Seekonk Speedway after injuring his wrist in a practice incident at Canaan Fair Speedway (NH) last month.
Grigas got collected in a wreck at Seekonk and finished back in the 22nd position. It wasn’t the result that Grigas hoped for, but he was just happy to be there.
“It was good and fun,” said Grigas. “I missed it a lot. I am just psyched to be back. I came back."
During the second heat race Grigas deftly maneuvered his car from ninth position to fifth.
“I started last in the heat and I still ended up making the show. I was kind of concerned about that.”
TRUE VALUE MODS LEFTOVERS: SEEKONK by Denise DuPont
Grigas, Dolan, Dauchenhausen, Pitkat, Hinckley, Alexander and More
A-TEAM GETS SHOT DOWN AT SEEKONK
Kirk Alexander looked like he could be headed to victory at Seekonk, but the two-time TVMRS champion pulled his #43 off the track early and was left with a 19th-place finish. 51 caught up with Kirk after the race to see what brought his night to an abrupt end.
“The alternator wire came off some where and broke,” said Alexander. “We had a fast car. We had them covered. It was just a matter of time and I was hoping to stretch it to the end of the race. The car just lost all the power and starting skipping. I just pulled her off.”
The A-Team is now busy making plans for the rest of the fall.
“We will be back at Lee with another car. This car we are getting ready for the North South Shootout in November.”
GRIGAS’ COMEBACK ISN’T WHAT HE HOPED
Bobby Grigas made his return to racing this weekend at
Grigas' #09 Modified
“We got a top ten tonight. We were hoping for a little bit better start up front. The car was really loose. We hung on and end up about ninth position. A top ten with what we had I was pretty happy with it.”
Now Goodenough is looking forward to the Lee race to cap off the ’06 season.
“We will race with what we have and hopefully get another top ten and up with a good ending for the year in points. It has been a good year.
SANTOS TAKES NEMA CHECKERS
The NEMA Midget race was won by Bobby Santos III,
Alexander's #43 (Jim DuPont Photos)
in the back stretch. We both got sideways going through turn three and four. I was still sideways coming out of turn four. I gave the car a little gas coming out and the back end went out and caught Dale. I did not know that I hit him. But since I did hit him they put me to the back.”
After restarting from the back of the pack, Dolan’s #69 car went back towards the front.
“We came back up through the pack about half way and then Dale hit me. After that, the car was all bent up on the right front. We then were pretty much just riding around.
“Now we are going to put the car back together, go to Lee and have fun.”
GOODENOUGH GOOD ENOUGH FOR A TOP 10 FINISH
Rob Goodenough finished the Seekonk race in the ninth position.
For the first half of the heat race the 09 car remained at the back of the pack.
“I was caught behind some slower cars. They were side by side. The car was not handling as good as we hoped. I am just psyched to race again.”
Bobby Grigas started the #09 Triple G Scaffold sponsored car in 13th, still wearing a a black brace on his left wrist which is the only sign that remains of his wrist injury.
During the race, Grigas was caught in the middle of a malee that followed when the leaders tangled and Andy Seuss spun on lap 39.
“They only thing that did not want to happen is to tear the
wheels because of my injured right front wrist. I do not know if God was on my side, but how the whole front end broke was good. It was bad because it took me out of the race, but the way it broke it saved my wrist from really getting hurt. I do not know who to thank. Everything just broke, tore up, bent and snapped. It saved my hurt wrist. The type of rack and pin I have is known to break wrists”
HINCKLEY HAPPY WITH EIGHTH
Les Hinckley started the TVMRS Seekonk race in fifth position and finished with an eighth place finish. He was just happy to make it through the weekend.
“I will be glad to get out of here and go home,” said Hinckley. “I think that we were doomed all weekend. We had a good race car but we are down to the bottom of the barrel with tires. We could not get the stagger that we wanted. We had tires that were good for time trials or for a heat race we were really fast with them. We were at the top of the speed charts then. But I knew they were not going to be good for the race.”
Santos won the NEMA Midget race driving the Writgen # 29 car.
“It was a good race because it came right down to the end. That was what made it neat. It was a lot of fun. I want to thank my crew for the awesome car.”
Santos’s average speed track speed was clocked at 105.38 MPH. This was Santos’ first win at Seekonk Speedway.
“I have driven on this track before but I have just had a hard time on this track. So to finally win here makes me feel really good.”
After winning yet another race this year Bobby expressed his feelings.
“This year has been unbelievable. It has been the luckiest year that I ever had. It has been a lot of fun. The race was just awesome. It took the pressure off of me when I had to start last, so we just went out and had fun. Then we won
who passed Jeff Horn and second place finisher Joey Payne, to take over the lead on lap 27. Santos started last in the race after the car broke during his qualifying heat.
“From lap one, I was going as hard as I could. The restarts fell perfect for me. It was a tough race. Every pass was hard. When the two leaders were racing it created opportunity and got us in there.”
Hinckley held on to a top five position for several laps until he was passed by faster cars coming up trough the ranks.
“I tightened the car up for the race,” said Hinckley. “I did not know how much to tighten it. I thought that I tightened it up enough. We would have been pretty good but the stagger just continued to grow in the race. It almost got to the point that the car was not drivable. We were just hanging on. They were gaining on me and beating me towards the end, but I wanted to hang on and get out of here in one piece. Seekonk is an interesting place. Sometimes it is good to us sometimes it is not. But we have a top ten. Now we will go to Lee and then take it from there.“
PITKAT FALLS SHORT IN BID TO MAKE TVMRS DEBUT
On Saturday, Woody Pitkat, the Thompson Speedway Sunoco Modified champion and NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series divisional champion, failed to qualify in his heat race and was forced to participate in the consi event. It was both a caution and accident filled 15 laps. Woody started 10th and rapidly made it up to second position.
After a tap on the car’s back bumper, Woody spun and had to restart from the back of the pack. On his way back through the pack, it was like an instant replay as he was spun again. He was black flagged and never came back to race.
“It was a little rough,” said Pitkat. “We didn’t get a chance to practice on Friday. So we only got five or six laps of practice. They gave us 20 minutes. But someone blew up before that so they only gave us five minutes to practice. Pretty much we tried to use the heat race as a practice. We were going alright and then I got a little overanxious on the throttle and spun the car out while I was running in fourth or fifth position. Then we came back up through and just missed qualifying by a spot.”
After failing to qualify in heat one, Woody had a second chance in the consi race.
“We went into the consi and we were running all right. We started third and we were running second for a while. Then we had a late restart and got stuck on the outside. We were spun out. After that, racing just breeds more cautions. We were finally black flagged after we broke the steering rack. So I had to bring the car in.
“It was a tough weekend but we will put it all back together and then go to Lee in a couple of weeks and try to get more seat time. Get use to who we have to race with. And go from there.”
What were Woody’s impressions on driving a TVMRS car versus a Stafford SK Modified car?
“It is definitely a lot different. That was why I wanted to try it. I wanted to see the difference in horsepower and stuff. As I said in the heat race, I think I got a little over anxious there when I was running fourth. I picked up the throttle to quick and spun the car out. It is just a matter of going back to the ways I learned in driving school of rolling on the throttle and rolling off. In the consi that was what I was doing. We were all right. We just had a lot of cautions and that type of race is just a rubber mat. Everybody is trying to race to get in.
“It is definitely a big difference and it is going to take a little while to adapt. You just cannot jump and run six laps of practice and think that you are going to go out there and be good. I figured that we would probable qualify. It is a little disappointing but we will just go to Lee and try to get some more seat time and pick it up from there.”
Jarvis is interviewed by TVMRS announcer John Spence.
We also asked what Dwight’s thoughts were on the black flag penalty, which moved Louie Mechalides from an apparent victory to a second-place finish after the race.
“I did not see them throw the black flag. I would have thought that they would have stopped the race if they threw the flag and he did not leave the track. They could have given him his penalty then rather then wait until after the win. We have our officials though and we have to live by what they say. “
EVONSION FINISHES IN TOP 10 UNDER A FULL MOON
The fact that there was a full moon over the track at Seekonk was not lost on Dale Evonsion.
“I was watching the full moon while I was waiting to go out. And that definitely gets you concerned.”
“It was pretty exciting. Watching that Late Models and Pro Stocks [which both had a large number of caution periods in their events] it definitely looked like it was going to be one of those nights for us. We went the first 30 laps without any issues and then after that it was downhill.”
“People were complaining that the track was pretty slippery, but for me I was not having that issue. I got into it with Jimmy Dolan and went to the back. I had a flat tire. I came back and went through and got into it with him again. It was one of those nights that were we playing ping-pong going back and forth.”
Santos in victory lane.
DAUCHENHAUSEN ALMOST ENDS UP IN TOP 10
Ed Dauchenhausen finished 11th at Seekonk. It wasn’t the night that he hoped for, but he’ll take it.
“I don’t know what happened up front at the end tonight,” said Dauchenhausen. “We started up front but the car was really tight in the beginning and then we came up to make changes to it. I do not think we over did it but we tried it again.
“We just had a rough night. We got roughed up with the car. It was just a bad night with the car. It was aggravating sitting around all day long and then you go out and things are not the way you want them to be. We will get them at Lee.”
JARVIS MARCHES CLOSER TO TITLE WITH A THIRD
Dwight Jarvis completed the race in third position and he was happy to maintain his point lead with that result.
“Hey, I love it. I would have liked to have taken that number one spot. But we will take the third spot and take the car home in one piece and a little bit more of a point advantage. “
Jarvis is currently the point leader heading into the season finale at Lee. His only pursuer at this point is Jimmy Kuhn, Jr.
“I am glad I have a point lead. Jimmy is an excellent guy to race with. A super clean guy and we will fight it out to the end and it will be a clean fight to.”
Evonsion finished 10th. Now he is trying to maintain
his points position in the final race of the year.
“We will be going to Lee. We are still fifth in points and
we are trying to hold on to it.”
DOLAN HAS A CRAZY NIGHT
Jimmy Dolan was also aware of the full moon. After his
team got their car in the trailer, Dolan took a break to summarize his night.
“It was quite a night. There was definitely a full moon,” said Dolan. “I don’t know if it was as bad as yesterday, but it was a tough weekend. We were doing pretty good up until the #35 car [Dale Evonsion] came down on me
the race so it was pretty neat. From here we will just keep
racing and having fun and just race as much as we can race.”
ABOLD WINS SUNDAY’S MIDGET FEATURE
Abold in victory lane.
On Sunday, Jeff Abold, of Pennellville, NY, in his #05 Ford Focus Midget car won the 25-lap series race. Jeff is the only competitor to have four feature wins to his credit.
Abold led all 25 laps to beat Jesse State, Nick Wean, Ryan Osborne, and Dana Messier to the checkered flag.
The 2006 USAC Ford Focus Midget champion, Ryan Smith from Kunkletown, PA, was also crowned the champion for the series at Seekonk Speedway. All that Smith had to do at Seekonk was start the race to clinch the championship.