Trackside Now: The 5th Annual North-South Shootout
Mods, Super Mods, SK's, Crate Mods, Vintage Mods Hit the Track at Concord Motorsport Park (NC)
Friday, 4:45pm ET - The 5th Annual North-South Shootout is underway at Concord Motorsport Park (NC). Race fans eyes were greated to a packed pit area when arriving to the ½ mile oval. There are so many cars at the NSS that they are pitting the Super Modifieds outside the track and also have the pits at the ¼ mile track as an overflow area. Speed51.com’s tally has 47 Modifieds and 28 SK’s in the pit area.
Practice has just concluded for all of the divisions. Besides the Tour-Type Modifieds, the Shootout will feature SK Modifieds, SK Lites (Crate Engine Mods), Super Modifieds, Vintage Mods and Mini Stocks.
North-South Shootout Tour-Type Modified Roster (Qualifying Order)
45 S Greg Butcher
28 N James Civali
21 S Johnny Sutton
93 N Rowan Pennick
3 N Bobby Santos
23 S Brian Loftin
1 S Burt Myers
64 S John Manno
00 N Dale Quarterley
44 N Rick Kluth
99 N Jamie Tomaino
81 S Brian Pack
76 N Jimmy Blewett
31 S Gene Pack
38 N Ken Heagy
36 N Ted Christopher
8 S Jay Mize
44 S Brandon Hire
75 N Carl Pasteryak
3 N Daren Scherer
40 N Ryan Preece
79 N Woody Pitkat
22 N Chuck Hossfeld
5 N Randy Butner
06 N Les Hinkley
60 N Matt Hirschman
17 S Brian King
4 S Jason Myers
97 N Todd Szegedy
17 S Chris Whitenight, Jr.
09 N Bobby Grigas III
68 N Johnny Bush
70 N Andy Seuss
45 N Erick Rudolph
07 S Frank Fleming
20 S Jay Hedgecock
98 N Rich Kuiken, Jr.
15a N Ken Wooley, Jr.
66 N Pete Brittain
77 N Ronnie Silk
18 N Donny Lia
46 N Eric Beers
36 S Josh Nichols
2 N JR Bertuccio
5 N Charlie Pasteryak
06 N Billy Pauch, Jr.
Qualifying starts around 5pm. The Tour-type Mod time trials should go off around 6pm. The top-five will be locked into the field. The remainder of the field will be determined by heat races. The last chance consi will be on Saturday. A stellar field of SK’s go out first. Names like Ted Christoper, Ronnie Silk, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby, Kenny Horton, Keith Rocco, Jeff Malave, Steven Reed and Kerry Malone highlight the roster. Richie Evans Jr will be behind the wheel of a #54 car.
46 Mods packed the pit area at Concord for the North-South Shootout.
Practice was nearly incident free except for a spin by Charlie Pasteryak. Charlie did not make contact with the wall.
Friday, 5:15pm ET - Qualyfing is underway! The SK Mods are up first and Speed51.com will have the rundown plus a heap of Mod news from the pit area in the coming hours. Stay tuned.
Friday, 5:45pm ET - SK Mod Qualifying is complete with the Innuagural North-South Shootout SK Modified winner Woody Pitkat clocking in the fastest lap earning him the Pole Award. Super Modified Qualifying is next up.
Pitkat has his TSI #52 on top of the SK Mod scoring sheet by winning the pole at Concord. (Jamie Williams/51 Photo)
Friday, 6:35pm ET - Silly Season at North-South. New Drivers in New Cars...
Georgie Brunnhoelzl III is not on the track at Concord although his familiar #20 is. Brunnhoelzl sold the racecar. The car's new owner decided to put Southern Mod veteran Jay Hedgecock behind the wheel.
Eric Beers has a new look for the shootout. Beers is piloting the Dick Houlihan #46 this weekend. Beers told Speed51.com that the #46 car will be his ride for the 2008 season.
Ronnie Silk is not in his familiar #19 ride this weekend. The much-improved Modified Tour youngster is behind the wheel of the Curt Chase owned #77.
Former Busch East Series driver Dale Quarterley is having an open-wheeled weekend. He got the last minute nod as the driver of the Brady Bunch #00. But this won’t be Quarterley’s first time in a Mod. He competed on the NASCAR Mod Tour on the road course at Watkins Glen (NY) in the nineties.
Major Modsters M.I.A at North-South...There are three drivers noticeably absent from the pit area at Concord. 2007 NASCAR Southern Mod Champ LW Miller is not racing the Shootout. The King of the Southern Modifieds, Junior Miller, is not present. Also, 2007 NASCAR Southern Mod Tour runner-up Tim Brown’s #83 is MIA. Brown actually sold his car immediately after the final Tour race to Kevin Powell. Sources close to the team say that Brown will compete in 2008 with two new Troyer chassis Modifieds.
SK Mod Blurbs...
Jimmy Blewett was in a back-up car for SK qualifying. The engine in the primary “white” car blew forcing the team to roll out their black car that was orignially to be driven by Joey Payne, Jr.
NASCAR Southern Mod Tour ace Burt Myers is getting some time in an SK car at the Shootout. He is practicing and qualifying Rich Knapp’s #1. Knapp, known to some as “Rocketman”, isn’t at Concord just yet. He is working for Germain Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series and will hop in his car for the feature when he arrives Saturday..
Modified Tour competitor Doug Coby has his #10 SK Mod at the Shootout. The slick #10 is the same car he competed at Waterford with this season.
Friday, 6:15pm ET - Supers Simply Super-fast...
Everyone had there eyes glued on the track during Super Modified practice. The winged warriors, making their first appearance at Concord Motorsport Park in quite some time, were flying. Modified driver Chris Pasteryak clocked Chris Perley turning 13.5 second laps around the ½ mile speedplant during practice..
Robbie Summers is wheeling a Super Modified and also his SK Modified. The SK is a slick red #97 while he the SK is a blue #13.
Jimmy Runs the Family Number in Honor of Brother John...
Jimmy Blewett is sporting a pretty familiar paint scheme this weekend. Blewett is flying the family colors and number with the red-white-and blue #76 in honor of his brother, John Blewett III. John, a two time North-South Shootout winner, died in a crash at Thompson International Speedway this August. Charles Kepley, promoter of the North-South Shootout, and his group have since named the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout in his honor. C & C Promotions has been actively involved since the tragedy, raising money through t-shirt sales for the Blewett family.
Mod Drivers Pulling Double Duty at Concord...
Three Mod drivers are pulling double-duty this weekend. Teddy Christoper, Ronnie Silk and Woody Pitkat are competing in Tour-type Mods and SK’s.
Pitkat has a teammate in the Hillbilly Racing stables this weekend. Former NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour champ Todd Szegedy is driving second car for the Hill’s. It is a white #97. Szegedy, who is one of the top-runners in the Mod ranks, said he wants to win this race bad.
Mod Tour Champ Knocks Dust off Family-Owned Car...
2007 NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour Champ Donny Lia has his own LMI #18 at Concord. The team was late getting to the open practice on Thursday. Why? Donny and the team did not finish the car until 2AM that morning. They loaded up and made the haul. Lia’s car owner on the Mod Tour, Bob Garbarino, is in attendance with his wife. Though here on “vacation” and camping with a view overlooking the track, Garbarino couldn’t stay away from getting involved. The legendary car owner has been in Lia’s pit area trying to help the team overcome a power-steering gremlin. The LMI team, which hasn’t seen much action since Speedweeks, finally figured out the problem but have had a handful of other problems. Through it all, Lia has turned some quick laps in practice and is a favorite for qualifying.
Burt Myers is familiar with driving a #1, but this time it's in a Tour-type and SK Mod.
Chris Perley was hangin' it out sideways in a very anxious moment during practice. Perley was clearly one of the fastest cars during Super Mod practice.
Donny Lia at speed. (Jamie Williams/51 Photo)
Friday, 8:30pm ET - Jimmy "Showtime" Blewett wins the pole for the 5th Annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout at Concord Motorsport Park. Blewett clocked in a blistering lap of 15.161seconds to best the 46-car field.
Top-Five Qualifiers (Locked into the field) - 1) #76 Blewett 2) #60 M. Hirschman 3) #1 Burt Myers 4) #45 Erick Rudolph 5) #06 Les Hinckley
51 will have the full qualifying results as soon as the Pole Award festivitie are complete.
Friday, 7:38pm ET - North-South Shootout qualifying is on-track. The Mods will get two laps during the time-trial session. The top-five are locked into the field. We will have the full rundown on Speed51.com as soon as it's over.
Friday, 7:30pm ET - North-South Shootout Modified qualifying is up next. The qualifying order was posted earlier (scroll down on this page) on Speed51.com. The weather may put a twist into qualifying. Delays during Super Mod time trials have pushed qualifying later than teams expected and the temperature is dropping now that the sun has set. Teams did practice under the lights for a short time last night but it was not this late and not as chilly.
Friday, 7:20pm ET - Maine's Chris Perley takes the pole for the Super Mod "East-West Shootout" takes the pole with a lap 13.536 seconds. The "Rawley Rocket's" lap translates to a average speed of 132.978mph. Top Five Qualifiers: 1) #11 Perley 2) #36 Bobby Dalton 3) #48 Dale Lanborn 4) #8 Justin Belfiore 5) #94 Dave McKnight
Friday, 6:40pm ET - We are currently under a long delay after a very bad crash during Super Mod "East-West Shootout" Qualifying. The #22 of Michael Barnes, a New York driver, hit the wall hard in turn one. Track medics were quick on the scene. Barnes remained in his Super Mod for quite some time but was conscious and talking to paramedics. He has since been removed from his car and will be taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. His #22 is completely destroyed after the vicious impact.
Eric Beers was all smiles in his new ride.
Friday, 8:45pm ET - Track officials have placed Styrofoam blocks in turn one and the entrance to the turn at the end of the backstretch dogleg. The foam was not put up as a reaction to the Super Mod wreck that injured Michael Barnes during qualifying. Management planned on putting it in the turns as a safety measure starting with the qualifying races.
Friday, 10:50pm ET - James Civali had a terrific restart and moved to the front and is now third. On the restert Charlie Pasteryak took teh lead from Pack who dropped to fourth. Dale Quarterley in the Brady Bunch car has moved into a transfer spot after a ferocious battle with Brian Pack.
Friday, 10:50pm ET - Brian Pack takes the lead from the start of heat race. Ryan Preece gets knocked back to third after making contact with Pack on the start. Charlie Pasteryak is hot on Pack's tail. Todd Szegedy has spun after contact with James Civali. Ken Wooley, Jr had nowhere to go and slammed into the front of Szegedy's #97. Both cars are damaged. Wooley is going off on the hook and Szegedy is behind pit wall getting looked at by the Hillbilly Racing team.
Friday, 10:40pm ET - Chuck Hossfeld takes the checkers to win the first 25-lap heat race for the North-South Shootout.
Top-Four Transfer Spots 1) Hossfeld 2) Brittain 3) Pitkat 4) Lia
Friday, 10:40pm ET - After gaining a few spots on the restart, JR Bertuccio was put in the fence while trying to pass Rowan Pennink on the outside on the frontstretch. It appeared that Pennink possibly didn't know Bertuccio was on his outside coming out of the turn. Under caution Bertuccio pulled up to Pennink's #93, stuffing his racecar into the turn-four inside wall. Now there's a fight! Security is racing to turn-three. Now both drivers are in a heated discussion in turn-four and the crews are there pushing and shoving. A large fight has ensued in the pit area. It is hard to see from atop the press tower what exactly is happening but it is not a pretty sight. Emotions are exploding as both drivers and teams realize their chance of racing in the 5th Annual North-South Shootout may be over.
Friday, 10:30pm ET - Carl Pasteryak spins in turn-four to bring out a caution 22-laps in. Chuck Hossfeld leads Pete Brittain. Woody Pitkat has his hands full with his racecar and Donny Lia all over his tail. Billy Pauch, Jr. is waiting behind Lia to see if he can sneak into a transfer spot. Rowan Pennick, Bobby Grigas III, JR Bertuccio, Brandon Hire, Ronnie Slik, Johnny Busch and John Manno are all in tow. Josh Nichols came in to the pits for an adjustment.
Friday, 10:23pm ET - The first of three Tour-Type Modified qualifying races are on the track. Stay tuned for updates!
Friday, 10:20pm ET - Chris Matthews held off Glen Reen, who made a late race charge, to win a six-car Crate Modified qualifying race.
Friday, 10:08pm ET - After 4-Cylinder Division (Mini-Stocks) and Crate Mod qualifying will be the much-anticipated Tour-Type Modified heat races. There will be three heat races with 13 to 14 cars in each. Only four racecars will transfer from each heat race. Those who don't make it will have to cross their fingers and hope they can race their way into the North-South Shootout during Saturday's "Last Chance" consilation race.
Friday, 10:05pm ET - Rob Summers hopped from his Super Mod and into his #13 SK Mod and took the win weathering a storm by Jeff Malave to win the second heat race. Kerry Malone and Tony Hanbury crashed on the final turn on the final lap taking them out of transfer spots. Top-Four Transfer 1) Summers 2) Malave 3) Kluth 4) Horton 5) Janovic
Friday, 9:55pm ET - "TC" Teddy Christopher takes the checkers in SK Mod heat race number-one. Top Four Transfer 1) T. Christopher 2) Blewett 3) B. Myers (for Knapp) 4) Joe Lemay
Friday, 9:40pm ET - Ohio's Timmy Jedrzejek held off Charlie Schultz, Dave McKnight and fast qualifier Chris Perley for the win in the final heat race of the night for the Super Mods.
Friday, 9:30pm ET - West coast Sprint Car ace Brad Noffsinger, who now resides in Concord, NC, took a commanding win in the third Super Mod heat race. Maine racer Scott Martell blew away the field to win heat race two.
Friday, 9:10pm ET - Heat Race action is undeway for the Super Modifieds.
Rich Reed held off a hard-charging Joe Gosek to take the win in heat race number-one.
Friday, 9:00pm ET - Full Field Qualifying Results (Time Trials) for the North-South Shootout
(Top-five qualifers are locked into the field). Time are Unofficial.
Ken Wooley, Jr.
Bobby Santos III
Billy Pauch, Jr
Chris Whitenight, Jr
Rich Kuiken, Jr
Jimmy Blewett poses with his nephew, John IV, after winning the pole for the race named for their brother and father.
Erick Rudolph was the biggest suprise of qualifying. The son of former dirt/asphalt Mod driver Charlie Rudolph is locked in the field after qualifying fourth.
The True Value Modifeds were represented well by Les Hinckley, who turned in a great lap around Concord.
Friday, 11:30pm ET - Bobby Santos came back from the spin and worked his way up to a transfer spot passing Jason Myers on the final lap. Meanwhile Eric Beers walked away with the heat race win.
Top-Four Transfer Spots 1) Beers 2) Seuss 3) Kluth 4) Santos
Friday, 11:20pm ET - Bobby Santos spins in a huge ploom of smoke with possbile contact from Ted Christopher. Both cars were in transfer spots. Officials have sent Christopher to the rear of the field for rough driving. The field has restarted with Beers leading Seuss, Kluth and Jason Myers. Santos, Christoper and Fleming follow.
Friday, 11:10pm ET - After a false start, Eric Beers andAndy Seuss led the field to green. Green flag racing didn't last long as Brian Loftin made hard contact to the outside retaining wall heading to the start-finish line. The wreck also collected Carolina youngster Johnny Sutton.
Friday, 11:00pm ET - Charlie Pasteryak takes the win in heat race two. Todd Szegedy was all over Dale Quarterly for the final transfer spot in the closing laps but Quarterley held on.
Top-Four Transfer Spots 1) Charlie Pasteryak 2) Preece 3) Civali 4) Quarterley
Friday, 11:45pm ET - Log-on tomorrow as Speed51.com will once again Feature "Trackside Now" from the North-South Shootout.
It was a colorful day and night of racing at Concord. Good car counts, nice weather, great racing and even a fight gave the Carolina fans a just days after Halloween.
Happy Hour practices for all divisions start at 9AM on Saturday Morning. 11:15AM is the drivers' meeting. The autograph session "Pit Party" starts at 11:30AM and goes until 1PM.
The "Last Chance" consolation race for the Tour-type Mods will be at 1:15PM and will include a host of top-name-drivers. Bobby Grigas, Billy Pauch Jr, Ronnie Silk, Todd Szegedy, Jay Hedgecock, Brian King, Jamie Tomaino, Ted Christopher and Frank Fleming are some of the all going to be gunning for the final-two transfer spots for the North-South Shootout. Three provisionals (most recent NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour champ, most recent NASCAR Whelen Southern Mod Tour champ, ROC champ) will be awarded after the consi.
Brian Lotin is towed off after a heat race wreck.