Archive for June 7th, 2012

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays 6/27 Results

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was back for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday with a quick paced and action packed night of racing action. The Legends  Cars resumed their red hot battle with Matt Pappa of Nassau, NY back in Victory Lane. Joey Ternullo of Middletown won the Bandolero feature, Dan Butler  of Waterford took the win in the Super X-Car feature and Scott Limkemann of East Lyme took down another X-Car feature victory. Brad Voglesong of  Middletown was the winner of the night’s Wacky Race.

A thrilling 20-lap Legends Cars feature was led in the early going by Dennis Pantani. As Pantani led the field off turn two with two laps completed he went  round in front of the competition. Several drivers including Dana Dimatteo and Dave Garbo Jr. were forced to take evasive action down the back chute,  arrowly missing becoming collected. Stephen Kopcik had nowhere to go and tagged Pantani’s car in the backstretch while the yellow flag waved.

The restart saw brothers Dana and Cory Dimatteo lead the field back to the green flag. Dana got the jump on his younger brother to lead into turn one.  arbo wound his car up on the outside lane to reach Dana Dimatteo’s rear bumper by lap-3, bringing Pappa with him into the top three.

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Racers Beat the Weather at Thompson

Thompson, Conn — Rain Showers could not dampen the excitement in Thompson’s Thursday Night Thunder as the track played host to a first time winner in the Thompson Lite Modifieds and a crowd pleasing door-to-door battle in the Mini-Stock division. Ryan Preece held off Keith Rocco for the Sunoco Modified win while Mike Scorzelli took the checkers in the Late Models.

Preece was “just having fun” as he held off a determined Keith Rocco in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified division Thursday night. Preece took the lead at lap 10 and never looked back despite Rocco’s bumper in his rear view mirror. Kerry Malone took over the lead at the drop of the green flag with Ted Christopher closing in on his bumper. Preece made it a three-way battle when he dove to the bottom of Christopher for second. Christopher shut the door on his challenges, and made his own bid on Malone out front at lap two. Christopher took the lead with Preece in tow relegating Malone to the third position. Preece was all over Christopher as Keith Rocco made his way into contention. On lap seven, Rocco dropped to the bottom and drove by Malone for the third position with Todd Ceravolo following. As the race approached lap 10, Preece got up alongside Christopher in a tight battle that lasted until turn four when Christopher went high. Preece was able to drive to the lead with Rocco taking over second and Christopher recovering for third. Rocco closed in to Preece’s bumper and dove low in turn four of lap 23 in a challenge for the lead. Preece wasn’t about to give it up that easy, however, and closed the door on his challenge. Rocco kept the pressure on and tapped Preece’s bumper through the turns – constantly reminding Preece he was there. Preece was not intimidated, however, and held the lead until the checkers dropped.

Mike Scorzelli used a power move on the bottom to the take the lead and eventual victory in the Late Model division’s 25-lap feature. Randy Tucker led the charge at the drop of the green flag, but Scorzelli powered to the bottom and took the lead away before Tucker completed the circuit. Marc Palmisano took over second while John Falconi moved into third after having the rear bumper of his No. 10 machine lifted at the start. At lap nine, Tommy O’Sullivan used the bottom groove to get by Falconi for third and set his sights on Scorzelli and Palmisano, who held a half-a-straightaway advantage. Palmisano closed in on Scorzelli’s bumper by lap 15, and started to look down low for a way around. At lap 20, Palmisano tried his hand on the bottom groove, but Scorzelli shut the door. Palmisano was not giving up, but Scorzelli proved to be too strong and took the victory with a car length distance between them.

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Danny Cates Ready to Tackle Challenge of First Coors Light SK Modified® 100 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For SK Modified® driver Danny Cates, the 2012 season has been a successful transition from Thompson Speedway to Stafford Speedway as the Chaplin, CT native has two top-5 and three top-10 finishes in the first five races of the season. The next challenge for Cates will be the 39th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100 this Friday night at Stafford. The 100-lap distance is an unknown to Cates and his team, but Cates is confident that his team can get a good finish despite their lack of experience in longer distance events.

“We ran a 100 lapper at the Turkey Derby a couple years ago, but other than that this is new for us,” said Cates. “I’m pretty excited about the race, I think we’ll have a good car and I’m excited to give it a shot. I trust my crew chief Steve McCarthy and whatever he says is what we’re going to go with. I don’t like taking advice from too many different people because you end up getting too many different answers and you get all messed up. We used to run a lot of long races in go karts and I liked doing that. Not that I was ever really great at it, but we’re excited because you can get yourself into a groove and start picking cars off. It seems like the last couple weeks we get back to the front after wrecking and then the checkered flag comes out, so we’re excited to see how we can make out.”

While Cates is a newcomer to the SK Modified® division at Stafford this season, his performance thusfar would lead one to believe that Cates is a seasoned veteran at Stafford. Cates has recorded two fourth place finishes and a seventh place finish in the first 5 races of the season and he is currently fifth in the points standings. But Cates says that he and his team haven’t been satisfied with their finishes and that their #26 Lindon Tree Service car has more potential to be unlocked as the 2012 season progresses through the summer.

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Woody Pitkat Looking to Add Another Extra Distance Victory to His Resume in Coors Light SK Modified® 100 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When it comes to extra distance feature racing at Stafford Speedway, SK Modified® and Late Model driver Woody Pitkat has enjoyed a fair amount of success. Pitkat has won 100 and 150 lap races in both the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions at Stafford, and he hopes to become the first repeat winner in the SK Modified® division during the 2012 season with another victory in the 39th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100. With a win and a second place finish in the last 3 races at Stafford, Pitkat and his #89 Jimmy Paige Plumbing & Heating team have some momentum on their side.

“The SK is pretty good,” said Pitkat. “We had it running real good a couple weeks ago at the Tour race, and it got wrecked and we had to put a front clip on it and start all over again. Luckily I have a guy like Jimmy Fuller that’s been around racing and knows a little bit. Our plan is to run this just like any other 100 lapper. We’ve had a couple of good runs the last couple weeks, so we’re probably going to start outside the top-10 and my mindset is to get up to around 5th or 7th with the top running cars and be ahead of any wrecks that might happen. I like to be able to pace myself and save the tires and not do anything stupid. I say that, but it seems like the last couple of extra distance races Ryan [Preece] and me have gone right to the front. But that works out too because you can get to the front and start to pace yourself early, which isn’t a bad thing. You like to try to save the car, but if you have a really good piece and if you’re not abusing it too bad, you can drive right to the front and then set your own pace and you only have one place to go and that’s backwards.”

Pitkat credits a trip to Finish Line Racing School way back in 1999 for the success that he has had in extra distance feature events, as well as being behind the wheel of good cars and having a bit of Lady Luck on his side.

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Todd Owen Looks to End Victory Drought in Stafford’S 39th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100

Stafford Springs, CT — For the first time in his SK Modified® career at Stafford, Todd Owen joined the ranks of owner/driver prior to the start of the 2012 season. The new venture for Owen has met with mixed results as he has two top-5 finishes in 5 starts this season and he nearly won his first SK Modified® feature event since the Coors Light SK Modified® 100 in 2006. But Owen says he and his #81 Cooker Construction team are on the right track and he is looking forward to this Friday nIght’s Coors Light SK Modified® 100.

“We’ve been pretty good, we haven’t had the finishes to back up how good the car has been,” said Owen. “There’s a lot of positives going forward from this point, we’re looking forward to seeing how much better we can get from where we are now. We feel good about the 100-lapper. The car seems like it stays pretty consistent the last couple of weeks, it hasn’t really changed much. The car is good, it doesn’t tear up the tires that much. I’m looking forward to the race, I think I have a good chance at running up front in the top-3. We just need to stay smooth and keep the tires under the car for 100 laps.”

While Owen has recorded two top-5 finishes thusfar this season, he also has three finishes of 13th or worse in the first five races of the season. While those aren’t quite the results Owen and his team are looking for, they are feeling confident in advance of the longest race of the season and are looking forward to the remainder of the 2012 season as they are learning new things about their car every week.

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Michael Bennett Hopes to Take Home Piece of Xtra Mart Xtra D Bonus In Coors Light SK Modified® 100 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — As Stafford’s SK Modified® drivers take to the track for this Friday night’s 39th Annual , they will be racing extra hard to come home with a top-5 finish. Thanks to Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, each top-5 position in the Coors Light SK Modified® 100 will pay out an extra $300 in addition to the purse money. One driver who will be looking to take advantage of the Xtra Mart bonus money is second year SK Modified® driver Michael Bennett.

“It’s definitely good to have extra money in contingency because it’s a very expensive sport,” said Bennett. “Any time you can run for extra money you definitely give a little more. Not that you don’t go out there and strive for top-5’s and wins, but when there’s a little more money on the line you tend to find that little extra when you need it.”

After a rookie season that saw Bennett finish 21st in the standings with a single top-10 finish, the 2012 season hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts for the 2005 Ltd. Late Model Champion and 5-time Late Model winner. Bennett says that his team’s finishes haven’t reflected how well they have ran this season and after posting their first top-10 finish of the season last week, Bennett is ready to climb even higher up the finishing order this Friday night and take home a piece of the Xtra Mart bonus money.

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