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Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway

 

Modified Entry List Released

Seekonk Speedway will host its annual Open Wheel Wednesday program on Wednesday, August 1. The event is headlined by Modified Madness, an Open-Competition 100-lap race paying $10,000 to win. INEX Legends Cars will be in action for a 35-lap feature. The NEMA Midgets, in their diamond anniversary season, will make their first of 2 appearances this season for a 25-lap feature.

The ticket booth and pits open at 1PM. Practice runs from 3:15-5PM.  3:15. Grandstands open at 4PM. Qualifying heats begin at 6:55 with feature races to follow. 

Admission is $26.

Modified Entry List
Doug Coby
Jonathan McKennedy
Keith Rocco
Chris Pasteryak
Les Hinckley
Tommy Barrett
Vinny Annarummo
Todd Annarummo

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Whelen Modified Statistical Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The Stafford 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline this week’s racing action at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway with the Stafford 150 on Friday, Aug. 3. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

Stafford Race Setup:
• Doug Coby has won the first two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races of the year at Stafford Motor Speedway and brings the points lead into this week’s Stafford 150.
• Ted Christopher is the defending pole and race winner of the Stafford 150. He is currently without a full-time NWMT ride, but has secured a car for this week.
• Bobby Santos has finished on the podium in seven of his last nine Stafford appearances, including a runner-up effort from the pole in the May night race.
• Leading NWMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Keith Rocco, who has 42 career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at Stafford, was recently injured in a practice accident and will not compete in the Stafford 150.

At Stafford Motor Speedway:
History
• The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened in 1870. The current race track was originally used for horse racing, which gave way to automobiles after World War II.
• Stafford Motor Speedway became a NASCAR track in 1959 and was paved in 1967.
• Stafford is one of nine tracks that have been a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program in each of its now 31 years of competition.

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Tickets Available Soon for A.C. Indoor Events, R.I. Dates Announced

Atlantic City Indoor Race Tickets Going on Sale August 17; Tentative December Date for Providence, RI Indoors

Trenton, NJ — Indoor Auto Racing will return to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in 2013 for the eleventh year under the promotion of
Len Sammons.Sammons has confirmed that the exciting events will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, February 1 and 2, 2013. Tickets for the Atlantic City Indoor Races will be available beginning on August 17, Sammons has announced.

“Our attendance was up at Boardwalk Hall this year,” said Sammons. “I think good weather and a weekend off between the races and the Motorsports trade show helped everyone including our staff.”

The Coffee Cup Indoor TQ and Champ Kart races at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December
15-16. 2012. “The Providence date shifts back to a December event as it was two years ago,” said Len Sammons. “We think it is the perfect time, removed from the racing season, yet not too close to the Christmas holiday season.”

A third off-season indoor race is possible. Information about all three events is available at www.aarn.com or by calling 609-888-3618.

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Seekonk Speedway Gearing Up for One of the Busiest Weekends Ever at the Historic 1/3 Mile Oval

Seekonk, MA — Four events in five days will put the Seekonk Speedway staff to the test. It starts on Wednesday, August 1, when the 8th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday takes over the speedway for a 100 lap non sanctioned Modified Madness $10,000 to win show. It has become one of the highest paying short track asphalt modified events on the east coast. Competitors from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Race of Champion Modified Series and independents all have an equal shot at the $10k prize money. Registered drivers include former Open Wheel Wednesday winners Todd and Vinnie Annarummo, Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman, and Chris Pasteryak. Additional names on the entry list include Jon McKennedy, Eric Berndt, 7 time NASCAR Modified Champion Mike Stefanik, Dave Berghman, Steven Masse, 16 year old PA. native Austin Kochenash and 17yr old Tommy Barret, both who are coming into their own in the modified ranks.

Also on the schedule for Open Wheel Wednesday, will be the return of the NEMA Midgets, who will be making their first appearance of the season at Seekonk, and the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends, who compete weekly as part of the Fast Friday series. Adult admission for this event is $26 for 13 and above, with kids 12 and under FREE. Action starts at 7pm.

On Friday night, Fast Friday returns with the Pure Stocks and Nick’s Pit Stop Legends highlighting the night. The Sport4 class and the Seekonk Youth Racing Association join in on the fun. Just $6.00 for adult admission, with kids 12 and under FREE.
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PASS North Regulars Out to Even the Seekonk Score Saturday

Naples, ME  — It’s no easy deal racing against the Northeast’s Super Late Model super stars. They have the team, the talent and the equipment to take on any speedway’s home town heroes and leave with the checkered flag and the big trophy. But there’s always an exception to any rule, and when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North race teams roll into Seekonk (MA) Speedway for a short track Saturday night the drivers that follow the traveling race show all over the Northeast will be out to even the score.

Seekonk has a talent laden field of Pro Stocks (the forerunner to today’s Super Late Models) and they know every inch of asphalt at the historic short track. They’re hard to beat on their home turf; Tom Scully Jr. and Dave Darling are living proof. They’ve both prevailed over the PASS North regulars at Seekonk. In fact it took three trips to the Action Track of the East before six time PASS North Champion Johnny Clark could break the locals’ strangle hold on victory lane.

So the scoreboard reads home boys 2, PASS regulars 1 and Saturday’s edition could go either way. Early entries include defending race winner Johnny Clark, series point leader Cassius Clark, Travis Benjamin, Gary Smith, Derek Ramstrom, Joey Doiron and Canadian Maritimers Lonnie Sommerville, Matt Matheson and Matt Harris. Kyle DeSouza has won in almost every division they race at Seekonk and the 2011 PASS North Co-Rookie of the Year has proven he is ready to win in a PASS super late model. DJ Shaw, Tom Scully Sr. and Jr., Austin Brehio, Austin Theriault, Billy Brady and Donnie Whitten are all pre-entered and you can be sure that there will be plenty of post entries, many of them capable of taking down the win.

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Seekonk Next For NEMA

Brockton, MA – Randy Cabral can become the first Northeastern Midget Association driver to win two straight features in 15 races this week at Seekonk Speedway’s rescheduled Open Wheel Wednesday. Should the three-time and defending champion accomplish it, he’ll move into a tie for fifth place with Bill Eldridge on NEMA all-time win list.

Cabral comes to Seekonk off a dominating performance in the Bertrand 47 two weeks back at Star Speedway. The first of Cabral’s 32 wins came at Seekonk driving the family #35 back in 2000. With seven checkered, he is one behind Nokie Fornoro on the all-time Seekonk NEMA win list.

It takes times in the low 11 seconds to win at Seekonk. Point leader John Zych Jr. (he’s 13 points up on Cabral, 68 up on Russ Stoehr), leads NEMA into “The Cement Palace.” Zych is one of five winners this year, the list also including Greg Stoehr, Adam Cantor and Mike Horn.

NEMA’s first race was at Seekonk back in 1953 and over the years everybody has a favorite Seekonk memory. The Seymour family has a ton of them. It will be after a third straight Wednesday night. Anthony Nocella’s checker in the DAV last fall was the sixth win in last 12 NEMA Seekonk visits for the Seymours.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Blewett Back On Track In 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s drivers to watch on a race-by-race basis just a handful of years ago, Jimmy Blewett has rededicated himself to the sport and is returning to form in 2012.

Following a rainout last week at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, the Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Stafford 150 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 3. This week’s event will provide the next opportunity for Blewett, from Howell, N.J., to continue his comeback.

Blewett – known as “Showtime” – won the Stafford 150 in 2008, and returned to Victory Lane there in the May 2009 race. Those are the last of his five career Whelen Modified Tour wins, the later coming a span of 27 starts ago.

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Bud 150 at Thompson on Thursday August 9

Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Thompson International Speedway for the most popular race of the summer season, “The King of Beers BUD 150”, on Thursday, August 9th. The traditional summer race spectacular brings out thousands of race fans for what is traditionally one of the best WMT races of the year.

Following their spectacular race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14th, fans are really pumped up for a similar performance at Thompson. Seven-time WMT champion Mike Stefanik and defending WMT champ Ron Silk swapped the lead 17 times in the final 48 laps of that event with Stefanik coming out on top by some .003 seconds at the finish line. Both drivers will come to Thompson ready for another great race. Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett, Rowan Pennink and Ted Christopher, the 2011 race winner, are among the many other challengers expected to be in the hunt for a Bud 150 win.

This year’s race takes on special significance since it will be the last opportunity at Thompson for the WMT race teams to get ready for the second annual UNOH Showdown scheduled for the weekend of September 8th & 9th. This event brings together the WMT and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour for a thrilling weekend of racing. Each “Tour” will compete in its own 75-lap main event and will then be joined together for a 50-lap, non-points, Showdown. Last year’s inaugural Showdown was a big hit with both race teams and fans and this year’s rendition should be even better.

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HDRA News & Notes

Waterford, CT — Mopar Shootout. Along with the regular show this Friday at the Waterford Speedbowl, we will also be having a Mopar Shootout to finish the night. We have some nice cars that come out of the woodwork for this one. Tell your Mopar friends to come on out! Also, we have an All-Ford Shootout 8/10, and an All-GM Shootout 8/17. The 2.50 Index race comes back on the 24th.

Lebanon rescheduled. It seems that the weather this summer changes by the hour. Going into this weekend, Sunday looked great. We get to race day, and what’s the forecast? Rain. And rain we got.

While the track was pretty soft in the morning, we probably could have run the show had the sun come out to help dry things up. However, we knew that wasn’t happening, plus the forecasted rains eventually found their way to the Fairgrounds mid afternoon. There was no way to bring the track back by then.

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Ted Christopher Wins Valenti Modified Racing Series Action; Career First Win For Steve Violette

Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher earned his 97th career victory at Thompson International Speedway when he scored the checkers in the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins were captured by Ryan Preece in the Sunoco Modifieds, John Falconi in the Late Models, Cam McDermott in the Lite Modifieds, John Lowinski-Loh in the Thompson Modifieds, Scott Sundeen in the Limited Sportsman, and Steve Violette in the Mini-Stocks.

Ted Christopher survived a caution-filled 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event to take the victory behind the wheel of the No. 00 Joe Brady-owned machine. It was his second win of the season in the division. Christopher came from deep in the field to earn the win. Christopher inherited the lead after Rowan Pennink was black flagged for a leak.

“I was behind him and I could never get throttle up and off and then I saw him spraying the water,” said Christopher about Pennink.

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Christopher Wins Thompson VMRS Race

Thompson, CT. – Plainville, CT., veteran Ted Christopher took the lead with seven laps remaining and went on to win Sunday’s 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature race at Thompson, (CT) Speedway, his first this season. It was Christopher’s second series win and his 97th career win at the 5/8th mile oval.

Christopher, who started 30th, in a 33-car field, took the lead with seven laps remaining when race leader, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., was shown the black flag, due to water leak opening the door for Christopher to notch the win. Pennink led the first 68 laps.

“A lot of people like to ride and I don’t like to ride, “ said Christopher after the race. “I try to pass as many as I can. There’s a lot of guys I don’t know here (VMRS) it’s better for me to get away from people and see how it plays out. I just kept pickin’ them off.”

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Waterford Speedbowl’s 7/28 racing program falls to weather

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl's scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program for Saturday, July 28 was cancelled due to heavy rains in the region.

Also scheduled on Saturday's card included Northeastern Midget Racing and vintage auto racing by the Senior Tour Auto Racers, New England Antique
Racers and Vintage Midget Racing Association. The event was rain-checked, so all patrons should hold their July 28 event tickets and wristbands to receive admission to any future 2012 Speedbowl event or events of equal or lesser value.

Adult grandstands tickets from July 28 will be honored for up to a $22.00 value for future grandstands admission, while Youth tickets from July 28 will be valued at $6.00 for future admission. Patrons must turn in their July 28 event tickets at the Speedbowl Box Office at the event of their choice to receive the rain-check offer. A listing of upcoming events is available online at Speedbowl.com.

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Waterford Speedbowl Rained Out

Heavy rain is coming. We are forced to cancel this event. Rain checks will be honored. Patrons need to hold their tickets and/or wristbands

Seekonk Speedway Rained Out

Once again…we are forced to cancel tonights races due to rain. See everyone on Wednesday Aug 1st for Open wheel Madness!!!

Whelen Modifieds Postponed At Riverhead

Rain Forces Riverhead 200 Postponement To Sept. 15

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Riverhead 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race scheduled for tonight at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway has been postponed due to rain at the track, and a forecast for continued precipitation on Long Island.


The Riverhead 200, which would have been the seventh of 14 events on the 2012 Whelen Modified Tour schedule, will now be contested on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The next Whelen Modified Tour event will now be the Stafford 150 on Friday, Aug. 3 and Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

 

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Christopher & Rocco Score CARQUEST SK 150 Twin 75 Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing on Friday, July 27th with the 9th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 Twin 75 program. Taking home the big wins of the night were Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco in the twin 75-lap SK Modified® feature events, Tom Fearn was the winner of the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno was a first time winner in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Dennis Botticello picked up his second consecutive win in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande picked up his fifth win of the season in a photo finish with Cliff Saunders.

In the first 75-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tom Bolles and Curt Brainard ran the first lap side by side with Bolles the leader at the line. Woody Pitkat and Glen Reen were side by side for third behind Bolles and Brainard while Ryan Preece was fifth. Bolles and Brainard remained side by side for three and a half laps before Bolles was able to get clear. Pitkat made a move to the inside of Bolles to move into the lead on lap-5 and he brought Preece with him past Bolles, who fell from the lead back to third. The caution came out with 5 laps complete for a multicar spin in turn 4 involving the cars of Nichole Morgillo, Bo Gunning, Kyle Spencer, and Richie Pallai, Jr.

Back under green, Pitkat pulled out to the lead with Preece falling back into line in second. Preece didn’t wait very long behind Pitkat as he pulled to the outside of Pitkat one lap after the restart and began to challenge for the race lead. Behidn Pitkat and Preece, Sean Foster was third, with Bolles in fourth and Ted Christopher was now up to fifth. Eric Berndt and Michael Bennett spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Breaking New Ground

Modified Teams Look To SPEC Motor To Compete, Save Costs

Ed Partridge may have kicked the proverbial hornet's nest when he showed up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this month, but that wasn't the championship car owner's intention.

His purpose, said the owner for 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk, was only to do what was best for his race team.

“We're frustrated, too, just like a lot of other teams are at this time of year. We're not running as well as we need to be,” Partridge said. “Every owner, every crew chief on this Tour does the same thing – they try and get the best for their car and work with it. That's what we're doing. That's all we're trying to do.”

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New England Tractor Trailer Training School Sponsors NETS Race at Thompson

 

The New England Truck Series will make its first of two appearances this Thursday August 2nd at Thompson International Speedway. Sponsoring the truck race, NETTTS is on board and will be in attendance at the track promoting and supporting the New England Truck Series race. NETS truck racing has become a regular part of the yearly schedule at Thompson . The drivers and teams are looking forward to their competitive racing this Thursday night.

New England Truck Series (NETS) driver, Duane Noll, will defend his position as points leader at the halfway point in the season against Vinny Esposito,
Jason Lafayette, Bert Ouellette, Glen Noll, Corey Coates, Tom Metcalf, Nate Bubello, Mike Ledoux, Chris Turbush, Roger Turbush, and many more.

NETS second appearance and final race of the season is part of the annual World Series of Speedway Racing in October which will determine the 2012
season truck champion. For more info, go to www.newenglandtruckseries.com.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Event Postponed at Thompson Speedway to July 29th

Tonight's 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Thompson Speedway has been postponed due to "extreme weather predictions." The race will be held on Sunday, July 29th.

Event Schedule

DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 29TH
DIVISIONS:
Valenti Modified Racing Series – 75 Green Flag Laps
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions:
Sunoco Modifieds – 30 laps
Late Models – 25 laps
LKQ Keystone Lite Modifieds – 20 laps
Xtra/Mart Ltd Sportsman – 20 laps
Thompson Modifieds – 20 laps
Monster Mini Stocks – 15 laps

SCHEDULE:
11:00 Paddock Opens
12:00 Grandstand Opens
12:00-1:00 NWAAS Practice
1:00-2:15 MODIFIED RACING SERIES Practice
2:30 MODIFIED RACING SERIES QUALITYING (no NWAAS)
3:00 FEATURES
Lite Modifieds
Thompson Modifieds
Mini Stocks
Sunoco Modifieds
4:30 MODIFIED RACING SERIES 75 LAP SPECIAL EVENT
Late Models
Ltd. Sportsman

ADMISSION: Paddock $35.00 – Adults $25.00 – Juniors $5.00

Book Released on Legendary Jim Jorgensen & Auto Racing’s Greatest Era

Newburyport, Mass. — Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced today the release of their latest title, “Swamp Yankee: The Racing Life of Jim Jorgensen,” by Walt Scadden.

“Swamp Yankee” is the story of legendary crew chief and engine-builder Jim Jorgensen’s epic journey from Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Mass., to the National Championship Indy Car Series. From the late 1950s to 1969, Jorgensen and his crew crisscrossed the country, racing his innovative stock car, sprint, and Indy Car designs with standout drivers like Gene Bergin, Buddy Krebs, Bill Brown and Denny Zimmerman.

Progressing from countless bullrings and county fair tracks to some of the most revered venues in the country such as Langhorne, Phoenix and Milwaukee, and on to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jorgensen made his name and left his mark. His journey had its share of detours and heartbreaking disappointments, but it provided him the formidable education needed to compete at the highest level of racing in the country and earned him induction into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

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Eric Berndt Looking to Put Things Together in Stafford 150 And Try to Take Home First Whelen Modified Tour Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — With the Whelen Modified Tour returning to Stafford next Friday, August 3rd for the 22nd Annual Stafford 150, Eric Berndt has a great opportunity to pick up his very first WMT victory. Berndt nearly had his first win two years ago in the May Stafford event, building up a large lead that was erased by a caution flag with 22 laps left in the race. Although Berndt has finished 15th in the first two WMT races at Stafford this season, he qualified third and second and he says it’s just a matter of putting things together to get a good finish.

“We’ve had great cars the past couple years at Stafford,” said Berndt. “We’ve qualified really well and we’ve run really well in the first half of races. We’ve either shot ourselves in the foot or our biggest thing is in the second half of the race we need to come together and make the right decisions. Whether it’s pitting or what we have to do with the car, we need to follow through on the beginning of the race. We’re running good in the beginning but we’re not following through in the second half. If we can do that, I think we stand a real good chance at pulling off a win. Our finishes at Stafford don’t show how good the car was when we started the race. We’re looking to improve. That’s kind of been our story all year, we’re 13th, 14, 15th in that area, but we’ve qualified really well, we’ve ran good in practice, we need to definitely improve our finishes. We’ve had little things that we’ve been working on. Once we hit it right, I think we’ll be in good shape. Everybody is 100% on, you can’t miss a little bit or it will cost you.”

With 11 career wins in Stafford’s SK Modified® division, Berndt has yet to win in 62 career WMT starts. While Berndt chases his first career win, several things point to Stafford as the potential site of that first win. Berndt has his one and only career pole position at Stafford, and his car chiefs Bob Horn and Don Adams, along with his crew chief Ricky Rotondo, both have a wealth of knowledge for setting up a car for Stafford.

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Defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ronnie Silk Looking for Good Finish in Stafford 150

Stafford Springs, CT — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Stafford Motor Speedway on August 3rd for the 22nd Annual Stafford 150, defending champion Ronnie Silk is looking to keep pace with Doug Coby in the chase for this year’s championship. While Silk has posted five top-5 finishes in the first six races of the season, Coby and his team have been even better with top-8 finishes in all 6 races thusfar. With the Tour making a stop at Riverhead before they return to Stafford, Silk is currently 17 points behind Coby, but he and his Ed Partridge owned T.S. Haulers, Inc. team are determined to keep the pressure onby running up front and winning races.

“That’s just the way it works,” said Silk. “It’s not easy, if it was the whole field would be in the points battle. Doug and his guys have been doing a great job. They’ve had a really good car at every race and Doug has done a great job driving. We can’t control anything that Doug and his guys do, so we just have to try our best to win as many of these races as we can or come away with a top-5 finish. If you can do that, things normally work out. You have to take it one race at a time. If you want to be there at the end of the year for the points, you have to finish up front every race. Doug has been doing really well but we’ve put pressure on ourselves to go out and have a shot at winning every race. Our strategy isn’t going to change much, we’re going to try to be fast and win races. We haven’t quite got our cars where we want them, there’s quite a bit of room for improvement on our end as a team. We’re going to keep working on it and keep on trying the best we can.”

With Silk looking to keep the pressure on Coby and his team in the race for the championship, Stafford is a track where Silk can do that. While Coby has won the first two races of the season at Stafford, Silk is the only other driver to have top-5 finishes, a third and a fourth place finish, in each of the first two Stafford races with. Silk says there is more to get out of his car and he feels confident about his chances in the Stafford 150.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Points Leader Doug Coby Looks to Make It Three in a Row at Stafford in Aug. 3rd Stafford 150

Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford Motor Speedway on August 3rd for the Stafford 150, current points leader Doug Coby will look to take his third consecutive Stafford checkered flag of the season. Coby won the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler in April and he backed that win up with a thrilling victory in the May TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Coby’s Stafford victories this season came in two different cars and no matter which car his #52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking / Furnace & Duct team brings back to SMS for the Stafford, 150, Coby is feeling confident that he will have another good run.

“I think our chances are pretty good,” said Coby. “We won the first 2 races with 2 different cars so in my mind it doesn’t matter what car we bring back. We should have something that will hopefully get us to qualify halfway decent and if we qualify decent, we’ll have a shot at running up front. This will be the third different distance we’ve raced at Stafford this year, so everything will be different from the 125 & 200 with the pit strategy and how hard you go at certain times. We’ll just have to take it as it comes, pit when we have to pit or not pit, play the track position game a little if we can, and hopefully the car will stay under us like it did for the first 2 races.”

Coby’s two Stafford victories this season have come under totally different circumstances. In the Spring Sizzler, Coby ran near or at the front of the field for the entire 200-lap distance, while his TSI Harley-Davidson 125 victory required a drive through the field after a flat tire required an unscheduled pit stop on lap-27. Coby is confident that his team will have a good car and will choose the correct strategy that will allow them to fight for the win again.

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays 7/25 Results

Waterford, CT — A large crowd turned out for the Speedbowl’s weekly Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program earlier this evening and were treated to an entertaining night of motorsports. INEX racing fans were treated to extra racing as the Legend Cars division went extra-distance in laps, with Matt Pappa of Nassua, NY scoring a big summer win. In the Bandolero division, nine-year old Derek Debbis of Oakdale was on fire scoring both 20-lap twin feature races. Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton won his second consecutive Wednesday night X-Car feature and Ed Ryan of Preston was the night’s Super X-Car race winner. Wacky Race veteran Brad Voglesong of Middletown picked up the win in a very Wacky Flagpole Race for the X-Cars.

Pappa picked up an extra-distance victory in a special mid-summer 30-lap Legend Cars race. He became the third leader of the event on lap-12 racing inside of race leader Dana Dimatteo. Pappa led comfortably through the middle of the race that ran through lap-20 without a caution. Pappa held back Dimatteo, Nicholas Lascuola and Dave Garbo Jr. over two late race restarts to take the win. They finished in second and third behind Pappa, respectively.

Debbis was dominant in the first of two 20-lap Bandolero features, taking the lead from Ken Morin Jr. on lap-5 after riding his rear bumper over the opening laps. Once in the lead, Debbis opened up a straightaway advantage in the caution-free race. Morin finished second while Alex McCollum finished third in just his second Speedbowl start of the year. 

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Granite State Pro Stock Series Honor Co-Founder with Memorial Race

Cabral Leads Pro Stocks into JBH 100 after Recent Win

WINCHESTER, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make their second appearance at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on Saturday, August 4 for the JBH 100. The race will be in memory of late series president John Hoyt, who unexpectedly passed away last year. Hoyt and Mike Parks founded the series in 2011.

“John (Hoyt) was a driving force in this series to help get it off the ground," Granite State Pro Stock Series president Mike Parks said. "We decided to do a memorial race as our little tribute for him.”

Bobby Cabral leads the Granite State Pro Stock Series into Monadnock Speedway fresh off his Gate City Classic 100 win at Hudson Speedway. Cabral, of East Kingston, NH, also rebounded from a late race spin and claimed the third position at the season opener at Monadnock.

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Plenty of Incentives at Hammond Memorial

Brockton, MA – There are plenty of extra incentives when the Northeastern Midget Association returns to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday for the third annual Shane Hammond Memorial. Both NEMA and the NEMA Lites are on the busy agenda.

Defending champion Randy Cabral, NEMA’s all-time Speedbowl winner with eight, hopes to duplicate last week’ s impressive triumph at Star Speedway. Cabral has a couple of Speedbowl runner-up finishes this year but it’s been 11 races since he’s conquered the third mile. Cabral did win the first Hammond Lites race back in 2010.

Carl Medeiros Jr., now 16 years old, will be looking for a fourth straight victory, extending a Lites division record set a week ago at Star.

One of NEMA’s charter members, the Speedbowl is truly a “racy place” as evidenced by Anthony Marvuglio’s 12.91 second lap earlier this season. Many believe the Speedowl to be a near perfect midget facility.

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Whelen Tour Statistical Advance: Riverhead

Analyzing The Riverhead 200 At Riverhead Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline this weekend’s racing action at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway with the Riverhead 200 on Saturday, July 28. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

Riverhead Race Setup

• The most recent NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner this year, Mike Stefanik, is also the active career wins leader at Riverhead with six.
• Justin Bonsignore is the defending winner of the Riverhead 200, which marked his first and only NWMT win.
• There has not been a driver earn back-to-back wins at Riverhead since 2001 when Stefanik swept the season’s two events at Riverhead.
• Ryan Preece, who has two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at Riverhead this year, has a record of two wins and five top-fives in seven career NWMT starts at quarter-mile tracks. He won the NWMT race at Riverhead in 2009.

At Riverhead Raceway:

History

• Built in 1949.
• Held its first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on July 10, 1985 during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s first season. The inaugural race was won by Jimmy Spencer.
• Has held 50 NWMT races all-time, fourth-most among all venues.
• Is one of two tracks to play host to the NWMT in each of its now 28 seasons of competition, along with Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Notebook
• At .25 miles, Riverhead is the smallest track on the schedule along with Monadnock Speedway.
• There have been four NWMT races that have been won by Riverhead NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers, the last of which was Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr. in 1995.
• Mike Ewanitsko experienced more success than any other NWMT driver at Riverhead during his days as a competitor. His 11 wins and eight poles lead in both categories.
• Mike Stefanik is the active wins leader at Riverhead with six while Ed Flemke Jr. has the most poles – four – among current competitors.
• The Riverhead 200 entry list – as of July 18 – included eight drivers that have previously won NWMT races at Riverhead and nine who hail from Long Island.

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Randy Cabral Victorious in NEMA’s Return to Star Speedway

Celebrating its diamond anniversary, the NEMA Midgets made their first visit to Star Speedway since 2007 on Saturday night. Star has hosted the NEMA Midgets more than any track in its 60-year history. 3-time NEMA champion Randy Cabral was eager to return to the 1/4 mile speedplant. “I love that place. I was happy when they added Star to our schedule. … "It was my original stomping grounds. That was the track that I raced at for most of my first five years of racing. So it’s kind of feels good to go back there and be able to run good, to be able to run competitive because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to or not.”

The fans turned out to see their favorite Midget drives compete. “I couldn’t believe the amount of people that were up there that were coming out to watch us," said Cabral. "I hope that we put on a show that they liked." … "Star Speedway's got the best fans of any race track in the country. It was a good place to get back in front of all those people.”

Following a crash at Stafford Motor Speedway last month, Cabral's team had to replace the 7-year-old shocks with new ones. “We’re going to try the setup that we kind of found for the rest of the year and see how it goes. The car just felt really good. We went to Lee and the car felt OK but it almost had too much grip. So we actually had to take a little bit of grip away from it and I think that in the long run this is going to be a good thing. The car felt like it was back to the old 47 not the car I’ve been struggling with the last half of the year and this year.“

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Riverhead

Lia Returns To Home Track Looking For A Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Riverhead Raceway this week, two-time tour champion and native Long Islander Donny Lia will look to get back to his winning ways at the track that launched his racing career.

Lia, from Jericho, N.Y., got started in auto racing at Riverhead in 2000 as the track’s rookie of the year in the Legends division. He made a significant jump to Riverhead’s famed NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds the following year and once again took home Rookie of the Year honors.

Since first racing with the Whelen Modified Tour in 2001, Lia has been more successful than any active driver at the tight quarter-mile. In 12 events, he’s posted four wins, an additional pair of podium finishes, and has led 30-percent of all the laps he’s turned there. Riverhead is where three of his first four tour victories came, and Lia’s fourth home track triumph was part of his first Whelen Modified Tour championship season in 2007.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Tops Thursday Thompson Lineup

Thompson, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the Thompson International Speedway this week for Thursday Night Thompson Thunder racing action. The popular VMRS will be making its second appearance of the year at Thompson.

Current VMRS points leader, Rowan Pennink, will be looking to repeat his winning performance of May 20th. Pennink’s May victory was not an easy one as he fought tooth and nail with Ted Christopher for the top spot until Christopher’s mount developed mechanical problems. Pennink was able to hold off late-race challenges from Richard Savary and Geoff Gernhard before he could claim the victory. The going won’t be any easier this week as the eventual winner of the 75-lap main event will have to hold off efforts of many of northeast’s best drivers.

Jon McKennedy and Les Hinkley top the winners list for this year’s VMRS. Each driver has two wins to his credit. Others in the series that have visited victory lane in addition to Pennink are Louie Michalides and Todd Szegedy. The competition in the VMRS is exceptionally tough and a hard fought win will be in order this week at Thompson. Doug Coby, Chris Pasteryak and Todd Owen are just a few of the VMRS regulars who have been denied a winner’s celebration and Thompson might be the track where the door to victory lane will open for them.

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