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NASCAR WSMT: Brunnhoelzl Looks Forward to Martinville

For the second time this season, the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours will come together for a combination event.

This weekend Martinsville Speedway will host the Made in America Whelen 200 and many competitors are looking forward to the return.

One competitor especially looking forward to racing this weekend is current NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Oval Speed/Fibrwrap/PT Ford). Brunnhoelzl enjoyed a solid run last season before engine problems just three laps from the finish.

"I can't wait to get back to Martinsville this weekend," Brunnhoelzl said. "We had a good run up there last year and I want to get back there and see what we can do this year."

Brunnhoelzl has already shown he can compete with the Northern Tour after finishing in the top five in the first-ever visit to Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

Brunnhoelzl was the highest-finishing full-time southern driver who feels his division can compete with their northern counterparts.

"It ought to be an interesting race this weekend," added Brunnhoelzl. "The Whelen Modified Tour has some great drivers, but I think we have some guys who have the equipment and experience to compete for the win."

In fact, a southern regular started from the point last season when Bobby Hutchens led the first five laps of the race before Ryan Preece took the lead on Lap 6 and eventually won the one of the most prestigious events on the 2009 schedule for the Whelen Modified Tours.

Last season, Brian Loftin used his top-10 finish to help propel him to the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship and although Brunnhoelzl enters this weekend with a 125-point lead over Andy Seuss, the third-generation driver from West Babylon, N.Y., wants to get another strong finish. Even better – he wants to win.

"That would be awesome to come away from Martinsville with a win," Brunnhoelzl said. "That would be a great moment to celebrate in Victory Lane at Martinsville."

Seuss, who enters this weekend as the most recent winner on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, also wants to make it to Victory Lane this weekend.

"We know it is going to take some luck to catch George in the points with only three races remaining on our schedule," said Seuss. "So we have decided to go out and try and win the final three races of the season, and a win at Martinsville would be unbelievable."

Activity gets underway this Saturday with practice beginning at 10 a.m. and qualifying scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

An autograph session will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with the green flag set to fly for the Made In America 200 at 1:30 p.m.

There will also be a 100-lap Limited race immediately following the modified race.

SK Modifieds: TC and Rocco Suspended at Stafford

The following penalties were administered by Stafford Motor Speedway Racing Director Frank Sgambato during & following the September 18, 2009 Whelen All-American Series program.

Ted Christopher was penalized for actions detrimental to auto racing, un-sportsmanlike conduct and hitting another competitor after the checkered flag.  He was given a one (1) event suspension, one hundred dollar ($100.00) fine, loss of ten (10) championship points and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2009 season.  Christopher is currently the SK Modified point leader at Stafford.

Keith Rocco was penalized for Actions detrimental to auto racing, unsportsmanlike conduct NS overaggressive driving with intent into the 13.  He was assessed a one (1) event suspension and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2009 season.

RoC Modifieds: Hirschman Wins US Open and RoC Title

The Western New York racing finale, Dunn Tire Raceway Park’s US Open, attracted the best of the best competition in the north east United States to the historic facility this past weekend.  Matt Hirschman won an exciting Modified feature event and also captured the overall Race of Champions Modified Tour Points Championship. 

The headline event of the weekend was the final scheduled event – the Race of Champions Modified 100 lap feature.  Tom McGrath redrew the pole position and was joined on the outside row by Earl Paules.  Jim Storace, Rusty Smith, Sege Fidanza, and Jan Leaty followed the front row to the green flag.  McGrath’s lead was short lived as Paules dove under him and took the lead on lap one.  A quick yellow flag on lap six produced a double file restart and Paules once again took the lead. 

The field quickly settled in single file as the top six cars of Paules, Fidanza, McGrath, J. Leaty, Matt Hirschman, and Smith ran nose to tail.  On lap 12 Fidanza made the move for the lead, going under Paules in turn three and coming out as the race leader.  A yellow flag on lap 20 saw the first round of pit stops for the optional right rear tire.  Most of the leaders stayed out and when the race went green again Fidanza led Paules, McGrath, and J. Leaty.  By lap 25 Hirschman had moved up to second while J. Leaty ran third.  Hirschman began looking high and low on Fidanza, looking for any way around the leader.  Hirschman’s opportunity came on lap 27 as he powered under Fidanza coming out of turn four and took the lead. 

The field once again settled in single file until the yellow flag appeared once again on lap 38.  The pits were a busy place as J. Leaty, and a number of other top ten cars pitted.  The top four of Hirschman, Fidanza, McGrath, and Smith stayed out and at halfway ran in positions one through four.  Just at the halfway point the yellow caution flag was displayed and the pits were re-opened.  Hirschman, Fidanza, Smith, and Mike Leaty – who had been running fifth – all ducked into the pits.  The single file restart now had McGrath leading the pack while TJ Potrzebowski, Jim Storace, and Erick Rudolph followed.  McGrath held his lead but the cars with fresher tires were on the move up through the field. 

By lap 70 Hirschman was back up to fifth.  A late race yellow on lap 74 saw McGrath give up the lead and head pitside, handing the lead over to Potrzebowski.  On lap 77 J. Leaty took advantage of his fresher tires and passed Potrzebowski for the lead.  Hirschman followed and the battle for the lead soon began.  Hirschman was all over J. Leaty and on lap 94 was able to capitalize on lap traffic, taking the lead away from Leaty.  After clearing Leaty and lap traffic, Hirschman took off and built a considerable lead as the race wound down. 

Hirschman crossed the finish line first and was followed by Jan Leaty and TJ Potrzebowski.  The race marked the first time that a father son duo has won the Modified US Open event, with Matt’s father Tony winning one of the very first US Open Modified events.  The Modified race was also significant in that it was the last race for veteran driver Sege Fidanza.  Fidanza has decided to retire after an illustrious career that includes ten Lancaster Modified Championships.

NASCAR WMT: Lia Reeling in Christopher

After following wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway with a runner-up effort last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Donny Lia is now up to second in the championship standings. Lia will enter this week's race at Martinsville Speedway - where he won in his last appearance - now trailing points leader Ted Christopher by just 48 points. Lia leapfrogged Todd Szegedy at New Hampshire to move into second place.

DIRT: Sheppard Takes Drummond By Storm With 5th Super DIRTcar Series Victory

Matt Sheppard had two strikes riding against him when he arrived at Autodrome Drummond on Sunday, yet he still came up swinging and never looked back on his way to scoring a tour-best fifth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season ando close out ‘Dream Weekend Race Mania 5’ in the Canadian province of Quebec.

‘Super Matt’ led the majority of 100-lap main events at Cayuga County Fair Speedway and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park over Labor Day Weekend before a broken hub in the Weedsport finale and a flat tire at the ‘Fast Track’ thwarted the latest efforts for DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s winningest Big-Block Modified driver.

“Seems like the last few of these (series) races we’ve led and dominated but something has always happened at the end,” remarked Sheppard, 27, who has now led 632 feature laps at nine of 18 series stops, nearly doubling the total of his closest challenger during the ’09 campaign. “You better believe I was counting down every lap coming down the stretch.”

Waiting for any miscue that never did materialize, reigning overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar points king Billy Decker closed to within five car-lengths under the checkered flag, followed by Central New York standouts Justin Haers, Gary Tomkins and Jimmy Phelps. Veterans Danny Johnson (6th) and current Mr. DIRTcar points leader Brett Hearn (8th) helped fill out the top-10 that included favorite area Frenchmen David Hebert (7th), Mario Clair (9th), Drummond promoter Yan Bussiere (10th) and Alex Fortier (11th), the last driver to be scored on the lead lap.

In the annual trip across the border that was postponed from Friday due to high winds, rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, a strong international field of 32 Big-Block/Small-Block chauffeurs made up the starting grid on Sunday with $6,000 awaiting the winner of the Great Canadian Tour finale.

Tomkins let his intentions be known early, charging from inside row two to overtake pole-sitter Haers on the opening circuit and maintaining a torrid pace during the initial stages of the century grind. Sixth-place starter Sheppard was a bit more patient, taking 10 laps to put his JB Motorsports no. 9s Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell entry into the show position and just another five circuits to wrestle away second from Haers.

Recently crowned Autodrome Edelweiss 358-Modified points champion Pierre Dagenais slowed high exiting turn three to incur the first caution period on lap 29, closing the gap between Tomkins and Sheppard while Decker, Phelps and Haers waited for their chance further back. The restart came on lap 34 and just three more times around the smooth 4/10-mile oval Sheppard blasted high out of turn four to force the final lead change.

Inaugural All-Star Weekend winner at Cayuga County over the summer, Ryan Phelps pulled to the infield faced with mechanical issues to prompt a second yellow flag on lap 42, with older cousin Jimmy Phelps advancing to third despite a broken left-rear shock. At the midway mark, a quick shuffle up front moved Decker behind Sheppard and Tomkins, with Haers and Phelps jockeying for position further back. Steve Paine, Johnson, Hebert, Dale Planck and Bussiere comprised the top-10.

After laps of shadowing Tomkins, Decker emerged as the new second-place runner on lap 58 steering the LJL Racing no. 91 Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell mount. Paine soonafter followed into fifth just before the third caution came on lap 62 when Eric Gauvreau slowed down the backstretch, providing the leaders with a brief break before 20 more green flag laps enhanced the drama.

Paine moved past Tomkins into fourth on lap 80, yet contact between the weekend rivals down the back chute was the beginning of the end for Paine. The ‘Hurricane’ forced out the fourth and final yellow flag when his Tallmadge Tire no. 7x Swarthout Recycling-Instant Heat Wood Pellets/Bicknell machine slowed with a broken left rear axle just eight laps later.

Despite Decker coming more into focus through his rear-view mirror as the final laps clicked off, Sheppard remained steady as the Waterloo, N.Y. pilot sped on to record his 10th career Super DIRTcar Series triumph, exactly twice as many from when the season started, and improved his DIRTcar NE high count to 18 wins in the Big-Block ranks.

“Tire wear was good out there compared to before, they watered the top and packed it down which pretty much took care of all the tire issues,” noted Sheppard, who won his first career series show at Drummond in 2004 and this year has already added first-ever wins at Lebanon Valley Speedway, Merrittville Speedway and Can-Am Motorsports Park. “We probably ran about 70-80 laps tonight before the track started taking rubber, so it turned out to be a really good race. Nicer when you can win, of course.”

Entering the Drummond showdown on foreign soil, runner-up Decker was also in search of his fifth SDS victory of the season, yet settled for his fourth straight top-two finish keeping the Unadilla, N.Y. driver in peak form for the season-ending specials.

“We were screwed around for a long time today but finally got the race in,” said Decker, 44, who blistered the opposition just last year with a record-tying 10 series victories tallied en route to capturing his second overall Mr. DIRTcar crown. “All in all we’ll take it, pretty happy to come out unscathed.”

“The car was really good, not quite as good as Matt early on, but I think at the end we were pretty close. The tires look good, about the same as Justin and Matt, since the track wasn’t as abrasive tonight. It started to get a little in (turns) three and four, then kinda leveled off and that was it,” added Decker, who vaulted past Jimmy Phelps into third on the Mr. DIRTcar points chart, hoping to close in on frontrunners Hearn and Sheppard with less than a month to go.

Crossing the line third for his best finish of the season on tour, Haers completed the trio of Bicknell cars up front as his Phelps Cement Products no. 3 SMV Motorsports-Jeff Jolly Masonry ride was among the fastest at the end.

“We’ll definitely take (3rd), it was a solid run and good for the team,” said Haers, 29, who like Sheppard, is also enjoying his best season to date with eight feature wins registered at Can-Am. “It took me awhile to get up there to the top, even dropped back to 5th or 6th, then I was able to fight back up through there.”

“We’re trying every place we go, just keep getting better and better and that’s all you can ask for. I have to thank everybody that has worked their butts off to get us a podium finish. The guys at Bicknell and Finger Lakes (engine) and my crew, they’re responsible for where we are now,” Haers added.

The 2009 Super DIRTcar Series returns to action next Saturday, September 26 when Rolling Wheels Raceway Park hosts the 23rd World Series Weekend highlighted by the ‘World Series 100’ for Big-Blocks.

Waterford: Gada Wins on Cystic Fibroisis Night

On a chilly late summer night, the Waterford Speedbowl hosted Cystic Fibrosis Night and completed its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program with a first time winner and great battles in all the divisions taking center stage.  Dennis Gada returned to victory lane in the SK Modifieds.

After the pre-race Cystic Fibrosis festivities, seven-time Speedbowl champion Dennis Gada of Salem used his pole starting spot to move to the SK Modified race lead when the green flag came out.  Jeff Pearl moved to second with Rob Janovic Jr. in third.  Tyler Chadwick moved inside Jeffrey Paul for fourth on lap six.  Contact in turn one of lap 15 left Glenn Pressell III slowing to bring out the first caution flag.

On the restart Gada jumped out over Pearl.  Janovic moved in to challenge Pearl for second on the inside.  Out of turn two on lap 16, Pearl and Janovic got crossed up triggering a chain reaction behind.  Pearl and Janovic were able to continue through, however several cars made contact behind drawing the second caution when they stacked up into turn three.

Gada again got out front over Pearl on the restart.  Pearl began to look for a way around Gada.  Janovic raced third and Chadwick in fourth.   Keith Rocco was a man on the move, pressuring Tom Abele Jr. for fifth after starting from last after a qualifying race wreck.   Ron Yuhas Jr., contending for the championship with Rocco, sat in seventh.   Rocco made the move inside Abele on lap 23, advancing his way to the top five.

Up front Gada opened up a one car length lead over Pearl when Joey Gada spun in turn two with seven laps remaining.  The restart was more of the same.  Gada, Pearl and Janovic occupied the top three spots.   Rocco moved up past Chadwick and immediately set his sights on Janovic, racing outside for third when caution came out with three laps remaining for Jeff Gallup and Rich Hammann who came together.

Gada survived the final restart to go on to his second win of the year, but first since May 9.  The win is his 64th career at the shoreline oval.  Pearl took second and Janovic held off the challenges of Rocco for third.  Chadwick completed the top five.  Rocco was able to sustain his points lead over Yuhas with his finish.

TVMRS: Support for Ricky's Race and David's House Grows

With the second annual Ricky's Race For Kids  at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., fast approaching, the interest and support from local business's and race fans for the October 4, True Value Modified Racing Series event, has been strong. “The response has been incredible,” said Donnie Miller, brother of the late Ricky Miller, who passed away in 2004. “All 112 laps have sold out, three weeks before the race, forcing us to come up with an alternative plan.”

With the support of Claremont's own Sean Bodreau, a former winner with the TVMRS, anyone who wanted to sponsor a lap can still be involved. Miller explained, “Sean has offered his race car and for the price of a lap, $25, anyone can have their name or business on his race car the day of the race. He furthered, “They'll be afforded the opportunity to have their picture taken with the car and be a part of pre-race ceremonies right on the speedway,” said Miller.

Many local merchants, in both New Hampshire and Vermont, have contributed raffle prizes with all proceeds going to David's House. Miller stresses they'll be something for everyone to take a chance on winning. “We have 18 holes of golf, wheel alignments,
dinner certificates, Wii Systems, department store and bank certificates, Boston Red Sox and N.E. Patriot jackets, and even a Dale Earnhardt life size stand up.” said Miller.

Drivers and car owners have the chance to help David's House. Long-time racer Mike Douglas Sr., owner of the #23 race team has pledged a $50 contribution from his team's earnings on race day while Bodreau will post $100 from his prize money to the cause. In fact the Douglas team has issued a challenge to all race teams to do the same.

Pro Stock driver Kevin Bolduc has accepted that challenge. He's donating $50 from his winnings in the Saturday race at Twin State, October 3.  “It can be any amount and by any race team, not just the modifieds. It's open to any driver or race team that wants to donate to David's House,” Miller said. 

This year's race will also honor the late Donnie Ayer and the late Kirby Monteith.  Both drivers, popular and successful, died last year. Ayer served as the honorary starter for last October's event.
Located in Lebanon, NH., David's House is a home-away-from-home that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in New Hampshire.
The Twin State race will be the first of three races to wind up the 2009 season for the True Value Modified Racing Series. A heated point battle between Jon McKennedy, Rob Goodenough, and Rowan Pennink, will insure a new series champion. McKennedy has already visited victory lane earlier this season at Twin State.

Wall: Titles to Be Decided on Fan Appreciation Night

The long roads to several Able Ford Subaru Racing Series titles will come to an end on September 26 as Wall Stadium presents its regular season finale. It will also be fan appreciation night as the fans will be invited to walk down onto the high banked paved oval and visit with race teams on the track before action begins. The entire evening is being sponsored by Surf Side Collision in Brick, N.J. and main events will begin at 7:30 p.m.

In the Red Bank Sleep Shoppe Modified division the war for the title will go down to the final lap as just five points separate title contenders Shaun Carrig of Little Falls and Freehold’s Chas Okerson. The Modifieds are slated for a 40-lap main event on September 26 and other top contenders like Howell’s Jimmy Blewett, Toms Rivers’ Tim Arre and Scott Riggleman of Manchester, just to name a few, are expected to see action. In addition to first place points and prize money, the winner of the event will also earn a guaranteed starting spot in the Sportsman Modified portion of Shangri La II Speedway's "Fall Brawl" on Saturday, October 3.

In addition to the Modified title, Fan Appreciation Night action at Wall

Stadium will see several other champions crowned. Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck is expected to be on hand to nail down the Calabreeze Pools Sportsman crown in a 25-lapper, while Tinton Falls’ speedster Carl Thomas is expected to make his Street Stock title official in a 25-lap feature and Mark Tischler of Martinsville will be in the field to secure the INEX Legend Cars title in a 25-lap main event. Fans will have to wait until the final Flanagan Retail Development point race on October 24 to see who earns the crown as the September 26 Factory Stock main event is a non-points awarding affair.

In an effort to show the fans of the speedway his appreciation for a great 2009 regular season, promoter Jim Morton is offering fans a chance to save money on “Tommy Comerford Memorial” tickets on “Fan Appreciation Night.” Any fan that comes to the grandstand area on September 26 will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the October 24 event at an impressive discount. On “Fan Appreciation Night” fans in attendance can buy a $30 adult ticket for just $25 at a special table to be set up in the midway area.

On September 26, the speedway’s pit area will open at noon with a paid practice being offered from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. An open practice is then set from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., before the on-track “Fan Appreciation Night” activities begin.

At 5:00 p.m. young racers from the Garden State Quarter Midget Racing Club, which competes on a small track on the speedway grounds, will drive onto the big track and take a couple of laps. Once they are parked, every car from the Wall Stadium pit area will be driven onto the speedway and parked. Once the cars, the crews and the drivers are on the track, every fan from the grandstands will be invited onto the track to see the cars and meet the drivers and crews.

On-track activities will continue until approximately 6:30 p.m. Qualifying as required will be next on the agenda before the Surf Side Collision main events take the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

DIRT: Teams Revved Up For Rite Aid 200 Starting Positions Open At Rolling Wheels

Super DIRTcar Series ’09 heads to Rolling Wheels  Raceway Park this Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of the 23rd Annual World Series Weekend . The ‘World Series 100’ Big-Block winner stands to pocket the $6,000 top prize and better yet will automatically earn the 7th starting position in the Rite Aid 200 Championship scheduled on Oct. 11 of Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Best of all for his closest followers ---those drivers finishing in positions 2-13--- he is then given the chance in victory lane to select his row four (8th-place) partner in DIRTcar Northeast’s most prestigious event held every autumn.

A dynamic DIRTcar tripleheader for Big-Block Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock racers makes up the Saturday show with RWR pits opening at 1 p.m. and practice beginning at 3 o’clock . Time trials for all three classes run off at 4 p.m. followed by heat races at 5. On the heels of 30-lap main events for the Sportsman and Pro Stock title contenders, the ‘World Series 100’ brings down the curtain on the Super DIRTcar Series spectacular with Syracuse standing just two weeks away.

DIRT: G-Mac To Serve As Grand Marshal For Super DIRT Week at The Syracuse Mile

From the hard court at Syracuse University across town to the hard clay of the Syracuse Mile, former all-Big East playmaker Gerry McNamara will lead the fastest break of all during Super DIRT Week, Oct. 7-11, serving as Grand Marshall for the 38th edition of DIRTcar Northeast’s premier event.

The popular 3-point shooting guard for the Orange from 2002-06 will first be introduced on ‘Media Day’ to officially kick off Super DIRT Week XXXVIII on Thursday, Oct. 8, then be recognized Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11 when he gives the ceremonial command “Gentlemen, start your engines” to send off the mighty Big-Block Modifieds as they contend for the coveted Super DIRTcar Series ‘Rite Aid’ 200 Championship crown.

“It’s certainly fitting that a national caliber athlete like Gerry will be participating in a national motorsports event like this,” said World Racing Group Chief Executive Officer Brian Carter. “Like Gerry, I’m looking forward to an exciting week of racing at the Fairgrounds as well as all of the action at the many events that make Super DIRT Week the most exciting five days in motorsports.”

McNamara played a pivotal role on the 2003 squad that helped bring the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship to Syracuse for the first time. One of the most beloved players in school history, the Scranton, Pa. native was named in July as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season at his alma mater, located just minutes from the Moody Mile on the New York State Fairgrounds.

G-Mac is scheduled to make a special appearance Thursday on the fairgrounds with the annual press gathering held in the Infield Conference Building beginning at 12noon. Prior to taking center stage across from the start/finish on Sunday, his two-hour visit will include a pre-race autograph session with the qualified drivers joining in under the main grandstand at 11:45 a.m.

The appearance of Gerry McNamara is made possible through DIRTcar Racing Northeast’s direct affiliation with flagship stations Classic Rock TK99 and TK105, each of which are serviced by the locally owned and operated radio company Galaxy Communications, LP and recognized as the ‘Official Media Partners of Super DIRT Week’ in 2009.

Super DIRT Week opens trackside on Wednesday, Oct. 7 with Modified ‘Happy Hour’ slated for 3-5pm, while Integra Shocks Time Trials for both Big-Blocks and 358-Modifieds plus the 358 and Sportsman futures events jam the Thursday card.

The Friday program is headlined by Big-Block Triple 20 and 358-Modified Twin 20 qualifying races plus Sportsman Time Trials before first-time Big-Block and Pro Stock pilots contest in their own finale.

The weekend is filled with main events for DIRTcar Northeast’s top traveling series --- Syracuse 150 358-Modified Championship and Sportsman Championship races on Saturday, with the prestigious Rite Aid 200 and Pro Stock Championship grabbing the spotlight on Sunday.

600 Modifieds: Rex Walks Away With the Show at Mahoning Valley

The Hosier Tire EXEL Chassis 600cc Modifieds pulled into Doug and Gena Hoffman’s Mahoning Valley Speedway this past Saturday night and for the fifth and final time this season and for the third time in five starts at the paved Lehighton oval Kevin Rex, Jr., came out the winner.

On all previous runs and including Saturday there was plenty of track-wide action by the field. However, Rex’s prowess of the paved ¼-mile was too much for the competition by this past Pro4 Late Model champion.

Starting fifth in the 18 car field, Rex, who hails from Lehighton, moved ahead of Chris Stockham for the lead on lap 10 and then remained steady the rest of the way.

Tyler Bartik led from the outset with Matt Carman riding his rear bumper. Rex and Stockham had also begun their duel and were battling for third spot.

On lap six Carman brought out a caution due to spinning after racing three-wide with Bartik and Stockhman. Rex, who was right behind the trio, just missed careening the stopped car of Carman.

When the race went back to green Stockham was able to blast by Bartik for the led and along with him came Rex.

The next three laps saw plenty of close dicing action before Rex was able to make his race winning move at the halfway mark.

Stockhman, who also has a ‘09 Mahoning win, remained second at the finish.

George Loux passed Bartik with two laps to go and was third with BJ Scherff rounding out the top five. Point leader Eric Whitby was never a factor as he finished 13th.

Rex and Stockhman set the tone for the night early on as they each won their respective heats.

History: Plainville Stadium Reunion Scheduled For Saturday, October 10

Silenced at the dawn of the 1980’s, Connecticut’s ¼-mile Plainville Stadium was a hotbed of racing in New England for over 3-decades, hosting some of the biggest names in the business. Drivers such as the legendary “Steady Eddie” Flemke, Denny Zimmerman, Reggie Ruggiero, Don Moon, Ron Wyckoff, Ray Miller, Dick Watson, and many-more all toured the tight, demanding oval during its long-history. In 2008, Plainville’s all-time winner Dave Alkas and 2-time champion George Lombardo took their place in the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame along with previously inducted members Flemke, Zimmerman, Watson, and Miller.

Saturday, October 10th, the Nutmeg Kart Club in conjunction with the Berlin Lions Club World of Wheels present the “First Annual Plainville Stadium Reunion”. The event takes-place from 10am – 4pm at the Berlin Fair Grounds located 430 Beckley Road, East Berlin, Ct.

It’s expected that many former Stadium’ racers will attend. It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle, and perhaps get an autograph from the personalities that made the much-missed oval so-special.

Many former Stadium competitors including Dave & Fred Alkas, the colorful Tony “Jap” Membrino, Richie Galullo, Danny Galullo, Jr. 1963 Champion George Hotchkiss, George Lombardo, Don Spazano, Don Moon, Jo-Jo Farone, Billy Harman and a host of others are expected to attend.

“This is shaping-up to be a wonderful event,” states Tom Ormsby, himself a former Plainville modified competitor, and now the man behind www.speedwaylinereport.com and several other racing websites. Currently residing in Florida, Ormsby is envious of those that will be able to attend the affair. “I know how much work and effort Gary Bienkowski, Dave Tracy, and Nick Kopcik of the Nutmeg Kart Club along with Dave Alkas and the Berlin Lions Club put into this affair,” states the transplanted Floridian. “Getting everyone together like-this after all these years is bound to be a lot of fun. They’ve done a great job. I’m unable to attend this year, but it will be an annual event that I will definitely attend next year,” he says.

Also on the agenda is a full schedule of Go Kart competition including an “Old-Timers” race for former Plainville competitors in addition to events for Officials, Mechanics, and a “Powder-Puff Derby” for the ladies.

The appearance of several vintage race cars help-add to the days festivities.

Coming-off a successful inaugural season of competition on the Berlin Lions Club 1/12-mile World Karting Association dirt oval, the two organizations have teamed to make the day a family-priced event. Adult admission is only $5.00, with kids under-12 free.

The rain date is Sunday, October 11.

For more information, contact Gary Beinkowski of the Nutmeg Kart Club at garybien@snet.net

DIRT: Lap Sponsorships Available For Brockville Northeast Fall Nationals, Oct. 17-18

It's less than one month until the first-ever DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals takes place at Brockville Ontario Speedway. The ‘Beast of the East’ will close out it's 40th Anniversary season October 17-18, 2009 with the first of its kind event featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series finales for the 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock classes along with an open 360 Sprint car event and Street Stock invitational.

Lap sponsorship packages are now being offered for all three Super DIRT Series events. The track is hoping to have every lap for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks sponsored by fans, businesses or race teams with the driver leading the lap pocketing the minimum $25 bonus. Checks for lap sponsorship can be made payable to BOS and sent to Brockville Ontario Speedway - RR #1 Brockville, ON. K6v 5T1.

Sponsors will also be recognized in a special brochure that each fan that attends the first annual DIRTcar NE Fall Nationals will receive. Businesses that are interested in getting involved with heat races and consi events are also more than welcome to call the BOS track office at 613/348-3998, the same number used for lap sponsorship.

Brockville Ontario Speedway would like to thank season ticket holders, tower room holders and reserved seat holders for their continued support. The BOS will include the Fall Nationals as part of the existing package for 2009 as a thank you for the support.

SuperClean Modifieds: Series Brings Its Tie Breaker to Havasu 95 This Weekend

The SuperClean Modified Racing Series is down to their final two events of the 2009 championship run and the series points cannot get any closer, In fact, there's a two way tie at the top the standings and the tie breaker is going to be Saturday night, September 26th, at the Havasu 95 Speedway. The ASA sanctioned quarter mile paved oval, located in Lake Havasu City-Arizona, will be officially kicking off their 2009-2010 winter racing season Saturday night which will be highlighted by the running of the Sunoco Fuels 75.

Drivers James Cole and Andrew Phipps find themselves in a two way tie with 274 championship points each. With only two races left this championship could lean in just about any direction. Cole, who commutes to the SuperClean Modified Racing Series events from his native San Antonio-Texas, has accumulated his 274 points based on one win, five top five finishes and six top tens. Simi Valley-California's Andrew Phipps has accumulated his points based on two series wins, six top five finishes and six top tens. Both drivers, and their teams, are expected to be in top form Saturday night and expect to leave Arizona as the solo points leader.

But both of these drivers will need to keep a sharp eye of the presence of Chris Gerchman. The Lake Havasu City hometown favorite is third in the standings and only 20 points away from the leaders. Gerchman has two wins and five top five finishes to account for his 254 points. He also knows this particular speedway as well as he knows his name and address and that makes him a pre race favorite to win the Sunoco Fuels 75.

But the top of the points standings is not the only points issue that needs to be paid attention to going into Saturday night's race. The SuperClean Modified Racing Series offers their teams a post season bonus to the top 15 in the standings. While the grand prize for the series champion is $2,500 plus $1,000 in Lucas OIl Products, the driver in 15th wins a combined $700 in cash and sponsor products.
Fourth and fifth in the series' standings are Jim Mardis and Tim Morse who are only six points apart. Many series observers have been saying that it's just a short matter of time before both of these drivers score their first series feature win. Both drivers will be looking to overcome some recent harsh luck that caused them to drop out of the top three in the standings recently.

Mardis had a horrible night at his home track, the Orange Show Speedway, during a Labor Day weekend race there. Some pre race frustration over a transmissions and drive line only allowed him to collect eight points that night. Mardis vows that he will be back with a vengeance when the green flag falls on the Sunoco Fuels 75 Saturday night.

It's safe to say that Morse not longer regards the Bullring, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex, as one of his favorite tracks. The Burbank-California driver started off strong at the beginning of the season and looked like a championship player. But extremely harsh luck at both Las Vegas races, in May and August, only allowed him to net 16 and 18 points on those nights. Morse has already gone on record as saying that he will be visiting his sponsor, CJM Racing Inc, to get his engine beefed up for a strong comeback at the Lake Havasu City race. Morse also has another reason for wanting a strong finish Saturday night. The race sponsor, Sunoco Fuels, is also one of his team sponsors.

Four points behind Morse is Larry Gerchman the patriarch of the Lake Havasu City Gerchman racing family. Here is a driver who has won modified titles at three different speedways in three different states. Just like his son Chris, Larry Gerchman knows every square inch of the Havasu 95 Speedway.

Again, all through the top 15 of the SuperClean Modified Racing Series points standings, there are groups of drivers who are extremely close to each other and will be looking to advance their positions. For example, there are only two points separating drivers Doug Carpenter and Doug Hamm in seventh and eighth. There's also two points between Austin Barnes and Craig Stewart and six points between Brian Collins, Dave Arce and Dennis Lovelady. The drivers ranked 14th and 15th, Dave Phipps and David Gerchman Sr, are only four points apart. With time running out on the 2009 season, all of these drivers will be racing hard to improve their ranking and increase their share of the post season bonus awards.

But the really big winners Saturday night will be the Havasu 95 Speedway fans. The SuperClean Modified Racing Series has enjoyed healthy car counts all season long with B Mains needed to complete the 22 car line up. The Sunoco Fuels 75 will be exactly that: 75 full green flag laps. The series does not count yellow caution laps.

Wall: First Entry Deadline for “Tommy Comerford Memorial” is October 1st

The first in a series of deadlines for entering the tour type Modified stock car “Tommy Comerford Memorial” at Wall Stadium is approaching quickly. A graduated entry fee schedule is in effect with racers who register by October 1 paying just $50. Those who then sign up between October 1 and October 15 will pay $150 and a $200 entry fee will be in effect for all cars registered after October 15. Promoter Jim Morton says that entry forms will be available to many of big fall races in the northeast. Entry forms are also available now at the track office and on the speedway website (www.wallspeedway.com).

The “Tommy Comerford Memorial,” set for Saturday, October 24, will feature two 66-lap main events for tour type Modified stock cars offering each winner a cool $6,600 payday. A total purse of $40,000 is up for grabs at present and that could climb as the event approaches.

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 Don Ling’s No. 66, thus the 66-lap races and the $6,600 winning payoffs. He was well-liked and respected by both the fans and competitors.

Morton said that event will serve as a qualifier for both the North/South Shootout near Concord, N.C. in early November and for the Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby here. He also said that more 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.



George Brunnhoelzl, III in victory lane.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
Ted Christopher (Left) and Keith Rocco (Right) discuss their run-in at Stafford during the racing activities at New Hampshire Motor Speedway one day later.  (51 Photos)
The race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship could be coming down to a battle between Donny Lia (#4) and Ted Christopher (#36).
Some action from the 2008 TVMRS race at Twin State.
Matt Sheppard in victory lane.
George Brunnhoelzl, III (#28) currently leads Andy Seuss (#47) in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified point standings.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
Gary McNamera