51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, August 10th, 10:00am ET

Sunday Races:

Speedway 660 (NB) - It was a beautiful day for racing at Speedway 600 as the first Enduro is finally in the books .  This being the first event of the season for the Enduro drivers, everyone is starting out fresh.  This was the first points week for the drivers and yet they still raced as if it was the final tell all race.

There were 15 cars that took the green flag as the first 75 laps got under way.  The # 44 of Steve Seveck started on the pole.  As the day went along and drivers got a feel for being back to the track, things really started to heat up.  Pat Sharpe showed them how it was done as he drove his # 51 to victory lane.  Sharpe was multiple laps ahead of #8 of Dale Hathaway and Benji Ruff who finished in second and finishing in third place the # 11 of Barney Jeffrey.  Ruff and Hathaway are no strangers to Enduro driving as they have had a lot of previous success here at Speedway 660.  This was the first race ever for Barney Jeffrey who used to work at the speedway.

One of the big stories of the day was Courtney and Kim Barton’s #21, which sparked a lot of excitement.  The two sisters shared the driving.  After each competition yellow, fans would wait to see who was in the white and black spotted cow car.   Courtney Barton come out in the second 75 laps and made things very exciting as she showed how the race was supposed to go.   Bumping and trading paint with drivers is exactly what she came to do.  There was a huge bull’s-eye on the lead drivers and Courtney new exactly how to fix that.   In the third and final 50 laps, Courtney’s sister, Kim came out until she was called in for a driver change late in the race.  This really got everyone’s attention.  Courtney made a last attempt to knock Pat Sharpe out of the top spot by giving him a bump but was unsuccessful in taking the win away. 

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Bill Davis of Monson, MA earned $5,000 with his win in the 250 lap 25th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro. Davis along with over 150 other cars from all over the northeast attempted to snag the big pay check. Long time leader Adam Gray of Belchertown, MA dropped out with less than 30 laps remaining and handed the victory to Davis. The event saw lots of action including several pile-ups and even a roll over.

Williamstown’s Michael MacAskill took home his second career Allen Lumber Street Stock win and first of the season in a special 50 lap event. MacAskill took the lead from Dave Whitcomb with two laps to go and survived a green-white-checkered finish. Whitcomb finished second followed by Tommy “Thunder” Smith, Tucker Williams and Jason Corliss. Forty cars started the fifty lap feature.

Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick made a return to the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior division and won the Monza style two segment event. Hodgdon finished third in the first segment and won the second segment, both from the rear of the fifteen car field. Lance Donald also finished with a third and a win but lost the tie breaker because Hodgdon beat him in the second segment. Donald finished second followed by Kevin Dodge who compiled six points with a second and a fourth.

Twin State Speedway (NH) - Car counts continue to grow in each division, further strengthening the already highly competitive fields at Twin State Speedway.

After three weeks of picture perfect Late Model features, Friday's rough housing came out of left field.

Early mishaps begat more down the line, including a spin for race leader Aaron Fellows and runner-up Guy Caron as the two battled for the lead with 10-laps to go.

The spin sent both drivers to the back of the field and Dallas Trombley inherited the lead, holding tight and taking the checkered flag. Luke Hinkley finished second and Caron came back through the pack in nine laps to take third. 

Bucky Demers finished fourth and Todd Davis filled out the top five.

Modified action was fast and furious as Peter Jarvis took his first win of the season. Jarvis started on pole and held the low line, forcing competitors to look to the outside for a passing opportunity.

Aaron Fellows picked his way through from his starting spot in sixth to take second place after harassing Jarvis for the last dozen laps.

Rookies Michael Willis and Joey Jarvis put on a real show for third place, but it was Willis who held tight to take the podium.

Super Street action showed just how fast Russ Davis can be.

Davis started sixth but made short work of moving to the front of the pack and pulling away along with Allen Fellows and John Lavoie.

A caution on lap 17 brought the field back together but Davis pulled away once again on the restart to take the win.

Fellows finished second ahead of Lavoie in third, while Dave Davis and Mark Blair finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Strictly Stock results are unofficial pending tech inspections.

Jeff Murray has really made his presence known as a rookie in the Strictly Stock division, taking another win while holding off some stiff competition.

Josh Lovely finished second and Tyler Jarvenpaa took third. Points leader Ben Poland finished fourth and Tara Tarbell took fifth.

Kyle Small won the Wildcats race ahead of Jeremiah Losee in second. Cody Small took third.

Sportsman honors went to Shawna Wallace, who took advantage of a pole start to beat feet and win the feature. Joe Boivin finished second and Andrew Martell took third.

Unity Raceway (ME) - Burnham racers Frank Moulton and Carl McAlpine took different routes to victory lane, but both were on top of the official order of finish after double-point, 50-lap features, topping the Champions Appreciation Day racing card Sunday afternoon at Unity Raceway.

Moulton extended his lead in the Late Model division championship standings with his victory. Though he started on the front row and led the vast majority of the 50 laps, Moulton did not go unchallenged, and in fact yielded the top spot briefly on a couple of occasions to Winterport’s Joey Doyon, who roared from the back of the field into contention until electrical woes eliminated him from contention with ten laps to go. Palmyra racers Ajay and Louie Picard also challenged Moulton briefly following restarts, but the point leader prevailed. Ajay Picard finished in second position, with David Folsom II of Skowhegan claiming third-place spoils. Louie Picard was fourth, followed by Dylan Turner of Freedom. Moulton also won the heat race.

Defending Wildcat division champion McAlpine actually crossed the line in second position after a racelong battle with Winslow’s Andy Turbovsky, who has been his chief obstacle when it has come to dominating victory lane in the class. Turbovsky got to the checkered flag first, but the win was negated in post-race technical inspection for a carburetor violation. Apparent third-place finisher Mike St.Germaine of Auburn also ran afoul of the inspectors. In the official order of finish it became a podium sweep for Burnham racers, with McAlpin e getting the victory ahead of Brent Chase and Chris King. Luke Rickards of Anson and Ed Sleeper of Vassalboro. King was the first legal car across the finish line in the heat race.

The touring NELCAR Legends were on hand, and Max Zachem of Preston, Connecticut drove from the rear of the grid into the lead at the halfway point of a 20-lap feature race, then went on to win convincingly. Windham teenager Bobby Timmons put on a strong performance en route to a second-place finish. Topsham’s Bobby Weymouth claimed the third-place trophy. Tyler Jordan of Scarborough, who led the first half of the maine event, ended up with a fourth-place finish, followed by Lincoln’s Alan Smith. Terry Kirk, Kendall Curit, Ed Getty, Foret Boucher and Evan Beaulieu rounded out the top ten, followed by Brandon Ingalls and Tyler Braunschweig.

Brian Janik drove from the rear to the front to win the Wicked Good Vintage Race Car Association feature race. Bob Hill finished second, with Keith Fuller, Jr in third position. 70-year-old former track champion Dick McPhail led the first half of the race before yielding to the top three, driving under the checkered flag in fourth place. Norris Willette finished in fifth position.

David Folsom I of Skowhegan outran Madsion’s Mike Moore and George Fernald III of Benton in the Enduro race.

“Fernald Frenzy” special events were a part of Champions Appreciation Day, which also featured an on-track pit party where champions like Hall of Famer Blackie Hilliard – one of Unity Raceway’s earliest champions – was honored, as was the youngest champion on hand, current Late Model Pro Four competitor Ben Nile, a recent champion of the track’s Teen Thunder division.

The ‘Frenzy’ special events were capped by a Minivan Demolition Derby won by Skowhegan’s David Folsom II. Benton’s George Fernald III was the best of the rest, with the third-place trophy going to Justin Moore of Madison.

The always-entertaining Ramp Race was won by David Folsom I, in front of Shadow Folsom and Mike Moore.

David Folsom I of Skowhegan bested Lance Chapman of Benton in a best of three final in the Race Your Neighbor event, featuring street-legal passenger cars squaring off, one-on-one. Folsom drove his wife’s Impala to victory lane, thanked her, and told her from victory lane that she could have the $160 prize.

Lance Chapman and Samantha Letourneau won the Jack & Jill race, which needs to be seen to be understood. Cody Sleeper and Mika Wilson teamed up to finish second, ahead of Ben Nile and his young partner.

Chapman and Letourneau went on to provide the biggest crowd thrill of the day when they crashed in spectacular fashion during the Bag Race. After a red flag period prompted by that incident, Justin Moore and David Folsom II teamed up to win the event in front of Shadow Folsom and George Fernald III.

And Fast Freddy Landry was best in the Longest Ramp Jump competition, beating out the event’s most recent champion, Mike Moore.

Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Martin Roy led the final 22 laps and was a dominant winner on Aaron’s/Bunker Orchards Night at Airborne Speedway Saturday. The victory was his fifth of the season and vaulted him past Patrick Dupree and back into the championship point lead by two points. His point lead margin would have been bigger except for Dupree’s late race rush into third place. George Foley of Saranac Lake, driving Dupree’s team car, was the runner-up well ahead of Dupree and Mike Phinney, who was a season’s best fourth.

Dupree started 11th and was mired in traffic for a dozen laps and then had to work hard to get by Don Scarborough. He was fifth on lap 21, fourth on lap 25 and then passed Phinney in turn three on the final lap.

After one completed lap the race was red-flagged when Aaron Bartemy broke loose and spun sideways to the oncoming traffic. Many cars avoided Bartemy before Craig Reyell drove into his door, but neither driver was seriously injured.  With that Roy, who started ninth, made a three-wide move on the restart and started after Phinney.

“I’m very happy,” Roy said. “We’ve made adjustments that have made the car faster and easy to drive. Every spot really counts. I know it’s tight between us and the 24 (Dupree). Foley turned the fastest lap of the race on lap 23, but by then Roy was long gone.

“This was great for me,” Foley said. “For Wes Moody to say your car is broken, here use ours, is really cool.”

Maxime Viens of St Cesaire, Quebec completed the top five. Positions 6-10 went to Scarborough, Mike Wells, Leon Gonyo, Chris Cayea and Matt Woodruff. Leon Gonyo, torn up badly in his heat race, came from 26th to claim eighth.

Bucko Branham won a bruising J&S Steel Sportsman feature in which nearly every car that finished was missing body parts. It took four attempts to complete lap six during which time early leader Larry Underwood was sent to the rear for jumping the green. Toby Ebersole led the next three laps by inches on the outside of Branham before giving way. Jamy Begor got up for second with Ebersole third, Chris Reeves fourth and Tylor Terry fifth.

Bill Thwaits of Clintonville breezed to a win in the NAPA Mini Modified feature and moved into first place in the division standings ahead of Rick Doner. Doner outfought Dustin Duval for second. Justin Doner and Chris Lavair were fourth and fifth.

Joe Warren drove the Bud Lite Lime No. 13 to his first career win in the Renegade 25-lap feature. Warren raced underneath Keith Pelkey for the lead on lap 8. Then survived two restarts. Kevin Boutin and Joe Daniels were making a charge to the front when their cars hooked together and they spun off turn one. That ushered Robert Gordon and Josh Terry into second and third. Pelkey and Nick Heywood rounded out the top five.

Plattsburgh’s Josh LeClaire won the Monster Energy Bomber feature. It was LeClaire’s first win and fifth top-5 finish. Bill Joyal finished second.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Mike Rowe padded his point lead in the Beech Ridge Pro Series (Super Late Models) by winning his fifth feature of the season on Saturday night.  Rowe started at the tail of the field, but worked through easily to take the victory.  He was followed to the finish by defending track champion Bub Bilodeau and PASS invader DJ Shaw.

Bowman-Gray Stadium (NC) - Jason Myers of Walnut Cove owes Saturday’s win at Bowman Gray Stadium to many things: a strong crew, great sponsors, a new Ford motor, and – perhaps in the minds of superstitious racers – a new paint job.

Myers last visited Winner’s Circle in 2006 after winning the Advance Auto Parts 199.

Lee Jeffreys from Wallburg moved into third place and delivered some hard taps to the rear bumper of Burt Myers. But the Myers brothers were able to hang on to their positions, finishing first and second. It was Jason Myers’ first victory since 2006.

The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Kevin Powell of Winston-Salem to the pole for the start of the second race, with Gene Pack of Walkertown starting in second. Powell grabbed the lead and stayed strong throughout the race until he claimed the win. It was Powell’s first ever Modified victory at the Stadium, making him the 116th driver to win a feature race at the historic quarter-mile in its 61-year history.

Finishing in second was Gene Pack with Brad Robbins of Winston-Salem taking third.

In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Kyle Edwards of King grabbed the checkered flag in the first race, with Steven Berrier of Germanton and Tommy Neal of Walkertown finishing in second and third. Scott Hall of Walkertown claimed victory in the second race. Ronnie Clifton of Walkertown took second, and Mitch Gales of Thomasville finished third.

Randy Larimore of Walkertown brought home the win in the 20-lapper for the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series. It was Larimore’s first win ever at the Stadium. Billy Gregg of Winston-Salem came in second, with David Joyce of Kernersville taking third.

In the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series, Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall won the first race. Victory in the second race was initially given to Jordan Fleming of Mount Airy, until post-race technical inspection led to Fleming’s disqualification. Instead, K.C. Myers of Lexington was awarded the win – his first win ever at the Stadium.

Concord Speedway (NC) - Bobby Measmer, Jr. driving the Carl Roger & Associates Financial Services #14 claimed the Hutch/BSR Pro Late Model trophy Saturday night at Concord Speedway. Other winners include Jay Payne in the Town- & Country Ford Late Model Division,  Jim Fluharty in the Wilburn Auto Body INEX Thunder Cars Division, Jeff Melton in the Coca-Cola Pure Stocks Division and Wayne Harrington in the Tim Marburger Honda Fast & Furious Fours Division

Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - Mother Nature was the victor once again at Dunn Tire Raceway Park as speedway officials were forced to cancel the night’s stock car events due to persistent rain showers at the track.

The Tommy Druar & Tony Jankowiak Memorial Modified 50 will be rescheduled, although no date has been set yet. 

Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) - Sterling Marlin runs away with the field in the Late Model Series tonight for a big victory!  Cody Buford, grandson of legendary Flookie Buford and nephew of 4-time Late Model champion, won his first race tonight [at Fairground Speedway].

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - For the first time in 16 weeks, Flat Rock Speedway was forced to cancel its Saturday racing card.  A day-long rain throughout the entire state of Michigan made the call an easy one for track officials.  The Lakeshore Utility Trailer Sales 100 for the ARCA Street Stocks, their biggest race of 2009, fell victim to the elements.  That race will now take place Saturday, August 22.

Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) - Hot temperatures made for some exciting and intense racing as the drivers of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series hit the track for Woodforest Bank Night at the Races.  The night featured appearances by the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Hickory Street Stocks, the Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks and a special 100-lap feature event for the Bojangles Late Models.  Drivers of the Bojangles late models thrilled fans during their special 100-lap feature event, hot shoe Andy Mercer even found his way back to victory lane.

The Advance Auto Parts Limiteds kept things heated up as they hit the track for their 35-lap event.  The #17 of pole sitter Kyle Mansch put on a clinic as he sailed around the track leading all 35 laps of the feature. 

Taylor Stricklin won the Street Stock feature.  Andrew Towery won in the Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks.

Illiana Speedway (IL) - Jeff Cannon didn't know a couple of things Saturday night at the ASA-sanctioned Illiana Speedway.  The 2007 track titlist didn't know how good his car would be because he didn't get a lot of practice time.  He also didn't know that in 10 nights of racing, there had been 10 different late-model winners.  What he did know is that with Boris Jurkovic on his back bumper and Eddie Hoffman in front, it was time to go in Saturday night's 35-lap main.

Cannon made the pass of Hoffman on lap 21. Once in front, he was gone. Cannon went on to beat Anthony Danta to the finish line by 1.583 seconds.

The ultimate battle was for second place among Hoffman, Jurkovic and Danta. While Jurkovic tried to the low side to get past Hoffman, Danta went up top and passed them both. Jurkovic then went to the top groove to ease by Hoffman.

Behind that pack, John Nutley held off Mike White for fifth.

Johnny Senerchia of New Lenox captured the 25-lap limited late-model main, and at the same time snapped a seven-race winning streak by points leader John Nutley.

It was the second win of 2009 for Senerchia, who along with his wife Keri welcomed their first child (Jacob Michael) on July 20.

In the Legends class, Jimmy Hansen was a runaway winner in the 25-lap feature, while runnerup Alex Arelano strengthened his points lead.

Hansen took the top spot from Matt O'Leary on lap 4, and went on to beat Arelano by 7.302 seconds. Third went to Matt O'Leary, ahead of Mark Van Drunen and Bobby Yonkee.

Chris King, who was only six points behind Arelano going into the night, went out in a crash just two laps into the race.

In a HOSS Outlaw 30-lap special, Tim Cox broke out of a mid-race scramble and went on to score a commanding victory by 1.545 seconds over Geoff Kaiser. Kaiser made a late-race pass of Hank Lower to capture the runnerup spot.

Brian Kucaba twice had big leads erased by yellow flags, but held on in the turbo stox feature to beat Bill Serviss by 0.417 seconds. Billy Jarrells, Jacob McKown and Pat Ligue completed the top five.

The pure stox main went to Michael Martin over his brother, Casey, and Tim Cronin.

Mobile International Speedway (AL) - Senoia. Georgia's Bubba Pollard claimed victory in the Miller Lite Super Late Model 100 Saturday at Mobile International Speedway.

Pollard continues to lead the $25,000 Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship point race.  Casey Smith of Austin, Texas was runner-up, while Johanna Long took third.

The next Miller Lite Super Late Model 100 is schedule for September 26, 2009 at 8 pm.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Linny White won his third race in a row and his fourth in the past five events in the Super Late Model class at Orange Show Speedway Saturday night.

It was far from an easy race, however, with several on-track incidents and numerous angry words in the pits after the 50-lap contest that closed the show before a Youth Sports Night crowd of approximately 4,000 spectators at the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval.

White, the reigning class champion, didn’t take the lead until lap 42, when he got his Chevrolet Monte Carlo underneath the Chevrolet of Riverside’s Rob Kiemele, who had set the pace for the previous 30 laps after early leader John Manke pulled off with mechanical issues.

Once in front, White had to endure five pressure-filled restarts following five yellow caution flags before taking the checkered flag ..429 of a second in front of Riverside’s Mark Shackleford, who had started the night tied with White atop the point standings. 

Glen Cummings of Highland got third, Andre Prescott of La Quinta was fourth despite several spins during the race and Toni McCray was fifth. Kiemele, who had to pit on lap 45 because of a body panel rubbing on his right rear tire, finished eighth.

Dwayne Blay of Riverside and Ben Mahan of Oak Hills continued their intense battle for the Factory Fours class championship, with Blay taking the lead from Mahan on lap 16 of their 35-lap main event and holding on to win by less than half a second. The win, Blay’s third in a row and seventh of the season, left him 8 points ahead of Mahan with three of the 13 races remaining. 

Jim Edmiston continued his drive to a fifth Pony Stock championship, winning for the fifth time in six races and stretching his lead over Joe Bubbico to 50 points with three of the nine races left.

Riverside’s Shaun Estes hit the trifecta in the Stock Cars USA class, winning the Trophy Dash, the 25-lap oval main and the 20-lap Figure 8 contest. Riverside’s Dave Foster was second in both main events.

Ryan Cansdale, 10, of Laguna Beach won the 20-lap Bandolero main event.

Lucas McCray, 16, of Riverside was transported to the hospital for observation after a collision with Josh Hodges at the end of the 4-lap Trophy Dash sent McCray’s Ford Pinto into the cement crash wall on the front straightaway. The car had to be cut apart to free McCray, who was driving his first race, and he was complaining of a sore neck.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Skip Tripp took his place in the Oxford Plains Speedway history books Saturday night with a convincing victory in the Time Warner Cable 100 for the Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Strictly Stock division.

Tripp pulled away to nearly a full straightaway lead before coasting across the finish line a second in front of rival Mike Short

Jon Brill led the race on two different occasions before settling for third, the best finish of the season for the 2000 division champion. Larry Emerson claimed fourth, with rookie Nick Hoyt matching a career-best in fifth by holding off two-time champion Jim Duguay.

Travis Adams remained the lone repeat winner of the Oxford Networks Late Model campaign in style. Adams padded his point lead in pursuit of a fifth division championship with his fourth checkered flag of the campaign, taking the lead from upset-minded Gary Chiasson with 15 laps remaining.

Don Wentworth protected his newfound grip on second place in the point standings with a runner-up finish.

Tommy Ricker posted his third straight podium finish in third, followed by Tim Brackett. Chiasson edged Corey Morgan at the stripe for fifth.

Calvin Rose Jr. earned his first career Allen's Mini Stock feature win.

Kevin Oliver extended his winning streak to four races in Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Truck action. Ryan Hewins, a 17-year-old rookie and the fourth member of his immediate family to win at OPS, bagged his second Runnin' Rebel triumph in less than a month.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Seven-time Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model champion and current division points leader Ricky Bilderback would be the first person to admit that in order to win a championship in the premiere division at the Rockford Speedway, a driver needs a little luck during the course of the season. Tonight, luck was indeed on Bilderback’s side as he collected the trophy for the 30-lap late model feature after crossing the finish line in second, due to Tim Sargent’s post-race disqualification for an illegal motor. Nick Cina Jr, Ricky Nielsen, Jacob Van Wazer and Jamie Clos also collected feature victories on the evening.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Pat Abold added his name to the list of winners for the Boston Louie Classic, Presented by Airgas, putting the Seymour #29 back into victory lane, in the event that honors the Man that traveled over a million miles. Anthony Marvuglio scored the NEMA Lites win, his first in Lites competition.

In the ARC Pro Stocks, Darling settled into his own rhythm, and held on for his fifth win of the season.

Gerry DeGasparre moved into a tie in the Late Model all time win list with his 28th win, and second of the season.

Rick Martin made it back to Victory Lane for the ninth time this season, holding off John Paiva in the 25 lap Seekonk Sports Truck feature.

Mike Lima won the Street Stock feature. 

Speedway 660 (NB) - here is always a lot of excitement when you hear about the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division. It is such a competitive division. You never know what will happen and the Firecracker 150 was no different. The Firecracker 150 was the second big race for the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division and Glyn Nott hung in there to win the Firecracker Sportsman 150. Dave Biggar of Lake George came out strong in the early going and dominated the first part of the race. Along with him was St. Martin’s John Rankin.  Rankin led quite a few laps and battled back and forth with Derek Christie for the top spot.  Dave Biggar moved very quickly through the field until he took over the top spot..  After the mid-race break to fuel up Glyn Nott and Matt Maillet quickly challenged Biggar. Coming down to the wire in the closing laps that is when all the excitement happened. Multiple cautions, a red flag and a few cars made it an exciting race. Brent Roy and Matt Maillet ended up with podium finishes. Maillet had late race problems as he was sent to the pits for leaking fluid on the track. Luckily because of the cautions and cleanup Maillet was not down any laps. This put him in position to come back and take home third place.

In the Coast Tire Street Stock division Kevin Mc Keen was very strong winning both a heat and dash and finishing second.  Mckeen started the feature race on the front row and was very strong but it was Charles Gaddess who came out victorious winning the race. This was Gaddess’s first feature win. Gaddess also had a heat win.  Finishing in third was Robert Raynes.

In the AOW it was Joe Hoyt who won the 30-lap feature.  The # 98 of Mike Rayburn was second and finishing in third was Paul Whittaker. Lots of excitement as there were many lead changes. Fans can see the AOW’s back at the track Aug 22nd.

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - With a packed pit area on Saturday, Sundance Vacations Speedway held a full card of racing, which included make up features from a rain shortened show on July 25. Zane Zeiner overtook Scott Adams and drove off to his fourth win in the Sport Modifieds and Brad Barbush completed a last lap pass on Steve Clark to take the win in the 50-lap Street Stock make up main. Robert Fink and Jon Smith shared wins in FWD action, as did Scott Hubler and Zane Zeiner in INEX Legends action. Members from the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club were also on hand with their refurbished race cars and Bob Barker went on to victory in the exhibition event.

Toledo Speedway (OH) - Trent Stephens (MSA Super Modifieds), Zach Gibson (Buckeye 305 Sprint Cars), Landon Schuster (ARCA Speedway Tire and Auto Factory Stocks)  and John Rabideau (B Main) were the winners on Western Lake Erie Insulation Industry Night Friday at Toledo Speedway.  Threatening weather stalled the show for a period of time, but track personnel and the race teams worked together to complete the racing card.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) -  On Saturday, Keith Rocco winning his fifth SK Modified event of the Speedbowl season.   Walt Hovey Jr. won his third Street Stock race of the year, and Bill Leonard captured his second Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock event.   Jason Palmer was the winner in the Legends Car race.


Friday Races:

Columbus 151 Speedway (WI) - Due to wet weather, the racing action scheduled for Friday, August 7 is cancelled. The Kids Bike Giveaway is rescheduled for next Friday, August 14. Time trials begin at 6:30 with racing at 8 pm.

Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - John Doering Jr., won the 44th Annual Dixie Classic 100 at Dixie Motor Speedway.

Five Flags Speedway (FL) - Augie Grill sat on the pole and led 70 laps, including the final 37 to win the Carpenter’s Campers 100 Blizzard Series Super Late Model race Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

Bubba Pollard was second, followed by Johanna Long, Hunter Robbins and Chuck Barnes Jr. Casey Elliott, the 13-year-old son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, started 12th and finished 18th, one lap down.

Shanna Ard took Tina Davidson’s Sportsman car and drove it to a win in the 20-lap feature. Davidson stepped out as driver while her husband battles cancer.

Mike Goraum started on the pole and led all 20 laps to win the Bomber feature.  William Goulet finished second, while Michael Kitchen was third.

Mark Chrudimsky won the 25-lap Modified feature. Mike Maddox was second and Chris Cotto was third.

Madison International Speedway (WI) - Mother Nature has won again at Madison International Speedway as persistent precipitation forced speedway officials to cancel Friday’s racing events.  The Laborer’s Union Local 464 Night including the Twin 30’s for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models has been rescheduled for Friday, August 21st.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - Fast Track Promotions and Owosso Speedway have elected to POSTPONE the 68th Anniversary Celebration highlighted by the 1st annual Heritage 100 for the Outlaw Super Late Models.

Showers and Thunderstorms that have plagued the Ovid, Michigan area throughout the early morning hours and a forecast for the same throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours plus potential Hail and Lightning have forced Big "O" Officials to pull the plug on the days' events.

Fast Track Promotions will take a hard look at the remainder of the 2009 schedule and make every effort possible to reschedule the one and only appearance of the 2009 racing season by the high powered Super Late Models. As soon as a date is confirmed and finalized, it will be announced, posted on the tracks' website, and released to the general public.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway returned to action with a the 19th Annual Town Fair Tire 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour program with five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions on Friday night, August 7th. Frank Ruocco took down his second consecutive SK Modified® feature win, Jim Peterson took his second Late Model feature win of the 2009 season, David Webb was a first time career winner in the SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery came up a first time career winner in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Victoria Bergenty was also a first time career winner in the DARE Stock feature.

Unity Raceway (ME) - Third-generation racer Josh St. Clair of Liberty picked up his third Late Model feature win, topping the Friday night racing card at Unity Raceway. Benton’ Jimmy Dennis prevailed in a special, 50-lap main event for the Late Model Pro Four division, and Mike Mason of Skowhegan scored a pair of feature race triumphs in the Flyin’ 4 division.

Shaun Austin of Norridgewock, Andy Turbovsky of Winslow, Bob Grady of Pittston, Molly Feeney of Hope and the young Cornville sibling tandem of Shelby and Matt Kimball also visited victory lane on a busy night of stock car racing action.

Volunteer Speedway (TN) - Kerry Jones of Bristol is a two-time Volunteer Speedway Super Late Model champion, having won track titles in 2001 and ’07. However, the 2009 racing season had been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for Jones, with its ups and downs.

The veteran driver Jones came out with guns-a-blazin’ for “Friday Night Fights at The Gap,” as he led flag-to-flag in recording his first feature win of the season worth $3,000 in the Pizza Plus “Summer Sizzler Shootout.”

Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - A strong crowd filed into the Thompson International Speedway for a Thursday night jam-packed with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. In a twin bill for the Sunoco Modifieds, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, and Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry, CT, each scored victories in the 50-lappers. George Bessette of Danbury, CT, broke into victory lane for his first of the season in the Super Late Models.

Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, made it look easy with his victory in the Late Models. Scott Sundeen of Douglas, MA, earned his second of the season in the Limited Sportsman division while Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, took down his fourth TIS Modified win of the season. Tim Taylor of Wauregan, CT, continued his domination of the Mini Stock division with his sixth win of the 2009 season.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl (VT) - Charlotte’s Rich Lowrey scored his sixth career feature Late Model win on NAPA Night at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. Lowrey started in the sixth position and took over the lead from Eric Chase after a lap 28 restart. The “Hurricane” Jamie Fisher raced through the field from his ninth position to battle Lowrey, but came up short. Jean-Paul Cyr came from fifteenth to third and unofficial retakes the lead in the championship point’s battle. Eric Chase came home fourth followed by Phil Scott who unofficially retains third place in the point standings. Brooks Clark finished sixth followed by Cris Michaud, John Donahue, Nick Sweet and Craig Bushey rounding out the top ten.

Mark Barnier of Essex Junction captured the feature win in the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen. Barnier led wire to wire from his pole starting position and pulled within three wins of all-time Tiger win leader Joey Laquerre. Eric Badore took second position followed by Joel Hodgdon, Tom Therrien and Ricky Roberts to complete the top five. Tony Rossi, Scott Coburn, Jeff Bousquet, David Finck, and Pete Ainsworth completed the top ten.

Ron Gabaree of Barre won his second career Allen Lumber Street Stock feature. Gabaree started on the pole and held of rookie Danny Doyle for the win. Doyle finished second, Scott Weston third, Greg Adams fourth and Tim Campbell took fifth. Jason Corliss, Mike Martin, Michael MacAskill, Jamie Davis and Gary Bashaw filled the sixth through tenth positions.

Kevin Streeter of Waitsfield took home his fifth feature win in nine starts in the Power Shift Junkyard Warriors. Streeter held off point leader Donnie Yates who finished second followed by Alex Whitcomb, John Prentice and Ken Christman to complete the top five. Justin Town, Keith Fortier, Lance Donald, Kevin Dodge and Bryan Nykiel filled out the sixth through tenth positions respectively.


Wednesday Races:

Indianapolis Speedrome (IN) - The Home of the World Figure 8® was packed to the rafters for a mid-week test of man and machine. The Speedrome held its annual Wednesday night Sponsor appreciation event with a massive throng of faithful fans in attendance. The spirited spectators saw some great action in the Jiffy Lube Late Models, Peters Auto Service Hornets, Stock, and Roadrunner divisions. The nightcap had drivers testing the dangerous crossover in a wild and unpredictable Figure 8. It was a thriller all the way to the end.

The Jiffy Lube Late Models launched into the traditional Wednesday test with time trials. Third-generation driver Ben Tunny set quick time in his #5 ride with a lap of 12.644 seconds. 2001 World Figure 8® Champion Bobby Douthitt won the trophy dash while the “Outlaw” Jesse Tunny and rookie point leader Nick Moore captured heat race victories. In the 25-lap oval feature, it was Douthitt rolling to the triumph. The “Big Dog” grabbed his first checkered flag of the season in this left-turn-only event. Former track champion Rodney Sizemore was second with Chase for the Cup point leader Mark Tunny third.

The ultra-fast machines returned to challenge for glory in the famous Figure 8. “The Man with No Fear” Bill Tunny Jr vaulted to the race lead in only his second start of the season. The 2003 World Figure 8® Champion was fronting the pack with Nick Moore on his heels. Just past the halfway mark, the red flag flew when the radiator erupted in the Chuckie Hargraves #31 ride. The restart saw Bill retake the top spot, but seconds later his son Austin and Moore became tangled bringing out another red rag. This start saw Bill face off head-to-head with middle son Jesse for the lead. The young gun got past Dad denying him his 50th division Figure 8 victory. Jesse went on to his second crossover win of the campaign. Rodney Sizemore climbed to second late with Mark Tunny rounding out the podium.

The Stocks rolled into another round in the Chase for the Cup Championship this Wednesday evening. Qualifications started the off the event, reigning series king Speedy Teepe put down the best lap at 13.778 seconds to setup three great heat races. Veteran Bob Johnson, second-generation star EJ Neat, and former dirt ace Scott Keen polished off those preliminaries. The main event saw Keen settle in as the early leader after some scuffling out his front window. The veteran pushed the pace looking to rebound from a few rough racing weekends. Two-time series champion Jimmy Kirby cut into the gap, but could not de-throne the leader. Keen took his second checkered flag of the season while Kirby used his runner-up to take the point lead. Rookie Nigel Peters took his second consecutive podium with a third place finish.

The Peters Auto Service Hornets took to the track in a large showing of fast four-cylinder machines. The afternoon began with four preliminary heat contests. Hornet transplant Tim Smith, title contender Robert Eversole, rookie Brian Turner, and Spring Fling champ John Greer Jr posted wins in those 8-lap events. The feature race began with newcomer Dave Farmer and Casey Lee showing the way around the famous fifth-mile. Chris Dietzel took some time at the front, but in the later stages it was point leader Daniel Enlow taking over. The current Legend division rookie sprung to the lead and went on to win his second oval feature of the season. Rob Mink Sr had a good night with his runner-up result while reigning series king Jon Elkins Jr rounded out the race podium.

The Roadrunners came into this second round of their Chase for the Cup with visions of glory dancing in their heads. Heat race one saw longtime racer Henry McDougalle Sr take his first 2009 win over reigning top rookie Justin Dibbern. The second tester had inaugural division champion “Slick” Rick Howard take top honors over fellow class king Mark Eads Jr. The feature turned into a Flagpole race after some heavy persuasion from the large crowd. After a number of early encounters, Eads took the prime position. His reign at the front, as well as Saturday’s winner Rex Cox II, was over near the halfway mark in separate incidents. Segment One series winner Kenny Smith took over and rolled to the victory continuing his family’s dominance in the Flagpole races. Howard scored another runner-up result with Segment Two winner Herbie Conrad finishing third.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - David Childs and Kyle Hewins both doubled up with multiple feature wins on a busy night of Acceleration Series action Wednesday.

Childs won both Outlaw A features and Hewins won two Running Rebel A features.  Other Outlaw winners were Guy Childs, Jay Wilkins, Steve Moon and Ron Abbott, Jr.  The other Rebel winner of the night was Jim Hart.  The Sport Truck feature was won by Kevin Oliver and the Ladies feature was won by Dottie Patria.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - “Chargin” Charlie Frisch did it again on Wild Wednesday tonight at the Rockford Speedway, coming from the back to the front and holding on to win the Mtn Dew RoadRunner Super Summer Series 25-lap feature while closing the gap to just 34 points off the lead of Gene Marocco with one more Wednesday night to go. Frisch brought home more hardware winning the National Figure 8 League headliner. Derek Dixon, Dwight Dunlap, Rachael Pinkerman, Robin Ulrey and Cory Cootware also collected feature victories on the evening.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - The Speedbowl dodged mother nature on Wednesday evening to record another Wild ‘n Wacky race program in the books.   Jason Palmer notched his 13th victory of the year in a great Legends Car event, Rob Corey captured the Super X-Car event, Curt D’addario championed a fast paced X-Car race, and David Flammia was the winner of the X-Modifieds.  Lisa Voglesong and Tyler Chalue returned to the winners circle, and Steve Wlodarczyk was the king of the 100 foot spectator drags.



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