win,” said Preece. “We have some great sponsors in Sullivan and Sons, American Lamp Recycling, J.G. Poulin Drywall, and Hitchcock Pool Water, but every extra bit really helps the team out. We’re focused right now on keeping all four wheels straight on the car and when you can win these big races, it helps keep us going.”
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Overcomes pit miscue for K&N Pro Series East victory
Loudon, NH — Max Gresham overcame an early pit-road miscue to win the New England 125 Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
It is the second win of the season and fourth career victory for Gresham, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader.
The Griffin, Ga., driver won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light in Thursday’s qualifying and led most of the early laps in Friday’s race. However, while most of the lead cars pitted on Lap 48, miscommunication between Gresham, his crew chief and spotter caused the Joe Gibbs Racing development driver to stay out a lap longer. The miscue meant Gresham restarted 21st after the cycle of pit stops and he had to work his way through the field.
“It’s awesome to work our way from the back, back to the front is very cool,” Gresham said. “To not have finished better than ninth here, and to finally win here in my fourth try is awesome.”
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K&N Pro Series East’s best honored at New Hampshire
Loudon, NH — NASCAR honored the Top 10 Drivers of the First 25 Years of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East during a brief ceremony held Friday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Top 10 was announced earlier this week.
Santerre, who earned the top spot on the list after winning four consecutive titles from 2002-05 and now is one of the key competition players with Revolution Racing, was grateful for the recognition.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Santerre said. “To be the first pick is just amazing. A lot of times after you retire and go away, you think that everyone is going to forget about you and what you did.
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Thompson, CT — Woody Pitkat earned his second Sunoco Modified victory this season at Thompson International Speedway’s 50-lap feature event. Pitkat took the lead from Danny Cates on lap 28 and appeared to be on his way to victory until the final lap of the race. Contact with Keith Rocco had Pitkat cross the line second, but a penalty issued to Rocco for the contact handed him the win.
Catania took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but it was Danny Cates, using the outside groove, who would be out front by the end of lap one. Woody Pitkat moved into second followed by Keith Rocco.
Cates pace began putting the field down by lap 13 as the action began to heat up in the middle of the field. Ricky Fuller passed Catania for the fifth place position after a side-by-side battle for the spot.
At lap 18, as Cates contended with lapped traffic, Pitkat closed in on Cates and kept the pressure on his rear bumper. The yellow came out on lap 20 and halted any challenges by Pitkat, who would restart the race alongside Cates.
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