July 7, 2017
Sixty five years ago in 1952 George Lombardo was the Wednesday
night Sportsman winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Johnny
Sandberg made it two in a row in Claiming Car action at the Connecticut
shoreline oval. Cy Yates won a 50 lap special for the Sportsman division at
the Speedbowl on Saturday night. Bud Matter was the Claiming Car winner.
Sixty five years ago in 1957, Moe
Gherzi made it two in a row as he won the 25 lap Sportsman feature on
Wednesday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ted Stack was the
non-Ford winner. Red Foote was the Sportsman winner on Saturday night while
Arnie Harris was the non-Ford winner. Johnny Rocco took the win at the Islip
Speedway over George Tet.
Fifty five years ago in 1962, the New
London-Waterford Speedbowl ran on Wednesday and on Saturday. Dick Beauregard
was up for the task as he won both Modified features as was Ed Moody who won
both Bomber features. Ron Narducci displaced Bill Slater from victory lane
as he won on the dirt at the Stafford Springs Speedway on Friday night.
Fifty years ago in 1967, Stafford ran
a 100 lapper on Friday night with Gene Bergin in the M-6 taking the win over
Fred DeSarro, Fred Harbach, Eddie Flemke and Tommie Elliott. At the Albany
Saratoga Speedway Kenny Shoemaker took the top spot over Andy Romano, Bill
Wimble, Don Wayman and Dick Clark. At Norwood Arena on Saturday night, Mr.
Leo Cleary took top honors as he won the modified main event for the second
week in a row. Fonda’s victory lane belonged to Bill Wimble as he out ran
Dave Lape and Andy Romano for the win. Fred "Fuzzy" Baer scored a popular
Modified win at Waterford while Jiggs Beetham took the checkers in the
Daredevils. Utica Rome ran their rained out 100 lapper from the week before
and it was Eddie Flemke taking the win over Bill Wimble, Rene Charland, Don
MacTavish and Ernie Gahan.
Forty five years ago in 1972, Fred
DeSarro had Len Boehler's Ole Blu in top form as he dusted the field at
Malta on Friday night. Lou Lazzaro finished second. Ronnie Bouchard, Bobby
Santos and Bugsy Stevens rounded out the top five. Stafford had a 150
planned for Saturday night but rain prevailed. At Islip, Charlie Jarzombek
took the top spot and at Fonda it was Harry Peek over Lou Lazzaro and Don
Wayman. At Utica-Rome on Sunday night, favorite son Richie Evans with his
Rusty Nail Special beat out Denis Giroux, Ron Newman, Bernie Miller and
Jerry Cook. Glynn Shafer was the Saturday night Modified winner at
Waterford. Waterford ran a 75 lap open competition event on Wednesday. Jerry
Dostie took the win. Eddie Flemke finished second with Bob Potter, Dick
Watson and Ronnie Bouchard rounding out the top five.
Forty years ago in 1977, rain washed
out Friday night racing at Stafford and Monadnock. Saturday night at Seekonk
saw Bugsy Stevens take a 35 lap win over George Summers, George Murray and
Ronnie Bouchard. At Westboro, Jim Landry took the top spot over Ken Bouchard
and Butch Walch. The annual Riverside 500 saw Geoff Bodine and Bob Stefanik
team up for the win. The team of Bob Polverari and Eddie Flemke finished
second. At Islip a 100 lap Race of Champions qualifier was on tap and it was
invader, Richie Evans, stealing the thunder from the Long Island regulars.
Gary Cretty finished second with Charlie Jarzombek, third and Jerry Cook,
fourth. At Freeport, George Brunnhoelzl beat out Russ Klar and Eddie
Brunnhoelzl and at Lancaster it was Maynard Troyer over Roger Treichler. In
Sunday night action at Thompson, Geoff Bodine took the top spot over Ronnie
Bouchard and Bugsy Stevens.
Thirty five years ago in 1982, after
seven rain-outs in a row, Waterford Speedbowl promoter Dick Williams ran a
Wednesday night event. Fifty laps, no points. Taking the win was Glynn
Shafer in the Ron Yuhas No.6.Don Bunnell finished second with Moose Hewitt,
Don Fowler and Joe Tiezzi rounding out the top five. At Stafford on Friday
night, Reggie Ruggiero blasted his way to the front and beat Greg Sacks to
the finish line. Kenny Bouchard finished third with Jerry Pearl, fourth. At
New Egypt, John Blewett beat out Richie Evans for the win and at Spencer it
was George Kent over Jerry Cook and Maynard Troyer. Fred Harbach made it two
for two as he won at Riverhead on Friday night and at Islip on Saturday
night. Saturday night at Waterford, it was dry for the first time since mid
May. Jerry Pearl took the win over Randy Lajoie. At Seekonk, Gomer Taylor
was the victor with George Savory and Eddie St Angelo in hot pursuit.
Thompson ran twin 40's on Sunday with Kenny Bouchard and Greg Sacks sharing
the glory. In Winston Cup action at Nashville, Darrel Waltrip took the win.
Thirty years ago in 1987, Spencer
Speedway ran a 100 lap NASCAR Modified championship event. Mike Mclaughlin
took the win over Reggie Ruggiero, Kenny Bouchard, Jan Leaty and Jamie
Tomaino. Double SK Modified Features were run at Stafford with Sonny O
‘Sullivan and Ted Christopher in victory lane. Christopher followed up his
Stafford win with a victory at Waterford on Saturday night. At Riverside, it
was Bob Polverari over Dan Avery and Mike Stefanik and at Riverhead; Dan
Jivanelli took the top spot. In other Saturday night action, George Kent won
out at Shangri-La over Randy Hedger. Oswego ran the Port City 150 on Sunday.
Tony Hirschman rose to the occasion as he took the victory over George
Brunnhoelzl and Ron Shepherd.
Twenty five years ago in 1992, rain
washed out Friday night racing at Stafford and Saturday night racing at
Waterford plus the Featherlite Modifieds at Loudon. At Riverside, Reggie
Ruggiero took the win over Rick Fuller and Chris Kopec and at Riverhead, Ed
Brunnhoelzl beat out Bill Park for the win. Richard Petty, in his last
appearance as a driver at the Daytona 400 and was a DNF.
Twenty years ago in 1997, Jim
Broderick won the 50 lap holiday program at Stafford on Friday night. At
Waterford, Todd Ceravolo recorded his fifth win of the season after passing
Eric Berndt with 17 laps to go. Scott Spaulding finished second with Berndt,
third. Reggie Ruggiero recorded his 89th career win at Riverside on Saturday
night. Ted Christopher finished second. In Winston Cup action, John Andretti
led the final 23 laps to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona and in Busch
Grandnational action at Milwaukee, Randy Lajoie took the win.
Fifteen years ago in 2002 the Fourth
of July weekend started on Wednesday night with the NASCAR Featherlite Tour
at Stafford for a 150-lap event. Ted Christopher went from pole to pole to
win the event. Ed Flemke Jr. in the Hill Enterprises entry was the show as
he came from the back twice to finish second. Rick Fuller, Jerry Marquis and
Chris Kopec rounded out the top five. Bo Gunning won the companion 50 lap
SK-Modified event. Jeff Malave survived a rough night at Thompson to take
the win on Thursday night. Ron Yuhas Jr. finished second with Kerry Malone,
third. During the running of the event Eric Berndt rode over Bert Marvin
after Marvin was brake checked by Ted Christopher. Christopher was later
sent to the rear after he spun Bo Gunning into the wall. Christopher came
from the rear and finished fourth ahead of Tom Bolles who rounded out the
top five. Ted Christopher scored his 72nd career win at Stafford on Friday
night. Christopher ‘s win tied him with all-time winner Bugsy Stevens. Lee
Raceway ran an open competition modified event on Friday. Ed Flemke Jr. led
from pole to pole to take the win over Charlie Pasteryak, Carl Pasteryak,
Kirk Alexander and Matt Hirschman. At Waterford, Jeff Pearl started up front
with a car that had been wrecked two weeks previous and went on to win the
Saturday night feature at the shoreline oval. Dennis Gada finished second
and was followed by Rob Janovic and Ed Reed Jr. The Busch North Series was
also on hand at Waterford and it was veteran Kelly Moore taking the win. At
the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, JR Bertuccio took the holiday 50
lapper over Wayne Anderson and Bill Park. Rounding out the weekend was the
Race of Champions Tour event at the Adirondack Speedway in upstate New York.
Eric Beers inherited the lead on lap 134 of the 150-lap event and went on to
take the win. Ted Christopher was leading the event when he was turned into
the fence while trying to block George Kent. Kent was sent to the rear. Jim
Willis finished second with Rick Zacharias, third. In Winston Cup action at
Daytona, the DEI cars continued to dominate as Michael Waltrip took the win.
On a sad note, four spectators were injured after being struck by
Ten years ago in 2007, the 2007
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Twin State Speedway in
Claremont, N.H on Sunday for the second of three “Flash Format Events”
scheduled in 2007. Posted Awards were $56,762 which was considerably less
than regular Tour events. As of July 5, only 29 teams had filed entries.
Among the missing were Ron Yuhas Jr, Woody Pitkat, Tony Hirschman and Bobby
Santos III. Car owners were attempting to make a statement that the race
purses for the “Flash Events” were sub-par. Twenty-six Modifieds, a light
field in comparison to previous Whelen Modified Tour series events, were on
hand for the Sunday evening event. The top six, Ronnie Silk, Ryan Preece,
Matt Hirschman, Don Lia, Mike Stefanik and James Civali, qualified through
time trials. Heat winners were Ted Christopher and Jon McKennedy. Hirschman
was fresh off a Saturday night 75 lap Race of Champions Series win at the
Lancaster Speedway in Western New York State.
James Civali avoided the raindrops and held off Matt Hirschman as he won
the Twin State event. Civali took the lead from Ron Silk going into turn 1
on lap 27 of the 100-lap contest. Ronnie Silk finished third and was
followed by Donnie Lia, Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik who recovered from
an early spin. Civali led al but one of the final 90 laps. The race distance
was extended to 117 laps because of caution laps in the first 50 laps, which
The True Value Modified Racing Series returned to Monadnock Speedway for
a 100-lap feature on Saturday evening. Kirk Alexander passed Rob Goodenough
with seven laps remaining to record the win at the Winchester, NH ¼ mile
high banked oval. Goodenough finished second with Dwight Jarvis, third. Ted
Christopher was an early contender until he was eliminated in a wreck on lap
In regular Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway Keith
Rocco scored a hard fought win as he scored his second win of the season at
the northeast Connecticut oval. A late race confrontation with Bert Marvin
added to the excitement. Harry Rheaume took the lead at the start followed
by Danny Cates, Bert Marvin and Jimmy Blewett. The racing was slowed on lap
three by a caution for a single car spin by Eric Goodale. On the ensuing
restart Marvin moved ahead of Cates and set his sites on Rheaume. Marvin was
able to drive around Rheaume for the lead on lap five. Jimmy Blewett moved
into third ahead of Cates on the next circuit. John Blewett ran in fifth but
was looking for more as he too battled with Cates. Keith Rocco joined the
fray catching John Blewett in fifth. The second caution flew on lap 10 when
Kerry Malone and Buddy Charette tangled exiting turn two.On the restart,
Marvin jumped out to the lead followed by Jimmy Blewett Blewett made a run
on Marvin but the action was halted for an incident that involved Shelly
Perry, Eric Goodale, Brian Tagg and others. Marvin was again the man to beat
on the restart getting the edge on Blewett. Rheaume held strong in third.
Just as Blewett was making his run on the leader Marvin, the lead the race
was slowed again when the Josh Steeves came to rest in turn three. The
ensuing restart set off a chain reaction that claimed a number of cars
including Steeves, Brett LeBlanc, and Ricky Shawn.The restart gave. Blewett
the opening that he needed. Marvin and Blewett went side-by-side for nearly
a lap before Blewett assumed his place at the head of the pack on lap 13.
Another quick caution and a subsequent attempt at the restart was called
back. Under the caution John Blewett headed down pit road for service. Once
back under green, Jimmy Blewett took control of the race once again. Tommy
Cravenho and Keith Rocco were locked in a battle for the third spot while
Woody Pitkat sat in fifth.
Marvin pressured Blewett by running the outside groove in search of the
lead once again. Jimmy Blewett appeared to bobble entering turn three
opening the door for Marvin and Rocco. Contact between the three leaders
ended with the leader Marvin with contact with outside wall on the front
stretch. Marvin felt that Rocco had done him in and his resulting actions
found him getting ejected from the event. When racing finally resumed, Rocco
was the new leader. Pitkat gave Rocco a run on the restart but could not
make the pass. Todd Ceravolo was able to take over the second spot from
Pitkat. Pitkat, however, after regaining his composure successfully went
back after Ceravolo. Pitkat ran in second again on lap 24. Meanwhile Rocco
began to check out on the field. Things settled down over the closing laps
with Rocco handily taking his second win of the season over Pitkat and
Ceravalo. Cravenho and Cates rounded out the top five.
Other Thursday night Thunder winners at Thompson were Ben Seitz of
Pocasset, MA, who carried the checkers in the traditional holiday visit of
the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) to Thompson. In regular weekly
series action, Kurt Vigeant earned a hard-fought victory in the annual
extra-distance race for the TIS Modifieds. Also earning his second feature
win of the season was Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, in the Pro Stocks.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Stafford Motor Speedway
the Late Models took center stage for the 13th Annual DiGiorgi Roofing &
Siding Late Model 100. Mike O'Sullivan scored the win, with Ted Christopher
winning the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Brit Andersen taking the 20-lap SK
Light Modified feature, Bill Davis taking the 20-lap Limited Late Model
feature, and Bill Dunn winning the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. The 13th
Annual DiGiorgi Late Model 100-lap feature saw Mike O'Sullivan outlast Jim
Peterson to take the victory.
Ted Christopher, Stafford’s winningest driver, ended a long dry spell as
he won the 40-lap SK Modified feature, his first feature victory since the
2006 Spring Sizzler. Kerry Malone held the early lead, but retired on lap-7
after contact with Bo Gunning. Malone's misfortune put Keith Rocco out front
and Rocco held the lead until lap-31 when Christopher dove under Rocco in
turn 3 to take over the lead. One lap later, Rocco and Brad Hietala made
contact and spun in turn 3 to bring out the caution. On the restart,
Christopher powered to the lead and ran unchallenged to the checkered flag
to take the victory. Woody Pitkat, who spun twice during the race, came back
up through the field to finish second with Bo Gunning, Zach Sylvester, and
Todd Owen rounding out the top-5.
The fastest open wheel cars in the Northeast returned to Stafford Motor
Speedway on Tuesday, July 10th as the IMSA Supermodifieds made their fourth
annual appearance at the Connecticut half-mile. Joining the ISMA Supers were
the NEMA Midgets and the Pro-4 Modifieds, making for an exciting evening of
open wheel competition. Rob Summers scored his first career ISMA
Supermodified feature victory by winning the 50-lap feature, Erica Santos
was the winner of the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature, and Jeff Zuidema was the
winner of the 20-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event.
In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at the Waterford Speedbowl
Jeff Pearl eased by Diego Monahan for the lead in turn three on lap 29 of
the 100 lap SK Modified feature. He survived three restarts, the last with
19 laps remaining and finished a car length in front of Dennis Gada. Gada,
involved in a first-lap crash that required considerable pit work, took
second from Rob Janovic Jr. on the final restart.
In other action at the shoreline oval Dennis Botticello assumed command
on lap 24 and went on to win the 100-lap Late Model feature. Botticello
handled a number of restarts including three over the final 10 laps. In his
first-ever Speedbowl ride, Tom O'Sullivan set a track record in qualifying
(a 17.370 second lap) and then romped to victory in the 50-lap Sportsman
feature. Point leader Ken Cassidy Jr. won the 50-lap Mini Stock feature
after battling Danny Field side-by-side over the final six laps in the
closest race of the night. O’Sullivan, winner of the 50-lap Sportsman event
was disqualified. According to the release from the track the Camaro run by
O'Sullivan and owned by Scott Fearn was found to be: “in violation of
left-side weight requirements in post-race inspection.” Bill Gertsch Jr.,
who finished second, was declared the winner
Jamie McMurray ended a massive losing streak in dramatic fashion, beating
Kyle Busch by a bumper in the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night in Daytona Beach,
Fla. McMurray snapped a 166-race winless streak by drag racing with Busch
for much of the final two laps at Daytona International Speedway. The cars
appeared to touch several times on their final trip around the famed track,
and McMurray nosed across the finish line a mere 0.005 of a second ahead of
Busch. It denied Busch a shot at a rare double victory - he won the
rain-rescheduled Busch Series race 12 hours earlier.
In some sad news a twin-engine NASCAR plane crashed and destroyed two
homes, killing five people. The tragedy began in Daytona Beach where Dr.
Bruce Kennedy, husband of International Speedway Corp. executive Lesa France
Kennedy, and Michael Klemm, a pilot who had worked for NASCAR aviation for
21 years, took off for Lakeland at 8:21 a.m., according to the Federal
Aviation Administration. Shortly after, the pair reported smoke in the
cockpit to air traffic controllers and said they would try to land at
Orlando Sanford International Airport. They never made it.
Five years ago in 2012, In Valenti
Modified Racing Series action at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH
Todd Szegedy passed race leader Chris Pasteryak on lap 92, and went to win
the 8th annual ‘Firecracker 100’. Szegedy became the series fifth different
winner of 2012. Szegedy hooked up in a side-by-side, crowd-pleasing battle,
with Les Hinckley for several laps, before grabbing the runner-up spot.
Pasteryak led the race from lap 49 when he slipped up allowing Szegedy to
take the lead. Hometown favorite Dwight Jarvis made a late race charge to
finish second. Todd Patnode finished third. Hinckley and Pasteryak rounded
out the top five. Sixth through tenth were: Rowan Pennink, Jon McKennedy,
Norm Wrenn, Mike Holdridge, and Joey Jarvis.
The race, slowed by five caution flags, was completed in 44 minutes.
Fourteen of the 24 cars that started the event finished on the lead lap.
Thirty cars were on hand.
Thursday night Thunder at Thompson saw another night of controversy. The
Speedway featured Twin 30 lap features for the Sunoco Modifieds. Woody
Pitkat made it two in a row in Sunoco Modified action in the night’s
Modified the opener. In the second of the twins, Ryan Preece was declared
the winner of a controversial feature event that saw Pitkat cross the
checkers first. In a more conventional finish, it was Tommy O’Sullivan
scoring the victory in the Late Models. Troy Talman wired the field to
secure the victory in Sunoco Lite Modified. Scott Sundeen continued his
domination of the Limited Sportsman division with a win. John Lowinski-Loh,
Jr. made it five consecutive wins in the TIS Modified division. Dave Trudeau
earned top honors in the Mini Stocks. Bill Cummins earned top honors in the
Vintage Outlaw Modifieds.
On lap 29 of the first Sunoco Modified feature Keith Rocco made his move
on Pitkat to take over the lead. Pitkat dove low exiting the fourth turn.
Pitkat and Rocco made contact. Pitkat was able to gain the advantage and
edged out Rocco for the victory. Ted Christopher came home third. Ryan
Preece and Kerry Malone rounded out the top five. The second Sunoco Modified
feature was somewhat ho-hum until the final moments. With two laps to go
Rocco made a move outside of Christopher. He could not make the pass for the
lead. Pitkat got along side Rocco momentarily but Rocco fought back. A spin
by Kerry Malone brought out the caution flag setting the stage for an
exciting restart. Christopher picked the outside groove on the restart.
Rocco got the jump on the restart only to have his car falter in turn one.
Christopher was able to take the lead. With the white flag flying, Pitkat
muscled by Christopher in turn two to steal the lead away. Preece got by
Christopher to take over the second position. Pitkat streaked under the
checkers first followed by Preece and Christopher. A dissatisfied
Christopher made contact with Pitkat on the cool down lap and was
disqualified. When all was said and done Preece found himself in the
winner's circle. Pitkat was placed in second. Dennis Perry, Richie Gallup,
and Kerry Malone completed the top five.
It's a fore gone conclusion that at some point the Thompson management
will say they have had enough and will pull the plug on the Sunoco
Modifieds. The animals have taken over the running of the zoo and the only
way to retake control is to shoot them!
Keith Rocco made it two in a row in SK Modified competition at the
Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Stafford's SK Light Modifieds took
center stage with their Xtra Mart Xtra D 25-lap feature event. Zach Aszklar
was the big winner of the night, picking up his first career victory, Mike
Quintiliano picked up his first Late Model feature victory since the 2005
season, Josh Wood picked up his sixth feature win of the season in the
20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, and James Carroll picked up his first career
feature victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Competitors at the Waterford Speedbowl were given a night off.
In NASCAR Southern Modified action at the Caraway Speedway in North
Carolina George Brunnhoelzl III won the Firecracker 150 on Friday night.
Brunnhoelzl dominated the day by being the fastest in practice and winning
his third pole position of the season before leading the race wire-to-wire.
With the victory, Brunnhoelzl, out of West Babylon, N.Y., takes over sole
possession of the Southern Modified Tour’s all-time wins list at 14 after
coming into the event in a tie with L.W. Miller. Brandon Ward finished as
the runner-up and crossed the line .343 seconds behind the winner. Danny
Bohn, who started the race from the ninth position, charged to the front and
finished third. Brian Loftin, who won at Caraway earlier in the season,
finished fourth and Jason Myers finished fifth.
Rookie Jon McKennedy, John Smith, Michael Speeney, Tim Brown and Joe
Scarborough rounded out the top 10. The race was slowed due to caution six
times for 27 laps
In NASCAR Modified action at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Justin
Bonsignore started on pole and never looked back as he won the Cromarty Cup
50 for the Modifieds. Shawn Solomito finished second with Ryan Preece,
third. Rounding out the top five were Timmy Solomito and Ron Silk. Ted
Christopher finished seventh.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at Daytona, Tony Stewart emerged the winner,
charging past Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the last lap and holding on
as the challengers stacked up behind him Saturday night in one of Daytona's
Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger said that he tested positive for
a stimulant and was collecting his medicines and supplements in an attempt
to figure out what got him in trouble. A statement issued by Allmendinger's
business manager did not identify the stimulant and said the driver does not
know what caused him to fail the random test conducted June 29. He was
suspended just hours before the Daytona event and NASCAR has not revealed
the substance, either.
Kurt Busch took the lead on the final lap and held on to win the Subway
Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway for his second Nationwide win
of the year.
Last year, 2016, The Modified
Tri-Track Series visited the Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday night. With 39
cars on hand it made for an exciting set of qualifying heats. Doug Coby
scored a double shot as he won the Boston Louie NEMA Midget event and the
Tri Track Modified 100. It was the third time that Coby won the Tri Track
In the 100 lap event that paid $10,000, Coby started fourth and took the
lead following a lap 40 restart. Coby fought off challenges from Ron Silk
and Justin Bonsignore to the end which came at 11:30pm. Silk prevailed in
second spot while Bonsignore was penalized for an improper restarting spot
and placed in sixth spot at the finish. Rowan Pennink finished third with
Les Hinkley and Matt Hirschman rounding out the top five.
Twenty three of the original 27 starters finished on the lead lap. Among
those who didn't finish was Tommy Barrett who was making his first start of
the season. Barrett was up to sixth with 15 laps to go when his car quit. He
ended up dead last. Among those who didn't qualify was Ted Christopher who
was eliminated after a crash in the fifth heat. Christopher was third
fastest in practice.
Due to the severe weather forecast for Friday night that included
thunderstorms and hail, Stafford Speedway cancelled their Fourth of July
The competition at Stafford this year has been nothing short of being
fabulous with close wheel to wheel action in all divisions.
Ted Christopher had a tough couple of weeks in SK Modified competition at
the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. On Saturday night at the shoreline oval
his previous bad luck awarded him a pole shot in the feature which he took
full advantage as he led every lap to record his first victory at the track
in 2016. Diego Monahan was second and Keith Rocco, third. Todd Owen and
Justin Gaydosh rounded out the top five.
In other events Keith Rocco won the first Late Model feature, Anthony
Flannery was victorious in the second Late Model feature, Andrew Molleur won
the SK Light Modified feature, Monte Gibbs topped the field in the Limited
Sportsman feature, Wayne Burroughs Jr. won the Mini Stock feature and Ryan
Locke won the NEMA Lites feature.
Keith Rocco continues to build on his record setting feature win total.
Rocco's recorded a win in the Late Model division at the shoreline oval
brought his track win total to 126 wins. The win also took Rocco over the
top to a career overall total of 222 wins which also include victories at
Thompson and Stafford Speedways.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series was at the Monadnock Speedway in
Winchester, NH on Saturday night for a 100 lapper. Jon McKennedy made four
attempts in the final nine laps only to make the last one count for the win.
McKennedy drove it in hard in turn three and snuck under leader Russ Hersey
to steal a victory. Todd Patnode finished third and was followed by Steve
Masse and Chris Pasteryak.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, sophomore NASCAR Modified talent
Kyle Soper rewarded his hard working team with a win on Saturday night
winning the 66th Year Celebration 66-lap feature for his second straight
Whelen All American Series triumph. Shawn Solomito was runner-up noting
afterwards, "this is our tour car, we were just a tick off but hats off to
Kyle he earned it". Dave Brigati was third with John Fortin Jr. and Howie
Brode rounding out the top five.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, Brad Keselowski was the class of the field
during Saturday’s Coke Zero 400, leading a race-high 115 laps en route to a
dominating victory at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The victory was Keselowski’s
fifth restrictor plate victory, but his first at Daytona in his 15th attempt
at the 2.5-mile oval. The victory was also the 100th in NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series competition for team owner Roger Penske. While he was the dominant
driver all night, Keselowski had to survive three caution flags in the final
31 laps before he rolled his Team Penske Ford into victory lane.
In the Daytona Xfinity event, NASCAR declared Aric Almirola the winner of
Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 after a caution flag waved during the final
lap after an overtime restart. Almirola and Justin Allgaier were
side-by-side racing for the lead coming out of turn four heading to the
checkered flag when NASCAR called the caution flag because of a crash on the
backstretch. It took several minutes for NASCAR to review video before
officials eventually declared Almirola the race winner.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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