Archive for September 12th, 2011

Sprint Car Slugger Clay Dow Bats .750 With SCoNE Win at Legion Speedway

Rumney, NH — Clay Dow of Barnstead, NH picked up his third win in his last four races, coming from 11th to snatch the lead from Mark Cole in the 25 lap Sprint Cars of New England feature at Legion Speedway Sunday afternoon. Cole seemed to have the field covered until he was slowed by a loose top wing and then forced to pit for fuel. Dow’s victory comes on the heels of his Triple Crown Series triumph last weekend. Running just a limited schedule this season, Dow hasn’t finished further back than fifth in seven starts.

“We went back to our notes from the Triple Crown Series and then we went a little further on the set-up,” Dow said. “Top, bottom and middle, I had bite everywhere- the car has never handled so well. It’s challenging racing on dirt in the daytime and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get Mark, but it was fun to start towards the rear and come up through traffic – it’s something I’d like to do every weekend. Without the people who help me, Tom, Penny and Karen Sawyer from Sawyer’s Tractor Works in Barnstead, none of this would be possible- we’d be sitting home every night instead of out playing.”

With the season winding down, three drivers are locked in a tight-as-a-guitar string battle for the championship. “The Fairlee Flier,” Kevin Chafee helped his chances by advancing from 14th to finish second behind Dow, while Dan Douville finished fifth and Chris Donnelly was sidelined by a drive line failure and did not finish, being scored dead last in the 16 car field.

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News & Notes: Road Course Racing for Mods

Town Fair Tire 100 Up Next At Lime Rock ParkDaytona Beach, FL — The second installment of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Lime Rock Park is up next with the Town Fair Tire 100 on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Lakeville, Conn.

The Whelen Modifieds made their inaugural appearance at the 1.5-mile, eight-turn course in 2010 after a 10-year hiatus from road racing and road course specialist Dale Quarterley made a late-race rally to take the checkered flag. The pole winner and leader of all but the last four laps in that race, Todd Szegedy hopes to finish what he started a year ago in this edition of the Town Fair Tire 100.

“I’m definitely looking forward to going back,” Szegedy said. “I came from road racing, so I love it.

“I like running Lime Rock because it’s a challenge for the driver. You’ve got to be on your game every lap. Ovals it’s much easier to hit every lap consistently, and road courses it’s tough. I like the shifting, I like the hard braking. For me that’s enjoyable.”

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LIVE: Modified Tour At Lime Rock

The NASCAR Whelen Modfied Tour will contest the Town Fair Tire 100 at Lime Rock Park on Sept. 16-17 in Lakeville, Conn. For updates throughout race weekend, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP


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Another First for USAC DMA Champ Joe Krawiec

Bradford, VT — In 2010, “Flatfoot Joe” Krawiec of Bristol, CT became the first champion in the Quad 4 Midgets at Whip City Speedway in Westfield, MA. A year later and 140 miles farther north on I-91, history repeated itself as he became the first champion in the USAC Dirt Midget Association at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT.

Starting sixth and taking the lead on lap four of the non-stop 25 lap feature, Krawiec cinched the crown by picking up his fourth feature of the season.

“Skip Matczak has given me a great car all year and with Kevin Chaffee running one of the team cars, I learned a lot from him,” Chaffee said. “He has a lot of experience here and he taught me how to get down to the bottom when that’s the fast place to be. I really have to thank both Kevin and Skip for giving me the knowledge of how to run this track and a car that could get it done. I really have to thank Bear Ridge Speedway, Butch and April have given us a new home. The guys I race with have been great all year. This championship came hard and I know that next year it will be even harder to try to repeat because my fellow drivers are getting better each week. So I’m proud of the group and excited for next year.”

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