Updated - Monday, October 12th, 5:00pm ET
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - For the first time in ten seasons of racing during Sundance Vacations Speedway’s “King of the Mountain” annual showdown a repeat winner was born. Palmerton’s Earl Paules pitted for fresh rubber on lap 100 and took the race lead with 32 laps remaining to cash in with the $5000 payday to win the prestigious event. Mike Nichols inherited the race lead on lap 16 and never looked back as he rolled to his first Street Stock victory at the speedway and Robert Fink scored his first season-ending event in the FWD main. Capping off a championship season, Scott Hubler took the INEX Legends top honors.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl Finale saw the final races for the four weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions on Sunday. Track champions were crowned in three of them, with Ron Yuhas Jr., Brandon Plemons and Danny Field etching their names into the Speedbowl record book joining Bruce Thomas Jr. as the 2009 champions. Winning the races were Jeff Paul in the 100-lap SK Modified event, Tim Jordan in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model 100-lapper, while Ron Oldham Jr. and Louis Bellisle III won the 50-lap Street Stock and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock races.
Concord Speedway (NC) - Greg Peterson won the second annual Miracle Dental Center Robbie Wells Memorial Late Model event for the Town & Country Ford division. Steve Ackerly, who was also the pole winner with a speed of more than 106 mph, clinched the 2009 division track championship Saturday night when he took the green flag at the start of the race. Ackerly lead until lap fifteen when he was passed by Jay Payne as the field restarted after Matt Harper spun and hit the wall in Turn One. The second caution of the night waved on lap twenty-five for debris, during which a one car incident involving Corey Ann Rossi in Turn Three brought out the red flag for 14 minutes. The race restarted on lap thirty-three. Tony Pasquarello tagged the wall on lap thirty-six, but the race was able to continue without a caution. Greg Peterson took the lead from Jay Payne after a side-by-side battle for the lead on lap fifty-nine. The caution flag waived one last time on lap eighty-three for fluid on the track from the #74 machine of David Miller. Peterson maintained the position as a four way battle for second and third unfolded behind him. Peterson, in RFR Motorsports entry, took home the first place trophy, Jay Payne finished second and Brian Conforth crossed the line in third.
Bobby Measmer, Jr. won his sixth race of the season in Hutch BSR Pro Late Model race, and Cooper Faassen won the 2009 division track championship Saturday night. Measmer and Mark Reedy swapped the lead four times as they battled for the top position throughout the 100 lap race. Faassen battled back to the fourth position to secure the championship after tangling with Jerick Johnson in Turn Three on lap thirty-two. It was a bittersweet win for Measmer, who pledged to return to the track next season to battle for the championship. Fourth-finishing Faassen claimed the crown by just four points over fifth finisher Daniel Johnson. Measmer wound up the season in third just twelve points in back of Faassen. Faassen, who also won Rookie of the Year honors for 2009, celebrated his championship in victory lane by thanking his family, friends and fans. Mark Reedy finished the race in second followed by Jerick Johnson in third.
Jeff Melton won the Coca-Cola Pure Stock race, and secured the division track championship, after battling door-to-door with Randy McAnulty and Bryan Thomas lap after lap. The three stole the show as they fought for position three-wide, swapping the lead multiple times. Thomas saved his Chevrolet after sliding out of the groove and almost hitting the wall twice in the heat of battle. It was Melton who claimed the win after thirty laps, followed by McAnulty in second and Thomas in third. This was Melton’s tenth win at the historic track this season.
Wayne Harrington won the Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours season finale race and 2009 division track championship. It was quite a show as the drivers went three-wide on the first lap of the race in Turn Three, bringing the fans in the stands on their feet. Barry Canter, who led the first six laps, lost the top spot to Harrington as they battled with Eric Harrington three-wide on lap two. The only caution of the race waived on lap twelve when Dale Stewart spun in Turn Three. This was the seventh win of the season for Wayne Harrington. Eric Harrington finished second in the night’s events and Brian Irby finished third.
While the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is now complete, there is still more to come! Saturday night October 31st the UARA Stars return to Concord Speedway for their second appearance of the season with a 150-lap feature. Also on the schedule for Halloween night is a feature for the Pro Challenge Cars.
Friday and Saturday November 5th, 6th and 7th the Seventh Annual North-South Shootout invades the half-mile TriOval. Capital Bank, Town & Country Ford and the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau are all lending a hand in the presentation. Thursday will be a practice session, Friday November 6th starts out with alternating practice sessions with qualifying at 5:00 PM and heat races immediately following. Saturday, the grandstands open at 10:00 AM and the fan-favorite Pit Party is scheduled from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM. Race fans have the opportunity to visit with the drivers and cars on the front straight. The Modified consolation rolls off at 1:15 followed by feature events for the Vintage Divisions, SK Modifieds, TBARA (Tampa Bay Area Racing Association) winged sprint cars, the Tour Modifieds and finally the CRA Super Late Models! Tickets are available at the speedway office. General admission two-day tickets are $35.00. Tickets are also available by calling 336-422-4317 or online at www.northsouthshootout.com.
East Bay Raceway Park (FL) - It was another great night of racing at the Clay by the Bay as over 100 cars hit the track with 6 classes of racing.
The Street Stocks were the first class to run their 15- lap feature event. Points leader Donnie Reed claimed his 4th feature win of the season. Reed started up front as was able to hold off James Hook and Buck Skinner for the win. Hook finished 2nd and picked up his 5th top-5 of the season. Buck Skinner had a wild ride and finished with a strong 3rd place showing. Tim Spencer, Sr. earned his 2nd top-5 of the season with a 4th place finish. Kevin Silvia rounded out the top-5, which was his first of the season. Reed and Hook won the heats.
Eleven cars took the green flag in the Florida Old Time Modifieds feature event. Roger Herbach and Lars Amundsen battled for the lead as the race came to the finish. Herbach hailing from Palmetto took the win in his 1940 Ford. Amundsen finished 2nd. Richie Iversen in a 1935 Chevy finished 3rd. Johnny Gonzalez and Gary Ricco rounded out the top-5. Don Land won the only heat race.
The Florida Mini Sprints made their return to East Bay Raceway Park as twenty-one cars started their twenty five-lap feature event. Tim O'Donnell was victorious last time the series was at the Clay by the Bay. O'Donnell was able to hold of the charge of David Pleaugh and Harold Matthews to take the win. Pleaugh finished 2nd. Matthews wound up 3rd. Jessie Teed and Eddie Moss, Jr. rounded out the top-5. Teed and Steve Crabtree won the heat races.
In the Top Gun Sprints main event, twenty-six cars started the event. It would be a race of attrition and caution flags as only ten cars were running at the end of the twenty five-lap feature event. A major incident in turn 1 involving twelve cars occurred on the third attempt to start the race. As a result there was a 15-minute red flag to clear the track. Five cars were sent to the pits as a result including A.J. Maddox who dominated his heat race. Once a clean start occurred the racing was fast and furious on the track as Gene Lasker jumped out to the early lead. Lasker lead many of the early laps holding off the challenge of Tim George. Lap traffic became a factor late in the race. Jeff Van Dusen hung around in the top 5 all night long after being involved in a early caution. Van Dusen passed Lasker in turn 4 coming to the white flag. Van Dusen was able to hold off Lasker on the final lap and take the dramatic win. He went to the scales before Victory Lane and that part was good, but the tech man threw out the win due to illegal heads. A lengthy teardown process ended at 2:30 a.m. with Lasker declared the winner. Tim George, who had crossed the line third, saw his finish tossed out with an illegal crankshaft. The official finish was Lasker, Mark Ruel Jr., Mike Schroeder, D.J. Peeples and Top Gun point leader Ryan Partin. Maddox, Lasker and Troy Knowles won the heat races.
In the Motorstats.com 4 cylinder bombers nineteen cars took the green flag for the 15-lap feature event. Robert Kissam was the winner; it was his third of the season. Frank Miller captured 2nd place. Curtis Book was 3rd. Jimmy O'Dell finished 4th. Dalton Epps picked up his first top-5 of the season with a 5th place finish. Roberto Morfin, Jr. and Kever Raulerson won the heat races.
To wrap the up the night the Dirt Daubers were in action again with Scotty Williams taking the win. Gene Lasker finished 2nd. Rock Brown, DB Hogwaller and Randy Tyler rounded out the top-five.
Mobile International Speedway (AL) - The 2009 Lee Fields Memorial Title at Mobile International Speedway belongs to Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia , who took the checkers in the 100 Lap race as T. J. Reaid of Acworth, Georgia finished second, Satsuma's Steven Davis was third, Mobile's D. J. Vanderley forth and Thomas Praytor of Mobile ended the evening in fifth place.
Donald Crocker of Citronelle wrapped up the night with a sixth place finish which earned him the 2009 Pro Late Model season championship title.
Donnie Hamrac of Semmes won the Modified feature race, followed by Mike Maddox of Tupelo, Mississippi. Tim Martin of Amite, Louisianan was third as Brandon Howell of Mobile and James Patrick also of Mobile rounded out the top five for the open wheel cars.
Shannon Jackson of Pascagoula won the Super Stock Feature race with Jessie Reid of Eight Mile runner up.
Irvington's Jonathan Langham won the Bob's Speed Shop Sportsmen feature race while Ricky Johnson of Vancleave, Mississippi was runner up.
In the Alabama Pipe and Supply Bomber division Johnathan Day of Theodore topped the field and beat Jay Jay Day to the finish line. Both drivers are from the Theodore, AL area.
Two new track records were established in the night of racing as Donnie Hamrac broke the mark in the open wheel modified division that he had established earlier this season. The new record is 18.124 seconds for one lap around MIS.
The Pro Late Model track record is now held by Bubba Pollard, who established a new one lap fast time at 17.342, replacing the old mark held by Johanna Long.
For the Pro Late Models the next big weekend of racing is coming up Sunday October 18 over the South Alabama Speedway located a short distance from Opp, AL. It will be the third stop of the Deep South Triple Header in a 200 lap event.
Bubba Pollard has posted victory in the first two events held at Pensacola and Mobile respectively and is the early favorite to go on and capture the $1500.00 bonus payout. The payout is from Five Flags Speedway, Mobile International Speedway and South Alabama Speedway. It is awarded to the driver who posts the best average finish in all three of the Deep South Races.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland made a guest appearance but Toni McCray was the star of the show Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.
Twice sent to the end of the lead lap for impolite driving, McCray had no trouble overcoming the penalties to lead the final quarter of a 100-lap ASA Late Model main event and claim her third win of the season in the class and her fourth overall counting a Super Late Model victory Oct. 3.
McCray, of Highland, got her Lucas Oil Chevrolet to the checkered flag 2 seconds ahead of Jim Conklin, of Big Bear City, with Barry Karr of Redlands third, Ryan Daniel fourth and Steve Smith after leading the first 75 laps of an event that was changed from a twin 50-lap format to a single 100-lap race for double points.
Gilliland, who had finished eighth in the Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana earlier Saturday, was seventh in his first race at the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval.
Daniel, 31, of Mentone, won his first track championship. He had gone into the evening 18 points ahead of Kevin James and 40 in front of John Mattie and finished 40 in front of past champion Conklin. James, of Yucaipa, got married at 5 p.m. Saturday and did not race and Mattie was forced to pit for several laps early in the race due to a flat tire and finished ninth.
McCray’s win left her third in points, even though she missed the opening race of the season, with Mattie fourth, rookie Matt Goodwin, of Wildomar, fifth and James sixth.
McCray and Ryan Daniel tied for the class lead with three wins apiece.
Johnny Russo, a 56-year-old retiree from Big Bear City, faded to an eighth-place finish in the 35-lap San Bernardino Pick-A-Part Street Stock main, but that was more than good enough to secure his sixth class championship. Russo, who went into the night 20 points ahead of Kyle Meyer and Cliff Conklin, finished 12 points ahead of Conklin and 14 up on Meyer.
While all that was going on, however, Jesse James Lawson, of Big Bear City, won for the fourth time in five races, beating Jeff Grill by 0.170 of a second in the closest finish of the season. Lawson finished fourth in the standings, 18 points behind.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - The final weekend of points racing kicked off Saturday with the running of the 10th annual “King of the Mountain” event at Sundance Vacations Speedway. With big money and double points on the line, Anthony Sesely of Matawah, NJ held off a late race charge by Zane Zeiner to take the checkers in the Sport Modified main event. Travis Fisher of Fern Glen, PA held off a challenge from Jerry Hildebrand to score his second Late Model victory of the season and Jay Gould drove off to his second career Factory Stock win in the popular event. Robin Johnston took top honors in TQ Midget action.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Ryan Morgan overcame adversity to checker the 20-lap Legends Car race, leading Saturday afternoon action at Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale. Bill Leonard won the NEATV Truck Series race and Wayne Coury Jr. won the Outlaw Stock race. Along with Morgan, they were three of ten winners on the busy day. The four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions qualified for their main events Sunday, headlined by the 100 lap SK Modified race.
Lee USA Speedway (NH) - The last Friday night race of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship season saw Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dracut, MA score his sixth E Keys 4 Cars-sponsored feature win of the year to lock down the title for car owner Bruce Bernhardt.
After a side-by-side battle with J.R. Baril in his qualifying heat ended with a photo-finish win for Helliwell, it was second-place points man Bryan Kruczek lined up alongside at feature time, looking to close out the season with a win.
But Kruczek found trouble right on the start, as he got out of shape and climbed the frontstretch wall, nearly flipping over as he ended his second straight race with a trip into the concrete.
Helliwell took command of the race on the restart, and he went on the collect the checkers, with Baril, Jeffrey Labrecque, Jr., Pat Floyd, Tom Fuller, Wayne Helliwell, Sr., A.J. Begin, Jeremy Harclerode, Ricky Wolf, and Mike Ordway, Jr. the rest of the top ten.
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites joined the action once again last Friday, and it was 64-year old Jeff Horn of Ashland, MA picking up the win in the Midgets, while Paul Luggelle scored his career-first in the Lites.
The Prime Storage Late Model Sportsmen ran a pair of feature events, with 2009 champion Grant Aither of nearby Exeter coming out on top of both races to clinch the championship in style.
Aither outran Bill Ahern to capture the feature event that had been postponed on August 21, with rookie contender Ryan Green, Pete Evans, Michele Fushpanski, Frankie Eldredge, Bobby Melvin, Brian Grantz, Jesse Bousquet, and Timmy Johnson third through tenth.
In the nightcap, Aither ran flag-to-flag, leading every lap on the way to his 11th win of the year. Ron Bolduc battled his way up through to finish in the second spot, with Ahern, Evans, Melvin, Evans, Green, Eldredge, Gary Beauregard, Fushpanski, and John DiBurro next across the stripe.
Dan Bowes claimed his first career championship in the PB Chopper Shop and Rods Small Block Supers, knocking defending two-time champ Eddie Witkum, Jr. off his throne after a breakout season.
As has become his style, Bowes ran the high line on the way to the feature win, holding off the late-closing P.J. Stergios. Witkum took third, with Billy Osborne, Tommy Tombarello, Mike Spurling, Michael Dube, Jr., Scott Keddy, and "Super Dave" Sanborn next.
Defending champion Jimmy Russell Scored his fourth feature win of the year in the Planet Aid Hobby Stocks after a slam-bang race, but it was Jim Shorey who wound up taking the coveted championship title home.
Rookie Chris Kingsley had a solid run to checker second, with Mark Parenteau, Bill Fiske, Eric Hoffman, Shorey, Jimmy Ryder, Jr., Chuck Roberto, Kenny Scott, and Pete Evans rounding out the top ten.
The David's Race cars and Components Roadrunners headed into the night with the closest battle at the track, as rookie Niko Manyati was holding a slim one-point lead over veteran campaigner Jim Piasecnzy.
Although both drivers took a turn out front early in the championship event, Tim Boyle got past in the late stages of the race to take the win. Manyati took second to secure the championship, with Piaseczny, Shaun Waites, Jr., Lance Barthelemy, Ben Brown, Justin King, Torrey Kovalesky, James Fitzgerald, and Steve Nichols third through tenth.
Kevin Emery closed out the 2009 Ironman season with another trip to victory lane, but this was his first with the new car he built to replace the one that got destroyed just a few weeks back.
Second-generation racer Tom Harton took second spot in the main, and that was more than enough to land him the 2009 Ironman championship. Crystal Brown, Matt Bakutis, and Matt Lambert finished up the top five.
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing action on Friday, September 18th with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series card of five racing divisions. Keith Rocco took his fifth victory of the season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Dillon Moltz took his fifth win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tommy Membrino, Jr. took down his second win of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Norm Sears took down win number two of 2009 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, and Stephanie Berardi scored her first career win in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Unity Raceway (ME) - Dale Swoboda of Hermon returned and conquered the top weekly class at Unity Raceway Friday night, charging from the rear of the starting lineup to win the Late Model main event.
Kris Watson of Hermon, Steve Rackliff of Starks, Dustin Hubbard of Unity, Kyle Gallant of Veazie, Zach Audet of New Sharon, Ryan Ripley of Waldoboro, Chelsea Young of Winterport and Kayla Allen of Bucksport all posted feature race victories on a busy racing card, while Cornville’s Shelby Kimball wrapped up the Ladies division’s Triple Crown Series title.
Behind Dale Swoboda’s back-to-front performance in the Late Model main event, a near race-long battle for runner-up honors was displayed by Winterport racers Joey Doyon and Fred ‘Pee Wee’ Brown, with Doyon prevailing as the checkered flag was unfurled. Freedom’s Dylan Turner finished in fourth position, followed by Wiscasset racer Nick Hinckley.
Super Street winner Kris Watson dominated his main event, adding to his lead in the division’s championship standings. Holden’s Steve Moulton raced to a runner-up finish, remaining one of the hottest drivers in the class, while John Kalel II of Orrington claimed third-place honors. Steve Rackliff of Starks and ‘Hurricane’ Hal Stratton of Belgrade moved into top-five finishing positions after another frontrunner, Donnie York, suffered mechanical woes late in the event.
Steve Rackliff led wire-to-wire to claim top honors in the Late Model Pro Four main event. Clinton’s Ben Clark drove from the rear of the field twice to earn runner-up honors. Jim Dennis recovered from a first-lap spin to pick up the third-place trophy. Greg Cummings of China finished fourth, followed by Jamie Foster of Benton.
Reigning Wildcat division champion Dustin Hubbard took over the lead and pulled away from the pack to earn his trip to victory lane. Winslow’s Andy Turbovsky quickly got to second position, but couldn’t catch Hubbard. Point leader Carl McAlpine of Burnham prevailed in a thrilling, racelong battle with fellow Burham racer Brent ‘Poochie’ Chase for the final podium finishing position. Another Burnham racer, Chris King, crossed the finish line in fifth position.
Kyle Gallant and Zach Audet were both feature winners in Monsta Mini division competition, with one main event held over from a wet night several weekends ago. Gallant bested Audet at the front of the make-up race in the official order of finish, after apparent winner Mike Mason of Skowhegan didn’t get through post-race technical inspection. Dylan Lancaster of Skowhegan ended up with the third-place trophy after Mason was joined at the whipping post by Augusta’s Paul Jackson. Rick Grant and Lewis Batchelder rounded out the official top five.
Audet and Gallant finished 1-2 in the regularly-scheduled Monsta Mini feature, with Mason third under the checkered flag. Reigning Monsta Mini champion and current point leader Mike Wilson of Chelsea crossed the line in fourth position, followed by Oakland’s Chris Williams.
Ryan Ripley swapped the lead with Wiscasset’s Thomas True as the two youngsters from the coast outran point leader Mike Mason of Skowhegan in the Flyin’ 4 race. Chelsea’s Mike Wilson battled with the three frontrunners for most of the race, settling for fourth position under the checkered flag. Oakland’s Chris Williams rounded out the top five..
Chelsea Young won the final race in the Ladies Triple Crown Series, while a runner-up finish in the race helped Cornville’s Shelby Kimball wrap up the three-race title. Mika Wilson of Chelsea grabbed the final trophy in the race, with the top five filled out by Alica Goodwin of Clinton and Bucksport’s Kayla Allen.
Kayla Allen wrapped up the night’s action with a win in the Enduro trophy dash. Young Matt Kimball of Cornville was second across the line, with Dan Quilla of Winterport following.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - The season is winding down at Thompson Speedway but the excitement is still ramping up. With tight point races in all divisions, Thursday night’s feature events had major championship implications. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, scored his third Super Late Model victory of the season to bring the chase to the championship to single digits. Cam McDermott had a good point night as he scored his second win of the season in TIS Modified competition.
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