Archive for July 16th, 2011

Bobby Pelland III wins 1st Late Model feature; Astle makes it three of four, while Rego and Cavallaro repeat

Seekonk, MA — Robert Pelland III erased a long season of disappointment when he crossed the finish line .282 seconds ahead of Gerry DeGasparre, Jr. for his first win of the his Late Model career. Pelland has been top five most of the season with a number of second places. He’s rushed off to grand leads only to see them evaporate with the waving of the caution flag. He’s often seen teammate Ryan Vanasse get by for the win. This evening, it all came together for Pelland as he claimed the lead on the first circuit, then held off DeGasparre for 28 laps enroute to the victory. As 6-race winner Vanasse moved in behind DeGasparre, the sense that a repetition of the past was in the works. But the gods of racing smiled on Pelland this evening, and he held off all challengers through to the checkers.

Ron Barboza and Lillie had been the front row, but on the start, Bill Bernard had tried under the polesitter, made contact with Barboza and both looped. Dylan Estrella, starting outside Bernard on the second row, was collected and had the left rear tire come completely off the rim. He went to the pits, but returned.

Now Lillie and Tyler Thompson were the front row for the complete race restart, as the field had not finished lap one before the caution. Pelland and DeGasparre lurked in the second row. Pelland immediately went under Lillie, leaving Thompson on the outside of a three wide. Thompson dropped off the top and Pelland went to the lead with Lillie on his tail. DeGasparre also went under Lille and gained the second spot as Vanasse came up behind Lillie for fourth on the fifth lap. Three laps later, he was into third, and the trio at the front began motoring wildly around the oval, watching each other like angry dogs, afraid to make a move that would jeopardize, but hungry for the prizes of the race.

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Rocco back in SK Modified® Victory Lane; Thomas takes Late Models ;Puleo, Pappacoda, French and Williams other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl completed an action-packed NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program Saturday evening, with multiple repeat winners on the season returning to Victory Lane. All five of the track’s NASCAR divisions were in action plus a Saturday Showdown Series feature race for the X-Car division. Visiting the winner’s circle were Keith Rocco of Wallingford in the SK Modifieds®, his third straight win in the division, while former track champion Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton won his fourth feature in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models. Ed Puleo of Branford rallied late in the Street Stock s to win his fifth race of the year, but in the Mini Stocks it was the first of the year for Nick Pappacoda of North Branford who wound up taking the checkered flag. Paul French of Andover was victorious in the SK Light Modifieds, his second in three events for the division. Patrick Williams of Middletown won the X-Car feature.

Joe Perry jumped out to the race lead at the drop of the green flag in the 35-lap SK Modified® field. Tom Abele got crossed up off turn four as lap-1 was completed, with everyone able to stay pointed in the right direction. Abele dropped several positions gathering his car. Nichole Morgillo got around the inside of Glenn Pressel for second position and Tucker Reynolds Jr. moved up to third when Kyle James spun on the front stretch with four laps complete, drawing the first caution period of the race.

Reynolds was able to power inside of Morgillo for second on the restart, opening a hole that Rocco, Tyler Chadwick, Jeff Pearl and Rob Janovic also scooted through before Morgillo tucked back in line on lap-7. Rocco was all over Reynolds back-bumper, using the smallest of openings to dive underneath Reynolds in turn three, taking second position on lap-9. Rocco caught Perry by lap-11, and executed a power move underneath the leader as they raced to turn one with 12 laps scored complete. The move was for naught when caution waved for Adam Gada who crashed in turn two.

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Four In A Row for Newman

Another Whelen Modified Win at New Hampshire

Loudon, NH — Ryan Newman capitalized on a relatively caution-free race to sail to his fourth straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Saturday in the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Newman, who will also won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.058-mile oval, led a race-high 61 laps. He passed Ron Silk on Lap 84 and won by 1.901 seconds over runner-up Todd Szegedy.

The race was slowed by just two cautions and featured an 88-lap green-flag run to the checkered flag. Newman led the first 33 laps and drifted back to third under the long run before moving back to the front in the closing stages.

“We didn’t really know what to expect of the race and how it was going to unfold, we typically have multiple cautions here,” Newman said. “We were way loose, but it turns out we were the tightest off the loose guys and that was all it took to be able to get past those two cars.”

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NOTEBOOK: A Different Feel At NHMS

Long Green Flag Run Shapes F.W. Webb 100
Loudon, NH — Even as they were checking out as a three-car train, none of the leaders thought the F.W. Webb 100 would go caution-free over an improbable final 88 laps.It did, leaving everyone scrambling just to keep up with one another over the final quarter of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“I was still waiting for a caution the whole time,” said Silk, who finished third behind winner Ryan Newman and Todd Szegedy. “But everyone kind of got strung out I guess, and that kind of eliminates the chance of getting a caution. No one can get together.

“If we had had a couple cautions there, there probably would have been a whole bunch of cautions. I pretty much drove my car as hard as I could from the green flag lap. I didn’t have much left at the end.”

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F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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