Archive for May, 2015

Spotter Bytes


By Wayne “Muffy” Wildermuth

Stafford Speedway was a little better to us this week with the Hines Motorsports #WayneW94 SK modified. Remember that for 2 weeks in a row the car got wrecked and was taken off the track hammock style. Those guys did a great job of putting it back together and setting it up for battle. We started the day out with a little seat time for Tyler, bleacher seat time that is; I had him sit with me in the bleachers during first round of practice so I could show him how others were running the track and what line he needed to be running. We then went out and ran some laps. He was able to follow Woody Pitkat for a few laps and really got to see the proper way to run the track. All that paid off as we were 4th fastest on the board after practice and we all felt like we had a pretty good piece. Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’

Preece King Of The Bullring

12th Whelen Modified Victory Comes At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. — Ryan Preece continued his mastery of bullrings.

The 24-year-old Berlin, Connecticut, driver picked up his 12th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night in the Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

It was Preece’s second win at the Speedbowl and seventh tour win on a track that is a third-mile or smaller. He also has a win on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on the quarter-mile at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

To get the win, Preece had to hold off defending tour champion Doug Coby in a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 165 laps. Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet crossed the line .109 seconds ahead of Coby. Ted Christopher finished third, followed by Max Zachem and Woody Pitkat.


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QUALIFYING Twice As Nice for Lia

Second Mr. Rooter 161 Coors Light Pole In A Row

WATERFORD, Conn. – Fastest in practice this afternoon, Donny Lia backed it up in Coors Light Pole Award qualifying as he earned the top starting spot for tonight’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Lia, from Jericho, New York, posted a fast lap of 13.965 seconds (96.670 mph) around the .375-mile oval Saturday evening for his 21st career pole, and second in a row in this event.

Saturday’s run in the No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet moved Lia up to sole possession of ninth place on the Whelen Modified Tour career poles list.

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PRACTICE: Lia Tops Speedbowl Chart

Fastest In Whelen Modified Mr. Rooter 161 Session

WATERFORD, Conn. – The only two-time New London-Waterford Speedbowl winner in tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 field has a fast start on attaining win No. 3.

Donny Lia posted a fast lap of 14.031 seconds (96.216 mph) around the venerable .375-mile oval in his No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet to top the 33-car NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field Saturday evening.

Lia’s previous wins at the Speedbowl came in 2005 and 2006 in his family-owned car.

Keith Rocco, newly minted as the all-time winningest driver in Speedbowl history with two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series triumphs last week, finished second on the speed chart at 14.053 (96.065) while reigning tour titlist Doug Coby was third-fastest at 14.099 (95.751).

Defending Mr. Rooter 161 winner Bobby Santos, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale, Todd Szegedy, Derek Ramstrom, Jon McKennedy and Dave Sapienza brought home the top 10.

Coors Light Pole qualifying is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the Mr. Rooter 161 will get the green at approximately 9 p.m.

NWMT Waterford 5/30/15 Practice
Submitted by jcunningham on May 30, 2015 – 4:47pm

Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff
1 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl 14.031 96.216 45 46
2 22 Keith Rocco Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar 14.053 96.065 22 23 0.022
3 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance 14.099 95.751 50 52 0.068
4 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records 14.102 95.731 39 40 0.071
5 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East 14.116 95.636 28 38 0.085
6 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights 14.118 95.623 48 49 0.087
7 4 Todd Szegedy Mystic Missile Racing 14.125 95.575 70 71 0.094
8 35 Derek Ramstrom* Matthew’s Truck Svc/Seekonk GP 14.149 95.413 42 43 0.118
9 29 Jon McKennedy EXIT Realty 14.157 95.359 45 46 0.126
10 36 David Sapienza* Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country 14.169 95.278 43 50 0.138
11 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises 14.169 95.278 53 56 0.138
12 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine 14.176 95.231 60 62 0.145
13 28 Brandon Bock* Pro-Systems Brakes 14.179 95.211 53 54 0.148
14 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology 14.197 95.091 28 41 0.166
15 79 Spencer Davis Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 14.207 95.024 38 39 0.176
16 14 Max Zachem* Lu-Mac’s Package Store/Broadbrook 14.220 94.937 30 38 0.189
17 64 Anthony Nocella* Nocella Relamation/Complete Const. 14.221 94.930 42 51 0.190
18 13 Ted Christopher Mr. Rooter/Cape Cod Aggregates 14.231 94.863 3 33 0.200
19 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. 14.262 94.657 37 38 0.231
20 46 Jeff Goodale* Riverhead Building Supply 14.263 94.650 54 55 0.232
21 07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction 14.266 94.631 23 37 0.235
22 9 Chase Dowling* S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair 14.372 93.933 6 20 0.341
23 3 Troy Talman* Cape Cod Copper/B&G Toys & Trains 14.405 93.717 63 71 0.374
24 31 Steve Masse* El Gee Products/Dunleavy’s Repair 14.421 93.613 19 46 0.390
25 93 Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply 14.443 93.471 37 45 0.412
26 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood 14.464 93.335 27 35 0.433
27 63 Tom Rogers, Jr. East End Statuary 14.472 93.284 50 53 0.441
28 37 Dave Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks 14.534 92.886 22 50 0.503
29 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy Truck Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler 14.615 92.371 5 13 0.584
30 38 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil 14.677 91.981 16 17 0.646
31 33 Johnny Bush Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s 14.686 91.924 21 23 0.655
32 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric 14.811 91.148 21 53 0.780
33 01 Melissa Fifield Big Moose RV 15.349 87.954 36 37 1.318

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

Rocco, Fearn, Swanson, Saunders, Beyer, & DiMatteo Score May 29 Military Appreciation Night / Ltd. Late Model Xtra Mart Xtra D Feature Wins at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Ltd. Late Model Xtra Mart Xtra D 25 program on Friday, May 29th on what was also Military Appreciation Night.  Xtra Mart Convenience Stores put up a $500 bonus that was split evenly among the top-5 finishers in the extra distance Ltd. Late Model feature event.  Al Saunders was the big winner, taking his second feature win of the 2015 season in the 25-lap Ltd. Late Model feature.  Keith Rocco picked up his second win of the 2015 season in the SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn picked up his first win of the season in the Late Model feature, Matt Swanson was a first time career winner in the SK Light feature, Trace Beyer got his second win of the season in the DARE Stock feature, and Cory DiMatteo won his second Legend Cars feature of the season.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Sean Foster took the early lead with Jeremy Sorel slotting into second.  Tyler Hines was third, with Dan Avery in fourth and Woody Pitkat was fifth.  Pitkat made a 3-wide move on lap-4 but fell back into line.  Ted Christopher spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Sorel got a good run on the restart and he powered into the lead.  Avery took second with Matt Galko moving up to third.  Foster was fourth with Ryan Preece on his outside.  Preece quickly took the spot from Foster with Keith Rocco following Preece by Foster in the high groove.  Preece and Rocco continued to make the outside groove work for them as Preece was now up to second behind Sorel with Avery on his inside and Avery and Rocco were side by side for fourth.  All the side by side shuffling allowed Sorel to open up a slight lead as Avery and Preece were now side by side for second on lap-12 with Galko and Rocco side by side for fourth.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 5/28 Results

Waterford, CT (May 28, 2015) – Warm and seasonable weather greeted race fans Thursday at New-London Waterford Speedbowl, as the shoreline oval returned to life for its fourth Thursday Night Thunder program of the year.  Michael Blaskey of Waterbury won his second consecutive INEX Legend Cars race, while Chaplin’s Nickolas Hovey checkered the INEX Bandolero feature.  Christopher Thomas of Waterford landed victory with an impressive outing in the four cylinder X-Car division and Shane Peele of Wales, MA rounded out a quick-paced night of motorsports by holding back all challengers in the Super X-Car division.

Blaskey won for the second straight week in INEX Legend Cars action.  Jordan Churchill showed the way for the first 14 circuits of the non-stop 25-lap race.  Blaskey moved into second and tracked down Churchill, who slipped entering turn one on lap-13 allowing Blaskey room to his inside.   Blaskey took advantage of the miscue and after a lap side-by-side, was scored as the new leader on lap-15.  The brief battle up front enabled third place Joey Ternullo to move into contention.  He found his way by Churchill for second and the top three cars raced nose to tail over the remaining laps.  Ternullo applied pressure, including a shot to Blaskey’s rear bumper on lap-23, however Blaskey was able to hang on.  Churchill faded over the final laps, but finished third.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 161 At New London-Waterford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season will resume Saturday with the Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:


Mr. Rooter 161 Setup:
• Bobby Santos won the Mr. Rooter 161 last year to give him career victories at all three Connecticut ovals.

• Donny Lia and Ryan Preece lead all active drivers in bullring victories with six apiece. Lia has two triumphs at New London-Waterford Speedbowl while Preece has one.
• Santos and Justin Bonsignore are the only drivers to finish in the top five in each of the three events since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Speedbowl in 2012 after a five-year absence.
• Keith Rocco broke the Speedbowl’s all-time feature wins record last week in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action and will look for his first NWMT victory this Saturday.
• The Mr. Rooter 161 will end the longest idle period on the 2015 schedule at 33 days, and simultaneously begin the busiest stretch of the year with three races in 12 days.

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Doiron Wins First Race Of The 2015 Season At Thunder Road


Barre, VT- Joey Doiron out of Berwick, ME took down the win in Sunday’s first ever appearance for the AIM Recycling Pro All Star Series Super Late Models at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road Speedbowl. Words could not describe this win for Doiron. ” This is Thunder Road. That pretty much sums it up.” Doiron Said Continue reading ‘Doiron Wins First Race Of The 2015 Season At Thunder Road’

Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

Christopher, Rocco Look For Tour Win On Familiar Turf

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers have more laps at New London-Waterford Speedbowl than Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco. They’ll rely on that experience in Saturday’s Mr. Rooter 161 with an eye on attaining a long-awaited trip to Victory Lane.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s regular competitors have hundreds, if not thousands, of laps at tracks like Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Stafford Motor Speedway, Riverhead Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There have only been three races at the Speedbowl since 2006, however, and just four active drivers have more than five career tour starts there.

That’s where the home track advantage can come into play. Not only does Christopher have 16 career Whelen Modified Tour starts at the .375-mile oval, but he’s run weekly there on and off for more than two decades. Rocco has but two tour starts at his home track, but notched his 107th and 108th career wins there last week in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action to become the Speedbowl’s all-time winningest driver.

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Spotter Bytes


By Wayne “Muffy” Wildermuth

Stafford Speedway was not good to us again this week with the #94 SK Modified. TWayneWyler was up on the wheel and trying to move forward when IT happened. There are some cars\drivers that you race against who you know are hard to get around. They are either windshield wipers (going from lane to lane) or their car seems to want to be in the lane you’re in when you’re already there. You know that passing them will be tricky and that it will be hard getting Continue reading ‘Spotter Bytes’

Zych, A. Payne Score Evans Mills Victories

After exciting races at the Chemung Speedrome on Friday evening, claimed by modified regulars Doug Coby (NEMA) and Jimmy Zacharias (Lites) – NEMA concluded its weekend at the 3/8 mile Evans Mills Speedway. Known for its distinctive flat surface and round corners, the Speedway proved challenging for many teams in terms of set up. One of the teams early in the day, who appeared to be struggling was the John Zych Racing team, who didn’t transfer through their heat race, winding up at the tail of the field.

Zych, starting scratch on the field, would have his work cut out for him. “We were terrible in the heat race. We threw a bunch of changes at the car for the feature, and were amazed at how well they worked,” the Mendon, MA driver said after the feature. When the green flag dropped, Bethany Stoehr jumped out into the lead in the Breault 44 machine. She would dominate the majority of the feature event, while Zych was methodically working his way to the front using the high line. A caution was thrown with seven laps to go, when Zych made contact with NEMA regular Paul Scally. The caution tightened up the field, and Zych made his march to the front.

With two laps to go, it appeared that Stoehr would hold on for the victory, but coming to the white flag, Zych darted to the outside of Stoehr and made a pass that stuck entering turn one. He went on to take down the victory and was followed by Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Todd Bertrand and Randy Cabral.

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Modified Aces Coby & Zacharias Invade NEMA, Score Chemung Midget Wins

The Northeastern Midget Association is a club that boasts a loyal group of drivers and owners, but on this Friday night at Chemung Speedrome (NY) it was a couple racers that have been recognized for their skills in another open wheel machine that took the victories.

2012 and 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby has dabbled in the NEMA car on occasion when he has weekends off, and appeared to be the car to beat from the beginning after dominating his heat race. The Milford, Connecticut driver would have to start fifth in his feature and contend with a relative newcomer to the full powered Midgets for the top spot early on.

Massachusetts driver Danny Cugini fought off Coby for several laps, but when the caution displayed on lap 11 for an incident Cugini’s car would also slow and never come back to life. With Cugini on the sidelines, it was all Coby up front holding off teammate Todd Bertrand in the race that was shortened to 20 laps due to time constraints.

“(Danny) was gaining on me in certain spots and I was gaining on him, and I think in the long run I would have run him down,” Coby told powered by JEGS. “I think I was better than him in three and four, which were the critical corners here. When he broke and the track is covered in speedy dry, you don’t know who is going to be fast after that. Our car kind of settled in and it was pretty consistent the rest of the way.”

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Joey Doiron prevails in first-ever PASS Super Late Model race at Thunder Road

Barre, Vermont – Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine held off a hard-charging Jeremy Davis to score an historic 150-lap AIM PASS North Super Late Model victory at the famed ¼-mile Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont on Sunday afternoon (May 24).

For Doiron it was a homecoming of sorts, as he made his first appearance at the track in some six years, moving on to the Super Late Model ranks after winning the ACT Late Model Rookie of the Year award in his only full season of Late Model; competition.

While Doiron started the 150-lap headline event at Thunder Road’s annual Mekklesen RV Memorial Day Classic he had plenty of competition, as he chased fellow former ACT stars Glen Luce and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. through most of the first one-third of the event.

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O’Donnell Begins Threepeat Quest with Memorial Day Classic Triumph

Barre, VT—Two-time defending Thunder Road “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell began his quest for a threepeat in dominating fashion with a win in the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 on Sunday, May 24.

Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell quickly got to the front from his third starting position, moving around pole sitter Nick Sweet on the outside to take the lead on lap eight. The 2013 Memorial Day Classic winner drew out to a big lead, but run into two-by-two lapped traffic at the halfway point of the caution-free race, allowing Milton, VT’s Scott Dragon to catch him.

Dragon managed to nose in front of O’Donnell for two circuits just past the halfway point. However, O’Donnell pulled back away once the two got clear of traffic and took his second Memorial Day Classic win.

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Montoya Earns Second Indianapolis 500 Victory

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2015) – Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by 0.1046 of a second – the fourth-closest finish in race history – in a thrilling final 15 laps of the historic race. The victory was Montoya’s second Indianapolis 500 win, as the Colombian won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in his first start at the 2.5-mile oval in 2000.

Five of the race’s 37 lead changes occurred in the last 15 laps following a restart, when Montoya overtook Dixon in Turn 1 for second place, and then Power in Turn 4 to capture the lead on Lap 197. He held the lead for the remainder of the 200-lap event.

“It was awesome,” Montoya said. “This is what racing in INDYCAR is all about, racing down to the wire. These guys, Team Penske, did an amazing job. I had the feeling that I had a really good car, but that fight at the end was really, really hard. All the way down to the wire. This is pretty awesome.”

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FVP National Sprint League at Huset’s Speedway Rained out!

Sunday, May 24 – Persistent rains have forced officials to cancel tonight’s FVP National Sprint League event at the Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. Stay tuned to for any updates.

The next events for the NSL will be their “March through Missouri” Thursday, May 28 at the Saint Francois County Raceway in Farmington,and Friday, May 29 at the Randolph County Raceway near Moberly.
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Alan Wilson Best On Motorcycle Safety Night at Oxford Plains Speedway

Oxford, Maine – Veteran competitor Alan Wilson of Hebron scored his first victory of the season in the 50-lap Super Late Model feature race on Motorcycle Safety Night presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, topping the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday night.

Wilson, one of the most prolific winners ever at the historic Route 26 oval, won his first OPS championship in the Street Stock class back in 1979. In Saturday’s Super Late Model main event he charged by early race leader Adam Polvinen and survived a mid-race challenge by reigning track champion TJ Brackett of Buckfield.

Kyle Treadwell of Auburn mounted a final challenge, but settled for runner-up honors behind Wilson in the 50-lap headliner. Timmy Brackett of Buckfield crossed the line in third position. Vanna Brackett of Buckfield made a last-lap move that paid off with a fourth-place finish, by inches over former Oxford 250 champion Scott Robbins of Dixfield.

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Kevin Thomas Sweeps Night One of Thiel Memorial

Sun Prairie, WI. – Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama started on the pole of the 30 lap feature event, leading every lap to take his first career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory at the nostalgic 1/3rd mile Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin for night one of the Thiel Memorial. Thomas swept the night by winning his heat race, the trophy dash, and the 30 lap feature event.

Starting on the pole with fellow Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell to the outside, Kevin Thomas, Jr. got the jump at the start of the feature event with Bell and Andrew Felker in tow. On lap four Justin Peck’s Esslinger-powered DRC veered sharply right in turns one and two, sending his machine straight into the wall and flipping hard before coming to a stop. Peck would be alright, but done for the remainder of the event. During the red flag, Andrew Felker would be pushed to the work area with a flat left rear on the Danny Felker-owned, Stanton-powered BOSS Chassis. His crew would be able to get the tire changed and Felker would start at the tail when the field resumed racing.

Thomas would lead the field back to green, with teammate Christopher Bell in second, hounded by a pair of BOSS Chassis driven by Austin Brown and Darren Hagen. As Bell tried to use every inch of the racing surface to make a move on his teammate, Hagen closed in on Brown for third. Hagen would take over the third position on lap seven, just as Christopher Bell’s engine let go, bringing out the caution.

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Strunk, Stoudt and Lisowski Are New 2015 NASCAR Feature Winners at Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 24, 2015 . . . The names are familiar, but none of them had been in victory lane at Grandview Speedway in 2015 until Saturday night.

Through the aid of lapped traffic, defending NASCAR Modified point champion Jeff Strunk erased Tim Buckwalter’s comfortable lead and closed in on him. The ten time champion used traffic to his advantage and put the Zubi’s Racing No. 88 in front on the 20th lap. Strunk later went on to claim his first win of the season in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified 30-lap feature and become the sixth different odified feature winner of the season. Strunk was feeling under the weather, but his crew helped pull him through and hopefully the first win of the season aided the healing process.

Randy Stoudt, the Late Model point champion went out a winner last season when he announced his retirement. He decided retirement was not for him and returned to action driving his son’s No. 5 car a few weeks ago. On Saturday night he dusted off the No. 10 from last year, started on the pole in the event and led from start to finish to win his first 25-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model feature of the season. “Buddy Mertz almost gave me a heart attack commented Stoudt when he spun in front of me.” Thankfully there was no contact, but it was an exciting moment. Stoudt became the fifth different feature winner in the BRC Late Model division.

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Dominance at the Dog: Gray Earns Memorial Day Victory

Belchertown, MA Native Now Tied for All-Time Series Wins

WINCHESTER, NH – Barry Gray continued his dominance at Monadnock Speedway, holding off charges from Matt Frahm, Mike O’Sullivan, and Larry Gelinas, to grab his fourth Granite State Pro Stock Series in the Memorial Day 100.

Gray took the lead at the drop of the green, after beating pole sitter Cory Robert to the line on lap 1.  Robert would be out of contention early, after an incident on lap 4 with Adam Norton, bringing out the first caution of the evening.  Matt Frahm and Tommy O’Sullivan would challenge Gray on three restarts, before settling in for a green flag run.

Nick Boivin brought out the fourth caution on lap 25, as his Ford of North Hampton automobile expired on the entrance of pit lane.  Gray would hold on to the lead on the last two restarts, until Gelinas and Frahm mounted a charge with 25 laps to go.  Gray’s racing line carried him high into turn one, where Gelinas would drop low, but could not make the car stick to draw alongside, as Gray would hold on for the victory.

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Sussex Snares SCP Salute to Indy Opener


PEORIA, Ariz. (May 23, 2015) – Tempe’s Stevie Sussex picked up a hard-fought win by topping the USAC Southwest Sprint Car portion of Saturday night’s opening leg of Canyon Speedway Park’s Fourth Annual Salute to Indy event.

While Sussex took Sprint Car honors, other Saturday night winners included Chris McCurdy, Jr., in Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, Jason Crowe in Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Renegades, Gary Winter in Micro Sprints and John Priest in AMA Mod Lites.

Starting from the front row outside, Sussex fought off Josh Pelkey and current USAC Southwest Sprint Car points leader R.J. Johnson for his second overall win of the year and first at CSP in 2015.

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Harrison Burton Inherits First SSS Victory at Mobile

Young Son of NASCAR Star Jeff Takes Win Following Pollard DQ

Mobile, AL — Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway was one of those nights where everybody was racing for second-place. As it turned out, the battle for second-place ended up being the battle for the win.

Bubba Pollard put on a Super Late Model clinic at the Alabama half-mile and completely dominated the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Mobile 100. However it was Harrison Burton who was credited with the win after Pollard was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for an engine intake violation.

“It’s a big deal to us,” Burton, son of longtime NASCAR racer Jeff Burton, said after being declared the winner. “The guys worked really hard and it paid off. We put ourselves in position to win, but (Pollard) was just faster than us and not for the reason in which they were DQ’ed. Let’s be honest. But we’ll take it.”

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Henderson Doubles Up at Knoxville!

Knoxville, IA, May 23, 2015 – Justin Henderson put his name intothe record books, becoming the first driver since Brian Brown a year ago to win both the 360 and 410 features in one night at the Knoxville Raceway. The 410 win on Saturday night was worth $3,000 and was also the Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s driver’s second in that class in as many weeks. Devin Kline completed the night’s winners’ list with a 305 victory.

Brian Brown, who started fourth in the 410 feature, shot to the early lead in the 20-lapper. Henderson settled into second, with Danny Lasoski grabbing third from Bill Balog on lap two. Brown separated himself from the field and entered heavy lapped traffic at the halfway point. Though Henderson saw some gains through the middle stages, it looked as if Brown would not be headed.

Unfortunately for Brown, his motor expired on lap 12 and he helplessly pulled into the infield. Henderson assumed the lead, as Lasoski, Tim Kaeding and Kerry Madsen dueled wildly for second, third and fourth.
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Pit Notes: PASS Takes to Thunder Road in Open Practice

Barre, VT—The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North took to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, May 23, marking the first time since 1995 that Super Late Models had been on the high banks. The four-hour open practice session was held in preparation for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24.

The day began badly for two expected contenders. PASS North point leader Mike Rowe blew an engine after just a seven-lap run. Defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. also lost a motor later in the session.

Rowe is reportedly receiving a power plant from the RPM Motorsports team for Sunday’s event. Meanwhile, “Joey Pole” has borrowed an engine from Mike’s son Ben Rowe and Richard Moody Racing.

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Zane Smith Takes 2nd Straight PASS South Win in Return to Concord

KINGSPORT, TN (May 8) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leader Zane Smith took the lead following contact between leaders Roger Lee Newton and Jeff Fultz with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way to win Friday night’s Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway.  Smith’s victory came in the first race back at the venerable half-mile speedway in nearly three years.

“I don’t know how I won this one, I told them on the radio ‘I don’t know how I’m going pass them, but I’m going to figure out a way to get by’,” said Smith in victory lane afterwards.  “To be honest, I kinda saw it coming because they [Newton and Fultz] were running so close.  We didn’t qualify great, but we were consistent and I knew we would be good in the race.  And, luckily we were.”

In qualifying, Jody Measamer scorched the half-mile triangular speedway with an average lap speed of over 116 miles per hour.  Following the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Measamer would start third behind Roger Lee Newton and Tate Fogleman.

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Fans Can Create ‘Live Story’ at Indianapolis 500 with Snapchat

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2015) – The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race has created countless memorable stories through the years. Now Snapchat, the ephemeral storytelling platform, is creating a way for its millions of mobile device users to craft their own stories at the 99th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Snapchat is partnering with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series to create a “Live Story” for the May 24 race on the famous 2.5-mile oval. Live Stories allow Snapchat users at the same event to contribute their unique, personal perspectives to one collective story through photo and video Snaps. A Snapchat team will package Snaps submitted from fans at IMS into a Live Story, which will then be available for Snapchatters to view for 24 hours.

“Live Stories capture a variety of perspectives, delivering a unique sense of community,” said Ben Schwerin, Snapchat director of partnerships. “In partnering with the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we can bring Snapchatters closer to Sunday’s excitement.”

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Pitkat Scores First VMRS Win At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs CT – It was a night of firsts Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford CT, as hometown favorite Woody Pitkat scored his first ever Valenti Modified Racing Series victory,

The win was also the first series victory for car owner Peter Kulessa and the KBR Motorsports team, sponsored by Patterson Farms and Gunsmoke Stables.

And it was a night for 13 first-place position swaps, 11 of them between Keith Rocco, of Wallingford, CT, and Berlin CT’s Ryan Preece over the first 50-laps of the 80-lap main event.

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Terry McCarl Takes $10,000 in Jackson

Jackson, MN, May 22, 2015 – Terry McCarl cashed in $10,000 in the 8th Annual Folkens Bros. Trucking Spring Nationals at the newly renovated Jackson Speedway in Minnesota Friday night.  The Altoona, Iowa native is not even two weeks from fracturing a vertebrae in his back, but he took advantage of some misfortune for leader, Bill Balog, and won the 25-lap event.  Terri’s Cleaning Service added another $500 to McCarl’s total in Victory Lane.  The win came in front of a capacity crowd in Jackson.

The main event got off to a rocky start, when Danny Lasoski, who led the point race coming into the weekend, spun and collected Matt Juhl. Wayne Johnson was also involved, losing a front end.  All three were done for the night.  Dylan Peterson spun on the next try at green.

The third time was a charm, and McCarl shot out to the early lead from his pole position ahead of Tim Kaeding and Mark Dobmeier.  Aaron Reutzel showed early speed, moving by Dobmeier for third on lap four before Josh Schneiderman would come to a stop in turn four.  The red was quickly displayed when Chris Martin got upside down in turn three.  He was uninjured.  Unfortunately, after the red flag, Reutzel retired.

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Woody Pitkat Scores First Career Valenti Modified Racing Series Victory in 2nd Annual VMRS 80 At Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of three visits during the 2015 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the Inaugural VMRS 80.  Taking the checkered flag was former Stafford SK Modified® regular and 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Todd Szegedy.

At the drop of the green flag, Keith Rocco took the lead from the pole, but he was overtaken by Ryan Preece on lap-2.  Dylan Kopec was third in the early running with Woody Pitkat and Rowan Pennink lined up behind him.

Rocco retook the lead from Preece on lap-5 but Preece came right back the next lap and moved back to the point.  The lead changed hands for the third consecutive lap as Rocco went back to the front on lap-8.  Pitkat got by Kopec to move into third on lap-9 with Pennink in fifth and Steve Masse sixth.

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Pennink, Bennett, Ferrigno, Provost, L’Etoile, & O’Connell Score VRMS 80 Feature Wins at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 2nd Annual VMRS 80.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett scored his third win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno won for the second time in 2015 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Duane Provost won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Frank L’Etoile won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Devin O’Connell was the winner of the 20-lap Legend Cars feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Woody Pitkat led the field to green and he and Tom Bolles stayed side by side for the first two laps before Bolles got out of shape in turn 2, allowing Pitkat to get clear into the lead.  Ted Christopher was now second and he made a move to Pitkat’s inside on lap-4 and he moved to the lead on lap-5.  Matt Galko was now on Pitkat’s inside for second with Todd Owen and Joey Cipriano lined up behind them.

Pitkat was able to hang strong in the outside groove and he cleared Galko for second on lap-7.  Owen got around Galko to move into third with Galko now side by side with Bolles for fourth place.

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