51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, July 20th, 1:45pm ET

Sunday Races:

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Tommy Tompkins (Strictly Stock) and Justin Karkos (Mini Stock) also picked up victories in supporting feature action for the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford.  The 250 was won by Eddie MacDonald.

Slinger Super Speedway (WI) - Lowell Bennett edged Steve Apel in a photo finish to win the 75-lap Prelude to the Nationals super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Chris Blawat drove to victory in the action-packed 35-lap late model feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of James Swan and Dan Heying.

Jay Shambeau raced to the win in the Midwest Sportsman feature that ended prematurely after 28 of the scheduled 30 laps after three caution periods caused the event to run to its time limit.

Ron Schmitt took top honors in the 25-lap Sport Mod feature.

Eric Lingford held off Aaron Cain to win the 18-lap Thunderstock feature in a thrilling side by side finish.

Carl Benn won the Slinger Bees feature as he held off Brandon Tackes and Brandon Gumm.

Saturday Races:

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - One week after being rained out, a brief passing shower caused a rain delay at Bethel Motor Speedway, but the racing action was not to be stopped.

In the Sportsman division, "Steady" Eddie Redner used his outside pole starting spot to its full advantage, as he led every lap of the race and collected his second consecutive win. Redner had to battle with Dom Roselli over the course of most of the event. Redner grabbed the win, followed by Roselli and Jerry Curry.

Mike Alcaro extended his winning streak in the Legends cars to six-for-six when he emerged victorious in the 20-lap feature. The young driver came from the seventh spot, and worked his way into the lead just before the halfway point.

Joseph Graf Jr. scored his first career win in the Bandoleros.

Veteran BMS Modified drver John Cote started on the pole, and he collected his sixth win of 2009, edging out Joe Barnes and John Demarmels.

The caution-free 25-lap ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock event was won by Joe Barnes, his fourth of the season. Gary VanOrden returned to his winning ways, taking down his eighth win of the year in the 15-lap Street Stock race.

Woody McGibbon scored his first win of the 2009 season in the 4 Cylinder Senior event. Vunny Stanton Jr. grabbed his first win of 2009, taking home the checkers in the 15-lap event.

Illiana Speedway (IN) - If you can't trust your brother-in-law, who can you trust?

Five-time late-model track champion Mike White of Monee trusted his Saturday night at the ASA-sponsored Illiana Speedway, and it paid off in a relatively easy victory in the annual Harry Molenaar Classic.

White took the lead early in the 35-lap main event and stayed well ahead of the 18-car field in his Ray Wroblewski-owned No. 14 the rest of the way. It was White's first triumph of 2009.

The key, according to White, was provided by brother-in-law and former Illiana champion Boris Jurkovic.

"He came over right before the feature, and the next thing you know he's got giant cutters, springs, stuff I've never seen before," White said. "We're somewhere I've never been with a race car. And it worked out. I've got to thank him, for sure."

Riverhead Raceway (NY) - In a move reminiscent of the late Richie Evans, John Fortin of Holtsville used a lapped car as a "pick" to take the lead and  eventual win at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night in the Baldwin, Evans &  Jarzombek Memorial 77 by Northeastern Office Equipment. The USG Night victory was the 20th of John's career worth $1,500 to Fortin and his third win of 2009.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Kyle Shear has been fast all year long at the Rockford Speedway, running up front and collecting top fives in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models almost every time he raced, but he had yet to breakthrough and take home the top prize. All of that changed tonight as Shear started up front and ended there, going wire-to-wire to top the 17 car field and grab his first career feature victory. Doug Bennett padded his points lead and picked up another trophy in the Bargain Hunter Sportsman while Nick Cina Jr. and Charlie Frisch also collected feature wins on the evening.

Speedway 660 (NB) - Officials at Speedway 660 made every effort to give the weather a chance to break however without fail it has won again.  With very little precipitation showing on radars the rain has continued to fall all day, leaving officials no other choice but to cancel the event on July 18th, 2009. The 2nd Enduro of the year will be rescheduled to Sunday Aug 9th @ 2 pm.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The first ever Saturday Wild ‘n Wacky racing event took place at Waterford Speedbowl under sunny and warm conditions.   The Legends Car series was in the spotlight, competing in a national qualifier event with the winner earning a guaranteed berth in the Raceceiver Legends Nationals at Georgia’s Lanier Speedway in October.  Berlin, CT competitor Jason Palmer continued his domination in the division this year, bouncing back from early race trouble to secure the win.  Ledyard’s Charles Beal won his second consecutive Super X-Car race, Willington’s John Bowes dominated the X-Car event, and David Flammia Jr. of Waterbury was the late benefactor in winning the X-Modified race.  Tyler Chalue won the Bandolero race.

Friday Races:

Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - Mother Nature paid a visit to the Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, July 17th and brought with her a heavy dose of showers forcing Dixie Officials to cancel PACK THE GRANDSTANDS / Race for Rescue Night. This is the second weekend in a row that Dixie has succumbed to Mother Nature.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Kevin Oliver and Cathy Manchester each repeated their victories from two nights earlier in Friday's Acceleration Series card at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Then came a repeat of something that's become all too familiar in recent years: Rain on TD Banknorth 250 Weekend Presented by New England Dodge Dealers. Showers intervened and wiped away the final six features of the night.

Strictly and Mini Stock drivers will run double features Saturday night in conjunction with the Maine-Ly Action Sports 100 for the true Value Modified Racing Series. Racing will begin at the scheduled time of 6:30 p.m.

Three Chimney Tech Outlaw features will be contested Wednesday, July 29, with the Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel 'A' feature now to be run Wednesday, August 5.

Jeff Hebert collected his first victory since 2007 in the Runnin' Rebel 'B' main. Jason Hannigan scored his second Goulet Home Inspections Renegade checkered flag of the season.

Manchester sped from 12th to first in only six laps, taking the lead away from rookie Missy Morgan before cruising to a career-best fourth win of the season. Manchester has won four of the five weekly events in the Acceleration Series.

Vanna Brackett and Dottie Patria, the last two Ladies champions, waged a terrific battle for second. Brackett prevailed by less than a car length at the line. Morgan edged Christina Spaulding for fourth.

Oliver started last in the 11-truck field, but he needed only five circuits to overtake early leaders Corey Williams and Jerry Steven en route to his second straight win and third overall.  Point leader Ryan Farrar rallied to second, with Opie Allard, Schmidt and rookie Stevens in only his second OPS start.

Hebert landed the Rebel 'B' lead from Brian Nason on lap 2 and breezed in his caution-free event.  Mark Childs Jr. and Bill Sprague posted their best finishes of the season in second and third, followed by Bill Dunphy. Jim Hart made his 2009 debut a successful one, overtaking John Mason in the final turn to swipe fifth.

Hannigan, the defending division champion, led all 10 laps of the Renegade encounter to snag his second win and first since opening night.  Bill Grover lurked at Hannigan's back bumper throughout but couldn't quite make the pass. Point leader Gerard Cote collected third, backed by Bob Morey.

Mike St. Germain and Tommy Tompkins won the 10-lap Strictly heats. Butch Keene and Greg Watkins captured Mini preliminaries.

Scotia Speedworld (NS) - Gordon Ritchie drove a 1/4 ton truck to victory in the Lockhart Truck Centre Hobby Stock Division, Russell Smith Jr. won in the Miller Tire Lightning Division, Kyle Gammon won in the Miller Tire Thunder division and Ryan Macintosh won in the Sojourn Signs Bandolero Division

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway returned to action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program of five divisions on Friday night, July 17th.  Keith Rocco took down his fourth feature win of the 2009 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom Butler took down his first feature win at Stafford since 2006 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Earl Pelletier was a first time 2009 winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Durand took home his fourth victory of the 2009 season in the in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Jeff Jolly became the 9th different winner in as many features this season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Thompson International Speedway implemented the new NASCAR rule where the leader decides if they want to restart on the inside or the outside.  With weather moving in the action was hot and heavy.  The rains came within minutes of the final checker flag of the evening.  The TIS Modifieds did double duty as they ran two features, the Super Late Models had their 50 lap extra distance race.  Ted Christopher took down a highly contested win in Sunoco Modified action.  Larry Barnett continued his domination in the Limited Sportsman division.  Tommy O’Sullivan took down his first Late Model victory of the season as did Scott Michalski in the Mini Stocks.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl (VT) - Seven-time American-Canadian Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton wins his first career Times Argus Mid-Season Championship with double points on the line. Cyr took the high side to get around pole sitter Doug Murphy late in the race to take the lead. Cyr would then break away from the field and finish uncontested for the win. Cyr gained the maximum points possible for the night by also winning his heat race earlier in the night.

Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke, who was leading the points going into tonight’s Times Argus Mid-Season Championship, got by Murphy in the final laps to claim second. Murphy held on to finish third followed by Craig Bushey and Senator Phil Scott rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Nick Sweet, Dave Whitcomb, Steve Fisher, Joey Becker and Rich Lowrey.

Kris Grout of Waterbury survived a rough NAPA Tiger Sportsmen feature from his fourth place starting position to capture his fifth career win. Grout was unchallenged by second place finisher Matt Potter. Potter and third place finisher Joey Roberts battled hard in the final laps for second with both drivers crossing the finish line sideways. They were followed closely by Pete Ainsworth and Brendan Moodie to complete the top ten, while James Hebert, Bobby Therrien, Lance Allen, Erik Steel and Joe Steffen finished in the top ten.

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks also had a wild feature with double points on the line. Gary Mullen of Tunbridge was the eventual winner followed by rookie Travis Hull and Mike Martin on the podium. Gary Bashaw and Michael Moore captured top five finishes while Bruce Melendy, David Allen, Tyler Therrien, David Whitcomb and Greg Adams completed the top ten.

Waterbury’s Josh Erwin inherited the feature win in the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior Feature after apparent winner Brian Nykiel was disqualified for too much camber. Kevin Dodge and Donnie Yates moved up to second and third while Lance Donald and Keith Fortier moved into the fourth and fifth positions. Alex Whitcomb, Mark LaFleche, Troy Kingsbury, Kevin Streeter, and Ken Christman completed the top ten.

Wednesday Races:

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Chargin' Charlie Frisch made a late-race move to take second place in the 25-lap Mtn Dew RoadRunners feature and collected the win after Joe LaMarca was disqualified in post-race inspection tonight at the Rockford Speedway. Allen Bekielewski made a late race move, diving in front of Jake Vicencio with two laps remaining to grab the victory in the Crap Scrappers Hornets swarm. Paul Fusco, Rachael Pinkerman, Robin Ulrey, Tom Schneider and Dwight Dunlap also collected feature wins.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Three drivers claimed their first victories Wednesday night as Oxford Plains Speedway kicked off New England Dodge Dealers Speedweek with Acceleration Series action.

Ryan Hewins achieved the breakthrough win in the Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel 'B' feature. Gerard Cote claimed his initial triumph of a 10-year career in Goulet Home Inspections Renegade. And Todd Hall topped the Chimney Tech Outlaw 'C' feature.

Other winners were Ryan's uncle, Kyle Hewins (Runnin' Rebel 'A'), David Childs and Steve Brill (Outlaw), Kevin Oliver (Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck) and Cathy Manchester (Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies).

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl completed another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing on a beautiful early summer night for racing.  Visiting driver Steven Ross of North Carolina championed the Legends Car event, Robert Norman of Clinton secured his first victory on Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, while it was points leader Patrick Williams of Middletown winning the X-Car race.   Waterford’s Richard “Bubby” Brouwer took the X-Modified race, Preston’s Taylor-Marie Moran won the Women on Wheels event and Andy Carpenter from Massachusetts won in the Bandolero’s.

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