51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, July 27th, 1:45pm ET

Sunday Races:

Scotia Speedworld (NS) - DJ Casey won in Sojourn Signs Bandolero Division, Gordon Ritchie won in the Lockhart Truck Centre Hobby Stock Division, Dan Michaud Jr. won in the Miller Tire Lightning division, Kyle Gammon won in the Miller Tire Thunder Division, Bruce Johnson won in Legends and Jeff Dilman won in the C&R Auto Supply Sportsman Division on Sunday.

Saturday Races:

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - David Oliver won the 40-lap Pro Series (Super Late Model) feature over Keith McKinnon, Mike Rowe, Aaron Ricker and Mike Miatta, Jr.  Defending track champion Bub Bilodeau dropped out with three laps to go due to an apparant mechanical problem that triggered a single car turn four spin.  He was towed off the track and did not return to the race.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Bethel Legends points leader Mike Alcaro entered Saturday's race undefeated in his attempts at the quarter-mile oval, recording six wins in as many visits in 2009. Mechanical misfortune struck the young driver, who was forced to retire from the event on lap six. Mike Malone led the race early, and put on an exciting battle for the top spot with Michael Blaskey, swapping the lead several times. Both drivers' nights were cut short, as they were both involved in an incident on lap 14 that involved several other cars as well. Matt Maring then inherited the lead, which he held until he, too, experienced mechanical woes and had to be towed from the racing surface with just two laps to go in the event. In a Cinderella story of sorts, this passed the lead to John Demarmels, a Bethel veteran who has more than 80 wins and numerous championships in other divisions to his credit, but who had never even sat in a Legends car prior to the day's events. Demarmels was able to hold off Ron Poley and Blaskey for the win.

In 4 Cylinder Senior action, Larry O'Donnell grabbed the lead from his outside pole starting spot at the drop of the green. Although he was challenged by Russell Sniffen early and Ed Lindstadt in the closing laps of the race, no one was able to stand in the way of O'Donnell's fourth 2009 win.  O'Donnell recorded wins in the first three races of 2009, with the last of those wins coming during May.

The BMS Modified feature was seven laps in, with Norm Barnes in the lead, when rain began to fall on the speedway that eventually caused the cancellation of the remainder of the night's events. Next Saturday's action will kick off with the completion of the race in progress. Also on the schedule are regular features for the Sportsman, BMS Modified, ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder, and Bandolero classes. Bethel will be hosting a 50-lap INEX Asphalt Nationals qualifier for the Legends this coming weekend as well. Full details are available at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com.

Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - Mother Nature notched another win this season at Dunn Tire Raceway Park as the speedway was forced to cancel the July 25th nights events due to inclement weather in the area including tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms.

The Dunn Tire Raceway Park stock cars have the weekend of August 1st off as the annual “Sunday Niagara” Nostalgia Drags will be held from Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd.

The Stock Cars return with a bang on August 8th as the speedway presents its annual “Heroes Homecoming” Reunion along with Scout Night.

East Bay Speedway (FL) - East Bay Raceway park was back in action on Saturday night with a full field of cars and grandstand packed with fans.  It was a fantastic night for racing around the legendary Clay by the Bay.

The Outlaw 4’s hit the track first for their 15-lap feature event.  Brian Danforth had the car to beat all night long after starting on the front row. Danforth pulled away and took the win. It was his first feature win of the season.  Mickey Wright had a strong run and finished 2nd.  Steven Hohlbaugh was 3rd.  Jason Russell and Jerry Bruce rounded out the top-5.  Danforth won the heat race.

Twenty-four Street Stocks were on hand for their main event.  Buck Skinner started in the 3rd spot and held off early challenges from Thomas Pratt and Ed Hill.  Skinner was the man to beat as he went to the lead and eventually the checkered flag for his series leading 6th feature win of the season.  Points leader Donnie Reed finished 2nd.  Danny Hill who had his problems in the heat race started deep in the field in the 22nd spot and finished 3rd.  Buck Woodhouse finished 4th. Jarod Gay was 5th.  Ed Hill, Skinner and Pratt won the heats.

In the Limited Late Models Tim Gay was able to hold off Forrest Gough for the victory.  Gay and Gough battled for most of the 15 laps for the lead.  Gough finished  2nd.  John Bradley stayed near the front and finished 3rd.  Alex Boerner was 4th.  Roger Crouse started shotgun on the field in 13th place and was able to take a 5th place finish.  Gay and Bradley wont he heat races.

The Gagel’s Open Wheeled Modifieds stuck to the script that they have been on most of the season.  Jeff Mathews started on the pole with a very strong car.  Austin Sanders started next to Mathews on the front row after dominating his heat race. Sanders and Mathews battled for the lead early, but it would be Mathews who had the upper hand.  Sanders slipped up in the middle laps and fell back in the field.  Mathews drove way from the field and won his 6th feature race of the season in this class. Mathews has 10 feature wins at East Bay this season including his wins in the Late Model Class. He is the points leader in the Late Models and the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds.  Burrows held on and finished 2nd.  Dale Kelley stayed near the front all night and was 3rd.  Bruce Harvey and Brian Hollifield rounded out the top-5. Sanders and Kelley won the heats.

It was a double victory for Roberto Morfin, Jr. in the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder bombers.  Morfin Jr. won the 15 lap feature and an extra $250 for winning the Smokin’ Hot Summer Series sponsored by Motorstats.com. Raymomd Vann finished 2nd.  Roberto Morfin, Sr ran in the top-5 all night and finished 3rd.  Jimmy Alvis and Kelli Hill rounded out the top-5.  Curtis Book and Jim Baker won the heat races.

Illiana Speedway (IN) - John Nutley had two feature winner trophies for two different cars Saturday night at the ASA-sanctioned Illiana Speedway.

The veteran driver from Midlothian captured the limited late-model main over Rita Fields by more than a second. In the late-model main, he and Mike White put on a side-by-side last-lap battle that was settled by a scant 0.026 seconds.

In the Legends division, Jimmy Hansen took the lead from Mark Van Drunen on lap 14, and held off a late charge from Alex Arelano to claim the win. Points leader Chris King was third, ahead of Max McNamara and Matt O'Leary.

Tony Meier was a runaway winner in the turbo stox main, beating Bill Serviss by 1.788 seconds. Billy Jarrells edged out Bob Rohweder for third. Chris Czaszwicz beat Tim Cronin in the pure stocks main, while Paul Fusko was the king of the Bandoleros.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - 37-laps into the Hand Three Modified 100 Poker Series race at Mahoning Valley Speedway, rains hit the area and put an abrupt halt the event as well as all remaining features.

The race will be restarted on August 22 when the Hand Four Poker Series event takes place. The remaining 63 laps will be run and a complete program of time trials, heats and 100-lap feature, along with all other tracks classes.

As it stands the race will pick up with John Bennett leading over Chip Santee, Tom Flanagan, Eric Beers and Rick Reichenbach.

Mobile International Speedway -  The Midwest Cooling Tower Service Pro Late Model 35 lap feature race was captured by D. J. Vanderley of Mobile, Saturday evening at Mobile International Speedway.   It was the second time that Vanderley drove the Darryl Leachman owned car.

Ocala Speedway (FL) - Rich Pratt (Late Model), Paul Combast (Mini Stock), Jason Gamble (V8 Thunder Stocks) and Mike Lane (Gladiator) won this week's races.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Linny White patiently stalked the leader for 34 laps, then became the leader for the final 16 and won the 50-lap Super Late Model main event at Orange Show Speedway Saturday night.

It was the second straight win and third in four races for White, the reigning champion, and it moved him into a tie for the points lead with fifth-place Mark Shackleford of Riverside after seven of 14 races.

Union Pacific train conductor Kevin James, the ASA Late Model points leader since May 16, solidified his hold on the top spot with his first win of the season. James started on the pole and led all 50 laps while withstanding almost constant pressure from runner-up Ryan Daniel.

James, of Yucaipa, won by 0.341 seconds over Daniel, with Brandon Loverock of Highland third. Toni McCray, who had won the past two races, finished ninth in the 11-car field. James leads Daniel by 6 points after seven of 13 races.

Riverside’s Dwayne Blay benefitted from being in the right place at the opportune time and regained the Factory Fours points lead by winning the 35-lap main event. Blay was third with just over three laps to go, then was in the lead when Kim Marzullo and Ben Mahan made contact while fighting for the top spot in Turn 4. Marzullo was able to regroup and hold onto second place, but Mahan dropped to sixth. That enabled Blay to go from 4 points behind Mahan to 6 ahead after 10 of 14 races.

Stock Cars USA points leader Tom Whitson of Lake Elsinore inherited the pole position when Riverside’s Dave Foster was unable to start and led every inch of the 25-lap race for his third win in five starts. Runner-up Kevin Cook of Riverside was in position to challenge for the lead on lap 22, but Whitson used traffic to his advantage and pulled away.

Riverhead Raceway (NY) - Dave Sapienza of Riverhead made his return to NASCAR  Modified racing at Riverhead Raceway worthwhile Saturday night as he won the  35-lap feature event worth $1,415. Sapienza, who sat out the latter part of  2007 and all of '08 last visited victory lane at the quarter mile on May 26th 2007.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - On Saturday, July 25, Dave Darling picked up his fourth win of the season in the ARC Pro Stocks. Ryan Vanasse picked up win number seven in the Late Models, continuing his dominance, Rick Martin made it seven for eleven, as he closes in on the All Time win record at The Action Track of the East, and Ryan Lineham picked up his second win of the season in the Street Stocks.

Speedway 660 (NB) - In the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division, Myles Harris takes the win the in the feature. Myles came to the front in the second half of the race to take the lead.  Wade Harris finished a close second and Michael Banks had a podium finish in third place. Banks ran into some trouble early on, bringing out the caution after getting loose in turn 2.  After that incident Banks charged hard to get back up front and battle with the leaders. Banks was the points leader going into the race so a podium finish really helps in this tight points battle.  Also contending for the points championship and had a good fourth place finish was Glyn Nott. Rounding out the top five was the # 70 of Dave Biggar.

In the Coast Tire Street Stock feature, Smokin Joe Albert was the big winner. Albert is running a limited season.  He says he will be back a couple more times this season. Rocket Rodney Ness finished in second while Charles Gaddess had his first ever podium finish in third.

Unity Raceway (ME) - Josh St. Clair of Liberty drove to victory lane twice in one day for the second time this season on a special Saturday afternoon “Wrestling & Racing” card at Unity Raceway, offering up double points in all racing divisions.  St.Clair came from the back of the pack in both the Late Model and Super Street division main events in impressive fashion.

Reigning division champion Carl McAlpine of Burnham led every lap en route to victory lane in the Wildcat class.

Reigning Monsta Mini division champion Mike Wilson of Chelsea cruised to victory in the 25-lap, double-point main event for his division.

Lance Chapman returned after a few weeks off and dominated the Enduro division race on the track. He lapped everyone with the exception of apparent runner-up Travis Dodge. But post-race inspection uncovered rules violations on the two quickest cars, which made Chad Badger of Milo the official winner.

Rain showers forced postponement of features in four racing divisions. The Flyin’ 4 and Ladies divisions will race in double-point features to kick off this Friday night’s (July 31) racing program, while Late Model Pro Four and Teen Thunder division features will be made up on August 7.

Wall Stadium (NJ) - After nearly destroying his Eddie Partridge owned No. 5 Modified stock car during the first lap of the “Garden State Classic” on July 18, Howell’s Jimmy Blewett returned to victory lane Saturday night (July 25) in the 40-lap main event for the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium. Blewett credited his crew and sponsors for repairing his car in time to claim the Able Ford Subaru Racing Series win.

The visiting TQ Midgets of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association made their first appearance of the season here to compete in the first annual Tony Romit Memorial. Dave Williams was the first leader of the 35-lapper, before Joey Payne took the lead on lap nine. Payne then paced the pack through lap 20 when Frank Fischer drove his No. 26 to the front. Fischer then held his ground to the finish, with Payne crossing the line second and Ian Cumens finishing third. Mike Janisch and Williams were fourth and fifth.

Carl Thomas of Tinton Falls raced to his second win of the season in the 25-lapper for the Street Stocks. Thomas took the lead from early pace setter Elliott Wohl of Freehold on lap 11 and never looked back. Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood raced into the runner-up spot late in the race, while Gregg Miranda of Hazlet was third. Mike Tillett of Bayville and Keyport’s Rick Kopf were fourth and fifth.

Roger Coss won a thriller for the I.N.E.X. Legend Cars as he grabbed the lead on the final lap to win the 25-lap main event. On that final lap, a lapped car blocked the path of then leader Zach Alspach momentarily and allowed Coss to race into the lead for his second win of the year. Brick’s Bryan Gardella also raced by Alspach for second, while Mark Tischler and Wall’s Robert French were fourth and fifth.

Kevin Davison of Howell and Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck waged a battle royal for the win in the Calabreeze Pools Sportsman 25-lapper until the duo touched in the third and fourth turns with just a few laps remaining. As a result, Davison went spinning and Eyres went on to win over Brick’s Robert Sutphin, Dan Roslin of Little Egg Harbor, Mike Smith of Spring Lake Heights and Matt Przemielewski of Toms River.

The Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stock 20-lap nightcap also came down to a two car battle between Ricky Williams and Tom Fratesi. This duo wrestled for several laps before Williams muscled his way into the lead with an inside lane pass in turn four in the closing moments. Williams went on to the win, while Neptune’s Mike Bilello was second. Fratesi, Richard Petty of Hackettstown and Jamesburg’s Whitey Miller were third through fifth.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl completed its NASCAR Whelen All-American  Series racing program on July 25 with two first time winners this season reaching victory lane.  Jeff Pearl won the SK Modified race while Adam Cantor took his first NEMA Midget event of the year.  Bruce Thomas Jr. returned to victory lane in the Late Models, and Ed Puleo and Kyle James repeated in the Street Stock and Mini Stock races. 

Friday Races:

Lee USA Speedway (NH) - It was a great night for the Helliwell family at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with brothers George and Wayne, Jr. finding themselves among the winners sharing the spotlight in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory lane.

Repeating his performance from a week earlier, Helliwell, Jr. continued his charge for the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model championship in fine fashion, scoring his fourth win of the season in E Keys 4 Cars sponsored feature event.  Helliwell went on to easily score the win, with Jeff Labrecque, J.R. Baril, Bryan Kruczek, A.J. Begin and Geoff Rollins rounded out the top five.

As Helliwell pulled into post-race tech, the Planet Aid Hobby Stocks took to the speedway with his brother George leading the field to the start, sitting on the pole for the night's feature event.

Jim Shorey and Jim Russell challenged Helliwell for several laps, with Todd Bregy joining the lead battle with the laps winding down, but Helliwell held them all off to score his first-career Hobby Stock win.

The Pro-4 Modifieds ran the second race of the R.F Logic/Bot-L-Gas Triple Crown; it was Norm Wrenn taking down the win, and Cory Cleary beating out Frankie Perry for runner-up.

The Prime Storage Late Model Sportsmen ran a pair of feature events on the night, with Grant Aither padding his points lead with a win in the race held over due to rain the previous week.

In the regularly-scheduled feature, Pete Evans led the first five laps before Bobby Melvin got by, and Melvin ran off to score win number three on the season.

In the David's Race Cars and Components Roadrunner main, Anthony Nadeau recovered from a spin on the initial start to drive through the field to victory in the Full Throttle Racing entry. 

Nadeau's Full Throttle teammate Crystal Brown also won her feature in the American Auto Parts Ironman main, with points leader Tom Harton, Kevin Emery, Warren Harvey, Troy Washburn, Shane Horvath, Jason Castillo, Matt Bakutis, and Matt Lambert the rest of the top ten.

Madison International Speedway (WI) - The ASA Late Model Series North Division event for Madison International Speedway tonight has been postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled for this Sunday afternoon.  The USST Super Trucks and Bandits will also be in action on Sunday.  Pit gates will open at 10:00 AM with hot laps beginning at Noon, qualifying at 2:30 and racing at 4:00 PM.

Scotia Speedworld (NS) - Due to today’s rain Scotia Speedworld’s Weekly Racing Series has been cancelled for tonight and re-scheduled for this Sunday, July 26th at 2pm.  All 6 Weekly Racing Series divisions will be in Sunday’s show.  The Strictly Hydraulics Pits will open at 10:00am, main gates at 12:00noon and racing will get underway at 2:00pm.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - On Friday, July 24, Willie Sanchez picked up his first career win at Seekonk Speedway in the Seekonk youth Racing Association 600 class. In the 750 SYRA main event, his older brother Casey picked up his first win of the season as well. It is only the second time in the 64 year history that brothers have won on the same night.

The reigning Pure Stock Champion, Scott Cestodio picked up his division leading third feature win of the season.

Willie Sanchez, running his third race ever, won the 600 feature.

After watching little brother Willie win the 600 class, Casey Sanchez set out to duplicate that same feat. After two false starts, Willie Sanchez moved to the front, and led all 25 laps to pick up his first win of the season.

Taylor Therrien of Coventry RI picked up the win in the all new Sport4 division.

The Allison Legacy North Series visited Seekonk Speedway for the first time, and it was Tommy Barret of Millis, MA picking up the win.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway returned to action with the biggest SK Modified® event of the 2009 season, the 6th Annual CARQUEST SK® 150.  Frank Ruocco came up the big winner, as he led the final 130-laps to score his first SK Modified® feature victory of the 2009 season.  In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Dillon Moltz took down his fourth win of the 2009 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Brit Andersen took his fourth win of the 2009 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Norm Sears took his first career Limited Late Model feature win in 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Albert Saunders became the first repeat DARE Stock feature winner of the 2009 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Rain caused a short circuit in the Thursday night race program at the Thompson International Speedway. The rains came shortly before race cars were scheduled to begin qualifying for the Charter Communications sponsored race night. The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 27th.

This is the second time that weather has forced the postponement of the event that will feature the True Value Modified Racing Series. This popular touring division of Modified race cars was slated to compete in the Town Fair Tire 75-lap main event.

Competitors and fans are advised that both grandstand tickets and pit passes sold for this event will be honored only on the rain date of August 27th. The program on that date will be exactly the same as was planned for Thursday, July 23.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl (VT) - Cris Michaud of Northfield, VT captured the first ever victory for a Ford Crate Engine in American Canadian Tour history at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Casella Waste Management Night. Michaud drives the lone Ford engine in ACT competition since its inception this season. Countless hours of testing and tuning by Michaud and his crew have made the Ford Crate Engine competitive both at Thunder Road and on various tracks visited by the ACT Tour.

Michaud got by Doug Murphy with five laps remaining in the 50 lap main event. Murphy would hold on to second and his second straight podium finish. Reno Gervais worked his way from the seventh starting position to finish third followed by Trampas Demers and Jerry Lesage rounding out the top five. Phil Scott came all the way from 15th to finish sixth, Nick Sweet seventh, Jamie Fisher eighth, Joey Becker ninth and Dave Pembroke took tenth.

The NAPA Tiger Sportsmen Casella Waste Management Feature saw a three car breakaway for the win. Eric Badore of Milton won his second feature event of the 2009 season and his NAPA Tiger Sportsmen career. Badore held off runner-up finisher Ray Stearns and third place Shawn Fleury as they broke away from the rest of the field. Pete Ainsworth and Brian Delphia finished fourth and fifth respectively while David Finck, Ricky Roberts, Neal Foster, Mike Billado and Joey Laquerre filled the sixth through tenth positions.

Tucker Williams of Hyde Park, VT captured his third Allen Lumber Street Stock Feature win of his rookie career in the Casella Waste Management feature. Jason Allen inherited the second place after Jeff Martin had issues in the tech line due to too much left side weight. That also allowed Martin Ingram to move into third followed by Troy Gray and William Hennequin finishing in the top five. Sixth through tenth was Greg Adams, David Allen, Scott Weston, Mike Martin and Tim Campbell.

Northfield’s John Prentice took home the Power Shift Junkyard Warriors Monza style feature. The first eight laps the Warriors drove in reverse before turning around for the final 25 laps. Prentice was given the win for finishing third in both segments. Kevin Streeter came home second after losing the tie-breaker to Prentice. Apparent third place finisher Mark LaFleche was disqualified in the tech line for too much camber, handing third place to Ken Christman. Kevin Wheatley and Kevin Dodge rounded out the top five.

Next Thursday, July 30th is WDEV/Calkins Night with special guest Richard Petty. “The King” will be on hand for a Meet and Greet session for fans from 5:45 to 6:30. Petty will also be the Grand Marshall for the annual Porta-Potty Grand Prix. This year’s contestants are Jean-Paul Cyr representing the Late Model division, James Hebert for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Gary Mullen in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Donnie Yates from the Power Shift Junkyard Warriors. Also next week is the $5,000 to win M&M Beverage Enduro on Sunday, August 2nd.

Wednesday Races:

Rockford Speedway (IL) - “Chargin” Charlie Frisch has begun to demonstrate why he has his nickname, as Frisch made another late race charge to the win, passing Joe LaMarca for the lead with three laps remaining in the Mtn Dew RoadRunner Super Summer Series 25-lap main event and holding off LaMarca’s last gasp effort for the win. Vinny Mangiaracina made a move in the late stages of the 15-lap Crap Scrappers Hornets swarm to get past Jake Vicencio and grab the victory. Rachael Pinkerman, Dwight Dunlap, Tom Schneider, Cory Cootware and Olivia Chance also collected feature victories on the evening.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - A special night of NASCAR racing on Wednesday, July 22nd featured another round of quick and entertaining action from the Speedbowl’s four NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions plus the Legends Cars.   Salem’s Corey Hutchings grabbed his first open-wheel win at the ‘Bowl, holding off the competition in a fiercely competitive SK Modified event.  Groton’s Bruce Thomas Jr. prevailed late to win the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event, while it was Walt Hovey Jr. of Chaplin taking the Street Stock win.   Defending Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock champion Ken Cassidy Jr. returned to Victory Lane, as did Ryan Morgan in Legends Car action.

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