51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, September 7th, 3:30pm ET

Sunday Races:

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Trying to get geared up for the 10th annual “King of the Mountain” and the $5000 to win prize, Matt Hirschman, of Northampton, scored his first victory of the season Sunday in the Modified main event at Sundance Vacations Speedway. Zane Zeiner, of Bath, bested the field in a wild Late Model feature and Mountaintop’s Paul Morgan, Jr. notched his first win of the season in the Factory Stock division. Ian Cummens held off his sister, Alison, en route to his first TQ Midget feature at the facility.

Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Martin Roy became the 2009 Airborne Ernie’s Tools Modified champion and showed how by winning the Charlie Trombley Memorial 100 Saturday. Patrick Dupree, Roy’s closest competitor for the Airborne crown, finished a close second. The win was Roy’s seventh this season. He is a former Drummondville dirt track champion and the first Canadian champion of a headline Airborne division since Denis Giroux in 1971.

Patrick Dupree led Mike Bruno to the line by three car-lengths. Leon Gonyo and Richard Tisseur completed the top five. Positions 6-10 went to Matt Woodruff, Chris Cayea, Mike Reyell, Jason Durgan and Mike Phinney.

Roy started 13th in a 30-car field. He advanced to third behind early leader Pierre Berthiaume and Cameron Grady on lap 25 and took the lead for keeps on lap 46. Dupree moved into second on lap 57. The red flag was out on lap 80 after Andy Heywood’s machine broke and veered up the rack sending George Foley off the track past the concrete barriers. Foley was running 5th after starting 28th.

“I want to thank my crew, Gamache Truck Center, everyone who sponsors races and Steve(Fuller) and Mike (Perrotte) for all they’ve done for racing at Airborne,” Roy said. When Roy spoke to crowd in French, hundreds of Canadian fans cheered their approval.

“I want to congratulate Martin and his team,” Dupree said. “I didn’t go right after him when he passed me early because it was a long race, but now I wish I had. He never slowed down.”

Robin Wood won a rough and ragged (8 cautions) J&S Steel Sportsman feature to keep his title hopes alive, but point leader Bucko Branham minimized the impact by finishing second. Travis Bruno, Jamy Begor and Jim Bushey finished 3-4-5. It was a season’s-best result for Bruno. Begor drove back up through the field after ending up off the track in the early going.

Robert Gordon of Milton, VT led the final five laps of the Versatile Trailer Sales Renegade feature on the way to his second straight win. Point leader Nick Heywood was second, followed by Kevin Boutin, Lance Rabtoy and Randy LaDue. Rabtoy took the lead from Ken Davies on lap six, held the point until Gordon got underneath him on lap 14 and then regained the lead by a wheel on lap 15 before Gordon took over.

Randy Martin of Keeseville passed point leader Bill Thwaits with five laps to go and won the NAPA Mini Modified feature. Bill Joyal of Ausable Forks drove to his first win in the Monster Energy Bomber feature.

Airborne hosts the 38th Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Fall Foliage 300 for ACT Late Models on Sat/Sun September 12, 13. More than 35 Late Models are expected to compete for a $40,000 purse. Qualifying events for Airborne divisions (no Modifieds) are set for Saturday. Post time Sunday is 1 pm.

Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Bear Ridge Speedway is winding down for the 2009 season, but that doesn’t mean the action is. “Mazda” was the theme of the night with the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds doing three 20 lap segments, and the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets doing three 15 lap segments, plus it was “Madness” Night for the Journal Opinion Fast Fours with two 15 lap segments being scored in the record books for them along with regular features for the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes and the A Notch Above Limited Late Models on Booth Brothers “Milk Night”.

In the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets Tom Placey while struggling of late to make it to the checkers first, is still the one to topple for the crown in 2009. Placey once again was strong throughout the night coming=2 0from the front to back in all three of their Mazda events to finish finally in the coveted first place spot. Placey would also set fast time for the night and earn himself an extra cool fifty dollars courtesy of an anonymous sponsor who foot the bill for both pole winners fifty dollar bonus.

The overall top three for this Mazda event were Tom Placey #22 Bradford VT, Karl Sheldon #19 St Johnsbury VT and Bobby Bell #24 St Johnsbury VT

For the Journal Opinion Fast Fours it was madness night with extra money on the line for each of the top five for each lap completed. Combined finishes give you the overall finish in the madness as in the Mazda, and ties are broken by the finishing order of the final segment. Tonight the madness would end with Andy Johnson #12 Wilder VT your overall winner due to his first place finish in segment two with Steve Bell #10 St Johnsbury VT coming home in second. Third would go to Ryan Dutton #21 Bradford VT who was tied with Kevin Harran #57 ST Johnsbury VT but finished ahead of him in the final segment making him the third place trophy.

For A Notch Above Limited Late Models one of the only two drivers of the division to have made every event is still forever a bridesmaid never a bride, or even worse making no victory lane appearance at all. Jeremy Hodge #17 Bradford VT would not be able to capitalize on the current points leader absence, struggling the entire night. Hodge was seen watching from mid pack as Shane Race #22 Strafford VT set sail on the field and cruised to the win with Will Hull #61 E Montpelier VT in second and TC Forward #14 Lyme NH in third.

In the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes the points battle is too tight for some, as Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT and Billy Simmons #16 Bradford VT find themselves swapping the runner up position almost weekly. Tonight Pierson would have the bad luck and fall behind Simmons in the point standings, as he would experience mechanical problems midway thru the event. The man on the move the second half of the season in both divisions he runs in is Bryan King #X Corinth VT who was able to win not only his semi feature but would come home the winner in the main event as well. Joining him in victory lane were Simmons in second and your current points leader Josh Harrington #71 Topsham VT in third.

In the BOND Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds the man unfire is Ryan Avery #01 Thornton NH. Not only did Avery along with Bryan King #X Corinth VT show up in the money in every segment the week before for their madness night, he also set fast pace for the Modifieds in time trials for the Mazda, taking home the cool fifty, and won two out of three of the Mazda segments this night. This would make him the overall winner of the night with Gary Siemons #5 Orford NH the winner of the third segment coming home in second overall and King taking the final victory lane spot for the event.

The P&C Food Hornet Queens were on hand for their last event of 2009 and when the checkers waved it was Melissa King for the win with Misty Bell second and Dawn Woodward in third. Misty Bell is officially crowned the queen of this division for the 2009 season!

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Sportsman driver Greg Morgan decided at the beginning of the 2009 season to move off of the dirt and onto the pavement at Bethel Motor Speedway on a full-time basis, and the driver was rewarded this past Saturday with his first win of the season in the 20-lap feature. Morgan led every lap en route to the win, holding off 2009 Bethel feature winners Dom Roselli and Dan Conklin, who finished second and third, respectively.

Joe DeGracia collected his second win of 2009 in the Legends division, and he was followed to the finish line by Joe Graf and Johnny Demarmels. Joseph Graf Jr. grabbed the checkers in the Bandolero feature over Mikey Policastro and Jared Palmer.

Rookie Skip LaPolt was victorious in the BMS Modified feature, inheriting the lead late in the race after John Cote dropped out due to mechanical woes. The ECS Auto Stores Pro Stocks ran double features, which were won by Bobby Policastro and Mark Sylvester. Gary VanOrden once again visited Victory Lane in the Street Stock class.

Paul Curry made a clean sweep of both 4 Cylinder Senior feature events, while Gerry Kingeter was the winner in the 4 Cylinder Junior event.

A busy schedule is planned at Bethel Motor Speedway again on Saturday, September 12th. Double features are on tap for the Sportsman division. The BMS Modified, ECS Auto Stores Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder classes will also be in action, and they will be joined by INEX-sanctioned Legends and Bandoleros.

Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) - For once all eyes at Dunn Tire Raceway Park were not glued to the sky above or the radar screen, but rather to all the exciting action and drama unfolding on the final points night of 2009.  With championships on the line, every heat and every position gained or lost during the feature meant a change in the standings.  Going into the night Tim Garlock and Andy Jankowiak held twenty point leads in their respective divisions, but Mike Nash and Billy Burd were nipping at their heels – all of them vying for their first track championship in their divisions.

The nights action began with the visiting TQ Midget series.  Only one lap was completed by the time the first, and only, yellow flag was displayed.  On the restart Mike Blair shot to the lead with Rich Watkins on his tail.  Watkins made his move for the lead early and took the top spot on lap three.  Hot on the heels of the top two was Bobby Holmes and the top trio soon began distancing themselves from the rest of the field.  Watkins continued to build his lead while Blair and Holmes waged a dogged battle for the second spot.  With just under ten laps to go, Holmes used a lap car to pass Blair for position and immediately went to work hunting down Watkins.  However, Watkins had built a comfortable lead while Holmes and Blair raced for second and Holmes was never able to close the gap.  Watkins crossed the finish line first and collected his second DTRP win of the season.

The DTRP inner ¼ mile oval was the site for the next feature race of the evening – the 4 Cylinders.  Tim Durfy started on the pole and at the drop of the green immediately jumped into the lead.  Matt Druar, who started fifth, was already up to second on lap two and began looking for a way around Durfy.  Behind the top two, Mike Maggiore, Charles Buchanan, Ken Hejna, and Dean Siminski all sliced and diced for position.  Up front however Durfy set the pace and Druar was unable to find a way around him in the twenty lap feature.  Durfy went on to score the win while Druar officially locked up the 4 Cylinder Championship.

Next up for the first of two fifty lap features as the SST Sportsman headed to the track for their final points race of the season.  Andy Jankowiak led Billy Burd by just twenty points going into the night, although that lead was cut to 14 as Burd won his heat and Jankowiak suffered mechanical problems during his and was towed off the track.  Jankowiak was forced to a back up car for the feature and rolled off last in the twenty car field while Burd started eleventh.  Up front however, John Julicher Jr. took the lead at the start of the race and led for the first ten laps.  Jerry Gradl Jr. muscled by on the outside of Julicher on lap ten and took the lead.  Two yellow flags early in the race bunched the field up for double file restarts and after the second restart Burd had found his way to Gradl’s bumper.  On lap 18 Gradl washed high and Burd dove underneath, taking the lead.  Burd immediately gained some breathing room on the field while Gradl, Moose Rutherford, Sege Fidanza (who was making his first ever SST start), and Tom McGrath raced for second position on back.  Just before the halfway point Gradl spun while running in second and Rutherford was sent tail for contact.  This put Fidanza on the bumper of the leader while McGrath, Jeff Price, Bobby Holmes, and Jankowiak raced behind them.  As the laps clicked off the field settled in single file – except for Rutherford who was on a mission to get back to the front of the pack.  With just five laps remaining in the 50 lap feature, Burd and Fidanza had separated from McGrath Price, Rutherford, and Jankowiak.  Fidanza was all over Burd in the closing laps but Burd managed to hang on to the lead and with the feature win also captured his first SST Championship.

The honor of running the final regular season race was given to the fan favorite Street Stocks as they were slated to run their first extra distance race of the season.  Tim Garlock and Mike Nash entered the night just twenty points apart in the points standings and with both winning their respective heats, remained twenty points apart going into the feature.  Nash started from the sixth position while Garlock rolled off eleventh.  Matt Jurek lead the field to the green flag and led for three laps before Nash powered his way by for the lead.  Nash soon set a wicked pace as the rest of the field bunched up behind him.  The field soon spread out into separate packs as Jurek, Mike Maggiore, and Nate Straus raced for second, third, and fourth and a bit back Kevin Mendel, Cory Gallagher, and Jeff Guidotti battled for fifth, sixth, and seventh.  Garlock seemed stuck in a gaggle of cars in ninth.  As the laps clicked off Nash built a huge lead on the field and by lap 21 had caught the tail end of the field.  As Nash navigated lap traffic the quintet of Gallagher, Mendel, Maggiore, Scott Mutka, and Garlock closed in and also began picking their way through heavy traffic.  However, the first yellow of the race appeared on lap 31 and lined the field back up single file for the restart.  Nash led Gallagher, Mendel, Maggiore, Garlock, Mutka, and Guidotti on the restart and after the green was displayed, drivers starting showing what they really had left.  Garlock made a three wide pass on Maggiore and a lap car to catapult himself into fourth.  With ten laps remaining Nash, Gallagher, and Mendel had a sizable lead over Garlock.  The top three ran nose to tail, with Gallagher and Mendel each looking for a away around each other and the leader.  With just two laps remaining the top three hit lap traffic once again and Mendel used a lap car as a pick to get by Gallagher for second.  With not enough laps left, Mendel was never able to challenge Nash for the lead and Nash finished first, capturing his first win of 2009.  Garlock, who finished fourth, captured his first Street Stock Championship by a mere three points over Nash.

Next up for Dunn Tire Raceway Park is the 21st Annual US Open.  Scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18th, 19th, and 20th, the event will feature the championship race for the Race of Champions Modified Tour, Late Models, SST Sportsman Tour Race, SST Super Stocks, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders, and TQ Midgets.  For a complete schedule of events visit www.dunntireracewaypark.com. 

Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) - Chevy White took the big Late Model 125 win with Daniel Pope in the runner up position.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - The Diamond Racing Products Season Championships Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway saw Eric Lee, Dan Ford Jr., Dennis Whisman-Billy Earley and rookie Anthony Camilli claim their respective track titles.  Feature winners for the night were Ricky Kargel, Dennis Strickland, Greg Studt and Lonnie York.  A fantastic fireworks display by the Volcano Fireworks Company concluded the evening.

Lanier National Speedway (GA) - Here are the Saturday night winners from Lanier National Speedway (GA):

Semi Pro- Kyle Plott; Bando Young Guns- Nick Hazelwood; Bando Bandits- Kason Plott; Pro- Jimmy Hearlous; Master- Phillip Young; Mini Stocks- Allen Cantrell; Iceman- Chris Holbrook; Sportsman- Mark Caudell; Street Stock- Mike Childers; Open Wheel Modified- Jason Bates; Trucks-Paul Antley

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - Stacey Brown came from 15th starting spot and emerged as a surprise winner Saturday night int he Modified division at Mahoning Valley Speedway thanks in part to keen driving, a little luck and being in the right place at the right time.

Brown, a veteran driver from Danielsville, made his way into the top five with six laps to go. A lap later he advanced to third after Lou Strohl and Lonnie Behler tangled in front of him. At that point it looked as though he would be settling for either second or third but when leader Tom Flanagan spun two laps from the finish after dueling with James Pritchard, Brown suddenly found himself the new leader.  He then withstood Pritchard in a last lap clash and won by a scant .019-second margin of victory, his first in over 11 years.

In the fifth annual Street Stock 100, Randy Ahner, Jr., of Jim Thorpe took advantage of lapped traffic and passed Shawn Sitarchyk for the lead on lap 67. He then withstood several late race tries by runner-up TJ Gursky in scoring the biggest win of his career. The victory paid $1000.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Steve Smith changed his car number to honor a recently-deceased driver before Saturday’s races at Orange Show Speedway, then paid him the ultimate tribute by winning the 50-lap ASA Late Model main event in wire-to-wire fashion to cap the “Grand Opening” program.

NASCAR legend Bobby Allison, Winston Cup car owner Warner Hodgdon and noted West Coast racers Jimmy Insolo, Ron Esau and Ray Johnstone were among those in a crowd of approximately 6,000 who watched Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley win the 75-lap race for the Lucas Oil SuperClean Modifieds and Smith hold off rookie Matt Goodwin and Brandon Loverock on the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval. 

Smith, the 2008 champion but an infrequent competitor this year, changed his car number from 00 to 133 to honor Chuck Morris, a long-time Orange Show racer who died earlier in the week, and all 17 Late Models bore decals in his memory.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Two of Oxford Plains Speedway's three headline championships have been clinched with a week to spare, each by repeat offenders.

With a sixth-place finish Saturday night, Travis Adams wrapped up his fourth consecutive Late Model title and his fifth overall at OPS. Only Jeff Taylor (nine) and Mike Rowe (seven) have won more in any divisions at the 3/8-mile oval.

Skip Tripp won for the fifth time in his last six Strictly Stock starts and his eighth overall to capture that crown for the second year in a row.

The only driver unable to close the deal was Justin Karkos, who retired early from the Polly's Variety 100 Mini Stock main event and settled for a 14th-place finish.

All is not lost for Karkos, who needs only to start his heat and feature race next weekend to cement his first career championship.

Reigning champion Ashley Marshall dominated the four-cylinder finale for his third Mini Stock victory of the season, putting everyone except the second and third place cars one lap down..

It applied an exclamation point to what has been a frustrating season for Marshall, whose team has sustained no fewer than five engine failures in its title defense.

"I just gave it some and it's still ticking," said Marshall, referring to a series of celebratory tire doughnuts. "There's no way I would be here without all the time and effort my dad (Jeff) has put into this car this year."

Calvin Rose Jr. gave himself a mathematical chance at the championship and solidified his rookie of the year credentials with a runner-up finish. He dedicated the run to his mother, Bonnie, who was just released from a two-week stay in the hospital with a life-threatening condition.

Jeff Beaule made it two rookies on the podium with his initial third-place trophy.

Marshall's win was slowed only twice by caution, the final time at lap 90, By then, he had a buffer zone of five lapped cars between himself and Rose.

Tim Brackett put on a clinic in the 40-lap Late Model showdown, charging from the rear of the field in the outside lane to log his third win of the season.

"Was that awesome or what? That's the best the car has gone since we've been back here," said Brackett, a 2005 OPS champion who returned to the speedway in midseason of '08. "It's good to be home, and this (victory lane) is the best place of all."

Scott Luce led most of the event before yielding to Brackett on lap 27 and settling for a season's best second. Shawn Martin used a last-lap pass of Jeff White to collect third, with Jimmy Childs fifth.

Tripp steered clear of a tangle between the top two cars of Mike St. Germain and Matt Williams on lap 10 and dominated a green-white-checkered restart to seal his title defense.

The father-son tandem of Larry and Zach Emerson was second and third, respectively, followed by Kim Tripp and a resurgent St. Germain.

Corey Williams claimed his first OPS checkered flag in more than 10 years of trying, leading wire-to-wire in the 20-lap Sport Truck feature.

John Lizotte took second and clinched the title in the Acceleration Series Saturday Showdown, joining his father Jon as an Oxford champion. Wednesday night point leader Ryan Farrar took third.

Derek Cook and birthday boy John Childs took the checkered flags in twin, 20-lap Runnin' Rebel features. Kyle Hewins, third in the 'A' feature in the car normally driven by his nephew, Ryan, held on for his second Saturday Showdown championship in three years.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - Jerry Gille inched ever closer to his second consecutive Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model championship tonight at the Rockford Speedway, grabbing the lead in the early stages of the 30-lap headliner and fending off an advance from title contender Jon Reynolds Jr for his third victory of the season. In the process, Gille extended his points lead over seven-time track champion Ricky Bilderback to 13 markers, while Reynolds Jr. fell to 26 points off the pace with just one week remaining in the battle for the crown. On Speedway Auto Mall Team Racing Night which featured the top ten drivers in the point standings in all four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions randomly teamed up, Gille aided his Team Sunoco as they combined for the lowest overall score in the four features and collected bragging rights and glory. Doug Bennett drove to victory in the Bargain Hunter Sportsman 25-lap feature and maintained a steady eight point.

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Earning his second win of his rookie Sport Modified season, Ricky Ross, Jr. of Mountaintop, held off Barry Callavini to take the checkers in the first of two Sport Modified headliners Saturday at Sundance Vacations Speedway. After restarting from the tail end of the field following an early caution, Zane Zeiner of Bath, soared to victory lane in the second Sport Mod main event. Robert Fink scored his first Street Stock victory since the 2001 season and for the first time in his career, Eric Banashefski of Ashley, drove to the FWD winners circle and Scott Hubler easily drove to the INEX Legends feature win.

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Due to all the wet stuff from this week's weather, Volusia Speedway Park was forced to postpone the Labor Day Late Model Shootout with Street Stocks, Sportsman and Mini Stocks until next Saturday, September 12, 2009.

Wall Township Stadium (NJ) - Jimmy Blewett of Howell grabbed his fifth win of the year in the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modifieds and Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck won his fifth feature of the season in the Calabreeze Pools Sportsman division Saturday night at Wall Stadium. The Able Ford Subaru Racing Series wins were important to both drivers as they occurred on Nick Roslin Memorial Night at the shore speedway.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Justin Gaydosh and Keith Rocco split the twin 25-lap SK Modified races which headlined the Waterford Speedbowl’s Thunder on the Sound event.  Other 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins went to Bruce Thomas Jr. in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Al Stone in the Street Stocks while Louis Bellisle III was a popular winner in the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock event.  Jason Palmer, Allen Coates, Rob Corey and Onie Pierce also found themselves in Speedbowl Victory Lane on the night taking 25-lap wins of their own.

Friday Races:

Lee USA Speedway (NH) - One of the biggest racing programs of the year went into the record books Friday night under the lights at Lee USA Speedway, with the Roadrunners taking center stage for the running of the David's Race Cars and Components-sponsored 50-lap shootout.

The Roadrunners put on a beauty of a race, running caution-free from flag-to-flag in the extra-distance event.  Aaron Day took command of the event early, and he led the first 40 laps with Steve Nichols tagging along in the second spot.

Tim Boyle had been patiently working his way through the field, and he made it past Nichols to take a shot at Day with ten to go.  Boyle ducked to the low side heading into turn one, and he completed the pass to take over the lead.

Once out front, Boyle was unstoppable, cruising the rest of the way to post the win.  Day's efforts netted him a runner-up finish, with Shaun Waites, Jr., Nichols, Jim Piaseczny, Niko Manyati, Loren Smith, Cris King, Bruce Knowles, and Torrey Kovalesky rounding out the top ten.

The E Keys 4 Cars NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models were looking at three feature events on the night, with Bobby Baillargeon, J.R. Baril, and Pat Floyd taking down the wins.

Baillargeon jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green in the first race, and he immediately began to open up a comfortable lead.  Baril moved in to challenge at the finish, but Baillargeon held on to score his third feature win of the season. 

Baril was second by a half-car length at the checkers, with Bryan Kruczek, Jeremy Harclerode, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Ricky Wolf, Floyd, Jeffrey Labrecque, Jr., Tom Fuller, and Marc Curtis the rest of the top ten.

In the second feature, Geoff Rollins led the first seven laps before giving up the top spot to A.J. Begin, but former two-time champion Baril moved past Begin on lap ten to take his turn out front.

Baril stayed on the point the rest of the way to pick up the win, with Kruczek bettering his finish from the first race by a position in the second spot.  Third went to Labrecque, with Helliwell, Fuller, Begin, Floyd, Wolf, and Rollins next across the stripe.

Pat Floyd led the early going in the nightcap, but it looked like it was over when Begin made his way past to take over.  But Floyd dug deep and charged back to the front, and he went on the collect his first win of the year.

Begin wound up finishing second, with Helliwell, Labrecque, Fuller, Baril, Harclerode, Rollins, Kruczek, and Mike Ordway, Jr. closing out the top ten.  Kruczek's night ended with a hard hit in the turn one wall with the checkers in the air.

The PB Chopper Shop and Rods Small Block Supers ran twice on the night, with points leader Dan Bowes capturing the first win after running down and passing early-race leader Billy Osborne. 

Osborne put in his best run of the year to finish in the second spot, followed by Eddie Witkum, Jr., P.J. Stergios, Mike Spurling, Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Steve Dickey, Jr., Mike Netishen, and Michael Dube, Jr.

Witkum returned to his winning ways in the second race, taking down the victory over Bowes, Stergios, Tombarello, Osborne, Netishen, Dickey, Dube, and Spurling, whose night ended in the frontstretch wall.

In the Prime Storage Late Model Sportsmen, it looked like it was going to be the Grant Aither show once again, but former three-time champion Ron Bolduc slipped past Aither with the finish in sight to take down the win.

It was Bolduc's first win of the year, with Aither taking down second and Michele Fushpanski putting in a strong run to checker third.  Fourth went to Jesse Bousquet, with Bill Ahern, Bobby Melvin, Gary Beauregard, Pete Evans, Timmy Johnson, and Ryan Green fifth through tenth.

Former champion Brian Thompson picked up his first win of the season in the Planet Aid Hobby Stocks, holding off a tough challenge from Jim Shorey to post the win aboard the Dennis Soares-wrenched machine. 

Another former champ, Bill Fiske collected third place honors, with 2008 titleist Jimmy Russell, Dennis Dumas, Patrick Tanguay, Alby Ovitt, Bobby Glass, and Keith Walton next in the finishing order.

Points leader Tom “Hulk” Harton grabbed his third win of the year in the Ironman main, with Don Fortin staying right with him all the way to pick up his best result of the year in the second spot. 

Kevin Emery built a new car after destroying his in a hard wreck the week before, and he was rewarded with a third place finish for his efforts, followed by Joe Horvath, Matt Bakutis, Crystal Brown and Matt Lambert.

Madison International Speedway (WI) - Jeremy Miller finished the year in style by winning one of the Twin 30s for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models enroute to his 2009 track championship at Madison International Speedway.  For the second year in a row, Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits) and Max McNamara (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) took home titles.

Miller won the first late model feature while Ryan Goldade picked up the second event.  McNamara made it a clean sweep by winning the rescheduled points event and the non-points race while Jody Schmidt took home the checkered flag in the Roto Rooter Bandits feature and 2009 track champion Jay Kalbus won in the Brown Heating and Air Conditioning Area Sportsman non-points race.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway returned to action with its Second Annual Late Model 100 on Friday, September 4th. Tom Butler was the big winner of the night, taking his second win of the 2009 season in the 100-lap extra distance race. Woody Pitkat scored his first win of 2009 in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Earl Pelletier was the winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Andrew Durand won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Bill Dunn was the winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Twin State Speedway (NH) - The ACT Tour and NEMA Midgets may have been the main attractions Friday night at Twin State Speedway, but the moves of the night came from hometown hot shoes Allen Fellows and Mike Willis, one a grandfather, the other still a high school student.

The teenaged Willis found a tiny pathway under Nathan Kehoe exiting the final turn of the Modified feature to steal the win by inches, while Fellows went to the outside the last lap of the Super Street main to snatch the victory from Dave Davis.

Other winners on the night included Brent Dragon in the 100-lap ACT Twin State 100 main, Ben Poland, who topped the Strictly Stock feature. Joe Boivin, the Sportsman winner, and Randy Cabral and Anthony Nocella, winners of the NEMA and NEMA Lites features, respectively.

The Super Street feature started with a thud, as pole sitter Craig Smith was spun, sending the field scurrying for safety, and collecting Chris Wilk, whose night was effectively ended with the tangle although he returned 14 laps down to the field.

Mark Blair then set a blistering pace, as the top seven ran nose-to-tail, but both Dave Davis and Allen Fellows got by him with four circuits remaining, and Fellows would then electrify the big crowd with his last-lap charge to snatch the win over Davis, with Blair holding strong in third.

The Modified main looked to be all Nate Kehoe's, as he opened a huge lead on the field. While he would bobble out of turn two, allowing Mike Willis and Mark McClay to reel him in, the error would be prove to be academic, as a late-race caution gave Willis all the opportunity he needed.

Nipping Kehoe by inches at the checkers, Willis was victorious for the third time this season. McClay was strong in third for the second week in a row.

In the Strictly Stock main, Ben Poland came from deep in the field to hold off Tara Tarbell for the win. Jeff Murray, from sixth, held strong for third.

Joe Boivin grabbed the lead on lap four of the Sportsman feature, never looking back as he outdistanced the charging Shawna Wallace, who started scratch on the field and drove past everyone but Boivin in her attempt to duplicate her previous week's win. Brandon Gray was steady all night, coming from row four to finish third.

Unity Raceway (ME) -  Josh St. Clair of Liberty and Steve Moulton of Holden were winners in the top two classes at Unity Raceway Friday night, while two feature wins were scored by both Carl McAlpine of Burnham and Molly Feeney of Hope on a busy racing program including three make-up features previously postponed by summer rain.

Other feature winners on Benton Family Fun Park Night included Clinton’s Ben Clark, Steve Rackliff of Starks, Kyle Gallant of Veazie, Mike Mason of Skowhegan and Chris Burbelo of Frankfort.

Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - The Whelen Modified Tour headed to Thompson International Speedway for the make-up of the event regularly scheduled for August 13, 2009. Donny Lia of Jericho, NY, in Bob Garbarino’s Mystic Missile was the show on Thursday night. Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon, PA, who has been enjoying strong seasons in both the Whelen Modified Tour and the True Value Modified Series, has now tasted victory in the Sunoco Modified Series with his victory at Thompson on Thursday.

Victories helped Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, and Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT, stretch their point leads in the Super Late Model and Limited Sportsman divisions respectively. After post race tech, Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA; was awarded his third Late Model victory of the season. Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA, streaked in TIS Modified competition with his second straight victory. Randy Churchill of Niantic, CT, took down his first Mini Stock feature event win at Thompson.

Wednesday Races:

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Ryan Robbins, Guy Childs and Nik Stanley all won Outlaw races on Wednesday night at Oxford.  Brady Romano and Jeff Hebert won in the Runnin' Rebel division.  Jason Hannigan wont eh Renegade feature, Yogi Hiscock won int he Sport Truck division and Debbie Marston won the Ladies race.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Jason Palmer solidified his Wednesday Legends Car championship with yet another win at Waterford Speedbowl.  Dan Madore won his first X-Car event of the season and Bill Leonard stopped Allen Coates’ streak in the NEATV Truck Series.  Charles Beal and David Flammia were repeat winners on the season in winning the Super X-Car and X-Modified events.  

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