April 14, 2017
Sixty five years ago in 1952 the New London Waterford Speedbowl
began its second year of operation. Red Bolduc, who would lose his life in a
wreck at the Norwood Arena on June 18, 1960, won the season opening 25 lap
Sportsman Main event. Charlie Webster was the Claiming Car winner.
Fifty years ago in 1967, the
Grandnationals (Winston Cup) was at North Wilkesboro. Darel Deringer took
the win. Racing at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl fell victim to rain.
Forty five years ago in 1972, it was
dubbed the Greatest Race in the History of Spring. Dick Berggren, Bruce
Cohen and Lew Boyd conceived the idea of a high paying short track sprint of
80 laps called the Spring Sizzler. It was run at the Stafford Speedway and
was such a rousing success; track owner Jack Arute bought the rights to the
event. Close to 100 cars and 12,000 spectators were on hand for the
inaugural event. Eddie Flemke, a Modified legend in his own time, appeared
to have victory in hand until the closing stages when his car suffered a
broken water pump, forcing him out. Fred DeSarro had dogged Flemke most of
the way took over the point and went on to record the victory. Denis Giroux
finished second and was followed by Bugsy Stevens, Leo Cleary, Jerry Cook,
Moose Hewitt, Ray Miller, Bob Santos, Bob Potter and Marcell Corivieu. Glynn
Shafer was the 40 lap Modified winner at the Waterford Speedbowl. Bob Mott
was the Sportsman Sedan winner.
Forty years ago in 1977, the NASCAR
Modifieds were at Hickory, N.C. where Paul Radford took the win over Jerry
Cook, Billy Hensley and Harry Gant. In open competition Small Block Modified
action at Thompson, twin 25’s was the order of the day. Geoff Bodine in the
Dick Armstrong No.1 won the opener over Bugsy Stevens, Fred DeSarro, Ron
Bouchard and Dick Caso. Bouchard won the nightcap after Bodine got collected
in a wreck that was triggered by a blown radiator hose on the car driven by
Armand Holley. DeSarro finished second to Bouchard. On the same day,
Monadnock opened their season with a 100 lapper. Punky Caron ruled the roost
as he beat out Ollie Silva and Freddie Schulz for the win.
Thirty five years ago in 1982, the
only action was at Wall Stadium where Tom Commerford took the win over Jim
Tyler, John Blewett Jr. and Tony Siscone.
Thirty years ago in 1987, Reggie
Ruggiero in the Mario Fiore No.44 took top honors in the Spring Sizzler.
George Brunnhoelzl finished second and was followed by Jamie Tomaino, Jim
Spencer, George Kent and Jan Leaty. Ted Christopher was the 50 lap SK
Modified winner. Riverside Park had an overflow crowd of 8100 on Saturday
night as Ted Riggot took the win over Spencer, Bob Polverari and Stan
Gregger. In Winston Cup action at Bristol, Harry Gant was the pole sitter
but at the finish it was Dale Earnhardt who prevailed
Twenty five years ago in 1992, Rick
Fuller in the Mario Fiore No.44 won the 200 lap Spring Sizzler at Stafford.
Mike Stefanik in the Koszela No.15 finished second and was followed by Jeff
Fuller, Doug Hevron and Mike McLaughlin. Bob Potter won the 35 lap
SK-Modified feature over Steve Chowanski, Richie Gallup and Mike
Christopher. Saturday night racing at Riverside Park rained out.
Twenty years ago in 1997, Rick Fuller
went pole to pole to win the Featherlite Modified Touring Series Ice Breaker
at the Thompson Speedway. It was not a cake walk as Fuller almost saw his
win trashed when Gomer Taylor pulled out in front of the lead pack during a
lap 26 restart. Tony Hirschman, in the Boehler No.3 finished second and was
followed by Mike Stefanik, Tom Cravenho, Ed Flemke Jr. and Jamie Tomaino.
Jim Broderick with his Mopar powered mount won the SK Modified feature over
Bob Potter, Ricky Young, John Anderson and Mike Christopher. In Winston Cup
action at Bristol, Jeff Gordon dumped Rusty Wallace on the last lap and went
on to take the win. NASCAR parked Geoff Bodine after it was determined that
he was too aggressive in getting even with Jim Spencer for an early race
Fifteen years ago in 2002 the
Thompson Speedway took center stage with the running of the annual Ice
Breaker. The opening NASCAR Modified Tour Series event drew 50 Modifieds and
9500 spectators. Jerry Marquis took the lead from Todd Szegedy on lap 113 of
the 150-lap event and went on to take the win over Rob Summers, Chris Kopec,
Rick Fuller and Tony Hirschman. SK Modified winners were Ted Christopher and
Chuck Docherty. At Wall Township on Saturday night Jimmy Blewett took the
win over Dave Michael and Mark Rivers.
Ten years ago in 2007, The 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was slated to begin with the running of
the Ice Breaker at the Thompson Speedway but Mother Nature won out as she
swamped the entire northeast with rain and sleet on Sunday. Speedway
officials and NASCAR made a joint announcement postponing the event on
Saturday evening. With fuel prices being what they were it was a wise
The speedway was quite busy on Saturday as qualifying was completed for
the Modifieds along with the tracks weekly divisions. Features were also run
for the Sunoco (SK type) Modifieds and Late Models.
Forty eight NASCAR Modifieds were on hand for practice and qualifying.
Reggie Ruggiero and Richard Savory were early casualties as their cars
suffered severe damage. Ruggiero’s mount had a water hose let go which
dumped water on the track, causing him to lose control and hit the wall.
Savory, who was driving for Preston, Ct car owner Art Barry spun in the
water and landed on top of Ruggiero’s car. Both drivers escaped unhurt but
both cars were damaged severely and had to be withdrawn. Barry had a back-up
but Ruggiero didn’t as his car owner, Dick Barney was forced to return to
his shop in New Jersey to make repairs and hope for a provisional starting
spot which he eventually got. Todd Szegedy broke the Modified track record
set by Bob Polverari in 2001 as he toured the 5/8 mile oval in 18.457
seconds as he won the Busch Pole. Second fastest was former series champion
Tony Hirschman. Zach Sylvester made a fine showing for himself in his first
outing in the Curt Chase No.77 as he qualified third fastest. Rounding out
the top ten were Donnie Lia, Ted Christopher, Richard Savory, Matt
Hirschman, Mike Stefanik, Bobby Santos III now in the Boehler Racing No.3
and Danny Sammons. A re-draw inverted the top six for the main event. Later
in the day after the Ice Breaker was postponed NASCAR impounded four motors,
the Chevrolets of Lia and Tony Hirschman and the Fords of Szegedy and
Stefanik. They were taken to NASCAR’s R & D center in North Carolina for
Todd Ceravolo started his season off on the right foot as he won the
first of twin features scheduled for the Sunoco Modifieds. Rick Gentes
followed suit in the Late Models. Ceravolo, who won his qualifying heat, led
every lap to score the win in the first of twin features scheduled for the
Sunoco Modified division.
After his heat race victory, Corey Hutchings started the 25-lap Late
Model feature from the pole. Hutchings capitalized and took the top spot
over Rick Gentes and Mark Jenison. In a distant third was Steve Landry. The
field was bunched up for a caution on lap six for a spin by Jeff Hartwell.
Under the caution, Jenison was forced to give up third position with a flat
tire. Hutchings maintained his lead on the restart but had his hands full
holding off Gentes. Jeff Zuidema moved into the third spot. Gentes went low
to get by Hutchings in turn two. Hutchings got out of shape losing positions
to both Zuidema and Landry. At halfway, Gentes continued to show the way
over Zuidema, Landry, Hutchings and Conrad Cote inside the top five. Things
settled down as the laps wound down. Cote made a bid on Hutchings in fourth
with two laps remaining. Cote could get underneath Hutchings in the corners
but could not muster up enough steam to take the spot away. Gentes posted
the victory over Zuidema, Landry, Hutchings, and Cote.
The Waterford Speedbowl beat the impending rain on Saturday night. Dennis
Gada survived several late race restarts to claim the 35-lap SK Modified
feature. The defending champion pulled ahead of eventual runner-up Frank
Ruocco for the final time with only three circuits remaining. Rob Janovic
finished third with Doug Coby and Jeff Pearl rounding out the top five. Both
Gada and Ruocco earned guaranteed spots in this coming Saturday’s True Value
Modified Series 100 at the Speedbowl.
Other winners were Allen Coates (Late Models), Ken Cassidy Jr. (Mini
Stocks), Chris Bakaj (Legends) and Dwayne Dorr (Sportsman).
At the Texas Motor Speedway Nextel Cup qualifying was rained out. NASCAR
set the field by current points which meant that Michael Waltrip would miss
his sixth straight race. The two-time Daytona 500 winner, in the first year
with the Toyota team he owns, didn't have enough season points to get in the
43-car field. The latest setback for Waltrip comes less than a week after he
was charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident after
hitting a telephone pole and rolling his SUV about a mile from his North
Carolina home. Matt Kenseth made the save, then picked up the victory
Saturday in the O'Reilly 300 Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in
Fort Worth. After pulling out of a spin without hitting the wall early in
the race, Kenseth ended Carl Edwards' two-race Busch winning streak,
overtaking Denny Hamlin with 11 laps left. Kenseth won by 0.128 of a second,
the closest margin in a Texas Busch race. Kenseth, running second when he
spun, got his second Busch win of the season and 10th top 10 in 12 Texas
races. Edwards was third. Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth on the final lap
Sunday of the Nextel Cup Samsung 500 to become the first repeat winner at
Texas Motor Speedway, winning 10 years after he won the inaugural
race.Burton didn't lead until he overtook Kenseth on the backstretch coming
out of turn 2 after more than 10 laps of trying to get past him. It was
Burton's 19th career victory.
ISC director Raymond K. Mason Jr gave himself a nice Spring bonus of
approximately $643,750 when he sold 12,500 shares for $51.50 to $51.70 each.
Company insiders are required by the Security and Exchange Commission to
report their transactions.
President and CEO Tom Deery, of DIRT MotorSports, Inc. announced that it
will change its corporate name to World Racing Group, Inc. The Company will
operate under the d/b/a World Racing Group until the formal name change is
voted on at the Company's upcoming shareholder's meeting. Following the
formal corporate name change, the Company will also obtain a new stock
symbol. Now based in Concord, N.C., the World Racing Group unveiled an
extensive television package which will showcase their events on the Speed
Channel and ESPN.
Five years ago in 2012, The
northeastern hills of Connecticut came alive with the sound of ground
pounding NASCAR Modifieds as the Men that live by the Grace of God and 600
horsepower were off on the run back under the sun as the Whelen Modified
Tour Series began the 2012 season with the running of the annual IceBreaker
at the Thompson Speedway.
The speedway came alive on Friday with hundreds of camp trailers and race
car carriers entering the speedway grounds. With gasoline hovering around
the $4.15 mark many just decided to bite the bullet and went to enjoy their
favorite form of auto racing.
Summer-like weather greeted fans and competitors on Saturday morning.
Twenty nine Modifieds were on hand. In 2010 the IceBreaker drew 37 of the
ground pounders. Maybe it is a sign of the times. The recent announcement by
NASCAR that only one Whelen Modified Tour would be televised while 26 NASCAR
K&N (Kids and Nephews) Development Series events would be seen on
television. Granted, the Whelen Modified Tour Series is regional but their
competition and fan appeal is far above many of The K&N events that are run
in front of almost empty grandstands. Whelen Industries pours millions into
the Modified series and the lack of television is a slap in the face to the
Connecticut sponsor. Even though the Whelen Modifieds are primarily in the
Northeast there are many potential sponsors out there and if television
coverage existed maybe there would be a few who would like to see their
company names on the sides of the cars. A race team can not exist on race
purses alone. Sponsorship dollars are desperately needed to keep the
division alive or more race teams will fall by the wayside.
Ryan Preece, who took over the seat formerly occupied by Mike Stefanik,
posted a lap of 18.387 seconds (122.369 mph) Justin Bonsignore posted a fast
lap of 18.402 (122.269). Bobby Santos III had the third-fastest lap of
Saturday qualifying at 18.545 (121.327). Keith Rocco (18.560/121.228) and
Rowan Pennink (18.594/121.007) rounded out the top-five qualifiers.
Ron Yuhas Jr., Mike Stefanik, defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ron
Silk, Todd Szegedy and Donny Lia rounded out the top 10 qualifiers for
Sunday’s event. Don Lia who is in Santos' former ride was 11th and defending
race winner Ted Christopher was 12th fastest.
Keith Rocco made a hasty retreat to the Waterford Speedbowl where he made
it two out of three in SK Modified competition. Rocco saved the best for
last as he passed Tom Abele Jr., who had led from the start of the 35-lap
feature, on the final turn on the 1/3 mile oval. Other winners at the
Connecticut shoreline oval were Ken Cassidy Jr. who won his third straight
Mini Stock feature. Tyler Jackson picked up his first career win in the SK
Light Modified race and Chris Meyer found Victory Lane in the Street Stock
feature. In Saturday Showdown Series action, Dan Butler won the Super X-Car
feature race and Scott Limkemann scored the win in the accompanying X-Car
event. The Late Models had the weekend off.
Ron Silk celebrated his eighth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory
in an extended 159-lap Thompson IceBreaker after Rowan Pennink was posted
for not allowing Silk, who chose to take the inside groove for the final
restart, to set the pace. He officially jumped the restart. “I had a better
car than Rowan (Pennink),” said Silk after the race. “Before the last
restart, he had me up in the marbles. He didn’t even give me a chance to
have a line. You can’t beat the leader to the line. If you do, you have to
lift. I’m happy to win and we had a better car than he did. I ran him down
and passed him with 15 to go. The rule is in black and white. You can’t beat
the leader to the line.” Ted Christopher was sitting in the cat bird seat
and had the best view of what happened. Christopher stated that Pennink went
early and when Silk realized what was happening he jabbed the gas and spun
the wheels. As a penalty NASCAR placed Pennink at the tail of the lead lap
which gave him a tenth place finish. The official order of finish saw
Christopher finishing second with Mike Stefanik, third. Jimmy Blewett and
Don Lia rounded out the top five. Sixth through ninth were Jamie Tomaino,
Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby and Wade Cole. Fifteen of the original 29
starters were running at the finish.
Silk started the race in eighth and led just one time throughout the race
distance taking the lead at lap 138 when he dove underneath Pennink in turn
three. Ryan Preece took the lead at the start and led through lap 84 before
giving way to Bobby Santos III. Santos led for only two laps when Preece
took the lead back, but only momentarily as Don Lia took his turn at the
point. Lia led from lap 89 to lap 129 when Pennink took control following a
restart on lap 130. Pennink and Silk slugged it out until lap 138 when Silk
took the lead for the final time.
There were 12 caution periods that slowed the 157 lap event with some of
them taking out some of the pre-race favorites. The first caution flew on
lap 9 when Patrick Emerling , Doug Coby and John Jensen spun in turn 2. The
second caution occurred on lap 39 when Todd Szegedy spun while attempting to
pass Mike Stefanik. It was during this caution that Jensen dropped out with
engine troubles. Caution no.3 came on lap 52 when Eric Goodale spun in turn
four. Eddie Flemke JR and Doug Coby got together for a spin in turn two on
lap 69 to bring out the fourth caution. One lap later Long Islander Ken
Heagy dropped out with engine woes. Coby spun with Keith Rocco during a
restart on lap 74 for caution No. 5. The field had no sooner taken the green
on lap 78 when Patrick Emerling got sideways coming out of turn two. Szegedy
and Silk went on the defensive. Silk survived but Szegedy didn't as he went
into the inside wall a ton, ending his day. Caution no.7 on lap 85 had to be
considered "The Big One" as it involved 13 cars and caused NASCAR to throw
the red in order to clean the track of multiple wrecks. Rob Fuller and Bryon
made the initial contact in turn one that triggered the mess. Among those
who were collected and eliminated were Tony Ferrante Jr, Eric Berndt, Eric
Goodale, Eric Beers, Ron Yuhas Jr and Keith Rocco along with Fuller. Doug
Coby spun in turn 2 on lap 113 for yellow No.8. Another multi car wreck on
lap 122 brought out caution no. 9. Mike Stefanik hit the rear of Ryan
Preeces' car sending him into a spin in turn three. Preece made contact with
the wall and destroyed his radiator, putting him out for the day. Also
eliminated was Bobby Santos III. On lap 142 Wade Cole spun, for caution No.
10, in turn two setting the stage for the first green-white checker. When
the field went back to green on lap 149 Lia and Justin Bonsignore tangled.
Lia was able to continue but Bonsignore had terminal suspension damage and
was done for the day. On the restart, Christopher wrested the lead from Silk
only to lose it because Cole spun again bringing out the 12th and final
caution of the day.
In other Thompson IceBreaker action, Ryan Preece, Tommy O’Sullivan, Derek
Ramstrom, Glenn Boss, Scott Sundeen, and Tyler Poulin all took victories in
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.
Preece jumped to the lead in the Sunoco Modified feature and held off
Woody Pitkat for the win in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature. It was
Preece at the drop of the green with Woody Pitkat getting by Ted Christopher
for the second position. As Preece began pulling away, the first caution
flew at lap four when John Catania spun and hit the backstretch wall. The
green quickly went to yellow when on the restart Shawn Thibeault, Wayne
Arute, and Moose Douton got tangled up in turn four. The action continued
with Pitkat and Preece side-by-side through turn one and Pitkat pulling
ahead by a nose in turn two, however, it was Preece ahead at the line with
Pitkat in tow. Todd Ceravolo rounded out the top-three and the trio pulled
away to a significant lead over the rest of the field.
The torrid pace of Preece and Pitkat saw them lapping the field by the
17th circuit, and as they maneuvered through lapped traffic, Ceravolo
dropped a half a straightaway in the rear view mirror. Preece took the
checkers in commanding style followed by Pitkat, Ceravolo, and Christopher,
who was later disqualified for an altered muffler. Christopher's finish was
reinstated after it was determined that his mufflers had not been altered.
There were 18 Sunoco (SK) Modifieds on hand.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returned to action for the South
Boston (Va.) 150. While the Whelen Modified Tour Series in the north had
been losing some of it's competitors the southern series appears to be
gaining as 27 cars were on hand for the event. Brandon Ward won the South
Boston 150 on Saturday night in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action
at South Boston Speedway. Ward took the lead from defending tour champion
George Brunnhoelzl III, who led a race-high 130 laps, on Lap 131 and never
looked back over the 19 laps of the race. It was Ward’s first tour victory
in 17 starts. Andy Seuss rebounded from an early-race incident to finish
second followed by Danny Bohn in third. Kyle Ebersole and L.W. Miller
rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Thomas Stinson, Burt
Myers, Brunnhoelzl, Renee Dupuis and John Smith.
The Stafford Motor Speedway management announced that veteran car owner
Bob Garbarino would be the Grand Marshal of the upcoming Spring Sizzler.
Garbarino has been an avid supporter of Modified racing at Stafford since
the track was paved in 1967. His Mystic Missile has carried some of NASCAR
Modified's Greatest drivers including Dick Watson, Ted Stack, Hop
Harrington, Leo Cleary, Gene Bergin, Geoff Bodine, Tim Connelly, Satch
Worley, Brian Ross, Bugsy Stevens and SJ Evonsion. In recent years Bobby
Santos III and Don Lia have steered the Missile. Garbarino owns and operates
the Mystic River Marina in Mystic, CT.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup action, Greg Biffle held on tight in the fastest
Sprint Cup race ever on the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway,
pulling away after charging below Jimmie Johnson for a winning pass with 30
laps remaining on a windy and fast-paced Saturday night. In Nationwide
Series action, Ricky Stenhouse pushed his Ford out in front with six laps
left before Denny Hamlin came from behind to get side-by-side at the
start-finish line. Stenhouse was ahead by only .001 seconds after that first
lap before pulling away for his second victory of 2012. Kasey Kahne
celebrated NASCAR's return to Rockingham Speedway with a victory Sunday in
the Truck Series race. The track was purchased at auction by Andy Hillenburg,
and he successfully brought NASCAR back. The truck race was the first
NASCAR-sanctioned event at The Rock since 2004. In other Rockingham action
Corey LaJoie continued to bat a 1.000 at the speedway in the UARA Late Model
Series, winning his third event in three outings at the 1-mile track, while
Frank Kimmel II finally made it to victory lane after narrowly missing it in
November in the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals.
Last year, 2016, IceBreaker weekend
at the Thompson Motorsports Park Speedway dawned with brisk temperatures in
the low 40's. Twenty seven Whelen Modifieds were on hand. Picking up where
he left off at the close of the 2015 season Doug Coby continued to be the
fastest of the fast as he took the pole position in time trials held late
Saturday. Coby turned the 5/8 mile oval in 18.641sec. Just a tick off was
Ryan Preece who turned a 18.666sec lap which put him on the outside pole.
Donnie Lia, Chase Dowling and Ron Silk rounded out the top five. True to
form and consistent with past performance was Melissa Fifield who at 20.94
is 2.3 seconds slower than the pole sitter. Always in the way, NASCAR needed
to park her before someone gets hurt. As per usual she went her normal 40
laps before parking it, some three laps down.
On Long Island they call him "The Natural", at Thompson on Sunday they
called him "The Winner". Timmy Solomito became a first time winner on the
Whelen Modified Tour Series as he beat the best there is. Solomito took the
lead on a restart shortly after the 115 lap mark and by lap 126 had checked
out on the field. Ryan Preece took the lead from Doug Coby on the start.
Preece led the field for 81 laps before the first caution was displayed when
Jimmy Blewett spun in turn four. Justin Bonsignore led the field following
pit stops before Solomito took command.
Preece finished second and was followed by Bonsignore, Coby, Ron Silk,
Donnie Lia, Eric Goodale, Blewett, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Max Zachem
and Bobby Santos. There were only two caution flags which consumed 16 laps.
Solomito's average speed was 93.464 mph.
In Sunoco Modified (SK type) racing at Thompson Keith Rocco beat out a
stellar field to record the opening day 30 lap feature win. Rocco, who
started on the pole, led every lap. It was not a cake walk by any means as a
lot of hot competition was breathing down his neck, first by Ryan Preece and
then by Ted Christopher. Ronnie Williams in a car owned by Rocco finished
third. For Rocco it was his 214th career win. A decent opening day field of
20 cars were on hand.
Sibling rivalry hit a fever pitch and boiled over during the running of
the Late Model event. The Rocco brothers, Jeff and Keith, were running
one-two on lap 18 when they tangled between turns three and four and spun
rear end first into the concrete. Both cars suffered severe damage and were
out of the event. Keith felt that his brother had done him wrong and
expressed his displeasure with the outcome. Jeff later accepted
responsibility for the incident. Ernie LaRose inherited the lead but he too
ended up with a trashed car after making contact with Rick Gentes. William
Wall inherited the lead from there and ran without incident to record his
first ever win. Larry Gelinas finished second.
Other weekend winners at Thompson were NEW ENGLAND PRO FOUR MODIFIEDS:
Norm Wrenn, III, NORTHEAST STREET STOCK TOUR: Joe Arena, NEMA LITES: Dan
Cugini, VINTAGE OUTLAW Jim Lowrey, NEW ENGLAND TRUCK SERIES: Bert Ouellette,
III, LITE MODIFIEDS: Tomy Membrino, JR, XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN: Joshua
Wood, PRO ALL STAR SERIES RACE: Garrett Hall and MINI STOCKS Dave Trudeau.
Ryan Preece made a hasty trip back to New England after he finished 28th
Friday night in his first race at Texas Motor Speedway. Preece qualified a
solid 21st for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Xfinity Series race and brought
the G&K Services Chevrolet home 28th after recovering from a turn-two spin
on the second lap.
Russ Dowd closed out a long and brilliant career as operations manager
and announcer of the oval track at Thompson, one of several titles he has
held at the speedway. When the Icebreaker finished on Sunday evening, he
left his track office desk for one last time. Dowd who, after over thirty
years with the speedway, announced his retirement in the off season. Dowd
was honored in a pre-race ceremony on Sunday afternoon and has provided
play-by-play for all 130 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson
A tip of the hat went out to Fanschoice.TV who provided fantastic
coverage of the Thompson IceBreaker.
The NASCAR Southern Modified Tour was at the South Boston Speedway in
Virginia on Saturday. A scant twelve cars showed for the event. Burt Myers
was the pole sitter. George Brunnhoelzl III was second fastest with Kyle
Bonsignore, third. Andy Seuss and Danny Bohn rounded out the top five.
Brunnhoelzl passed Andy Seuss on Lap 125 to regain the lead and held off
Burt Myers to win the South Boston 150.
Kyle Busch completed a NASCAR sweep in a week. Busch led 150 of 200 laps
at Texas on Friday night for the fourth victory in five Xfinity Series
starts this season. After wins in the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck
races at Martinsville the previous weekend, he had won in each of NASCAR's
top three series in a seven-day period.
A broom was waiting for Kyle Busch in Victory Lane at Texas after the
NASCAR Sprint Cup event. Busch took the lead after the final restart
Saturday night, completing his second NASCAR weekend sweep in a row and
becoming the first driver to do that since Harry Gant in 1991.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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