51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, June 29th, 12:30pm ET

Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Defending track champion Patrick Dupree of Saranac Lake had twice the fun and Leon Gonyo twice the misery on double points night at Airborne Speedway. Dupree picked up his first win of the season with point leader Martin Roy perched on bumper after Gonyo pitted from the lead under yellow with 3 laps left in the 30-lap Ernie’s Tools Modified main event.

Gonyo was sailing along with a full straightaway lead when the yellow came out for George Foley, who had spun into the infield near the finish line. The Chazy, NY veteran started fourth and passed Mike Reyell for the lead on lap six. Dupree and Roy steadily advanced from starting spots 11 and 12. Along the way they had the hardest time passing Reyell and eventual fourth-place car Aaron Bartemy. Mike Bruno got past Bartemy on the restart to claim third.

Reyell finished fifth. Spots 6-10 went to Andy Heywood, Richard Tisseur, Durgan, Andy Kane and Mike Wells. Gonyo settled for 16th.

Airborne’s bounty for snapping Robin Wood’s Sportsman win streak went unclaimed. Wood spent several laps dueling with Chris Reeves for second place, and then used a restart to get the jump on Bucko Branham and race off to his fourth straight win. Branham was second. Richie Turner caught Reeves late for fourth. Shawn Duquette completed the top five. “It’s been an amazing season, “ Wood said.

Randy LaDue of West Chazy became the winner of the Renegade feature after Mike Terry failed tech inspection. It was first win of the year for LaDue. He finished a dozen car-lengths ahead of runner-up Kevin Boutin. Spots 3-5 went to Ken Davies, Lonnie Rivers and Nick Heywood. Heywood remains the Renegade point leader.

Jayson Blondo of Champlain won the Monster Energy Bomber feature. Josh Durivage of West Chazy and Wade Whitney of Beekmantown were next in line. Durivage now leads the Bomber division. Rick Doner overtook Bill Thwaits and Randy Martin for the Mini-Modified win.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Dom "The Iceman" Roselli grabbed the lead on lap 19 of the 25-lap Sportsman event and went on to claim victory at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, bringing to an end the three-race win streak of points leader Dan Conklin. Roselli started the feature in the fourth position, but immediately got to second and ran behind Jerry Curry for the majority of the race. Danny Creeden and Ray See Jr. finished second and third, respectively. Conklin was seventh.

Mike Alcaro continued to dominate in the Legends division, bringing home his fifth win in as many attempts. In Bandolero action, Nova Scotia's Ryan Mckintosh won over Joseph Graf Jr.

John Cote visited Victory Lane again in the BMS Modified class, while Joe Barnes was a repeat winner in the ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock division. Vinny Stanton was the first driver other than Gary VanOrden to win in the Street Stock division in 2009. Paul Curry recorded the win in the 4 Cylinder Junior division.

On John Marcinak Memorial night, it was fitting for Howard Murphy to be in Victory Lane. Marcinak was a member of Murphy's pit crew.

When the checkered flag flew for the visiting 4/6 cylinder enduro truck division from Long Island, Kevin Nowak was the winner.

Illiana Speedway (IN) - Jeff Cannon won Saturday night's late-model feature at the ASA-sponsored Illiana Speedway in a car that he pronounced as "mediocre."

He beat Blake Brown to the finish line by 6.580 seconds.

Mediocre? Huh?

"I know," he said, smiling. "I haven't figured that out yet. They must have been mediocre and fighting behind me. I'm kind of glad I wasn't back there, from the sounds of my spotter."

John Nutley was able to win his fifth limited late-model feature in a row by a 0.766 margin over Rita Fields. Two top contenders, Phil Splant andJohnny Senerchia, were eliminated on lap five in a crash between Turns 1 and 2.

The legends feature saw Alex Arelano return to the winner's circle, beating Jimmy Hansen to the finish line by 0.5983 seconds. Garrett Goodwin and Daniel Ivaski followed.

Bobby Blood made a late-race pass of Cheryl Hryn to capture the 20-lap turbo stox main. Hryn held on for her highest finish of the season. Bob Rohweder was third, followed by Pat O'Rourke, Billy Jarrells and Brian
Kucaba.

Helen Nester was the winner in the pure stocks main, besting Paul McKeague and Tim Cronin. Tristan Batson reigned in the bandolero feature.

Madison International Speedway (WI) - Zack Riddle has been close.  He’s been the leader in two races this season only to have disaster strike while he was running out front.  But on Saturday there was no denying Riddle as he won the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models.

Three in a row and win number four on the season were the rewards for Jay Kalbus after winning the 20 lap feature for the Brown Heating and Air Conditioning Area Sportsman.

Terry Ciano Jr. picked up his first-ever feature win at MIS by topping the Weaver Auto Parts Hobby Stocks in their 15 lap feature.  Ciano Jr. becomes the fourth different feature winners in five races this season in the division.

It was a battle, but in the end it was Kyle Padfield who would hang on to win his second feature of the season in the 20 lap event for the Roto Rooter Bandits.

Max McNamara is tough.  Even with competition coming from four states he was able to hold off the fourteen car field and earn his fourth feature win of the season in the 25 lap main event for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) -  It was Ladies Night at Orange Show Speedway Saturday when Toni McCray got the first main event win of her career and Kim Marzullo got her first victory of the year.

McCray bested 14 male rivals to win the 50-lap ASA Late Model main event and Marzullo outran eight male foes to claim the 35-lap Factory Fours feature. Both women won their 4-lap Trophy Dashes as well.

Four-time and reigning JAM Sportswear Pony Stock champion Jim Edmiston got his third win in four races this season.  David Glidewell led from start to finish in a Pro 4 main event shortened from 35 to 25 laps after a lengthy, and scary, delay when the Chevrolet of Tony Edwards caught fire in Turn 2 on lap 13. Edwards was able to exit the car safely with the help of corner worker Chris Singleton, but the car burned for several minutes.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Five years, including a championship season, passed since Tim Brackett's last feature win at Oxford Plains Speedway. Brackett also saw at least two previous podium finishes in 2009 unravel due to late-race spins.  Brackett collected his 43rd career OPS checkered flag in the 40-lap Oxford Networks Late Model main event Saturday night.

Brackett put each of his 30-plus years experience to work in holding off another of the speedway's all-time greats, four-time champion Travis Adams, to prevail by a car length.

Adams' late rally reduced Brackett's lead from a half-straightaway to a shadow over the final 10 laps. The current point leader settled for second, however, with Tommy Ricker a season-best third, Billy Childs Jr. fourth and Scott Robbins fifth.

Tommy Tompkins dominated the 30-lap Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock feature, while Steve Barker put on a similar display in the Allen's Mini Stock main. Both races ran from wire-to-wire without a caution.

Familiar faces reigned in Acceleration Series Agren Appliance Saturday Showdown activity.
Ryan Farrar claimed his third straight Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck victory, topping Jon Lizotte and Kevin Oliver. Ross Spurling was fourth and Jeff Schmidt fifth.

Kyle Hewins is 4-for-7 in an entertaining Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel campaign after his latest victory. Hewins shook off Zach Audet for the lead with five circuits remaining in the 20-lapper.

Rockford Speedway (IL) – Rockford Speedway was forced to cancel the Mtn Dew Mid-Season Championships due to impending inclement weather that was scheduled to come through the area. Scout Night at the Rockford Speedway has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 18th.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - On Saturday, June 28, Bill Bernard held on to win his first career Late Model feature in the Phil's Propane 50. In a race that went green to checker, Bernard fought off a hard charging Gerry DeGasparre in the latter half of the event.

Dave Darling won the ARC Pro Stock feature.  In the Seekonk Sport Trucks, Rick Martin picked up his fifth win of the season, besting Jody Tripp for the win once again.  Jim Silvia became the first repeat winner in the Street Stocks

Speedway 660 (NB) - Officials at Speedway 660 and CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour have canceled today’s Parts for Trucks 100 for this evening with the rain forecast into the late evening.  Given tomorrow’s poor forecast the rain date for tomorrow has been canceled as well.  Stay tuned for reschedule date.

Thunderhill Speedway (TX) - Saturday night's winners were Bobby Chafee (Mini Stocks), Marcia Moore (Grand Stocks), Aaron Brungot (Thunder Stocks), Clint LaFont (ASA A-Line Super Stocks), Richard Gonzales (NasKarts), Gavin Boyett (TSRS Allison Legacys) and Jason Marshall (Pro Trucks).

Unity Raceway (ME) - Rowland ‘JR’ Robinson, Jr. and Dylan Turner scored Late Model feature race victories in doubleheader weekend action at Unity Raceway over the weekend. Other victory lane celebrations were earned by Steve Moulton, Kris Watson, Andy Turbovsky, Cory Walker, Carl McAlpine, Kyle Gallant, Mike Wilson, Mike Mason, Shadow Folsom, Mika Wilson, Shelby Kimball, Robert Paddack, Mike Moore and Bradley Bosworth - twice.

Wall Stadium (NJ) - Jim Wismer, Jr. won the 100-lap “Race of Champions Qualifier for Late Model stock cars and Jon Meyer topped the 40-lap championship event for the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stocks during the Saturday night (June 27) Able Ford Subaru Racing Series events at Wall Stadium. Roger Coss, Jr. in the Legend Cars and Howie Conk in the Street Stocks joined Wismer and Meyer as first time Wall Stadium winners on “Fenders Only Night.”

Both racers and fans waited out late-afternoon and early-evening showers that delayed the racing program nearly two hours.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) -  The Waterford Speedbowl celebrated Norwich Night on June 27, honoring the City of Norwich’s 350th birthday with great racing.  Jeffrey Paul picked up his second consecutive SK Modified win, Bruce Thomas Jr. returned to Speedbowl victory Lane in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while it was veteran competitor Allen Coates taking the checkered in the NEATV Truck Series.   Kyle James and Ronnie Oldham Jr. rounded out the night’s winners capturing the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock and Street Stock events respectively.   With threatening skies looming overhead during the evening, the full five-division event was completed by 9:15pm. 


Friday Races:

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - With the PASS North cars in town, Beech Ridge ran on Friday night instead of Saturday night this week with all divisions except the Pro Series (Super Late Models) being featured on the racing card.

Craig Smith (Sports Series), Mike Ramsey (Wildcats) and Trevor Graffam (Roadrunners) won their feature races.

Toledo Speedway (OH) - Defending champ Jim Froling avoided the "big one" and sailed to victory in the 50 lap ARCA Sportsman feature Friday evening at Toledo Speedway.


Wednesday Races:

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) -   This week's Wednesday night Oxford Acceleration Series event was rained out.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Chargin’ Charlie Frisch made a late race pass on Joe LaMarca to pick up the win in the Mtn Dew RoadRunners Super Summer Series feature event tonight at the Rockford Speedway. Nick Lasher picked up his second straight victory in the 15-lap Crap Scrappers Hornet swarm. Cory Cootware, Tom Schneider, Robin Ulrey, Dwight Dunlap and Adam Rawski also collected feature victories.


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