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Mr. Rooter 161 next stop for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Richie Evans tribute race next Saturday June 23

Waterford, CT — The next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour brings the open-wheel excitement to the Connecticut shoreline for a 161-lap event at Waterford Speedbowl. The visit marks the first for the Tour at the �Bowl since 2006. Anticipation continues to build around the Mr. Rooter 161 in an event that showcases the best open-wheel drivers in a tribute to the late Richie Evans.

Several competitors with Speedbowl experience hope for a major role in the outcome. The past three championships in the Speedbowl�s weekly SK Modifieds� will be represented in the Mr. Rooter 161 as Ron Yuhas Jr. of Groton and Keith Rocco of Meriden are entered. Both are looking to their home track for a breakout performance on the Tour in 2012.

Another entry to cut their teeth at the three-eighths mile bullring is 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Ron Silk. Silk, of Norwalk, made his very first open-wheel starts at the Speedbowl back in 1999. The significance of a win at the track that began his career is not lost on Silk. �To win one here would be really special� offered the defending champion following a recent test session at the track.

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Super Late Models Headline This Week at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The Super Late Models return to Thompson International Speedway this week to add to the Whelen Engineering Thursday Night NASCAR lineup. The Super Late Models, running a limited schedule this year, will make their second of six scheduled appearances at the historic oval ON Whelen Engineering night, the Title Sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Whelen Engineering is based in Chester, CT and is the world’s leader in providing visual and audible warning products for police, fire, EMS, towing and D.O.T. professionals everywhere. Whelen Engineering has been number one in its field for over fifty years and they proudly make all of their products in the USA.

The Super Late Model race cars have always been popular with Thompson fans and will compete in a 50-lap main event. Their first appearance at Thompson this year was at the Icebreaker in April. Derek Ramstrom, the 2009 and 2010 division champion, claimed the season-opening victory. Ramstrom beat the best drivers in the division including the track’s 2011 champ, Larry Gelinas, the 2007 champion Mike O’Sullivan, Jim Banfield, George “Mad Dog” Bessette and Norman Wrenn.

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Exeter Decorating SBM 125 at Star Speedway

Thanks to the efforts of Kevin Rice and Star Speedway, the Exeter Decorating SBM 125 was a great success. A large turnout of racing fans were treated to a highly competitive race on a cool night.

Mike Stefanik #66 and Chris Pasteryak #5 brought the field to green. Stefanik led until lap 5 when Dwight Jarvis #28 brought out the first of 16 yellow flags with a spin on the first turn. Matt Hirschman #59 powered his way into the lead and held it until lap 87. Hirschman pitted and Jon McKennedy #2 took over the number one spot, only to give it up on lap #95 to Ryan Preece #40.

On lap 111 Matt Hirschman made the move of the race, driving 3 wide into turn three, getting past Preece and Stefanik and reclaiming the lead. Matt held the lead through 4 more caution flags, collecting the checkers and $9000.00 for his efforts.

[Photo Gallery] by Adam Fohlin
[Photo Gallery] by Crystal Snape

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News & Notes: Mod Tour Back to The Bowl

Rocco Hopes To Have A Leg Up On The Competition At Waterford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco is banking on his extensive experience at the southeastern Connecticut facility to give him a leg up on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition in the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 23.

From Wallingford, Conn., Rocco has racked up the weekly wins at his home track in the last decade. He has 50 career victories at Waterford between SK Modifieds (42), Sportsmen (4), Late Models (2) and Trucks (2) since 2003. That total constitutes nearly half of his career wins total, now more than 100.

Although he also runs weekly shows at the other two Connecticut tracks – Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway – Waterford figures to provide Rocco with a distinct advantage on the rest of the Whelen Modified Tour field. The Tour annually has between seven and nine races at Stafford and Thompson, but hasn’t visited Waterford since 2006.

Rocco acknowledges that some of the Whelen Modified Tour’s veterans have plenty of laps at Waterford as well, but his recent weekly experience will pay immediate dividends on Saturday.

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