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NASCAR WMT: STEFANIK TO BE HONORED AT STAFFORD
As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Mike Stefanik will be honored at the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 on Friday, May 23 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
seventh title came in 2006 when he registered just one victory but finished in the top 10 in 15 of 16 races.
He was also voted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's Most Popular Driver in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
Although the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is where he has experienced the most success, Stefanik is an accomplished driver in other series as well. He has tallied nine poles, 12 wins and 102 top-10s in 164 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Series East. Stefanik also made 26 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 1992-2000 and had the same amount of starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series during the 1998-99 seasons. Stefanik earned Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 when he finished 13th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings.
In one of the more dominant two-year runs of any driver in the history of NASCAR racing, Stefanik captured back-to-back titles in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Camping World Series East in 1997 and 1998. In a Modified, Stefanik compiled 22 wins and 30 top-fives in 55 races en route to his third and fourth championships in that division. During that same time span in the stock cars of the NASCAR Camping World Series East, he recorded six wins and 31 top-10s in 39 starts to earn consecutive points titles.
With his seven NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titles and two NASCAR Camping World Series East crowns, Stefanik is currently tied with the late Richie Evans for the most championships in the history of NASCAR racing. Evans earned nine Modified titles, including the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 1985.
Stefanik, who will turn 50 on May 20, has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. He finished fourth in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 27 and is just two years removed from his most recent points title.
"I'm thrilled just to be racing anything, and to be involved with the program that we have is fantastic,"
ASA MODS: STRONG ENTRY LIST FOR ACE RACE
The entry list for the ASA / Southern Modified Race Tour event this Friday night at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC continues to grow with some of the biggest names in Southern Modified racing being added to the list daily.
A resident of Coventry, R.I., Stefanik is the winningest driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and he was also named one of the NASCAR All-Time Modified Top 10 Drivers in 2003.
Since the tour's inception in 1985, Stefanik has experienced unparalleled success. His seven championships are two more than Tony Hirschman's total and his record 68 wins are 24 more than second-place Reggie Ruggiero's 44.
"I'm not a big nostalgic person and into statistics and all of that, but someday it's going to be very exciting for me to realize that [the accomplishments] and enjoy it for what it is," Stefanik said. "I've had a very nice and rewarding career."
Stefanik captured his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 1989 when he edged Ruggiero by just six points, the second-smallest margin in the division's history. During the course of the next 12 years, Stefanik ran a full schedule nine times and captured the series title in five of those campaigns (1991, '97, '98, 2001, '02). His
Verbal entries received today include defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Champion, L. W. Miller in the Baker Plumbing Modified. Miller added his name to the list today along with defending ASA / SMRT Mod Champ, Burt Myers. Myers entered his JRC Investments Chevy along with his brother Jason in the DMC Auto Exchange Mod. Frank Fleming tossed his hat into the ring today as well. Fleming's brother Chris and nephew Luke are possible entries. Discussions with Melvin “Puddin” Swisher today have many-time Modified Champion, Junior Miller on the list for Friday night. This brings the confirmed entry list to 24 cars for the special event at the 4/10 mile oval.
New faces and ASA/SMRT regulars dot the landscape this season. Brian King from nearby Gibsonville, NC heads the list of “regulars”. King finished the 2007 season deadlocked with Myers only to lose the title in a tie-breaker. King has many wins at the Altamahaw, NC oval including one in the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour. Competition for King will be stiff as another ACE regular, Rodney Cook, will shed the fenders of his Late Model Stock Car in favor of the open wheels of a second Jay Foley entry. Foley also began his Modified career at ACE in the tracks Modified division. Josh Nichols competes weekly in the ACE Mods and will be on hand with his “Tour” car as well on the 23rd. Nichols had his “tour” car on hand this past Friday for some hot-laps and display for the Ace fans to get a close-up look at what makes the cars
LW Miller won at Ace Speedway earlier this year on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. He's going to try and do it again with the ASA Modified crowd this weekend.
tick. Jason Trinchere from Sherrills Ford, NC has a new Troyer Modified ready for the event as well as an ACE Modified that is ready to roll.
Other ASA/SMRT regulars with entries on file include Kevin Wilson, Rick Knapp, Jr. Brody Jones, 2007 ASA/SMRT “Rookie of the Year”, John Lain, Greg Butcher, Scott Rigney, Dean Ward, Susan Harwell and Rick Kuiken, Jr. Several other “07” competitors are expected to be on hand including Kevin Powell and George Brunnhoelzl, III. Brunnhoelzl had one of the cars to beat back in April when the Mods last visited ACE.
Newcomers, Stuart Lycett from St. Petersburg, FL. Sam Beam and Cal Snyder are expected to make their first ACE start.
Other races on this special Memorial Day weekend include a 50 lapper for the ACE Mods, a 50 lap Mini Stock special, 30 laps for the XTREME Cars and 20 laps for the East Coast Flathead Fords. 300 laps of racing action all on the same card.
PASS MODS: LUCAS WINS ANOTHER
In PASS Mod action at Wiscasset Raceway (ME) on Sunday, Kenny Harrison jumped out front from the pole position and ran away from the field early in the going, but several cautions brought him back to the rest of the field. Mark Lucas was charging through the field from his tenth starting spot to put the heat on Harrison.
Mark Lucas (Center) holds court among the podium finishers at Wiscasset. (Jamie Williams Photo)
Mike Stefanik (Jamie Williams Photos)
Destruction program that will provide an evening of fun-filled, action-packed thrills and spills.
Opening night for Thompson’s Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) race program will now be held on May 29th.
SK MODIFIEDS: SUMMERS AND PITKAT LEAD THE WAY AT STAFFORD
Rob Summers and Woody Pitkat are both entered in Friday night's TSI Harley-Davidson 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). They also hold the distinction of being the track's points leaders in the SK Modified Division and Late Model Division, respectively, thanks to their wins in the Spring Sizzler and three weeks of rain.
Summers won the track's feature division race, a 40-lap SK Modified event, over Pitkat and Chris
Jones back on April 27. Frank Ruocco and Doug Coby rounded out the top five, while defending
division champion and winner of the Spring Sizzler NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, Ted
Christopher, opened the season with a 23rd-place finish.
Pitkat came back to win the 30-lap Late Model event race over Mike Quintiliano and teammate
Ryan Posocco. Pitkat is running in Friday night's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as a teammate
of James Civali for car owner Don King.
Since the Spring Sizzler, Stafford's first three scheduled Friday night shows have been disrupted
Chris Matthews (SK Light), Bill Davis (Limited Late Model), and Norm Sears (DARE Stock)
also picked up wins at the Spring Sizzler.
SK MODIFIEDS: GADA GRABS WATERFORD VICTORY
Six-time champion Dennis Gada came from deep in the pack Saturday evening to win his
third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK feature of the season on Little League Night
at the Waterford Speedbowl.
Things started with a bang in the 35-lap SK feature, as at the drop of the green a crash in the first-turn deposited several front-runners into the wall including Ron Yuhas Jr., Kenny Horton, Jeff Pearl, and last week's winner, Keith Rocco. Trouble started when the car of outside pole-sitter Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. seemingly balked at the start. A number of those involved were able to continue, including Yuhas, Horton, and Rocco. On the restart, Wendell Dailey led momentarily before passed by Mucciacciaro and several others. Justin Gadosh then moved to the front pressed by Rob Janovic and a fast-moving Dennis Gada. Passing Gaydosh, Gada pulled alongside leader Janovic, executing an outside-pass to take the lead with only three circuits remaining when the caution waved for the final time. In one of the closest SK finishes of 2008, he was able to get the advantage on defending champion. Following was Gaydosh, Ronnie Silk, and Rocco.
“Those last laps, we raced hard,” said Gada. “It wasn't like last week. Some guys don't use patience, and run like that at the start. With only a few laps left, it's different. Rob ran me hard, but clean. That's racing to me, when you're both going for the win at the end.”
Janovic was “bummed” that he couldn't hold-off the six-time champion. “We worked on the car a lot this week, and made some changes and improvements,” he stated. I'm kind of bummed about losing, but Dennis was really strong tonight. He deserved the win.”
Winning the Little League Night “Home Run Derby” sponsored by www.Sidsvault.com was the team of Little Leaguer Justin Marceau age-10 of Southington, and popular SK & Late Model driver Ron Yuhas Jr. Several “home runs” were scored, including a power-hit slammed by defending Late Model champ Bruce Thomas Jr. that cleared the bleachers. A favorite event at the Speedbowl, special thanks goes out to Ted “Sid” DiMaggio for tirelessly organizing the show, now in its third year. DiMaggio also produces “The Vault Report” the official weekly program of the Waterford Speedbowl, as well as running www.Sidsvault.com a website featuring the comprehensive statistical history of the track.
Action continues this week when the ultra-fast ISMA Supermodifieds invade the Bowl' on Saturday evening.
BOWMAN GRAY : MYERS LEADS POINTS, BUT LOSES A VICTORY
Although Burt Myers is surely reeling from the results of the USG Modified 50, he can at least take solace in the fact that he is now on top of the points ladder for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series.
Lucas used the outside groove to make his move on lap 36 of the 40 lap race to score his third PASS Mod victory in a row. Harrison held on to the runner up spot with Tom Oliver across the stripe third. Ronald Gooden Jr. and Bill Dixon completed the top five.
Harrison and Tom Oliver earned the heat race wins.
SUNOCO MODIFIEDS: RAIN CANCELS THOMPSON THUIRSDAY NIGHT OPENER
Mother Nature moved in and forced the cancellation of Thompson International Speedway’s opening Thursday night race program. A consistent rain and drizzle forced the hand of the track’s management to cancel the event shortly before 12 Noon.
The current conditions along with the weather forecasts convinced us that it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel tonight’s event. We now look forward to a beautiful weekend for our holiday Eve of Destruction program on Sunday,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.
The Sunday program will be an Extreme Family Fun night. It will begin at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon when the gates will open so that families can being their youngsters and enjoy the free attractions on the midway. At 6 PM attention turns to the Eve of
Tim Brown led the USG Modified 50 until lap 49 when Lee Jeffreys spun on the front stretch. The caution lights came on briefly, Brown slowed, but Myers kept the pace after seeing that no caution flag was waved. Myers went on to take the checkered flag.
NASCAR Officials reviewed the situation. According to Bowman Gray Stadium Race Procedures, the caution flag or the caution lights can indicate a caution, so a caution was indeed called. The field freezes at that point - and Brown was in the lead when the field froze. Officials award the victory to Brown and gave Myers second place.
Burt Myers protested the call made by NASCAR Race Director John Horton. NASCAR Competition Administrator Jerry Cook upheld the decision made by Horton.
Myers slips into the points lead with his second place finish. Bobby Hutchens, who had won the previous event and held the points lead entering the USG Modified 50, finished fifth and drops back to second in the points.
Tim Brown had entered the USG Modified 50 with a fifth place points standing after involvement in a wreck during the previous week's Carolina Wood Floors 100. Hard work from his crew paid off with Brown's win, moving him from fifth place in the points up to third.
This Saturday night is Whelen One Dollar Ladies' Night with the Whelen 100 for the Modifieds, the second race of the year with the lineup determined by random draw - and the infamous double-file restart rule will be in effect. The Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions will also race. Ticket gates open at 6 PM for practice runs, qualifying is at 7:20 PM, and the first race is at 8:00 PM this Saturday night.
MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY: RACING ACTION IS WASHED OUT
Due to rain showers Saturday evening, the second round of the PA Asphalt Modified Championship Series at Mountain Speedway came to a halt. The much-anticipated 75-lap event has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 31.
Warm-ups concluded and the first late model heat rolled onto the speedway Saturday at Mountain Speedway. Rain began to fall and the cars were pulled off of the racing surface.
Attempts were made to dry the track, but the rain kept falling, which forced management to pull the plug on the night's events, which included the modifieds, late models, street stocks and thriller divisions. The late models will have the night off.
Pit wristbands and grandstand rain checks will be good for the PA Asphalt Modified Champ Series show on May 31,
The speedway will host the regular modifieds next Saturday, May 24, along with the street stocks, thrillers, ATQMRA midgets and the 4 cyl. FWD division. Kids big wheel races will also be on the card and held during intermission.
MAHONING VALLEY: RAIN TAKES THE WIN
Try as they may, Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) was unable to get Saturday night's races in.
After three of the six tracks divisions ran heats, rain passed over the speedway and put an early end to the night. It was deemed a compete washout. This marked the second rainout in six weeks of racing thus far.
The track will return to action next Saturday night, May 24 for Checkered Flag Fan Club Night. All regular track classes which include Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro4 Late Models, Factory Stocks and 4-Cylinder Stocks will see action.
PRO FOUR MODS: WRENN STORMS LEE USA
Well after a few weeks off to relax, its back to racing again. The weather was looking
a bit questionable with cloudy skies throughout the day. The boys crossing their
fingers for it to hold off until after the races are finished. This weeks event is being
sponsored by RF Logic and Bot-L-Gas both out of Nashua, New Hampshire. This is
the first race in a series of three.
The first practice had a count with thirteen cars. Only two laps into it #16 Stanley
Mertz already having problems with his air filter snapping off of the stem and coming
up onto his windshield. #00 Dave Richardi and #83 Franky Perry exiting into the pits
early with some issues to be adjusted. All of the cars looking a bit loose coming
out of turn four, guess the track had a slick spot.
The second practice was underway not too shortly after. #13 George Sherman loose
getting out of turn four taking his car for a spin right in front of victory lane. Looks like he was getting some practice in early. #4 Cory Cleary, #27 Kevin Iannarelli and #07 Phil Lausier running close together for a few laps. #12 Rob Richardi, Jr. having some problems steering his car because his sway bar wasn't connected as he found once he entered into the pits.
Arriving to the track a little late was #10 Brian Vincent. Showing off his new fancy paint job, car looks great very eye catching. Cutting the day short the track decided that there were not going to be any heat races tonight for qualifying due to the forecast saying that rain was on the way. Instead they decided to allow one more practice out for each of the divisions.
Most of the guys getting out for the third practice taking full advantage to make sure those last minute adjustments were working the way that they wanted. #10 Vincent having just put on four new tires looked to not have enough traction yet as he spun out of turn one almost hitting the wall. #12 Richardi, Jr., #13 Sherman and #4 Cleary running smooth together for a few laps. #83 Perry gets loose out of turn one and spins his car, #9VT JR Gorman unable to get out of the way fast enough hits Perry needing to be towed off the track with some front suspension damage.
Kicking things into high gear now because the rain was starting to fall lightly; both the track and the Pro 4's wanted to race. We can't let our fans down, we needed to give them a show. The boys trying to warm up the track during hot laps #99 Billy Joerres gets loose in turn four spinning out proving that the track was a little slick from the little amount of rain that had already fallen. Taking the pole position this evening is #25 Tyler Anderson and on the outside is #00 Dave Richardi. The green flag went down and already #27 Kevin Iannarelli got loose and spun out in turn one before the first lap could be completed. Once again it was #25 Anderson and #00 Richardi out in front leading the pack for the restart. The green is down and the guys kept the group tight. #25 Anderson looked a little loose coming out of turn four down the front straight on lap 2 but did a great job keeping his car under control. Lap 5 #00 Richardi loose coming out of four went zigging and zagging down the front straight spinning into the grass, but able to stop his car before hitting the barrier; and getting out and back onto the track before a caution could be called to keep the race running.
Woody Pitkat (Jim Dupont Photo)
Burt Myers went to victory lane at Bowman Gray, but he didn't get to keep the win.
Lap 7 #83 Franky Perry is loose coming out of turn three spinning and #12 Rob Richardi, Jr. was unable to react in time to avoid him. It looked to be that Perry had a leak of some kind for he left a trail behind him. The track crew laid down some speedy dry. Both cars exited the track for the remainder of the race. On the pole for the restart is #07 Phil Lausier and on the outside is #4 Cory Cleary. It was a great go on the green with #07 Lausier, #4 Cleary and #1M Norman Wrenn sliding up to the third position running close together. But that didn't last for too long when #07 Lausier spun coming out of turn three on lap 10. From the looks of it, Lausier most likely lost traction going over the speedy dry that was still on the track. Taking the pole is #1M Wrenn with #4 Cleary on the outside. Once again, it was a great start on the green flag, #1M Wrenn, #4 Cleary, #27 Iannarelli and #13 Sherman working like a well oiled machine. And again coming out of turn three #99 Joerres spins on lap 11 with #56 Dave Bedard colliding with him, sending up the yellow flag. Both cars needed to be towed off the track. The track officials were not sure if it was safe for the race to continue so they
went out onto the track to find out from the guys how they felt by doing a slow drive by with a thumbs up or thumbs down. The officials got the majority vote that they wanted to continue on racing. It was determined that if there was one more caution that it was to be the finish of the race with the checkered flag to go with it for the safety of everyone racing.
On the pole for the last time tonight was #1M Wrenn and #4 Cleary on the outside. Getting a jump on the green flag #1M Wrenn and #27 Iannarelli move out to the front of the pack. By Lap 13, Wrenn and Iannarelli were pulling away from the group. Putting on a good show going three wide down the back straight into turn three and out of four was #13 Sherman, #00 Richardi and #25 Anderson on lap 17. It was almost a little scary to watch because they all looked to be a bit loose round the turn going over the slick spot across the remainder of the speedy dry that was still on the track. But they handled it very well. On Lap 20, #10 Brian Vincent's car was leaving a long trail of sparks behind him, and getting the call of the officials to get off the track. Vincent has broken a shock on the rear end of his car. Then it was a push to the finish with #1M Wrenn and #27 Iannarelli battling it out. Not too far behind them, battling for the fourth position was the #07x Robin Berghman holding her own against teammate #07 Lausier. It was #1M Wrenn to cross the finish line first.
Taking home first place this evening for the Pro 4 Modifieds is #1M Stormin' Norman Wrenn, in close second #27 Kevin Iannarelli, third #4 Cory Cleary, fourth #07x Robin Berghman and rounding off the top five #07 Phil Lausier. Taking first place for the Limited Pro 4 Modifieds and making an overall top ten finish is #16 Stanley Mertz, second #99 Billy Joerres and in third is #56 Dave Bedard.
DIRT: MYERS TO BE HONORED
Successful sportsman and businessman Carl Myers from Springwater, New York will receive the Northeast Modified Hall of Fame 'Gene DeWitt Outstanding Car Owner' Award in 2008. The 17th annual induction ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 25 on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series event at the adjacent speedway.
Most familiar in the area racing fraternity during the new millennium as the driving force behind the Sweeteners Plus Team, Myers has been a fixture on both land and sea during a motorsports career that has also earned him recognition in the American Power Boat Association Hall of Fame. Bursting on to the DIRTcar Racing scene as the primary backer of step-son Vic Coffey in the Sportsman ranks in 1994 ---the same year as his APBA HoF enshrinement---- Myers has evolved into one of the most respected car owners in the Northeast, with sponsorship support shared over the past decade among DIRTcar Big-Block Modified stars Danny Johnson, Steve Paine, Doug Hoffman, Tim McCreadie and Justin Haers.
“I did some drag racing as a kid at Spencer Speedway (NY) in the 50s and 60s and
then built my own boat and raced it on the Hudson River, so I guess I've always had
a thing for speed,” said Myers, 68, who concluded his Off-Shore Boating career with
eight national (1991-98) and three world (1994-96) championships. Still active today
as the President and CEO of Sweeteners Plus, Inc., a distributor and manufacturer of
liquid and dry sweeteners to serve the food industry based in Lakeville, New York,
Myers also owns a pair of Super DIRT Week Rite Aid 200 trophies with Coffey behind
the wheel in 2002 and again in '07. “Ann (Coffey, Vic's mother) wasn't as thrilled
(about speed) and said the only way we'd get married is if I stopped racing the boat
so I got out in 1999 and we had our wedding.”
“To win at Syracuse you have to be blessed. Everything has to click. The challenge
of pitting properly is big and being able to avoid accidents ranks up there just as high.
I've been to just about all the DIRT tracks in the Northeast but both times Vic won I
missed Syracuse. Sometimes I suggest certain things, how they should be done, but I guess that just might not be in line with the team strategy at the time,” smiled Myers, recalling Vic's only two wins in Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series competition that came in dramatic fashion.
Myers was born in Brooklyn yet less than a year later his family relocated to Western New York as his father became a brew master at the Schaffer and Genesee breweries; Carl followed in the family footsteps and became the sixth generation of brew masters. He attended West Irondequoit High School outside of Rochester and pursued a Mechanical Engineering degree before entering brewer school. In his late teens Carl had started racing boats with the hydroplane A's and B's and ran until college, although never competing again until 1981.
Carl took his first step in another direction during the late 1960s after sugar broker Ron Alan gave him a new vision as well as part-time employment in 1969. Full-time work followed the next year at the Western New York Syrup and Sugar Company, south of Lakeville, where Alan patented the sugar liquefying system. Carl took over the plant in 1974 and four years later Alan passed away. The former Mayor of Rochester talked Carl into considering Lakeville to start his own company after selling the Western NY Syrup Co. in '81 so even before Route 390 was constructed Carl moved north to start Sweeteners Plus in 1983, converting an old foundry into a modern plant which has continued to expand ever since.
“With the business in Lakeville, I first started the Avon (NY) shop in '93 to accommodate the boats and it became A&C Speedworld and now with Vic and Tim (McCreadie) running things its now CME, Inc. (Coffey-McCreadie Enterprises),” said Myers, who noted that he is currently the primary sponsor of the race cars, while still owning the trucks and haulers as Coffey and McCreadie maintain the equipment. “I still enjoy the excitement of DIRT racing, just wish I could find time to get to more races.”
When Coffey was elevated to the Big-Block Modified ranks in 1996, Myers befriended DIRT Motorsports founder Glenn Donnelly and during the 1990s experimented at Cayuga County Fair Speedway with a unique mixture of magnesium-chloride salt that was used as a de-icer on public roads. It was a resin-like sap that was designed to bind up the clay so it wouldn't break up while minimizing dust at the same time; all meant to address concerns posed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “It was a good idea to create good racing as well as save tire wear but it needed more work,” Myers recalled. “Glenn needed to put down a lot more water at the time and when it wasn't, the track became the opposite of what was intended --- abrasive and hard as rock. It gave the treatment a black eye after that and nobody really uses it today. It's a little more expensive but I still think its better for dirt tracks in the long run.”
With early success in the DIRTcar Sportsman ranks matching what he had already achieved on the micro-sprint circuit at Lime Rock Speedway, Coffey adapted quickly to the world of Big-Block Modified racing and was honored as DIRTcar NorthEast's Rookie of the Year in 1996. Upon the recommendation of legendary car-builder Maynard Troyer, Carl developed a team concept hiring Billy Taylor as crew chief with Doug Hoffman part of the preferred package.
“We were successful in the Sportsman and looked for some new competitive challenges with the Modified, and with Billy (Taylor) on his way back up from North Carolina the timing was right,” figured Myers, describing his initial move to a two-car team in 1998. “Billy brought in Doug as they won Syracuse together (1996) but there wasn't a good exchange of information so it lasted only one season. With the motors and personnel in place after that, we've had a two-car operation ever since, as Bill Tones took over as team manager through 2002 and Pete Coffey served as our crew chief until 2007.”
“Everything went well with Danny (Johnson, 1999-2001) until he decided to run his own car again with his own crew and that took away from the direction of our team … Steve (Paine, 2002) and his father were some of the most above-board people I've known but when we had a Troyer or Bicknell deal going and Steve was a loyal TEO dealer it was tough to keep the team concept intact … Even when we started with Timmy (McCreadie, 2003-present) he wanted to keep his TEO while Vic was starting to work with the Bicknell chassis. Today we're back with a Troyer and still using a Bicknell car. Its tough to leave chassis builders, sometimes there's a strong attachment that develops over the years. Normally at the end of every season all the stuff in the shop is basically no good so everybody wants a new car and new parts anyway. So whoever joins our team has to be willing to lose some ties. Sometimes that has to happen if you want to win and this business is almost becoming too expensive to finish anywhere else.”
Pro Four Modified “Young Guns” #4 Cory Cleary and #27 Kevin Iannarelli battle at Lee. (Pro Four Photos)