Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was in action Wednesday for another round of Wild ‘n Wacky racing on a perfect summer evening. Taking down victories included Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington, who won his second consecutive Legends Cars feature, Rachel Forte of Douglas, MA won her second Bandolero feature on the season in impressive fashion, Frank Alessio of Colchester returned to Victory Lane in the Super X-Cars and Dan D’addario of Columbia took the checkered flag in the X-Cars.
Other winners on the night were Bill Reiman of Southington who won the Wacky Toll Booth race and Don Macrino of New London was fastest in the Vintage Midget Racing exhibition.
The 20-lap Legends Cars feature was interrupted for a multi-car caution period on lap-2 which collected the likes of Jason Palmer, Dennis Pantani and Dan Butler. Also involved in the skirmish were Dana Dimatteo and Garbo, who both were able to continue on with minimal damage. Following the restart the competition settled in with Angelo Belsito leading the field. Racing prevailed through lap-7 when caution waved again for Carl Blandina who spun in turn two.
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Stafford Springs, CT — When it comes to the CARQUEST SK 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway, no driver knows the song of success better than 2006 SK Modified® track champion Frank Ruocco. Ruocco has won the last two CARQUEST SK 150’s and he has won three out of the last four 150-lap events at Stafford. If not for Woody Pitkat coming back from 2 laps down to win the 2008 race in which Ruocco finished second, Ruocco would have four consecutive CARQUEST SK 150 victories.
“The first race I ever won at Stafford was the 150 and I’ve ran well in extra distance races at a couple other tracks,” said Ruocco. “These races are long enough where the faster cars usually make their way to the front. In some of the 40-lap races you don’t always see that. Our strategy is going to be same as it always is, we’re going to get settled into a spot early and click some laps off. Generally we have a good setup for the 150 and Stash and Steve Butova are working hard on the cars, I’ve never seen them work so hard before. Tire management and patience will be the key to the race and hopefully we’re one of the cars that will be there at the end of the race.”
Ruocco heads into the CARQUEST SK 150 without a victory to his credit in 2011. Last season, Ruocco had two wins prior to his CARQUEST SK 150 victory, but he was a distant 10th in the points standings. After winning the CARQUEST SK 150, Ruocco won once more and he finished on the podium in 5 of the final 8 races of the 2010 season to elevate himself into third place in the final points standings. Ruocco looks to continue that trend this season with a strong finish in the CARQUEST SK 150.
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Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today the No. 7 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Saturday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-5.9P (the intake manifold ports did not completely seal to the cylinder head ports. The use of metal shim-type intake manifold gaskets is not permitted) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. The violations were discovered during post-race inspection on July 16.
Mike LaRochelle, crew chief of car No. 7, has been suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series events until Dec. 31, 2011.
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