Stafford Springs, CT — Seventeen year-old Tommy Barrett of Millis, Mass., not only beat the veterans on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Shark Cycles 80, he got by both top points contenders of the Modified Racing Series presented by Valenti, for his first touring event win.
Barrett passed current points leader Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon, Penn., with 10 laps remaining, then finished ahead of Pennink, Jon McKennedy (currently second in points) and Ted Christopher of Plainville in the first of two scheduled events at the Connecticut half-mile oval.
Barrett, a former SK Modified Lights competitor at Stafford, went from the back of the field to the lead in 70 laps.
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Thompson, CT: The final night of Thompson Thursday Night Thunder saw Lite Modified driver Cam McDermott secure his 12th victory of the season. Other winners in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action included Woody Pitkat in the Sunoco Modifieds, Tommy O’Sullivan in an action packed Late Model feature, Jay Sundeen in the Thompson Modifieds, Larry Barnett in the Limited Sportsman, and Chad Baxter in the Mini Stock division.
Woody Pitkat held off Ryan Preece in an exciting Sunoco Modified 30-lap feature. Pitkat took the lead on lap six and battled Preece until lap 20 when he was able to shake him off his rear bumper and drive on to the checkered flag. Kerry Malone held off Todd Ceravolo at the start to take the early lead. The top-four – Malone, Ceravolo, Woody Pitkat, and Ryan Preece – were bumper-to-bumper until lap three when Ceravolo went underneath Malone to challenge for the top spot. Malone held him off as Pitkat and Preece drove by Ceravolo using the outside groove. On lap six, Pitkat went underneath Malone and maneuvered around a lapped car to take over the lead in turn four. Preece moved into the second spot on lap 10 and attached himself to the back bumper of Pitkat. On lap 13, Preece went to the inside and took over the lead in turn three, but Pitkat retaliated and reclaimed the lead on lap 14. In a nail-biting duel, Preece challenged Pitkat several times, but Pitkat continuously closed the door. On lap 19, Pitkat pulled away enough from Preece to have some breathing room. The field began to stretch out until Pitkat took the checkered flag a commanding ten-car lengths over Preece.
Tommy O’Sullivan edged out Damon Tinio to win the Late Model race by less than a nose. O’Sullivan took the lead on a restart and battled until the checkered flag fell. Tinio wasted no time in shooting out to the lead at the start of the race, but caution slowed his pace before the lap was complete. After two failed restarts, Tinio jumped right back out front only to have the race slowed again when John Falconi spun in turn two. Tinio drove to the front again with Randy Tucker close behind in second. Mike Scorzelli took over third with a dueling Glenn Boss and O’Sullivan close behind. By lap five, Tinio pulled away to a healthy lead over Tucker as Boss and O’Sullivan continued to battle for the fourth spot. Boss held the position and O’Sullivan was intent on taking it away. Scorzelli closed in on Tucker, and began a series of challenges on the bottom groove until taking over the second spot on lap nine. Tinio held a half-a-straightaway lead over Scorzelli and O’Sullivan at the halfway mark. Caution slowed the pace at lap 18 and put Tinio side-by-side with Scorzelli for the restart. Tinio defended his lead and drove straight to the front with Scorzelli, O’Sullivan, and Boss fighting it out for the second spot. O’Sullivan took over the position and started to close in on Tinio when the caution flew at lap 20. On the restart, O’Sullivan challenged on the high side with O’Sullivan holding a slight advantage heading into turn three. The two made slight contact in turn four with O’Sullivan getting a little loose and allowing Tinio to reclaim the lead. On the restart, Tinio and O’Sullivan were side-by-side in turns one and two with O’Sullivan taking the lead at the start/finish line. The two remained in a tight battle with O’Sullivan leading the charge. On lap 23, Tinio retaliated and the side-by-side battle continued with O’Sullivan having a nose-length advantage. On the final circuit, O’Sullivan took the win by inches over Tinio.
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Seekonk, MA — 2008 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson will appear at the next MassCruisers cruise night at the Bass Pro Shop on September 6th. Johnny’s appearance will be from 5:30-7:30 for an autograph session and to promote the SEEKONK 200 at Seekonk Speedway, Saturday September 29th. Benson, will pilot the #74 Supermodified from the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) for their 100 Lap race.
Johnny has back to back wins in 2010 & 2011 and is anxious to return to the “Cement Palace”. “Seekonk Speedway is a track I really like. Please join me and the other cars and stars of ISMA for an exciting night of racing which also will honor a local legend of the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA), Boston Louie Seymour, in the headline event of the evening, The Boston Louie Memorial Classic," said Benson from his race shop. For the latest information www.krazespeedequipment.com, www.BostoLouieSeymour.com, www.seekonkspeedway.com.
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16th annual SK-150 part of nine division program Saturday
Waterford, CT — While Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer, Waterford Speedbowl puts its stamp on the holiday on Saturday with one of its biggest events of the season. A nine-division race program takes center stage at the shoreline oval as it hosts its annual Thunder on the Sound event, presented by the Connecticut National Guard. The highlight of the racing card is the 16th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals, a 150-lap showdown for the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® division. The Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) returns for its prestigious Angelillo Memorial as part of the event.
The biggest race of the year for SK Modified® competitors puts them to the test for 150 laps with the winner adding their name to the record books. They’ll join an elite list in taking home a $5,000 winner’s purse. A large turnout of cars is expected for the race, which carries over a $20,000 total payout.
Championship contenders Tyler Chadwick and Rob Janovic Jr. seek their first triumph in the extra-distance race after making several starts each. Jeff Pearl, coming off a win last Saturday, seeks a second career victory in the race. Keith Rocco, still nursing a broken wrist, is also on the list of those seeking their first win in the event. Last season, top open-wheel racer Woody Pitkat invaded the Speedbowl in a rare appearance to take home the checkered flag and big payday. A host of Speedbowl regulars are also contenders along with an annual array of top ‘outsiders’.
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Stafford Springs, CT — When the Valenti Modified Racing Series takes the green flag this Friday night, one driver who will be looking to turn their fortunes around is Tim Jordan. Jordan is coming off of a career best second place finish two races ago, and he is hoping to carry over the momentum from that finish to Stafford.
“Our finishes don’t indicate how well we’ve run this year,” said Jordan. “Every racer says that, but it’s the truth with us this year. I have a great group of guys this year and we’re a lot better than our finishes show. We took some time off to fix the car back up and get ready to finish the year out and that’s why we’re so deep in the points. We took 2 weeks off and we finished second at Thompson. We knew it wasn’t something that we were doing, it was circumstances on the track. You lose more than you win, that’s for sure. We have a good car, we just have to get some finishes.”
In order for Jordan to pick up a good finish at Stafford, he knows he will have to overcome a lack of experience, but he his confident that he and his #47 Magnus Racing Products, Kozela Speed, Concrete Express, and Brown’s Auto Center team has what it takes for a good run.
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Stafford Springs, CT — As one of the main two protagonists in the Valenti Modified Series championship race, Rowan Pennink hopes to overtake Jon McKennedy in the Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford Motor Speedway. The points race has been neck and neck for much of the 2012 season between McKennedy and Pennink, but a poor finish at Thompson left Pennink trailing McKennedy by 22 points. Pennink closed that gap down to 16 points in the series’ last stop at Monadnock and he is looking to eliminate more of that gap in this Friday night’s Shark Cycle 80 behind the wheel of Gary Casella’s #25 Roscoe Racing machine.
“It’s been a good season so far, especially with me and Jon fighting for the points lead back and forth,” said Pennink. “I lost a bunch of points to him at Thompson when we were leading with about 10 to go and we started leaking water and we got black flagged. Hopefully we can gain some points back at Stafford, we always seem to run good with Gary’s 25 car. Stafford is one of my favorite tracks and I know Jon has told me that Stafford is not one of his favorite tracks, so we’re looking forward to going there and trying to win and hopefully get some points back. The last couple of races, we’ve been at some tracks that Jon maybe had an advantage over me like Seekonk and Monadnock. I’m definitely excited to get back to one of my stronger tracks like Stafford.”
Pennink finished second behind Chris Pasteryak in last year’s Shark Cycle 80, and he has several second place finishes in Whelen Modified Tour competition at Stafford as well. Although he has yet to win at Stafford, Pennink is hoping to change that in the Shark Cycle 80.
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Brockton, MA — The Northeastern Midget Association returns to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night for the Angelillo Memorial still looking for its first two-time winner. The NEMA Lites are on the agenda as the club honors the memory of Marilyn and Gene Angelillo.
Only two points separate defending champ and current leader Randy Cabral and Russ Stoehr in the championship battle. They are one-two in career NEMA Waterford wins, Stoehr’s seventh Speedbowl checkered coming in last year’s Angelillo event.
It is a points race for the Lites as well, three-time winner Carl Mederios Jr. the current leader. The first race in Lites history was run at the Speedbowl in 2009.
It will be NEMA’s fourth visit to the ‘Bowl this season, John Zych Jr, Greg Stoehr and Anthony Marvuglio the previous winners. Marvuglio’s 12.937 back in the May is the fastest feature lap but NEMA powers are convinced it can be lowered.
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Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl returned Wednesday evening with another round in its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race series. An amazing night of racing was put on by the competitors, including a stellar X-Car race among the top contenders. Scoring victories in the evening’s races included Randy Johnston of Westerly, RI in the hotly contested X-Car event while Matt Pappa of Nassau, NY came out on top of a wild final lap to win in the Legend Cars. Dan Butler of Waterford returned to the winner’s circle in Super X-Car action and Derek Debbis of Oakdale was another repeat winner in the Bandoleros. Peter Pollard of Old Lyme took a victory in the night’s Wacky Race, a Flag Pole Race for the Super X-Car division. The night began with a race by the Vintage Outlaw Modifieds.
The 20-lap Legend Cars feature was down to the wire among three drivers. Gioavanni Giarratana took the lead at the start, but the field could only complete one lap before further back in the back, Tim Heath’s car shot out of line and into the turn one wall to bring out the caution flag. The lone restart of the race followed and Giarratana resumed out front. Behind Giarratana, multiple time race winners Dave Garbo Jr. and Pappa both moved into contention. Garbo took second from Nicholas Sowa and trailed Giarratana from lap-5 all the way to the final laps. Joey Mucciacciaro and Pappa moved to third and fourth position as they got around Sowa and had their sights on the lead two.
Garbo stayed on Giarratana’s bumper waiting for an opportunity to present itself. Off turn four on lap-11, Garbo peeked low but tucked back in line, unable to make a solid move. Meanwhile, Pappa slipped by Mucciacciaro to take third. Garbo had another opportunity when Giarratana momentarily slipped off turn four on lap-16, but again Giarratana was able to get away. As the top two battled, Pappa crept in to make it a three car race for the checkered flag as they hit three laps to go.
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Twenty racing pioneers central to the success of the sport in New England during its formative era will be inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday, November 18 at the Speedway Clubhouse located on the grounds of the Hoenig family’s history-rich Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut.
With voting administered by a blue ribbon committee of the region’s racing history experts, the list of inductees is expected to read like a “Who’s-Who” of the early days of the sport. The tally presently near completion, a complete list of the inductees will be published in the very-near future.
Many past HOF inductees have confirmed that they’ll be taking-in the Pioneers Induction Banquet.
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Thompson, CT — The Thompson International Speedway today announced that the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be added to this year’s World Series of Speedway Racing in October. The VMRS will be the featured event on Saturday night, October 13th.
“We are very pleased to be able to add the VRMS to our biggest event of the year,” said track owner Don Hoenig. We have always taken pride in presenting the very best and most popular racing divisions in the northeast every year at our World Series and the addition of the Valenti Modifieds continues that tradition,” he concluded. This will mark the first time that this very popular northeast Modified touring series will be part of the World Series
The World Series of Speedway Racing is a spectacular event and the Valenti Modified Racing Series will take center stage in the Saturday portion of the weekend. They will practice, qualify and compete in a 75-lap feature event that will be a huge addition to the incredible lineup of race cars and stars that make the World Series so special.
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Canaan, NH – The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Connecticut, Friday night, Aug 31, when the Stafford Motor Speedway plays host to the 3rd annual ‘Shark Cycle 80’ for open-wheel modified racers.
Former Stafford winners and a strong points battle add to the race, a popular stop on the series schedule.
Inaugural winner Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT., will compete as will last year’s winner, Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT. Christopher has a series win this season at Thompson, CT. Pasteryak is a six-time series winner.
Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA., and Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., are separated by 16 points entering the 80-lap event. Norman Wrenn, of Nashua, NH., Pasteryak, and Louie Mechalides, of Tyngsboro, MA., round out the top five point standings.
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Winchester, NH — Event #9 of 14 for the ever popular Valenti Modified Racing Series took place Saturday night before a large crowd in near perfect weather. The 100 green flag laps took almost 1 hour 40 minutes to complete due to 15 caution flags and 2 red flags. #43 Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey NH jumped out to an early lead and held on through 7 cautions and a red flag. The red flag on lap 23 resulted when #19 Dave Schneider of Northport NY, #53 Norman Wrenn of Nashua, NH and the #79 Max Zachem of Preston, CT came together on the back stretch, requiring extensive cleanup.
On the restart #24 Todd Patnode of Richmond, NH chased Alexander looking for a place to pass and on lap 67 finally got by for the lead. In the meantime #28 Dwight Jarvis of Ascutney, VT kept working his way to the front, momentarily settling in behind Patnode. Patnode was running like a rocket on a rail and Jarvis was starting to mount a challenge for the lead, when the Patnode ride slid up the to the wall in turn four with a flat left front tire. Jarvis held on through 2 more yellow flags and powered his way to his first win in 2012 and his 4th win in this series. In Victory Lane Jarvis said this was his favorite race track having much success in over 30 years. “I love this track. The fans here are wonderful.” Too bad Todd got a flat tire Jarvis said. “I had something for him. I was saving something for him at the end.” Meaning Dwight had more power to give.
Finishing second was Rowan Pennink of Huntindon Valley PA driving the ACRO Welding Supply/Melrose Auto Body #25. Third over the line was young Tommy Barrett Jr. in the Victory Lane Bar and Grill #9 of Millis, MA doing an outstanding job of coming back from 5 pit stops and 2 flat tires. Barrett, a 17 year old high school senior, didn’t think he had anything for the front due to early mishaps. “I was riding around, trying to save tires. I just did what I could to get back.” Kirk Alexander of Swanzey, NH and Jon McKennedy of East Chelmsford, MA round out the top 5.
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Veteran racer scores first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win
HUDSON, NH — Bobby Baillargeon was virtually untouchable as the veteran stock car racer led all 100 laps and claimed his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win at Hudson Speedway in Hudson, NH in the Hudson Hugger 100.
The Kingston, NH driver drew the pole position in the top-eight redraw and set up his winning effort. Baillargeon was able to pull out to sizeable leads, but a late race restart on lap 94 put Granite State Pro Stock Series point leader Bobby Cabral to his outside.
Baillargeon prevailed on the final restart at Cabral got shuffled back on the outside and cruised to his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series win.
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THOMPSON, CT — The Labor Day weekend will start a day early with the final Thursday Night Thompson Thunder race program for 2012 slated for this Thursday, August 30th. Attention after this week will be focused on the next two weekends of racing at Thompson that will include the UNOH Showdown weekend featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified north/south Tours on September 8th & 9th and the final points race of the year on Sunday, September 16th.
This week, Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will be preparing for their very important role in the UNOH Showdown weekend and will be looking to gain valuable track points in the quest of race teams to secure a championship title in their respective divisions.
Ryan Preece holds a 98 points advantage over Kerry Malone in the Sunoco Modified division with only three points races left on the schedule. Tommy O’Sullivan’s advantage in the Late Model division is 52 points ahead of Mike Scorzelli with John Falconi only 8 points behind Scorzelli. Randy Tucker is also in the hunt. In spite of his incredible success in the Thompson Modified division, John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. still faces title challenges from Jay Sundeen, Brian Tagg and Chad LaBastie.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced the following penalty following the running of the August 24th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events.
Jay Goff, driver of the No. 07 SK Light Modified, has been penalized for a rules violation committed this past Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Goff has been penalized from his fifth place finish in the second 15-lap SK Light Modified feature for violating rule 20E-5.10 Carburetor (Unapproved carburetor parts) of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model rulebook.
The violation was discovered in post-race inspection following the second SK Light Modified feature on Friday, August 24th.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway was back in action with a special event on Sunday, August 26, the Inaugural running of the Pro All-Star Series Super Late Models. Ted Christopher was the winner of the PASS Super Late Model feature, Dan McKegg won the PASS Sportsman feature in a thrilling finish, Mitch Miller won the PASS Modified feature, Jesse Muller won the DIRT 602 Sportsman Modified feature, and Duane Noll was the N.E. Truck Series feature winner.
In the 125-PASS Super Late Model feature event, Ted Christopher got around Jay Fogleman to take the lead at the drop of the green flag. Zane Zeiner was third, with Lonnie Sommerville in fourth and Ben Rowe in fifth. The caution came out with 3 laps complete as Dave Macomber lost an engine and put fluid down on the racetrack.
Christopher took the lead back under green with Fogleman, Sommerville, and Rowe single file in the top-4. Mike O’Sullivan and Woody Pitkat were side by side for fifth with O’Sullivan taking the position. Joey Doiron followed O’Sullivan by Pitkat to move into sixth. Sommerville moved by Fogleman to take over second on lap-8 as Christopher continued to lead the race.
With 20 laps complete, the running order was Christopher in the lead, with Sommerville, Fogleman, Doiron, and Johnny Clark making up the top-5. D.J. Shaw was sixth with Rowe, Travis Benjamin, Derek Ramstrom, and Cassius Clark rounding out the top-10.
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Seekonk, MA — Dave Darling rolled to his fourth Pro Stock win of the season, extending his championship lead in his quest for his third title. Ryan Vanasse took the lead on the opening lap after squeezing in between Phil Meany and Kevin Folan. Once out front, Vanasse seemed to pull away from the pack with ease, opening up a ¾ straightaway lead at one point.
Tom Scully Jr sat in the runner up position, and tried to hang onto the A&A Auto Parts Chevy, but had heavy pressure from Mike Brightman for a dozen laps, then from Darling once he started to put pressure in the Wheelock’s NAPA Auto Group Ford. But there was no stopping the Bristol Toyota Scion Camry, and Darling used up only 5 laps to go around Scully Jr. Once up to second, he had his work cut out for him, and Vanasse had already checked out. Little by little, Vanasse’s lead started shrinking. With the lapped traffic around him, he started to run a little more cautiously, allowing things to straighten out ahead of him before making his moved. With 10 laps to go, Darling was within 3 car lengths behind. On lap 32, the first caution of the night came out when Tom Scully Sr. stalled in turn two.
Once back green, Darling jumped out front and led the final 7 laps to his fourth win of the season. Vanasse held on for second, with Scully Jr third, Dick Houlihan and Fred Astle crossing the line fourth and fifth.
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Once again, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Ron Bouchard will host the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), at his annual still show & barbeque.
To be held at Ron Bouchard’s Nissan at 490 Old Union Turnpike in Lancaster, Massachusetts, things gets underway at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 15.
On the agenda is a display featuring several race cars of the New England Antique racers along with a barbeque. Past events have proven to be a popular affair. It’s a chance for fans to get up close & personal with some of the most-revered personalities in New England auto racing history.
All members of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame are encouraged to attend.
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Oswego, NY — It was all about Jim Miller at New York’s historic Oswego Speedway on Saturday evening, as the veteran NEMA racer displayed a dominating performance in capturing the Northeast Midget Association 35-lap feature event.
After setting a new 1-lap track record of 16.94 earlier in the evening, Miller started the feature from the pole position and quickly distanced himself from the competition.
The evening marked Miller’s first trip to victory lane since 2001.
Behind the winner several battles raged during the quick green-to-checker affair. For much of the event it was Russ Stoehr, Seth Carlson, and Joey Payne vying for the runner-up spot.
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Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl returned Saturday with its 4th annual “Laps for Lupus” event, raising awareness and funding for those impacted by Lupus during its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. Nearly $8,000 was raised for Lupus research and support programs through the Lupus Foundation of America’s Connecticut Chapter. Fans in attendance were treated to another round of great side-by-side racing throughout the night among all six divisions on hand. Scoring victories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races included Jeff Pearl of Salem in the night’s SK Modified® feature, while Rich Staskowski of Hope Valley, RI was back in the victory lane in the night’s extra distance Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Former division champion Brandon Plemons of Uncasville took his first win of the year in the Street Stock race, with Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, RI won the Mini Stock feature. In INEX racing action, Paul Kusheba of Monroe was the Legend Cars winner in a thrilling battle for the checkered flag all race long and Derek Debbis of Oakdale won the night’s Bandolero feature. Restart prowess was key in more than one winner’s path to the winner’s circle.
The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® race was led to the green flag by Joe Perry and Rich Brooks. Pearl started third and followed Joe Perry past Brooks on lap-1. Rob Janovic Jr. moved to third on lap-2 just ahead of a caution flag as Brooks and Ed Puleo got together in turn three, sending Brooks spinning. The field behind checked up but all were able to avoid the spinning car.
Pearl restarted outside of Perry in second position when the race went back to green, spending a lap there before powering ahead down the back chute into turn three. Pearl was the new leader on lap-3. Janovic, Perry and Jeff Rocco picked up pursuit of the leader when caution flew again on lap-5. The cars of Diego Monahan and Tom Abele Jr. briefly came together in turn one, resulting in Todd Ceravolo and Nichole Morgillo coming together further back with each slowing on the track in need of repair.
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BRADFORD, VT — The top three finishing cars in Saturday’s 25 lap USAC Dirt Midget Association feature at Bear Ridge Speedway all left on the same hauler- one in a box truck and two on an open trailer- after Skip Matczak’s Seals-It Racing Team swept the podium. Defending Champion Joe Krawiec got the win, multi-time/multi division winner Kevin Chafee was second and 1971 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Denny Zimmerman was third.
“I’ve been a car owner for more than 50 years and I’ve won some big races, but I’ve never had a night that could compare to this,” an elated Matczak said.
Krawiec started seventh, took the top spot from Zimmerman on lap 11 of the green-to-checker event and stretched his lead out to a full straightaway until Chafee narrowed the gap in the closing laps. The victory makes Krawiec the first three-time winner this season and places him back in contention to repeat as champion.
“We made a few adjustments to match the track conditions and the car just rotated beautifully tonight, Krawiec said. “ I could use the brake just a little coming in and put the nose where I wanted it. If I wanted to get close to the infield I could, if I wanted to skate the car up the track a little I could- it was the best car I had all year. Denny had an amazing night, he’s been a mentor to the group and to me and I’ve learned so much from him. It was great to see the confidence back in and to see him and him do so well.”
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Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour – 8/26/12
Epping, NH — Seventeen cars lined up at Star Speedway for the seventh event of the 2012 Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour season. As practice rounds were clicked through the front wheel drive vehicles showed a definite advantage on the tight Epping, NH course. The track had lots of grip early on due to the high outside temperatures.
After practice the NEMST drivers were gathered for the drivers meeting. NEMST regular Loren Smith won the Tater’s NASCAR Merchandise cash bonus and drew the $90 chip out of the bucket. Teams were given the lineup for the two qualifying heats and made final preparations before lineups.
Emerson Cayer drew the pole for his heat with tour points runner up Danny Field right to his outside. Point leader Shawn Swallow would start fifth in the first heat along with Field and Cayer. Cayer would prevail for the heat win as a strong battle ensued behind him between Field and Swallow. Swallow took home the second place. Mike Parker worked his way through the field in the second heat passing Matt Sonnhalter and Billy Osborne before claiming the checkers. Cayer drew an inversion of 6 rows for the feature lineup.
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Winchester, NH. – Valenti Modified Racing Series veteran Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, VT., captured his first win of the season Saturday night, winning the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.
The race, plagued by 15 caution periods and two red flags, took over 90 minutes to complete.
Jarvis took the lead on lap 80 from Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH., and was never headed. Patnode suffered a flat tire forcing him to the pit area. Patnode returned to finish 18th in the 24 car field.
Jarvis was right at ‘home’ at his favorite race track where he has enjoyed much success for over 30 years. “I love this track. The fans here are wonderful,” Jarvis said in victory lane.
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Marne, MI — Supermodified veteran Lou Cicconi, has had a somewhat up and down season with his new team and new car. But he is still in the hunt with three others for an ISMA point championship despite some disappointing finishes. Friday night at Sandusky Speedway, a good run was spoiled by an errant rear end bolt leaving him with an 11th place finish instead of a possible top three. He got redemption the next night at Berlin Raceway when he got the ISMA win however. Lou fought his way past Mark Sammut on lap 30 of the 50 lapper and was unchallenged to the end for his second win of the season and his second at Berlin Raceway. The first came in 2001.
Standing in victory lane just after midnight in Michigan Cicconi said of his race, “I really feel that I was pretty fortunate because the car stayed under me all night. I didn’t expect that Mark Sammut to look like he was slowing down after that yellow. But he raced me clean when I went by – everybody races me clean. I think that’s a good respect thing. Not to take anything away from this win, but I hope our pal in the sprint car recovers from all his burns (referring to a horrendous car fire in the Xtreme sprint heat race). I’ll tell you our crew is doing a really good. At least we got to finish one tonight.”
Mark Sammut too has experienced a season on the roller coaster. He took the lead from Sondi Eden on lap 22, but a lap 28 yellow closed the field up, allowing Cicconi a shot at Sammut and Eden for the front spot. Said the veteran London, Ontario driver, “It was a decent run. We’ve been struggling most of the season so it was good to get back into the top three. We were just a touch too loose. Louie was hooked up better than we were. We struggled all day so to end up second is good. I have to thank Art Currie Ltd. He’s been my biggest sponsor for the last 25 years, and Mobile Striping and Sweeping and Wells Foundry – they all kick in and if it wasn’t for those guys we wouldn’t be here.”
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Seekonk, MA — Nick Lascoula picked up his first career Nick’s Pit Stop Legends win on Friday, sliding by Shaun Buffington as the pair came off of turn four on the white flag lap. By lap one, Lascoula moved up from his fifth starting position, and set the pace early on. Buffington, coming back after an early exit last week started his march toward the front had early struggles, as he was spun on the opening laps before collecting it back up and continuing on. While he lost positions, he immediately started his drive through the field. The first, and only, caution came out on lap two, when Tom Gray came to a stop in turn two. Tom had taken over championship lead with last weeks’ win, but was struggling with mechanical issues all night.
Once back underway, Lascoula started to pull away from the field, setting a comfortable pace. Taylor Martin was trying to keep pace with the Abington native, but fell to third when Buffington slid past at the halfway point. With just laps remaining, Buffington made the move to put his #23 at the top of the leaderboard. The Plainfield, CT native started to put some breathing room between he and Lascoula, but the Young Lion wasn’t about to let the three time winner take this one away. Lascoula started to reel in Buffington, and closed back up with two laps remaining. As they raced off the second turn, Lascoula found the inside lane opening just a bit, and squeezed underneath. As they raced off of turn four, Buffington’s engine seemed to give up the ghost in a shower of white smoke, giving the former SYRA 600 Champion his first career win in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends. Nick Ladyga of Voluntown, CT crossed the line in second, with Martin of Windham, NH third, Branden Dion of Taunton, MA fourth. Buffington coasted across the line in fifth.
Chris Lima led the final 23 laps in picking up his second Pure Stock win of the season. Lima started seventh in the starting field and immediately moved to the third and second groove to work his way past early leader Jamie Burch. Once out front, he held on through one restart, but was never challenged for the lead.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing on Friday, August 24th with an SK Light / DARE Stock double feature night. Taking wins in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature action was Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature, Corey Hutchings in the Late Model feature, Dylan Kopec and Frank Cardile in the twin 15-lap SK Light features, Cory Casagrande in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, and Stephanie Berardi and Monte Gibbs in the Double Duty DARE Stock features.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Curt Brainard and Todd Owen were side by side for a lap before Owen cleared Brainard to take over the lead on lap-2. Brian Sullivan was following Owen’s tire tracks in the outside groove and he was second ahead of Brainard when the caution came out for a spin by Nichole Morgillo with 3 laps complete.
Owen and Sullivan were side by side for the lead on the restart with Owen getting clear after 2 laps of side by side racing. Dan Avery was third and he went by Sullivan for second on lap-7. Sean Foster was now fourth, just in front of the side-by-side duo of Tom Bolles and Brainard.
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Sandusky, OH — Ohio’s Bob Dawson has been racing a long time and has achieved a lot of things during that long career, but he couldn’t have picked a better time to win his first ISMA race than on Friday night. It was a race dedicated to the memory of his car owner’s father Don Reed and to track owner Kevin Jaycox’ dad Ralph. For Bob the win made up for a less than stellar season thus far. Dawson led from start to finish in the 50-lap main and fended off some serious challenges for the win.
Said an emotionally charged Dawson in victory lane, “This makes up for the rough year we’ve had. It makes up for everything. This win is for the whole Reed family. The whole crew has had a rough year but you know what – this makes up for a lot right here. I had some challenges during the race but they had to come and get it. It was there but they couldn’t do it. We finished third last year. We finished second in an ISMA race. We had some feature wins with MSA last year. But, this one tops all of that and it was on Don Reed Memorial night which is very special. I can’t thank the Reed family enough for what they do for us. This is a big team effort and it’s a big team. This feels good when we’re all out here on the front straightaway like this.”
Finishing in second was another Ohioan Dave Shullick Jr. who was pleased with his run also. “This was a good run. What can I say – ISMA, I love running with them. Every car here is a high caliber car. It’s great racing with them. And, every time they come, I thank them for coming. And, thanks to all the fans who came. We couldn’t do this without you.”
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THOMPSON, CT — Current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader and defending UNOH Showdown champion, Doug Coby, will lead an impressive field of open-wheel NASCAR Modifieds to Thompson September 8th & 9th. The second annual UNOH North/South Showdown at Thompson Speedway will feature both of NASCAR’S Modified Touring divisions in a weekend racing spectacular.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will travel north to take on the northern Whelen Modified Tour in a race program like no other. Each Tour will conduct separate qualifying and each will compete in its own individual points race. The WMT will run their Town Fair Tire 75-lap main event and the SWMT will compete in its own Green Pointe Energy 75-lap feature. Once each of these races is complete, the best of each Tour will be combined into the non-points, 50-lap UNOH Showdown race with more than $50,000.00 on the line with the winner’s share amounting to more than $15,000.00.
Last year in the inaugural UNOH Showdown event, it was Doug Coby who won both the NASCAR WMT points race and the 50-lap Showdown. George Brunnhoelzl, III, the current points leader on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, claimed the win in the Southern Points race. Both Tours are expected to arrive at Thompson with impressive car counts to compete in this one-of-a-kind event.
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Thompson, CT — Thursday Night Thompson Thunder hosted a special 50-lap Super Late Model race with Derek Ramstrom dominating the action by leading every lap on the way to the checkered flag. Todd Ceravolo proved his mastery of restarts when he edged out Ryan Preece for the win in the Sunoco Modified division. Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners included Tommy O’Sullivan, Jesse Gleason, Brian Tagg, Cam McDermott, and Eric Bourgeois.
Todd Ceravolo used restarts to his advantage to take the win in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature, and ends a four-race win streak by Ryan Preece. Ceravolo held off a determined Preece on a lap 23 restart to take the lead for the third and final time of the night. Kerry Malone jumped to the early lead, but it was all Preece on the second circuit after he dropped to the bottom and drove to the front coming out of turn two. Ceravolo drove by for second before caution slowed the pace at lap four. In a surprise move, Ceravolo soared by Preece for the lead when the race resumed. Woody Pitkat followed his line for the second position with Preece all over his bumper in third. On lap six, Preece challenged Pitkat in a side-by-side battle. Pitkat had the advantage on the line, but the battle continued until Preece took over the spot in turns three and four of lap eight. Caution tightened the field back up again, and Ceravolo commanded the field once again when racing resumed. Preece rode Ceravolo’s bumper and the duo pulled away from the rest of the field by a full second. By lap 16, Ceravolo had put a little breathing room between himself and Preece, but on lap 19, he drove too high in turn two and allowed Preece to close the distance back up. Caution at lap 23 tightened the field up for a restart that saw Ceravolo choose the outside lane. Ceravolo held off Preece and resumed his position as leader. Preece, Pitkat, and Dennis Perry rounded out the top-four. Ceravolo was dominant out front, and took the checkers unchallenged.
Derek Ramstrom led every lap en route to the Super Late Model victory. The 50-lap race was only brought to caution twice. Ramstrom drove right out front at the drop of the green with Mike O’Sullivan settling behind him in second. The duo pulled away from the rest of the field, but caution at lap five would tighten them back up again. O’Sullivan challenged Ramstrom on the restart, but Ramstrom held a slight advantage when they came around to the line. Ramstrom pulled ahead as O’Sullivan settled in behind him. Larry Gelinas challenged Jim Banfield for the third position on lap nine, but Banfield shut the door. Caution flew again at lap 10 for Michael Rivard who spun into the grass in turn four. Ramstrom and O’Sullivan battled it out once again when racing resumed, but Ramstrom pulled ahead coming out of turn two with O’Sullivan and Gelinas nose-to-tail in his rear view mirror. O’Sullivan pressured Ramstrom, but Ramstrom held strong. On lap 30, Gelinas, who was running in third, pulled off the track and onto pit road. Banfield inherited his position in the field. Ramstrom could not be stopped and went on to take the checkers in commanding style.
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