51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, October 5th, 12:15pm ET

Sunday Races:

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Young talent topped the class in the Sportsman division at Bethel Motor Speedway this past weekend, as the track hosted a three race miniseries over the course of the weekend to determine "Bethel Motor Madness" champions in each of the track's classes. Teenage driver Tyler Boniface captured the Sportsman title for the event, with two segment wins. Another teenager, Anthony Perrego, started the weekend with a win in the first segment and followed Boniface to the line in both other segments, as the pair presented hotly contested battles for the lead all weekend long. Mike Skelly was third in overall weekend points.

In the Legends class, New Jersey teenager JD Abrahams took home the title, proving that consistency was key. Abrahams had two runner-up finishes. Two other teenagers, Chris Young and Tyler DeVault, were second and third overall in the class. Three-time track champion Paul Dodorico grabbed one segment win, while Mike Alcaro won the other two segments.

Joseph Graf Jr. grabbed two segment wins and the overall title for the Bandoleros. Mikey Policastro, who won the third segment, was second in the overall standings.

The BMS Modified crown was grabbed by John Cote, who won two of the division's three segment races. Johnny Demarmels was second overall. After winning the third segment race, Norm Barnes was third in the weekend standings.

Jesse Hilger grabbed the title in the ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock class, collecting one segment win along the way. Joe Barnes also won one segment, and was second in the final rundown. Bobby Policastro, winner of the third segment, was third in the final rundown.

The Street Stock weekend title went to Vinny Stanton Sr., who started the weekend off with a win in the division's first segment race. Gary VanOrden won two segment races, and was second in the overall rundown. Third place in the weekend standings went to Kevin Skelly.

In the 4 Cylinder Senior class, Woody McGibbon captured one segment win and the weekend title. Larry O'Donnell, who won the second segment race, wound up with a runner-up finish for the weekend. Gary O'Donnell, a veteran driver who is a newcomer to the class, was third for the weekend. Russell Sniffen picked up the win in the division's third segment race.

The McGibbon family took home another title as Jonathan McGibbon came out on top of the 4 Cylinder Junior standings for the weekend, with one segment win. Steven Schmitz, who also grabbed one segment win, was second in the final rundown. The third segment winner, Donald Kuhn, was third in the final tally.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway returned to action its final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events of the 2009 season as part of CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend.  Scoring victories were Keith Rocco in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ryan Posocco in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Heather DesRochers in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Shawn Thibeault in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Andrew Hayes in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, Victoria Bergenty in the 8-lap Paradiso-Muska DARE Stock Shoot-Out, and Chad Baxter won the special 15-lap Mini Stock feature event.

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Graniteville’s John Donahue won the 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, October 4. Donahue’s fifth place finish in the third segment was enough to edge out Brent Dragon by just four points. Dragon went into the third segment as the overall leader after winning the first segment and placing 10th in the second segment. His tenth place finish in the third segment gave him an overall score of 21 points for the three segment event.

Donahue took the green in the final segment trailing Dragon by just one point. The two fought hard through traffic to get to the front but Donahue got into the open air quicker and made it up to fifth and secured the win with a combined score of 17.

Eric Williams finished third overall with 26 points, followed by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (28), Brian Hoar (29), Dave Pembroke (31), Jamie Fisher (31), Nick Sweet (31), Joey Laquerre (34), and Chip Grenier (37) rounded out the top ten.

In the Tiger Sportsman division Shawn Fleury of Middlesex took home his second win of the 2009 season at Thunder Road. His previous win was in the Tiger Tri-State Series 100 back in August. Fleury was followed to the line by Jason Corliss, Derrick O’Donnell, Tony Rossi and Bobby Therrien.

Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert was crowned the 2009 Tiger Sportsman Champion after point leader Pete Ainsworth finished just one position shy of qualifying for the main event. Hebert recovered from an early spin to edged out Tony Rossi for the title.

Tommy Smith of Williamstown took his third win of the season in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Mike Martin, Danny Doyle, Gary Bashaw and Marcus Farnham completed the top five.

Gary Mullen of Tunbridge took the Allen Lumber Street Stock title over Mike Martin after Tucker Williams failed to qualify. Mullen secured the championship after finishing ninth in the feature. With that ninth Mullen finished the year with ten top tens in 16 starts.

Cabot’s Ken Christman took the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior feature win over Keith Fortier and Kevin Streeter. Donnie Yates of Montpelier was crowned the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior Champion even though he did not qualify for the feature. He had a big enough lead over Christman going into the feature that he could not be beaten. Yates had an amazing six wins during the 2009 season.

The 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl capped off the 50th Anniversary Season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl.

Saturday Races:

Caraway Speedway (NC) - Winston Salem’s Jimmy Wallace captured the first 25 lap Twin event in the Late Model Super Truck ranks Saturday Night.  Nathan Bess of Lexington, Jeff Garrison of Clemmons, Gene Kepley of Lexington and Clint King of Denton rounded out the top five finishers.

In the second 25 lap Twin Denton’s Clint King took home the win.  Kepley, Derrick Allred of Ramseur, Destry Gardner of Asheboro and Garrison rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 60 Lap Sportsman event Robert Johnson of Hamptonville took home the win.  Josh Lowder of Archdale, Gary Ledbetter of Lexington, Dan Discepoli of Greensboro and Cameron Hedgecock of High Point rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 25 lap legends event Keven Wood of Stuart, VA took home the win and the points lead.  Timmy Hill, Dillon Bassett, Scott Knox and Jan Ingram rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 10 lap U-Car event Zack Bralley of Asheboro took home the win.  Tracy Hogan of Troy, Guy Bralley of Asheboro, Zack Moore of Troy and Richard Jones of Trinity rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 25 Lap Street Stock event Eddie Mincey of Thomasville took home the win.  Jeff McGee of Trinity, Justin Smtih of Sophia, David Shough of Trinity and Chris Womack of Lillington rounded out the top five finishers.

Concord Speedway (NC) - Bobby Measmer Jr. scored wins in two features in the Whelen All-American Series competition Saturday night at Concord Speedway, taking trophies in both the Hutch BSR Pro Late Model and the Town & Country Ford Late Model Division races.   Jeff Melton claimed the win in the Coca-Cola Pure Stocks Division and Chad Miller in the Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours Division race.

Daniel Johnson led the Pro Late Model field to the green, but lost it to Matt Brooks when the field restarted on lap five following the first caution of the race.  Caution one waived after contact between Michael Pilla and Cooper Faassen sent Pilla hard into the wall just past the start/finish line.  Brooks lost the lead and three spots to Measmer while battling for the lead on lap thirty-three.  The second caution of the night waived on lap fifty-two due to fluid on the track.  Measmer took home the victory followed by first-time competitor and pole sitter with a new track record, Daniel Hemric in second and Cooper Faassen in third.  While this is young Hemric’s first run in Pro Late Model, he earned four championships in 2009 Legends Pro racing: Concord Speedway Pro Champion, Summer Shootout Pro Champion, North Carolina Pro Champion and INEX National Pro Champion! The finish also shook up the points with Cooper Faassen moving past Daniel Johnson by two points

Bobby Measmer, Jr. also  won the Town & Country Ford Late Model Division race after battling Steve Ackerly side-by-side for the position for the last five laps with Jay Payne battling for second almost making it three-wide on the last lap.  Measmer took the lead from David Miller early in the 40 lap race and ever gave up the lead despite two restarts and Ackerly on his bumper for most of the race.  The first caution of the night waived on lap nineteen when Terry Hoggard spun, and the second waived on lap 27 when Tony Pasquarello spun.  Ackerly finished second with Payne in third.

Jeff Melton claimed his ninth victory the Coca-Cola Pure Stocks Division race this season after leading 25 of the 30 race laps. Melton took the lead from Bryan Thomas on lap seven and was able to maintain the position as Thomas and Randy McAnulty battled for the second spot most of the race. This was Melton’s 48th career win at Concord Speedway.  McAnulty finished second followed by Thomas in third.

Chad Miller won the Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours Division race in his first return to the driver’s seat after missing several races because of shoulder surgery.  Miller passed Del Stewart on the first lap as the #14 fell back through the field to the fourth spot after starting in the first position.  This was the fourth win of the season for Miller.  Barry Canter finished second followed by Brian Irby in third.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Toni McCray got her first Super Late Model main event win and reigning champion Linny White added a little padding to his points lead Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.

McCray, who started on the outside of the front row alongside brother Rickey, inherited the lead on lap 15 when Rickey was forced to pit because of a rear quarter-panel rubbing on his right rear tire.

Once in front, Toni McCray never put a wheel wrong on her NAPA/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, withstanding race-long pressure from past champion Glen Cummings and taking the checkered flag at the end of 50 laps 0.427 seconds in front of Cummings, with White third, Mark Shackleford fourth and Jim Conklin fifth.

That order of finish enabled White to gain two points on Shackleford in their head-to-head battle for the title and White will take a 6-point lead into the two 50-lap races that will close the season at the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval on Oct. 17.

Toni McCray, who is fifth in the standings, won a Late Model main event June 27. Her best previous Super Late Model finish was a second to Shackleford Aug. 22.

Earlier in the evening Jim Edmiston of Highland celebrated his third straight Pony Stock championship by winning that 35-lap main event, Corona’s Cary Cecil won the 35-lap main event and Riverside’s Dwayne Blay claimed the title in the Factory Four division, and Riverside’s Kevin Cook won the 25-lap Stock Cars USA feature after Lake Elsinore’s Tom Whitson had taken the title by starting the race. Riverside’s Shaun Estes took the checkered flag in front, but was penalized to the end of the lead lap for a technical infraction and finished eighth.

Chase Catania of El Cajon took the 35-lap Legends Cars feature and Aaron Anderson of Lancaster won the 20-lap Bandolero race.

The only points battle really decided was the one between Blay and Ben Mahan of Oak Hills in the Factory Four class. Blay went into the night with a 4-point lead in the standings and a touch of drama was added early in the day, when second-place Ben Mahan lost second gear in his BMW. Mahan had to move into the driver’s seat of the Isuzu pickup Moreno Valley’s Ed Reid had brought to the track for the first time this season.

It got a little more tense during the race, when Blay twice was involved in incidents that sent him to the rear of the field. But while he charged back to finish third, Mahan faded, taking the checkered flag in sixth and wind up 10 points behind Blay.

Sundance Vacation Speedway (PA) - The final single points races came to a close Sunday at Sundance Vacations Speedway, as drivers look forward to the season-ending, double points “King of the Mountain” event coming next weekend. With a pair of 25-lap Sport Modified main events up for grabs, Anthony Sesely and Ricky Ross, Jr. took top honors. Steve Shultz scored his second-straight Street Stock victory and Jon Smith cruised to the Four Cylinder FWD win. Karl Heisler notched his first career INEX Legends win and after an engine change earlier in the afternoon, Steve Cox dominated the field to win the Super Mini Cup main.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl was forced to cancel Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program scheduled for this evening due to rain.  The event date will not be made up.

That leaves the final points event remaining as The Finale, the Speedbowl's closing NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points race for the SK Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.  The event is scheduled October 9-11.   With tonight's rainout, Groton's Bruce Thomas Jr. clinches his third consecutive title in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division.

The battle for the SK Modified crown between Wallingford's Keith Rocco and Ron Yuhas Jr., also of Groton, along with the four way Street Stock championship race and a tight Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock title chase will all be in the spotlight during The Finale.  The event features scheduled 100-lap features for the SKs and Late Models, and 50-lappers for the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. 

All told, over 400 laps and 12 main events will take place.  Legends Cars, Allison Legacy, NEATV Trucks, plus the Wild 'n Wacky X-Car, Super X-Car, X-Modified and Bandolero race teams will be on hand for events.  The Speedbowl will host an Outlaw Stock race as well, accommadating race teams from several other race tracks and divisions.

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - You could not have asked for a more perfect night than Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park.  No rain in sight, great fans, plenty of racecars, and six brand new feature winners and one unhappy first time winner.  As the old saying goes, "it ain't over until the fat lady sings",  held true for Steve Moore.  Moore won the Street Stock feature only to be dq'd in tech and lost his wonderful feeling of that first feature win.  Moore proceeded to tear the top off the trophy he had to return and mess up his first feature winner hat.  The win was given to Wally Schneider after tech.

Heat wins went to P.J. Wiggins and Dale Murray in Modifieds; Ken Hall, Sr. and Mike Haney in Sportsman; Dan Kerr in Mini Stock; Davey Wolf and Rusty Robinson in 4 Cylidner Challengers; David Higgs and Wally Schenider in Street Stocks; and Bobby Peterson and Augie Burtham, Jr. in Thunder Stocks.

P.J. Wiggins was the first new feature winner as he took the Modified win.  Greene had the pole but it was Dale Murray who jumped to the early lead with Wiggins behind him.  By lap 2, Wiggins had taken the point and once he was there, there was no looking back.  Wiggins worked his way up to a quarter mile track lead over the rest of the field and it looked like he was going to lap the whole field if a caution had not come up for Rick Scott and Barry Sheffield drawing the field back together for the restart.  It was P.J. Wiggins all the way to the checkered followed by Dale Murray, Barry Sheffield, Tiny Greene, and Chuck Gustafson, Jr.

Mike Haney had the early lead in the Sportsman feature turning it over to Drew Smith for awhile.  Smith was able to keep the lead up until the halfway point when Joey Haslauer powered past Smith for the point.  Then it was a battle between Haslauer and Smith to see which one would get their first feature win.  Smith gave it his all but could not pass Haslauer neither on the inside or outside.  Joey Haslauer held on to take the checkered over Drew Smith, Paul Sheed, Steve Sheed, and Marc Kinley.

Mini Stocks saw Dan Vogel take the early lead in their feature race but by lap 2, it was Dan Kerr leading the way.  With Kerr on the inside, Vogel on the outside after a lap 3 caution, it was Kerr takikng the point over Vogel.  Kerr then began to build a fifteen car lead over Vogel and the rest of the field and as they say, "never looked back" as he took the feature win over Dan Vogel, Tommy Saunders, Mark Taylor, and Lance Lee.

Rusty Robinson gave it his best shot at trying to win the 4 Cylinder Challenger feature.  Robinson lead early on in the race until RJ Glaser put the heat on Robinson and took over the point.  As Robinson and Glaser went side-by-side after several restarts for cautions, Glaser did not budge from that number one position.   But Glaser found a new challenger in Mark Comitale who passed Robinson and took over second and put the heat on Glaser.  By lap 11, Comitale was the new leader and never looked back taking his first feature win over Rusty Robinson, Davey Wolf, Vinnie Richards, and pole sitter Casey Feaster.

Steve Mooers not only had the pole for the Street Stock feature but lead every single lap until the checkered.  Right behind Mooers in second was Wally Schneider who never once let the heat off of Mooers.  This was a total caution free race and the only reason anyone dropped out during the race was mechanical problems.  David Higgs ran third the whole race and was able to finish third in spite of a last lap flat rear tire.  No one thought Higgs would make it but he did as he was very determined.   Getting his first feature win, after tech, was Wally Schneider followed by David Higgs, Pat Buckley, James Smith, and Mark Maresca.

Thunder Stocks were the last feature of the night and it was all Dave "Augie" Burttram, Jr's race.  Burttram was able to take the lead on the initial green and inspite of several cautions, was always able to take the point on the restart.  Jared Bennett gave Burttram a run for his money but was outpowered by Bobby Peterson who took over the chase of Burttram in second.  Burttram, Peterson, and Bennett ran first, second, and third for most of the race until Tom Hughes turned up the heat and took third away from Bennett.  Dave "Augie" Burttram claimed his first feature win over Bobby Peterson, Tom Hughes, Andy Hicks, and Jared Bennett.

Friday Races:

Ocala Speedway (FL) - An almost perfect night for racing greeted fans and racers at Florida's oldest race track on Friday night, as the Second Annual Church Night featuring Faster Pastor Racing was a huge success!  And the crowd enjoyed quite a competitive show from the pastors and they battled on the speedway.  Defending Fastor Pastor Champion, Larry Miller, was unable to cope with Mark Capps of Floral City, who won the race with speed and a sharp eye for trouble ahead,

In addition to the Fastor Pastors, the Open Wheel Modifieds were racing.  Jeff Mathews had claimed the pole, but a $100 challenge was put up and accepted, which sent Mathews to the rear of the field.  The 33 car was fast, and Mathews picked his way through the field to the front without too much trouble as the crowd cheered him on.  But in the end he only made it to second before the laps ran out.

Kyle Owen was the leader for most of the race, but once Rob Underwood got past him Owen faded a bit.  Underwood led the final 5 laps to claim the win, followed by Mathews and Owen.  John Bradley raced his way to a fourth place finish while Gary Sexton rounded out the top 5.

The Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks were gearing up for next week's $1000 to win races as they hit the clay, with the Hobby Stocks getting off to a rather rough beginning.  But after some initial rubbing and bumping the racers settled down and raced, with Mike Eubanks out front.  Eubanks eventually fell victim to Grady Christian in the 36, and Christian never looked back.  Grady Christian scored a win, followed by a hard charging Joe Boyd for second and Mike Eubanks in third.  Heath Walker and Donnie Reed rounded out the top five.

Jeff Stalnaker started the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stock race dead last, but never gave up and fought his was forward through the field.  Moving forward with Stalnaker was Chris Fontaine and Jason Gamble, but it was Stalnaker managed to get out front and stay there to win the race.  Chris Fontaine settled for second place while Jason Gamble climbed into the third spot.  David walls hung tight to take home fourth, while Sean Babcock claimed fifth.

The Mini Stocks saw a familiar face in Victory Lane as Keith Briggs posted yet another win.  Briggs came from the rear to the front to claim the win, fighting his way through traffic to get the job done.  Calvin Christian raced hard and took the second place award while Paul Combast settled for third,  with Johnny Zackery and Buddy Pope fourth and fifth.

And the Gladiators saw a second time winner in Harold Lewis, who had the dominant car all night.  Casey Feaster put a front row starting position to good use by bringing home a second place finish, while Steve Cox held tough for the third place.   Steve Johnson raced the X8 car to fourth place while Devin Walker was scored in fifth place.

Fans will be admitted to Ocala Speedway for just $8 per person with kids 12 and under free next Friday, October 9th.  And for that $8 admission fans will see a $2000 to win Late Model race, a $1000 to win Hobby Stock feature, plus a $1000 to win outing for the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks.  The Gladiators will also be running.  Gates will open at 5PM with hot  laps at 7PM.

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - With the threat of rain on the radar and nearly missing the show due to a tie up in traffic, Rusty Smith of Oxford, NY held off Kyle Ebersole to score his second Modified feature win of the seat Friday evening at Sundance Vacations Speedway. Wayne Lowe of Mountain Top cruised to his second Factory Stock win of the year and Long Island’s Kevin Nowak notched his first INEX Legends victory at the speedway. Jerry Hildebrand of Wapwallopen rebounded from a string of bad mid-season luck to notch his third Late Model victory of the year in the rain-shortened event.

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