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ACT Announces Southern New England Tripleheader

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in collaboration with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, has announced the creation of the Southern New England Tripleheader for the 2016 stock car racing season. The three-event series will match up the best of the three track’s weekly racers with the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour.

The Tripleheader will be held on three unique race tracks – the 1/3-mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway’s ¼-mile bullring, and the 5/8-mile high banks of Thompson Speedway. The series includes a special $7,500 point fund for local weekly teams which participate in all three events. The events will also award championship points for ACT competitors as part of their $30,000 Championship point fund, which includes $10,000 for the 2016 ACT Champion.

“We had great support from local race teams for the final event at Thompson during the World Series last fall,” ACT President Tom Curley said. “The three Southern New England tracks – New London-Waterford, Seekonk, and Thompson – have become an important addition to our ACT weekly business model over the past decade. This program of three races, tied together with an independent point fund, should be lots of fun to follow for southern New England Late Model fans and teams throughout the 2016 season.”

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TTOMS Announces 2 New London-Waterford Races

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced two more dates for their 2016 schedule on Friday morning, with a double return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on tap for the organization.

The Speedbowl will host the first of the two races on Thursday night Aug. 25, with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the 100 lap feature. A second event will be on Sunday, Oct. 23 as part of the 2nd annual “Bemer’s Big Show.”

“I think the most important thing is that there a such a wide variety of all the touring divisions that come together, it’s the ultimate race of talent and the guys that put the show on care so much about the drivers and the teams. We’re really excited to have Tri-Track back again,” said Speedbowl General Manager Shawn Monahan. “There were a few dates other series had so we weren’t able to go with the original plan and with potential construction going on, it was too risky to do an April race like I had talked about with Dick Williams. We decided to go with the Thursday night [in August] and as for the October date, that October show is going to be a knockout deal.”

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Sid’s Vault Production Releases Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl – Part 2

Tom DiMaggio released the second part of his New London-Waterford Speedbowl documentary tonight. With each part coinciding with track operators or ownership,  A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl – Part 2 covers 1961-1974. Jack Brouwer and Lou Esposito were added as owners before the track was sold to NEAR Hall of Famer Harvey Tattersall, Jr. 27 people are interviewed for this segment: “former track owner Don Benvenuti, track historian John Brouwer, writers Bones Bourcier and Pete Zanardi, photographer Steve Kennedy, former car owner Dick Brooks,  former drivers like Mark Lajeunesse, Mark Geer, Seabury Tripler, Bob Gada and Brian McCarthy.” The late multi-time Daredevil champion Bill Sweet, car owner Peg Gaudreau and NEAR Hall of Famer Ron Bouchard are also included.

 

The unique race cars of the era are profiled in this segment like the L&M coupe, the M Pinto and Budda’s Bullet No. 3.

“All tracks have their signature cars. When I see pics of Don LaJoie’s 711, I think of Danbury (Race)arena. When I see a pic of Johnny Cambino’s #7 coupe, I think of West Haven. A Membrino 00 makes me think of Plainville. I’d like to think when people see a pic of Freddie Beaber’s checkerboard 716, or the Gaudreau’s #3 coupe, or Stosh’s L&M, that they will think of the ‘bowl. So it’s important to have these cars that identify with a track…. and this is our way of celebrating their history.”

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NEAR Hall of Famer Ron Bouchard Passes at 67

Ron Bouchard began his driving career as a teenager at the old Brookline (NH) Speedway driving for his father Bob. Soon he would venture to the old Westboro (MA) and Seekonk (MA) Speedways. Bouchard dominated Class A, winning four consecutive Seekonk championships in his No. 35 from 1968-71. He added another in 1978 driving a Modified.

Beyond his native Massachusetts, he went to Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and adapted to the flat half-mile oval. He established himself one of the decade’s big Modified winners at Stafford, Thompson, and Westboro.

He drove for team owners like Dick Armstrong, Bob Garbarino, and Bob Johnson. Major victories included the 1980 Thompson 300, multiple 100 and 150-lap races at Stafford, and a 100-lap Late Model race at Seekonk in 1979.

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Bouchard Passes Away at 67

Former Modified Driver Was 1981 Cup Rookie of the Year

Ron Bouchard, winner of the 1981 Talladega 500 and the premier series’ rookie of the year that same season, passed away Thursday. He was 67.

A native of Fitchburg, Mass., Bouchard pulled off one of NASCAR’s most stunning victories when he shot from third to first on the final lap at Talladega (then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway), passing Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte to score his lone premier series victory. The win came in his 11th career start.

He was driving the Jack Beebe-owned Race Hill Farm No. 47 Buick, with crew chief Bob Johnson. Bouchard had taken over the ride earlier in the season following the departure of driver Harry Gant.

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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: Doug Coby

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the three-act structure of storytelling, the segments include the setup, confrontation and resolution. Doug Coby’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career fits quite well with this mold, and he’s providing plenty of resolution in his third act.

Coby’s first two acts have been well-chronicled at this point, but to briefly review:

Act 1, The Setup – The Milford, Connecticut, native debuted on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2002 and competed full-time from 2003-07. He became established as a regular in the garage.

Act 2, The Confrontation – From 2008-10 he was without a full-time car, with various opportunities here and there, but nothing stable. His future on the tour, and his place in it, was in question.

Act 3, The Resolution, is where we’ll pick up the story. This act is still very much a work-in-progress for the 36-year-old. The story is not yet complete, but lose ends are getting tied up.

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Taylor, Crew to Drive No. 21 Super X Car

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Todd Taylor of Stonington, CT is going to repay those who helped him last season: Pete Pollard, Chris Taylor, and his brother Randy. With his wife expecting their second child, Taylor will run the Super X season opener and finale at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“The guys on the crew are all going to get the chance to drive the car,” Taylor said. “I think it’s a great way to reward them for all the great help that they’ve given me.”

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16-Race Schedule Announced for 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

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Riverhead Raceway Names Scott Tapley New Race Director

Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the new owners of Riverhead Raceway have begun the process of putting a staff together for the 2016 race season and on Tuesday afternoon they announced that veteran race official Scott Tapley of Poland Spring, Maine has agreed to come on board in the capacity of Race Director at popular quarter-mile oval.

“We have heard good things about Scott from the racers and owners that have raced at tracks or on a series where he was the race director” Eddie & Connie Partridge stated while making the announcement, “we feel he is the right fit,” Tom Gatz added, “Scott is a no-nonsense official and that is what we need at Riverhead moving forward.” Tom also noted, “Scott is making a huge commitment to us as he’ll be traveling weekly from Maine. We are very excited to have Scott on our team and what he can bring to the future success of Riverhead Raceway. We feel he will immediately have a positive impact at the track.”

The energetic Tapley who currently serves as the Race Director at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as well the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is looking forward to his new challenge on Long Island. “I’m very excited as well thankful for the opportunity Eddie, Connie & Tom have presented me and I look forward to keep the racing at Riverhead Raceway moving in a positive direction.” Tapley will officiate the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events from the scoring tower and be responsible overseeing all on track racing and activity. As to his weekly commute to Riverhead “I love what I do, it’s a labor of love and yes I rack up the miles on my car.”

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Tri Track Series Set To Conclude 2015 At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. — The Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series will conclude their 2015 season as part of the inaugural Bemer’s Super Bowl at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25.

The event will be a non-points affair for the ground-pounding tour-type Modifieds.

The series saw four intense points races in 2015 at Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Seekonk Speedway and New London-Waterford, with four different feature winners. The 2015 series champion was “Money” Matt Hirschman, who won at Monadnock and locked up the championship crown with a third place finish at the Speedbowl in September.

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Bob Potter to Race in 2016

Carlos Gray Welcomes Additional Sponsorship

Carlos Gray of Coventry, CT will be bringing additional sponsors to his team. Gray plans to maintain a similar schedule to this year’s 47 race schedule. He will compete next season at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker and World Series.

Gray wanted to build a second car as a backup or have one car for Stafford and New London-Waterford this year. His new teammate Bob Potter will pilot the second car. 

Potter is one of the New England’s most successful drivers with over 100 victories at New London-Waterford, Stafford, and Thompson. He has 93 wins and six championships at New London-Waterford. He has five championships in SK Modifieds at Stafford with 24 wins. Potter owns eight wins at Thompson. The Norwich, CT driver was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Our Motorsports Ceases Operations

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (OCTOBER 19, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced today that it will cease operations effective immediately.

“My involvement in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour over the past four seasons has been a wonderful experience,” said team owner Chris Our. “I have been very fortunate to have developed new friendships and business associates that have made this a special time in my life.”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my drivers, past and present, and crew members who worked countless hours to help make our program a success. To all our sponsors who have helped us over the years, we thank you for your support. Lastly, to Brad Lafontaine and Northeast Race Cars, we couldn’t have made it without you.”

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Granite State Pro Stock Series to Crown Champion at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Pro Stocks Return to Facility for Bemer’s Big Show 150

WATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ inaugural trip to New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be a race to remember for at least one driver, as the series’ champion will be crowned at the Bemer’s Big Show 150, on October 24.

Derek Griffith, who has enjoyed a breakout season, leads Barry Gray by 40 points entering the event. Griffith has picked up a total of four wins in this campaign, the most this season by any driver, after earning his first career win in April, at Claremont Speedway.

Griffith is treating the Bemer’s Big Show 150 like any other race, however, saying, “I want to go out there and compete for the win, and if we do well, then we will clinch that championship.”

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Lia to Enter Tri-Track, North-South Shootout

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY will look to keep his recent consistency going. He has scored the second-most points (200 to Doug Coby’s 208) since the last visit to Thompson. For the fifth time in his career, he has five consecutive top tens with a 4.4 average finish. Lia has 3 wins, 12 top fives, and 17 top tens in 37 Thompson starts.

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion is in his first season driving the No. 8 Sypher Construction / Bardahl LFR for Mark Sypher.Lia is eighth in points with 6 top fives and 8 top tens in 14 starts entering the season finale, the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson. It is his best standing since sixth after the Spring Sizzler at Stafford.

According to Crew Chief Danny Laferriere, Lia will enter the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series October 25 at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl and the 13th Annual John Blewett, III Memorial North-South Shootout at Concord (NC) Speedway November 7.

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Impressive List of Presenters at NEAR Fete

Two of the most familiar voices in motorsports broadcasting and one of the sport’s premier authors will head up the list of presenters at the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

Ken Squier, the “play-by-play” man for CBS’ Daytona 500 telecasts for 20 years, and Jack Arute, a pit reporter at the Indianapolis 500 for ABC for several seasons, will induct owner/driver Joey Laquerre and road racer Sam Posey respectively. Award-winning writer Bones Bourcier will do the honors for one time modified star and 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400 winner Greg Sacks.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).

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Bonus Money Added to Bemer’s Big Show 150

WATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl will have an added twist, as The Racing Guys have put up extra money for drivers competing in the Bemer’s Big Show 150.

An extra $1100 will be up for grabs to Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) drivers, courtesy of the organizers of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS).

The winner of the Bemer’s Big Show 150, the final championship event of the season, will receive an extra $200 in their paycheck. The remaining $900 will be split by the top five Seekonk Speedway and Riverhead Raceway drivers in the field. 

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New Format for October 25 at New London-Waterford

All the marbles will be on the line at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl when the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series concludes an action packed weekend on October 25.

Unlike the four races prior in 2015, the series season finale will be a non-points event. At the Speedbowl in September, Matt Hirschman was crowned the 2015 Tri Track Series champion after finishing on the podium in the Dunleavy’s 100.

This event will also hold a completely different format than any of the other four races this season. There will be no short distance heat races followed up by consolation races and a B-main feature. Instead, this event will be started with two 35 lap “qualifying feature’s” that will determine who will advance into the big show.

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SID’S VIEW (2015) – Championship Highlights Sept. 26

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Preece Set for NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut

LOUDON, NH — Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in today’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece is driving the No. 98x Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

“It’s exciting,” Preece said. “Obviously, you’re on NASCAR’s biggest stage right here with everybody else. So just want to have a good clean day and have a good run so we got 300 laps to do that.”

Preece races regularly in New England. The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has won championships at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Preece has won 83 Modified races and once in TQ Midgets.

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Pulliam Reclaims Whelen All-American Crown

N.C. Driver Wins National Honor For Third Time In Four Years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s fitting Lee Pulliam took the call informing he was once again a national champion while on a lunch break during a Late Model test day at a race track.

The 2015 itinerary for the Semora, North Carolina, native resembles the 1970s racers chasing national points all over the map. Pulliam ran 51 races at seven different tracks – winning at six of them – in four different states over a nine-month period.

When he wasn’t at a race track, he was in his race shop.

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Legend Champion to Continue Busy Schedule

Jordan Churchill finished 13th in his first Late Model start of the year driving the Gada No. 6.  He finished sixth in his debut last October 5.

He “got offered the chance and decided to try it out,” Churchill said. “… It is very different then a Legend Car, luckily last year I was offered the same opportunity and did it then also. It’s way wider, which was a constant reminder and it was cool to have to climb in. They don’t feel much faster and they feel way less sensitive versus the Legend Car. It was a blast altogether and I’m thankful for the opportunities.”

Churchill plans include a busy Legend Car schedule. He will visit Seekonk (MA) Speedway today and for the DAV weekend. He will also race Saturdays at New London-Waterford, the $2,000 to win Bridgewater Raynham Overhead Door Battle of the Sound October 25 and Turkey Derby XLII at Wall (NJ) Stadium.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Documentary Series Part 1 (1951-1961)

LFR Chassis Gears Up For Build Season

Thriving Chassis Company Offering Partner Gift Cards To New Customers

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 17, 2015) – Entering its second “build season” for Modifieds, and first for Super Late Models, LFR Chassis is looking forward to constructing more race-winning chassis and strengthening relationships with both new and current customers. After a busy year of growth and racing, the company is thrilled to enter the 2016 build season and offer its customers a little something extra.

“We’ve experienced very rapid growth at LFR, going from four employees to 14 in just 12 months,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis.  “When I acquired a company that built eight cars a year, and added the 10 modifieds I felt confident we could sell, I was geared up to produce 20 chassis per year. But in fact, in the past 15 months, we have manufactured over 70 chassis. Most of those chassis left our shop as complete cars, which adds to the workload. We are very fortunate, but at the same time, overwhelmed with the number of orders.  Starting a new business, we had to get the shop entirely up and running from ground zero with machinery, parts inventory, and staff to meet the demand.  It’s been crazy busy to say the least!”

LFR Chassis won the very first race it entered in the modified series with Doug Coby who has had a record year to date.

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First Responders Night 9/19 New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — On a night that will honor first responders, Al Stone of Durham will be looking for a first of his own.

He will be trying to be the first New London-Waterford Speedbowl driver to win three Limited Sportsmen championships when First Responders Night takes place Saturday at the Speedbowl.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Stone said. “We have worked very hard at it.”

All Stone needs to do is finish third in his qualifying heat race to lock up the crown. Stone also has won championships in 2008 and 2010.

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Speedbowl Documentary to Be Released Thursday

12028952_10206203889469738_811227076_nThis offseason will be the end of a long road for Vault Productions.

Writer and Director Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio of Lyme, CT. DiMaggio has mixed emotions about tomorrow. He is both anxious and relieved for Thursday night’s release of A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

“I’ve honestly grown tired of saying ‘I’m working on this documentary,’ so happy that I’m in the final editing stage now,” DiMaggio said. “We still have about 7 interviews left to shoot, but they are all with people from very recent history. So the grind isn’t over, but it is relieving that we’re in the homestretch.”

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Pulliam Closes On Third National Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam’s season has hit overdrive in the last month as he closes in on an historic third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

The Semora, North Carolina, driver added three more wins over the weekend to his ledger, pushing his total to 28 victories and all but assuring himself the top honor in North American short-track racing.

Pulliam won one of the two asphalt Late Model Stock Car features Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia, and clinched the track’s championship in the process. He then towed to Kenly, North Carolina, and swept win Late Model features Sunday at Southern National Motorsports Park.

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Coby, Cabral Capture O’Brien Memorial NEMA Speedbowl Victories

Waterford, CT — Doug Coby beat back a mid-race restart challenge from reigning champion, Randy Cabral, to capture the 25 lap NEMA feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl this past Saturday night.  In the Lites division, Randy Cabral took down a thrilling victory, even as the rain started to fall throughout the final laps in the race billed as the Jim O’Brien 16 NEMA Lites Memorial event, memorializing an “anchor” club member.  O’Brien’s family were on hand to celebrate the victories with both drivers in front of a packed house. 

Jim Santa Maria and Paul Scally brought the field down for the green flag after a quick hot lap session to ensure the damp track surface was ready for action.  Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Doug Coby, was sixth on the grid, but quickly blasted his way through the field.  At the end of lap two, Coby had command and quickly set a torrid pace.  Coby’s fastest laps a 12.93 and 91 respectively, came right before and right after the caution flew on lap twelve.  When the caution flew, Coby had stretched his lead out to over a straightaway. 

On the restart, Coby lined up next to teammate Cabral, and got the jump coming off of turn four.  Cabral used the momentum of the high line to draw even with Coby coming off of turn two, and the duo would run side by side for the next three laps.

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

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HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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Ron Silk Scores Speedbowl Win; Hirschman Notches Championship

WATERFORD, Conn. — Sunday afternoon at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, modified racing fans were treated to an exciting day of racing where over forty cars packed the pit area.

When it was all set and done, Ron Silk took the No. 50 machine into Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track victory lane. It was his first ever win on the series in the midst of a deal that came together in the last few weeks.

“I went down to their shop last week and put a seat in and we got it all ready. It was really a last-minute deal,” Silk mentioned during post-race celebrations. He found himself just missing out on the redraw on Sunday, forcing him to begin his quest to victory outside the top ten.

After originally scheduled to roll off 9th, Ted Christopher found himself leading the field of twenty-eight modifieds to the green flag following a redraw on the track just before the motors came to life.

He jumped out front early on with New London-Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified regular Keith Rocco and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points contender Woody Pitkat quickly in tow from the bottom lane. Outside polesitter Eric Berndt, driving for Cerevalo Motorsports, dropped back on the initial start with what appeared to be an ill-handling car.

The first caution flag of the event flew on lap two when Dennis Perry spun his No. 6 into the wet infield down the frontstretch, but he was able to regain traction and continue at the tail end of the field. On the restart, Christopher went back to the point with Rocco second, but it was Doug Coby who made the biggest move. He charged from seventh into the top five and then charged by Berndt to fourth.

While everyone got single file in the front, Christopher approached lapped car Rich Parker on lap eighteen and had to avoid hitting the back bumper in turn three. Tony Hanbury, who was a guaranteed starter because of his Race of Champions Tour victory last month, spun in turn two drawing the second caution on lap twenty.

Rocco took his No. 68 into the pits under the caution finding a broken rocker arm that ended his day. He was joined in the pit area by Steve Masse and Berndt, who pitted for adjustments on ill-handling machines.

Even though the green flag flew quickly, Parker and Rob Summers spun in turn three drawing the caution for the third time. Christopher continued his quest for victory by going back to the lead on the lap 22 restart, but a fourth caution came down when Jeff Gallup, Perry, and Kurt Vigeant spun in turn two. Todd Annarummo, series points leader coming into the event, elected to take his Luff Industries No. 12 into the pit area under the caution and was followed by Andy Suess, Berndt, and Zane Zeiner.

A restart saw the field get single file, attempting to get into a rhythm until another caution flew for Zeiner, who had a flat tire in turn four. Matt “Money” Hirschman was forced to pit from sixth spot with a flat tire on that caution and he was joined by Masse and Annarummo, who continued to struggle.

Richard Savary made a move into second on the next restart, but Doug Coby was one step quicker. He slid under Savary and grabbed the second position from him on lap 36, just before a caution for a single car incident with Vigeant. Points contenders Patnode, Pasteryak and Hirschman all elected to come down the pit lane under the caution and barely made it back out for the restart that ended up changing the complexion of the event.

Coby tried the outside of Christopher going into turn one, but contact between the two sent Coby up the track and to a stop, drawing the caution once again, the seventh one of the afternoon. Race control deemed that Coby would be penalized one lap for an intentional caution, ending his chances.

Once the field got to the halfway point, Les Hinckley started making his move towards the front. Hinckley, who missed races this season with a back surgery, got under Pitkat on lap 43 when the two ended up making contact. Hinckley pulled off an impressive save, sliding through turn three and cutting the wheel back to the right and only losing a few positions.

The points championship chase took a hit when Annarummo made contact with Coby on the frontstretch. His No. 12 machine ended up front first into the wall and banged the car up, ending his chances of becoming champion.

Silk, the eventual winner, pitted on the lap 51 caution and set himself up for a charge. He restarted in the back when the race went green and Christopher rolled his way back to the lead. A ninth caution flag flew on lap 69 when Carl Mederios Jr. spun in turn two. The next three laps included three cautions, the most important of which changed the battle at the front of the field.

Christopher threw it in hard under Masse in the battle for the lead, got loose and spun down to the infield in turn four. That gave Masse the lead, who took it right down to the wire with Silk. A restart with nineteen laps to go saw Silk drive deeper then Masse into one and slide by. He drove into the sunset and scored his first win on the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series.

“My car was great on restarts all day, both top and bottom,” Silk said. “I knew if I could stay even with him and pin him down going into the corner we had a shot. This is a great series and there is a lot of money that has been raised for the racers. I am kind of speechless. I didn’t think we would have a shot to win; it feels great.”

Behind Silk and Masse was Matt Hirschman in third. With the third place finish, Hirschman found himself carrying the 2015 Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Series championship. His best two finishes included a win at Monadnock Speedway in June and the third on Sunday afternoon.

“I did this in two cars, it’s a nice accomplishment for everyone here,” Hirschman said. “This year hasn’t been getting me any breaks or going my way and this is a nice token. I’ve always liked the open shows where you bring guys from all over the place. We do a lot more traveling up in New York state but it is nice to make a few trips to this area and I look forward to it.”

Unofficially, Hirschman won the championship by five points of Annarummo, with Woody Pitkat in third spot.

The series now has a month off, before concluding the season with a non-points event at the Speedbowl on October 25. For more information, visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com

Race Results; Tri-Track Open Modified Series; New London-Waterford Speedbowl September 13:

  1. Ron Silk
  2. Steve Masse
  3. Matt Hirschman
  4. Ryan Preece
  5. Les Hinckley
  6. Andy Jankowiak
  7. Norman Wrenn
  8. Ted Christopher
  9. Chris Pasteryak
  10. Woody Pitkat
  11. Mike Holdridge
  12. Richard Savary
  13. Eric Berndt
  14. Carl Medeiros Jr.
  15. Andy Suess
  16. Johnny Kay
  17. Jeff Gallup
  18. Zane Zeiner
  19. Rich Parker
  20. Kurt Vigeant
  21. Anthony Nocella
  22. Todd Annarummo
  23. Doug Coby
  24. Todd Patnode
  25. Rob Summers
  26. Dennis Perry
  27. Keith Rocco
  28. Tony Hanbury

QUALIFYING RESULTS REPORT; New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday, September 13:

Heat One: Hometown Boy Notches Victory

Keith Rocco took his No. 68 modified to victory in the first qualifying heat on Sunday afternoon. The New London-Waterford Speedbowl regular started from the pole position and lead all twelve laps in route to victory.

Steve Masse finished second, with Ron Silk and Mike Holdridge completing the qualified cars through the first heat. Just missing out from making the big show through the heats were Carl Mederios Jr., Andy Jankowiak, George Sherman and Brian Chapin.

Heat Two: NASCAR Whelen Tour Star Coby Qualifies

Rich Parker and Zane Zeiner started heat two with a spin in turn one. Once the qualifier went back under green, Anthony Nocella smashed the first turn wall and drew the second yellow without a lap going up on the board. He ended up with extensive damage to the right front of his Nocella Paving No. 92.

The green flag flew for the third time and this time the field got one lap clicked up on the board before Zeiner spun in turn one and Norman Wrenn spun to avoid, ending up with a flat left front tire.

Doug Coby, driver of the Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair took the lead on the restart, but another caution slowed the field when Zeiner ended up riding the side of Brian McCarthy on the backstretch.

The final ten laps of the heat event saw Coby drive away with the victory, giving himself a guaranteed starting spot in the feature event. Todd Patnode, Jeff Gallup and Rich Parker were on the only cars trailing him to the checkers due to the carnage early on. All four drivers locked a position in the 100 lap event.

Heat Three: Berndt Impresses In No. 16

Kurt Vigeant and Eddie Leclerc brought heat three to the emerald flag and Leclerc backed up on the top all the way to the tail end of the field by lap three. A debris caution slowed the field on lap three, but the track quickly squared the issue away and the field went green.

Vigeant went back to the lead and Eric Berndt found himself on his tail. The No. 16, driven by Berndt found himself leading on lap seven and never looked back. He scored the victory in heat three, with Vigeant second, point leader Todd Annarummo third and Dennis Perry fourth, the final qualified car.

Chris Pasteryak, Rob Richardi, Andy Suess and Leclerc failed to qualify through the third heat event.

Heat Four: Seekonk Winner Savary Locks His Spot In Feature

Johnny Kay and Richard Savary brought the fourth heat to green and Kay was quick off the start, clearing Savary. Ryan Preece quickly made his presence known grabbing third and chasing down the top two while Jimmy Dolan was hanging on for dear life in fourth.

That ended quickly for Dolan, who ended up spinning in turn two drawing the first caution. Once the race went back green, Savary took the lead from Kay and was followed by Ted Christopher, who moved into second spot.

Savary held on for victory, with Christopher second, Preece third and Kay finishing the qualified cars. Rob Summers, Dan Meservey, Mike Benevides and Dolan completed the eight-car field in round four.

Heat Five: Monadnock Winner Hirschman Wins Final Heat Race

Mike Douglas Jr. spun to draw the first caution in heat five on lap one with Matt “Money” Hirschman leading the charge. Tony Hanbury spun in turn two to draw the second caution, this time on lap two.

Once the race got going, Hirschman was committed to scoring the victory. He was followed by Woody Pitkat in second at the end of the heat and Hanbury grabbed the final qualified position.

Consi One: Zeiner Rebounds From Heat Misfortune To Qualify With Win

Carl Mederios Jr. lead the first of two consi events to the green at the Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon. Even though Mederios Jr. was able to jump out and lead lap one, Zane Zeiner quickly grabbed the lead from him on lap three and pulled the No. 50ma by four car-lengths before long.

With only three cars making the move up into the big show, the battle for that position at halfway was undoubtedly the place to keep an eye. Just as Dan Meservey Jr. looked to make a charge to the inside of Joe Doucette, the caution flew for a spin by Andy Jankowiak in turn three. Even though it appeared the caution would be quick, it was found that Jankowiak’s No. 27 hit fluid all through the first and second turn down the backstretch, making it a long caution.

Even though the consi went green, it was quickly brought back to yellow when Dan Meservey spun in turn four on the restart. The ensuing green flag saw Zeiner go back to the point and eventually hold on to score the victory in the first consi event. Andy Suess and Carl Mederios Jr. closely followed, locking down the qualified positions. Jankowiak, Doucette, and multiple others were forced to head to the B-main feature to attempt to qualify.

Consi Two: Pasteryak Qualifies With Victory

Chris Pasteryak, the winner at Lee USA Speedway earlier this season, found himself leading the consi to the green flag. At lap five, the first caution flew when Jimmy Dolan and Brian McCarthy ended up together in turn one.

At the halfway point of the second consi event, Norman Wrenn found himself sliding by Rob Richardi and into a qualified position. When the final laps clicked off, Pasteryak advanced with his victory followed by Rob Summers and Norman Wrenn.

Ballard Trucks 25 B-Main:

Recent Southern modified standout Andy Jankowiak lead the Ballard Trucks 25 lap B-main feature to the green flag with Rob Richardi and Joe Doucette quickly fighting for second.

The race quickly moved to the halfway point without incident on the track, with lots of single file battling. The final laps saw Jankowiak drive away even more from his challengers, scoring the win and electing to advance to the feature event. Even though Jankowiak began the afternoon with a broken rocker arm, he rebounded and scored a huge win to advance.

Doucette, Richardi, Mike Douglas Jr. and Mike Benevides completed the top five, all failing to qualify.

Sources: Kyle Souza/NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series PR




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