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Catch Up With Who Has Been Winning Where This Weekend
Last Updated: Monday 7-28, 9:00am ET

ACT Quebec Series - Rain has forced the postponement of the Serie ACT Castrol stock car race at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC near Montreal on Saturday, July 26.  The St-Eustache 200 was scheduled to be the fourth of nine events on the 2008  Serie ACT Castrol schedule.  Twenty-six Late Model stock cars were on hand before the inclement weather swept in.

Officials from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Autodrome St-Eustache have announced that the St-Eustache 200 will now be part  of a doubleheader weekend on September 20/21.  The 200-lap event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20 with the 14th Annual St-Eustache  300 on Sunday, Sept. 21. 

The Serie ACT Castrol returns to action on Sunday, August 3 at Autodrome Montmagny Speedway in Montmagny, QC.

ARCA RE/MAX Series - SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender Scott Speed held off veterans’ Justin Allgaier and Frank Kimmel to win the ARCA RE/MAX 200 Saturday night at Berlin Raceway.

Speed, in the no. 2 Red Bull Toyota, took the lead from Kimmel on the 153rd lap of the 200 lap race and never relinquished it to earn his third career victory and second consecutive triumph of the 2008 season.  1) Speed  2) Allgaier  3) Kimmel  4) Justin Lofton  5) Matt Carter

ASA Late Model North Series - Madison International Speedway has been good to Robbie Pyle. The first night of Border Wars was no exception. Using a late race pass on lap 97, Pyle was able to pass then leader Andrew Morrissey to win the Mayor of Madison 100. Following Pyle was veteran driver Steve Carlson was who also able to pass Morrissey during the thrilling battle of the final laps.  1) Pyle
2) Carlson  3) Morrissey  4) Nate Haseleu  5) Jason Tyler

ASA Late Model North Series - Trent Snyder may have finally beaten the bad luck bug that has chased him all season. Only one season removed from winning the ASALMS Northern Division Championship, Snyder has found this year plagued with misfortune. The #88 team has been fast at virtually every stop along the circuit however untimely accidents and unfortunate circumstances have kept him out of victory lane. Snyder’s luck would finally take a turn for the positive as he was able to lead the final 80 laps and win the King of Rockford 100 at Rockford Speedway.  1) Snyder  2) Bobby Wilberg  3) Nate Haseleu  4) Dave Gentile Jr.  5) Troy Hintzsche

Carquest Pro Stock Tour - Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, NB won the PARTS FOR TRUCKS 100 at Speedway 660, near Fredericton, NB on Saturday night. Sommerville led wire to wire to win his first career win on the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour.
Sommerville held off former champion Rollie MacDonald over the final two restarts of the race. 

MacDonald of Pictou, NS settled for second, ahead of Dave O’Blenis of Salisbury, NB. Sommerville becomes the sixth
different winner of the Halcraft Print checkered flag in seven races this season. Shawn Turple of Enfield, NS and Greg Fahey of Saint
Stephen, NB rounded out the top five.

Late Models - Late Model stock car racer Robbie Crouch added another chapter to his storied career with a 50-
lap victory in the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Trophy Dash at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) on Friday night.  Crouch, a six-time American-Canadian Tour Champion with nearly 100 feature wins to his credit, earned his first Thunder Road win since the 1988 Chittenden
Bank Milk Bowl.

Crouch abruptly retired from racing midway through the 1997 season, and made a comeback last year following a bout with
prostate cancer.  He was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

“In all my years of racing and winning, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated a win as much as this one,” Crouch told the
thousands in attendance.  “Maybe the very first win back when I was a kid with long hair in the ‘70s, but this one is a close
second.”

Phil Scott of Montpelier raced to Crouch’s rear bumper from an eight-car length deficit during the middle of the race, and
restarted alongside Crouch following the race’s final caution on lap 43.  Crouch was able to hold off both Scott and sophomore
competitor Chip Grenier of Graniteville, who finished a tight second and third, respectively.  Hyde Park’s Eric Williams made a
major gain in the point standings with a fourth-place finish as his closest pursuer, Cris Michaud, crashed out and finished 20th. 
Unofficially, Williams now leads Scott 598-569, with Michaud third at 563.

John Donahue finished fifth in the race, with the balance of the unofficial top ten Trampas Demers, Shawn Fleury, Doug
Murphy in a career-best eighth, Pete Fecteau, and Joe Becker.

Late Models - The 30-lap Late Model feature at Waterford Speedbowl (CT) saw Tim Jordan slipping-by early leader Larry Goss and driving to a substantial lead before the yellow flew with on lap twenty-three, bunching the field. On the restart Jordan prevailed, going-on to defeat defending champion Thomas by a narrow margin. Joe Curioso III, Tom Metcalf, and Vin Esposito finished in the top-5. 

Modifieds - Matt Hirschman led from pole to finish to win the third round of the WaterSnoGo All-Star Challenge at All_Star Speedway (NH) on Saturday night.  At various point sin the evening, Hirschman held off charges from Josh Cantara, Chris Pateryak and Jon McKennedy 1) Hirschman  2) Jon McKennedy  3) Chris Pateryak  4) Jimmy Kuhn  5) Ryan Preece

Modifieds - Although the crowds shouted just as loudly, the cars were just as powerful, and the adrenaline rush of Modified racing action was just as intense – something just didn’t feel quite right on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC).

On Friday afternoon, Brian Pack, driver of the number 81 Modified, lost his life in a tragic motorcycle crash. Still reeling from the news of his passing, competitors organized to honor their fellow driver by displaying decals in remembrance of him. The night began on a somber note as Pack’s #81 car was silently pushed around the track, and Pack’s car took one last lap during the parade laps of the first Modified race.

Burt Myers of Walnut Cove dedicated his night to the Pack family. Myers qualified on the pole and led start to finish in the first 25-lapper for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series.
 
Myers claimed the lead when the green dropped and held on to the top spot despite some hard taps to the rear from Tim Brown. As the race went on, Myers began to pull away and relieve some of the pressure he was feeling from Brown.

Tim Brown finished in second, with Robert Jeffreys of Winston-Salem taking third.

The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Brent Elliott of Denton to the pole and Brad Robbins of Winston-Salem to the outside pole for the start of the second race. The two front-row starters tried to play mind games with each other – and after a few false starts, the green finally came out. Elliott grabbed the lead, and Susan Harwell of Elkin moved up to second.

Kevin Powell of Winston-Salem was behind Harwell and began delivering some stout taps to the rear of Harwell. One bump caused Harwell to lose control. Powell slipped by, but Harwell rammed into Brad Robbins. Robbins was driven hard into the guard rail. The wreck caused a massive pileup as the entire field behind Robbins slammed the brakes.

Harwell was sent to the rear for her involvement in the wreckage. Kevin Powell claimed second and Rookie Andrew Durham of Roaring River moved up to third.

Elliott held on to take the win.  Like Myers, Elliott dedicated the win to the Pack family.

Kevin Powell finished in second. Andrew Durham claimed third.

NASCAR Camping World East Series - Series veteran Matt Kobyluck got the best of development drivers Trevor Bayne and Austin Dillon in the late stages of Saturday's Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway to collect his second straight NASCAR Camping World Series East victory.

Kobyluck led just three laps in winning for the third time in six trips to the New York half-mile. His No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet was running third as Bayne and Dillon swapped the lead five times times between laps 113 and 130. Kobyluck got by Dillon, the 18-year-old Richard Childress Racing development driver, to grab second on a lap 136 restart. He then got the jump on Bayne, a 17-year-old Dale Earnhardt Inc. development driver, on a lap 148 restart. The race ended under caution following a multi-car accident in Turn 4 of the white-flag lap.

Bayne (No. 1 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Chevrolet) held on for second, followed by Dillon (No. 3 Garage Equipment Supply Chevrolet). Eddie MacDonald and Jeffrey Eanhardt rounded out the top five.

NASCAR Camping World West Series - Rookie Jeff Barkshire thrilled family and friends at his home track by capturing his first career win Saturday night in the Toyota/Concept Race Cars & Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway (WA).

Eric Holmes has been the driver to beat this season in NASCAR Camping World Series West competition and that is exactly what Barkshire did, battling the former series champion for the win from start to finish.

Barkshire set the pace early and then battled back just past the midway point of the race to take the lead back from Holmes on lap 77 and hold him off to win by .509 seconds. Jason Bowles followed the pair across the line for third, with Jeff Jefferson taking fourth and Jim Inglebright coming home fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Johnny Borneman, Moses Smith, Jonathan Gomez, James Warn and Daryl Harr.

PASS Modifieds - Bill Dixon won Saturday night's PASS Modified race at Riverside Speedway (NH).

PASS North - Rain halted the PASS North race at Riverside Speedway (NH) just a little bit short of its advertised 150-lap distance and Johnny Clark was out front when the race was determined as complete.   1) J. Clark  2) Travis Benjamin  3) Derek Ramstrom

SK Modifieds - Friday night, July 25th, was the 5th Annual CARQUEST SK® 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).  Woody Pitkat scored the $4,000 winner’s check by coming back from a flat tire which put him two laps down at one point with a late race pass for the win.

In the 150-lap SK Modified® feature event, Todd Owen took the lead from the pole and led the first 9 laps before giving way to Chris Jones on lap-16. Jones led to lap-27 when Frank Ruocco took over the lead.  Ruocco then led to lap-54 when Keith Rocco took the lead on a restart, but Ruocco would retake the lead on lap-56.  Ruocco remained out front until lap-93 when Ronnie Silk moved to the point.  Silk then held the lead up to lap-102 when Ruocco went back out front.  Ruocco held the race lead until Silk beat Ruocco back to the start/finish line on lap-124 with the caution coming out one lap later.

Silk held the point through lap-138.  On a restart on lap-139, Rocco charged into the lead with a great move in turn 3, but a determined Silk moved back to the point several laps later on lap-141.  Woody Pitkat, who had earlier spun with a flat tire and lost two laps, gained his two laps back with lucky dog awards and was now in the thick of the mix for the race lead and the battle for the win.

Pitkat moved to second on lap-142 and he took the race lead for the first time on lap-143.  Ruocco got back to second, but it was too late for him to catch Pitkat, who took down his third feature victory of the 2008 season. Ruocco came home second, with Rocco, Kenny Horton, and Jeff Malave rounding out the top-five.

SK Modifieds - In the first of two 35-lap SK Modified features at Waterford Speedbowl (CT), pole-sitter Doug Coby battled with Jeff Paul during the opening stages. Upon a restart with fifteen circuits remaining the leader faltered, causing a chain-reaction that damaged several top cars, most able to return after going pitside. Entering the midway point, it was again Coby and Paul, with Rob Janovic Jr. closing quickly. During the final laps, Coby took total command. Rounding-out the top-5 was Paul, Janovic, Jeff Pearl, and Shawn Monahan. 

Starting from the pole, young Tyler Chadwick led the entire measure of the caution-filled SK Modified nightcap to snare his first-ever victory. Not an easy feat, he held-off the advances of some of the Speedbowl’s best including Doug Coby, Jeff Paul, and defending champion Dennis Gada during several tense late-race restarts. Following the winner was Paul, Coby, Gada, and Jeff Pearl. 

USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division - Fast cars don’t always win, and good pit strategy doesn’t always guarantee success. But when you put them together, they can add up to a dominating performance, which is exactly what Benny Gordon turned in on Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway (PA).

Gordon won the pole, short-pitted on Lap 30 and retook the lead for good on Lap 115 en route to victory in the HOOTERS 250 presented by Eaton Electrical at Jennerstown Speedway.

Though Gordon won from the pole and led the most laps, Gary St. Amant put a scare into the DuBois, Pa., driver on a late-race restart by jumping alongside going into Turn 1 with 20 laps to go.

St. Amant’s move ended up costing him second position to Derek Kale, but that wasn’t on his mind after the race.

After getting by St. Amant, Kale closed on Gordon as the laps wore down. But when the checkered flag waved, Kale, who led 39 laps, finished .374 seconds behind Gordon.

Derrick Kelley, driver of the No. 21n NGA Hooters Golf Tour Ford, posted his best run of the season by coming home fourth. Jeff Agnew, driver of the No. 73n Team 7 Chevrolet, completed the top five.