51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday May 24th, 1:30pm ET

Wednesday Races -

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) -   The Waterford Speedbowl again beat out Mother Nature this Wednesday evening with a five-division Wild ‘n Wacky racing program.   Anthony Flannery of East Hampton won his fifth straight Legends Cars victory at the track and has claimed all three Wednesday events held this season.  Taylor Martin of New Hampshire won her second straight Bandolero race.  Defending champions John Yagmin of Tolland and Patrick Williams of Middletown won the Super X-Car and X-Car events respectively, while it was Waterford native Richard ‘Bubby’ Brouwer winning the X-Modified race.

Thursday Races:

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Thompson International Speedway hosted an exciting night of racing to kick-off the first Thursday Night Thompson Thunder event of the 2010 season. Fans were treated to an incredible night of racing highlighted by the Sunoco Modified main event. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, made a thrilling last lap pass to score the victory.

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, made it three straight in Super Late Model competition. Tommy O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, was victorious  in Late Models while an ailing Chris “Moose” Douton of Waterford, CT, was tops in the Limited Sportsman division. R.J. Marcotte of Millville, MA, scored the TIS Modified feature win while it was a career first for Lloyd Anderson of Wauregan, CT, in the Mini Stocks.

Friday Races:

Concord Speedway (NC) - INEX Legends and Bandoleros races for Saturday May 21st have been postponed by weather.  While the rain stopped and track drying activities were close to completion, the full slate of races could not be completed in the amount of time remaining before curfew.  A rain date will be announced on a later date. 

Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - Friday's Church Youth Group Night along with the Faster Pastor Race at the Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) was cancelled due to persistent showers and a forecast for more rain.

Lee USA Speedway (NH) - Double features were on tap for the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series Late Models at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, with Jeffrey Labrecque, Jr. and Miles Chipman picking up their first wins of the year in the two mains. 

The rained out feature from the previous week hit the track to open up the night's action, with Bryan Kruczek setting the early pace.  But after battling past J.R. Baril to get to the second spot, Labrecque quickly reeled
in Kruczek to challenge for the lead.

He completed his charge to the front on lap 14, and led the rest of the way to score the victory, followed by Kruczek, Baril, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Jeremy Harclerode, Pat Floyd, Chipman, Steve Johnson, Tom Fuller, and Bobby Baillargeon.

In the regularly scheduled E Keys 4 Cars 30-lap main, Kruczek was once again involved in the lead battle early in the race.  This time it was Chipman providing the pressure, battling side by side with Kruczek for several laps looking for the top spot.

Chipman eventually prevailed, and he went on to collect the checkers. Helliwell was up in the late laps to score second, with Labrecque, Baril, Kruczek, Floyd, Fuller, Harclerode, Jimmy Linardy, and A.J. Panessiti
rounding out the top ten.

Bouncing back from a hard wreck the week before, Ron Bolduc jumped out to the early lead in the Prime Storage Late Model Sportsman main, with Michele Fushpanski and Jesse Bousquet giving chase.

Bolduc still led when they took the crossed flags, but two-time winner Grant Aither was already inside the top five, and he was headed to the front. Aither quickly passed Bobby Gahan and Bousquet to take third, but caution slowed the action on lap 18. 

He got past Fushpanski on the restart, leaving just Bolduc between him and another trip to victory lane.  Finally, with two to go, Aither slipped past Bolduc on the high side, and he went on to collect his third win in four tries. 

Bolduc got a solid runner-up finish for his efforts, with Fushpanski, Gahan, Bousquet, Bill Ahern, Jimmy Russell, Sandy Lee, Shaun Waites, and Steve Wilmot the rest of the top ten.

Justin Belfiore continued his hot streak in the Small Block Supers, collecting his fourth straight win in the Bowes Motorsports machine.  For the second week in a row, Belfiore had to get past his brother-in-law Tommy Tombarello, Jr. for the victory.

Tombarello's strong run gave him back-to-back second place finishes, with ISMA regular Danny Lane, George Perreault, Jr., Butch Valley, Jr., Mike Netishen, Dave Sanborn, Bob Millett, Jr., Tony Carroll, and Mike Spurling third through tenth.

The Picnic Table Factory Hobby Stocks once again fell to the ageless veteran Bobby Glass, who held off a strong challenge from fellow former champion Brian Thompson to score his second win of the 2010 campaign.

Thompson was the best of the rest at the checkers, with Patrick Tanguay taking third followed by Eric Hoffman, Todd Bregy, Ron Washburn, Lance Barthelemy, Kenny Scott, Jr., Mark Parenteau, and Stephen Dubois.

Rookie Evan Horvath took a hard hit in the American Auto Parts Ironman main, clobbering the first turn wall in an early-race skirmish. Matt Bakutis led the first six laps before giving up the spot to Chris Martel, but Martel had problems two laps later and dropped out of the race.

Rookie competitor Kyle Roy picked up the point when Martel retired, and he went on to make it four winners in four races this season, picking up his first career checkered flag in an action-packed feature event.

Matt Lambert scored his second straight podium finish in the runner-up slot, followed by Jack Victoria, Kevin Emery, Bakutis, Sean Martin, P.J. Murphy, Thomas Johnson, Jason Hodgdon, and Michael Olsson.

The Pro-4 Modifieds made their first appearance of the year at Lee USA on Friday night, with longtime veteran George Sherman outrunning the field to score the flag-to-flag win.

Motodrome Speedway (PA) - On Friday May 21, Motordrome Speedway presented “Twin 25’s” for NASCAR Subway Super Late Models and defending Champ Mark Cottone earned his second win of the season, while Neil Brown became the leading winner of 2010 by taking his third checkered flag.  Chris Brink won his second straight Wyotech Modified feature, and rookie Matt Sever won his first career Napa Street Stock feature.  Zane Ferrell won for the third consecutive week in the Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers and former Champ Ed Dinneen won in his first start of the year in the Coca Cola Super Compacts.

In the first of two features for the NASCAR Subway Super Late Models, young Nathan Russell started on the pole and took the lead from former Champ Garry Wiltrout.  After five laps at the front, Russell was passed by cagy veterans Wiltrout and Barry Awtey, who each took a turn leading the pack.  On lap 14, ninth starting Mark Cottone ended a five lap duel with Awtey by grabbing the top spot, and just after the pass for the lead Awtey, Wiltrout, Neil Brown, Mark Poole, and others were involved in a crash.  On the restart, Tommy Beck lined up alongside Cottone after starting tenth.  But Cottone, a three time track Champ, led to the finish for his second victory of 2010 at the steering wheel of the Auto Express Transportation/Mama Poppino’s Pizza/Baker Race Cars Chevy.  Beck held on to second place, for his best finish of the year.  Young Chris Bailey, Jr. started fifth and dodged the accident to place third ahead of Rick Miller in his new Hemphill Racing ride.  Brown battled back to fifth after two separate caution flag incidents.  On lap one of the second 25-lap feature, Poole, Wiltrout, and Awtey started at the front of the pack and another multi-car incident forced a complete restart.  Several of the previously damaged cars then took the green flag at the tail of the field, moving Brown to the pole position for the start.  Steve Black, having a phenomenal season, raced in second position behind Brown for the first twelve laps.  By virtue of the inverted start, Cottone started tenth for the second race of the night, and passed Black on lap 13.  On lap 18, with Brown holding a huge lead, a restart for Dave Wiltse’s spin allowed Cottone to restart side-by-side with Brown.  But, after cutting down Brown’s lead lap after lap, Brown accelerated away from Cottone and earned his division leading third win of the year aboard the R&M Trucking/O’Shea Lumber/Davies Ford.  Behind Cottone at the finish line, was Bailey who earned a third place finish in both events.  Awtey persevered for a fourth place finish and Miller placed fifth.   Beck and Cottone won the heat races.

Recent winner Gary Scott started on the pole for the 25-lap Wyotech Modified feature and for the first eight laps he led George Nicola.  Nicola was busy trying fend off the advances of Chris Brink, which allowed Scott to open a big lead interval.  Brink wrestled second place from Nicola on lap nine, and started reeling in Scott. On lap 17, Brink made the winning pass to notch his second consecutive win, and become the first repeat winner of the year in the Mods.  Bryan Shipp, who crashed while fighting for the lead the week prior, started sixth and placed second after passing Scott on lap 20.  Scott held on to third place while opening night winner Lonnie Hoffman, who crashed out of first place seven days earlier, finished fourth after starting eighth and winning his heat.  Heat winner Bobby Shipp placed fifth after a first lap caution flag incident.     

Defending Super Compact Champion Matt Sever is still a teenager and now a rookie with only four starts in the Napa Street Stocks.  Sever started fourth in the 25-lap Street Stock feature and spent numerous laps hounding veteran Aaron Minjock for the lead.  Minjock, a winner in 2010, succumbed to the pressure of the youngster on lap 12 when Sever made an impressive pass.  On lap 17, opening night winner Scott Aiello moved into second behind Sever after starting eleventh.  Aiello challenged the loose-handing Sever in the closing laps, and both cars got sideways coming off turn four to the finish line.  Sever took the checkered flag for a shocking win among the veterans, as a high school senior.  Aiello and Minjock trailed him at the finish with heat winner Dink Colarusso fourth and previous week’s winner Andrew Kostelnik fifth.  Dustin Blank won the other heat.

Veteran Ed McConnell led the first ten laps of the Pro Auto Supply Service Charger feature, before eighth starting Zane Ferrell took command of the 15-lap race.  Ferrell, the points leader and two time winner, cruised to an easy win, to continue a streak of three straight victories in his sophomore season.  Jimmy Christofel started sixth and placed second, with Ron Eifford, III finishing third and heat race winner Kristen Etling fourth.  Ed Shelpman placed fifth, and Denny Keller won the other heat race.

In his first start of the year, Ed Dinneen found victory lane in the Coca Cola Super Compact division. Dinneen started 14th in the 15-lap contest, and the former Champion took the lead on lap six, to add to his career leading win total.   Heat winner Andrew Dutkewycz, a rookie converting from dirt track racing, started 15th and placed second with heat winner Christopher Knight third, previous week’s winner Mark Tringes, Jr. fourth after starting tenth, and points leader Bill Schwartz fifth after starting 13th.   Rookie Mike George also won a heat race.

Orlando Speedworld (FL) - Chad Pierce beat Jerry Symons, Robbie Cooper, Shain Held and Michael Williams to win the Joslin Memorial 50 Modified feature at Orlando on Friday night.  Sean Bass won the Pro Truck race, Andy Nicholls wont he Sportsman event, David Gould won in Super Stocks, David Russell won in Mini Stocks, Wes Railing won in Strictly Stocks, Mark Hooven won in Bandolero Young Guns and Michael Held won in Bandolero Bandits.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Motor Speedway was back in action on a Friday, May 21st celebrating NASCAR Day with a Whelen Event Night race program consisting of five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.

Keith Rocco picked up his second win of 2010 in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Corey Hutchings took down his first victory of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Galko was a first-time career winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera took down his first win of 2010 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood scored his second victory of the 2010 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Toledo Speedway (OH) - An all-morning rain and the forecast of more of the same has cancelled the Friday night racing action at Toledo Speedway.  The Qualite Sports Lighting Systems Kid's Night promotion and the Buckeye 305 Sprint event will be rescheduled at a later date, and will be announced sometime next week.

Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) - Patrick Dupree won Saturday night's 30-lap Modified feature.

Bear Ridge Speedway (NH) - Bear Ridge Speedway recorded eleven features Saturday night with the makeup segments sponsored by KDD NAPA of Bradford completed from the week before, plus the full card, and the Granite State Mini Sprints sponsored by Wicked Racing Products and Snap-on Tools.

Up first were the three make up segments from the week before. The first to hit the track and set the stage for the best edge of your seat dirt racing in New England was the Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes. With the field inverted from the first segment finish, veteran drivers Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT and Josh Harrington #71 Topsham VT found themselves having to work from deep in the pack. Catching a ride along the way was Shane Race #22 Strafford VT, Rookie driver in the Coupes for 2010. The three would cross the line in that order after cautions slowed the overall pace, with Jason Horniak and Steve Ellsworth following, completing the top five. The overall top five finish, combined from both segments saw Jason Horniak #3 Bradford VT the overall winner with Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT second and Josh Harrington #71 Topsham VT Gene Pierson held on for a fourth place finish with Chris Carbee crossing the line in fifth.

Four the Journal Opinion Fast Fours Josh Sunn #11 White River Jct VT the track to the quest of Track Champion is already being established. Sunn is here to make a statement and has come out of the gate running, with his dominate performance of working his way from the back to the front in segment two making it as far as second before running out of time. Tim Hodge #2 was able to hold on for the win over Sunn and Danny Doyle #51 Danville Vt who came home in third. Sunn claimed the overall first checkers of the year with Danny Doyle #51 Danville Vt in second, and Andy Johnson #25 Wilder VT. Tim Hodge and Kevin Harran completed the top five.

The Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds second segment was all Danny Eastman #3 Thetford Ctr VT, starting on the pole Eastman checked out on the field and held on to several restarts to claim the checkers following him to victory lane was Chris Donnelly #17 Orford NH and Jack Cook #1 Moultonboro NH in third. Ryan Avery and Jason Gray completed the top five.

After the make segments were completed it was on to the regular scheduled events for the night sponsored by Wicked Racing Products and Snap-on Tools. The Granite State Mini Sprints were in town and when the checkers waved on the 600's #12 Lowbed Johnson claimed the checkers with #75 Matthew Robie, in second and #11 Terry Reil in third. For the 500's #6 was your winner with #33 Lacey Hanson in second and #04 in third.

For Jeremy Hodge #17 Newbury VT in the A Notch Above Limited Late Models the bridesmaid curse has finally been broken. Hodge made several visits in 2009 to victory lane, but in every instance the best he could claim was second place. Hodge was able to hold off Will Hull #61 E. Montpelier VT who ran out of time to make the move on Hodge settling for second, and Tyler Stygles #50 Bradford, VT who crossed the line in third. TC Forward and Sean Greene completed the top five.

The KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets are giving the fans some great racing action as the buzz around the track, and the heavy guns from 2009 are quickly establishing themselves once again as the ones to beat. Bobby Lee Bell #24 St Johnsbury VT would love nothing more than to beat Thomas Placey #22 Bradford VT weekly to claim that divisional title, and he is able to score one for him with his win over Placey. Mark Harran #4 St Johnsbury VT claimed the final spot in victory with Brad Martin and Karl Sheldon rounding out the top five finish.

The Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes are making a great kick off to the 2010 season with the fields coming on strong and the edge of your seat racing excitement you expect to see from the Coupes. Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT made his second trip of the night to victory lane, out doing himself by one spot claiming the win over Chris Carbee #5 So Rygate VT complete the victory lane trio was #22 Shane Race Strafford VT with his 2nd third place finish of the night. Jason Horniak and Steve Ellsworth finished out the top five.

In the Journal Opinion Fast Fours it was all Josh Sunn #11 White River Jct VT again as he claimed his 52 win of this career holding off Andy Johnson #25 Wilder VT and Danny Doyle #51 Danbury VT. Robert Tilden and Josh Conners completed the top five.

For the BOND Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds it is only fitting that the race night sponsor Wicked Racing Products' driver Chris Donnelly #17 Orford NH was able to hold off the full field of cars for the win. Travis Shinn #11 Groton NH came back from a tough opening night to claim second with Adam Pierson #15 Fairlee VT coming home in third. Jack Cook and Brian Whittemore rounded out the top five.

The Hornet Queens top three: Melissa King, Donna Woodward, and Crystal Bell.

Berlin Raceway (MI) - Genny Light  Night at Berlin Raceway featured the world's fastest short track cars, the Auto Value Super Sprints. Joining in on the racing action were the Burnips 4-Cylinders, Kerkstra Services Pro Stocks, and the USA Modifieds. Taking the checkered flags were  #7 Ryan Hamm (4-Cylinder A) , #80 Daryl Davis ( 4-Cylinder B) , #51 Weston Jewett (Pro Stock), #2 Kyle Jones (USA Modified) and  #99 Geoff Kaiser ( Auto Value Super Sprint).

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Several Sportsman cars took to the track at Bethel Motor Speedway for the first time in the 2010 season, but when the dust settled on the action-packed Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman feature, it was none other than defending champion Dan Conklin who sat in Victory Lane. It was Conklin’s second win in as many weeks. Greg Morgan started the race on the outside pole and led the majority of the event, but he went around with just two laps remaining, handing the lead over to Conklin. The 2009 Rookie of the Year in the class, Bryanna Hurban finished second. Pat Murphy, Danny Hedges, and Morgan rounded out the top five.

The Sam’s Towing Pro Stock event also saw heartbreak for the early race leader, as Mark Sylvester led the first half of the race before pulling into the pits and surrendering the lead to Ken Atkins. Atkins led the remainder of the event and took home the win. John Hager and Kip Lowitz followed him across the line.

In the Legends feature event, Joe DeGracia led the first eight laps of the event before being passed for the lead by Thomas Hartensveld Jr., who went on to grab his second win of the 2010 season. Mike Carroll took home a runner-up finish, and Matt Maring finished third.

Jordan Lamothe, who made his first 2010 trip from Connecticut to compete at Bethel, won the JTR Enterprises Bandolero feature event. The young driver started sixth, but made his way past Max Evans for the lead only five laps into the event. Andrew Bickford and Mikey Policastro finished second and third, respectively.

Charlie Houghtaling had a rough early day in the Street Stock class, but he made up for it when he grabbed the checkers in the feature event. Due to issues during his heat race, Houghtaling started the feature last. He sliced his way through the filed, and took the lead from rookie Larry O’Donnell with four laps remaining. Gary VanOrden Jr. finished second, and Tommy Johnson was third.

In the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior feature, the most heated battle was between Pual Curry and Eddie Lindstadt. Curry led the first four laps before being overtaken by Lindstadt, who was in a borrowed car for the second week in a row. For the second consecutive week, Lindstadt brought the borrowed car to Victory Lane. Curry was second, with Russell Sniffen third.

Amber McGibbon led early in the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior feature event, but contact took her out of contention on lap eight, passing the lead to Josh Mendez. Once out front, Mendez was not about to surrender his lead, and he grabbed his first win of 2010. Last week’s winner, Steven Schmitz, finished second. Danny O’Donnell finished third in just his second race in the class.

The Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds were visitors to the speedway this past weekend, and Ray See Sr. took home the trophy in convincing manner his 1975 Gremlin-bodied racer. Howie Murphy used a late-race pass to grab second, and Jim Halpin was third.

Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) - “They made me work my tail off tonight,” said Burt Myers after taking the checkered in the USG Modified 50 Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium. In just 50 laps, Myers had to deal with more than many drivers do in an entire season.
After Tim Brown of Cana, VA qualified on the pole, a redraw of the top six positions put brothers Burt and Jason Myers, both Walnut Cove residents, right up on the front row for the start of the race. Pole-sitter Jason pushed hard to grab the lead during the opening start, but Burt was able to muscle past him on the outside to claim the lead.
Almost as soon as the green flag came out, the caution flag was waving for the first of several cautions on Saturday. With the always entertaining Double-File “Choice” Restart Rule in effect for the USG Modified 50, Tim Brown got the chance to take to the outside and challenge Myers.
Myers defended his lead, but another caution on lap 7 would put him right back in the same situation with Brown to his outside. This time, the #83 of Brown powered past Myers to grab the lead.
But Brown’s time at the front was short-lived as a few hard taps from Myers allowed Myers’ #1 car to slip back and reclaim his spot as leader. “We got together on the restart, and I got the lead,” said Brown. “Our car was just a little tight for the 50-lapper and it let him get under there and give me a shot to get by me,” said Brown, who became caught on the outside row and fell back to fifth.
Myers’ work was just beginning: eight more cautions in the next 30 laps gave Brian Loftin of Lexington eight chances to try and steal Myers’ lead from the outside. Myers was able to stay up front, but it was no cake walk. “It makes you work, even though you’ve got the preferred line. You still have to do everything just right,” said Myers about the restarts.
Brian Loftin put up a fight, a few times driving door-to-door with Myers as they battled for position. “It was a little frustrating because we just couldn’t get any green flag laps,” said Loftin. “I wanted the cautions so I could get up beside him and have a shot at him. But we couldn’t even get two or three laps in. One time, we ran side by side for about a lap and a half until a caution came out. It was frustrating, but it was still a lot of fun,” said Loftin.
The win was Myers’ 41st at the historic quarter-mile. Rookie Zach Brewer of Winston-Salem finished second, with Brian Loftin coming in third.
In the Webb Heating & A/C Co. Sportsman Series, Taylor Branch of Lewisville brought home the win in the first 20-lap race on Saturday. Kyle Edwards of King and Derek Stoltz of Walkertown finished in second and third.
Gary Ledbetter of Lexington claimed victory in the second 20-lapper, with Robbie Brewer of Winston-Salem taking second. Brad Smith of Winston-Salem claimed third.
In the 104.1 WTQR Street Stock Series, Saturday was the K&N Filters Street Stock 50 – the largest and most prestigious race of the season for the Street Stock class. John McNeal of Winston-Salem tapped Doug Wall of Pfafftown out of the way to claim the lead and the win. Matt Cotner of Rural Hall finished second, and Reggie Doub of Germanton finished third.
A.J. Sanders flew from 23rd up to the front to take the checkered in the first 15-lapper for the Time Warner Cable Stadium Stock Series on Saturday. Jimmy Absher of Rural Hall was the winner of the second 15-lap race.

Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) - Chris Gerchman of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won the 75-lap Lucas Oil Modified feature tonight at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Chris Gerchman led the first 13 laps until Andrew Phipps got past on lap 14.  A crash in Turn 1 involving Chris Clyne and Doug Carpenter brought out the final caution of the race and turned the feature into a 10-lap shootout. Something let go on Phipps’ car and he went wide in Turn 4 and lost the lead to Gerchman. Shelby Stroebl grabbed second as the frontrunners scrambled. Jim Mardis held third and Doug “Hound Doug” Hamm did likewise with fourth place.

At the checkered flag, Gerchman led Stroebl across the finish line as Hamm moved into third while Mardis dropped back to sixth place. The win was the second of the season for Gerchman, who also won tonight’s Lucas Oil Modified Dash.
Scott Gafforini started third, grabbed the lead on the first lap and went wire-to-wire to score the 40-lap MetroPCS Super Late Model feature.
Robert Ewing finished second and Bear Rzesnowiecky took third.

Fabian Bray was the fastest MetroPCS Super Late Model driver during qualifying at 14.799 sec.
The 20-lap Thunder Roadster main event was won by Brecken Snow. It was his first Thunder Roadster feature victory at the Bullring. The pace was slowed when Travis Boyle, Johnny Budd and Jacksen Smith crashed in Turn 4 just past the halfway point of the race. No one was injured. Jacksen Smith pitted during the clean-up period, was able to rejoin the field and fought his way back up to second place. John Thomson finished third.
The 25-lap Bomber feature treated fans to plenty of passing and three-wide action. Race leader Bret Empey nearly lost the position on lap 4 when he came up on a lapped car in Turn 1. Empey, trying to hold off Wade Pearson, braked hard and nearly spun into the infield. Just four laps later, Empey lost the lead when he, Pearson and Pete Meyer raced three-wide and encountered the same lapped car. The Bombers couldn’t make it four-wide through Turn 1 and Empey was forced to brake hard once again and he fell back to third place. Pearson won, followed by Meyer and Barbara West. The hard-charging Empey had to settle for fourth place.
Not to be outdone, the 20-lap Legend Cars main event featured a three-wide run for the lead down the backstretch on the final lap. Jeremiah Wagner won, Robert D’Ambra finished second and J. Avila made a valiant run for third place.
Defending champion Phil Goodwin was second in the Charger points going into tonight’s feature race but found his progress impeded by mechanical woes which caused a trip into the wall in Turn 4. Mario Opipari took the lead on lap 7 from Dallas Simonette and led the rest of the way. Simonette finished second and Vinny Raucci was third.
Mitchell Dejong won the 15-lap Legend Cars Developmental feature. Andrew Muscanell finished second and Kolleen Dresser was third.
Chris Trickle won the 12-lap Bandolero Bandit feature, followed across the finish line by Christian Glass and Vincent Raucci Jr.
Michael Morris won the thrilling 12-lap Bandolero Outlaw (Young Gun) feature ahead of Jacob Tilton and Kayli Barker.

East Bay Speedway (FL) - The East Bay Sprints faced double features which brought some exciting action as Tim George and Rocky Sullivan notched their first wins of the year. Altogether, four drivers scored first wins of the year as motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bomber winner Troy Dittebrand and Outlaw 4 winner Chris Zimmerman joined the group.

The red flag flew often on Saturday night, coming out on three occasions. Alex Boerner did a flip and a half in the Limited Late Model feature. George Handy did a half roll in a motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bomber heat. Gene Lasker flipped his Sprint while leading after contact with a lapped car.

Tim Gay doubled up in Limited Late Models with a convincing victory.  Taking the lead from polesitter John Bradley by the second lap, Gay had to hold off Forrest Gough for the victory. Trailing Gough were Jason Pope, point leader J.R. Prather Jr., and Bradley. Prather and Gough claimed heat wins.

The Outlaw 4s saw new winner Chris Zimmerman avenge some bad luck from a few weeks previous. Zimmerman went wire-to-wire, keeping point leader Matthew Haynes behind him as the two proved to be the class of the field. Amanda Rogers saw a strong run yield a third place finish, ahead of Cecil Martin and Billy Howard. Zimmerman and Brian Danforth won heats.

Thomas Pratt notched his fifth win of the 2010 season by claiming the win in the Precision Kia Street Stocks. His twin brother Clarence worked his way through the field for a career best second place finish. Thomas Pratt took the lead after early leader Eric Moon suffered a tire issue on lap 13. Buck Woodhouse scored third with Jarod Gay and James Hook fourth and fifth. Point leader Donnie Reed, who had picked up a heat win, fell out at the midpoint. John Clark took the other heat.

The East Bay Sprint make-up feature from April 17 saw 16 cars return. Former track champion Tim George powered his way to the win over point leader Gene Lasker, Billy Boyd, Danny Jones and Rocky Sullivan. In the main event, Lasker rocketed from his fourth starting spot to grab the lead in the backstretch. Lasker had checked out, but tangled with a lapped car and flipped in turn one. The mishap gave Sullivan the lead with George chomping at a chance to double up. Sullivan could not be caught with George settling for second. Tony Agin crossed third with Keith Butler charging from 16th to fourth. Danny Jones added a second top five for the day. Clint Reynolds was disqualified for an illegal carburetor, wiping out a top five finish.

An exciting late race pass by Troy Dittebrand vaulted him from third to first and he successfully defended to gain his first win in the motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bomber main. Point leader Kever Raulerson survived some last lap tangles to cross the line second. Heat winner Darrell Taylor finished third. Early race leader Richard Humfeld scored his first top five with a fourth. Patrick Fiore rounded out the top five. Johnnie Alexander and John Detamore joined Taylor with heat wins.

Tommy Zwally put his Ford-powered 1937 Ford in front of the Florida Old Time Modified field for a 10-lap victory. Don Land prevailed in the heat.

Evergreen Speedway (WA) - Ricky Dietz won his third Super Figure Eight 60-Minutes of FEAR in spectacular style by lapping the entire field. The race went for 150-laps during the 60-minutes. The special figure eight night of racing included the Stinger 8 division and Steve Peters the point leader won cushioning his lead. The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Street Stocks and Super Late Models were on the ‘Big Track’ with Lane Sundholm winning for the second time on the 5/8-mile paved oval in his Street Stock and Naima Lang was back in winning form in his Super Late Model.

Dietz was on the pole for the start of the premier figure eight race and never lost that lead in the 60-minutes. Dietz who won the inaugural race in 1994 and again in 2007 is now the only driver to win three titles. Only Steve Cox has one better with four wins. Last year’s winner Greg Scott exited early after contact at the X sent him to pit road for good. Attrition took its toll during this race with over half the field having to leave early. Jake Repin finished second one lap down while Seth Funden finished third three laps down.

The Street Stock 30-lap main on the big 5/8-mile was dominated again by Sundholm. Backing up last week’s win on the big track Sundholm held off all challengers including Jill Lang who once again had to settle for a second place finish. Third place went to Frank Cowgill.

After having to finish a disappointing and uncharacteristic second last week Lang was not to be denied this time with a solid run-away win on the Big Track. Last week’s winner and current point leader Tom Moriarity finished a distant fourth. Second place went to Jeff Knight. Knight fought with Lang for 8-laps side by side but used up his tires in the process. Third place goes to visitor Zach Niesner.

Stinger 8 Division point leader Peters had an easy time with his win. Lance O’Grain was no match for Peters and settled for second ahead of Mike Middleton.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Mother Nature finally relented on the rain-makers of the past several weeks to allow Flat Rock Speedway's UAW Local 3000/Glass Unlimited Scout and Autograph Night to take place.  Race fans were treated to a host of goodies compliments of Flat Rock's ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Model, DTS Drive Train Specialist Street Stocks and the ARCA Figure 8 race teams.  A quick, heavy rain shower set in with just 5 cars left to qualify.  The autograph session went off as scheduled and the race card started about 40 minutes late.  Saturday night's feature winners were Ricky Kargel, Tim Moore, Billy Cronce and Robbie Loving.  Walter Krause of Glass Unlimited presented trophies to the winners.

Keith Nelson charged into the lead at the start of the 50 lap ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Model feature and led the first 9 laps until Ricky Kargel sped by on the outside.  On lap 21, the yellow came out when Brad Birr spun.  Nelson's fine run ended when he dropped out on the yellow.  That bunched the field and erased Kargel's sizable lead.  2 laps later, Paul Pelletier and Eric Lee tangled, bringing out the next yellow.  Both went to the tail and Ricky pulled away from Dennis Strickland and Justin Schroeder on the re-start.  Ron Allen brought out the red flag on lap 37 when something broke on his car and he slammed the turn 3 wall, ending his night.  Kargel took off again on the green on his way to the win over Strickland, Schroeder, Joe Hawes and Royce Cornett, who came from 15th to 5th.  Pelletier, Matthew Bullock, Lee, rookie Nick Grodi and Jeff MacZink completed the top ten.  Pelletier set quick time at 11:757 for the 28 car field.  Heat race winners were Lee, MacZink, Donald Burkhart and rookie Jim Alvis captured the heat races.  Rookie Kenny Matthews won the last-chance race.

Tim Moore led start to finish and held off a hard-charging Dan Ford Jr. to claim the top spot in the 25 lap ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock A Main race.  The race was filled with yellows as the extreme humidity made the track slick.   A lap 9 red flag saw Tadek Stadniczuk and Chad Guinn bump, catching Jeff Kurzyniec in the aftermath.  Moore stayed out front as Ford Jr. applied the pressure all the way to the checkered flag.  Jason Shinn was third, Danny Slater fourth and David Kind fifth, followed by Clyde McKee, Mike Jaynes, Darrell Krause, Al Hasenfratz and Chris Hebert.  Billy Cronce picked up his first-ever win in the 15 lap DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock B Main race.  Jimmy Rae was second, James Pankow, Lonnie York, Kyle Metdpenningen, Shonda Harbin, Anthony Camilli, Jimmy Little and Rich Abel trailed.  Heat race winners were Slater, Jaynes, Dennis Randall and York.  The fast qualifier was Ford Jr. for the A cars at 13:420, with Cronce leading the B cars at 14:085.

The finale was the wild 20 lap ARCA Figure 8 feature saw Robbie Loving get by race leader Jerry Lee on lap 10 on his way to victory.  There was plenty of action throughout the contest, as the humidity and the rains made things tough on the Figure 8 track.  Loving took the flag over Greg Studt, Billy Earley, Jerry Lee Jr., Gary Cronenwett, Dennis Whisman, James Rae, Jeremy Vanderhoof, Anthony Terris and Stephanie Bradley.  Whisman set fast time at 20:957, with Loving and Terris taking the heat race wins.

K-C Speedway (OH) - Fans at K-C Raceway are still celebrating! Saying the Twin 25's at K-C Raceway were a huge hit for the fans and a big draw for the potent 410 Goodyear Sprint cars was a colossal understatement. Chillicothe, Ohio driver Danny Smith claimed the first 25-lap event, and then duplicated the feat in one of racing's rare last-to-first runs in the action packed nightcap.  South Parkersburg, WV driver Kenny Johnson, the Southside Flyer, claimed the competitive 20-lap AMRA Advanced Services Modified main and Jamie Adams, now 4-of-5 this season, claimed the 15-lap Dan Reno Hobby Stock main.

Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) - Ray Hoard won the 30-lap Big-Block Modified feature while Jay Corbin won the 20-lap Pro Stock race at Lebanon Valley.

Lonesome Pines Speedway (VA) - Caleb Holaman won in Late Models over Nate Monteith, Blake Jones, Wayne Hale and Dalton Hopkins. 

Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - With bright sunshine throughout the day at Lucas Oil Speedway, Walnut Grove, Missouri's Jeremy Kelley scored his first TNT Quick Shop Late Model Win of the season this past Saturday, May 22nd, while Galena, Missouri's Jesse Stovall brought out a brand new car to score yet another win in the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds. Burl Woods took home the win and the extra money put up by ALPS Grocery Stores in the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - After six consecutive weeks that opened up the 2010 season, Mahoning Valley Speedway was hit with its first rainout of the year.

Just as a steady flow of haulers where coming into the pits, a shroud of rain clouds passed over the area leaving no choice but to call the show.

Along with the regular classes of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods and Pro4 Late Models, the much anticipated return of the ATQMRA TQ Midgets were set to compete.

The TQ show has been moved to August 7 and will be a doubleheader on that evening.

Mahoning Valley looks ahead to next Saturday night, May 29 with twin 35-lap features for the Modifieds. The first main is the make-up event from May 8. Also on the card will be all regular track classes plus the season debut of the 4c Super Modifieds.

Montana Raceway Park - Kids Night at Montana Raceway Park was filled with close racing action, plenty of smiles and family fun for all with five thrilling main events that saw some new faces enter victory lane.

Leading the way was Super Stock main event winner, Danny Morris, who overcame a series of red flags to pounce on leader Dirk Lybeck late in the 45-lap run to pick up his first win in several seasons.

Don Staggs followed Morris to the checkered flag with third-generation driver, Tyler Schweigert, rounding out the top-3. Kirk Henneffer and Lybeck closed out the back end of the top-5 running order.

Defending Flathead Beacon Bombers champion, Jason Young, scored his first win of 2010 as he held off the hard charging Bill "Two Barrel" McCallum and Dave Berglund at the end 30 laps of side-by-side racing. Cory Reum and Jimmy Worsham rounded out the top-5.

Hobby Stock driver Dave Oldham closed 2009 with two main event wins and started his new season off in grand fashion by taking the checkered flag over defending division champion Dustin Martel and Rookie of the Year candidate, Jerry Schmuck.

Brandon Martel and Josh Davis rode out the tail end of the top-5 running order.

Aiming for a championship in the Bandoleros division has been a spur of inspiration for Dalton Halden who gave her sister Taylen a great birthday present with a main event victory over Tristan Corpron who overcame damage from a Heat Race incident and the hard charging rookie Brock Denny.

Coming into the evening Zach Havens and Scott Lee were tied atop the drivers' standings for the Thunder Roadster division and the pair matched each other in every turn with Havens taking the 25-lap main event victory over Lee with Dave Daughtry a close third.

New Smyrna Speedway (FL) - Mike Trocki (Super Stocks), Phil Luizzo (Sportsman), Bobby Owens (Pro Trucks) and Maureen Dahm (Strictly Stocks) won on Saturday night.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Never let it be said that Orange Show Speedway drivers don’t know how to make visitors feel at home.
Kenny Smith knows that’s not true, because after making the trip from Pismo Beach (Ca.) to race in his first JAM Sportswear Late Model race at the ASA Member Track, his welcoming gift was a victory in the 50-lap main event Saturday night (May 22).
The win was a gift from Matt Goodwin and Brandon Loverock, who collided in Turn 4 on the final lap while fighting for the lead in a race colored by more yellow than a bouquet of sunflowers as the caution flag seemed to wave almost continuously.
Goodwin, of Wildomar (Ca.), started his Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the pole in the 17-car field and led through all the stress and strife and turmoil until Loverock got a nose in front midway through the final lap. The two got together entering the final turn and the collision sent Loverock onto the guard rail and back onto the track, and when Loverock climbed from his damaged Chevrolet he set off to exchange pleasantries with Goodwin until a Best in the West Racing official intervened.
Smith, meanwhile, was getting ready for his winner’s circle photo and first-place prize money after being in third place when the hi-jinks began. Second was Brian Malone, who had won the season-opening 100-lap race March 27, and third was Ron Daniel.
Robby Hornsby Jr., of Yucaipa (Ca.), maintained his perfect season in the Team Too Pony Stock class by winning his fourth main event. Hornsby took the lead on the sixth of 35 laps and held off Adrianne Murlin and Linny White, a former Pony Stock champion who was making his first start in the class in three years.
Johnny Malcom Jr., of Corona (Ca.), took a break from his usual Dirt Late Model racing to make his debut on pavement and win the 35-lap feature for Stock Cars USA; Dan French, of Claremont (Ca.), took first when leader Dwayne Blay was slowed by traffic with four laps to go and won the 35-lap Interstate Batteries Factory Fours main event; Steve Larson, of Fontana (Ca.), won the 20-lap Stock OHV Kart race; and Kyle Cline, of Apple Valley (Ca.), lapped the field in the 20-lap Dwarf Cars contest; and Kevin Cook held off Malcolm in the 20-lap USA Figure 8 race that closed the show.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - Seven-Time Defending and 11-Time Overall Track Champion, Bill Luckhurst won Saturday's Modified feature at Owosso.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - On 99.9 The Wolf Fan Appreciation Night, Tommy Ricker held off Ricky Rolfe in win the Late Model feature, Kevin Bishop won the Mini Stock feature, Kurt Hewins won the Strictly Stock feature, Vanna Brackett won the Ladies race and the Outlaw features were split by Zach Bowie and Chris Burgess.

Pierce's Vermilion County Speedway (IL) - In the 30-lap UMP Monster Midwest Late Model Series
Feature, Brian Shirley won over Jeep VanWormer.

Rockford Speedway (IL) - You can call him the comeback man. Jerry Gille started his charge for a third consecutive title at the Rockford Speedway tonight, setting fast time and controlling the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models feature, blowing past eleven cars and taking the lead on lap 10. Gille held off a strong Tim Sargent after a late caution, taking the checkers and making amends for a devastating opening week that left him behind the 8 ball early. Gille has shaved over 25 points off his deficit since week one and sits 23 points behind Sargent, well within striking range as the summer months approach. Rachel Sparkman and Nick Cina Jr. had the crowd on their feet in the Budweiser American Short Trackers headliner, trading the lead for 12 laps before Sparkman inched by the points leader on the outside at the finish line, collecting her first career feature win and earning a standing ovation. Doug Bennett, Robert Roush, and Allen Gillis also collected wins in their respective feature events.

Shangri-La II Speedway (NY) - Saturday's 35-lap "Concrete Kicks Asphalt" Modified feature at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway was only close twice- once at the start and once at the finish. In between the green and checkered flags of the caution-free race, Rick Zacharias built a lead of nearly a straightaway, but his no-mistakes strategy made it a nail-biter at the end.

Dean Rypkema was on Zacharias' bumper at the finish line with the winner's nephew, Jimmy Zacharias, close behind. Opening day winner Brian Defebo settled for fourth while rookie Scott Conover scored a fifth place finish in only his third feature race on a paved track.

R. Zacharias took advantage of his pole position and the slow start by his front row mate to gain an immediate lead with Rypkema, Defebo, J. Zacharias, and Conover, all from the inside lane, dropping in behind. Turning the concrete half mile in near-record times of 17.5 seconds, Rick pulled away as Jimmy passed Defebo for third and took on Rypkema for second, which turned out to be the highlight of the race. Driving in his third feature race of the day, Jimmy worked high and low but Rypkema held his line.

At the five-to-go sign, R. Zacharias' lap times suddenly dropped off to the 18.2 second range and the duo of Rypkema and J. Zacharias closed rapidly, running the same 17.8 second pace they had maintained all day. At the white flag the chasers had caught the leader and with the checker in the air Rypkema moved to the inside to attempt a pass, but R. Zacharias made it by a car length in the non-stop time of 10 minutes, 33 seconds for the 35 laps.

Did the leader have mechanical problems? Had he lost concentration after spending so many laps on cruise control? In victory lane Rick Zacharias explained, "I've lost too many races by making mistakes in the last few laps, so I just decided to be careful."

Rypkema's second place finish was his best as a Modified driver and his first top-five at Shangri-La II. Defebo's fourth place was good enough to keep the Modified point lead. Defending track champion John Markovic took sixth and Jim Storace returned from his hard crash last week in the ROC'n Concrete Rumble to take seventh. Rusty Smith, Chris Zacharias, and Ken Canestrari made up the balance of the top ten.

Tony Hanbury completed his Sportsman Modified hat trick and remained undefeated at Shangri-La II in 2010 by winning that division's 25-lap feature in textbook style. He started eighth and took his time moving forward, catching leader Jimmy Zacharias just before the halfway point.The duo spent many of the mid-race laps side-by-side before Hanbury made his decisive move on the inside of the back straight on lap 18. Hanbury checked out as J. Zacharias settled for second. Dan Kurzejewski charged from fifth to third on the outside in the closing laps, catching JR Kent on the final circuit. Russ Brown, who led the first three laps, held on for fifth.

The ASA Late Model 25-lapper illustrated the saying that "rubbin is racin", especially on several restarts where paint was traded in turn one. Travis Fisher took the win for the second week in a row, and for the second week in a row he gained the lead when Jimmy Zacharias was forced to the pits with mechanical issues. Fisher led the first 11 laps from the outside front row before Zacharias rushed past and began to pull away. Lap 18 was Jimmy'a downfall this week as he headed for the pits with smoke trailing from under his rear bumper.
Scott Nurmi made a late race run to second after Jim Lamoreaux challeneged for the lead in his new Camaro but slipped to third. Dan Bellinger was fourth and Chris Zacharias took fifth after his engine failed on the last lap and he coasted across the line.

After a disappointing opening day, track champion Chad McDonald has definitely turned his program around. He led every lap of the Street Stock feature, although he had to fight off a mid-race restart challenge from Lee Sharpsteen. Behind Sharpsteen, the top five contained Tom Cundy, Cricket Clonch, and Billy Coyle.

Wall Stadium (NJ) - Anthony Sesely of Matawan in the Modified division and Rob Longo of Wall in the Factory Stock class were the stars of the show Saturday night at Wall Stadium as each tasted victory in 40 lap stock car racing main events. Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood in the Street Stocks, Andrew Krause of East Brunswick in the Sportsman division and Trevor Alspach of Willingboro in the Legend Cars were all winners of 25-lap companion main events.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - A competitive night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing took place Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl with Ledyard driver Jeff Paul claiming his first win of the year in the SK Modifieds®, snapping Keith Rocco’s three race winning streak in the division. Eighteen year old Brian Andronaco of Wilton was a first time winner, wiring the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event.  Josh Galvin of Franklin became the first repeat winner of the year in the Street Stocks and Louis Bellisle of Griswold recorded his first Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock win of the season. Anthony Frissora of Massachusetts won the visiting Allison Legacy Series tour race.

Sunday Races:

Slinger Super Speedway (WI) - Last year Dennis Prunty won the three race Pepsi Challenge at the Slinger Super Speedway.  This year he got off to the perfect start in defending that title, by making a late race charge to the lead and winning the Pepsi Challenge 70.

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