Archive for August, 2011

Thursday Races Fall Victim to Hurricane Irene

Thompson, CT — Thompsons Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder racing series is another victim of hurricane Irene. Since the Sunday storm, the speedway has been without electric power and internet service. Many roads in northeastern Connecticut are still blocked by fallen trees and downed electrical wires are a common site in the State’s “quiet corner.”

Speedway owner, Don Hoenig decided on Wednesday afternoon that the prospects of being able to hold a race program on Thursday were virtually none. “We provide our own power for the race track and pit area lighting, but everything else is powered by Connecticut Light and Power. In order to run a race program, we need much more electrical power than we are able to provide ourselves. Therefore, we find it necessary to cancel this week’s race program,” said Hoenig.

The next event at the Thompson Speedway will be the much heralded UNOH SHOWDOWN on the weekend of September 10th and 11th. This incredible race program will feature the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in a triple header. Each individual Tour will compete in its own 125-lap race. Both Tours will then be combined for the 50-lap, $50,000.00 SHOWDOWN race with some $15,000.00 going to the winner. Tickets to this event are available by calling the track office. 860-923-2280.

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Statistical Advance: Delaware 150

Analyzing The Whelen Modified Tour At Delaware
Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural trip to Canada is up next with the Delaware 150 on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Chevrolet)

•  Has two wins, nine poles and 67 top 10s in 164 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
•  Is fourth in points with six top 10s in 10 races.
•  Leads all drivers in laps completed with 1,479, one shy of the entire season’s total.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Chevrolet)
•  The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
•  Has a win, two poles and 11 top 10s in 26 starts.
•  Is up to a career-best 10th in points with a win and five top-fives.

James Civali (No. 79 Pontiac)
•  Has four wins a pole and 34 top 10s in 67 career NWMT starts. Also has two wins, three poles and 12 top 10s in 16 career NWSMT appearances.
•  Is 12th in the 2011 NWMT standings with four top 10s in 10 races.
•  Has competed in four of six NWSMT races this year and is 16th in points with three top 10s.

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer “Sonny” Rabideau Dies at Age 82

Moran H. Rabideau 1929-2011

BRATTLEBORO Moran H., “Sonny” Rabideau, 82 of Walker Place died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, August 9, 2011 at his home following a period of failing health. Mr. Rabideau was born in Brattleboro on May 16, 1929 the son of Henry and Lena (Burdo) Rabideau. He was raised and educated in town and had attended Saint Michael’s Parochial School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War stationed in Austria. He returned home to Brattleboro following his honorable discharge from active service in 1951.

Mr. Rabideau had been employed as a machinist working at Tri-State Automotive where he retired from following 42 years of faithful service with the company. On a part-time basis he plowed snow during the winter months for Chester Majdak. In his earlier years while residing in the Fort Dummer section of Brattleboro, he worked at the former Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates on Cotton Mill Hill. Active civically, he was a life member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5 and the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034. Mr. Rabideau also held membership in the F.O.Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445, the F&AM, Brattleboro Lodge #102, the Brattleboro Shrine Club and the Cairo Shrine Temple of Rutland where he served as captain of its skimobile unit.

An accomplished stock car driver known as the “Flying Frenchman”, he competed throughout the New England circuit winning 109 feature races in the 1950s, 60′s and 70s. To his credit, he won five New England Dirt Track championships, four Vermont Dirt Track championships and in 2005 was inducted into the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame. Previously he was inducted into the Claremont (NH) Owners and Drivers Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Rabideau was highlighted in a January 2005 feature article published in the Reformer. In conjunction with his lifelong passion for auto racing he enjoyed hunting, travel and time shared with his family especially his grandchildren. With his wife he always looked forward to annual vacations in Florida.

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Stat Advance: Newport News Shipbuilding 150

Analyzing the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Langley

Daytona Beach, FL — The seventh  season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour  continues  at Langley Speedway with the Newport News Shipbuilding 150 on Saturday, Sept. 3. The race will be contested on the historic .396-mile track located in Hampton, Va.

Tim Brown (No. 02 Chevrolet)
• Finished second in the season-ending points standings a record three times from 2006-2008.

• Has 66 career NWSMT starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 38 and has 52 top-10 finishes.
• Has six wins, the most recent came on Sept. 4, 2010 at Langley Speedway, his first since 2008.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09 Chevrolet)
• The 2009 NWSMT champion has returned to the tour in 2011 after competing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last season.

• Competes for veteran car owner Howard Harvey.
• Owner of seven wins, 10 poles and 36 top 10s in 50 career NWSMT starts.
• Will make his first start at Langley Speedway this Saturday.

Frank Fleming (No. 40 Ford)
• Is tied for the most career NWSMT starts with 79 and has only missed one race since 2005.

• Was credited with his first career win as the highest finishing NWSMT driver in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Has finished second seven times, the most recent one at Caraway was on July 3, 2009.
• Has more than 50 career wins at his home track, Bowman Gray.
• Finished ninth last year at Langley.
• Brother, Chris Fleming, serves as his crew chief.

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LIVE: Southern Modifieds Return to Langley

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. for the Newport News Shipbuilding 150 on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Raymond “Hully” Bunn Dies at 91

Bristol, CT — Raymond “Hully” Bunn of Bristol died at age 91 on August 25 at Bristol Hospital after an illness. Bunn won more than a hundred Stock Car races in a career that lasted from 1949 to 1965 and was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.

Bunn was motivated to get into racing by a medical diagnosis he received when he mustered out of the Armed Forces shortly after World War II. The examining physician took him aside and told him that he had a bad heart and needed to take it easy. “I thought, what the hell, if I’m going to die soon any way I might as well enjoy myself, so I started racing,” Bunn recalled.

His first race was during the 1949 season at Plainville (CT) Stadium. His biggest win may have been the first 100 Mile Langhorne National Open for Modified Sportsman Stock Cars (now known as the Race of Champions) at Langhorne, PA on October 14, 1951 with relief from his friend and colleague Dick Eagan. In that race, Bunn defeated such luminary fellow pioneers as Bobby Myers, Frankie Schneider, Dutch Hoag and Steve Danish. He went back to Langhorne in the spring of 1952 and won another extra distance race, and in the Spring of 1954, he won the first race ever held at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modifieds Head North

Inaugural Race In Canada Up Next At Delaware

Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to make history with its inaugural event at Delaware Speedway in Ontario on Sunday, Sept. 4.

The Delaware 150 will be the first race outside of the United States in the 27-year history of the Whelen Modified Tour. A half-mile oval located east of Detroit, Mich., and west of Toronto, Ont., Delaware will become the 38th facility that the Whelen Modified Tour has raced at since the first year of competition in 1985.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also become just the second of NASCAR’s current touring series to compete internationally. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West contested races previously in Canada, and its last trip outside of American borders was to Montegi City, Japan in 1999.

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LIVE: Modifieds Go International

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will go outside of the domestic borders for the first time in its 27-year history for the Delaware 150 on Sunday, Sept. 4., at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway.

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News & Notes: Langley Hosts Return Visit

Whelen Southern Modifieds Head To Virginia

Daytona Beach, FL – For the second consecutive year, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will make its way to the Hampton (Va.) area for the Newport News Shipbuilding 150 at Langley Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Tim Brown hopes his results are the same as his first trip to the Hampton Roads track.

In the race last season, it appeared James Civali was going to cruise to his third win of the season, but Brown ended a nearly two-year absence from Victory Lane pulling away in dominating fashion to win the Hampton 150.

Brown took the lead from Civali on Lap 132 and pulled away to win by more than three seconds after Civali had led all but 14 laps of the race up to that point. It was his sixth career NWSMT victory and first since he took the checkered flag at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., in 2008.

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Tony Stewart Dominant in F1 Boston Visit

Braintree, MA — Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart made a rare Go-Karting appearance at F1 Boston’s indoor facility on Thursday afternoon. A group of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s media contingent tested their driving skills against Stewart. “It’s fun to have the media here today and have an opportunity to get them out there with us and get them a chance to do something different,” said Stewart. “I can promise you the media did better driving the Go-Karts than I would do trying to conduct interviews and write articles, so it was pretty impressive. It’s fun to watch the media get the chance to go out and have a good time with us today.”

Stewart was strong all day in his #14 kart. The best competition to Stewart was one of his own drivers, Jessica Zemken, who races the #14 Sprint Car for Tony Stewart Racing. “She actually ran a faster lap than me today,” said Stewart. “There’s no shame in that. That’s why we got involved with her racing program to begin with because we knew she could get the job done. The hard part is just know that the rest of the day I’m doing to have to hear about how much faster she was than me so it will make my day a lot longer now.”

Stewart has been helping Zemken with her racing career. “We’ve been helping her out for a couple of years now with her Sprint Car program and we learned about her a long time ago,” said Stewart. “We actually met at the Chili Bowl probably six years ago in Oklahoma. Since then I’ve been watching her career and heard about some races where our teams that run the full-time World of Outlaws Series were at the same race she was at and heard about how good a job she did and realized that she was doing it on less than a shoestring budget even so to be able to get involved with her and help her out and help get her some cars and motors to help her it’s been fun to watch her go from just running regionally to starting to travel a little bit with different series and getting better as she goes.”

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Preece, Mavlouganes, Charland, Casagrande & Wood Score Aug. 26 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway was back on track with a 5-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event on Friday, August 26. Ryan Preece picked up his fourth win of the 2011 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Jim Mavlouganes picked up his first Late Model feature victory in 6 years in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Bob Charland picked up his first career victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Cory Casagrande picked up his second win of 2011 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Josh Wood picked up his fourth win of the 2011 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Curt Brainard took the lead at the green, but Woody Pitkat streaked into the lead on lap-2. With 2 laps complete, the caution came out for Michael Bennett, who was slow on the track.

Back under green, Pitkat took the lead and immediately began to pull away from the field. The caution came back out with 4 laps complete as Eric Berndt and Nichole Morgillo spun in turn 3, which also involved the cars of Kirk Zervas, Donny Travaglin, Dan Avery, Heather DesRochers, Mike King, Chris Matthews, and Brian Sullivan.

Pitkat powered into the lead back under green with Keith Rocco quickly moving into second. Ryan Preece was glued to Rocco’s bumper and slotted into the third position with Todd Owen fourth and Ted Christopher in fifth.

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Shawn Thibeault and Kevin Gambacorta Locked in Ultra Tight Championship Race in Stafford’s Limited Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — Along with their SK Modified® division, Stafford’s Limited Late Model division features a championship battle that currently has Shawn Thibeault leading Kevin Gambacorta by only 8 points, or 4 positions on the track. While Gambacorta has won track championships at Stafford in the DARE Stock division in 2004 and the Limited Late Model division in 2006, Thibeault is experiencing a championship chase for the first time in his racing career.

“I like being ahead, but I wish we had a little bigger lead,” said Thibeault driver of the #58 Enterprise Rent A Car Chevrolet. “Kevin has won a championship in the DARE Stocks and the Limiteds, so he knows what it takes and what to do and what not to do in these last 5 races. We’ve both been pretty consistent this year, we usually start right around one another, and our focus is to keep Kevin in sight and try to finish ahead of him. If we can get a couple more wins, the points will take care of themselves.”

“I’d like to think I have a bit of an advantage,” said Gambacorta, driver of the #23 Rafferty Fine Grading Dodge. “This year I feel more relaxed than in previous years. Usually we’re in the lead of the championship at this point of the season, and now we’re behind, so it’s a different feeling. I always figured that when I was leading the points I could control my own destiny. I’d rather be leading, but there is a lot less stress where were are right now.”

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Young Guns Matt Galko and Joey Cipriano Again in the Thick of SK Light Championship Fight at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — In Stafford’s SK Light Modified division this season, the fight for the track championship is once again all about the young guns. 17-year-old Matt Galko is the defending track champion in the SK Light division and he currently holds the points lead this season, but he is currently only 18 points, or 9 positions on the track ahead of 16-year-old Joey Cipriano. After dueling for the championship last season, along with Tommy Barrett, Jr., Galko and Cipriano are right back at it, fighting for the 2011 SK Light Modified championship.

“I think the experience we gained last year can’t hurt,” said Galko, driver of the #20 Davidson Company Chevrolet. “We know how to race for a championship and how to close out a season, but it’s still going to be very close because Joey is very good. I think it’s better to be where we are leading and have a cushion, we can set our own pace and we can do our own thing.”

“I think we have the easier job than Matt,” said Cipriano, driver of the #84 United Roll-Off Services Chevrolet. “We’re chasing him while he has to protect a lead. I wish it was a little closer than 18 points, but If we can gain 4 or 6 points a week on him, we’ll be all right. As long as after the last race we’re first and Matt is second.”

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Speedbowl Cancels August 27th race program

Impending weather forces cancellation

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl has cancelled Saturday’s scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program due to the impending weather and approach of Hurricane Irene on the region. Five divisions, including a 50-lap Legends Cars National Qualifier, were scheduled.

Fans and competitors are urged to stay tuned to Speedbowl.com for news pertaining to a possible reschedule date, however no immediate date has been identified for a potential make-up.

August 27th’s race program was presented by The Rock 106.9 WCCC. With Saturday’s cancellation, WCCC Night will be moved to present September 10th’s previously scheduled race program.

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Seuss Returns To Victory Lane At Caraway

Grabs 9th career win in Whelen Southern Modified Tour

Asheboro, NC — Andy Seuss repeated at Caraway Speedway, winning the Caraway 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Friday night.

The 24-year-old driver from Hampstead, N.H., battled L.W. Miller early and then pulled away from George Brunnhoelzl III in the late stages to score his ninth career series win – his fifth at Caraway in 23 starts.

His last series win came in this event a year ago.

Seuss, who entered the event fifth in the championship standings, had a nearly perfect day at the .455-mile track, topping the practice speeds early and then winning his fifth career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.

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QUALIFYING: Seuss Edges Miller For Pole

Takes fifth career pole in Whelen Southern Modified Tour  

Asheboro, NC — Andy Seuss nipped L.W. Miller by the smallest of margins in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying at Caraway Speedway on Friday to win his first Coors Light Pole Award of the year, the fifth of his career.

Seuss, who was next to last in the qualifying order, turned a lap of 15.928 seconds (102.838 mph) to edge Miller’s lap of 15.929 seconds (102.831 mph).

Seuss of Hampstead, N.H., was quickest in practice at the .455-mile track earlier in the day in his No. 11 Phoenix Pre-Owned/Triad Auto Sales Dodge. He has made 22 starts at Caraway, with four wins. He was the winner and polesitter in this event a year ago, one of two Caraway races last year in which he led wire-to-wire for the win. He is fifth in the championship standings.

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PRACTICE: Seuss Tops Caraway Speed Chart

Whelen Southern Modified teams prepare for Caraway 150

Asheboro, NC — Andy Seuss topped the speed chart on Friday at Caraway Speedway as NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour teams practiced for the Caraway 150.

Seuss, the winner and polesitter in last year’s event, turned in a lap of 16.039 seconds (102.126 mph) in his No. 11 Phoenix Pre-Owned/Triad Auto Sales Dodge.

Seuss of Hampstead, N.H., has made 22 starts at Caraway, with four wins. He won twice at the .455-mile track last season, leading all 150 laps both times. Seuss is fifth in the championship standings.

Renee Dupuis had the second quickest lap at 16.155 seconds (101.393 mph), while George Brunnhoelzl was third fastest. They were followed by L.W. Miller and Tim Brown.

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LIVE: Southern Modifieds Visit Caraway

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. for the Caraway 150 on Friday, Aug. 26.

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Tommy Baldwin Racing, NASCAR Hall Of Fame To Honor Richie Evans At NHMS

Blaney and Santos to run Evans tribute cars

Mooresville, NC – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will team up with the NASCAR Hall of Fame at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) to celebrate Richie Evans’ upcoming induction as part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 36 Golden Corral/HOF/Richie Evans Chevrolet for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 25th. TBR Development Driver Bobby Santos will drive a Richie Evans tribute No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge for the New Hampshire 100 Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday, September 24th.

Evans, who is recognized as the “king” of modified racing, captured nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in a 13-year span, which included eight consecutive championships from 1978-85. “The Rapid Roman” collected multiple track championships across the Northeast and hundreds of victories, including a 37-win season during a stretch of 60 modified races in 1979.  Evans was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

Golden Corral and TBR will pay tribute to Evans by running an orange and light blue paint scheme modeled after the last modified Evans drove. Santos and the Mystic Missile Team will run a similar-themed modified on Saturday.

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Statistical Advance: Caraway 150

Analyzing the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway

Daytona Beach, FL – The seventh  season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour  continues  at Caraway Speedway with the Caraway 150 on Friday, Aug. 26. The race will be contested on the historic .455-mile track located in the Piedmont Triad region near Asheboro, N.C.

Tim Brown (No. 02 Chevrolet)
• Finished second in the season-ending points standings a record three times from 2006-2008.

• Has 65 career NWSMT starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 38 and has 52 top-10 finishes.
• Has made 27 starts at Caraway with 22 top-10 and 14 top-five finishes.
• Has six wins, the most recent came on Sept. 4, 2010 at Langley Speedway, his first since 2008.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09 Chevrolet)
• The 2009 NWSMT champion has returned to the tour in 2011 after competing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last season.

• Competes for veteran car owner Howard Harvey.
• Owner of seven wins, 10 poles and 35 top 10s in 49 career NWSMT starts.
• Has four wins and 16 top-10 finishes in 22 starts at Caraway. The last win was on March 13, 2011.
• Also has five career Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway.

Frank Fleming (No. 40 Ford)
• Is tied for the most career NWSMT starts with 78 and has only missed one race since 2005.

• Was credited with his first career win as the highest finishing NWSMT driver in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Has finished second seven times, the most recent one at Caraway was on July 3, 2009.
• Has more than 50 career wins at his home track, Bowman Gray.
• Has 35 starts at Caraway with 24 top-10 finishes and 15 top-five finishes.
• Brother, Chris Fleming, serves as his crew chief.

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Saturday’s Races postponed due to Hurricane Irene

Seekonk, MA — As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene, Seekonk Speedway has elected to postpone racing on Saturday Aug 27th to ensure the safety of our fans, competitors and staff. Please stay tuned to find out when the Boston Louie will get rescheduled.

Fast Friday is still on as scheduled.

The Flea market is cancelled at this time as well.

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Thompson Rained Out

Thompson, CT — Tonights race program is cancelled due to the advanced extreme weather forecast. We are working with the Modified Racing Series to reschedule at a later date. Please keep posted to this website for more information.

The management of Thompson Speedway felt it was in the best interest of teams and fans travelling to cancel at this time.

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Budweiser Modified Nationals Highlights Labor Day Weekend at Speedbowl

Part of annual Thunder on the Sound Saturday, September 3

Waterford, CT — The season’s biggest SK Modified® race is fast approaching at Waterford Speedbowl. The 15th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals is around the corner, slated for Saturday, September 3rd over a blockbuster Labor Day weekend of motorsports at the track.

While the $5,000 to win, 150-lap SK Modified® feature is the centerpiece of the event, it is just one of eight divisions scheduled on the night, presented by the Connecticut National Guard. While the Speedbowl competitors are busy putting the thunder on the asphalt, the Connecticut National Guard will provide it in the air with a special appearance.

The posted prize money for the Budweiser Modified Nationals exceeds $20,000. The race winner not only walks away with the biggest payday in the Northeast for the division, bragging rights follow for a full year. The winner’s name will join a list of Speedbowl greats in the division over the years including Ron Yuhas Jr., Dennis Gada, Ted Christopher, Jeff
Pearl and Eric Berndt among others.

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Newman Repeats At Bristol

Collects Another Win In NASCAR Whelen Modified Combo Race

Bristol, TN —  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman drove away with the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

Newman successfully defending his 2010 Bristol win and registered his fourth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory overall.

Wednesday’s triumph came in Newman’s first start on the tour after he was disqualified from a win in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.

“This is a little bit of a redemption for us, to come out here and redeem ourselves a little bit in respect to people’s opinions after Loudon,” Newman said.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Rolls At Bristol

Brown, 14th, fastest among Whelen Southern Modified

Bristol, TN — Bobby Santos captured his second straight Coors Light Pole Award Wednesday in qualifying for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It was Santos’ third pole of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season and seventh of his career.

Santos posted a lap of 15.035 seconds (127.622 mph) around the .533-mile high-banked oval. He will be joined on the front row by Erick Rudolph, who had a lap of 15.037 (127.605). James Civali was third at 15.065 (127.368). NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Ron Silk rounded out the top five.

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PRACTICE: Szegedy Paces Field At Bristol

Two-Time 2011 Winner Looking For More

Bristol, TN — Todd Szegedy laid down the fastest lap across two practice sessions Wednesday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway in advance of the UNOH Perfect Storm 150.

Szegedy turned the high banks of the .533-mile oval in 14.682 seconds (130.691 mph) during the first practice of the day. He ended up fourth in the second session in the No. 2 UNOH/Wisk Laundry Detergent Ford at 129.579 (14.808).

Szegedy will look for his first win at Bristol this evening after finishes of sixth and fifth in the first two editions.

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USAC Invading the grounds of Thompson Speedway this Weekend

Thompson, CT — The 1st annual “Yankee Doodle New England Championship” will be held at Little T Speedway on the grounds of Thompson Speedway on Friday August 26th and Saturday August 28th. This national event race will be sanctioned by USAC through their .25 Midget division. Quarter Midget drivers this weekend will range from age 5 to 17 and as far away as Pennsylvania. This weekend will have around 14 different divisions competing.

USAC will be coming in and taking over. They will handle all race day activities. They expect the car count to be higher than normal with even more competitive racing. The weekend kicks off Friday with all day controlled practice. Saturday will start off with single car qualifying.

Once qualifying is concluded, the lower mains will begin and then followed by the A main feature events. Sunday will be used as a rain date if necessary. The event is open to the public with free admission.

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Valenti Modified Series Points Battle Moves to Thompson

Thompson, CT — With a hotly contested points battle taking place, and 10 different winners in 12 races, the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the Thompson, CT., Speedway Thursday night, August 25, with drivers from throughout the Northeast expected to compete in a 75 lap showdown.

With only 12-points separating them, Les Hinckley III, of Windsor Locks, CT., and Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT., have squared off for a run to the series championship with four races remaining on the schedule. Both drivers are expected entries at Thompson.

Hinckley and Pasteryak have visited victory lane twice and both are evenly matched in top five (8) and top ten (12) finishes. To date their average finishes are about as close as it gets: 4.1 for Hinckley and 4.6 for Pasteryak.  The worst finish by either driver in the last 2 races at Waterford and Seekonk was a 4th by Pasteryak at Waterford. Hinckley is seeking his first title. Pasteryak was the 2008 Champion.

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F.W. Webb to Sponsor Camping World Truck Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the F.W. Webb Company announced that New England’s leading plumbing, heating, cooling and PVF product distributor will be the title sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. 

The F.W. Webb 175 will be part of “The Magic Mile” tripleheader on Saturday, Sept. 24, which will include the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the American-Canadian Tour Invitational.

“We are ecstatic to have F.W. Webb as our title sponsor for another race at NHMS,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “As a New England based company and a leading Boston sports sponsor, F.W. Webb truly understands the star power of motorsports in the Northeast.”

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Statistical Advance: UNOH Perfect Storm 150

Analyzing The NWMT-NWSMT Combo Race At Bristol

Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will get together for the lone combination race of the season this Wednesday, Aug. 24 for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (NWMT No. 45 Chevrolet)
•  Has two wins, nine poles and 66 top 10s in 163 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.

•  Is sixth in points with five top 10s in nine races.
•  Has overall finishes of 14th in both of his previous races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Justin Bonsignore (NWMT No. 51 Chevrolet)
•  The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
•  Has a win, two poles and 10 top 10s in 25 starts.
•  Is 11th in points with a win and four top-fives.
•  Earned the pole at BMS in 2010 and finished sixth overall.

Tim Brown (NWSMT No. 02 Chevrolet)
•  Finished second in the championship standings a record three times from 2006-2008.
•  Has 64 career NWSMT starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 38 and has 52 top-10 finishes.
•  Finished 30th overall in his only previous start at BMS in 2010.
•  Has six wins, the most recent came on Sept. 4, 2010 at Langley Speedway, his first since 2008.

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