51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, June 15th, 9:20am ET

Sunday Races:

Speedway 660 (NB) - With the forecast for 90% rain this afternoon, officials at Speedway 660 have decided to re-schedule today’s Enduro 200 event.  The re-schedule date will be announced in the coming weeks.

Saturday Races:

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Former PASS Modified race winner Chris Smith hopped into George Libby's racecar for his first start fo the season on Saturday night and won the 100-lap Sports Series special at Beech Ridge.  Mike Rowe held off Bradley Babb, Steve Jones, Mike Miatta, Jr. and David Oliver to win the Pro Series (Super Late Model) feature event while Mike Ramsey won the Wildcat feature and Shawen Brackett won the Roadrunner feature.

Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) - Mother Nature had different plans for the Tucson 100 scheduled for Saturday night, June 13. Summer rain storms swept in, causing the postponement of many of tonight’s races.

Two races were able to be completed before the rain came. In the 20-lap race for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series, Matt Cotner of Rural Hall took the checkered. In the first 20-lap race for the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Jeff Garrison of Winston-Salem brought home the win.

Chemung Speedrome (NY) - Chemung Speeddrome had hosted a couple races over the years for dirt drivers who wanted to try their luck on the asphalt. This year’s schedule included a full day for several divisions, and the show proved to be a crowd-pleaser. Ray Bliss won the Sportsman Modified feature in dominating fashion. Also picking up wins under perfect weather conditions were Ajay Potrzebowski (Street Stocks), James Freeman (FWD 4 Cylinders), James Kreidler (RWD 4 Cylinders), and Dayton Cote (Juniors).

Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - “Superman” Sege Fidanza collected his first win of the 2009 season on “Kids Day” at Dunn Tire Raceway Park.  Fidanza held off a hard charging Jimmy Zacharias for fifty laps to register his 111th career victory.  It was a night of firsts as every feature winner collected their first victory of the 2009 season.  Rich Watkins took the TQ Midget checkers while Tim Durfy was victorious in the 4 Cylinder, Cory Gallagher held on for the Street Stock Win, and Billy Burd dominated the field to take home the SST Sportsman feature win.

Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) - Marty Ward won the Late Model feature at Greenville-Pickens.

1) Ward  2) John Lewis Hightower  3) Kenneth Headen  4) Anthony Anders  5) Roger Powell

Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) - Andy Mercer won Saturday night's Late Model Stock Car feature at Hickory.

1) Mercer  2) Chris Lawson  3) David Wilson  4) Jesse LeFevers  5) James Goff

LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI) - Emily Sue Steck picked up her first career win Saturday night and became the first female to win in LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway’s Kwik Trip Late Model Division.  The 23-year-old Drive for Diversity participant led every lap of the caution-free feature held off pole sitter Cole Howland to win the Coca-Cola 25.

Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) - Jake Crum led the most laps and won the Late Model feature at Lonesome Pine.

1)  Crum  2) Nate Monteith  3) Brian Blevins  4) Wayne Hale  5) Dylan Presnell

Madison International Speedway (WI) - Once again the fans at Madison International Speedway were treated to an exciting night of very competitive racing in all five weekly divisions. When the night was over it would be Michael Bilderback (Late Models), Jay Kalbus (Sportsman), Bobby Selsing Jr. (Hobby Stocks) , Chester Ace (Bandits) , and Max McNamara (Legends) who would be feature winners.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - Mahoning Valley Speedway fell victim to rain but not after a valiant effort none-the-less to try and get the show in.

A mid-afternoon downpour pushed the start time back a half-hour as track crews did a yeoman’s job in ridding an overflow of water on the race surface.

Motor Mile Speedway (VA) - Tommy Lemons, Jr. was awarded the Late Model Stock Car victory after Matt McCall was disqualified.

1)  Lemons Jr.  2) Richard Boswell  3) Caleb Holman  4) Chad Harris  5) CE Falk

Newport Speedway (TN) - Kevin Leicht won the Late Model feature at Newport.

1) Leicht  2) Lance Gatlin  3) Jason Grant  4) Junior Franks  5) Stephen Gahagan

New Smyrna Speedway (FL) - Chad Akins (Late Models),  James Tucker (Modifieds), Allen McClelland (Strictly Stocks) and Michael Amato (Super Stocks) won at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Two-time champion John Manke got his first win of the season Saturday night with a wire-to-wire victory in the 50-lap Super Late Model main event at Orange Show Speedway.

Manke, 44, of Ramona, missed the opening race of the season, but said in the final laps of the 100-lap contest two weeks ago that he felt his Lucas Oil Chevrolet Monte Carlo finally was running the way he wanted.

That certainly was true Saturday night. With an estimated 3,000 spectators looking on, the 2005 and 2007 class champion started on the pole and never was behind for a second despite five yellow caution flags and pressure from Highland’s Glen Cummings early and reigning champion Linny White in the closing laps.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Jeff White's total destruction of his Oxford Networks Late Model ride last week was the worst thing that could have happened ... for his competition.

The White Lightning race team put the No. 50 back together better and faster than before, as evidenced by a convincing victory in Saturday night's 40-lap feature victory at Oxford Plains Speedway.
White, who picked up his first top-division win in 10 seasons of trying late last summer, took the lead on lap 5 and dominated the caution-free encounter. He beat former OPS champion Tim Brackett to the checkers by a margin of more than 1.3 seconds.
Teenager Ben Ashline finished on the podium for the second straight week, taking away third from impressive Gerald Parlin over the final five laps. Parlin was a career-best fourth, with four-time champion and two-time 2009 feature winner Travis Adams making a late-race charge in the outside lane to fifth.

Mike Short appeared to back up his 100-lap victory in last week's Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock main event with a 30-lap triumph on Sun Journal Night. When post-race inspection went awry, however, 2008 champion Skip Tripp inherited his second win of the season. B.J. Chapman held  off 2007 champ Tommy Tompkins -- making his first start of the season -- for second. Jeff Merrill emerged from a tense, five-car battle for fourth ahead of Kenny Harrison.

Jimmy Childs, who returned this year the Allen's Mini Stock division where he won a pair of division championships, snapped Justin Karkos' two-race run when he held off the red-hot Karkos by less than a car length. It was the first win of the season for Childs, who scored a Late Model victory in 2008.  Darrell Moore was third after his runner-up effort a week ago, followed by former champion Dan Morris and Larry Melcher.

Troy Jordan (Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel) and Ryan Farrar (Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck) were tops in Agren Appliance Saturday Showdown action.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Tim Noble took advantage of his great starting position and held off a late charge from defending champion Jerry Gille to collect his first career Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models feature victory at the Rockford Speedway tonight. Noble started on the point and felt the heat at the end, flipping his mirror around with five laps left, but he had enough speed to take home the top spot.

South Boston Speedway (VA) - Wayne Ramsey won both races in a Late Model doubleheader at South Boston.

Speedway 660 (NB) - Fans saw some very exciting racing the Coast Tire Street Stock division. It was really a family affair tonight and the big story was Heidi Cooper winning the 20 lap feature holding off the hard charger  #88 of Brian Fox and #11 Rocket Rodney Ness. Heidi started the race on the pole and led every lap of the caution free race. This was a very special evening for Heidi, not only because she dominated the feature and took her #1car to the Auto Pride Victory Lane but that she got to share a podium finish with her father. Both Heidi and Rodney have had podium finishes in the past but not at the same time. This is what racing is all about.

Randy Moore was the big story in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportman division as he started on the outside pole and sprinted out on the high side to take the early lead in the 30 lap feature. Moore dominated the race holding off challengers and leading the race until the only caution of the evening on lap 24 when Dave Biggar and Cody Price got together and spun between turn 3 and 4. In the closing laps, Moore was being challenged for the lead by Cal Hatfield. The two of them battled back and forth until the last lap when the two got together and Hatfield spun coming to the checkers in turn 3 and 4.  This resulted in Moore being disqualified, which gave the win to Myles Harris. Finishing a close second was Michael Banks and rounding out the top three was Glyn Nott.

Wall Stadium (NJ) - After waiting out persistent showers as long as possible, Able Ford Subaru Racing Series promoter Jim Morton was forced to rain out the tour type Modified Twin 50-lap stock car racing program Saturday night (June 13) at Wall Stadium. Morton announced that rain checks will be honored at any Saturday night stock car racing program this season.

Morton also said that the tour type Modified Twin 50-lap program that was rained out will be rescheduled. He said that he will be checking various speedway and series schedules in search of a date that will accommodate all tour type Modified competitors. He said he expects to announce the rescheduled date early in the coming week.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl completed three feature events before the rain came, halting the remainder of June 13’s race program just 28 laps into the Nutmeg State 100 lap ACT Late Model Tour event.    Berlin’s Jason Palmer won his ninth consecutive Legends Car event, New Haven’s Al Stone III checkered the Street Stock feature and Danny Field of Deep River was the winner of the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock race.  The scheduled 35-lap SK Modified feature event and remainder of the Nutmeg State 100 were postponed.

Friday Races:

Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - The first jewel of the 2009 Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series for Super Late Models; The 1st annual East VS West Shootout 100 was on Friday, June 12th at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan and it was a Westsider who scored the decisive victory as Dakota Carlson was standing in victory lane after the checkered flag flew.

Unity Raceway (ME) - Stock car racing action scheduled for Friday night (June 12) at Unity Raceway was postponed due to continuing heavy rain and wet grounds.

Feature races for all weekly divisions will be added to the “Fernald Frenzy” family fun program scheduled for Sunday afternoon (June 14) at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday’s event features a demolition derby and several novelty races, along with an automotive ramp jump contest. Several drivers are expected to attempt breaking track promoter George Fernald’s 104’3” record jump.

Thursday Races:

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Dave Pembroke of Montpelier, VT takes home the first Late Model stock car weekly event on Ferguson Waterworks Night at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. Pembroke outran runner up finisher Nick Sweet of Barre, VT to capture his second straight feature win at the Barre high-banks of Thunder Road. Pembroke’s previous win came at Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic in May. For the first points counting event of the 2009 Thunder Road Late Model season, a draw and +/- system were used. Pembroke used it to his advantage by capturing a +6 in his heat race.

Sweet did all he could to get by Pembroke but had to settle for second. He was followed to the line by Jamie Fisher, Cris Michaud and Jerry Lesage to round out the top 5. John Donahue came home sixth, trailed by Trampas Demers, Tony Andrews, Jean-Paul Cyr and Mike Bailey came home tenth.

Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, VT took home the win in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman on Ferguson Waterworks Night. He pulled away from runner-up Matt Potter, Shawn Fleury, Brendan Moodie and fifth place finisher Tim Potter. Cody Blake, James Hebert, Mike Ziter, Tony Rossi, and Joel Hodgdon all captured top ten finishes.

2008 Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion Jason Corliss of Danville, VT took home the win in the Allen Lumber Streets and Powershift Junkyard Warriors Main Event. Coming home second was David Whitcomb and third was “Super” Joe Fecteau. The only two Powershift Junkyard Warriors were Kevin Streeter of Waitsfield taking the win and Ken Christman came home second.

Unbelievably Ferguson Waterworks went off with no “waterworks.” The rain could be seen all around Thunder Road International Speedbowl but only a few sprinkles were felt at the track.

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Norm Wrenn brought home the checkers in the Super Late Model race on Thursday Night at Thompson International Speedway.  Larry Barnett won the Limited Sportsman feature just days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.  Ten laps into the 50-Lap Late Model race, Mother Nature took over, the rain started and the race program was brought to a halt.  The race will be rescheduled and will begin at lap 10 in the order they were in when the rains came.  The Sunoco Modifieds, TIS Modifieds and Mini Stock races will also be rescheduled.  Check back on www.thompsonspeedway.com for the make-up dates.

Angola Motor Speedway (IN) -   A poor weather forecast has cancelled the Thursday night show at Angola.  If the weather clears up later today, the track will open its gates at 5pm on Thursday for practice.

Wednesday Races:

Plymouth Motor Speedway (IN) - Alison MacLeod reeled in her second consecutive USAC Regional Midget feature win Wednesday night at Plymouth Motor Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana. MacLeod, driving the East Enterprises No. 6 Ford Racing Technology/Beast Chassis Beast, extended her lead as USAC’s winningest female driver by leading all 30 laps en route to her eighth career victory.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) -   In what is believed to be a first for the 11-year old midweek Acceleration Series at Oxford Plains Speedway, all seven features (130 green-flag laps) were completed without a caution flag.

Jim Davis Jr. won the Chimney Tech Outlaw  'B' feature.  The Outlaw 'A' feature produced the closest finish of the night when Jim Drake and rookie Ryan Robbins ran side-by-side through the entire final lap, bumping in the fourth turn before Drake crossed the line first.  That result was soured when both cars failed the post-race technical inspection, however, handing the victory to Jerry "The Shoe" Goss.

Kevin Oliver highlighted other action with his first OPS victory in six years of trying in the Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck division.  John Childs and early-season dominator Kyle Hewins took the two Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel features.

Cathy Manchester nearly lapped the field in the Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies feature, although she had some help when the 2-3-4 battle of Christina Spaulding, Vanna Brackett and Dottie Patria briefly ventured off the track in turn one around the halfway point.  The trio straightened it out without any damage. Brackett steered through the near-disaster to run second. Patria finally wheeled around Spaulding on the final lap to claim third.  Bill Grover joined Oliver as a first-time Oxford winner by ruling the 10-lap Goulet Home Inspections Renegade sprint.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl completed their Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program with a full card of six events on June 10.  Berlin’s Jason Palmer extended his Speedbowl-record winning streak to eight consecutive events in Legends Car action, while Allen Coates padded his career win total by taking in the NEATV Truck Series event.  Also reaching Victory Lane were Patrick Williams in the X-Cars, Bubby Brouwer in the X-Modifieds, Alex Canestrari in the Super X-Cars, and Chris Lamartire in the Bandoleros.

The Speed51.com Grassroots Racing Recap showcases the winners of weekly racing events throughout the country in the headlining division(s) of local short tracks. 

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