Archive for September, 2012

Santos Storms To Stafford Victory

Passes Pitkat Late To Claim Whelen Modified Fall Final

STAFFORD, Conn. — Bobby Santos waited until the end to make his move and then powered past Woody Pitkat to win the CARQUEST Fall Final Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Santos made the winning pass with four laps to go en route to his seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for the Franklin, Mass., driver. Four of those wins have come at Stafford, including the 2010 Fall Final.

Pitkat led a race-high 128 laps at his hometown track. The Stafford, Conn., driver had a cushion of over a second late in the race before Santos cleared lapped traffic and tracked him down. Santos wound up winning by .644 seconds.

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Eric Berndt, Mark St. Hilaire Score CARQUEST Fall Final Victories; Christopher and Pitkat Clinch Track Championships

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway concluded its 2012 NASCAR racing season with feature events for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions. Eric Berndt took the checkered flag in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, while Ted Christopher clinched his 8th career SK Modified® track championship. Mark St. Hilaire came up as the winner of the 30-lap Late Model feature with a dramatic last lap pass and Woody Pitkat clinched the championship even though he was caught up in a first lap crash that saw him finish 20th.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Kyle Spencer led the field to the green, but he spun in turn 2 and the cars of Curt Brainard, Mike King, and Raymond Grassetti were also involved to bring the caution out before a lap could be completed.

Glen Reen took the lead on the restart with Brian Sullivan and Tom Bolles side by side for second. Keith Rocco was in fourth, just in front of a side-by-side battle between Dan Avery and Danny Cates. Rocco made a move to the inside of Bolles to take over third place on lap-4 while Reen continued to hold the lead ahead of Sullivan.

Rocco continued his charge to the front as he moved under Sullivan on lap-5 to take over second. Dylan Kopec hit the turn 3 wall to bring the yellow out with 5 laps complete.

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Charland, Casagrande, Bessette, Fluckiger, Coates & Richardi Score CARQUEST Fall Final Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford Motor Speedway; Aszklar, Casagrande & Saunders Score Track Championships

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final race event of the 2012 season with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions, as well as feature events for the Pro-4 Modifieds and N.E. Truck Series as part of the Saturday CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend festivities. In the SK Light Modifieds, Bob Charland took down his first win of the season while Zach Aszklar was crowned champion, Cory Casagrande won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature to secure the championship, Austin Bessette won the DARE Stock feature, but came up short in the championship chase as Cliff Saunders took home the track title. Kris Fluckiger won the 8-lap Paradiso-Muska DARE Stock Shoot-Out, Corey Coates won the 20-lap N.E. Truck Series feature, and Rob Richardi, Jr. won the 20-lap Pro-4 Modified feature.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Payton Henry took the lead at the green in front of Bob Charland, Frank Cardile, Rick Williams, and Joey Ferrigno. There was a three-car spin in turn involving Tyler Hines, Rick Dyer, and Dylan Campbell to bring the caution out with 1 lap complete.

Henry took the lead back under green, but Charland got a good run on the outside groove and he took the lead from Henry. Cardile also went to the outside to get around Henry, but the caution came out again with 3 laps complete for a spin by Jason Lafayette.

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Blewett To Lead Fall Final Field At Stafford

2nd Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Pole; First Since 2006 For Veteran

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 29, 2012) – Jimmy Blewett won the Coors Light Pole Award for the CARQUEST Fall Final in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying on Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Blewett, who hails from Howell, N.J., covered the half-mile Connecticut oval in 18.308 seconds for an average speed of 98.318 mph behind the wheel of his No. 76 John Blewett Inc./Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet. It is his second career pole and first since June 2006 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Starting alongside Blewett on the front row will be 2010 tour champion Bobby Santos, who posted a time of 18.371 seconds (97.981 mph).

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Rain Postpones Whelen Southern Modifieds

Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out 150 to be rescheduled Oct. 6

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Due to persistent rain showers and a forecast calling for possible thunderstorms throughout the day, NASCAR and Caraway Speedway have postponed the Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out Classic 150 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race originally scheduled for Saturday.

The Mid-Atlantic Shoot-out 150 will now be rescheduled for next Saturday, October 6.

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Joey Cipriano Teaming with Steve Greer to Make SK Modified® Debut in CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — After finishing third and second in points in his first two seasons of SK Light competition at Stafford, Joey Cipriano, III will team up with Steve Greer to drive Greer’s #19 Gunsmoke Stables Ford Mustang in this weekend’s CARQUEST Fall Final event. Greer has had several drivers, including Ted Christopher, James Civali, Doug Coby, and Ryan Preece, behind the wheel of his #19 in limited races in the past, and now Cipriano will add his name to the list of drivers who have held the controls of the #19. Cipriano was a teammate to Greer during the 2011 season in the SK Light Modified division and now they will be reunited as Cipriano looks to make his SK Modified® debut.

“We had talked back and forth with Joey last year about possibly doing something, but he was focused on his SK Light efforts and we could never put something together,” said Greer. “Joey certainly has more experience now in a more powerful car with his MRS experience this season, so hopefully he can transfer that experience over to the SK Modified® this weekend. Joey is obviously very familiar with the track with his SK Light experience, so we’ll see how it goes. I won’t put anyone in the car who I don’t think can win, and my crew and Joey’s crew work well together, so it was an easy decision to put Joey in the car. We’d be happy if we could get a top-10 finish this weekend.”

In only two full seasons and one part-time season, Cipriano has accumulated a dearth of not only experience, but success at Stafford. In his rookie season of SK Light competition in 2010, Cipriano managed one victory on his way to finishing third in the season long points standings. The 2011 season saw Cipriano improve his numbers to 6 victories and a second place finish in the points standings.

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Tommy Barrett, Jr. to Make NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Debut in Stafford’s CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — Tommy Barrett, Jr., who won the Shark Cycle 80 MRS race at Stafford back in August, will attempt to make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at Stafford Motor Speedway in this weekend's CARQUEST Fall Final. With Barrett's track record at Stafford, he couldn't have picked a better track to make his debut at.

In only two years of SK Light competition at Stafford, Barrett won 14 features, including 10 wins in his very first season of SK Light competition in 2010. Barrett twice won four races in a row during his 10 win season and he followed that up with 4 more wins in 2011 before moving up to the MRS division for the 2012 season. Barrett took his very first career win in last month's Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford by charging through the field after starting the race at the rear and making several pit stops during the race.

In the week prior to winning the Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford, Barrett made his SK Modified® debut, driving a car owned by Doug DiPisa to an 11th place finish.

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Dylan Kopec to Make SK Modified® Debut in Stafford’s CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford SK Light driver Dylan Kopec will close out his 2012 season with a busy weekend at the CARQUEST Fall Final. In addition to his #66 SK Light ride, Kopec will make his SK Modified® debut in a car owned by Rich Vasseur. Kopec and his father Chris have been helping Vasseur's daughter in the Wild Thing Kart Series on Monday nights at Stafford, and that assistance prompted Vasseur to ask Kopec if he wanted to drive his car in the CARQUEST Fall Final SK Modified® feature.

"It's going to be pretty cool," said Kopec. "At the beginning of the year, they got into the kart racing and we're familiar with that since we just came from there. Rich asked us for some help and we've given him a hand and scaled the kart a few times at our shop. Rich and his family are all such nice people and at the second to last kart race, Rich asked me if I wanted to drive his car at the Fall Final. It was Rich's way of thanking us for helping his daughter out with the kart, and it's pretty cool of Rich to give me this opportunity."

Now that Kopec has the opportunity to drive the car, he and his father Chris have been busy getting the car prepared for this weekend's competition.

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Woody Pitkat Hoping for Another Solid Run in Hillbilly Racing’s #79 in Stafford’s CARQUEST Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — For Woody Pitkat, this weekend's CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford will be a return to where he got started. Pitkat will be behind the wheel of the Sandra Hill owned Hillbilly Racing #79, which is the car that Pitkat made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut with. Pitkat ran 10 races with the team during the 2007 season with a best finish of third at Mansfield in Ohio. Pitkat rejoined the team last week at New Hampshire, and after qualifying 22nd, he was racing towards a top-5 finish before getting caught up in a spin by Patrick Emerling. Despite the 14th place finish, Pitkat is excited about his chances this weekend at Stafford with how well the team performed in New Hampshire.

"They were all pretty excited," said Pitkat. "Right after the break we got up to third. We wanted to hang out and wait until the end to show what we had, but everyone came out like it was the last lap. We had a real good car, we were a little tighter in the second half of the race than we were in the first half, but the more we ran, the better the car got. That was probably one of the smoothest weekends I've had on the Tour in a long time. It was definitely a weekend that you want to have besides the finish. Our staggers were matched up from the first set of tires to the second set, the car was really good when we unloaded it for practice, I just wish I could have done a little better in time trials. I talked to Sandra Hill after the race was over and she said she was proud of me, I did a nice job, it was nice to see the car up front again, and we got a lot of good publicity on TV, so she asked me if I wanted to be a Hillbilly at Stafford."

Pitkat is on a race-to-race basis with the #79 team, but he knows another good finish will keep him behind the wheel of the #79. Pitkat is also excited to be working with Chris Kopec, who has been helping the Hillbilly Team out.

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Speedbowl honors Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday competitors with awards ceremony

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl hosted its annual awards ceremony for its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program Wednesday evening, recognizing several drivers for their accomplishments during the season. The popular mid-week race program completed its 12th consecutive season of affordable racing and entertainment. Approximately 200 guests attended the ceremony, held on speedway grounds under the hospitality tent. The top-five drivers from each of the series’ four divisions – Legend Cars, Bandoleros, Super X-Cars and X-Cars – were recognized along with special awards given to the top rookie drivers, the Most Improved Driver and a Sportsmanship award in each division.

Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington was presented the championship trophies for the INEX Legend Cars division. In total Garbo won six feature races on the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday season, coming over the final 11 races. Bandolero honors went to Rachel Forte of Douglas, MA for the second consecutive year, the first repeat champion in the youth division and only repeat titlist in 2012. Jim Boyle of East Windsor and Scott Limkemann of East Lyme were honored as champions in the Super X-Car and X-Car divisions, respectively. Each won their first career title in just their third year of competitive racing on any level.

Rookie of the Year honors for the top first-year drivers in their respective divisions were given to Daniel Stolte of Northbridge, MA in the Legend Cars, Andrew Morin of Old Saybrook in the Bandoleros, Matt Carlson of Griswold in the Super X-Cars and Mitchell Bombard of Jewett City in the X-Cars.

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“The Louie,” A Showcase of Talent

Brockton, MA — En route to becoming the biggest pavement Midget race in the Northeast, the Boston Louie Memorial has added immeasurably to the recent history of the 60-year old Northeastern Midget Association.

The 16th edition of the two-tier “Louie” is part of the Saturday night, Sept. 29 Seekonk 200 Presented by S.M. Lorusso & Sons at Seekonk Speedway. A 29-lap feature for the full Midgets and a 21-lapper for the Lites share the agenda with a 100-lap International Supermodified Association event and a 50-lap Street Stock Open.

The “Louie,” which memorializes Hall of Famer car owner Louie Seymour, has been a showcase for the best Midget talent in the region. An expected banner field is expected in all three divisions.

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Thompson Gearing Up for World Series

THOMPSON, CT — With the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Town Fair Tire and Xtra Mart only three weeks away, the Thompson International Speedway if in full swing preparing for the incredible three-day racing spectacular.

This year’s World Series event, October 12-14, will be the biggest World Series ever with special attention directed to the Saturday night portion of the program. In previous years, roughly half of the participating divisions ran their feature events on Saturday night in front of large crowds who enjoyed the incredible diversity of race cars and race trucks. This year, that same Saturday night fun will be significantly increased with the addition of a Valenti Modified Racing Series 75-lap feature event. Divisions that will be part of the feature event lineup on Saturday will qualify on Friday except for the Valenti Modifieds. VRMS competitors will qualify and race on Saturday. The divisions racing on Sunday will qualify early Saturday afternoon.

The divisions that race on Saturday will include the Pro 4 Modifieds, N.E. Trucks, Late Models, Monster Mini Stocks, Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman, Thompson and Lite Modifieds and the three “outlaw” divisions. Add to these races the full program from the Valenti Modified Racing Series and fans will have an extra special racing weekend.

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Thompson Gearing Up for World Series

THOMPSON, CT — With the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Town Fair Tire and Xtra Mart only three weeks away, the Thompson International Speedway if in full swing preparing for the incredible three-day racing spectacular.

This year’s World Series event, October 12-14, will be the biggest World Series ever with special attention directed to the Saturday night portion of the program. In previous years, roughly half of the participating divisions ran their feature events on Saturday night in front of large crowds who enjoyed the incredible diversity of race cars and race trucks. This year, that same Saturday night fun will be significantly increased with the addition of a Valenti Modified Racing Series 75-lap feature event. Divisions that will be part of the feature event lineup on Saturday will qualify on Friday except for the Valenti Modifieds. VRMS competitors will qualify and race on Saturday. The divisions racing on Sunday will qualify early Saturday afternoon.

The divisions that race on Saturday will include the Pro 4 Modifieds, N.E. Trucks, Late Models, Monster Mini Stocks, Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman, Thompson and Lite Modifieds and the three “outlaw” divisions. Add to these races the full program from the Valenti Modified Racing Series and fans will have an extra special racing weekend.

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2012 ISMA Championship will Go Down to the Wire at Thompson

Two races remain on the 2012 International Supermodified Association (ISMA) tour, this Saturday’s Seekonk 200 at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway and the annual season closer Oct. 13 and 14 at Connecticut’s Thompson Int’l Speedway as a part of the track’s big World Series of Racing event.

Entering this weekend’s showdown at Seekonk, four drivers have a shot at the prestigious 2012 ISMA Drivers Championship, and all of them are seeking their first ISMA title.

Canadian Mike Lichty holds a slim 31-point lead over Independence, Ohio, supermodified veteran Tim Jedrzejek, who drives for the Central New York-based Soule Racing team.

Pennsylvania open-wheel racing standout “Liquid” Lou Cicconi Jr. sits in third place, 67 markers out of the lead. Lichty’s Patco Transportation Racing teammate Johnny Benson Jr. is still alive. The former NASCAR Truck Series champion is fourth, 103 points back of Lichty.

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Caraway Gears Up For North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, N.C. – The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG promises to be among the best events in the history of the annual showdown between the best Modified and Super Late Model drivers from across the Eastern United States.

Caraway Speedway will host the event for the second consecutive year, and track operators Darren and Renee Hackett are excited to put their best foot forward in 2012. The Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG will take place November 8-10 on the historic half-mile oval.

“Last year was our first year with the North-South Shootout, and it all came together very quickly,” Renee Hackett said. “Now that we've had a chance to plan for it for an entire year, we're really excited to have the best short-track drivers in the country heading to Caraway to put an exclamation point on the 2012 season.”

In addition to the North-South Shootout staple Tour Modifieds and SK Modifieds, the Super Late Models of the Pro All Stars Series will make their first appearance at the North-South Shootout for a 150-lap event as part of their national championship series.

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The CARQUEST Fall Final At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the fourth and final time in 2012 for the CARQUEST Fall Final on Sunday, Sept. 30. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

Stafford Race Setup:
• Doug Coby, the season points leader, has won each of the first three Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford this year.
• Ted Christopher is the defending winner of the CARQUEST Fall Final and the track’s all-time wins leader across all divisions and series.
• The Tour’s all-time wins leader, Mike Stefanik is also the Stafford record-holder for victories with 20. His last there came in the 2008 Fall Final, an event he has won six times, also a record.

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.
Notebook
• The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has held 105 races at Stafford since 1985. The NWMT has run there every year of its existence, except for 1988.
• The 105 all-time NWMT races at Stafford rank second only to the 119 held at Thompson International Speedway.
• There have been 31 different race winners at Stafford, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories. Ted Christopher is the defending race winner while Doug Coby has been victorious in the first three events at the track this year.
• There have been 40 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece set the track qualifying record in the first visit there this year while Bobby Santos earned the pole in the May race and Preece again in August.
• The CARQUEST Fall Final entry list features 11 drivers that have previously won at the track, including: Stefanik (20), Christopher (12), Doug Coby (4), Todd Szegedy (4), Ed Flemke Jr. (3), Donny Lia (3), Santos (3), Jimmy Blewett (2), Ryan Preece (1), Ron Silk (1) and Jamie Tomaino (1).

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Southern Mods Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will hold its penultimate race of the 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Caraway Speedway with the running of the Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers in the series:

Caraway Race Setup
• The Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out 150 will be the fifth race at Caraway Speedway this season and the 44th in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history.
• There have been five different winners in 10 races this season. Previous winners are George Brunnhoelzl III (Caraway 3/31/12; 4/21/12; 7/6/12; Bowman Gray 8/4/12; Bristol 8/22/12); Brian Loftin (Caraway 4/7/12); Brandon Ward (South Boston 4/14/12); Jason Myers (Langley (9/1/12); and Andy Seuss (Thompson (9/9/12).
• Seuss is the defending race winner of the Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out 150.

At Caraway Speedway:
History
• The track was built in 1966, initially with a dirt surface, and was later paved and configured to its current size of .455-miles.
• The track has been owned and operated by Russell & Valastra Hackett and their family since 1977. Russell and Valastra handled operations from 1977-2010. In 2011, Russell’s son Darren and his wife, Renee, assumed day-to-day operations.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Coby Looks To Keep Strong Run Going At Stafford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Stafford Motor Speedway for the fourth and final time this season for the CARQUEST Fall Final on Sunday, Sept. 30, points leader Doug Coby has two solid sources of motivation to keep his record perfect at the historic half mile.

Coby, from Milford, Conn., is three-for-three in Whelen Modified Tour events this year at Stafford. In the 27 years that the tour has held events at the track, no driver has pulled off a season sweep. And if he were to do so, it would put him one strong step closer to a championship.

Coby is already in a select company of drivers that have been able to win three of four in a season at Stafford, including Mike Stefanik (1990, `97, `98), Ted Christopher (2002) and Tony Hirschman (`05). Among those, only Stefanik in `97 and Christopher in `02 had the opportunity to secure the sweep heading into the Fall Final after winning in the first three races.

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News & Notes: One Special Night

Brunnhoelzl Can Clinch Third Southern Mods Crown

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After enjoying a season of high and lows both on and off the track, George Brunnhoelzl III should be ready to celebrate.

Brunnhoelzl can clinch his third NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Title by taking the green flag this Saturday in the Mid-Atlantic Shoot-Out 150 at Caraway Speedway. And if the celebration after winning his first title in 2009 and last year’s triumph is any indication – it could be a heck of a party.

One reason to celebrate – Brunnhoelzl would become the first driver since Junior Miller to win back-to-back titles since the 2005-06 seasons.

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LIVE: Whelen Southern Mods At Caraway

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to Caraway Speedway for theMid-Atlantic Shoot Out 150 on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Asheboro, N.C.

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EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST  |  PRACTICE  |  QUALIFYING  |  RESULTS

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NEMA’s “Louie” Set To Go

Seekonk, MA — The 16th annual Boston Louie Memorial, set for Saturday night at Seekonk Speedway, is the biggest paved track midget race in the northeast. It is the biggest plum in the Northeastern Midget Association’s basket.

The two-tiered – a 29 lap feature for the full Midgets and a 21 lapper for the Lites – “Louie” joins a 100-lap International Supermodified Association event and a 50-lap Street Stock Open on the Seekonk 200 Presented by S.M. Lorusso &Sons agenda.

The race memorializes “Boston” Louie Seymour, a Marlboro, MA resident who, for better than two decades, competed around the nation in USAC Sprint and Super Crown action. The 29 laps recognizes the number Louie Seymour made famous.

The entire Seymour family including Louie’s widow Ellie and son Mike and Bobby continue to present the event.

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Speedbowl Names Its 2012 Wild N Wacky Wednesday Track Champions

Waterford, CT — The Speedbowl’s affordable family fun mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race season returned in 2012 with some of its most competitive racing ever. The popular race series achieved memorable moments during its 12th year, including showcasing some of the top drivers in the country to race fans. Each of the program’s four divisions – Super X-Cars, X-Cars, Legend Cars and Bandoleros – received an extra distance race during the season plus three nights of double features for the Bandoleros. Winning the war of weekly competition included Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington, winning his first Legend Cars title at the Speedbowl. Scott Limkemann of East Lyme and Jim Boyle of East Windsor each found success in their third season competing at the track, winning the X-Car and Super X-Car titles respectively. The only repeat titlist was Rachel Forte of Douglas, MA, taking the Bandolero championship. The track announced each champion after finalizing the season standings.

Garbo rallied over the second half of the season to become dominant in Legend Cars action on Wednesday evenings. Matt Pappa took home the checkered flag in the first four series events of 2012, however Garbo dug deep and raced hard, challenging Pappa in some fierce battles before coming out on top with his first Wednesday victory over Pappa in a 20-lapper on June 20. In total Garbo won six feature races on the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday season, coming over the final 11 races. The early season battles, coupled with success competing down south, led Garbo to consistency over the stretch run. Garbo was the only division competitor to finish in the top ten at each event.

Last year’s division champion Dana Dimatteo was in the thick of things on a weekly basis, notching one win while mixing it up with each Garbo and Pappa to finish second in the season standings. Pappa led the division in wins with eight, however ran into trouble in some key events and was unable to compete in other events due to a very busy racing schedule. Pappa placed third in the division standings, while first year drivers and Bandolero division graduates Nick Sowa and Daniel Stolte finished fourth and fifth for the year.

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LIVE: Whelen Modifieds At Stafford Fall Final

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the fourth and final time this year with the 40th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final, Sept. 29-30.

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EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST  |  PRACTICE  |  QUALIFYING  |  RESULTS

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Fourth-Annual Plainville Stadium Reunion Approaching Quickly

Berlin, CT — Some years-ago, a few former racers from Connecticut’s long-shuttered Plainville Stadium met to discuss the possibility of holding a reunion for the funky little oval opened in 1948 as “Joe Tinty’s Flying Ranch” by its namesake, the late Joe Tinty.

His vision was “To provide the community a place for family entertainment.”

First holding horse shows and circuses, before-long stock car racing became the main attraction.

Regarding the reunion? It’s doubtful that any of the organizers envisioned the success that would follow. In the realm of these type of nostalgia-driven events, this one has turned-into one that fans of New England modified racing simply don’t want to miss.

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Ayla Brown to Sing National Anthem at the Seekonk 200

Ayla Brown has pursued a diverse range of endeavors over the span of the last six years. Her achievements include; being an American Idol Semifinalist, recording artist of four albums, national and local performances, involvement in numerous charitable causes, National Anthem singer for the Philadelphia 76ers, and national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS. In January of 2012, Ayla released a self-titled country album.

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Fred Astle, Bill Bernard, Rick Martin and Rey Lovelace win the battles. Dave Darling, Gerry DeGasparre Jr, Mike Cavallaro and Paul Lallier win the wars at Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, MA — Kyle Casper jumped out to the front of the 18 car Pro Stock field and set the pace for the first 33 laps before the first caution came out. Over those 33 laps, the Somerset native had his hands full with 2 time former champion Dick Houlihan. Tom Scully Sr ran third for the first 30 laps before spinning in turn two. Tom was able to continue without losing any laps, but was out of the hunt for a win.

Once back underway, Houlihan worked the outside and edged ahead of Casper before the next caution came out. His lead however would be short lived, as Astle nudged under Houly and took over the top of the leaderboard for the final three laps. Houlihan held off a hard charging Mike Brightman for second. Ryan Vanasse and Dave Darling were fourth and fifth. With his fifth place finish, Dave Darling is the 2012 Pro Stock Champion, his third with car owner Gary Johnson and crew chief Ronnie Pond.

Bill Bernard of Holliston came into the night 20 points out of the chase, and repeated his action from the previous week by winning his second straight, and fourth overall win of the 2012 season. Mike Marfeo took off from his pole position and led the race for the first five circuits before Scott Dion moved underneath and set the pace. For a while it appeared that Dion would be on his way to his first win of the season before Bernard took over with 6 laps remaining in the 25 lap feature.

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Saturday 9/22 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl returned to the race track for another NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program highlighted by twin 35-lap SK Modified® features, the premier weekly division at the track. Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard won the first of the two races, his fifth of the year, while Tom Abele Jr. of Norwich won the night’s second feature, his first on the season. Cam McDermott of North Scituate, RI picked up his second checkered flag of the year in the SK Light Modifieds. Dan Darnstaedt of Durham scored the Street Stock feature race win and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI grabbed his first Mini Stock division victory of 2012. The X-Car division competed in an event for their Saturday Showdown Series, won by Wayne Shifflett of Preston.

The first of two 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® features was led to the green flag by cousins Adam and Joe Gada. Adam Gada got the jump and moved out to a comfortable early advantage. Adam moved out to an impressive lead over his cousin Joe with Nichole Morgillo in third position as the field settled in for a long opening stretch of green flag racing. Morgillo made an inside maneuver on Joe Gada to take second position on lap-10.

Behind the top three, Rob Janovic Jr. was on the move and looking to challenge Joe Perry for fourth place. Tyler Chadwick and Jeff Rocco joined that group in a four-way battle for position, eventually claimed by Chadwick who was slicing his way to the front. Once in fourth, Chadwick ran down Gada for third and was by his inside on lap-12. The top three cars were singled out running by themselves with Morgillo unable to cut much into Adam Gada’s lead and Chadwick trying to track down Morgillo. Behind them several battles brewed all around the three eighths mile oval.

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FIRST-TIMERS: Coby, Larson Get NHMS Firsts

Whelen Modified, K&N East Drivers Take Different Path To Wins

LOUDON, N.H. – Someone offered to hold Doug Coby's trophy when he hit the infield media center for the post-race press conference on Saturday afternoon, but Coby was having none of it.

“I'm not letting this thing go,” Coby said.

Coby's victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 was one half of a day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that saw two drivers win their first career races at The Magic Mile. For Coby, he got some much needed breathing room at the top of the Whelen Modified Tour standings and grabbed a win he'd been chasing in one form or another for years.

For Kyle Larson, his New Hampshire victory came in his very first start at the 1.058-mile oval. Larson not only picked up his second win of his rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, but he also was able to gain some ground on Brett Moffitt in the overall series standings.

Two drivers on Saturday with two very different stories united by one thing – a win at the largest track either series visits annually.

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Larson Edges LaJoie In Thrilling NH Finish

Rev Racing Driver Earns Second K&N East Win In G-Oil 100

LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson won a drag race to the finish line against Corey LaJoie to capture the G-Oil 100 checkered flag in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Larson, a 20-year-old rookie from Elk Grove, Calif., took the lead from LaJoie on Lap 86 and held on through a pair of restarts for his second victory in 11 K&N Pro Series East races.

Larson, who competes for Rev Racing in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, also won earlier this year at Gresham Motorsports Park on June 9 in Jefferson, Ga. Saturday marked the eighth victory for Rev Racing in the last two seasons.

“I was really loose on the restarts, I got loose again off of [Turn] 4 and let Corey get to my quarter panel, and luckily he didn’t have enough speed to beat me to the line,” Larson said of the final dash to the checkered flag.

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