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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.
N.C. Driver Wins National Honor For Third Time In Four Years
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.”
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.
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.
Frederick T. Walsh
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.
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:
- Ron Silk
- Steve Masse
- Matt Hirschman
- Ryan Preece
- Les Hinckley
- Andy Jankowiak
- Norman Wrenn
- Ted Christopher
- Chris Pasteryak
- Woody Pitkat
- Mike Holdridge
- Richard Savary
- Eric Berndt
- Carl Medeiros Jr.
- Andy Suess
- Johnny Kay
- Jeff Gallup
- Zane Zeiner
- Rich Parker
- Kurt Vigeant
- Anthony Nocella
- Todd Annarummo
- Doug Coby
- Todd Patnode
- Rob Summers
- Dennis Perry
- Keith Rocco
- 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
WATERFORD, CT — Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby is entered in today’s Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair 100 sporting the colors of event sponsor Doug Dunleavy. The $5,000 to win event has 40 Modifieds in attendance.
“We’re excited that he did this,” Coby said. “It’s awesome to have another good paying open show and we’re happy to support his race with his team and hopefully come out of here with a good finish. I think we got a winning car, but we’ll just have to see how that goes.”
The Milford, CT driver has wins at the historic 1/3-mile oval in SK Modifieds, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Coby won his first NEMA race at New London-Waterford yesterday in the Bertrand No. 74.
Coby is 26 points behind points leader Ryan Preece entering the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The team will use a brand new LFR Chassis after the car used for Loudon was wrecked at Bristol last month.
“It’s just one of those deals where everything’s gotta go your way. I think we’ll be fast, but, I mean, I screwed up last time spun the tires on the restart and got wrecked. So it could happen again, but we’ll be fast. It’s a fun place to go and obviously that’s where we want to really would love to win there this year. So they’re putting in (a) big effort to get the new car ready and see how it goes.”
Coby is tied with Preece at four wins through 12 races this season. 12 of Coby’s 14 wins have come at the remaining three tracks: New Hampshire, Stafford, and Thompson.
“I think we can win all three races. As far as points go, it’s really in Ryan (Preece) and Woody’s (Pitkat) hands with how they do. If they keep doing what they’ve been doing, then we’re going to finish out of the money here. But all we’re looking at right now is just go out there and try and win three races and if they have problems they have problems. If they don’t they don’t, I mean, that’s all you can do at this point. The Bristol and London wrecks really killed us, so it is what it is. You can’t change it, so we’ll just do what we can do and try and win.”
The team began the season with a pair of changes to their operation. The team changed their Troyer Chassis for the new LFR Chassis and from open to spec engines. Three poles, a 3.3 average start, and 594 laps led this season are career bests for Coby.
“We’ve been fast everywhere we’ve gone. Short tracks picked up our program from last year on the short tracks so that’s great and certainly didn’t fall off at all from the other tracks that we were so good at. So I think it was a smart move and looks like it’s paid off.
“Just kind of fell short on the consistency side of things this year with a couple of bad finishes and that’s pretty much. A lot of that’s my fault and just making a mistake and that’s what happens. It rarely happens. I guess it seems like the last three to four years I’ve been lucky and been able to correct my mistakes, but couldn’t hide them this year and just screwed up a couple of times.”
We were informed on Friday that Seekonk (MA) Speedway has secured a sponsor for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race next season. The Route 6 track rejoined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this season. The series has visited the 1/3-mile oval six times (1987, 2000-05). NEAR Hall of Famer Reggie Ruggiero won the inaugural race and Eric Beers won the most recent race.
Coby’s best finish in 2 starts was fifth in 2005. Plenty has changed for Coby in the 10 years since. He has two wins at the Cement Palace, the 2011 Open Wheel Wednesday in a Modified and the 2013 Boston Louie Memorial Classic in a NEMA Midget. Coby has won 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races and two championships.
“I used to hate Seekonk and now I pretty much love racing there. It’s a track that you really have to know what you’re doing. You really have to know what that racetrack wants out of a Modified and I feel like I’ve kind of fine-tuned that a little bit, so I think it would be awesome. The more tracks we go to the better the series will be.”
Sources: Nicholas Teto/YankeeRacer.com
WATERFORD — When Les Hinckley III of Windsor Locks thinks about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, one word comes to his mind — “competition.”
“It’s as competitive as any racing series you’ll find in New England,” Hinckley said. “There are top notch drivers from every division that competes in the Northeast. The heat races are stacked with great drivers. Then if you have to go to the consolation races or the B Mains, it doesn’t get any easier. You’re surrounded by great cars.”
Hinckley, however, has watched the first three races in the Tri-Track series from the disabled list. He competed in the opening Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Monadnock Speedway, but then was operated on to have a disk removed from his neck.
Richard E. Falconi, 69, a lifelong resident of Southborough, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at his home, after a short illness, surrounded by family
He was a graduate of Algonquin Regional High School and a member of the class of 1969 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, serving as Senior Class President. Upon graduation, Rick stayed very active with Franklin Pierce, being one of the founding members of the Alumni Association. While on the board, he served as Membership and By-laws Chairman, Alumni and Reunion Weekend Chair and Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Committee.
Rick retired from the family’s Falconi Energy in 2011 after working as manager in the heating and cooling division. He was a fixture at the company started by his father and uncles for the better part of 50 years. He loved spending time at his home on Peabody Pond in Sebago, Maine.
Rick was a longtime auto racing enthusiast, having built and maintained cars that won hundreds of races and multiple championships throughout New England and continued to be active in the sport until his passing. He served on the board of the Southborough Historical Society and was active at their museum.
WATERFORD — All throughout 2015, New London Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified driver Diego Monahan has been successful taking one race at a time.
So what will happen on a night where there are two races scheduled?
Monahan says his game plan for the Laps for Lupus Twin SK 30s Saturday at the Speedbowl will be the same as it always is.
WATERFORD — Racing is sometimes similar to playing poker. It’s best to go after the biggest jackpots.
Considering the amount of money that’s on the line for Sunday’s Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair 100 at the New London Waterford Speedbowl, the final race of the 2015 Tri-Track Open Modified Series, drivers such as “Big Money” Matt Hirschman should be in their element. And he’ll be going “all in.”
Hirschman specializes in winning races with big purses attached. Sunday’s event certainly qualifies — the 100-lap showdown will pay $5,000 to the winner, plus bonus and lap money, plus another $1,500 to the overall winner of the season. Seven drivers are alive for the overall championship — point-leader Todd Annarummo, Woody Pitkat, Richard Savary, Todd Patnode, Hirschman, Chris Pasteryak and Anthony Nocella.
This offseason will be the end of a long road for Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio of Lyme, CT.
DiMaggio began researching the New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl in August 2005. This led to the original Sid’s Vault that featured historical information on the track’s champions and race winners.
October 2008 saw a new idea with a documentary on the history of the 65-year-old track. The first interview was done in January 2010.
Sid’s Vault Productions released a trailer for the forthcoming documentary, “A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl” yesterday. The first of six parts is expected September 17.
Michael Bennett of Willington, CT has a new race car for 2016 thanks to his car owner Bingo’s latest purchase. Bennett announced on Facebook that he has the No. 22 ACT Late Model for racing at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and “possibly” New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He said he is “not sure” of his plans for next year. He is waiting until the postseason to decide.
The Late Model points leader at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, Bennett has a 44 point advantage with 6 wins, 15 top fives, and 19 top tens through 19 races. His goal is to keep winning and capture his first Late Model championship. Bennett was the 2005 Limited Late Model champion and has competed in the premier SK Modified® division.
Waterford, CT (September 3, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl hosted its final Thursday Night Thunder motorsports program of the 2015 season on Thursday. Seven race winners were celebrated and the remaining three championships battles were unofficially settled. In the INEX Legend Cars, Dana DiMatteo of Farmington won the feature and Jordan Churchill of Lisbon won the division championship. A pair of Rhode Island drivers swept the night’s X-Car honors, as Randy Johnston of Westerly claimed Thursday’s feature while Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston took the division title. Dave Yardley of Berlin won the Super-X-Car feature and Brian Norman of Clinton wrapped up the championship. The INEX Bandoleros saw division champion Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin win the race. Hovey already clinched the title last week. The night’s mechanics races in the X-Car and Super X-Car divisions went to Kyle McPherson of Waterford and David Berge of Uncasville, respectively. The Officials Race was won by Corey Caddick.
DiMatteo stormed to the front in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature after beginning the race in tenth. By the time the second and final yellow flag of the race fell on lap-9, DiMatteo was already in the lead. The race began with Noah Korner in the lead, showing the way while DiMatteo picked cars off one at a time to march into contention. DiMatteo took command with an inside maneuver as the field completed lap-9, just before the caution flew for a wreck between Rachel Forte and Glenn Korner.
DiMatteo had company on his rear bumper when the green flag returned, having to hold back the charges of Mikey Flynn the rest of the way. While the top two cars pulled out to a several car length advantage, former champion Joey Ternullo held third looking to keep his challengers at bay. The top three finished in order as the race ran through the checkered flag. The division title went to Churchill, who safely rode to a tenth place finish to lock in his first ever title.
Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has top 10 finishes in 46% of his 30 starts. The sophomore driver is seventh in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points with one top five and six top tens. He has 4 finishes outside the top 10 in his first season with Flamingo Motorsports. Since the DNF at Monadnock, Solomito had top tens at Stafford and Thompson.
“We’re not really setting the world on fire yet, but just still kind of learning each other, and learning the tracks pretty much,” Solomito said. “It’s been a long road, but little by little I feel like we’re getting there, and we’re getting the cars a little better each time, and I’m getting a little better each time with my experience level. So there’s a good 15-20 cars that can win on any given race, and I feel like we’ve been in that stretch. We just gotta kind of tie it all together.”
“Our points aren’t too bad for considering we had a few pretty bad races. We had Monadnock we got knocked out of. We struggled the first race at Thompson with some issues with tires, and whatnot, and then at Waterford we ended up getting taken out there with a lapped car. But (if) we didn’t have those three bad finishes, I think we’d be in the top five right now in points, but it’s all a part of racing … you move on and go to the next race. We try and run as strong as possible.”
Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.
Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.
The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.
The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.
Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).
Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.
A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.
In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.
Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).
The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.
MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.
Oklahoma Driver Moves To Top Of Whelen All-American
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There’s a new name at the top, and for the first time in seven years, he’s a dirt-track racer.
Thomas Tillison Jr. won twice over the weekend in Oklahoma – Friday night at Flint Creek Speedway in West Siloam and Saturday at Salina Highbanks Speedway. His wins on the .375-mile dirt ovals pushed him past Connecticut’s Keith Rocco and to the top of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings.
“I’m elated,” said the 41-year-old from Wellston, Oklahoma. “This weekend was big for us. When you’re that close in points, and you’re battling every week, everybody has their sights set on you.
Bristol is an opportunity for Patrick Emerling to reach new heights. The Orchard Park, NY driver enters the Bush’s Beans 150 sixth in points. He has ranked sixth in points four times since last year. Emerling could reach the top five in points after Bristol. Emerling’s first top five was at Bristol in 2011. He has two top tens in three races there.
Another top ten at Bristol would match another career best. He has reached three consecutive top tens twice before. He averaged a 6.6 at Bristol, New Hampshire, and Stafford last year. He matched that earlier this year at Stafford, New London-Waterford, and Stafford, averaging 8th.
“It’s another kind of a neutral track, so historically we always kind of did better there,” Emerling said. “But I always went fast. Every time I was down there I always had fast cars down there … I took my notes from last year and hopefully made the car a little bit better for me this year and I’m hoping to walk away with actually a win this year. … so I think I’m going to have more confidence going into it.”
Within Two Points Of Rocco For Whelen All-American Series Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Since 2001, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship has seemingly ping-ponged between New England and the southeast. Eleven of the 13 championships have gone to drivers either competing in an asphalt Modified in the northeast or an asphalt Late Model in Virginia and the Carolinas.
Enter Thomas Tillison.
The 41-year-old from Wellston, Oklahoma, is in his first year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and he has the national championship square in his sights. With just over a month remaining in the season, Tillison has moved to within two points of the national lead held by 2010 champion Keith Rocco of Connecticut.
Waterford, CT — Saturday marked the return of Wings and Wheels to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the 8th consecutive season. The Valenti Modified Racing Series, along with 6 other divisions were on the card for the annual event.
Starting the night off, the SK Modified division took to the track for 35 laps of open wheeled action. Leading the field to the first green flag of the night was Jeff Gallup. Gallup led the first 5 laps until Rob Janovic used a move to the inside to take the lead, with Tyler Chadwick and Joey Gada following. The yellow flag came out on lap 7, when Tim Jordan made contact with Craig Lutz, sending Lutz into the Turn 3 wall. On the ensuing restart, Chadwick used the high side to power by Janovic, and never looked back. Chadwick came into the night trailing Diego Monahan by 7 points. Monahan, who started the race in 10th, had to pit early for a loose fuel cap and had to battle back through the field, where he finished 6th. Lutz came into the night tied for fifth in points with Keith Rocco, a points race that was separated by just 15 points from 5th to 1st. Gada, Rocco, Janovic, and Paul Kusheba rounded out the top 5. Monahan still holds a slim 1 point lead over Chadwick heading into next week.
In the SK Light feature, Christopher Gombos led the first 2 laps, but could not hold off Paul French. French took the lap on lap 3 and dominated the race, surviving 3 restarts to do so. Josh Galvin, Corey Barry, David Arute, and Randy Churchill capped off the top 5. After post-race inspection, French’s transmission was found to be illegal and he was disqualified from the event. The DQ gave Josh Galvin the win, his 1st win of the season and 1st win in the SK Light division. Galvin is the defending Limited Sportsman champion, who moved up to the SK Light ranks this year. Barry continues his string of top 3 finishes and remains the points leader.
On a beautiful late summer New England evening, Seth Carlson ended a dry spell for the Feigel Motorsports team this past Saturday evening in front of a giant crowd at the New London Waterford Speedbowl for its annual Wings & Wheels event. In the Lites division, Anthony Payne captured his second win of the season, and of his career, in a hard fought race against veteran Anthony Nocella.
In the NEMA race, Carlson started fourth on the grid, while Doug Cleveland and Russ Stoehr brought the field to the green. Carlson wasted no time, blasting past Cleveland for the lead on the third lap. Right behind Carlson, reining NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, Doug Coby was on the move as well. Coby moved into second on the third lap, and the two would run in that order for the majority of the race. Further back, Randy Cabral and John Zych were battling for the third spot, when a caution flew with six laps remaining for a Pete Pernesiglio spin.
On the restart, Coby struck and moved briefly into the lead at the line, but Carlson would fight back and draw even in turns one and two. The duo would run side by side for three laps, with Coby eventually settling back into second. With three laps remaining, the caution would fly again, this time lining up a single file restart. In the meantime, Zych had moved into the third spot past Cabral. On the final restart, Carlson’s car hesitated causing Coby to hook his rear bumper, both getting loose on the front stretch. Zych ducked under Coby for second, but Coby rocketed around the top of turn one, while Carlson stretched out his lead. Carlson would cross the line first ahead of Coby, Zych, Cabral, Avery Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Russ Stoehr, Alan Chambers, Bethany Stoehr, and Paul Scally.
Waterford, CT (July 23, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Thursday evening under ideal summer weather with another mid-week motorsports racing card. Todd Taylor of North Stonington led the way with a career first victory, picking up the night’s eight cylinder Super X-Car feature win. Michael Blaskey of Waterbury won his fourth INEX Legend Cars race of the Thursday season, Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin recorded another INEX Bandolero triumph, and Eric Finkbein Jr. of Manchester was the four cylinder X-Car race winner.
Taylor recorded his first-ever win by romping over the Super X-Car field in the division’s 25-lap main event. He moved to the lead on the opening lap after beginning the race in second, and quickly distanced himself from the competition. One caution flag on lap-9 slowed Taylor’s roll, but once the green flag returned he picked up where he left off. He went on to a convincing win over Brian Norman, and point leader Marc Shafer.
Blaskey checkered his second INEX Legend Cars race in a row and fourth of the year after turning in a dominating performance. He quickly made his way to the front of the field in the 25-lapper, passing a former division champion in Joey Ternullo for the lead before the race was five laps in. Blaskey showed the way comfortably through the only caution flag in the event, which came for a spin on lap-18. He bested Mikey Flynn on the restart and held back a charging Jordan Churchill to claim the win. Churchill was second and Flynn was third. With the victory, Blaskey unofficially took over the lead in the championship point standings from Churchill in a tight battle.
Waterford, CT (July 2, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl was back with motorsports action Thursday evening, staging five events as part of its Thursday Night Thunder program. Two new race winners landed in Victory Lane, with Berlin’s Dave Yardley and Preston’s Wayne Shifflett claiming the respective Super X-Car and X-Car races. In INEX racing, Lisbon’s Jordan Churchill won his third race of the year and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the Bandoleros. David Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI checkered the Sport 4 division race, which was making its Speedbowl debut.
Churchill was victorious for the third time of the year following the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He and Michael Blaskey were the early movers when the race began, quickly rising into contention behind leader John O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan showed the way as Churchill eventually worked to second position by the time the second caution flag of the race came out on lap-13. Churchill challenged O’Sullivan on the outside when the green flag returned, and powered into the lead on lap-14. The rest of the race ran without further delay and Churchill cruised to the win. O’Sullivan recorded his best finish of the year in second, and Blaskey wound up third.
Yardley made the most of his season debut in the 25-lap eight cylinder Super X-Car race. A numerous race winner last year, Yardley did not appear at the Speedbowl in the first eight events of 2015. After starting towards the rear, he steadily progressed through the field to challenge Ray Reed for the race lead after the final yellow flag of the race waved for an incident on lap-13. Yardley made an inside maneuver on Reed to take command for good on lap-17, then pulled away from the competition. Marc Shafer came on strong late in the race to continue a string of podium finishes, ending up second. Shawn Gaedeke placed third.
Saturday June 27th was the 8th event of the 2015 season at The New London Waterford Speedbowl located in Waterford CT. Fans were welcomed to the track with the threat of a nor’ Easter hitting the entire Northeast ruining any chance of the racing taking place. Rain started the night but, after some track drying and cars qualifying feature events were set to start.
The first feature of the night was the 30 lap Late Model race. Ray Christian III took the lead on the very 1st lap of the event. The first of 2 cautions came out with 27 laps remaining in the event. The first restart was no good so they had to try a second time. Anthony Flannery took the lead with 25 laps remaining in the event and never trailed from that spot. The second and final caution came out with 21 laps remaining in the event. The winner of the race was Anthony Flannery Jr.
The second feature of the night was the Mini Cups which run a weekly division at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The 57 took the lead from the first lap and held that lead for the entire race. The mini cup main event went green to green with no caution flags throughout the race. The Marissa Morgan won the 20 lap event. Anthony Marvin was second and Shane Culpa was 3rd.