Archive for June 14th, 2012

Rocco Goes From Last to First in Exciting Sunoco Modified Feature; Sundeen, McDermott, Michalski, Lowinski-Loh and Scorzelli Winners in TTNT

Thompson, CT — Keith Rocco couldn’t practice or qualify for the Sunoco Modified feature at Thompson International Speedway due to commitments to practice for the Whelen Modified Tour. But starting from the rear didn’t stop Rocco at all. The Meriden, CT-native went from last to first in an exciting 30-lap feature during Thursday night Thunder that also saw Scott Sundeen win an extended race distance for the Limited Sportsman division. Other winners included Cam McDermott in the Lite Modifieds, Trevor Michalski in the Mini Stocks, John Lowinski-Loh in the Thompson Modifieds, and Mike Scorzelli in the Late Models.

John Catania took the early lead in the Sunoco Modified division, but it was all Todd Ceravolo at the completion of the first lap after Catania went high in turn two allowing Ceravolo to power right by for the lead. The top-four – Ceravolo, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher, and Kerry Malone – were bumper-to-bumper as they pulled away from the rest of the field. Keith Rocco, who had to start at the tail end of the field, was fast approaching and sitting seventh when the caution flew at lap six. Ceravolo beat Preece to the front on the restart with Malone powering to second on the inside. Malone spun to the infield grass coming out of turn two and brought out the caution with Ceravolo, Preece, and Christopher making up the top-three. Ceravolo, Preece, Christopher, and Rocco settled in single file when racing resumed, but Ceravolo put some breathing room between himself and Preece by lap 10. On lap 11, Christopher dove low and got around Preece for second with Rocco in tow. A caution on lap 12 put Ceravolo side-by-side with Christopher for the restart with a determined Rocco and Preece right behind them. When the green dropped, Christopher beat Ceravolo into turn one with Rocco looking high and low for a way around both of them. As the trio entered turn one, troubled brewed when Ceravolo took Christopher low. Christopher retaliated and Ceravolo’s night ended in the outside retaining wall in turn two. Christopher was penalized and sent to the rear of the field while Rocco inherited the lead. Rocco had to earn his position up front as Preece filled his rear view mirror. A caution at lap 20 slowed the pace with Rocco powering out to the front followed by Malone and Christopher. Preece was relegated to fourth and remained there until the caution came out at lap 22. On the restart, Rocco went back out front with a challenge by Malone in turn three, but Rocco shut the door. The top four fell into single file, but running bumper to bumper until Rocco took the checkered flag.

Scott Sundeen survived a multi-car crash and several restarts to take the lead and eventual victory in the Limited Sportsman 30-lap feature event. Lloyd Anderson powered to the front of the 27-car field at the drop of the green. The first caution of the night flew at lap six with Anderson returning to the front when the green dropped, however, a tangle on the backstretch brought caution back out before the lap was complete. When racing resumed, Anderson had his hands full with Steve Kenneway, who took the lead at the line at lap seven while a pile-up developed right behind them in turn four that involved Sundeen. Kenneway powered right back out front after the clean up with Anderson getting held up briefly by a challenge from Mike Caprio. Anderson shut the door and set his sights on Kenneway, and at lap 13, made his first attempt to get by for the lead. At lap 14, Anderson looked high, but caution slowed his progress and Kenneway remained out front. Anderson was late getting into the throttle on the restart allowing Kenneway to pull away with Barnett taking over second. Barnett closed in on Kenneway quickly with Sundeen getting into the mix with a bottom-groove challenge on Barnett. At the line, Kenneway led Sundeen and Barnett. Coming out of turn four of lap 19, Sundeen went low again and charged Kenneway in a bid for the lead, but before he could get it done, caution was out and Kenneway remained the leader. Sundeen drove right to the front heading into turn one when the action returned with Kenneway close behind. Sundeen pulled away by a comfortable margin. Kenneway attempted to close the distance lap after lap, but it wasn’t enough, and Sundeen was able to claim the victory in the longest distance race of the season.

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Town Fair Tire Bringing Fans Fireworks On The Track And In The Sky With 2012 Summer Blast-Off Program At Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When it comes to purchasing tires, only one name, Town Fair Tire, should come to mind. People have trusted Town Fair Tire for the best value for over 40 years. They work hard every day to give their customers the lowest possible tire prices, the most knowledgeable sales staff, the best service, and the best guarantee in the business. Town Fair Tire was voted the best place to buy tires in 2011 and they will be bringing race fans the 12th Annual Town Fair Tire Summer Blast-Off on Friday, June 15th.

“Stafford Speedway has been a great venue for us to be able to advertise our line of tires and wheels,” said Jim Uliano, V.P. of Marketing for Town Fair Tire. “The race fans at Stafford are just the kind of people who we are looking to reach out to with our special prices and guarantees. We’ve been associated with some very exciting moments over the years at Stafford and we ’re sure that the Summer Blast-Off will once again be an exciting night of racing on the track with a great fireworks show.”

Town Fair Tire has over 85 stores spread across New England with locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine, meaning there's bound to be a Town Fair Tire near you. Town Fair Tire has over 300,000 tires in stock from famous makers like BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, Kelly, Kumho, Mastercraft, Michelin, Nankang, Toyo, Uniroyal, Yokohama, and more. Town Fair Tire offers a lowest price guarantee on their tires as well as a 30-day test drive on new tires, lifetime free tire maintenance, lifetime road hazard coverage on selected tires, free front wheel alignment with any tire purchase, after sale price protection, free nationwide warranty, and much more. With such a vast array of services for customers, its no doubt that nobody does it better than Town Fair Tire. Name brands at discount prices, you’ll be sure to find them at Town Fair Tire. For more information about Town Fair Tire and the services they have to offer, please visit

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Chris Pasteryak Hopeful To Make It Two In A Row At Stafford In Lincoln Tech 80

Stafford Springs, CT — When the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Stafford Motor Speedway on June 22 for the Lincoln Tech 80, defending series champion Chris Pasteryak will be looking for his second consecutive win at SMS. Pasteryak won the Shark Cycle last August at Stafford to become the third different VMRS winner at Stafford in as many races and he is hopeful to become the first VMRS repeat winner at Stafford.

“It would be pretty cool to be the first repeat winner at Stafford, but it’s going to be tough,” said Pasteryak. “You never know if Todd Szegedy or any of those guys are going to show up. Of course you always want to be the first guy to do something, and it would be nice to be the first repeat winner at Stafford, but it’s not going to be easy.”

In addition to trying to become the first repeat winner at Stafford, a win for Pasteryak would go a long ways towards getting his 2012 season back on track. Pasteryak is currently 8th in the 2012 VMRS points standings, and he is looking to climb his way up the standings starting with the race at Stafford.

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Photos: Week of 06/07

[Seekonk  06/09] by Nicholas Teto

Speedbowl’s June 13 Wild ‘n Wacky race program a wash

Waterford, CT — For the second consecutive week, Waterford Speedbowl was forced to cancel its scheduled Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program due to wet weather. Persistent drizzle and light rain refused to give in during attempts to dry the racing surface. The event was rain-checked. Management will accept all tickets issued June 13 as credit towards any future 2012 Waterford Speedbowl event.

On Saturday, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returns at the shoreline oval. Six divisions, including the SK Modifieds, Bob Valenti
Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds will headline the track’s weekly racing series while the New England Truck Series will visit for the third time of the 2012 season. Qualifying begins at 5:30pm and main events start at 7:00pm Saturday.

On Saturday, June 23 the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the Speedbowl for its one and only appearance of the 2012 season. The Mr. Rooter 161 will take center stage in a tribute to the late Richie Evans, an iconic Modified racer. The date will mark the first visit to the Speedbowl by the regional NASCAR touring series since 2006.

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