Archive for August 22nd, 2011

News & Notes: Mods Thunder Into Bristol

UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Combo Race Up Next

Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will head to Thunder Valley and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the third annual UNOH Perfect Storm 150 combination race on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The only combination event on the schedule for NASCAR’s two Modified Tours, the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 brings in teams from both sides of the Mason Dixon Line for bragging rights on the grounds of one of the most hallowed racing facilities in the nation.

Donny Lia took the checkered flag in the 2009 inaugural event and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman earned one of his three Modified wins in last year’s return engagement. Thirty-four other drivers will now attempt to add their name to the Bristol wins list in the third edition.

Based on past results, Todd Szegedy and Mike Stefanik head the list of challengers for a trip to Victory Lane this week. Szegedy is the only driver to finish in the top five overall in each of the first two races while Stefanik led two-different times during the last third of last year’s event before he succumbed to Newman’s late charge.

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News & Notes: Getting A Little Busy

Southern Modifieds Compete Twice This Week

Daytona Beach, FL — For the third consecutive year, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will make its way to the Volunteer State for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

However, this year will be a little different for the southern modified competitors. They will finish at Bristol and less than 48 hours later will take the green flag for the Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C on Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.

While it may seem unusual to schedule two races in two different states in two days, it is not the first time it has been done in the series.

In 2005, the southern modified division competed in a combination event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and two days later contested in a pair of 100-lap races at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. Once again in 2007, the division raced at Martinsville and returned to Ace for a race two days later.

While it will be a challenge, drivers are ready and hoping for a little good luck.

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“Louie” Has Become NEMA’s Headliner

The Seymour clan decided the proper way to remember the family patriarch was with a race. The Northeastern Midget Association’s 15th annual “Boston Louie Seymour Memorial” comes to Seekonk Speedway Saturday night.

You can now get away with calling the race, which honors the long-time Marlboro, MA based Hall of Fame car owner, “The Louie.” The 29-lapper (recognizing the family number) is clearly NEMA’s seasonal highlight.

Louie Seymour, a member of the National Sprint Car and the New England Auto Racers Halls of Fame, spent a couple of decades traveling around the country to USAC Sprint and Silver Crown events. He was, however, never far from the Midgets in general and NEMA in particular.

The NEMA Lites became part of “The Louie” three years ago. Indeed, the Seymour family will be seeking a second-straight sweep. Abold and Anthony Nocella are the “defenders” in their respective divisions.

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Wilk First in Granite State Pro Stock Series Record Book

Sixteen cars enter Gary’s Disposal 100 in series’ debut at Twin State Speedway

Claremont, NH — Chris Wilk etched his name in the record books as the first-ever winner on the new Granite State Pro Stock Series on Friday night, winning the Gary’s Disposal 100 at Twin State Speedway. Wilk survived a green-white-checker restart and a late charge from Donnie Lashua for the win.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series was founded by officials from the Valenti Modified Racing Series including series president Jack Bateman, Pro Stock/Super Late Model competitor Mike Parks, and late VMRS series director John Hoyt. Twin State Speedway’s Gary’s Disposal 100 was the prototype event for the budget-minded touring series.

Wilk, of Mendon, VT, led the first dozen laps of the Gary’s Disposal 100 after starting on the pole position in the 16-car field. Parks grabbed the lead after the first restart on lap 12, but triggered the next caution period when he suffered a flat tire and the field stacked up behind him, leaving Barry Gray spun in the middle of the track. Wilk moved back ahead on lap 22 and stayed out front through the end of the race, but had all he could handle from a rebounding Gray and later Lashua.

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UNOH Showdown at Thompson Generating Tremendous Excitement

Thompson, CT — The UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio) Showdown has been the talk of the racing community since it was announced last winter. This first-time-ever event, slated for the weekend of September 10th & 11th, has race fans buzzing with anticipation. It will be the biggest event of the year for the combination of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The very best race teams and drivers from both Tours are expected to arrive at Thompson ready for this head-to-head racing spectacle. Each Tour will compete in its own 125-lap main event. Each of these races will be run for a purse of nearly $53,000.00 plus contingencies. Upon completion of the 125-lap races, the best of both Tours will be lined up for the UNOH 50-lap, $50,000.00+ race to determine the overall winner of this high stakes racing spectacular.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader, George Brunnhoelzl III is expected to lead an impressive contingent of Southern drivers. Others expected are L.W. Miller, Jason and Burt Myers, Andy Seuss, Tim Brown and many more. Northern race team’s points leader, Ronnie Silk, will head up the Whelen Modified Tour entries. He is expected to be joined by the full contingent northern competitors including Rowan Pennink, Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Bobby Santos, Eric Beers and many more.

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NEMA Points Tight Heading into “Louie”

Brockton, MA — Randy Cabral, working on a streak of four straight podium finishes, has climbed to within 22 points of leader Russ Stoehr as the Northeastern Midget Association heads into the prestigious Boston Louie Seymour Memorial at Seekonk Speedway Saturday, Aug. 27.

Honoring the famed Massachusetts car owner, The 29-lap “Louie” has become NEMA’s premier race. The Seymour continues to operate with the number 29.

Greg Stoehr, Russ’ younger brother, sits third in points, 31 off the lead. Consistent throughout the season, Greg Stoehr and Cabral have each sat on the podium six times. Cabral has won twice including Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday. Greg Stoehr has one win.

Russ Stoehr, who won the first-ever “Louie” back in 1997, hopes to shake off some bad luck of late including a broken throttle spring at the Angelillo Memorial. The defending champion, Russ Stoehr, like Cabral, is no stranger to the rigors dealing with the pursuit of a championship. They have eight between them.

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Hinckley Helps Point Lead With Seekonk Win

Seekonk, MA — Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT., passed race leader Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, VT., on lap 78, to go on and win the Valenti Modified Racing Series “Seekonk 100” Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.

Hinckley started 14th in a 19 car field and methodically worked his way to second to battle with Jarvis. The second generation driver raced with the Vermont hot shoe for six laps before passing him for the lead.

“We started deep in the field and it’s always gratifying passing a lot of race cars. We had a little trouble in the heat race that put us to the back for the feature but I knew we had a good piece.”

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