Updated - Monday, 5-24-09, 8:45am
ACT Late Models – Heard live on RaceTalkRadio.com from Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT, local competitor Dave Pembroke beat series veterans Brian Hoar and Scott Payea in the Memorial Day Classic 100. Point leader Joey Pole had trouble early in the race, but rebounded for a top-10 finish. Mike Twist will have the story this week on Speed51.com.
ASA Late Models North – The ASA Late Model Series North Division will return to the Grundy County Speedway on Sunday, May 24th for the 11th Annual George Appleton Memorial 125. This will be the third ASA Late Model Series North event of the season and the fifth visit to the track for the ASA Late Model Series and teams.
ASA Midwest Tour – Steve Carlson went to victory lane at Elko Speedway in Minnesota on Saturday night in the ASA Midwest Tour event. Jake Ryan, Dan Fredrickson, Donny Reuvers, and Jonathan Elien finished off the top five.
ASA Northwest - Montana’s Big Sky Country is where the iRacing.com American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour is headed for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. Mission Valley Speedway in Polson, MT will present the second annual ‘Big Sky 150’ Cory Wolfe Challenge on Saturday and Sunday May 23 & 24. The Northwest’s best stock car racers are congregating for a shot at the $10,000.00 winner's check.
Blizzard Series / Gulf Coast Championship Super Late Models – Heavy rain in recent days throughout Florida and the strong forecast for more precipitation and storms throughout the weekend in the Pensacola area have forced Blizzard Series and Five Flags Speedway officials to postpone the May 22nd Papa John’s 100 race one week to Friday, May 29th.
Qualifying for the Papa John’s 100 on May 29th will begin at 6:45pm, with the feature events set to take the green flag at 8pm. The Super Stock, Sportsmen, and Bomber divisions will also hit the Five Flags half-mile.
The five Blizzard Series and five Miller Lite Series’ events at Mobile Int’l Speedway will make up the “Gulf Coast Championship” Series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for bonuses at the end of the season.
Bright House SLM – New Smyrna Speedway has been David Rogers' playground in 2009. This years Speedweeks Champion went to victory lane on Saturday night in the 50 lap Super Late Model. BJ McLeod, Jeremy Colangelo, Daniel Webster and Rich Clouser rounded out the top five.
Ken-Ten Pro Late Models – Sammy Sanders won the first Annual Harry Pedley Memorial 100 Late Model show for the Ken-Ten Pro Late Model Series at Kentucky Motor Speedway.
Late Models - Less than three months after unexpectedly losing the driving force behind his racing career, four-time Oxford Networks Late Model champion Travis Adams paid an emotional visit to Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday night.
Adams out-dueled fellow champions Tim Brackett, Ricky Rolfe and Shawn Martin and held off impressive second-year Late Model campaigner Shawn Knight for the 40-lap win in the Championship Series season-opener.
The three-time defending division champ used the outside lane to grab the lead for the final time on lap 29. When Brackett and Rolfe tangled on the same circuit, Adams' victory was all but sealed.
Knight finished second, followed by Martin, Nick Brown in a career-best fourth and Tommy Ricker fifth.
Adams' father and chief mechanic, Donald Adams, died over the winter. He was 56.
"I've never been to the race track without him," said Adams, but everybody knows he was here tonight."
Late Model Stock Cars - Andy Mercer beat a field of 14 Late Model Stock Cars to take the win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. 1) Mercer 2) David Wilson 3) James Goff
Maritime Pro Stocks - Greg Proude of Springvale, Prince Edward Island won the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Season Opener – the Lucas Oil 100 – at Scotia Speedworld, located near Halifax, NS on Saturday evening. The race started out with two quick cautions in the first 4 laps but then ran smooth. Daryl Mahar of Hubley, NS finished second, ahead of John Flemming from Halifax. Wayne Smith, Timberlea, NS and Lonnie Sommerville of Quispamsis, NB rounded out the top five.
Mid-American Stock Car Series - When the front row rolled trackside for the start of the Mid-American Stock Car Series’ Central Wisconsin 40 at Golden Sands Speedway, an instant favorite was identified. No one knew, however, that favorite would be starting on the inside of the front row, not the outside. Paul Neisius wrestled the lead away from former GSS super stock champion Brian Back on lap one, broke away from the field and led every lap of a green to checkered event en route to his first ever MASCS victory
Modifieds – Michael Clifton was victorious in the Whelen 100 Modified race Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium in NC. Burt Myers and point leader Tim Brown rounded out the top three.
Modifieds - Mike Quinn won the 35-lap Modified feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA).
1) Mike Quinn 2) Don Wagner 3) Tom Flanagan 4) Jim Pritchard, Jr. 5) Kory Rabenold
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour – Jimmy Blewett was able to slow down Ted Christopher’s dominant start to the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season when he took home the checkered flag in the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) had won the first two races of the season, and earned his third-consecutive Coors Light Pole Award earlier on Friday, but Blewett (No. 12 TS Haulers/Snake Pit Enterprises Chevrolet) started on the front row on the redraw and led flag-to-flag for his fifth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.
Blewett survived six restarts during the race, including a green-white-checker finish, but would not be denied his second career win at the Connecticut half-mile.
Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford) ran up front the majority of the race with Blewett, and tried once to go around on the outside late in the race, but Blewett never relinquished the lead. Szegedy settled for a third place finish when Christopher got past him on the white flag lap.
Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero rounded out the top five finishers in the 100-lap event. Chris Pasteryak, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece brought home the top 10.
Outlaw SLM – Tyler Roarhig won the Outlaw SLM Jim Blount Memorial at Plymouth Speedway (IN) on Saturday. Scott Ross, Shane Sanders, Ron Maynard Jr. and JR Roarhig
PASS North – Ben Rowe won Saturday night’s PASS North race at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) over Derek Ramstrom, Richie Dearborn, Chris Staples and Adam Bates.
Rowe battled late in the race for the lead with Travis Benjamin, but the two made contact coming out of turn four with just a handful of laps to go and Benjamin spun out of contention.
Kelly Moore escaped injury in a very scary wreck at the entrance to the pit area. Moore, who led early on, rode the wall with his #47, flipped and came to a rest upside down on a row of jersey barriers. His car was destroyed, but Moore walked away okay.
Speed51.com will have much more on the White Mountain race coming this week.
Pro Late Models – The Hutch/BSR Pro Late Models and the rest of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule for Concord Speedway (NC) on Saturday, May 23rd has been postponed due to rain.
Pro Challenge North - Kyle Benjamin kept up his recent hot streak in the Pro Challenge Series, winning the first North Region National Points event Saturday night at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC. Benjamin bobbled on the opening start of the 35-lap race, but was able to clear himself to the lead on the first lap; a lead he held throughout the feature. But, his win did not come easy, as Meghan Dillner followed right in Benjamin's tire tracks down the stretch, but Benjamin went on to his fourth overall series win of the 2009 season. Brady Boswell followed Benjamin and Dillner in third.
RoC Modifieds - Ted Christopher beat Matt Hirschman in a photo-finish at Oswego Speedway on Saturday to open the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour. Christopher was racing for the New York Zacharias family in a car purchased from the former Greenfield team. Jan Leaty, Eric Beers and Erick Rudolph rounded out the top-five finishers. Jim Blacroch will have the story this week on Speed51.com.
SK Modifieds - Ted Christopher won Friday night's SK Modified feature at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT).
1) Christopher 2) Curt Brainard 3) Matt Gallo 4) Wade Mattesen 5) Mark Bakaj
Southern Superstars - Unfortunately this weekend's racing has been called off due to the widespread rain throughout the Southeast. The Hall of Fame 100 at Sayre Speedway has been rescheduled for June 13th and the Memorial 100 at Huntsville Speedway has been rescheduled for June 20th.
Be sure to catch the Southern Super Stars this Saturday, May 30th, at Montgomery Motor Speedway for a night of great Super Late Model racing along with the Mini Modifieds, Pure Stocks & Sportsman classes.
Sunoco Modifieds - The first Thursday Night Thunder at Thompson International Speedway started the season off with a bang. Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, earned victory in a thrilling Sunoco Modified main event. It was the second win for Rocco at Thompson after his victory back in April on Icebreaker Saturday.
1) Rocco 2) Jimmy Blewett 3) Woody Pitkat 4) Josh Sylvester 5) Bert Marvin
Super Late Models - Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH, followed up his Icebreaker victory with a win in the Super Late Models on opening Thursday night at Thompson International Speedway (CT). It was a tough night for the frontrunners in the feature event. Defending champ, Fred Astle, Jr., who made hard contact with the outside wall in turn two from the third position, was the first victim to bring out the caution.
On the restart, Jeff Connors was able to get the jump over early leader Steve Desmarias. Desmarias had slipped back to the fourth position before being involved in an incident in turn two to bring out the event’s second caution.
Les Rose, Jr. capitalized on the restart jumping to the head of the pack. Derek Ramstrom exited turn two a little hot spinning into the infield to relinquish the second position. Wrenn got a great restart but bobbled in turn two giving Rose the edge once again. Fully regrouped, Wrenn was able to retake the lead.
With Wrenn and Rose out front the heaviest action was between George Bessette and Marc Curtis. Curtis came out on top of the battle. Jeff Zuidema ran in the fifth position. Ramstrom had hunted down Zuidema.
Early leader Jeff Connors spun with a left rear tire to bring out the caution once again. Back under green, Ramstrom, now free of Zuidema, set his sites on Bessette. In a matter of a couple of laps, Ramstrom had moved all the way back into the third spot. Meanwhile Rose had caught Wrenn. Rose made a last ditch effort exiting turn four on the final lap but had to settle for the second spot. Ramstrom had put on a show to finish third. Curtis and Bessette rounded out the top five.
Tracks - Volusia Speedway Park has cancelled this weekend's racing event.
General Manager Tonya Moschell released the following statement on Friday. "We have pulled the plug…..after more than 20 inches of rain this week and more rain this morning, we have made the decision to cancel tomorrow's racing program".
Tracks - Bub Bilodeau held off Mike Rowe in the 40 lap Pro Series race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) on Saturday night. Aaron RIcker, Jay Sands and David Oliver rounded out the top five.
TVMRS - Stephen Masse won first first career True Value Modified Racing Series event Sunday at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT. Rowan Pennink and Kirk Alexander followed Masse to the line. The event was heard live on RaceTalkRadio.com.
UARA-Stars - In Friday night's UARA-Stars Late Model Stock Car tour's 150-lap feature at Tri-County Motor Speedway (NC), Paddy Rodenbeck dominated much of the race, but down the stretch, Brandon McReynolds and Jamey Caudill were never too far behind. Then, as Rodenbeck's car went away, he, McReynolds and Caudill battled side-by-side and even three-wide at points in the final laps before Caudill made a power move on the bottom groove on lap 146 to pass both Rodenbeck and McReynolds to take the lead that gave him his 14th-career UARA win. 1) Caudill 2) Richard Boswell III 3) McReynolds 4) Garrett Campbell 5) Coleman Pressley
Speed51.com was on hand at Tri-County and will have all the stories from Tri-County next week.
USARacing Pro Cup – Clay Rogers was the winner at Langley Speedway in on Saturday night. The rest of the top five was Lucas Ransone, Bobby Gill, Shelby Howard, and Bill Bigley.
Wisconsin Challenge Series – The Wisconsin Challenge Series' "Memorial 100" will be held at Golden Sands Speedway in Wisconsin on Monday, May 25th.
WoO Sprint Cars - It was a big week for Joey Saldana and his Kasey Kahne Racing team. After opening a brand new shop just down the road from The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Charlotte area, Saldana was able to race in front of his car owner on Friday night in the Outlaw Showdown at the four-tenths mile, in an event that was also broadcast live on SPEED. Saldana made the most of the opportunity, winning for Kahne at what is considered the team's home track in front of a huge crowd.
Saldana passed three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz in lapped traffic on the 20th lap and led the rest of the way to score his series leading sixth win of the season and the 45th of his career with the series, which moves him to just one spot out of the Top-10 on the all-time list.
1) Saldana 2) Jason Sides 3) Schatz 4) Daryn Pittman 5) Steve Kinser