Archive for May 12th, 2012

Preece Rolls at Monadnock

Leads Every Lap For Fourth Career Whelen Modified Victory

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Ryan Preece converted his third Coors Light Pole Award into his first win of the season Saturday night with a victory in the Whitcomb 200 presented by Mobix & Town Fair Tire at Monadnock Speedway.

Preece led every lap of the season's third race and took the checkered flag 1.423 seconds in front of runner-up Doug Coby. Todd Szegedy, the 2011 race winner, finished third. Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Silk, the points leader, maintained a one-point advantage in the standings over Coby. Preece is four points behind Silk.

It is Preece's fourth career win and earned him a locked-in spot at the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the .400-mile oval at Daytona International Speedway next February.

The 21-year-old Berlin, Conn., finished second (2009) and sixth (2010) in tour points before winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified Division champion at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway last year. His previous tour wins came at Martinsville in 2008, and Riverhead and Stafford in 2009.

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Waterford Speedbowl 5/12 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT — Racing returned to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night with a special 60th anniversary event for the Northeastern Midget Association plus NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. The Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) is one of the nation’s oldest racing series, with roots at Waterford going back to its beginning. Greg Stoehr of Bridgewater, MA took home the prestigious win in the night’s NEMA Midget feature while Brandon Igo of Bondsville, MA won the companion NEMA Lite race. In Saturday night NASCAR action, Ledyard native Tyler Chadwick took the checkered flag in the SK Modified® feature, his second on the year, while defending Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model champion Jeff Smith of Old Lyme returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in 2012. Chris Meyer of North Franklin became the first repeat winner of the season in the Street Stocks and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon won again in the Mini Stocks, giving him six on the year.

Joe Perry raced into the lead when the green flag was shown to the SK Modified® field for their 35-lap feature. He led over Joe Gada, Al Stone and Ed Puleo over the opening circuits. Hard racing further back among Chadwick, Jeff Rocco, Rob Janovic Jr., Kyle James and others showcased plenty of side-by-side action. Just behind them, trouble broke out on lap-4 off turn four to bring out the caution flag. Several cars made contact sending Diego Monahan’s car into the frontstretch wall. Frank Mucciacciaro and Rich Brooks also got a piece of the wall, and James and Craig Lutz went spinning into the infield. When the dust settled Mucciacciaro and Monahan’s nights were done.

Perry picked up where he left off when racing went back to green, leading Gada. Stone secured third and Nichole Morgillo was up to fourth, just ahead of Chadwick. Ed Puleo and Jeff Pearl slid back in the outside lane to the back of the top ten as Janovic, Justin Gaydosh and Tom Abele Jr. raced forward.

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Brandon Igo NEMA Lites Winner

Waterford, CT — Brandon Igo led every lap but winning the 30-lap Lites feature at the Northeastern Midget Association Diamond Anniversary Race Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl was hardly easy. Igo, in fact, had to rely on his dirt track experience to capture his first NEMA win.

With eight laps remaining, Igo (Igo 45) and Carl Medeiros Jr. (Medeiros 50) came together in turn two. With the car sideways, Igo “stood on the gas and turned right. That’s where the dirt track experience came in,” said the one-time Whip City champion.

It ended a great effort for Medeiros who admitted to “running out of patience” looking to get inside Igo. Medeiros did spin, setting up a restart . On the green, Igo got the jump on Joey Mucciacciaro (Scally 4) and went on to finish 1.92 seconds ahead of Ian Cumens (Seymour 9) with Mucciacciaro third. Ryan Bigelow (Bigelow 13) was fourth and Randy Cabral (Cabral 35) came from 19th to claim fifth.

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Greg Stoehr Grabs Rifchin Trophy

Waterford, CT – Absolutely dominating the second half of the race, Russ Stoehr captured the 30-lap Marvin Rifchin Trophy race Saturday night at the Northeastern Midget Association’s Diamond Anniversary Race at Waterford Speedbowl.

Grabbing the lead on a lap 13 restart, Stoehr, in the family 26b, went on to a 1.450 seconds win over Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47). John Zych (Zych 9), Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) and Todd Bertrand (Bertrand 39) completed the top five.

Stoehr assumed control when early leader Anthony Marvuglio (Bordeau 38) suffered a flat left front tire on caution. After a brief side-by-side battle with Cabral, he quickly assumed a commanding advantage in a car built over the winter to replace a car that was destroyed last summer at Waterford.

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QUALIFYING: Preece Makes It 3-for-3

Another Whelen Modified Pole With Record Lap At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Ryan Preece earned his third straight Coors Light Pole Award Saturday with a record lap in qualifying for the Whitcomb 200 presented by Mobix & Town Fair Tire at Monandock Speedway.

It is the ninth career pole award for the 21-year-old Berlin, Conn., driver.

Preece's lap of 12.315 seconds (73.082 mph) eclipsed the mark set by Mike Stefanik (12.390 seconds/72.693 mph) in 1988 around the quarter-mile oval.

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Green flag for the Whitcomb 200 is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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PRACTICE: Silk Running Out Front

Tops Speed Chart For Whelen Modified Stop At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Defending tour champion and current points leader Ron Silk set the fast pace Saturday in practice for the Whitcome 200 presented by Mobix/Town Fair Tire.

Silk had a lap of 12.396 seconds (72.604 mph) around the quarter-mile, banked oval. Ryan Preece was second at 72.330 (12.443), followed by defending race winner Todd Szegedy at 72.266 (12.454).

Qualifying is set for 4 p.m. with the green flag for the Monadnock 200 at 8:30 p.m.

Eric Goodale and Ron Yuhas rounded out the top five in practices.

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Hill Wins Xtra Mart Late Model Xtra D Feature at Stafford; Berndt, Kopec, Wood & Saunders Also Score Feature Wins

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway was back on track with the Xtra Mart Late Model Xtra D program on Friday night, May 11th. J.J. Hill was the winner of the extra distance 40-lap Late Model feature, Eric Berndt got around Ted Christopher on a green white checkered restart to pick up his first win of the 2012 in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Dylan Kopec was the winner of the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature for the second consecutive week, Josh Wood also won for the second consecutive week in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Albert Saunders drove to victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature with a late race pass on Austin Bessette.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Frank Ruocco took the lead at the drop of the green to take the early race lead. Woody Pitkat was glued to Ruocco’s back bumper while Eric Berndt was running a close third. Behind Berndt was Ryan Preece, Keith Rocco, and Ted Christopher. The top-6 cars were lined up nose to tail as they clicked off lap 15 on the scoreboard.

Rocco was able to work his way around Preece, but that was the only position change in the top-5 as Ruocco continued to lead the race with Pitkat and Berndt lined up right behind him. At lap-20, the top-6 cars were still lined up in a nose to tail train, but that all changed on lap-21 as Pitkat was able to make a pass for the lead in turns 3+4. Berndt got out of shape and nearly spun, but he was able to recover and keep going, although he fell back to seventh place.

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