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Wall: $10k to Win Tommy Comerford Memorial is Announced

The long wait between Wall Stadium’s September 5 regular stock car season finale and the November 27 and 28 “Turkey Derby” just got a lot shorter.

Today (July 28) Wall Stadium promoter Jim Morton announced that his third mile paved high banked oval will host the first ever “Tommy Comerford Memorial” on Saturday, October 24. The event, which is being presented by long-time area racing supporters Don Ling, Sr., John Blewett, Sr. and Ray Evernham, will pay the winner of the 150-lap tour type Modified main event an amazing $10,000!

Comerford, who passed away a few years ago due to natural causes, was an 11-time Modified main event winner here with the majority of those victories coming at the wheel of Ling’s No. 66. He was also well-liked and respected by both the fans and competitors.

“I am just so proud that these three outstanding supporters of local racing want to honor Tommy Comerford at our speedway,” Morton said while making the announcement. “Don Ling, John Blewett and Ray Evernham are very well known for their support of this speedway and its racers. I am so proud to have them involved with this event.”

Morton said that race will serve as a qualifier for both the North/South Shootout near Concord, N.C. in early November and for the Turkey Derby. He also said that the details of the 1st ever “Tommy Comerford Memorial,” such as starting times and supporting divisions, are still being worked out and will be announced soon.

DIRT: Schrader to Race at Airborne

NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran Ken Schrader will compete in a DIRTcar Modified at Airborne Speedway on Aird Dorrance Night Saturday, August 22 promoter Mike Perrotte announced today.

Schrader, 55, a Fenton MO native now residing in Concord, NC, began his career on the USAC circuit. He was the 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. He has four wins and 64 top-five finishes in NASCAR Cup competition with total winnings in excess of $27 million.

Schrader is known as a “racer’s racer” for his ability and desire to race many types of cars at both dirt and asphalt tracks. He ran an ARCA RE/MAX event at Toledo Speedway in May and drove in a Camping World Truck race at Martinsville. Prior to his Airborne appearance, he plans to race in Argentina, Central PA Raceway, RPM Speedway in Kansas and I-55 Speedway in St Louis, MO, a 3/8 mile dirt track he co-promotes.

“I want to spend my time racing,” Schrader. “It’s not only my job, it’s my hobby. I love the time that I get to spend behind the wheel, and as long as I can, I’m going to race whenever I can.”

The remainder of Airborne’s 2009 schedule offers many notable Ernies’ Tools Modified events including Dick Nephew Memorial - Topless Night (no roofs) August 29, the Charlie Trombley Memorial 100 Saturday, September 5 and the Apple Bowl 100-lap season finale Sunday, September 20.

Airborne hosts the 38th American Canadian Tour Fall Foliage 300, a two-day event sponsored by Mohawk Casino and AT&T, on Saturday/Sunday September 12,13. For more information, visit airborneparkspeedway.com.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour: Fleming Finds Himself a Championship Contender

Frank Fleming (No. 40 Pro Health Center/Jerry Hunt Auto Sales/Lewisville Motor Co. Pontiac) enters this weekend’s Advance Auto Parts 199 at Bowman Gray Stadium with a lot of confidence. Fleming, who has competed in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour since its inception in 2005, finished second at Caraway several weeks ago in the most recent race for the touring modifieds and has a lot of experience at the Stadium.

Fleming, 50, is one of the elder statesmen of the competitive NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, but he was smiling like a rookie who had just gotten his first top-five finish back on July 3.

“We had a really good car that night,” said Fleming. “George told me after the race he was just riding at the end, but we were catching him and I would like to have had another five or so laps to see what we could have done.”

Fleming has finished second a total of seven times in the series, but is no stranger to celebrating race wins. The Mt. Airy, N.C. driver has a total of 21 wins in a Modified car in various races. Fleming has even won the Advance Auto Parts 199 twice before NASCAR sanctioned the event as a touring event. He did come close to winning it again a couple of years ago.

“I led a bunch of laps three years ago in this race and thought we had a great chance of winning but it didn’t work out,” Fleming added. “I can’t wait for this weekend.”

Fans attending this weekend’s race might have to look twice to find Fleming as he changed his car number at Caraway back to No. 40 from the No. 07 he has displayed the past several seasons. Fans won’t be the only ones who will have to get used to it. Fleming did too at Caraway.

“When I made my first lap at Caraway it felt so good I just knew we were in the top five, and I was so disappointed when I looked up at the scoreboard as I drove by and didn’t see my number,” said Fleming laughing. “Then I remembered I wasn’t in the 07 anymore and realized that No. 40 in the top five was me.”

The strong finish in the Firecracker 150 also propelled Fleming into the top five in the championship points standings. Fleming has finished in the top 10 in each season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and is trying to best his career-high finish of sixth (2008).

“I think we have a good chance to contend this year with the guys to finish in the top five or even higher,” Fleming added. “We have a great car and a great crew so I feel we have a good chance to get a win before the year is over.”

Bowman Gray is the most unique track on the 2009 schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the key to winning is pretty simple according to Fleming.

“You have to qualify out front and just basically survive,” said Fleming. “The track is so tight and narrow at just a quarter-mile the only way you can pass is bump somebody or avoid other people’s accidents and be near the front at the end of the race. It is definitely going to be a challenge.”

Practice and qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts 199 is Friday. The race is at  8 p.m. Saturday.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: 25 Seasons Running: Riverhead Unique To Tour

As the 25th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is celebrated in 2009, events and individuals who have carried the series from its historic first season in 1985 to the present day will be recognized. Highlighted in the follow paragraphs is Riverhead Raceway, a unique annual stop for the Tour.

Riverhead originally opened in 1949 - one year after the establishment of NASCAR and the Modified division. Since the Tour was established in 1985, Riverhead has held 47 races, fourth-most of any venue in that timeframe. There were three races a year at Riverhead during the first four years of the Tour, and two trips annually from 1989-2005, with the lone exception being one race in 2003.

Today, Riverhead is the smallest track the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour annually visits. At just .25 miles, the Long Island bullring could be referred to as the Tour's version of Bristol Motor Speedway with the tight racing, frequent contact and the possibility for inflated tempers.

Aside from the track's tight racing, perhaps the aspect of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing at Riverhead that is also unique is the tradition of the track's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors that compete alongside the Tour's full-timers.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's all-time wins list at Riverhead includes such local regulars as Dan Jivanelli, Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr., Bob Park and Don Howe. The Riverhead regulars have been traditionally very strong in qualifying too, with guys like Bob Park and his brother Bill Park, Chuck Steuer, J.R. Bertuccio, Joey Caraccia and Jivanelli having won pole awards.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-timers who also hailed from Long Island have experienced particularly good results at their home track. Mike Ewanitsko is the all-time wins leader with 11 triumphs and current competitor Donny Lia has four. Ewanitsko also has double the poles won of any driver in Tour history there.

TVMRS: Will August Produce Another First Time Winner?

Four famed race tracks, four consecutive race dates, and four drivers atop the point standings battling for the 2009 championship. It sets the stage for the True Value Modified Racing Series as its competitors prepare for the dog days of August and exciting racing at short track venues long in history and tradition.

The month of August has produced several “firsts” with the sixth year series both on the track and in the pit area.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME; Waterford CT Speedbowl; Seekonk MA Speedway; and Connecticut's Thompson International Speedway, will play hosts to New England's premier modified racing series. The four events will provide an indication of who will be in the hunt for the title come fall and the series final three races of the season.

Mother Nature was the winner of last years event at Beech Ridge, the race postponed when a suitable date in the schedule could not be worked out.

With the month of August quickly approaching, the Maine contingent of David Pinkham, Buxton, Tony Ricci, Westbrook, and newcomer, Jacob Dore, Sanford, are anxious to take on the popular one-third mile oval on Saturday night, Aug 8.

Pinkham will always be remembered for his (first) TVMRS victory, a dramatic win in 2005, when he surprisingly appeared in the Gary Casella owned, Roscoe Racing, # 25 car, delivering a crowd pleasing, emotional victory, in front of his hometown fans.

Pinkham had not driven a modified racer for close to ten years. The veteran driver will pilot the Tom Greeley owned, Warren Johnson wrenched, # 22 at Beech Ridge. Johnson was the crew chief of the Casella owned car in 2005, that teams (first) win. Other former winners of the race are Dale Evonsion, his (first) TVMRS win in 2006, and Kirk Alexander in 2007.

Only two races have been staged at Waterford Speedbowl during the summer season and last year the series shared the spotlight with the ISMA supermodifieds and NEMA midgets before one of the largest crowds at the shore line oval in years. The three open-wheel touring divisions will share the stage again this year for the second annual Wings 'N Wheels, Saturday night, Aug 15.

Last year also saw another hometown favorite win his (first) career TVMRS race, as Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT; scored the popular victory wheeling the Dawley's Auto # 15CT to victory at his “home” race track. The other summer Waterford race was garnered by Alexander, in 2007.

Seekonk Speedway became the second venue last August to be rained out and not rescheduled. Les Hinckley was victorious in August of 2007 and Alexander in 2005.
This year, the points chase for the championship will certainly heat up in time for
the “Del's Lemonade” 100 at the “Cement Palace” on Saturday night, August 22.

Hopefully three times a charm when owner Don Hoenig opens the gates at his Thompson Speedway Thursday, August 27. Twice rained out, a strong field of racers is expected. 34 TVMRS teams were on hand when Mother Nature postponed the program July 23. The 75 lap race is presented by Town Fair Tire. Todd Owen won his (first) TVMRS race last year, giving long time car owner Luther Hosmer, his (first) True Value Series win.

DIRT: Cornwall & Drummond Solidify Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Dates

What once seemed lost was never forgotten as the Super DIRTcar Series returns to Canada for some unfinished business at Cornwall Motor Speedway and Autodrome Drummond.

Originally scheduled as part of the ‘Great Canadian Tour’ the second week of July before rain cut short the final two rounds of the popular four-race swing north of the border, track and series officials have secured Sunday, August 23 for a return trip to Cornwall and Friday, September 18 for another memorable haul to Drummond.

“The stop at Cornwall ties in perfectly with a DIRTcar Pro Stock Series event already on the agenda while the new date at Drummond is even better as it runs in conjunction with the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship scheduled the following day,” remarked Cory Reed, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning. “Its been a challenging season with all the rain, but we’re able to use it to our advantage this time and offer the racers and fans some even bigger shows. Ron (Morin, Cornwall owner) and Yan (Bussiere, Drummond promoter) have been great to work with formulating these new dates in everyone’s best interest.”

Before clouds opened up over the Cornwall, Ontario oval on July 12, local favorite Pat O’Brien posted the fastest lap in Integra Shocks Time Trials then chased winner Billy Decker across the line in the only heat race run. The Big-Block stars will start all over again on August 23 with a complete program on tap headlined by the 15th Annual ‘Akwesasne Mohawk Casino International 100’ that rewards the winner $6,000.

Less than a month down the road, DIRTcar Northeast’s premier Big-Block Modified touring teams journey into Quebec for ‘Dream Weekend Race Mania 5.’ Another $6,000 top prize awaits the 100-lap feature winner on September 18, with many of the Big-Block stars in attendance expected to spend the night as the Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified title run on Saturday boasts a winner’s share of $10,000 in the 150-lap main event.

“It’s certainly shaping up to be the biggest weekend in this part of the country,” noted DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Director Gaston Salvas. “With a total purse close to $100,000 we’ll have all the best from the U.S. and Canada at the same track for the richest event in the history of Drummondville.”

Sunoco Modifieds: For Races in Two Weeks Set for Thompson Sunoco Mod Teams

It will be a busy two weeks for Thompson Speedway’s Sunoco Modifieds. The track’s premier NASCAR Whelen All American Series division will compete in double feature events on Thursday, July 30th and again on Thursday, August 6th.

The July 30th date will incorporate both the regular weekly 30-lap main for the Sunoco Modifieds plus the postponed 30-lap feature dating back to June 11th. The August 6th twin bill is a change from the single 100-lap race to a twin 50-lap format.

Speedway management made the change in the August 6th date due to the number of events that have been rained out in the first half of the 2009 racing season. “By changing the 100-lap event into two 50-lap races, we give the competitors one more race in their quest for NASCAR Championship points. We feel that we must do whatever we can to assist our top NASCAR division to remain competitive in the chase for national NASCAR points that determine the NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion at the season’s end,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.

In spite of all of the inclement weather in New England this season, two of Thompson’s regular competitors find themselves in the top 6 nationally in NASCAR’s points system. Keith Rocco currently occupies the number one position and Ted Christopher is shown in the 6th position in the national standings.

The double headers for the Sunoco Modifieds will be joined by the other divisions that make up the NASCAR Whelen All American Series “Super 6” at Thompson. These next two race dates will set the stage for the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on August 13th. This will mark the second visit this season for the Whelen Modified Tour when the New England Dodge Dealers present the Budweiser 150-lap main event. Tickets for the Whelen Modified Tour event are available by calling the track office at 860-923-2280.

Waterford: Pearl Gets SK Mod Win Number One

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

Pearl, from Salem, jumped to the lead in the 35-lap SK race from his pole starting position.  The battle for second raged on behind Pearl between Tyler Chadwick, Rob Janovic Jr., Ron Yuhas Jr., and Jeff Paul.  The action was hot for several laps while they jockeyed for position.  The field raced green sorting out the running order through the first 19 laps before Justin Gaydosh of Newtown ended up against the turn one aarmco barrier, bringing out the first caution.  The lineup behind Pearl for the restart was Yuhas, Janovic, Paul and Keith Rocco.  Chadwick surrendered his spot in the top five when he went pitside during the caution.

Pearl got the jump into turn one on the restart and pulled out to a comfortable advantage while the field challenged Janovic for the second spot for several laps.  Rocco diced through the pack and asserted himself, making an inside bid on Janovic for second with 11 laps remaining.  Once clear of Janovic, the division points leader began to chase down Pearl.   Yuhas moved past Janovic for third and opened up distance back to a battle for fourth between Janovic and Paul. 

With four laps to go Rocco had caught Pearl.  He looked both high and low with Pearl covering the spot for the next two laps.  Tom Abele Jr. spun out of turn four to interrupt the battle at the front and stage a restart battle for the event win.   Pearl again got the advantage on the restart to take the lead into turn one.  Yuhas moved past Rocco in the final two laps to take second and was able to pull outside Pearl’s right rear by the checkered flag.  Rocco finished third with Paul fourth and Janovic fifth.   The win was Pearl’s 31st SK Modified win at the track.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action returns Saturday, August 1st.    The SK Modifieds will be joined by the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, NEATV Truck Series, and a special visit by the X-Cars from the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program.   The Mini Stock division will be off.  Qualifying gets underway at 5:00pm with feature events beginning at 7:00pm.   Adult admission is $14 with all youth ages 6 through 14 just $5.  Kids 5 and under, as always, are admitted free.

Pro Four Modifieds: Wrenn Returns to His Winning Ways

The Pro Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) once again battled Mother Nature yesterday as they completed their seventh race of the 2009 season on Friday, July 24, at Lee USA Speedway. Sponsored by Bot-L-Gas and RF Logic, the 25-lap main event was the second round of the Triple Crown Series. The #1m of Norm Wrenn and the #4 of Cory Cleary provided the entertainment as both worked their way from the back of the field to the front. But Wrenn had just enough to hold off the advances of Cleary as the checkers unfurled—claiming his sixth victory of the season.

When the 11-car field took the green flag, it was Franky Perry and Rob Richardi, Jr. bringing them down.  Perry got the advantage with Robin Berghman looking inside of Wrenn.  The two continued to battle until Wrenn made contact with the outside retaining wall, causing him to lose several positions.  But by lap four, he made up the ground he lost and moved by Berghman. Two laps later, Cleary used the outside lane to pass Vincent coming out of turn two. Wrenn continued his quest for the top spot on lap seven, as he drove around the #07 of Phil Lausier, the #13 of George Sherman, and Richardi, Jr.  He then set his eyes on the leader, Franky Perry, who continued to set the pace. Meanwhile, Cleary drove his Jannell Ford machine under Lausier in turns three and four to make his claim on a top five position. Sherman moved his modified into third around Richardi, Jr.—and one lap later, Cleary passed the #12 family-owned machine as well. On lap twelve, Cleary looked to the inside of Sherman for third. Wrenn made the winning pass on Perry going down the backstretch with the field receiving the ten-to-go signal.  Cleary, too, passed Perry, wrestling the second position away from the early race leader.

Wrenn went made it two for two in Triple Crown races with Cleary, Perry, Sherman, and Richardi Jr. rounding out the top five. Lausier, Berghman, Brian Vincent, Joe Lemay, Michael Crawford, and Stan Mertz comprised the rest of the field. Lemay was the first Limited Pro Four across the line, followed by Crawford and Mertz.

The next event for the four-cylinder modifieds will be held at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway next Sunday, August 2, for the Four Cylinder Nationals, presented by Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment. The race is the culminating event in a weekend full of events  scheduled to raise funds for breast cancer.  For more details, visit the PFMNE homepage at www.pro4mods.com.

North South Shootout: Tickets Are Now On Sale

Last week C&C Racing Promotions kicked off tickets sales for the prestigious 7th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout (TM), scheduled for November 6&7, 2009 at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC.

Traditionally the event hosts the northern and southern modified stars in an all-out duel for racing supremacy with some of the biggest names in Modified racing including the likes of Ted Christopher, Matt Hirschman, Donny Lia, Junior Miller, Burt Myers, Brian Loftin, and countless others. The event features 125 laps of green flag racing for the mighty Modifieds. The SK-Type Modifieds, an equally as competitive and tenacious brand of open-wheel racing, compete in a 50-lapper of their own. Joining the open-wheel brethren are the authentic and very racy vintage modified and sportsman divisions.

It is never too early to buy tickets for this tremendous event that has gained a reputation as being the most-anticipated of the year.  The hottest ticket in town is available by logging onto northsouthshoot.com or by calling C&C Racing Promotions at (336) 250-4383.

Over the last few years C&C Racing Promotions has incorporated a variety of racing divisions/series into the North-South Shootout in an effort to compliment the already potent race program. For 2009, C&C Racing Promotions feels they have found the proper chemistry with the Late Models of the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. This year C&C has invited the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour to become part of the heritage that is the North-South Shootout.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will add a host of new talent from ranks of full-fendered racing to the already impressive roster of the annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout™.  Fans of the Shootout can see and enjoy “how the other half lives”.

In a tenuous economic climate, C&C Racing Promotions has once again frozen the price of admission tickets to the annual event. Helping to once again bring a real value to the racing community, prices for the Shootout have not seen an increase in five years.

“We started pricing the tickets this way back in 2003,” said Charles Kepley of Lexington, NC, owner and promoter of the North-South Shootout. “It’s fair, so we have stuck with it. Thanks to the teams that compete each year, fans get the best bang for their buck.”

Two-day adult general admission is only $35.00 and children’s tickets are available for ages 7-13 for only $25.00 each.  Children 6 and under are free with a paid adult.  The top-row VIP tickets are available for only $50.00.  Adult tickets purchased in advance will allow the bearer entry to the Concord Speedway pit area at no extra-charge.  Some restrictions apply.

The North-South Shootout continues to be one of only a few race events to offer hospitality tickets for sale to the general public. Climate-controlled hospitality-style seating is available for $60 per seat/per person while supplies last. Demand for these tickets is high, interested parties are encouraged to act quickly.

The North-South Shootout began in 2001 from an idea of long-time friends and Modified supporters, Kepley and the late Josh Jenkins. The event is a throwback to the golden days of Modified racing and a celebration of racing excellence. In 2007, after the untimely death of accomplished Modified racer John Blewett III, the event was renamed to honor his memory. Today, the event is considered by many to be the marquee event of short track racing.  In 2009, the North-South Shootout promises to be the fastest, most exciting short track racing event of the year.

For more information on the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout, please call 336-250-4383. Visit www.northsouthshootout.com for a comprehensive look at the 2009 North-South Shootout(TM).

Bowman-Gray: Myers Chips Away at Point Lead

Burt Myers of Walnut Cove and his team are grinning ear to ear over the results their new Ford motor has brought them. Myers has notched a win in each of the last three weeks, giving him six total wins in the 2009 season – more than any other competitor at the Stadium.

Yet, some wonder if Myers’ new horsepower will be too little, too late in his quest for the Farm Bureau Insurance Modified Series championship. The three-time champ has had a relatively strong season but has had a few poor finishes early in the season when mechanical problems and plain old bad luck plagued the #1 team.

Myers continued his recent winning streak, taking the checkered on Saturday in the first Modified race. Unfortunately for Myers, right behind him in second was Tim Brown of Cana, VA – the current points leader and last year’s defending champion. Brown made sure that Myers’ points gain was kept to a minimum.

In the second Modified race, the “Madhouse Scramble” inversion put Myers behind Brown for the start of the race. Myers delivered some stout taps to the bumper of Brown, eventually passing him to climb up one more valuable position.

At the end of the night, Myers had gained two points on Brown.

“We still want to come back and win this championship,” said Myers. “That’s the plan. We’re going to have to chip away more than two points a week to do it, but we’re starting in the right direction. On these 25-lappers, if you can get a handful of points, you’re doing something. That’s two more we won’t have to get later.”

Randy Butner of Pfafftown stays in the third spot on the points ladder, close on the heels of Myers. Jonathan Brown of Kernersville held his own to maintain fourth in the points.

With only three weeks left, there’s not much time for points contenders to try and overtake Brown. But with a double points night and also a double-file “choice” restart race left on the schedule, Brown will still have his work cut out for him as he defends his points lead.

This weekend is Advance Auto Parts Weekend: a two-day event with racing on both Friday and Saturday. Friday is Advance Auto Parts Night, with racing for the Modifieds, Stadium Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros, and Classic Modifieds. There will also be qualifying for Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts 199 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. You can see all the action on Friday for only $1.99 with a ticket from area Advance Auto Parts locations.

On Saturday, it’s the Advance Auto Parts 199 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, plus racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock Divisions. Gates open on both nights at 6:00 for practice, qualifying begins at 7:20, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM – this Friday and Saturday night. Ticket prices, directions, and more information can be found online at www.bowmangrayracing.com or by calling (336) 723-1819.

Wall: Blewett Returns to His Winning Ways

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

Anthony Sesely of Matawan was the first leader of the test, but Blewett was on a mission as he charged into second in short order. Blewett then took his time in sizing up the leader, but Sesely’s run in the sun ended on the 10th lap when his No. 77 slowed and handed the lead to Blewett. Sesely then chased Blewett for five more laps until his car slowed again and he slipped through the field.

Meanwhile, Blewett stayed at the top of his game as the laps wore on. Chas Okerson of Freehold advanced to second when Sesely slipped out of contention and raced home the runner-up. Shaun Carrig of Little Falls was third, while Steven Reed of Freehold and Tim Arre of Toms River completed the top five.

“I could not have done this without my crew and all the people who help with this car,” Blewett said. “Everyone who works on this car is just amazing. A week ago we had $10,000 worth of damage and tonight we are fast and in for the win.

“I have a great team and that is all there is to it.”

SK Modifieds: Bolles Has Third Taken Away After Tech

Following post race technical inspection from the July 24th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following changes have been made to the official SK Modified®
order of finish.

Unofficial SK Modified® third place finisher Tom Bolles’ car was found to exceed the maximum left side weight percentage allowed and he was penalized from his finishing position of third place to the last place finishing position of 27th place.

Tracks: Selinsgrove Inks RoC Date for 2010; Track Lease Extended Five More Years

The 2009 racing season may only be at the halfway point but that hasn’t stopped Selinsgrove Speedway officials from looking ahead to next year as they recently announced plans to again stage the Race of Champions (RoC) Dart Dirt Modified Tour season opener with the Icebreaker III Weekend on Friday night March 19th and Saturday afternoon March 20th.

This past March saw a huge gathering of fans and competitors that came out to the only Modified Stock Car event run at the primarily Sprint/Late Model track.    

“Everyone involved with this must see event are already pumped up for the 2010 edition,” said Selinsgrove Speedway Promoter Charlie Paige. “We’ve had an excellent two years now and I think that the third year should be just as good, or even better than the first two.”

Joe Kaminski of JGK Motorsports and is Selinsgrove’s Race Director has been the front-man with this show.

“Hands down anybody who is anybody in Modified racing was there this past March. We had them all. So we figured we should get the news out early so then the drivers have something to shoot for. A lot of drivers had asked me to have an end of the season show but I just can’t find that feasible so we figured to get our date out for next year and go from there,” said Kaminiski.

“We knew we were going to have another event next year. Still for them (RoC/track) to get me to put the date out and we’re only at mid-season of ’09, that’s saying something. I think it’s safe to say that going into next year we’re already established.”

Indeed. Despite two days of cold weather, there was a great fan turnout as well as a sold car count with nearly 60 entries each day and drivers coming in from as far as Canada.

“The first year was a gamble. I believed in it although Charlie (Paige) wasn’t sure. This year was our second annual and I think we proved that it’s only going to get bigger,” added Kaminiski.
Both years the races were run efficiently with minimum downtime. Having just one class does make a difference especially at that time of the year when the weather is not always cooperative. 

“We’re staying with what we got. The formula we have works great and we have no plans to add another class,” said Kaminiski.

“I’m starting to work on all the details now and basically not much will change as far as race distance for either show. I’m currently looking for more sponsorship so more money can be paid to the racers to kick start the 2010 racing season.”

More good news from the Snyder County oval is that racing will carry on for at least five more years. The track, which is overseen by the Selinsgrove Fair Association, recently signed a five year lease extension with Paige to continue operations.

It was a just a few years ago that the track was in limbo when the property went up for sale. However, since Paige began promoting there in 2001, the track has surged under his leadership.

“It’s like a forgotten issue. Charlie (Paige) has just turned it around. It’s now a place where you want to go. Since he’s been there it’s been a metamorphous change. The only thing that is the same from years ago is the covered grandstands. With Charlie he has the best interest for both the fans and drivers,” said Kaminski.

“The fans who come out each week know their getting a good show in all our divisions and our crowds have been good. It’s been a good season thus far.”

The track has even gotten national recognition as SPEED TV ran a live segment on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despan during the Late Model Speedweek race on June 7. Interviewed live was Josh Richards who is being pegged as possibly the next best to come into NASCAR.

“That was a great shot in the arm. Josh, (Richards) did a great job for us. It was nice to get some national recognition. Plus we had 56 late models there and the place was packed,” said Kaminski.

At a time when the economy remains soft and many people are keeping a tighter budget, Selinsgrove has seen a steady flow of fans pass through the turnstiles each week and with Paige and Company it looks as though things will stay that way for years to come.

Twin State: Rookie Jarvis Wins Again at Twin State

The car count continues to grow at Twin State Speedway as news of the outstanding racing action spreads around New England.

Friday was no exception and the talented drivers put on a fantastic show for the fans including the Atlantic Coast Old Timers tour who brought historic racing back to the track.

Joey Jarvis already had one Modified win under his belt but another couldn't hurt. Jarvis started in fourth before picking through the field and taking the lead and his second consecutive win, putting the rookie racer into the points lead.

Chris Pasteryak won at Waterford for the first time in his True Value Modified career last August.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
The fans and the Modifieds all pack into Wall every fall for the Turkey Derby - now there is also another big race on the schedule for them to come out for.  (Jim Dupont Photos)
Ronnie Silk is aiming for Spencer's victory lane.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
Jimmy Blewett won lats year's race at Riverhead.  (NASCAR / Howie Hodge Photo)
Ken Schrader
Frank Fleming and his team when they were the #07 bunch.
RoC Mods at Selinsgrove
Joey Jarvis in victory lane at Twin State.  (TSS Photo)
Burt Myers (#1) and Tim Brown (#83) at Bowman Gray.  (BG Photo)
Jeff Pearl's #71   (Rick Ibsen Photo)
Scenes from last yeat's North South Shootout.