51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, August 24th, 9:00am ET

Sunday Races:

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - With only three starts this season, Sam Ryan of White Haven, PA visited victory lane for the third time after Mark Foreman failed post race inspection following the 4-cylinder portion of the ABC Car Crushing Mountain Madness Enduro Series event at Sundance Vacations Speedway on Sunday. For the first time this season someone besides Joe Jentile scored a victory in the 6/8-cylinder enduro. Dominic Ranieri of Long Island, NY barely beat Jentile to the stripe to score his first win of the season and Woot Lawrence of Long Island, NY visited victory lane for the first time this season in the exciting Trophy Truck enduro.

Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Martin Roy powered past Richard Tisseur for the lead on a restart on lap 16 and raced off to win the Ernies Tools Modified 40-lap main event at Airborne Speedway Saturday.

The yellow flag came out after a bad choice by early leader Pierre Berthiaume, who had a full straightaway lead and was working lapped traffic when he attempted to shoot between two cars and didn’t make it through. He spun out after contacting Chris Cayea’s car, had to restart at the rear and wound up 21st.

The win was Roy’s sixth and it put him back on top of the championship point standings. Tisseur finished second. Leon Gonyo was a very competitive third.

Mike Bruno worked under Patrick Dupree for fourth on the final lap. Dupree started 33rd after breaking a tie rod in his qualifier and he raced all the way up to fourth before Bruno’s pass. Positions 6-10 went to Andy Heywood, Mike Reyell, Bryant Trim, Matt Woodruff and Mike Wells. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader started 30th and finished 16th.

The red flag was needed on lap 20 after Craig Reyell and Cayea tangled on the front stretch. Roy quickly rebuilt his lead and navigated lapped traffic smoothly when necessary. Dupree was a force. He passed Andy Heywood for fourth on lap 32. Bruno moved into fifth a lap later and got under a loosening Dupree in the final turns.

“I am very happy with the win tonight,” Roy said. “But the championship won’t be decided until the final race.” Roy leads Dupree by 12 points with two point races remaining. Last week’s winner Aaron Bartemy, third in points, had overheating problems and finished 28th.

Tisseur was pleased with his second place run. “We were in a wreck two weeks ago and it has been hard to get the car handling right,” he said. “In the heat race, we were having trouble, but it was going very good in this race.”

Bucko Branham drove the Liquor & Wine Warehouse/Northern Sanitation No. 20 to his 3rd J&S Steel Sportsman win. Combined with Robin Wood’s tough night (18th, flat tire), Branham’s winning effort moved him back atop the Sportsman standings. Bill Sawyer, Rick Frenyea and Chris Reeves were leading the pack when a four-car collision shuffled the field and gave Branham room to advance. He passed Reeves for the lead with four laps remaining. Reeves finished second just ahead of Frenyea. Sawyer and Shawn Duquette completed the top five.

“A win is a win,” Branham said. “But I would rather be racing Robin than have him have trouble like that.”

The open-wheel Tobias SpeedSTRs made their Airborne debut and Billy Van Iwegen of Sparrow Bush, NY, won their 20-lap feature. “Billy V” went by Paul Lotier on the outside for the lead with two to go. Canadian Carl Labonte got up for second; Lotier was third just ahead of Patrick Vigneault of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

The Versatile Trailer Sales Renegade feature went down to the wire and was won with a late move in the low lane on the backstretch by Robert Gordon of Milton, VT. Randy Ladue of West Chazy was a close second. Dave Rabtoy of Swanton, VT was third.

Bill Thwaits of Clintonville came from deep in the field to win the NAPA Mini-Modified feature. Josh LeClaire of Plattsburgh beat Josh LaPorte of Peru to the line to win the Monster Energy Bomber feature.

Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Bear Ridge Speedway 99ROCK weekly racing series sponsored by Dennis Preston Builder looses out to Mother Nature once again. Heavy rain the day before, and persistent showers on and off all day proved to be too much for track preparation, and so Promoter CV “Butch” Elms conceded to Mother Nature.

Racing will resume this coming Saturday night August 29th with a full card of racing plus the Granite State Mini Sprints, plus the Sprint Cars of New England, all sponsored by Sabil & Sons on “Old Timers Night”. In addition to all the regular racing and special appearances of the wings, it is the annual Old Timers Night at the Ridge. Stars from yesteryear will be on hand as well as several cars from stars no longer with us. Expect to see some famous drivers on hand including Johnny Gammell, Hard Luck Hanaford, and former track champions Stygles, and Bean, plus more.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Saturday night's race at Beech Ridge were rained out.  Mike Rowe continues to lead the point standings in the track's Pro Series division with two regular season events remaining on the schedule.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Fans turned out in force at Bethel Motor Speedway this past weekend, and the speedway's promoters and drivers hoped to defy the odds and run a complete racing program. As has been the case numerous times at tracks across the Northeast this season, Mother Nature had other plans. Heavy rains moved into the area, forcing promoters Dave and Joanne Rocket to cancel the night's events. The gates at Bethel will swing open for competition again next Saturday, August 29th. The AllStar Race Truck Series (ARTS) trucks are slated to visit the track, and will be joined on the schedule by the Sportsman, BMS Modified, ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder classes.

Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - Mother Nature has quite an impressive record this season at Dunn Tire Raceway Park as speedway officials were forced once again to cancel the nights stock car event due to heavy rains at the racetrack.

The cancellation of the events shuffles the schedule around once again, with the Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 50 now slated to take place on Saturday, August 29th.  A stellar field is expected once again as over twenty Modifieds were originally expected to compete this past week.  In addition to the Modifieds the 4 Cylinders, Street Stocks, and SST Sportsman will also be competing. 

Lanier National Speedway (GA) - Lanier National Speedway(GA) winners for August 22nd were: Bandelero Young Gun-Nick Hazelwood, Bandelero Bandit-Dalton Hill, Street Stock-Doug Sexton, Legends Semi-Pro-Kyle Plott, Legends Pro-Casey Roderick, Legends Master-Jeff Haynie, Mini Stock-James Na...sh, Sportsman-Jeff Chadwick, Open Wheel Modified-Jason Bates, SuperTrucks-Paul Antley. The National Vintage Racing Association(NVRA) was also on-hand, winners include: Modified Open-Bruce Griffin, Modified Sportsman-Martin Sapp, Late Model Sportsman-Bryan Cantrell, Limited Sportsman-Allen Cantrell

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Mark Shackleford and Rob Kiemele took the wins and Shackleford emerged with the points lead after two races and 79 laps of competition in the Super Late Model class at Orange Show Speedway Saturday night.

The class was scheduled to run a pair of 50-lap events on the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval. But the night’s racing program had been slowed several times by lengthy delays following accidents, and when the engine in Frankie Gould’s Super Late Model let go and triggered a three-car mishap in the second race for the class, race director Billy McCray declared the event over due to time constraints.

Shackleford, of Riverside, went into the night’s doubleheader trailing Linny White by 2 points. He got the first race win and the points lead by being in position to take the lead when Kiemele and White got together in Turn 2 on lap 40, after Kiemele had been foiled repeatedly in his attempts to pass pole-sitter and fast qualifier White.

Highland’s Toni McCray and Roger Brown of Corona followed Shackleford to the finish, with White and Kiemele fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the second race, Riverside’s Kiemele got the lead at the start and maintained a safe lead until Gould’s motor let go and McCray and Jim Conklin slid through the oil into the wall in the apex of Turn 3. White, who went into the night with a three-race win streak, was second. Shackleford was third and will carry a 4-point lead into the next Super Late Model affair on Sept. 12.

Robby Hornsby, 17, of Yucaipa, ended Jim Edmiston’s three-race win streak in the Pony Stock class by stalking him for 25 laps and grabbing the lead with three laps to go in the 35-lap feature. It was Hornsby’s second win in seven starts. Edmiston, of Highland, has won the other five.

Ben Mahan, of Oak Hills, overcame gearshift problems and a dozen rivals to win the 35-lap Factory Fours main event and narrow the gap between himself and class leader Dwayne Blay to 6 points with 2 races to go.

A worn bushing caused the transmission in Mahan’s BMW 318i to jump out of gear. But the 13-year-old still was able to move from 12th at the start to the lead on lap 11 and pull away to beat Blay by 6.939 seconds, with Cary Cecil of Corona third.

Lancaster’s Alex Anderson scored his seventh win in nine starts in the Bandoleros class, beating Ryan Cansdale by 0.266 of a second after the two had dueled for 20 laps.

The first race of the season featuring open-wheel cars went to Michael Lewis of Laguna Beach, who won the 30-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget feature by 1.45 seconds over series points leader Nik Romano of Pleasanton. It was Lewis’s third win of the season. J.R. Williams, 74, of Carson City, Nevada, finished fifth.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Ricky Bilderback knows a thing or two about points racing at the Rockford Speedway, evidenced by his record-tying seven Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model track championships. Tonight, Bilderback moved just a little closer to fulfilling his quest for a record-setting eighth title, grabbing the lead early in the 30-lap feature and holding off a furious late-race charge from points leader Jerry Gille for his fifth feature victory of the year. With only three weeks remaining on the season, Gille’s points lead was sliced to just a single point over Bilderback, while the third wheel of the points battle, Jon Reynolds Jr, edged out Gille for second by mere inches. George Sparkman cushioned his points lead in the Budweiser American Short Trackers with a victory over his brother, BJ. Dana Czach Jr, Tom Palma and Cory Cootware also collected feature victories on the evening.

Speedway 660 (NB) -  It was a beautiful night for racing in the Geary woods.  Earlier this week no one would have thought that there would have been any racing happening this weekend but luckily Hurricane Bill held off.  Race fans got to see some exciting racing in the Coast Tire Street Stock; Martin’s Home Heating and the Irving Lubricant’s Pro Stock divisions as the points battles are heating up.  That’s not all, fans also got to see racing in the AOW series as well as the Faster Pastor’s racing in the Street Stock cars.

Matt Matheson had an outstanding evening winning all his races to take home the Robin’s Inn Hat Trick award.  Matt finished first in front of Rick Cashol in their heat, dash and feature.  The two battle pretty hard in the feature for the top spot.  Jason Shannon was also battling hard along with them to try to take the lead.  When it was all settled it was Matheson, Cashol and Shannon finishing 1-2-3.  It wasn’t such a good day for Shawn Hylsop who had to retire to the pits after he broke a wheel early in the race. Points leader Brian Fox had a pretty good run finishing in forth to give him a decent day for points.

Twenty year old Steve Halpin had a very good day as he also took home the Robin’s Inn Hat Trick award.  Halpin has been running well in the last few races. Halpin and Robbie Fraser battle for most of the race back and forth for the lead until late in the race when Myles Harris who had trouble earlier in the day, came and took over second spot.  Myles was strong all day until he was in a wreck in the dash and brought out the red flag.  He was very lucky to get back out for the finish and have a podium finish.  Another surprise late in the race was George Jamieson coming through the field to take third place. Jamieson has had a lot of mechanical problems this summer and this was his first week back in a couple of months. Some of the championship contenders ran out of laps and were not able to make it the front. This will shake up the points a little for next weekend’s event.

Brent Wiggins was back this weekend after having rear end problems last week and was having a good night winning his heat and dash.  In the feature Wiggins took the early lead. Brian Gillespie and Kevin Moore soon came up to challenge a tightly bunched pack for the lead. Late in the race there was a huge wreck involving most of the field.  Brent Wiggins was unable to finish the event after having such a strong run all day.  Greg Fahey seemed to stay out of trouble and was able to win the race.  The Nackawic Night Train Brian Gillespie has been having a lot of success in the past couple of weeks.  Gillespie took home a strong second as Brad Mann come home in third.  Points contender Kevin Moore had some bad luck and was not able to come back from that big wreck to finish the race.

Mark Price took the 30-lap AOW feature.  Price led most of the race.  Byron Bartlett and Paul Whittaker were also right there battling hard for the lead but ended up a bit short taking home a second and third place finishes.

A last but not least of the racing for the evening was the Faster Pastor race.  It was Pastor Greg Sparks of Geary Baptist Church that took the win driving the feature winning car or Matt Matheson’s.  Finishing in second in Brian Fox’s car was Pastor Larry Goguen of the Marysville Baptist Church Rounding out the top three was Pastor Mark Noel of the Geary Pentecostal Church. It was really nice to see all the support that all the fans gave to the Pastors and the Street Stock drivers for lending their cars.

We cannot forget the Mascot Challenge. During intermission the mascots were on track along with some young race fans helping them with the competitions that they had to do.  The big winner was the A&W Root Bear from A&W Prospect St. All were entertained, especially the young race fans that acted as chaperones for the mascots.

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) -  Due to the Saturday evening weather forecast Sundance Vacations Speedway has decided to cancel their prginally scheduled Saturday night show.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Waterford Speedbowl completed a briskly paced NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program on Saturday bolstered by two green-to-checkered flag races.  Corey Hutchings captured an exciting SK Modified race in down to the wire fashion, Vin Esposito returned to the winner’s circle in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, points leaders Ronnie Oldham Jr. and Jason Palmer won the Street Stock and Legends Car events and Nick Pappacoda was a first time feature event winner in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks.

Friday Races:

Florence Motor Speedway (SC) -  Michael Elliott jumped the start of the John Newsome GM Superstore Late Model Stock Car feature, was sent to the rear, then raced his way to the front to win again!  Jamie Lee, Rocky Corbett,  Remington Prince and Archie Adams Sr. watched from their finishing positions of
second through fifth after forty laps.

Russ Turner Jr. repeated his victory in the Stock 4 Cylinder division after an intense race with Todd Chappell.  Larry Wayne Disher, Jarrett Smith and Emory Herring placed third through fifth after thirty laps.

Todd Amerson wasn’t able to advance past Ricky Locklair on the track, but the move was made after the checkered flag, in the post race tech inspection.  The actual reasons for the failure weren’t available as of this report.  Archie Adams Jr., Brad Dewitt, Clint Coker, and Adam Dowling completed the roster of
the top five.

Steven Scott won the Young Guns feature, while Ricky Windham won the Bomber feature for a second week in a row.  Look for Bomber Stocks special feature on September 4th, as the fifth place finisher will collect $500!  You’ll want see this race and the Allison Legacy Car Series on September 11th. 

Madison International Speedway (WI) -  Scott Broughton won the Wayne’s Custom DIECAST 30 and Dave Feiler took home the win in the Miller Lite 30 for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models as part of Laborer’s Union Local 464 Night at Madison International Speedway.  Other winners included Ryan Goldade in the Brown Heating and Air Conditioning Area Sportsman, Don Fassett in the Weaver Auto Parts Hobby Stocks, Chester Ace in the Roto Rooter Bandits, and Aaron Moyer in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Heavy rain showers forced Stafford Motor Speedway to postpone its August 21st Late Model 100 program to Friday night, September 4th.  Stafford Motor Speedway returns to Friday night racing action next Friday night, August 28th with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program with a multimedia fireworks display set to music.  All tickets for tonight’s Late Model 100 program may be used for any of the three remaining Friday night race events at Stafford on Aug. 28, Sept. 4, or Sept. 11.

Unity Raceway (ME) -Henry Boudreau of Winterport drove to a popular win in the Enduro division at Unity Raceway Friday night before wet conditions and intermittent rain forced postponement of feature races for all other weekly division on Wresting &Racing Night, featuring NWA On Fire Professional Wrestling.

Boudreau, who a week earlier won his first-ever feature race after five seasons of competition, made it two straight victories in the Enduro division’s race. In his first victory a week earlier Boudreau started on the front row and led all the way to the checkered flag, but this time around it was more rewarding for the young Winterport racer, who started dead last and chased down Robert Paddack, who had a straightaway lead built by the time Boudreau had climbed into second position. To the delight of the crowd, Boudreau got the job done, with Paddack adding to his huge collection of second-place trophies after the checkered flag waved.

Highlighting the wrestling portion of the program, contested under moist conditions, was an upset victory by track promoter George Fernald, Jr. over legendary professional Wrestler Bob “Mr.” Backlund. Mike Reynolds of Brewer and Kenny Robinson of East Machias were triumphant in feature races for the visiting Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association.

Reynolds cruised to an easy win aboard his 1965 Chevrolet in the Wicked Good Late Model race. Rosie Gerry of Lincolnville claimed runner-up honors in his 1951 Ford, with third-place honors going to Norris wilette of Winslow, driving a 1956 Ford. Jason Smalley of Warren, driving a 1955 Chevrolet, finished in fourth position, followed by Kevin Waterhouse of West Paris, aboard a 1957 Ford Late Model.

Robinson’s victory came in the Wicked Good Outlaw division race, Robinson’s 1949 Plymouth-bodied Modified led much of the race, but the outcome was no certainty until just before the checkered flag flew. Mike Milette made a late charge into second position on the final lap, his 1940 Oldsmobile-bodied racer just edging out Dennis Fish of Livermore in his 1966 Chevy. Tim Reynolds of Bradley, in a 1941 Lincoln, and John Rice, driving a 1972 Ford Torino, completed the top five rundown.

Unity Raceway’s Flyin’ 4 division was scheduled to be featured with an extended-distance feature event which was among the rained-out races Friday night. That class did compete in a heat race won by Cody Sleeper of Chelsea. Skowehgan racers Justin Moore and Mike Mason had eventful runs to second and third-place finishes, respectively.

NELCAR Legends Cars join the weekly racing series divisions Friday night, August 28, with racing action getting underway at 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) -  The hotly contest Sunoco Modified division at Thompson International Speedway did not disappoint on Thursday night. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, used veteran moves to score his fourth win of the season. Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, won a wild one in the Super Late Models while Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored the victory in the Late Models. Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT, padded his point lead with his fifth Limited Sportman victory of the season. Another point leader, Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, was victorious in the TIS Modifieds. Rick Blanchard of Pascoag, RI, was declared the Mini Stock winner.

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) -  Shelburne’s “Hurricane” Jamie Fisher captured his 15th career Late Model win at Thunder Road and his first during the 50th Anniversary Season. Fisher took the lead from Tony Andrews with just under 10 laps remaining and held on through two late restarts to secure the win. Andrews would hold on for second followed by Joey Becker, Doug Murphy and Dave Pembroke.

Second place point man Phil Scott finished sixth but didn’t gain much on point leader Jean-Paul Cyr who finished seventh. Unofficially the distance between the top two in the point standings did not change headed into the final Late Model points counting race and the final Thursday night event, next Thursday, August 27. Cris Michaud, John Donahue and Matt White rounded out the top ten.

Joel Hodgdon of Craftsbury nosed out Eric Badore at the line for the win in the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen feature. Hodgdon and Badore raced door handle to door handle during a green-white-checkered finish with Hodgdon coming home with his second career Tiger feature win. Ray Stearns would follow them to the line to finish third, Derrick O’Donnell fourth, and David Finck rounded out the top ten. Jimmy Hebert, Tony Rossi, Erik Steel, Jeff French, and Brendan Moodie rounded out the top ten.

Pete Ainsworth’s point lead took a hit as he finished 27th. Unofficially Tony Rossi’s seventh place finish was enough to move him ahead of Pete Ainsworth with only three point counting events remaining in the 2009 NAPA Tiger Sportsmen season.

Tim Campbell of West Topsham took the Allen Lumber Street Stocks feature win from his sixth starting position. Campbell outran second place finisher Joe Blais and third place Ron Gabaree to score his sixth career Street Stock victory. Rookies Scott Weston and Danny Doyle rounded out the top five.

Cabot’s Ken Christman was the top finishing Power Shift Junkyard Warrior followed by Lance Donald and Kevin Streeter.

Next week, Thursday, August 27 is the final Thursday Night event of the 50th Anniversary Season. NASCAR star David Ragan will be joining us in the finale celebration when he battles the Barre highbanks in the 100 lap Late Model feature. It will be the final point counting event for the Late Models and the 50th Anniversary “King of the Road” will be crowned. The evening will be capped off with the biggest display of fireworks ever at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. All of this on VSECU night next Thursday, August 27. Post time 6 pm.

Wednesday Races:

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Two point leaders were disqualified in the post-race inspection and another finished outside the top 10 in a season-changing Wednesday night of Acceleration Series racing at Oxford Plains Speedway.  David Childs (Chimney Tech Outlaw) and Kevin Oliver (Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck) failed the tech check after their 20-lap features. That turn of events denied Oliver his sixth straight victory in the pickup division.

Ryan Robbins was a runaway winner ahead of Childs and the rest of the Chimney Tech Outlaw 'A' field, posting his first victory as a rookie in the class.

Guy Childs and Jim Davis Jr. also prevailed in Outlaw action. Ryan Farrar ascended to his fourth win of the season and reclaimed the Sport Truck point lead after the Oliver infraction.

John Childs and Jim Hart each posted their second victory of the season in Macdonald Motors Runnin' Rebel. Vanna Brackett prevailed for the third time in Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies, with Bill Grover leading the Goulet Home Inspections Renegades for the third straight time and fifth overall.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl completed another Wild ‘n Wacky race program under warm sunny conditions.  The X-Cars competed in two events with John Bowes and Pete Zaikarite winning.  Jason Palmer returned to his second home, Speedbowl victory lane, in the Legends Cars.   Steve LaRose ended up with the Super X-Car win and Paul French was a first time winner in the X-Modifieds.   

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