Archive for May, 2012

Thompson Race Results – 05/31/2012

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher, Tommy O’Sullivan, and Jay Sundeen dominated their divisions in Thompson International Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder by leading every lap of their features to claim the first TNTT victory of the season. Ed Puleo and Jim Helger were also feature winners.

Ted Christopher held off a hard-charging Keith Rocco in the 30-lap SK Modified feature. John Catania and Shawn Thibeault brought the field back to green after an accident that collected Woody Pitkat and Andrew Charron stopped the action before the first lap was complete. Thibeault claimed the lead on the outside on the restart after running-side-by-side almost the entire first circuit, but it was Ted Christopher who officially led the lap after a turn four bid. Ryan Preece was coming up quick and moved into the second spot coming off turn two of lap three and used the inside lane to get alongside Christopher on lap four. Keith Rocco and Todd Ceravolo got in line behind Christopher and relegated Preece to the fourth spot. The four cars ran bumper to bumper until lap 10 when Preece took the outside groove to challenge Ceravolo for third. Preece fell back into line by lap 11 as Rocco looked for a way around Christopher. The action remained tight at the halfway mark with Christopher, Rocco, Ceravolo, and Preece still hooked at the bumpers. Rocco looked high and low for a way around Christopher, but the 13 machine held steady. The four cars began to lap the field by the 25th circuit as they set a torrid pace that could not be matched. At lap 28, Ceravolo shook things up by going low under Rocco for a battle that allowed Christopher to get some breathing room and take the checkered flag unchallenged.

Tommy O’Sullivan led every lap en route to a Late Model victory. John Falconi drove to the front at the drop of the green with Tommy O’Sullivan in tow. Falconi held a three-carlength advantage for the first five laps, but O’Sullivan closed in to challenge on the inside at lap six. Falconi shut the door, but had his hands full, and at lap nine, O’Sullivan took the same inside groove to drive by for the lead. Marc Palmisano and Mike Scorzelli battled for third with Scorzelli’s bottom lane proving faster. Scorzelli then advanced by Falconi for the second spot and set his sights on the leader, who was a full second ahead. O’Sullivan never let his guard down and never fell off his pace, but instead extended his distance over the rest of the field even through lapped traffic. Scorzelli finished second with Marc Palmisano rounding out the top-three.

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On Tap: Jon McKennedy to Run Hillbilly Racing Modified

Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA will be adding more Modified racing to his busy schedule. McKennedy will run the remainder of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for Hillbilly Racing. He will continue to drive Art Barry’s #2 on the Valenti Modified Racing Series along with a partial schedule of ISMA Supermodified racing.

Onr the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, McKennedy will be driving the Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac, a Race Works chassis car. He has experience with Race Works chassis from competing at Star and the VMRS in his own car over the past few seasons. ”I think that’s making the biggest difference," said crew chief David Hill. “He’s just used to the type of car, how they handle, what you got to do to him. (Our) setups were almost identical. It made the transition between me and him a whole lot quicker.”

The team is looking for stability with one driver. McKennedy is the sixth driver since 2008 to pilot the #79. “I think Jon can bring that to the table," said Hill. "Look what he’s done for Art Barry (VMRS points leader with two wins). "I think he can do the same in our car because he’s used to the chassis.” “I was pretty pleased that David would like me to run the car the rest of the year," said McKennedy. "I think it will be a good combination. Those cars I’m very familiar with the cars (because) I’ve driven (them) in the past.”

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays 5/30 Results

Waterford, CT — Returning to the track Wednesday night at Waterford Speedbowl was the track’s popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky series featuring some great racing along with the night’s Wacky Race. Taking victories included Matt Pappa of Nassau, NY, winning a fiercely competitive Legends Cars race and Rachel Forte of Douglas, MA won her second consecutive Bandolero feature. The night’s Super X-Car and X-Car races were equally competitive with Jon Porter of Canterbury and Scott Limkemann of East Lyme coming out on top, respectively. The night’s Wacky Race featured a hot dog eating contest along with an 8-lap race for the X-Cars, with Christopher Lee of Uncasville scoring a popular win.

Pappa was back in the winner’s circle for the fourth time in as many Wednesday Legend Cars events at the Speedbowl in 2012. Pappa had to earn his fourth straight victory, dueling with Dave Garbo Jr. over nearly the entire duration of the 20-lap feature in memorable fashion.

Pappa took the lead with a stellar move early in the race on lap-3, getting under both Garbo and pole-sitter and race leader Joey Ternullo in one swift move. Garbo got by Ternullo moments later then chased down Pappa, applying pressure to the hottest driver in the division at the Speedbowl. Caution as the leaders worked lap-5 momentarily cooled the battle, however it quickly picked back up following the delay. Garbo stalked Pappa, who was battling a loose condition. Garbo eventually got to the inside of Pappa, taking command on lap-9.

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Riverhead Raceway Sunday Enduro Wins Go To James Charrier And Hank Hallock

RIVERHEAD, NY — The Memorial Day weekend of racing at Riverhead Raceway concluded Sunday afternoon with a full card of Enduro racing which found James Charrier of Shirley topping the Grand Enduro 50-lap feature for his second win in a row, while “Handsome” Hank Hallock of Riverhead collected his first ever 4/6-Cylinder Truck Enduro victory in their 50-lap main event.

Chris Lescenski got the jump on the Grand Enduro field to take the early lead but David Antos, the defending Grand Enduro champion quickly over took Lescenski for the lead on the second lap. Antos would show the way until lap 4 when opening day winner James Charrier not only got by early leader Lescenski for second, but in one clean sweep also got by Antos for the lead. As was the case with his first win once in front Charrier in the Clear Beer Draft Chevy pulled away to a comfortable lead while Antos, Lescenski and later Steve Mastro all raced for positions two through four. At the finish it was James Charrier first over the line followed by his brother-in-law Bob Engelfried of Stony Brook, while Steve Masrtro of Port Jefferson was third in the Sheep Pasture Tree & Nursery Supply Chevy.

“Handsome” Hank Hallock had come close to winning at Riverhead Raceway over the years but never was able to grab the brass ring until Sunday when the 65-year old driver won the 50-lap 4/6-Cylinder Truck Enduro. “Daddy Cool” Andy Owen, a tested tough veteran himself led from the start of the race over Jimmy Badalato and later Greg Harris over the first 15-laps of the contest. During that time Owen built himself a sizeable lead over his challengers, that is until Hallock moved to second on lap 16. For the following 26 laps Hallock chipped away at Owen’s lead and finally on lap 42 he worked his way by and promptly drove his Westhampton Auto Salvage Chevy to a very popular win. Robin Vollmoeller of Riverhead moved to second with just five laps to go and would settle for second in the Spit’s Speed Shop entry, with Ben Gregor of Bridgehampton placing third in the Gregor Well Drilling Chevy.

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Brown and Gray are Colors of the Day at Legion Speedway Opener; Sunn and Donnelly Join Them in Victory Lane

WENTWORTH, NH – With Red, White and Blue on display for the Memorial Day Weekend opener at the newly refurbished Legion Speedway, Street Stock racer Mark Brown of Rumney joined Mini Sprint ace Brian Gray of Meredith along with Outlaw Mini Stock alumnus Josh Sunn of White River, Jct., VT and multi time Modified champ Chris Donnelly of Piermont in victory lane. A good crowd was on hand to watch the Sunday twilight event, which was sponsored by S.K. Bean’s Enfield Garage.

Brown had no trouble handling the short field in the Street Stock feature. He was able to fend off the advances of J.P. Vaillancourt, who fought an ill handing car for much of the race. Marc Jenot was third and James Travis, who towed all the way in from Shapleigh, ME was fourth.

In the early stages of the Papa Z’s 600cc Mini Sprint feature, Gray had his hands full with Rick Crooker knocking at the door. Crooker’s steed lacked Gray’s speed, however, and the distance between first and second increased as the race wore on. Luke Greenwood started fifth and advanced as far as third before retiring to the pits with a mechanical issue. Spencer Allen followed Gray and Crooker across the line. On Saturday, Allen had graduated from Kimball Union Academy in Meriden; he’s headed for the motorsports program at the University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall.

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Thursday Night Thompson Thunder Kicks Off This Week

THOMPSON, CT — The much anticipated return to Thursday night racing at Thompson International Speedway gets underway this coming Thursday night, May 31st. at 6 PM. Thursday Night Thompson Thunder, better known as TNTT, will feature six divisions of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions in qualifying races and feature events.

Thursday night races have become a mainstay at Thompson and have proven to be very popular with both fans and competitors. The race program is run virtually non-stop. The track has set a target of 9:30 PM to have the show over. This allows fans to enjoy a fun night out and still be able to be home at an early hour.

The NASCAR “Super 6” divisions provide fans with exciting, wheel-to-wheel competition week in and week out. Many of the best drivers in New England compete each week at the high banked, ultra fast 5/8th mile oval. These racers thrill fans with their amazing driving talents and daring moves as they seek the glory that comes in victory lane.

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Sweet Rolls to First Memorial Day Classic Victory

Therrien and Pilotte Claim Feature Wins

In a race that had eluded his prestigious racing career, Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet methodically worked his way to the victory in the 50th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The Memorial Day Classic was the first of four events in the Vermont State Late Model Championship series. Sweet held off Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Brent Dragon, who flew through the field from the 12th and 16th starting positions to finish second and third.

The race began with pole sitter and former Oxford Plains Speedway Champion Ricky Rolfe showing the way early, only to engage with a heated back and forth struggle with Milton’s Scott Payea. Rolfe and Payea traded the lead back and forth, side by side for more than half of the race. Scott and Sweet trailed the pair for the majority of the exchange as the top four ran in a tight battle for the point. Scott took over on the outside lane for 12 laps only to see Nick Sweet steal it away for good on a lap 68 restart.

Weekly standouts Brooks Clark, who started 14th on the grid, and Scott Payea came home fourth and fifth respectively. 2011 Rookie of the Year Jimmy Hebert, Rolfe, Chip Grenier, Dave Pembroke, and Cris Michaud rounded out the top ten.

The race was completed in 42 minutes and 24 seconds. The race was slowed by five minor cautions.

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Fred Astle Jr visits Victory Lane Bobby Pelland and John Paiva repeat, Charles Beal becomes a first time winner

Seekonk, MA — Six time Pro Stock champion Fred Astle Jr jumped out front early, and held of challenges from Kevin Casper and Dave Darling to pick up a thrilling win. Ken Spencer took off from his outside pole position start, and set the pace for the first several laps. Astle moved his way through the pack using the inside lane, making some daring moves, and quickly closed in on the K. Spencer Electric machine. Astle moved past Kyle Casper and pole sitter Phil Meany by lap 8, and quickly found his way past Spencer on lap 10.

While Astle was able to open up a 6 car length lead, Kevin Casper moved into second, and started to close in the distance to the leader. As the laps reached the ¾ mark, Casper was hounding the Wood Frame Structures Chevy, and tried everything he could to put his Phil’s Propane Ford out front. While the pair raced hard, Rehoboth’s Dave Darling was breaking free from the pack, and hunting down the lead duo. As they crossed the line with just 5 laps to go, Darling moved his Bristol Toyota Scion Camry to the outside, and went to work. At the white flag mark, Darling was even with Casper, and as they raced into turn three on the final lap, he tried one last move, but came up .163 short for his second win of the season. Casper held on for third, just .164 behind Astle. Ryan Vanasse and Mike Brightman rounded out the top five.

In the 30 lap Late Model feature, Bobby Pelland III moved past Dylan Estrella with just 3 laps remaining to pick up his second win of the young season. Dylan Estrella set the pace for much of the race, but Pelland kept the chase on for the 30 lap distance. Pelland worked on the outside, and edged out over the Lamar & Son’s Impala of Estrella. But the sophomore didn’t give up, and retook the lead on a couple of occasions. The pair swapped the lead several times over the event.

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Chris McGuire Declared Winner Of Time Limit In Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified Feature Saturday

RIVERHEAD, NY — For the NASCAR Modifieds of Riverhead Raceway it was indeed a “Murphy’s Law” night on Saturday at the 63-year old quarter mile oval and when the dust settled Chris McGuire of Shirley in just his 4th start in the class was declared the winner in a time limit affair. The scheduled 35-lapper actually went just 15-laps which took well over an hour to run forcing NASCAR Officials to declare the race with McGuire out front when they did.

Right from the start of the race things went south as Jerry Solomito Jr. jumped to the early lead but after just leading a lap he spun off turn four after contact drawing a yellow flag with Solomito going to the rear of the field. Don Howe jumped out front on the restart with Timmy Solomito in tow but they would get together on lap 2 and tangle in turn four forcing the second caution in two laps. The third attempt at getting the race underway found rookie driver Chris McGuire bolting out front with John Beatty Jr. and Shawn Solomito in tow. As hard as the top three tried to get a good flow to the race numerous spins and one hard crash by Amber Fortin in turn three would continue to slow the race with double file restarts scrapped on lap 7.

As the cars circulated the track during a 15th lap yellow flag the field was reset and when in order starter Mike Boken waved the checker flag much to the delight of race leader and former Charger standout Chris McGuire in the Ken Massa owned M3 Technologies Chevy. After exiting his car Chris admitted, “hey I wanted to win in a 35-lap race, but I’ll take this for sure”. During the off-season McGuire was tabbed by 2011 championship car owner Ken Massa to drive his Riverhead entry while he and his NASCAR Modified Tour driver Justin Bonsignore chase that title. McGuire, realizing this was the opportunity of a racing lifetime, jumped at the offer, “we got off to a rocky start and I was about ready to give Ken the car back but my crew kept digging and we’re getting there.”

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O’Sullivan Takes Granite State Pro Stock Series David’s House 106 Win

Pocket’s $3,000 in Series’ Season Opening Event

WINCHESTER, NH — Mike O’Sullivan etched his name into the Granite State Pro Stock Series record book by winning the David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships, the first race in the series inaugural season. O’Sullivan took home a $3,000 check for his effort.

O’Sullivan led a race high 33 laps from his tenth place starting position, seeing the lead for a two lap stint on lap 43 before he took the lead for good on lap 76. O’Sullivan benefited from a rare mistake by veteran racer Bobby Cabral on a lap 75 restart, when Cabral spun his tires and lost control of his automobile.

“I know I was going through [turn three] with one hand on the wheel and shifting, and it was like driving on ice,” O’Sullivan, of Springfield, MA, said about his lap 75 restart with Cabral. “And I knew he had to be doing the same. I figured if I put a little bit of pressure on him for him to get a good restart, he maybe would make a mistake. And he did. Bobby’s a good race car driver. He’s a champion and a chassis builder; he’s no dummy. But I was trying to get a little bit of pressure on him so he’d make a mistake. If he got the lead [on the restart], I don’t think I was going to be able to get him. He was pretty good out front.”

Fifteen-year-old Derek Griffith, of Hudson, NH, scored a runner-up finish in his first Pro Stock race ever. Griffith was able to the grab the second position from then second place runner Rich Eaton late in the race. Cabral, of East Kingston, NH, rebounded from his spin to finish third. Seabrook, NH driver Eaton settled for fourth, while Walpole, NH’s Mike Parks completed the top five finishers.

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Season Opener to Mike O’Sullivan

A field of 20 Pro Stocks turned out for the first ever running of the GSPSS at the Monadnock Speedway for the Davids House 106. Mike O’Sullivan in the 08 turned fastest time of the day and started 10th through the drawing of positions. Heat winners were Dennis Maxfiled in the #0, and Fran 'Jr' Colson in the #37.\

Young Austin Brehio in the #44 brought the field to the green and pulled away , leading the first 21 laps until Mike Parks took over in the #66. Mike kept the lead until Lap 43 when Mike O’Sullivan nabbed it for 2 laps. Then Mike Parks took it back until lap 57. Lap 58 had Mike Cabral in the #14 take control of the lead until lap #76.

Mike O’Sullivan took over the lead and never gave it up, taking the checkers at the final lap. Derek Griffith was 2nd, Bobby Cabral was 3rd, Rich Eaton 4th, and Mike Parks takes 5th. Eight cautions slowed the pace. The Grand Marshall of the day was none other than Mario Fiore, a long time friend of racing.

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Will Hull Makes Maiden Voyage to Sprint Car Victory Lane

BRADFORD, VT – As a three-time track champion in Late Models, Will Hull of East Montpelier doesn’t need a road map to find victory lane at Bear Ridge Speedway, but he made the journey in a Sprint Car for the first time on Saturday night. The soft spoken chauffer did it in style, winning his heat and then using a dramatic pass in lapped traffic on lap 23 to snatch the victory from SCoNE 2011 Rookie of the Year Tyler Rich. On the last turn of the final lap, Chris Donnelly, who started 14th, was also able to get beneath Rich and beat him to the line by less than a car length.

“After the heat, we changed to a harder right rear tire and made an adjustment on the wing,” Hull explained. “In the feature the tire seemed to work for a while until it cooled down under the yellow flag and I lost a lot of ground on the restart. But after a couple of laps, the heat got back in it and I just worked the bottom. Tyler was doing a great job on the outside, but I could see that the lapped traffic was making him back up to me. I stuck to the bottom and just kept picking away and it worked out.”

Donnelly, who won under similar circumstances last week at the Canaan Dirt Speedway, was surprised by his runner-up finish. “It was a great run and I’m very happy. I didn’t have many expectations- when I got up to third I figured that was probably it. I couldn’t find a line that was useful, I tried running the top and with a few laps to go we got into lapped traffic and I decided to go back down to the bottom and it paid off. It’s too bad for Tyler, he was running so well all night, but he just slipped a little high and ended up losing the deal.”

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Waterford Speedbowl postpones 5/26 NASCAR and ISMA racing event

Supermodifieds will return to Speedbowl Saturday 6/9

Waterford, CT — Due to the rain in the region late Saturday afternoon and resulting wet infield conditions plaguing the speedway, Waterford Speedbowl was forced to postpone the night’s scheduled events for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and International Supermodified Association (ISMA). The ISMA Supermodifieds will return to the Speedbowl on Saturday, June 9 and join that night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program.

All ticket holders from May 26 must hold their event tickets and will receive admission to the June 9 make-up event, or to any 2012 Speedbowl event or events totaling the same or lesser value. Adult grandstands admission will be honored up to a total of $33 value per event ticket, while Youth tickets will be honored up to a total of $10 value per event ticket.

The June 9 racing program will include the SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks along with the ISMA Supermodifieds. The Legend Cars and Super X-Car races originally scheduled for June 9 have been cancelled. The SK Light Modifieds, part of the postponed May 26 program, will return to the Speedbowl next on June 16.

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Ladyga Dominates for Star Win

The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour returned to Star Speedway this past weekend. With the biggest field of the season, totaling 26 cars, and with the competition as tight as its been all season, there were several drivers looking for a big day in the series first run at Star. Last season when the Tour went to Star for the first time ever for an exhibition race, it was won in dominating fashion by Nick Ladyga in the 3 car. He was looking to make it two in a row at the tough quarter mile.

The first of two heat races had defending Nelcar champion Evan Beaulieu on the pole with young driver Joey Parker in the 60 on his outside. On the start, Beaulieu got out to the early lead while Matt Bourgoine and Ladyga worked into the top three. Just a few laps into the race, Parker went for a spin off turn two. He was able to continue on but the 20 of Taylor Martin and the 33 of Alan Smith were involved in the incident as well, which saw Smith head to the pit area early. On the restart, Beaulieu once again got out to the early lead, but with a few laps to go Ladyga ran him down and was able to put the pass and get the heat race win. Beaulieu finished second with Bourgoine in third.

The second heat race would have Kevin Hutchens on the pole with former series champion Bob Weymouth on his outside. On the start, Hutchens was able to get out to the early lead withWeymouthright behind in second. Coming from a ways back however was the 23 of Shawn Buffington trying to work his way to the front. The heat ran incident free, with Hutchens taking the win. Buffington worked his way to second with the 11 of recent standout Steve Miller in third.

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Coby Makes Late-Race Pass for Stafford Win

Veteran Gains Lead Late To Win TSI Harley-Davidson 125

STAFFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby slipped past Bobby Santos eight laps from the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday and become the driver with more than one win this season.

Coby’s first win came in the tour's first visit to Stafford last month.

For the Milford, Conn., driver – who was making his 118th start – it marked his fourth career win and his third victory on Stafford’s half-mile oval.

The driver of the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet started fifth but had to pit on Lap 27 under caution for a flat right front tire. He charged back and chased down Santos, who had won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day and led the race from the drop of the green. Coby closed in on the leader with 10 laps to go and on his second attempt slipped by for the lead.

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Gervais, Fearn, Kopec, Burnham & Casagrande Score May 25th TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT– Stafford Speedway returned to racing with the 22nd Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Taking down feature victories were Michael Gervias, Jr. in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tom Fearn in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Dylan Kopec in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, D.J. Burnham in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. For Gervais, it was his first career win in any division at Stafford, Fearn won for the first time since the 2009 season, Kopec was a winner for the third time in 4 SK Light races this season, Burnham ended Josh Wood’s winning streak at three races, and Casagrande became the all-time winningest DARE Stock driver in Stafford history with his 13th career victory.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Brian Sullivan took the lead on the outside of Kurt Lenahan while Todd Owen moved into second. Ted Christopher spun on the backstretch but kept going and Eric Berndt took a spin through the frontstretch grass, but was also able to keep going and the race stayed green. Owen was all over the back bumper of Sullivan looking to take over the lead, but Sullivan was able to stay out front.

Owen was finally able to make a pass on Sullivan and he took the lead on lap-7. Glen Reen was running in third behind Sullivan, while Keith Rocco moved into fourth on lap-9 after starting deep in the field. Rocco continued his charge as he moved by Reen on lap-10 to move into third. Rocco’s pass brought Ryan Preece along with him past Reen. Rocco continued to move towards the front as he took second from Sullivan on lap-14. But Rocco’s good run came to and end in turn 3+4 as his car suddenly began to leak fluid and he spun in the fluid. Also involved were the cars of Preece, Reen, and Sullivan. Rocco, Sullivan, and Reen were behind the wall with damage, while Preece was able to continue in the race.

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Waterford Whelen Tour Race To Honor Evans

Increased To 161 Laps In Tribute To NASCAR Hall of Famer

Waterford, CT — Excitement continues to build for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s much anticipated return to Waterford Speedbowl June 23. Track management and NASCAR have given extra reason for fans and the racing community to celebrate. The event will pay homage to one of racing’s true legends, NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richie Evans. The race distance has been increased by one lap from the original length to a 161-lap event, in honor of Evans’ famous #61 Modified. The event, just one month away, will be sponsored by Mr. Rooter.

“Feedback about the Whelen Modified Tour’s return to the Speedbowl has been very positive, very well received around the Modified community since we made the announcement over the winter” according to Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. The lap count of the race, originally slated for 160-laps, opened up the possibility to remember Evans. “Between us and NASCAR, we felt this Tour needed an event to honor Richie Evans. Everyone was on board to add one extra lap for Richie”.

Evans, a native of Rome, NY, was an iconic racer on the Modified circuit claiming nine NASCAR championships over a 13-year span, ending with his untimely passing in 1985. He racked up hundreds of victories at short-tracks around the Northeast and is regarded as the “king” of Modified racing. One of NASCAR’s greatest racers of all-time, Evans was among the first inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays 5/23 Results

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl was back Wednesday evening for the night’s Wild n Wacky racing program with a quickly paced program. Coming out on top with victories on the night included Matt Pappa of Nassau, NY who raced to another Legends Cars win, Jon Porter of Canterbury in nailed the win in the Super X-Cars, Wayne Shifflett of Preston scored victory for the second time in 2012 in X-Car action and Kristie Hamel of Jewett City, who won the night’s Wacky Race.

The 20-lap Legends Cars feature began with a newcomer and a veteran on the front row as Stephen Kopcik and Carl Blandina led the field to the green flag. Dennis Pantani spun in between turns three and four on the opening lap to bring out the caution flag before a lap was scored complete.

Kopcik briefly took the lead when racing resumed. Blandina hung tough in the outside lane trying to take the young driver on the outside. As they ran side-by-side Nicholas Sowa made a bold move inside both as they entered turn one on lap-2. The three wide maneuver worked and Sowa came away with the race lead. Dave Garbo Jr. and Pappa followed suit to race into second and third. The next lap saw Garbo make a hole inside Sowa to take the race lead. Pappa used the same opening to take second just before the second caution came out on lap-4 when Tim Heath came to rest against the wall in turn two after spinning.

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Bobby Santos, III Hoping for Successful Return to Stafford In TSI Harley-Davidson 125

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning the Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2010 and finishing 8th in the 2011 points standings, Bobby Santos, III was left without a full-time ride for the 2012 season. But Santos has hooked up with Sully Tinio for a partial 2012 schedule, and he is looking forward to returning to Stafford Motor Speedway for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Santos has won three of the last 7 Whelen Modified Tour events at Stafford, and he also has 2 NEMA Midget feature wins to go along with his sweep of the PRA Big Car and Wingless Midget feature events that netted him a $50,000 bonus in 2006 at Stafford.

“I’m very excited about coming back to Stafford,” said Santos. “We’ve had a lot of success the last couple of years at Stafford and I hope we can continue that success with Sully Tinio and the #44 team. It’s a little disappointing to not be running the full schedule this year, but I have a great deal with Sully to run a part-time schedule this year. We tried to make it to the Sizzler, but we couldn’t get the car ready in time after Thompson. Sully’s team is local to Thompson and the original plan was to just run those races, but everyone was real happy with how we ran, so we got the car ready to come race at Stafford.”

After qualifying third and leading two laps in the season opening event at Thompson, Santos was relegated to a 17th place finish after being caught up in an accident. But with three career victories at Stafford, including a win in the 2010 TSI Harley-Davidson 125, Santos is confident that he and his team have the right strategy and equipment to once again reach victory lane.

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David’s House 106 Begins Granite State Pro Stock Series Season

$3,000-to-win event kicks off inaugural season for new series

WINCHESTER, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series season will begin this Saturday night, May 26, at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH for the prestigious David’s House 106 presented by Fenton Family Dealerships of the greater Keene, NH area. Many veteran stock car racing drivers are expected to attend the $3,000-to-win event, including multi-time Monadnock Speedway champion Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA.

Legendary car owner Mario Fiore will be the grand marshal for the event raced in honor of the late stock car racing driver Ricky Miller. Miller was one of the many famed drivers to wheel one of Fiore’s cars. The David’s House 106 will be an afternoon long event with an on-the-track pit party, live bands, The Pit Girls, door prizes, and much more. In addition, one fan will have the chance to win $5,000.

Ricky’s Race for Kids, a charity created in the memory of Ricky Miller, benefits David’s House, a home-away-from-home that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Hanover, NH.

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Spring Sizzler Champion Doug Coby Hopes to Make It Two in a Row at Stafford in TSI Harley-Davidson 125

Stafford Springs, CT — Doug Coby, who won the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler last month at Stafford, will look to make it two-for-two when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford next Friday night for the 22nd Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Of Coby’s 3 career Whelen Modified Tour wins, 2 have come in the Spring Sizzler. That fact, combined with Coby’s two Stafford track championships, has the Milford native excited about the prospects of making it two in a row at Stafford.

“The car was awesome at the Sizzler, so I would expect the car is going to be awesome again next Friday night,” said Coby. “The night race will be different, even though it’s only a couple of weeks after the Sizzler, the track is always different in the May race from the Sizzler. The last three Sizzlers the pole time has been in the 17’s and in May it’s usually drops off to 18.2, 3, or 4, and it’s an impound race, so we’ll have to qualify the way we’re going to race. We all make a lot of adjustments for time trials to click off a good lap, but we probably make less adjustments for time trials, so that might help us a bit. You see certain guys who qualify up front for the two-day shows that don’t qualify up front for the one-day shows."

After splitting time between two teams last season, Coby will be behind the wheel of Wayne Darling’s #52 Furnace and Duct Chevrolet for the entire 2012 schedule. Although they raced together last year, the Coby/Darling pairing is still a relatively new combination and Coby says that the team chemistry is one of the key reasons why they are sitting second in the Whelen Modified Tour standings heading into the TSI Harley-Davidson 125.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the racing action at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Friday, May 25 with the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers on the Tour:

Selected Driver Highlights: 

Eric Beers (No. 45 Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc. Ford)

• Has two wins, nine poles and 73 top 10s in 173 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.

• Has two poles and 19 top 10s in 38 career starts at Stafford Motor Speedway with a best finish of second in the 2008 Spring Sizzler.

• Finished 24th in the Stafford Spring Sizzler in April.
Jimmy Blewett (No. 76 John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet)

• Has five wins, a pole and 28 top 10s in 88 career NWMT starts.

• Two of his five career wins have come at Stafford and he’s got 10 total top 10s in 25 appearances.

• Finished fifth at Stafford in the 2012 Spring Sizzler.
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)

• Has a win, three poles and 18 top 10s in 35 career NWMT starts. 

• Has two poles and three top 10s in nine races at Stafford. Best finish at the track came last time out – sixth – in April’s Spring Sizzler.

• Has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his last 13 starts overall.

Speedbowl ready to host four events in five days

ISMA Supermodifieds and Memorial Day Madness events headline holiday weekend

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl begins a busy stretch this week, hosting four events over five days beginning Wednesday.  The track’s three weekly series are in full swing – Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, Sho and Go Friday’s and NASCAR racing every Saturday.  Adding to the week’s excitement on Sunday is Memorial Day Madness a Speedbowl favorite every year.

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday gets the weekend celebration started early at the Speedbowl.  Offering free grandstands admission for youth age 14 and under and just $8 adult grandstands admission, the mid-week show is a fan favorite and a hit for those seeking affordable family fun.  A special attraction this week sees the NEMA Lites come to the Speedbowl to join the Wild ‘n Wacky program.  The gates open at 5:30pm and the action on track starts at 7:00pm.

The track takes a break on Thursday before returning with Friday’s Sho and Go at the ‘Bowl, offering free grandstands admission to all attendees.   Nearly any safe motor vehicle including street rods, hot rods, muscle cars, street cars and trucks are welcomed to participate in the 100 foot drag race competitions on the Speedbowl’s front stretch for a $25.00 entry fee.   A free car cruise show on the midway is also part of every Friday night.   Test and tune for the drags begins at 6:00pm and elimination rounds follow.

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Pennink Wins at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Even though he had what he described as an, “ill-handling car,” Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, Pa., was able to withstand several challenges from Richard Savary to go on and win the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series on Sunday night at Thompson International Speedway.

It was the fifth win over-all and second on the series at Thompson for Pennink who became the race’s third and final leader when he passed Ted Christopher in turns three and four on the 30th lap.

Christopher, who led from lap 16 when he passed Todd Owen, driving for series organizer Jack Bateman, dropped out shortly thereafter.

“I simply couldn’t get my car to turn,” Pennink said. “That allowed Richard (Savary) to get under me in the turns. It’s tough to do that here (get up and under someone from the bottom). He was able to get up alongside of me. He was trying to move me out of the way, but I wasn’t going to let him do that.”

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NEMA Lites, Medeiros A Perfect Combination

Brockton, MA – Northeastern Midget Association Lites Division driver Carl Medeiros Jr. believes that the elusive first win is very close. “It is very important,” says Medeiros, “not only for me but for the whole team.”

A “stand alone” show at Star Speedway, Saturday night, June 2, is next for the Lites. Medeiros, completing his sophomore year at Diman Regional High in Fall River, MA drives a Focus-powered Stealth owned by his dad.

Medeiros, who turns 16 on July 24, comes to Star off an impressive showing at NEMA’s Diamond Anniversary event at Waterford Speedbowl. After overcoming almost a half-lap deficit, he tangled with the leader and spun in the closing laps. Recovering to finish sixth, he was the only Lites car in the 13-second range.

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ISMA Supermodified season opener at Speedbowl Saturday

Memorial Day weekend tradition at shoreline oval continues May 26

Waterford, CT — In what has become an event circled by many on Waterford Speedbowl’s event schedule every year, the International
Supermodified Association (ISMA) will once again begin their championship season at the three-eighths mile Speedbowl in 2012. The 800-horsepower Supermodifieds are slated to visit the popular shoreline oval over Memorial Day weekend this Saturday, May 26.

The ISMA field that assembles at the Speedbowl is often one of the strongest of the season. 2012 appears no different with multiple feature winners as expected entries. Multiple-time ISMA Owner Champion Vic Miller and driver Chris Perley are slated to run a full schedule in 2012, starting with Waterford. According to Perley, atop the ISMA win list at the Speedbowl with four checkered flags, “The Speedbowl is a great place to race at. We always enjoy coming. There are two good grooves for racing”. Two of Perley’s wins came in the season opener and lifted him to the series title. Russ Wood achieved the same success in 2011 after winning last year’s opener.

Lou Cicconi trails Perley with three Speedbowl wins to his credit including the very first ISMA race held at the ‘Bowl in 2005. Cicconi is part of a new team in 2012 with, ironically, a former Perley driven car. Cicconi has a capable teammate in Ohio’s Tim Ice. Both are  expected at the ‘Bowl. Ben Seitz, a multiple-time winner at the ‘Bowl in NEMA Midgets and Legends Cars, will be back seeking his first ISMA Speedbowl win. Seitz actually led late in last year’s opener at the Speedbowl until meeting misfortunte. Mike Lichty and former NASCAR driver Johnny Benson are back as teammates in the ISMA stables as well as series main stays Mark Sammut, Rich Reid, Jeff Locke, Jon McKennedy and Eddie Witkum. All are expected on Saturday plus a host of other entries.

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News & Notes: Stafford On Tap for Mod Tour

Coby Looks To Continue Hot Streak In TSI Harley-Davidson 125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The results have always been there for Doug Coby, it’s been the stability that was the hurdle. Fortunately for Coby, that’s a thing of the past, and now he’s a championship contender.

From mid-2007 through the majority of 2010, Coby did whatever it took to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which required working with seven different teams in just 25 appearances through the four year span. He had 11 top 10s and led five races during that stretch, but stability was not there.

Finally, Coby got the break he needed. Car owner Wayne Darling put the Milford, Conn., driver in his No. 52 for the 2010 finale at Thompson International Speedway where he led 25 laps and drove the car to a third-place finish. The result landed Coby his first full-time ride for 2011, a season in which he finished a career-best fifth in the final standings.


Holiday Weekend Eve of Destruction This Sunday at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The annual Eve of Destruction, an event that thousands of fans look forward to each year at the Thompson International Speedway, is slated for this coming Sunday, May 27th. This night of stunts, crashes, explosions, fireworks and much more is a Memorial Day weekend tradition at Thompson and brings together a star studded cast of amazingly talented performers and thrill seeking fans.

Headlining the Eve of Destruction will be Megasaurus, the prehistoric car-eating monster. Megasaurus stands three stories tall and weighs in at over 50,000 pounds and has an insatiable appetite for cars left by unsuspecting owners. Viper and XDP Monster Trucks will also be on hand to race, jump, crush cars and perform some breathtaking stunts.

Crash Moreau, a 44 year veteran of auto thrill shows, and Chris Morena the lead stunt performer in numerous films and the star of the Disney World presentation of Lights, Motors, Action, have thrilled Thompson fans in the past with their incredible automobile stunts. They return this year with some brand new daredevil performances.

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Legion Speedway Launches Season With Successful Test and Tune, Memorial Day Weekend Grand Opening Set for Sunday Afternoon

WENTWORTH, NH – Promoter Wally Brown set just one absolute criteria for the Legion Speedway Test and Tune session at the drivers meeting last Sunday. “We’re all just here to have fun and just because we have a pair of wreckers sitting on the infield doesn’t mean we have to use them. I don’t want anybody to need a wrecker all day long.”

That threshold was met as drivers from all the weekly racing classes managed to make it back to the pits with all four wheels touching the ground. One or two were the worse for wear and a pair needed a push, but none needed the hook.

A representative sample of cars was on hand from the Forward’s Garage Modifieds, the Papa Z’s 600cc Mini Sprints, the Street Stocks and the Outlaw Mini Stocks. In addition, cars from the Beard Sewer and Drain Sprint Cars of New England, which will be appearing three times at Legion this season, had their wings sailing above the 50 trailer dump loads of fresh clay that have been laid down on the quarter mile surface.

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Bertrand Motorsports Headed for Indy

Brockton, MA — Bertrand Motorsports will attempt to put two cars in the field for USAC-sanctioned 50-lap Night Before the 500 Midget race Saturday night, May 26 at the Lucas Oil Raceway. It is one of country’s premier Midget events.

Randy Cabral will attempt to put the #47 Circle Performance Esslinger-powered Drinan, his regular Northeastern Midget Association ride, into the show. Cole Carter will be in the Stewart Engines, Honda-powered car (No. 39) driven on the NEMA circuit by Todd Bertrand. It will be the Honda's debut in USAC competition.

Carter, no stranger to Bertrand equipment, is scheduled to make some NEMA starts later in the season.

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