Longtime local racing personality Gary Danko will present a unique preview of the upcoming 3rd Annual Plainville Stadium Reunion on the Monday, October 3 edition of his popular radio show, The Speedway Line Report.
Airing on WATR 1320 AM each week, and available live on Monday evenings at 6:00 via the Internet at www.garydanko.speedwaylinereport.com, the show is presented by Shaller Acura Of Manchester, CT. The Internet broadcast is courtesy of Tom Ormsby’s fine family of www.vintagemodifieds.com websites.
Both Danko and Ormsby have definitive ties to Plainville; Danko as a young fan getting his first-taste of the sport, and Ormsby as a former competitor in the modified division.
Listeners are encouraged to call-in to the show during the live Internet broadcast at 203.757.1320.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final race event of the 2011 season with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions as part of the Saturday CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend festivities. Frank Cardile picked up his first feature victory of the 2011 season in the SK Light feature and Matt Galko secured his second consecutive track championship with a 9th place finish. Cory Casagrande picked up his third win of the 2011 season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature and Kevin Gambacorta locked down his second career Ltd. Late Model track championship with a 7th place finish. Kelsey Rottino captured his first career victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event while Don Wood captured his second DARE Stock track championship with a second place finish. Albert Saunders was the winner of the 8-lap Paradiso-Muska DARE Stock Shoot-Out.
In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Cody Gneiting took the lead at the start with Tony Membrino, Jr., Tony Santangelo, Harry Wheeler, and Frank Cardile behind him. Jay Goff touched wheels with the car of Dylan Liseo and damaged his right front tire, which brought the caution out with 1 lap complete.
Membrino took the lead on the restart and held the lead ahead of Gneiting until the caution came back out with 9 laps complete for a spin by Steve Greer on the backstretch.
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Third Career Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award
Stafford Springs, CT — Justin Bonsignore earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the second year in a row in the CARQUEST Fall Final when he posted the fastest effort in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Bonsignore, from Holtsville, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 18.427 seconds (97.683 mph) to earn his third career Coors Light Pole Award and second in a row in Stafford’s season-ending race weekend. The second-year driver will look for his first win at the half mile on Sunday.
Staring alongside Bonsignore for Sunday’s 150-lap race will be fellow Long Islander Donny Lia. The two-time Whelen Modified Tour champion from Jericho, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 18.478 (97.143). A part-time driver this year, Lia has three career wins at Stafford and came just shy of what would have been his eighth career pole at the track.
Ted Christopher, Eric Beers, Kevin Goodale, defending race winner Bobby Santos, points leader Ron Silk, Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale and Mike Stefanik brought home the 10 fastest cars in Saturday’s qualifying session.
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Led Rain-Delayed CARQUEST Fall Final Practice Session
Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway veteran Eric Berndt led the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in practice Saturday afternoon at the half mile in advance of Sunday’s CARQUEST Fall Final.
Berndt, from Cromwell, Conn., posted a fast lap of 18.346 mph (98.114 mph) during the 60-minute practice session that was delayed more than 90 minutes by morning rain at the track.
Eric Beers (18.397/97.938), points leader Ron Silk (18.399/97.831), Erick Rudolph (18.402/97.815) and Donny Lia (18.465/97.482) rounded out the five fastest cars during the practice session, which saw a light mist move in toward the end.
Silk’s main championship challenger Todd Szegedy was seventh on the speed chart and defending race winner Bobby Santos was eighth.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Rick Charette will return to Stafford behind the wheel of a Late Model for this weekend’s CARQUEST Fall Final. Charette will be behind the wheel of the #27 car owned by Jim “Smokey” Brice, which is the same car that Keith Rocco has driven to 3 Late Model victories this season. Brice purchased the car from Daren Clark and Charette and Brice will use this weekend’s CARQUEST Fall Final as a shake-down session in preparation for a full schedule of Late Model racing at Stafford for the 2012 season.
“It was a real quick decision, Smokey called me up on Monday and asked me to drive the car,” said Charette. “I sold most of my equipment but I’ve kept the stuff I needed to go back racing. With the combination of Smokey with the car and me with spare parts and equipment, we’re going to put a package together to shake down at the Fall Final in preparation for the 2012 season. We have most of what we need for next season ready to go, so we won’t have to spend a ton of money getting ready for next season. Daren had been helping Smokey out this year with his DARE Stock and Limited Late Model cars, and that’s how Smokey came to buy the car from Daren. It’s definitely a better car that what I had before and I’m pretty excited about getting back on the track.”
Charette was the Late Model Rookie of the Year during the 2004 season at Stafford, and in 6 full seasons of Late Model racing, his best season was in 2006 when he finished 11th in the points standings. Although Charette’s best career Late Model finish was a second place in July 2008, he won’t be trying to better that finish this weekend and will wait for the 2012 season to try to capture his first career Late Model victory.
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