Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway was back in action on September 9th with the Shark Cycle 80 program. In the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series portion of the race card, Ryan Preece scored his fifth win of the 2011 season in a thrilling finish with Keith Rocco in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Woody Pitkat scored his fourth win of the 2011 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano scored his sixth win of 2011 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery picked up his first win of the 2011 season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Josh Wood scored his fifth win of 2011 with a last lap pass in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dan Avery took the early lead with Glen Reen, Curt Brainard, and Tom Bolles making up the top-4. Behind Bolles was Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece, with Eric Berndt just behind Preece. Rocco and Preece would both move by Bolles and Rocco continued his charge to the front as he moved by Brainard on lap-7 to take over third place. Preece followed Rocco by Brainard to take over fourth place as Avery had pulled away from Reen in second by several car lengths.
Rocco and Preece moved by Reen for second and third on lap-13 and they immediately began to shrink the lead that Avery had built up. Adam Skowyra spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out for the first time with 15 laps complete.
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Stafford Springs, CT — The Modified Racing Series made its second visit of the 2011 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 2nd Annual Shark Cycle 80. Chris Pasteryak was the big winner of the night, taking the lead on lap-2 and leading the rest of the way to pick up his first victory at Stafford Motor Speedway and his family’s first modified victory at Stafford.
The Shark Cycle 80 took the green flag with Ken Barry taking the point, but he was only able to lead the first lap as Chris Pasteryak moved to the lead on lap-2. Barry held second behind Pasteryak until lap-15 when Doug Coby took the position. Keith Rocco was now up to fourth after starting seventh, and Max Zachem was in fifth. Steve Reed was in sixth, Matt Hirschman was seventh, Todd Owen was eighth, Tom Bolles was ninth, and Rowan Pennink was tenth after starting from the 24th position.
Pasteryak and Coby were separated by only a car length or two and they were beginning to pull away from Barry in third place. Barry remained in third until lap-31 when Rocco went by to take the spot. Pasteryak had stretched his lead out from several car lengths to nearly a half straightaway over Coby on lap-35 and Rocco wasn’t making up any ground on the two lead cars, but that lead was all erased with 42 laps complete as Bolles spun in turn 2 to bring the race’s first caution flag out.
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Seekonk, MA — Matt Barboza led the opening five laps of the twenty lap Seekonk Youth Racing Association feature, but Shelby Donovan completed the pass for the lead and surged to the top of the leaderboard on lap six. Accompanying her to the top was Chase Belcher, and together the two opened up a big gap over the rest of the field. While battling for the lead, Donovan and Belcher made contact with lapped traffic David White and spun around on lap fourteen. With Donovan and Belcher out of the mix, Matt Barboza inherited the lead and notched his first career victory. Donovan and Belcher rebounded to second and third.
“Wide Open” Willy Sanchez of Providence, Rhode Island, started on the pole for the SYRA 750, and led the entire way until a caution for a spin by Tylar Nailor on lap thirteen. On the restart, Sanchez again opened up a lead on the field, and held off hungry challengers Adam Swift and Kaitlyn Donovan for his first victory since July of 2010.
Robert Henry led the Sport4 field to the starter’s box for the green flag in the twenty lap feature. In between turns three and four on the opening lap, Henry and Westgate collided and spun in front of the field. The #99 of Taylor Therrien checked up and spun through the corner in front of traffic which included the #18 of rookie Chris Testa, who stopped short and avoided a crippling collision into Therrien’s driver side door. John Lamake and Devin Miranda swapped the lead following the restart, but neither could break away from the pack due to Chris Bissell’s spin on lap four. Dave Westgate took the lead on the restart before the race was halted once more for a spin on the back stretch involving the #28 of Lamake. Westgate jumped out to the lead when the green flag was waved, but his lead was swallowed up in the late laps by Rich Sprague. Exiting turn four on the last lap, Sprague laid a bumper to Westgate, but Westgate made the save and took the victory.
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