July 1, 2016
Sixty five years ago in 1951 Moe Gherzi, fresh off his Saturday
night win at the New London-Waterford annexed a 25 lap Modified win on
Wednesday night. The shoreline oval fell victim to rain on Saturday night.
Sixty years ago in 1956, the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl was preparing for their season opener. The track
had been for sale but there were no takers.
Fifty five years ago in 1961 Ernie
Gahan made it two in a row on the dirt in Friday night action at the
Stafford Speedway as 4000 fans looked on. Ron Narducci finished second with
Jim Koehler, third. Bill Slater was a little off his game as he finished
fourth. Slater got redemption on Saturday night at Norwood as he beat out
Eddie Flemke and Bobby Sprague for the win. The New London-Waterford
Speedbowl raced on Friday and Saturday nights. Dick Beauregard, the driver
they loved to hate, won on Friday night with Ted Stack taking the win on
Saturday night. Ed Moody made it six in a row in Bomber competition as he
won on both nights.
Fifty years ago in 1966 Wild Bill
Slater took on the New York gang and walked away the Friday night winner at
the Albany Saratoga Speedway. Jerry Cook finished second with Gaston Demaris,
third. Dennis Zimmerman and Don MacTavish rounded out the top five. Ernie
Gahan took the win on the dirt at Stafford. Cook stepped it up a bit as he
won at Fonda on Saturday night over Ron Narducci and Bill Wimble. Bobby
Sprague took a popular win at Norwood on Saturday night. Rain washed out the
features at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl after qualifying was
completed. The Utica Rome Speedway ran a 100 lapper on Sunday night with
former NASCAR Sportsman Champion Rene Charland taking the win. Eddie Flemke
finished second with Frank Mathalia, Cook and Wimble rounding out the top
Forty five years ago in 1971, Friday
night action at Malta rained out. Winston Barrows led 29-1/2 laps at
Stafford only to be passed by Bugsy Stevens in the last corner of the 30
lapper. Bob Melnick finished third with Hop Harrington, fourth. At Fonda it
was Lou Lazzaro over Dave Lap and at Islip, Ed Brunnhoelzl Sr beat out Bob
Park. Jack LeCuyer won the main event at the Riverside Park Speedway. Tom
Vining, Charlie Centinaro and Bob Stefanik followed. Action at the Waterford
Speedbowl saw Ed Barton take the win over Jiggs Beetham, Seabury Tripler,
Daring Dick Caso and Don Bunnell. Dickie Doo Ceravolo was the Sportsman
Sedan winner. Fred DeSarro and Len Boehler made the trip to Utica-Rome on
Sunday and came away the winners. Ron Narducci finished second and was
followed by Dave Lape and Jerry Cook. Fonda hosted the All Star League on
Wednesday, which saw Lou Lazzaro take the win.
Forty years ago in 1976, Fred Harbach
scored a one-two punch as he won at Riverhead on Friday night and again at
Islip on Saturday. At Riverhead, Jim Tyler finished second with Greg Sacks,
third. At Islip, Don Howe finished second with Tyler, third. Geoff Bodine
took the win at Stafford and at Riverside it was Bob Polverari over Bob
Stefanik. Dick Dunn put the Al Gaudreau No.3 in victory lane at Waterford.
Sleepy Knapp was the late model Grand American winner. Ronnie Bouchard broke
Geoff Bodine's win streak at Thompson on Sunday.
Thirty five years ago in 1981, Mr.Leo
Cleary in the Rollie Linblad No.48 took on the best in the business at a
special open competition event at Westboro on Wednesday night. It was no
cakewalk as Cleary had Ronnie Bouchard breathing down his neck at the
finish. Geoff Bodine finished third and was followed by Reggie Ruggiero,
Jeff Fuller and Tom Baldwin. Friday night at Stafford, Richie Evans, fresh
off a win at Holland on Wednesday night, romped home the winner over Bob
Polverari and Brian Ross. Polverari was later disqualified because of an
illegal rear end gear. Other Friday night winners were Punky Caron at
Monadnock, John Blewett Jr at New Egypt and George Kent at Spencer. Saturday
night, Russell "Butch" Perry scored a popular win at Waterford over Joe
Tiezzi and Dick Dunn. Ray Miller took the top spot at Riverside and George
Kent made it two for two on the weekend as he won at Shangri-La. Double
modified features were on tap at Seekonk. Eddie St Angelo and Leo Cleary
shared top honors. Tom Baldwin won a 100 lapper at Islip and Roger Treichler
made it two in a row at Lancaster. Danbury fell victim to rain. Richie Evans
was the winner at Thompson on Sunday night over Corky Cookman, Bob Fuller,
Greg Sacks and Carl Pasteryak.
Thirty years ago in 1986, the
Modified tour was at Waterford for a Wednesday night 100 lap event. Mike
McLaughlin started on the outside pole and led all 100 laps to take the win.
Corky Cookman finished second and was followed by John Rosati, George Kent
and Jeff Fuller. Friday night racing at Stafford and Spencer rained out. Ed
Flemke Jr was the SK Modified winner at Waterford on Saturday night. Bob
Potter finished second and was followed by Mark La Junesse. Mike McLaughlin
made it two for two on the weekend as he put the Sheri Cup No.12 in victory
lane at Riverside on Saturday night. Mike Stefanik finished second. Leo
Cleary got his fourth win at Seekonk and at New Egypt it was Wayne Anderson
over Jerry Cranmer.
Twenty five years ago in 1991, the
Featherlite Modified Tour was at Riverhead for a Wednesday night event.
Hometown favorite Mike Ewanitsko had victory in sight until his engine
expired on the last .Waiting in the wings was Ricky Fuller who went on to
take the win. Jeff Fuller finished second and was followed by George
Brunnhoelzl, Dan Jivanelli and Ewanitsko. The Busch North Series was at
Stafford on Friday night. Mike Stefanik took the win. SK Modified action saw
Steve Chowanski beat out Bo Gunning and Bob Georgiades. At Waterford on
Saturday, David Gada held off veteran Jerry Pearl for the win.Rick Young
finished second. Reggie Ruggiero got his fifth at Riverside over Rick Young
and Wade Cole. Jamie Tomaino returned to his old haunts at Wall Stadium to
take a win while Chris Young won at Riverhead. Ted Christopher was the top
dog at Thompson as he had more than enough for Richie Gallup, Bo Gunning and
Mike Christopher. Jerry Marquis went north to Monadnock and proceeded to
click off another win. Dwight Jarvis finished second with Kirby Monteith,
Twenty years ago in 1996, the
modified tour was at the Lee Raceway in New Hampshire. Rick Fuller took the
win over Mike Stefanik, Tim Connolly and Jan Leaty. The event drew a good
crowd but raceway owner Red MacDonald felt that overall it was a loser and
hasn't had the Modified Tour back since then. Lee does run unsanctioned
modified events from time to time. At Stafford, John Anderson won out over
Bo Gunning and Tony Sylvester. Todd Ceravolo became a surprise winner at
Waterford on Saturday night. Eric Berndt was leading the final lap when his
transmission imploded, forcing him to slow. Ceravolo went on to take the win
and was followed by Don Fowler, Mike Gada, Jim Broderick and David Gada.
Fran Principi scored his first ever Modified win at Riverside Park and Quinn
Vollgraff won at Riverhead. A Busch North Series event, scheduled for Sunday
at Nazareth was rained out and run on Monday. Steve Park took the lead from
Ted Christopher on lap 85 of the 100-lap event and went on to take the win.
Kelly Moore ended up second and was followed by Tom Bolles and Dale Shaw.
Fifteen Years ago in 2001 Ted
Christopher made it three in a row at Thompson on Thursday night. Curt
Brainard finished second. At Stafford on Friday night, Jim Williams in the
Donut car took the victory over Lloyd Agor and Chuck Docherty. The NASCAR
Featherlite Modified Tour Series was at Richmond. Tony Hirschman took the
lead with 31laps to go and walked off with the lion's share of the $93,168
purse. Mike Ewanitsko finished second with Jan Leaty, Mike Stefanik, Ken
Wooley and Ed Flemke JR rounding out the top five. Eric Berndt got his
fourth win at Waterford and Bill Park took the top spot at Riverhead
Ten years ago in 2006, the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Thompson Speedway on Thursday where
they shared top billing with NASCAR’s Busch East Series (formerly Busch
North Series). Forty-four Modifieds were on hand on a humid and sultry
night. Jimmy Blewett was the Busch Pole sitter. The re-draw for starting
positions saw James Civali pick the pole with Eric Beers picking the outside
Eric Beers, in the Boehler Racing Ole Blu, took the lead on the start
with Ed Flemke moving into second spot. Beers led the first 42 laps until
Ronnie Silk spun out in Turn 2 to bring out the first caution. After the
restart on lap 45, Eddie Flemke went to the front by passing Beers two laps
later on the front-stretch. A multi-car crash in the backstretch brought out
the second caution on lap 48 and didn’t restart until lap 56. Among those
eliminated was Jerry Marquis who expressed his displeasure of Jamie
Tomaino’s patience. Also eliminated were Matt Hirschman and Tony Ferrante
Jr. Flemke remained out front until Todd Szegedy passed him while working
lap 65. Szegedy’s lead didn’t last long before another crash occurred in the
backstretch to bring out the third caution that lasted from lap 66 to lap
74. Reggie Ruggiero lost control and triggered the crash. Eliminated in that
crash were Ted Christopher and Chris Pasteryak. Chuck Hossfeld also lost
many laps while his crew made repairs to damage sustained. Szegedy led the
final restart and was untouchable from there. Flemke finished a strong
second and was followed by Civali, Beers and Tony Hirschman. Sixth through
tenth were Mike Stefanik, Ruggiero, Steve Whitt, Ron Yuhas Jr and Ken Barry.
Twenty-one of the original 35 starters finished on the lead lap.
Matt Kobyluck won his first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East
Series race of the season, and took over the series point lead. He took the
lead when Sean Caisse suffered drive train failure after leading the first
13 laps. Caisse, the former point leader, was scored 28th and last in the
field. Brian Hoar chased Kobyluck to the checkered flag, less than half a
second behind, with Charles Lewandoski recording a career-best third place
finish. Mike Johnson was fourth, Bryon Chew fifth, and Mike Olsen sixth.
Dave Dion, Jamie Aube, Ruben Pardo, and John Salemi completed the top ten.
The Thompson Speedway ran their Double Trouble program last Thursday
night despite the threat of showers. Jeff Malave muscled his way to a
convincing win in the Sunoco Modifieds. Malave took the lead as he entered
turn one on lap six and held off repeated challenges from Tom Cravenho who
ended up settling for second. Woody Pitkat was extremely strong as he traded
spots with Cravenho on numerous occasions but in the end settled for third.
Jimmy Blewett and Keith Rocco rounded out the top five. Jeff Zuidema won the
30-lap Pro Stock feature. Dave Trudeau held off Salem's Corey Hutchings to
win the 25-lap Late Model feature. Eddie Puleo of Branford, CT made it
two-for-two taking down his second straight Limited Sportsman feature
victory. The win; however, was not an easy one as Keith DeSanctis gave it
all he had in the closing laps. DeSanctis got alongside Puleo briefly but
had to settle for second. Rick Blanchard took down his second straight Mini
Stock victory. Ron Rixham had enjoyed an early lead but in the late stages
of the 15-lap Mini Stock feature the former divisional champ began to feel
the pressure. After a short battle, Rixham relinquished his lead to Scott
Michalksi. The lead quickly changed hands again with Blanchard taking over
control of the event. Michalski took his place in second while Shelly Perry,
true to form, came on strong in the waning laps to claim third. Rixham had
faded to fourth at the checkers ahead of Andy Publicover. Roger Larson, Jr
The Stafford Motor Speedway took advantage of the dry weather as they ran
the 12th annual American Sleeve Bearing Late Model 100 on Friday night. Ryan
Posocco was the big winner of the 100-lapper, recovering from an early race
spin to drive back through the field under a prolonged green flag run. Todd
Owen was the winner of the SK Modified® feature, while there were two
first-time winners in the SK Lights and DARE Stocks. Richie Pallai, Jr.
captured his first career win in the SK Light feature, while Lori-Jo
Rzeszutek scored her first career victory in the DARE Stock feature. The
Limited Late Model feature was tentatively rescheduled to next Tuesday, July
4th due to time constraints. In the 100-lap Late Model feature, Ryan Posocco
ran down the leaders under a long green flag run, and then inherited the
lead when race leader Scott Foster, Jr. broke a transmission on lap-88. Ed
Ricard led the first 40-laps of the race with Tom Fearn taking the lead from
Ricard. Fearn held the lead until lap-59 when Foster moved to the front.
Posocco had spun on lap-16 after contact with Brad Boissonneault, and he had
moved back into the top-5 at this stage of the race under green flag
conditions. Foster held the lead until his transmission gave out on lap-88,
which handed the lead to Posocco. Posocco pulled away from second place on
two subsequent restarts to take his first Late Model feature win of the 2006
season. Jim Peterson took second, with Mark Lewis third, Tom Butler fourth,
and Todd Owen fifth. In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Todd Owen charged
past Curt Brainard on the outside groove on lap-9 and then he held off a
determined challenge from Frank Ruocco over the final 10-laps to take his
first SK Modified® feature win of the 2006 season. Willie Hardie finished
third, with Jeff Baral and Kenny Horton rounding out the top-5.
At the Waterford Speedbowl Tom Fox all but cleaned house as he won the
Pepsi-300 100 lap SK Modified event. Fox wore out Rob Summers and then held
off Dennis Gada as he recorded his first win of the year. Summers faded to
third spot in the closing laps. The 100-lap Late Model segment went to Allen
Coates, making his season debut. Joe Godbout III won the 50-lap Mini Stock
feature while Dwayne Dorr ruled the 50-lap Sportsman haul.
NASCAR announced that they had lowered the age to 16 to those who intend
to compete in the Whelen Modified Tour Series and Busch East. The Modifieds
were part of a rain shortened practice session at the New Hampshire
International Speedway last week. Thirteen Whelen Modified Tour teams showed
up for the NHIS Open Test session. Among those were seven rookies including
Danny Sammons, Glenn Tyler, Anthony Sesely, James Civali, Kenny Horton, Matt
Hirschman and Jon McKennedy. Veterans that appeared for the test session
were Rob Summers, Todd Szegedy, Zach Sylvester, Donny Lia, Nevin George and
Todd Bodine. Because of the fact that rain cut short the session the Bahres
refunded each team’s $500 payment plus provided free food for the
Tony Stewart won the Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup event at Daytona. Dale
Earnhardt Jr. was the Busch Series winner.
Five years ago in 2011, the Whelen
Modified Tour ended it's Spring Break when the boys of summer went "up
country" to the Monadnock Speedway for the Monadnock 200 at the Monadnock
Speedway in Winchester, N.H. The event had originally been scheduled for
Saturday but a pending bad forecast pushed the date back a day.
Todd Szegedy showed everyone why he is still someone to watch on the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Szegedy, the 2003 tour champion, started from
the pole and led every lap to win the Monadnock 200 Sunday for his 15th
career tour win and first since August of 2010. With his win Szegedy became
the fourth different winner in as many races this season on the tour and it
was his first top-five finish of the season. Szegedy held off Justin
Bosingnore who followed in second while Matt Hirschman was third. Ron Silk
was fourth and James Civali completed the top five.Defending race winner ted
Christopher finished sixth with Mike Stefanik seventh and Ron Yuhas Jr.
eighth. Erick Rudolph and point leader Rowan Pennink completed the top 10.
The race was slowed six times for cautions which kept Szegedy's average
speed down to 48.491 mph. All yellows were for spin-outs. Bryon Chew spun on
lap 2, Wade Cole on lap 38, Andy Seuss on lap 48, Ed Flemke Jr on lap 85,
Doug Coby on lap 106 and Richie Pallai on lap 154. There were 28 cars on
hand. Sixteen of the original 28 starters finished on the lead lap.
According to reports the event drew a respectable amount of fans.
Defending series champion Bobby Santos had somewhat of a lackluster day.
After starting thirteenth, Santos worked his way to ninth by lap 100 only to
have his tires give up as he faded to 15th by lap 130 and was lapped by lap
153. Saved by the Lucky Dog provision Santos managed to salvage a 15th for
The Stafford Motor Speedway attempted to run the Inaugural Lincoln Tech
Modified Racing Series event but to no avail as rains brought the racing
action to a halt after 32 laps had been completed. The SK Modifieds were
also victims of the wet stuff. Both events will be run on Friday, June 29.
Keith Rocco was leading when the event was stopped.
The big story of the night was the fact that Ted Christopher was not
allowed to compete in the Modified Racing Series event because the engine in
the Joe Brady #00 was deemed illegal. The Hartford Courant reported that
Series motor inspector Bob Carrita said car owner Joe Brady tried to
"blatantly bend the rules". Evidently "someone" installed material in a
cylinder that would give a faulty reading when compression tests were
Before the rains came Stafford support classes got their features in.
Picking up feature wins were Keith Rocco in the 30-lap Late Model feature,
Tommy Membrino, Jr. in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Shawn Thibeault in the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood in the 15-lap DARE Stock
In action at the Waterford Speedbowl Defending track and NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco returned to Victory Lane,
picking up the checkered flag in the night’s SK Modified® feature. Jason
Palmer picked up a career first win in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model
division. The two Street Stock feature races were swept by defending
champion Al Stone III. Glenn Colvin won the Mini Stock race. Other winners
on the night included Paul Luggelle and Dana Dimatteo in their respective
NEMA Lite and Legends Cars features.
Rocco led the SK Modified® field to the green flag in their 35-lap
feature looking to end a string of finishes outside the top-five, including
two 17th place finishes. Nichole Morgillo, Kyle James, Jeff Pearl and Tyler
Chadwick raced to the top-five positions behind Rocco in the opening laps.
James was the first to pull out of line, challenging Morgillo’s outside on
lap-3. After three laps of pursuit, James moved into the position for good
in turn three. Pearl followed suit and was in third when the field completed
lap-7. James quickly chased down the lead Rocco briefly gained over the
field and looked ready to mount a challenge. Pearl ran alone in third while
Rob Janovic Jr. and Chadwick made up the top-five as the race moved past
halfway continuing under green flag conditions. The first caution finally
slowed the torrid pace on lap-21 when Diego Monahan cut a left front tire
and stopped on the track in turn three. Rocco got a great jump over James on
the restart. Pearl filled the gap to James’ inside and the pair spent
five-laps battling for the spot before Pearl finally pulled ahead. Rocco was
slowly able to stretch his advantage over Pearl as the race wore on. The
interruption on lap-21 proved to be the only one in a cleanly competed
event. Rocco checked out to the win by several lengths over Pearl at the
checkered flag. He wired the field for his fifth win on the year and cut
into Pearl’s point lead. James held off Janovic to take third position with
Chadwick finishing in fifth.
In the Southland at the Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, Lee
Jeffreys and Burt Myers won twin 25 lap Modified features.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Wayne Anderson took the NASCAR
Modified feature win.
In Nationwide Series racing, Justin Allgaier was coasting to the finish
and a near-certain victory - then he ran out of gas. In the end, NASCAR
officials ruled Reed Sorenson won a chaotic, disputed overtime finish in
Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Road America.
In Sprint Cup action, Kurt Busch's impressive turnaround continued with a
dominating run at Infineon Raceway, where he earned his first career road
course victory and his first win of the season.
Last year, 2015, The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series visited the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island in what
turned into a two day affair. Moments before the 28 car field was about to
take the green a large rain storm moved in forcing officials to re-schedule
to Sunday afternoon. Topping the charts of the 35 cars on hand was local
runner Tom Rogers, Jr who toured the 1/4 mile oval to the tune of 74.888mph.
Second fastest was Timmy Solomito at 74.788mph. Vinnie Biondolillo, Justin
Bonsignore and Doug Coby. Rogers made an unapproved impound adjustment after
time trials, however, and will fall to the rear of the 28-car field prior to
the start of the race on Sunday.
Justin Bonsignore passed Timmy Solomito in Turn 3 on Lap 9 and waited out
a rain delay and a late charge by Todd Szegedy to score his seventh career
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win and second at his home track. Bonsignore
piloted his No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet around some late race traffic to
hold off Szegedy and continue of his streak of scoring at least one tour win
every year since 2011. Doug Coby followed Szegedy in third to score his best
career finish at Riverhead with Eric Goodale fourth and Woody Pitkat fifth.
Timmy Solomito, who led the first eight laps of the race, followed in sixth
while pole-sitter Tom Rogers, Jr. rebounded from having to start the race at
the rear of the 28-car field to finish seventh. Current points leader Ryan
Preece was eigth with Vincent Biondolillo and David Sapienza rounding out
the top 10.
There were six cautions for 74 laps. Among those who failed to finish was
Ken Heagy who dropped out on lap 149with handling problems, Rowan Pennink
parked it as a result of a black flag, Frank Vigliarolo parked it after
being rear ended by Heagy, Ron Silk lost a rear end and James Civali driving
the Hillbilly 79 wrecked on lap 18. Sixteen of the original 28 starters
finished on the lead lap.
Thankfully NASCAR did not elect to start all that showed up. Not making
the starting grid was Wade Cole, Gary McDonald, Anthony Nocella, Paul
Hartwig, Danny Watts and Melissa Fifield.
This event was showed taped delayed, according to TVGuide.com on
Thursday, July 2 at 6:00pm. on NBC Sports Net. NASCAR says it will air at
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series would now go on a three week
vacation before heading to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for All-Star
Shootout (non-points) event on Friday, July 17 and the New England 100 on
Saturday, July 18.
At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night the Valenti Modified
Racing Series made its second of three visits during the 2015 season to
Stafford Motor Speedway for the 5th Annual VMRS 80. Woody Pitkat took the
checkered flag to make himself 2 for 2 in 2015 at Stafford in VMRS feature
Pitkat used lapped traffic to his advantage as he went by Steve Masse for
the lead on lap-43 as they were navigating their way through a pack of
lapped cars. Todd Szegedy was third, with Rowan Pennink fourth and Mike
Willis still running in fifth. Dylan Kopec brought out the race’s first
caution flag with 56 laps complete as he spun in turn 3.
Pitkat took the lead back under green with Szegedy and Masse side by side
for second. Chris Pasteryak was fourth and Willis was fifth, just in front
of Keith Rocco. The caution came back out with 58 laps complete as George
Sherman and David Schneider spun in turn 3.On the restart, Schneider got
turned around and into the turn 1 wall to bring the caution right back out.
Pitkat took the lead back under green with Pasteryak moving under Szegedy to
take second. Szegedy was side by side with Rocco for third with Masse right
behind them. Rocco got the better of the duel with Szegedy to take third but
the action was slowed again by the caution flag for a spin by Dan Meservey
in turn 2 with 61 laps complete.
Pasteryak got a great restart and powered to the lead, but Pitkat came
back strong in turns 3+4 and they were side by side at the line. Pitkat
moved to the front on lap-63 and Szegedy was also able to get by Pasteryak
as Rocco and Masse were fourth and fifth. Pennink’s car dropped off the pace
on the backstretch on lap-65 and he limped back to pit road. Rocco's bid for
a top finish came to an end on lap 73 as he began to lose power which
ultimately put him out. Pitkat was stretching out his lead over Szegedy,
Pasteryak, and Masse. Pitkat cruised to the checkered flag to pick up his
second consecutive Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at Stafford.
Szeged finished second, with Pasteryak, Masse, and Richard Savary rounding
out the top-5. Sixth thru tenth were Carl Medieros, Jr, Mike Willis, Jr,
Todd Patnode, Dennis Perry and Dan Meservey, Jr.
In regular NASCAR Weekly action at Stafford, taking down weekly feature
wins on the night were Keith Rocco in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom
Fearn scored in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Joey Ferrigno in the 20-lap
SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Hayes in the 20-lap Limited Late Model
feature, Tyler Trott in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Devin O’Connell
was the winner of the 20-lap Legend Cars feature.
Rocco's win also brought him closer to a career overall total of 200 wins
which now total 199 which also include victories at Thompson and The New
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl held a somewhat abbreviated program
because of rain. Craig Lutz, who hails from Long Island, scored his second
career SK Modified win at the speedbowl in an event that was red-checkered
at the 20 lap mark. John Montesanto was running second at the time with Matt
Gallo, third. Among the missing was Keith Rocco who was at Riverhead for a
Whelen Modified Tour Series event. Rocco's car was on hand in the event that
Riverhead had postponed early. Other winners at the shoreline oval on
Saturday night were Jack Aqualina in the Limited Sportsman, Anthony Flannery
in the Late Models and Dana DiMatteo won the 25-lap Legends feature.
Down in the southland at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem NC
racing was cancelled due to thunder storms. Racing resumes on July 11.
Kyle Busch’s hopes of making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup improved
significantly on Sunday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. Busch used a late-race
caution to pit for four fresh tires, then he drove past leader Jimmie
Johnson with five laps to go to score his first win of the season in the
Save Mart 350. He needed it to have any shot of making the Chase, since
Busch will have to be in the top 30 in points after the 26-race cutoff in
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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