In preparation for Stafford Motor Speedway’s rescheduled CARQUEST Fall Final event on October 28, the track has announced that it will be hosting a practice session on Friday, October 20th. The session will be an open practice available to all NASCAR divisions, including the Whelen Modified Tour. Stafford’s paddock area will open at 11am with the practice session running from 1pm to 5pm.
“With the short amount of practice time we have scheduled for October 28th, we wanted to give not only our weekly teams, but the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams an extra opportunity for track time leading into the Fall Final,” said Mark Arute, SMS CEO / GM. “We talked to NASCAR and they approved the Tour cars for this practice session, which will not only give teams track time, but will help get some rubber put back into the track after it has sat idle for a few weeks.”
TRUE VALUE MODS: SEEKONK DAV AWAITS
With only two races remaining on the schedule, 24 points separating the top two drivers, and the 2006 championship battle going right down to the wire, the True Value Modified Racing Series heads to Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA., this weekend Oct 7 and 8, for the D.Anthony Venditti Festival of Racing, an annual event that honors the late Seekonk owner. The weekend format finds qualifying races taking place on Saturday with a 100 lap green flag feature slated for the modifieds on Sunday. The TVMRS will join the Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sport Trucks, and Street Stocks, as well as appearances by the Northeastern Midget Association, USAC Ford Focus Midget Series, and the Pro Four Modifieds. Qualifying begins at 1 PM on Saturday. Features begin on Sunday, October 8, at 1 PM.
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DIRT: SYRACUSE READY, CAN-AM WET
DIRT MotorSports NorthEast’s annual autumn festival of speed has finally arrived with the legendary Syracuse Mile coming to life for five straight days of high-powered, pedal-mashing oval track entertainment. Super DIRT Week XXXV begins early today with the customary inspection of the newest Modified creations and concludes in the afternoon with the first round of practice for all open-wheel cars entered.
Racing action for Can-Am Motorsports and Entertainment Park was cancelled for Wednesday night, October 4th. The facility is currently underwater due to recent rains in the upstate New York area and with the current forecast predicting strong thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon, management was forced to cancel the show.
“We hated to do it,” stated race director Chip Burdick. “Right now the whole track is flooded and if we get anymore rain then there is no chance we could get the
show in. They have been predicting rain all week and with the price of gas and considering it’s just the start to Super DIRT Week, we didn’t want to start the week off with a long night of racing.”
Can-Am was to be the first of three nights of racing for the Mr. DIRT 358-Modified Series. Racing action remains scheduled for Brewerton Speedway and Rolling Wheels Raceway on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6.
WMT: WATERFORD WILL BE FULL OF BATTLES
Mike Stefanik, in pursuit of a ninth NASCAR championship, takes a 94-point lead over a determined Ted Christopher into Sunday’s Whelen Modified Tour Whelen Volunteer Fire Department 150 at Waterford Speedbowl.
Teams line up for tech inspection at Syracuse. (DIRT Photo)
Lemay, who had been slowing reeling in Malave, came on strong as the laps began to wind down. With only five laps remaining Lemay caught Malave. He made a bid on the lead briefly on lap 16 but settled back in line.
There was a scary moment for point-leader Pitkat when third-running Blewett dropped off the pace nearly collecting Pitkat and Cravenho. Pitkat was able to maneuver his way through and into third place. Cravenho avoided any major contact as well.
On lap 17, the first caution of event flew when Stephen Masse stalled in turn two-saving Blewett. On the restart, Malave was able to maintain his lead over Lemay. Pitkat sat in third followed closely by Cravenho while a fully recovered Blewett pressured Marvin for the fifth spot.
On the final lap Lemay dove to the underneath entering turn three to steal the lead away from Malave and ultimately the win. It was the second win of the season for Lemay. Malave chopped a mere two points of Pitkat’s point lead as the two ran under the checkers second and third respectively. Cravenho and Marvin rounded out the top five.
The Sunoco Modified divisional championship was decided with a caution-free 20-lap feature event. The drivers went heads-up to start the nightcap. Malave led the opening lap from his second –place-starting position. Lemay dropped back on the initial start; leaving Malave to battle Cravenho and Blewett. Cravenho grabbed the top-spot from Malave on lap four. Blewett started to pressure Malave for second on lap five. Rocco ran third followed by Pitkat inside the top-five.
The top three of Cravenho, Malave and Blewett ran nose to tail. Malave peeked out of line in turn two on lap eight looking for the lead but settled back into second. He made the same move on Cravenho in turn four and made the pass stick. At the halfway marker, Malave led Cravenho, Blewett, Rocco and Pitkat.
Blewett got along-side Cravenho to complete lap 11 but could not make the pass stick. On the same lap Cravenho got a good run on Malave. With Malave out front it was a three-car battle for the top spot.
Double-file lapped traffic changed the complexion of the race for Malave, who got caught on the outside, losing positions to both Cravenho and Blewett. Rocco dogged Malave for the third spot.
At the end of 20-laps, Cravenho had run to his third feature win of the season in the green-to-checker finale. Blewett came home second followed by Malave and Keith Rocco. Pitkat cashed in on his fifth-place finish to become the champ.
In the TIS Modified division, Kurt Vigeant made it two in a row while Roger Larson, Jr. earned himself his first Thompson championship. Pole sitter Richie Ferriera led through lap six before relinquishing the lead to Vigeant in turn two. Vigeant immediately stretched his lead to a sizable margin. Tim Sullivan moved by Ferriera and into the second position. Sullivan chopped into the lead but had had little for Vigeant. The leaders had nearly a straightaway lead on the three-car battle for the third position. Glenn Boss held the position but had to contend with Leo Adams, who in turn had his hands full with Larson. In the end, Vigeant ran to the checkers for his second win of the season over by Sullivan. Boss fought back all challenges to finish third. Adams and Larson rounded out the top-five.
The World Series of Stock Car Racing wraps up the 2006 season on October 13-15, 2006 with 14 action-packed divisions of racing. Point championships will be officially crowned in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the International Supermodified Association.
official, hopes to end the season with three victories. He certainly knows his way to the Speedbowl’s Victory Lane. “TC,” who has an on-going love-hate relationship with “Bowl fans, has a WMT and Midget win to go along with 32 SK wins.
Stefanik, in contrast, has never won at the Speedbowl although his record for consistency on the five/eights (eight top fives) is incredible. He admits a Speedbowl checkered would be welcome.
The WMT does feature a three-way battle for third between Ed Flemke, Todd Szegedy and James Civali. Each has tasted Speedbowl victory, Flemke doing it twice and Szegedy once in WMT action while Civali is a Modified Nationals winner.
Mystic Missile driver Jerry Marquis, also a two-time Speedbowl winner currently seventh in points, brings a streak of four straight WMT top four finishes including a victory last year. Donny Lia, also a winner in ’05, has a two-race top-three streak on the line.
Reggie Ruggiero, Chuck Hossfeld and Rick Fuller are also looking for a repeat win at the Speedbowl.
Rob Summers, Chris Pasteryak, both SK winners this year, lead up the “home team” which also includes Ron Yuhas Jr. and Dennis Charette. Other WMT competitors with strong Speedbowl followings include Eric Berndt, Doug Coby, Ronnie Silk and Ken Barry.
Hossfeld’s 13.63 seconds (99.046 mph) mark will be on the line, WMT time trials slated for 3:15 (following the SK-100 and Mini Stock-50 features. The VFD 150 is scheduled for a 5:15 start and will be followed by the Late Models and Sportsman.
PASS MODS: STAPLES AND MORSE SPLIT BEECH RIDGE VICTORIES
With the Sept 24 event at Lee, NH rained out and not rescheduled, point leader Dwight Jarvis and 2nd place driver Jimmy Kuhn.Jr, have only this weekend’s show and a return engagement at Lee Oct 21, 22. to settle the championship. Both drivers have been consistent all season. Jarvis scored his only win at Monadnock in May while Kuhn has yet to score a victory. Both drivers have had well prepared cars weekly, strong finishes and are always competitive. That consistent effort has resulted in the two vying for the title.
Jarvis, a 33 year veteran from Ascutney, VT., is no stranger to championship runs, bringing a respectable resume to Seekonk with 15 track championships to his credit.. Jarvis finished 3rd in the point standings in 2004/05.
Kuhn completes his second season with the series, coming to the third year tour from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The W, Bridgewater, MA, driver, who started his career at Seekonk at age 15, made the move to modifieds in 1999.
14 points separate Connecticut hot shoes Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, and Danbury’s Ed Dachenhausen in the battle for third in the standings. Dale Evonsion is ranked fifth heading to Seekonk. three points over Rob
Goodenough. Andy Seuss, defending two time champion Kirk Alexander, Jack Bateman and Gary Casella round out the top 10 in the standings.
Seuss is the defending D.A.V winner with Hinckley winning the event in 2004. Louie Mechalides and Alexander have also been victorious at the “Cement Palace”
An open practice session for all DAV competitors will take place on Friday, October 6, from 11 AM to 5 PM. For more information, visit online at www.seekonkspeedway.com or contact the track office directly Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM at (508)-336-9959.
SUNOCO MODIFIEDS: PITKAT THE CHAMP AT THOMPSON
With so much on the line at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday night, the biggest story was Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT. Pitkat turned his rookie Sunoco Modified season into a track championship and ultimately the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Region Four Championship. Along with the glory will come a check for $25,000.
The Sunoco Modified was decided with a pair of 20-lappers. Joe Lemay of Millville, MA and Tommy Cravenho of Raynham, MA shared Sunoco Modified victories.
Lemay of Millville, MA saved the best for last in the opening twin event for the Sunoco Modifieds. He ran strong throughout the 20-lap feature but poured it on in the closing lap. Lemay hounded early leader Jeff Malave and made the winning move on the final lap.
The first SK Modified feature was led to green by Buddy Charette followed by Keith Rocco. Malave quickly moved into the third position on the start. Malave drove into the lead to complete lap two. Rocco followed Malave into the runner-up spot as Charette faded. Pitkat ran comfortably just outside the top-five. Lemay got around Rocco to take over the runner-up spot. The likes of Jimmy Blewett and Tommy Cravenho followed through as well.
With Malave handily up front and Joe Lemay solidly in second the battling was for the third spot between Blewett, Cravenho, and Bert Marvin. Blewett was able to maintain his position as the trio ran under a blanket.
Dwight Jarvis and Jimmy Kuhn are battling for the 2006 TVMRS title. (Jim DuPont Photos)
The Sunday-only event, part of the Speedbowl’s Finale, features a number of individual battles and begins the year-end heroics for NASCAR’s oldest touring division. WMT time trials and WVFD 150 will be part of a busy day that includes extra distance final point paying events for the Speedbowl’s SK-Modifieds (100 laps), Late Models (100), Sportsman (50) and Mini Stock (50) divisions.
The WMT will have a role in Saturday’s special autograph session. Cars and drivers will be on display with area Volunteer Fire Department equipment. The session, starting a 1 PM, will benefit the fire departments.
Christopher, still angry over a recent decision by a racing
Ted Christopher (#36), Mike Stefanik (#16) and Jerry Marquis (#4) are among the favorites for a Waterford win this weekend.
Three-wide PASS Modified racing at Beech Ridge. (Jamie Williams Photo)
Pitkat's #99 Sunoco Modified. (TIS Photo)
On PASS 400 weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), Chris Staples made a late-race charge up the outside groove to capture the first of two PASS Modified features of the day. The Brunswick, ME driver ran third behind leaders Richie and Troy Morse for much of the event, and then made his bid for the point. Richie claimed second at the stripe ahead of Troy, while Greg Ellis and Chad Dow completed the top five.
Morse found revenge from his earlier disappointment by
winning the second PASS Modified feature. The Brunswick driver held off a hard-charging Rob Herrick of Old Orchard beach, ME to take the win, while Troy Morse finished a solid third.