Archive for August 14th, 2011

Hunter-Reay Wins INDYCAR at NHMS

Loudon, NH — Ryan Hunter-Reay won the MoveThatBock.com INDY 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today, after rain shortened the controversial race by five laps.

Behind the wheel of his No. 28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosport, Hunter-Reay led 71 laps on his way to his first IZOD IndyCar Series race in 2011.

“Short track racing tends to be a little crazier than most, things get heated because you are (running) closer than most,” said Hunter-Reay. “After three beautiful days, we knew the weather was coming. We figured we would (just) race to half way.”

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Todd Bertrand NEMA First Timer

Waterford, CT — Patience paid dividends Saturday night for 20-year old Todd Bertrand. Driving the family No. 39, Bertrand won the Northeastern Midget Association’s 25-lap Angelillo Memorial at Waterford Speedowl’s Wings and Wheels. It was his first NEMA win.

Passing Paul Scally on lap 19, Bertrand covered the distance in a record 5:46.76 (97.330 mph) and finished three-seconds ahead of teammate Randy Cabral (Bertrand #47), the latter coming from 14th. In a mad scramble, Greg Stoehr (Stoehr #26b), Scally (Scally #30) and Jeff Abold (Abold #29) completed the top five.

Bertrand, the sixth winner this year, passed Scally with an inside move into turn three. Pole sitter Scally was the only other leader.

Believing Scally to be faster, Bertrand was content in second “staying patient, driving off the top” and “waiting for an opportunity.” It came when Scally drifted up going into three. Bertrand, looking to go outside, “shot to the inside instead” and into the lead.

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Brightman bounces back for #2; Bruneau inherits Street Stock win; Vanasse makes it 9 in the LM, while Gannon gets one for the thumb in the Sport Trucks

Seekonk, MA — Mighty Mike Brightman came back from two consecutive weeks of crash-related disappointments to post a big Pro Stock win on the evening of his daughter’s birthday. Brightman posted the best lap of the event enroute to a seat-squirming victory over points leader Fred Astle. Dave Darling chased the duo across the stripe to complete a top-three sweep of the event by the top points leaders. Astle yielded only a pair of points to Brightman, who stands third after leading most of the season and gained a pair on Darling, who trails him in second. The son and father duo of Tom Scully Jr. and Tom Scully, Sr. swept across behind Darling to round out the top 5.

The race began on a somber note as a moment of silence was held after this week’s loss of Mrs. Marilyn Martin, mother of multi-champion Rick Martin and wife of veteran Seekonk Racer, Joe Martin. She was a stalwart race fan, seldom missing a Saturday evening at the Speedway. Following the moment of silence, Radical Rick was given the honor of starting the first engine on the grid in his mother’s honor.

Dave Hutchins and Kyle Casper led off from the front with Bobby Tripp and Brightman behind them. Hutch held Casper off for the first lap, but he was into the lead on the second circuit. Casper then saw brother Kevin pull in behind on lap 3, bringing Brightman along behind. The trio ran 1-2-3 through caution-filled laps until Brightman took the measure of Kevin, moving him back to third on lap 15. Two more laps of bitter duel and Brightman was into the lead. But Astle, who had started ninth, edged Scully, Jr. for third behind Kyle. Kevin held fourth and Darling, the twelfth starter, moved into fifth with Scully, Jr. on his tail. Scully, Sr. and Rick Martin followed.

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