Updated - Monday, July 13th, 10:30am ET
Airborne Speedway (NY) - Shawn Duquette beat Tylor Terry to the turn on a lap 97 restart, took the lead for the first time and went on to win the Tri-State Sportsman 100 at Airborne Sunday.
Terry began swapping the lead with Toby Ebersole when Ebersole lost his brakes after leading laps 4-82. As Terry drew away, Duquette and Jason Bonnett closed in on Ebersole and took over second and third place. Then came the caution that gave Duquette his shot.
Terry had taken over second at the halfway mark with Jamy Begor, Joey Becker, Robin Wood, Bucko Branham and NASCAR Cup veteran Geoff Bodine next in line, but Begor lost a motor, Becker began to fade, Wood was soon gone with electrical trouble and Branham wound up in the turn four wall.
Skip Liberty rallied late for fifth. Ben Hough, Geoff Bodine, Becker, Howard Stoner and Joey Roberts finished 6th-10th. Bodine started fourth and was seventh after 50 laps.
Aaron Bartemy won the Ernie’s Tools Modified 30-lap feature in explosive fashion. Randy LaDue caught Joe Warren with five laps remaining and won the Renegade feature. Bill Joyal of Ausable Forks posted his first career win in the Monster Energy Bomber feature. Scott Richner was the runner-up. Bill Thwaits of Clintonville won the Mini-Modified feature.
Slinger Speedway (WI) - Dave Feiler paid a return visit to the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night and promptly drove to victory in the Lagina Plumbing 60-lap super late model feature.
Scott Schoeni won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Jerry Eckhardt. Ron Ragan finished third while Larry Epright and Nathan Matz were fourth and fifth respectively. Dave Feiler was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Lowell Bennett was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.549 seconds.
Dan Heying drove to his first feature victory of the season in the 35-lap late model main event, taking the win over Josh Bauer who drove the car normally driven by Brad Keith.
Mike Graczkowski won the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature, holding off Dave Thomas and Mike Borchardt in the process.
Al Stippich won the 18-lap Thunderstock main event that featured side by side and nose to tail racing amongst the top five cars throughout the event.
Sam Haven won the Wisconsin Sport Truck feature, surviving a thrilling battle with Jacob Boldig that resulted in Haven taking the win as Boldig’s truck tipped on its roof just short of the finish line.
Joe Lang won the Slinger Bee feature over Mark Johler and Erik Long. Carl Benn and Nick Ostberg rounded out the top five. Erik Long was the fastest qualifier at 15.751 seconds. Pat Heaney won the Spectator Eliminator race and Willy Van Camp was the winner of the Figure 8 race.
Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Mother Nature claims her second week in a row at the Ridge, this one mid season championship night sponsored by Mekkelsen RV. Features for drivers who had signed in for the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes, A Notch Above Limited Late Models, Journal Opinion Fast Fours, KDD NAPA Auto Parts Ridge Runner Hornets, and P&C Foods Hornet Queens will be run with double points for the Mid Season Championship night sponsored by Mekkelsen RV portion of the night first. Then we will kick of the Clifford Concrete & Robbins Property Maintenance festivities, with a full card of racing plus the Granite State Mini Sprints. The A Notch Above Limited Late Models will be having their Madness night, which means extra money on the line, extra laps (depending on number of laps sponsored) and one lucky driving buying his way to the pole, by acquiring the most laps sponsored.
Grandstand tickets from July 11, 2009 will be honored at the front gate for the week of July 18, 2009 only. Regular admission for members and nonmembers will apply to the pit gate, as two purses will be paid on July 18, 2009.
The Sprint Cars of New England will be back on Saturday July 25th for their makeup event from the Mekkelsen RV sponsored night. Fireworks and the David’s House benefit have been postponed until a later date.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - David Oliver won Saturday's Pro Series (Super Late Model) feature at Beech Ridge.
Bethel Motor Speedway - For the fourth time in the 2009 season, bad weather across the Northeast forced the cancellation of racing events at Bethel Motor Speedway. Promoters Dave and Joanne Rocket made the call late Saturday afternoon, and it turned out to be the right decision. Shortly after the scheduled start time for the evening's events, heavy rain fell on the speedway.
Next Saturday, July 18th, INEX Legends and Bandoleros return for regular competition for the first time in the month of July. For the Legends, it will be the beginning of the countdown to Betehl's August 1 INEX national qualifier race. The Legends and Bandoleros will be joined on the schedule by the Sportsman, BMS Modified, ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder divisions. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m., and racing slated to begin at 7 p.m.
Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) - Burt Myers had his work cut out for him on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium.
It was the Farm Bureau Insurance 100 for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series – and starting lineup was determined by random draw. Myers, a resident of Walnut Cove, drew 12th. But with the double-file restarts, Myers was able to climb his way up to the front to take the checkered.
Lee Stimpson of Lewisville drew the pole for the 100-lapper, with Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg drawing the outside front row for his start. As the green flag waved, Jeffreys shot out into the lead. “You never know what’s going to happen up there on the outside pole, but we got the lead,” said Jeffreys.
Jeffreys was challenged from the outside by Dean Ward of Winston-Salem during the first double-file restart. Jeffreys held on to the lead only to have Burt Myers pull up beside him on the next double-file restart.
Myers and Jeffreys battled briefly, but Myers ducked back into second place to avoid being caught on the outside row. Myers began delivering a few taps to the rear of Jeffreys, but the #77 car held on to his position.
When the third caution brought out another double-file restart, Myers had another chance to try and face Jeffreys side-by-side. The two fought fiercely this time, with an extended battle that lasted for nearly two laps.
Myers held on to the lead through two more double-file restarts: one that gave Jeffreys a chance to try and reclaim the lead and another restart against Jonathan Brown of Kernersville on the outside.
Jonathan Brown finished in second with Randy Butner of Pfafftown finishing in third.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Derek Stoltz of Walkertown won the first race, with Gary Ledbetter of Lexington and Scott Hall of Walkertown finishing in second and third. In the second Sportsman race, Tommy Neal of Walkertown took the checkered, with Kenny Bost of Kernersville claiming second and Daniel Beeson of Kernersville coming in third.
David Sumner of Trinity brought home the victory in the 20-lap race for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Winston-Salem, who battled hard with Sumner for the lead, finished in second. Johnny Arnder of Mount Airy claimed third.
In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Dale Barneycastle of Mocksville won the first 15-lap race, with Gary Brewer of Germanton taking checkered in the second 15-lapper.
Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) - Matt McCall won the the Second Annual Dwight Huffman Memorial presented by Arby's on Saturday night at Hickory.
Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - In the make-up Late Model feature from June 13, Lehighton’s Todd Stehle took the lead from Frankie Althouse with five laps to go and went on to notch his division best third win of the season.
The race was quite competitive as four different drivers shared the lead with pole sitter Cody Geist heading the opening tour. On the same lap second place runner Francis Gross, who was in a two-wide duel with Joe Mooney, got loose in turn four and smacked hard into the wall putting an abrupt end to his night.
On the restart Mooney was lined alongside Geist and when the race recommenced he made a swift move to take the lead. Hot on Mooney’s heels was the always hard charging Frankie Althouse who followed closely for the next 15 laps. Althouse then flew past Mooney at the completion of lap 17 and brought Stehle with him.
There is no question as to why Stehle is the best Late Model racer at Mahoning as the master craftsman locked in on Althouse and made the race winning pass on lap 20. The victory, worth double points, padded his lead in the standings and pumped his all-time class wins total to 31. He also maintained his amazing string of top-two finishes at nine straight. Althouse, Mooney, Austin Kochenash and Todd Geist rounded out the top five.
That, unfortunately was the only feature racing that was able to be completed as rains moved across the area just as the Street Stocks were completing the fifth lap of 25. Leading the event was Alan Schlenker.
With no letting up officials made the decision to postpone the remainder of the evening and will make arrangements to the schedule in completing the remaining events.
Mobile International Speedway (AL) - Utilizing racing speeds as high as 135 MPH on average, Dave Steele of Tampa, FL captured the special thirty-lap Winged Sprint Car feature race over Mobile International Speedway. Steele, who is the current Little Indy 500 Champion, started the Irvington race 12th or on the outside of the sixth row.
The 35-year old drove to the lead on the seventh lap of the race and skillfully held off a hard charging Troy DeCaire by three seconds at the finish line. The Tampa Bay Area Racing Association sanctioned race saw Greg Leonard finish the evening third, followed by Joey Aguilar and Shane Butler.
The special evening of racing on the Irvington based racing facility also included the Bob's Speed Shop Sportsmen in a 15 lap feature that was won by Ricky Johnson of Vancleave, MS. Preliminary races in the sportsmen division were won by Johnson and Langham.
The winner's trophy in the motorcycle feature race was claimed by Rob McClendon of Pensacola. John Lohorn was runner up.
Mike Maddox of Tupelo, MS won preliminary heat race as well as the feature race in the modified division.
The Alabama Pipe and Supply Bombers wrapped up the evening of racing as Johnathan Day of Theodore won the 12 lap feature race with Rusty Powell, Jr. of Semmes runner-up. Jay Jay Day was third in the race, with Jayne Corry and Brandon Tipton rounding out the top five.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - James Cole won a Modified championship in San Antonio, Texas, and went looking for new race tracks to conquer. Saturday night he found Orange Show Speedway to his liking.
Inheriting the pole position after Riverside’s Bryan Harrell crashed in the Trophy Dash, Cole led the Lucas Oil SuperClean Modified series 75-lap main event from start to finish and held off a late charge by Riverside’s Jim Mardis to get his first victory of the season on the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval.
Toni McCray turned in another dazzling performance in the ASA Late Model class, setting a track record in qualifying and holding off Linny White and Logan Mainella to post her second win in a row.
Jesse James Lawson, of Big Bear City, got his first main event win with a wire-to-wire victory in the 35-lap contest for the Pick-A-Part Street Stocks and Riverside’s Shaun Estes, in his first race of the season, captured Stock Cars USA’s 25-lap feature.
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Five other drivers have won a Oxford Networks Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway this season, but Travis Adams has been around long enough to know there's something more meaningful about multiple wins.
And then there's the biggest 40-lap win of all: The one in the final weekly event before the TD Banknorth 250. It makes the victor one of the pre-race favorites.
Some drivers shy from that label. Four championships and now 29 wins into a brilliant career as one of Oxford's all-time greats, Adams drove Saturday night like he was campaigning for it.
Adams rallied from a near-disaster when two cars tangled in front of him on lap 2, then drove to the front with authority for his third triumph of the season.
Doing much of his work in the outside lane, as has become his custom, Adams made the winning move around Ben Ashline on lap 29. Ashline was second, representing the third podium finish of the season for the 18-year-old. Don Wentworth claimed third, with Shawn Knight edging Tim Brackett in the closing laps for fourth.
Mike Short (Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock) and Jimmy Childs (Allen's Mini Stock) also scored dramatic victories on WTOS Night.
Dana Cook (Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel) and John Lizotte (Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck) topped the Acceleration Series divisions for their first wins of 2009.
Riverhead Raceway (NY) - Bill Park won Saturday night's Modified feature at Riverhead.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Jake Vicencio held off a hard charging Allen Bekielewski to collect his first career win tonight in the Crap Scrappers Hornets on Cricket Wireless’ Mid Summer’s Night Scream at the Rockford Speedway. Doug Rose put on a great show in his legendary Green Mamba Jet Car.
Jake Vicencio held on to win the Crap Scrappers Hornets 15-lap swarm over Allen Bekielewski whose late race charge came up just a bit short. Vicencio felt the heat from Bekielewski on the last lap as the two drag raced to the finish coming out of turn four but he held on to top a 16 car field for his first career victory.
Jake’s father Mark Vicencio, Mark Johler and Solomon Barker rounded out the top five.
Jenny Prince outlasted all the other trucks, cars and vans to win in her AK47 van.
Tim Liston traveled from Aurora and topped the 11 car field in his Mazda3 to claim the Spectacular Drags title.
Team Mexico topped Team USA in Auto Soccer after a riveting sudden-death match.
Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Chris Rioux added his name to the growing list of winners in the Street Stock division at Seekonk Speedway. In the nine events held this year, there have been seven different winners.
In the 40 lap Pro Stock feature, Flyin' Freddy Astle evened up with points leader Dave Darling in the win column, picking up his third win of the season.
Ryan Vanasse is showing the way this season in the Late Models, as he picked up his fifth win of the season in a caution filled main event.
Rick Martin led a total of 25 feet of the Seekonk Sports Truck Feature, but it was the most important 25 feet, beating New Bedford's Lenny Guy by .009.
Speedway 660 (NB) - After an exciting weekend of racing last weekend, fans were looking forward to the big races this weekend, the Twin 100’s. The Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman 100 and Coast Tire Best of the Best Pro Stock 100 are now in the books at Speedway 660. Unfortunately Mother Nature has been less than kind this summer. The good news is, it was a gorgeous day for racing.
Today’s event featured regular points racing the in the Coast Tire Street Stock, Martin’s Home Heating division had their first big race of the 2009 season and the second and final race of the Best of the Best two race series sponsored by Coast Tire.
In the Coast Tire Street Stock division Brian Fox was the big winner of the afternoon picking up a win in dash and the 20-lap feature. Fox took the lead late in the race. Trent Noble who was having a good run led a lot of the race but came up a little short. Mike Francis finished a close second and Matt Matheson rounded out the top 3 for a podium Finish.
The Martins Home Heating Sportsman 100 was very exciting. The big battle all evening was between Michael Banks and Calvin Rankin. The two battled back and forth with many lead changes between the two. Competition was fierce tonight. It looked like the race was between Banks and Rankin until Myles Harris sprinted into the picture. Most of the drivers favored the high side of the track until Myles took his # 31 to the bottom and got him in the top spot. Harris came in the scene much later but he was there in the end to take the win in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman 100. Michael Banks finished second and picking up seven hundred and fifty dollars in bonus money from Martin’s Home Heating for leading on laps 25, 50 and 75. Unfortunately Michael Banks failed post race technical inspection. Matt Maillet finishes a strong third. This is a very competitive division with a lot of drivers that could take the win each week. The race tonight proved that.
There were 18 cars that started the Coast Tired Best of the Beat Pro Stock 100. When the green flag fell Brian Gillespie sprinted into the early lead and soon after was challenged my Lonnie Sommerville. Lonnie was driver the #87 car for Matt Harris. Harris had won race 1 and was unable to race tonight. Lonnie challenged Brian for the lead and then moved the #87 to the top spot. Around lap15 a huge wreck involving many of the cars took out half of the field. Unfortunately most of the cars involved were unable to get back on track. Luckily no one was injured. This left 9 cars on the restart. The big race after that was for third between Brent Wiggins and Greg Fahey. The two battled back and forth for many laps. Brian Gillespie finished in second and Brent Wiggins rounded out the top three. The Winner of the Best of the Best series was Greg Fahey.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - After a sweep on Icebreaker weekend, Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA, had been shut out of Late Model victory lane. That all changed on Saturday night when Zuidema scored the win in a heated main event.
At the checkers, it was Zuidema scoring the win over Tommy O’Sullivan and John Materas. After the event, O’Sullivan was penalized and relegated to a last place finish. Materas was credited with the second-place finish. Mark Oliveira, Pete Yetman and Rick Gentes rounded out the top five. Stafford Speedway hotshoe Ryan Posocco of Stafford, CT, made his first appearance of the season at Thompson to finish sixth.
Larry Barnett took his third Limited Sportsman win of the season after a spirited battle for the lead with Joe Arena. Each week second-generation driver, Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA, has shown great progress and maturity. The experience paid off when Tagg earned his first career win - continuing a tradition started by his father Tom, who was a fan favorite in the Sunoco Mods for many years.
An action-packed Mini Stock main event found Tim Taylor of Wauregan, CT, in victory lane. Taylor was locked in a heated battle for the lead with his young son Nate before taking the lead and ultimately the win.
Wall Stadium (NJ) - Veteran racecar driver Richard Petey drove to an impressive victory on Saturday night by winning the 100-lap Big Car N.E.E.T.S. Enduro race at Wall Stadium. It was the second time that the N.E.E.T.S. racers have competed at Wall Stadium in the Able Ford Subaru Racing Series this season.
Former speedway champion Vern McLaughlin raced home to the win in the companion 100-lap Enduro for the Small Cars. Dave Bentley finished second and was the only car on the same lap as the leader. Jon Saccomondi, Kenny Wallace and Jeff Walls wrapped up the top five.
Young Roger Coss grabbed his second win of the year in the 25-lapper for the INEX Legend Cars, holding of Mark Tischler, Mike Alcaro and bothers Steve and Mike Stull. The 4C Supermodifieds were also on the agenda and Mike Renn of Medford, N.Y. took the win.
Mellisa Simms was the winner of the special “Ladies Race” using Enduro cars. Danielle Ostrander and Sue Simpson were second and third.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) – The racing action at Waterford Speedbowl was fast and furious for July 11’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing event. Keith Rocco and Danny Field picked up their fourth wins of the season, extending their points lead in the SK Modifieds and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock divisions respectively. Bruce Thomas Jr. and Tim Jordan put on a classic duel in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature with Thomas prevailing at the last moment. Brandon Plemons picked up his first Street Stock win of the year and Jason Palmer returned to Legends Car victory lane after his ten race win streak was interrupted this past Wednesday.
Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - Dixie Motor Speedway has been forced to postpone Friday's racing events due to persistent showers and thunderstorms and a forecast for more of the same throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Friday was to be the 44th annual Dixie Classic 100, the second jewel of the 2009 Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series for Outlaw Super Late Models. More details will be coming soon with regards to a make-up date for this event.
Madison International Speedway (WI) - The combination of the rain we have already received and the forecast for more later today, we have canceled the races at Madison International Speedway for Friday, July 10th.
Racing will continue on Friday, July 17th with all five weekly divisions in action.
Orlando Speedworld (FL) - Friday night's race at Orlando Speedworld were cancelled due to rain.
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway returned to action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program of five divisions on Friday night, July 10th. Ted Christopher took down his second consecutive victory in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ryan Posocco took his third feature victory of
the 2009 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, John Montesanto came out the big winner in a thrilling duel with Jay Goff to score his first career victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Carla Botticello outdueled her father to take her first win of 2009 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Barry Fluckiger took down his first feature victory of the 2009 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Volunteer Speedway (TN) - Regretfully, at 2 p.m. the difficult decision was made that "Friday Night Fights" scheduled for Friday, July 10 at Volunteer Speedway must be canceled due to circumstances (unfinished work project) at the track. Track management apologizes to everyone!
Next weekend was scheduled as an off-weekend, but the track will now be racing on Saturday, July 18. Complete details regarding racing for Saturday, July 18 will be released at the first of next week.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - On a night when Thompson Speedway was to have been silent, there was plenty of activity on the 5/8th mile oval on Thursday night with Keith Rocco and Les Rose among those taking down victories. After experiencing three rain outs thus far this season, Thompson Speedway management added a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition that included a 50 lapper for the Sunoco Modifieds.
Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, showed perseverance as he came home the victor in the 50-lapper for the Sunoco Modifieds. Les Rose, Jr. of Southbridge, MA, took home the Super Late Model victory. Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, broke into victory lane with his first feature win of the 2009 season in the Late Models. Hometown racer Paul Coutu, Jr. of Thompson, CT, scored an exciting win in the Limited Sportsman division while Glenn Boss of Danielson, CT, turned his luck around with a victory in the TIS Modifieds on Thursday night. Brad Caddick of New London, CT, was declared the winner of the Mini Stock main event after post race technical inspection.
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - For the second time this week at Thunder Road International Speedbowl a Late Model competitor has scored his first career victory. Grant Folsom of Waitsfield, VT captured his first win during the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” Charter Communications stock car event on Thursday, July 9th. Folsom joins last Sunday’s winner Reno Gervais as first-time winners this week.
Folsom fought past Brooks Clark to take the lead and then held off Mike “Beatle” Bailey and eventual runner-up finisher Phil Scott to claim the win. Jean-Paul Cyr would come home third followed by Bailey, and Dave Pembroke to round out the top ten. Gervais finished sixth, Rich Lowrey seventh, Clark eighth, Craig Bushey ninth and Tony Andrews took tenth.
Milton’s Eric Badore continued the night of firsts with his first career NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature win. Badore started on the outside pole and held off Jeff French to seal the victory. French came home second, chased to the line by Cody Blake, Ray Stearns and Mark Barnier to complete the top five. Finishing out the top ten was Scott Coburn, Joel Hodgdon, David Finck, Brendan Moodie and James Hebert.
Rookie driver Tucker Williams of Hyde Park, VT took his second Allen Lumber Street Stock feature win of the 2009 season on Charter Communications Night. Williams had the field covered as Michael MacAskill took second followed by Gary Mullen, Jason Corliss, and Tommy Smith to complete the top five. Ron Gabaree, Bunker Hodgdon, David Whitcomb, Michael Moore and Tim Campbell filled the sixth through tenth positions respectively.
Another first time winner capped off Charter Communications Night as Cabot’s Ken Christman took home the Power Shift Junkyard Warriors feature win. Alex Whitcomb came home second, Troy Kingsbury third, Kevin Streeter fourth and Mark LaFleche fifth.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Due to constant rain at the Rockford Speedway, combined with unseasonably cool temperatures, Speedway officials have decided to cancel tonight’s (July 8, 2009) Equipment Depot Petrol-Palooza Wild Wed program. Local radar indicated this system would not move out of the area until just after race time. Racing action will resume this Saturday night with the Cricket Wireless Mid-Summer’s Night Scream. Wild Wednesday racing continues next Wednesday night.
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - This week's Wednesday night Oxford Acceleration Series event was rained out.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Young Anthony Flannery derailed Jason Palmer’s red-hot ten race winning streak in Legends Car action in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program on July 8. Other winners from the night included Charles Beal in an entertaining Super X-Car battle, John Bowes in a wild X-Car event, and Dean Christensen in the X-Modifieds. Ryan Mackintosh won the Bandolero event, and Lisa Voglesong continued her winning ways in the Women on Wheels event.
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