chassis. I went through the corner and the chassis never dropped. It was like suspending the rear end of the chassis. All of a sudden the car started hopping. I did not know if I broke an axle or what. At Jennerstown, I bent a shock and I felt it immediately.”
Rounding out the top five were, Lou Cicconi, Bobby Santos II, Mike Ordway and Nokie Fornoro.
Jeff Zuidema continued this year’s winning streak by winning the twenty lap Pro Four race. (Denise DuPont)
FISHER TOPS 'EM AT T-ROAD
It seemed only fitting that Shelburne’s Jamie Fisher scored his 13th Late Model feature win Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road in the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts 50. Fisher, who started eighth in the 24 car field, first took the lead at the half-way mark after a side-by-side duel with rookie competitor Marcel Gravel of Wolcott that lasted some nine laps. Fisher nosed ahead but the first year driver refused to be intimidated by the former track champion.
Wheeler’s runner-up finish coupled with his performance in the semi-feature and the qualifying heat unofficially moves him atop the season-long point standings. Dennis Demers of Shelburne, the point leader entering the Fisher/Federated event was third. Completing the top five were Dave Whitcomb from Essex Jct and Rich Lowrey from Charlotte.
“I’m glad to get back in victory lane but I feel badly for Marcel (Gravel). He had given me plenty of room (to race). It was too bad for his day to end like that. Next week I’ll have my work cut out for me since I’ll have to start in the back as the previous winner but I’ve been to the back before. I think I can make it back up front since I like to run a higher groove than everyone else,” Fisher commented.
MacDONALD WINS AT CENTRE FOR SPEED
Rollie MacDonald of Pictou, NS won the PARTS FOR TRUCKS 100 for the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour at Centre for Speed, near Shediac, NB on Saturday night. MacDonald took the lead on lap 69 from Gordie Ryan of Wellington, NS. Ryan held on for second, ahead of Mike MacKenzie of Dartmouth, NS. Wayne Smith of Halifax, NS and Kent Vincent of Crapaud, PE rounded out the top five. MacDonald becomes the fourth different winner in in five feature races this season.
teams another tough tussle. Whether it’s the final point’s race or not, for the Maritime teams it’s still home turf. As one PASS fan from Nova Scotia said, “It will be like the old Riverside 250s, but on a newly paved track in front of thousands of fans in the new grandstands. It’s Bristol of the north, It’ll be wild.”
Meanwhile, Scotia Speedworld officials have announced that the Forbes 200 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) race rained out on June 24 & June 25 has been cancelled for 2006.
“We couldn’t find a date that fit both PASS’ and our schedules,” stated Scotia Speedworld’s GM Ken Cunning. “We tried every combination that we could think of, to no avail. We looked at running the Forbes race when PASS is back in town for the Atlantic Cat weekend, but we couldn’t make it work.
“Forbes Chev Olds and C&R Auto Supply completely understand the situation and have been very flexible as we worked through this situation” said Cunning. “They have been very supportive during the process”.
It has also been announced that the PASS North Super Late Model and PASS Modified race that was rained out on Sunday June 4th has been rescheduled to Saturday September 30th.
NO RAIN, BUT PLENTY OF THUNDER AT STAFFORD
Thundershowers surrounded Stafford Speedway last Tuesday night, but the only real thunder and lightening was on the track as USAC Silver Crown Clash, NEMA Midgets and ISMA Super Modified cars ran a classic event on Tuesday, July 11th.
Chris Economacki was on hand to emcee the PRA Big Car Series exhibition race, with former USAC Silver Crown cars. Two time Indy 500 winner Al Unser, Jr., World of Outlaws Champion Sammy Swindell, NASCAR Cup Champion and now ABC announcer, Rusty Wallace and former female IRL driver Sarah Fisher all made their track entrance riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Rusty Wallace went to victory lane in the #90 Silver Crown car. Unser had led most of the race laps until he was penalized one position for jumping the race start after a caution. Swindell and Fisher were next in the rundown.
During the 25 lap NEMA midget race, Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA, took the lead from Mike Kessler just after halfway and went on to win the race. Santos returned home after winning several mid-western USAC races to drive the family owned #98s car in this event.
“I have to thank my family, they gave me an awesome racecar,” Santos said after the race.
Santos also indicated he will return on August 15th for the Big One and a shot at the $50,000 bonus for winning both the Big Car and Midget races.
Andy Shlatz came in tenth getting a well deserved top ten.
“I have been burning the midnight oil for the last six weeks to try to put this new car together. But I finally did it. I tried to honor Marvin Ritchie at Stafford by putting on a good show for the underdogs in front of all the big stars tonight like Rusty Wallace, All Unser, Jr., and everyone.”
Shlatz’s mission as an underdog was accomplished.
51's NORTHERN EXPOSURECompiled by Mike Twist
PASS North Changes, Fisher and MacDonald Win and More
The big fast Super Late Models will be arriving at the newly rebuilt 3/8th –mile high-banked speedway on Friday October 13th for practice for the Riverside Fall Foliage 250 scheduled for Saturday October 14, 2006.
The event will be in place of the previously scheduled season finale at Star Speedway (NH). That event, on October 7th, will now become a PASS Outlaw race.
With the added pressure of Riverside being the final point’s race of 2006 for the PASS North Super Late Model Series, all the top teams will be on hand for 250 green-flag laps on the tough high banks. The best in the Maritimes will be on hand too to give the PASS North
A NORTHERN RACING ADDITION
Speed51.com Northeast correspondent Justin St. Louis now has another claim to fame other than Motorsports writer, racecar driver and Vermont racing historian. He can now also be called a “Dad”.
St. Louis and his better half Stephanie Humphries recently welcomed their son Landon into the world. The newborn is doing well after weighing in at eight pounds and 10 ounces.
The entire Speed51.com family congratulates Justin and Stephanie.
PASS NORTH MAKES SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS
PASS President Tom Mayberry has announced that the PASS North Super Late Models will be joining the celebration of the New Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
The PASS North tour will have a few scheduel adjustments. (Norm Marx Photo)
The next stop on the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is on July 22nd on the tight quarter mile at Raceway Park, in Oyster Bed Bridge, PE, only minutes from Charlottetown.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is operated by the Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited and features an 11 race series at five different venues throughout the Maritime Provinces. Top drivers from all three provinces compete, including previous champions Rollie MacDonald, Shawn Tucker, John Flemming and Wayne Smith.
BOURQUE TO MAKE CASCAR DEBUT
Taking a breather from his hectic NASCAR Busch East Series (BES) schedule, Ottawa, Ontario’s (Canada) Pierre Bourque will look to make a smashing debut in Canada’s version of NASCAR from Edmonton, AB in the running of Saturday’s Grand Prix of Edmonton.
Bourque, Canada's only full-time NASCAR driver is teaming up with Whitlock Motorsports for the first of three events this season.
“I’m really looking forward to Edmonton this weekend,”
stated a confident Bourque this week. “I’m grateful to
Whitlock Motorsports for allowing me to be a part of
their team. Hopefully we can keep our nose clean and
garnish a good finish for everyone.”
Before heading into Edmonton, Bourque tested at Race
City Motorsport Park in Calgary on Wednesday preparing
for this weekend’s prestige event.
Bourque will use this race not only as experience in the
CASCAR Series but as additional seat time in a stock
car. Bourque is spending 2006 in a variety of different
racecars and sanctions, but anytime an opportunity arises
to acquire seat time to boast his racing resume, it’s not a hard decision.
“The NASCAR Busch East Series is off this weekend and I want to keep my rhythm going in a racecar and competing in this weekend’s event allows me to do so. I’m really pumped about the race on Saturday. I’m not going to try and go out and slaughter any records this weekend, I just want to run competitively and finish well. Everyone deserves that.”
Bourque will drive the No. 29 Dodge Charger for Whitlock Motorsports in all Canadian events. Next weekend, he will be back competing for Andy Hillenburg's Charlotte, NC, based Fast Track Racing Team in the 2006 NASCAR BUSCH EAST championship where he currently lies 18th in the points chase.
Borque's #10 Busch East car.. (NASCAR/Hodge Photo)
A hard hit coming off turn two by Joey Payne brought out the red flag. Payne was transported to a local hospital for observation. He was released the next day, okay but sore.
The top five finishers were Bobby Santos III, Ben Seitz, Mike Keeler, Randy Cabral, Pete Pernesiglio.
On the Super side of things, Chris Perley won his fourth Supermodified race this year with a lot of car glitches and a broken shock.
“I won again,” said Perley. “It was an awesome race. We started off real slow. I did not know if the car was going to get going. And then, it just started coming around. I ended up running on the bottom. It was the only place that I could run. I seemed to have to race everybody when I came up really hard. That’s what made it a great race for the fans and me!”
From the grand stands it was hard to believe that the #11 Perley car had a broken shock.
“When I got up to either second or third place, I went into turn three and we were starting to get a lot of lift as the fuel load went down. It turned out that right rear shock broke in half. It got hung up on the
With seven laps remaining, the complexion of the race changed. As the field entered the first turn the front runners encountered a slower moving car. Gravel tried to switch lanes but his Pontiac lost traction and was hit by Montpelier’s Phil Scott who was running third at the time. Several others were received varying degrees of damage to their cars in the incident including John Donahue, Marc Curtis, Cris Michaud and Mark Norris. Fisher escaped unscathed.
chaud was able to continue and inherited second on the restart only to find that his car had sustained more damage than originally thought. Chad Wheeler from Waterbury Ctr quickly overtook Michaud and went on to finish second. five feature races this season.
Ryan won the Fast Track RV Sales Halfway award. John Flemming of Halifax, NS led the first 46 laps to win the Atlantic Tiltload Most Laps Led Award. Only three cautions slowed the event.
MacDonald and Brad Mann of Campbellton, NB won the Motormart heat races. Flemming won the Motor Mart Dash for the Pole, featuring the top ten finishers in Time Trials. MacKenzie of Dartmouth, NS had the fastest time on the 3/8 mile oval, at an average speed of 82.462 miles per hour.
Twenty nine of the Maritimes top drivers attempted to qualify for the Main Feature. The final qualifying positions for the main event were determined by the Urquhart MacDonald Associates B-Feature. Stephen Brown won the event over fellow Halifax, NS campaigner Dan MacKay. Cy Harvey of Elmsdale, NS rounded out the top three.
Rusty Wallace (#90), Chris Perley (#11) and Bobby Santos, III (#98) all won at Stafford. (Jim DuPont Photos)
Jamie Fisher in victory lane. (Leif Tillotson Photo)