Updated - Tuesday, July 6th, 12:15pm ET
Wednesday Races -
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - The Acceleration Series was back on Wednesday night at Oxford Plains Speedway, and what a night of drama filled racing it was. Eight features saw last lap passes, wins starting from the back of the pack, and post-race disqualifications that turned the finishing order on it head.
The Renegades were the first to take to the track for their ten lap feature event. Opening night winner, Bill Grover bounced back from some tough luck in last week’s race, and took over the early lead after starting on the outside pole. Mark Turner and Jamie Heath filled in behind him as this quickly became a three car race. Grover, Turner, and Heath broke away from the pack and attempted to settle things amongst themselves, but all three cars appeared stalemated. Neither of the three competitors could pull alongside to attempt a pass, but none of them lost any ground either, and after the ten laps were up, Bill Grover still held the lead and took first place honors with Turner and Heath behind him.
The Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Division had fierce action from the first lap. Missy Morgan has had plenty of bad luck throughout the season, but with her primary car back on track, and an outside pole starting position, she jumped to the lead and began to pull away while the rest of the pack jockeyed for position behind her. Vanna Brackett had to start in the rear but dove to the inside of several cars going into turn one and had moved up to mid-pack before the first lap was over. By lap seven, Morgan had a straightaway lead but Brackett was now second and gaining ground, with Tori Burgess, Christina Spaulding, and Dottie Patria rounding out the top five. Two cautions in quick succession slowed the race, and grouped everyone back together for the final sprint to the finish. The first came on lap twelve when Allyson Moore spun, and Sue Veinott brought out the second on lap fourteen when she lost a tire as she drove down the front-stretch. Off the restart, Morgan held off Brackett on the inside, and even cleared her with a few laps remaining, but on the last lap, Brackett dove to the inside of Morgan going down the backstretch and did not lift as the two entered turn three. Morgan and Brackett made severe contact, bouncing off each other repeatedly, but Brackett kept the car straight and made it back to the line first to record her fifth straight win. Morgan limped to the line second just ahead of Dottie Patria and Tori Burgess while Cathy Manchester rounded out the top five.
The Call of the Wild RV Center Sport Trucks brought even more drama to the night.
As the trucks came out of turn four to complete the first lap, both Walter Knight and Ryan Farrar spun in the midst of several three wide battles, the race stayed green as Farrar lost a ton of time and track position, barely managing to stay ahead of the leaders to remain on the lead lap. He caught back up after the first yellow on lap six when Opie Allard spun in turn two and John Lizotte was unable to avoid him, smashing into the #68 truck and dumping fluid everywhere. After a lengthy clean-up the green flag flew once again with Jeff Schmidt and Corey Williams battling for the lead. Williams received some contact from Jerry Stevens and slipped back a bit, allowing Joe Farrar to take over the number two spot. Things stayed this way until lap thirteen when Jerry Stevens spun over the top of turn three and into the dirt bringing out the second yellow of the event. However, from here on, things got a whole lot more interesting. Off the restart, a three wide battle put too many trucks in the same place at the same time and forced Jeff Schmidt to back off the throttle, Joe Farrar got loose forcing Williams high and allowing Ryan Farrar to dive through the whole and up to the lead. Joe Farrar spun on the exit of four and brought out the final yellow setting up a green, white, checker finish. Off the restart, Jerry Stevens dove under several cars and slipped by to take over second. Incredibly two trucks that had spun earlier and the race and seen their chances of victory all but evaporate were now fighting it out on the last lap for the win. Stevens slipped a fender under Farrar going into turn one, and beat him to turn three after a drag race down the backstretch. Stevens crossed the line first to complete the astounding comeback with Farrar second and Corey Williams third.
The MacDonald Motors Runnin’ Rebels were next up for two twenty lap features.
The low point racers were up first and saw a yellow on lap one when Carl Conant and Gene White spun going into the first turn. Kyle Treadwell had the early lead but Logan Melcher replaced him shortly thereafter bringing Jamie Leavitt with him up to second. Leavitt slipped underneath Melcher for the lead on lap five, but received the black flag and a stop-and-go penalty for passing below the white line, sending him to the rear of the field. A yellow flag for a backstretch spin brought the field back together at the halfway point, but it didn’t matter as Logan Melcher jumped out to a big lead again and raced to the checkered flag with Treadwell second, and Jamie Leavitt recovering well to finish third. But it would all be for naught, as Melcher was disqualified in post-race inspection, handing the win to Kyle Treadwell and bumping Jamie Leavitt and Greg Norton up to second and third respectively.
In the high point feature, Matt Dufault and Troy Jordan were the favorites, but it was their teammate who got off to a quick start as Jason Berry took the green flag and launched himself through the field like he was shot out of a cannon. The three wide racing opened up everywhere, but naturally it could not last as the caution flag flew when Derek Cook got together with Craig Bartlett sending him down into the path of Roger Bourgoin, causing both to spin. Scott Farrington jumped out to the lead off the restart with Mike Ward, Jason Berry, and Cory Beaulieu going at it behind him. Berry would get loose coming out of turns three and four allowing Beaulieu to slip under for second, and all of a sudden there was Troy Jordan already up to third. Farrington did his best impersonation of a roadblock, holding off Beaulieu to maintain the lead, but on lap fourteen a frustrated Beaulieu made contact with Farrington’s rear bumper knocking him to the inside and back several positions. Beaulieu received the black flag next time by for rough driving handing the battle for the lead over to who else but Matt Dufault and Troy Jordan. Jordan just could not make the pass and Dufault raced away with the win while Jordan took second and Scott Farrington held on for third. However, post-race inspection once again shuffled the order with Jordan being DQ’d for the first time all season, handing Farrington second place, and bumping Mike Ward into the top three.
The Oxford Outlaws finished out the night with three feature races. In race #1, Ron Abbott, Jr, Bob Ferguson, Scott Hethcoat and Nick Hoyt turned themselves into a four car freight train that left the rest of the pack eating their dust. However, on lap eleven, that all went away when John Lizotte, the last car on the lead lap, spun in turn two but left the leaders with a decision to make as to which line would take them safely past. Abbott, Jr guessed wrong taking the inside lane and hitting Lizotte square in the broadside to bring a sudden end to his night. Ferguson inherited the lead but off the restart, Nick Hoyt beat him back to the line before clearing him, and taking over the lead. Hoyt would cruise to the victory as Ferguson and Hethcoat maintained their positions behind him to round out the top three.
Race #2 would have looked awfully different if not for a great piece of driving on lap one by John Patria. Coming out of turn four, Kyle Curtis hooked the rear bumper of Patria, with the car turned completely sideways and the tires squealing, Patria somehow managed to keep the car from spinning and rejoined the fight without losing too much ground. Spencer Morse and John Patria battled it out for the lead with Motor Mayhem Spectator Drags winner Thom Bell and Mike Haynes behind them. It came down to the final lap, but going into turn one, Morse got too loose and slid up the banking allowing Patria to slip past him for the victory. Morse did not make it through post-race inspection, handing second over to Thom Bell and moving Mike Haynes to third.
The final Outlaws feature was packed with the likes of Josh Childs, Chris Coolidge, Nic Stanley, and Pat Maloy, but it was defending Outlaws champion Chris Burgess who took the lead on lap two. The race went caution free and the only real trouble came when Guy Childs spun over the top of turn four and Pat Maloy spun to the bottom of turn two on the same lap. Dan Brown took over second but never came within any kind of range of Burgess who could very well of coasted home on the final lap. Nic Stanley was able to hold off Josh Childs for third while Addison Bowie completed the top five.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - A beautiful summer evening graced fans in attendance for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday at the Speedbowl. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton continued his season long dominance of the Legends Cars racing, winning his 12th consecutive race in the division. Taylor Martin of New Hampshire returned to Victory Lane in the Bandolero’s and Mike Marvin of Colchester was the surprise winner in an exciting X-Car feature and Michael Caprio of New Haven was awarded the Super X-Car win. Rob Gallaer of Sherman wired the X-Modified race.
Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA) - Fans witnessed history Thursday night as Skip Nichols of Albany surpassed Doug Stevens as the all-time feature win leader with 28 Thursday Thunder victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway with his Masters feature win. Fans were also treated to a pre-celebratory Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza from Marco’s Pizza upon the completion of the seven classes of racing.
Brian Weimer began the Roadsters feature out front. On lap two, current points leader, Brian Meredith made a pass coming off turn one for the lead. With three laps to go, Taylor Hull wrestled his way to the front to claim the win, his third of the Thursday Thunder season.
The Morley Company Outlaws had Taylor Jorgensen leading the field to the start. On lap three, John Holleman stuck his nose to the inside of Jorgensen to make the pass for the top spot. On lap 17, Joey Padgett dove inside of Holleman to take the lead and score his first Thursday Thunder win this summer.
Kyle Plott was the pole sitter for the OCP Angus Farms Pro feature. Tyler Lester made the pass coming off of turn two on lap two for the lead. With two laps to go, Lester’s motor let go, handing the lead to Donald McIntosh which he held to the end to grab his second 2010 Thursday Thunder victory.
Don Chandler took the green flag to get the Masters feature underway. Points leader Nichols was right on Chandler’s back bumper until he took over command on lap five coming off turn four. Nichols led the remaining circuits and made history with his win, logging his 28th career Thursday Thunder win, surpassing Stevens for the all-time win title in the record books.
The Dixie Home Crafters Semi-Pro began with Chris Bowie as the point man. Jake Armstrong moved to the front on the first lap. Armstrong led 19 of the 20 laps to capture his first Thursday Thunder victory in 2010.
Jensen Jorgensen held the pole position for the Marco’s Pizza Bandits feature. By the time the field finished the first lap, Joe Wilder had shot through the field to become the leader. Points leader Alex Coffey blew by Wilder to become the leader while sporting a new black paint scheme. The new paint scheme proved to be a winner as Coffey posted his third feature win in six starts during this Thursday Thunder season.
The Young Lions feature started with A.J. Carlisi as the leader. Second-place Mason Massey and Carlisi made contact and both spun around, turning the lead over to points leader, Sean Rayhall. Rayhall pulled away from the field, led the rest of the race and seized his fourth feature win in six starts of this 2010 summer series.
Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) - Fireworks filled the air both on and off the track at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pyrotechnics were scheduled as the grand finale for the Bullring's annual Independence Day Weekend spectacular, but spectacular crashes during the stock-car races laid the foundation for a memorable night.
Bear Rzesnowiecky led the field to the green flag for the 76-lap MetroPCS Super Late Model feature. Bear checked out on the rest of the field, building up a full-straightaway lead on the field by lap 7. The caution flag flew on lap 23 for Glen Burke, whose car suffered a mechanical failure. The June 19 Bullring feature winner retired to the pits, but later was able to rejoin the fray. The green flag flew but quickly was replaced by the caution flag as Scott Gafforini and Charlie Wahl spun on the back straightaway. Rzesnowiecky once again pulled away from his competition on the restart. At the halfway point, the top five consisted of Rzesnowiecky, Chris Clyne, Nick Halen, Wahl and Gafforini. Lap 52 activated the caution flag again as Nick Halen clipped Chris Clyne in Turn 3. With 10 laps remaining, Rzesnowiecky enjoyed a semi-comfortable lead over Wahl and Gafforini. Clyne brought out the final caution flag of the race with just three laps remaining when he spun in Turn 2. The ensuing restart placed Wahl and Gafforini squarely on leader Rzesnowiecky's tail. Wahl drove to the inside of Rzesnowiecky on the back chute and took the lead as the white flag waved. Wahl went on to win his very first MetroPCS Super Late Model feature as Gafforini croosed the finish line in second place. Robert Ewing grabbed third place and Rzesnowiecky took fourth.
Lonnie Adamson of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the 35-lap SMRA Supermodified feature. A.J. Russell finished second and Dale Lamborn was third. Pat Whittet brought out the red flag on lap 14 when he spun and hit the wall in Turn 1. He was not injured in the wreck. The SMRA Supermodified Dash was won by A.J. Russell.
The 20-lap Bomber feature was a heartbreaker for Steve Borkowski. He led the Bomber feature for the first seven laps until he tangled with a lapped car. Borkowski tried to control his car but he spun in Turn 1 made contact with the second-place Chevrolet of "Big Jim" Sherard. Borkowski retired to the pits and Sherard inherited the lead. Bret Empey grabbed the lead on the restart and a heated four-car battle ensued for second place. Empey was destined to win his very first Bomber feature but once again a lapped car had a hand in the proceedings, allowing Wade Pearson to slip past Bret. Pearson went on to win his fourth Bomber feature of the season, followed by Empey and Scott Castle. Bomber heats were won by Pete Meyer and Castle.
Henderson's Phil Goodwin dominated the 30-lap Charger feature,scoring yet another Bullring victory. The race to watch was for second place, waged by Mario Opipari, Vinny Raucci and Dylan Kwasniewski. The battle overheated on lap 25 when Raucci and Opipari made contact and both cars spun in Turn 3. The caution flag placed Dylan Kwasniewski (driving James Wingard's car) on Goodwin's bumper on the restart. Opipari retired to the pits and Raucci restarted the race at the rear. Disaster struck on the front chute as Raucci's car made made contact with Kwasniewski's Camaro and it rolled over onto its roof and skidded into Turn 1. Raucci was not injured but his car exited the track with the assistance of two wreckers. The race restarted but the mayhem continued as Kwasniewski crashed with Dallas Simonette on the back straightaway. At the checkered flag, it was Goodwin, followed by Steve Tilton and Hayley Lager. Charger heats were won by Goodwin and Raucci.
Bobby Runyan of Deniar, Calif., won the 30-lap USAC Focus Midget feature. Austin Farley finished second and Eli Schrock was third. USAC Midget heats were won by Michael Daniels and Cody Gerhardt. Cody Thompson won the USAC Jr. Focus Midget heat.
Robert D'Ambra won the 20-lap Legend Cars feature over Brecken Snow and Justin Irwin.
Nicky Saxon won the Legend Cars Developmental feature, ahead of Andrew Muscanell and Brian Holley.
Brecken Snow won the 15-lap Thunder Roadster feature, his fourth of the 2010 season. Jacksen Smith finished second and Nick Degidio was third.
Christian Warren won the 12-lap Bandolero Outlaw feature, followed across the finish line by Jacob Tilton and Kayli Barker.
Chris Trickle won the Bandolero Bandits feature, followed by Vincent Raucci Jr. and Christian Glass.
Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Thompson International Speedway kicked off the holiday weekend with a great night of racing. For the second week in a row, the Tour-Type Modifieds headlined an action-packed night that also included the Northeastern Midget Association and five of the regular NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. Mike Stefanik of Coventry, RI, stormed to victory lane in the Tour-Type Modified Shootout. Randy Cabral of Plymouth, MA, earned the victory in a thrilling finish to the Marvin Rifchin Memorial event for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA).
Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, made it three-in-a-row in Sunoco Modified action with another last lap pass for the win. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, turned in a commanding performance to win his third Late Model victory of the season. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, CT, turned it on late in the Limited Sportsman main event to score his third victory of the season. Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA, charged to his first TIS Modified win of the 2010 season and Leo Defevers of Brooklyn, CT, made it two straight in Mini Stock competition.
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Essex Junction’s “Double O” Joe Steffen won the second event on the Bond/WIX Tiger Tour at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 1. Steffen came from the sixth starting position to take the lead after a lap 43 restart. He would hold off the rest of the field through three more cautions and lead the rest of the way.
Milton’s Eric Badore and Georgia, Vermont’s Joey Roberts battled for the runner-up position during the final laps. Badore took second while Roberts settled for third. Jason Bonnett took fourth and Tony Rossi rounded out the top five. Chip Grenier, Tom Therrien, Mike Billado, Tucker Williams, and David Finck completed the top ten.
The 100 lap event took just over one hour and eighteen minutes to complete with a total of nine cautions and three lead changes among three drivers.
Northfield’s Matt White earned his third career Thunder Road Late Model win in the 50 lap feature. He took the lead from Doug Murphy on the final restart of the race and held off Rich Lowrey who had to settle for second. John Donahue earned third followed by Brooks Clark and Joey Becker rounding out the top five. Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke, Phil Scott, Mike Bailey and Jamie Fisher completed the top ten.
Rookie driver Jayme Lee of Barre earned his first career feature win in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors Main event. Jean Leblanc took second followed by Mike MacAskill, Tim Campbell, and Dave LaFleche. Dave Whitcomb, Travis Hull, Ron Gabaree, Thomas Placey and Greg Adams completed the top ten.
Cabot’s Ken Christman took his fifth Junkyard Warrior feature win of the season. He was followed by Kevin Dodge and Brock Parrott.
Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - The Fourth of July Holiday Weekend began in grand style at the Dixie Motor Speedway Presented by Draper Auto Group as the Birch Run, Michigan speed plant kicked off the celebration of our great nation's 234th Birthday with a near capacity crowd and the Fire Breathing, Winged Warriors of the Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints Series.
The Big Winners on this night were; Ryan Litt - Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints Series, Jon Giffel - RacerChic.us Pro Stocks, Ed Newman Jr. - RacingPartSales.com Street Stocks, Cam Hiltz - Birch run / Bridgeport Bombers, and Andrew Burton - Mike's Auto Parts Figure 8s.
Florence Motor Speedway (SC) -
Timmonsville, SC (July 4th, 2010) -- Twenty Five cars where on hand for the first race in the new Southeast Limited Late Model Tour. Only 10 finished. 16 cautions where thrown Sunday with 3 red flags also thrown. It was a demo derby like we've never seen. After all was said and done though, Ryan Glenski survived the one hundred lap affair to claim the first checkered flag in the new series. Local favorite Averitt Lucas charged at the end of the race but came up just short of the win and finished second. Chris Chapman who was fast all weekend came home third. Two drivers suffered from dehydration. Cory Joyce and AJ Sanders both where checked and released from the race track ambulance.
Todd Chappell claimed the Stock 4 Cylinder race which saw Michael Grooms take a wild ride down the frontstretch. Trying to get by the lapped car of Corey Weatherford, Grooms and Weatherford made contact sending Grooms hard into the frontstretch wall. Grooms car then turned over on it's roof and came to a stop at the start/finish line. The driver was ok but shaken up a bit. Bobby Tumbleston Jr. came home second followed by Russ Turner Jr.
Brad Dewitt claimed the Super Stock division over Curtis Peoples and Ken McClary
Lee USA Speedway (NH) - For the second time this season, it was Helliwell night at Lee USA Speedway, with brothers George and Wayne, Jr. among those picking up feature wins during the special Fourth of July holiday weekend event.
The defending champion and current points leader in the E Keys 4 Cars-sponsored Late Models, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. stretched his lead even more as he scored his fifth feature event win of the year in the 35-lap
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.
Miles Chipman, Bryan Kruczek, Pat Floyd, B.J. Piekarski, J.R. Baril, Jeffrey Labrecque, Jr., Jeremy Harclerode, Tom Fuller, and Steve Johnson rounded out the top 10 in the Late Models.
The Northeast Classic Lites were on hand 22 strong for their second appearance of the 2010 season, and for the second time, George Helliwell topped the field to join brother Wayne on the winner's list for the night.
Steve Dickey, Jr. motored out to the lead when the PB Chopper Shop and Rods Small Block Super feature took the green, and he immediately pulled ahead to a several car length lead while the field sorted out behind him.
When the Prime Storage Late Model Sportsmen got the green from flagman BryonCallen, it was veteran Jesse Bousquet jumping out from the pole to set the pace for the first six circuits of the main.
Two-time winner Jimmy Russell took over from there, but Grant Aither was right on his bumper and followed him past Bousquet to run second. Aither immediately started to pressure Russell for the lead, and he completed the pass on lap 11 to take the point. The defending champ led the rest of the way to pick up his seventh win of the year, while Ryan Green got past Russell to collect runner-up honors, with Tony Kawejsza, Timmy Johnson, Josh Ball, Michele Fushpanski, Bousquet, Billy Ryder, and Kayla Cazares next in the finishing order.
Mark Parenteau topped a big field of one-on-on draggers to claim the New Hampshire championship trophy in his daily driver truck, and he doubled up in the Picnic Table Factory Hobby Stock main event, picking up his first win of the year in that one.
Madison International Speedway (WI) - John Baumeister Jr. won the Big 8 Series Late Model 48 lap feature tonight in front of a crowd of 4,000 fans who witnessed another outstanding fireworks display compliments of ThunderCat. Also picking up feature wins were John Wood (ASA Trucks), Chad Knaus (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), and Kyle Smith (International Four Cylinders).
Motordrome Speedway (PA) - For the second time in his career, Greensburg’s Steve Black celebrated in victory lane, after winning the NASCAR Subway Super Late Model feature at Motordrome Speedway on July 2, 2010. Bryan Shipp won his first Wyotech Modified feature of the year, while Matt Sever, a rookie in the Napa Street Stocks, also won for the second time in his career. Denny Keller won his second Pro Auto Supply Service Chargers main event of the season, and Cody Quarrick won his first Coca Cola Super Compact race in over two years.
Norway Speedway (MI) - Tom Lindquist bested 15 other Late Model drivers to score the win Friday at Norway Speedway (MI). 1) Lindquist 2) Brandon Reichenberger 3) Jeff Weinfurter
Scotia Speedworld (NS) - Russell Smith, Jr. (Lightning), Cy Harvey (Legends), Curtis Lindsay
(Trucks), Fred Schofield (Sportsman) and D.J. Casey (Bandos) won the Friday night feature races at Scotia Speedworld (NS).
Spartan Speedway (MI) - Wayne Haughton won Friday's Modified race at Spartan Speedway (MI). 1) Haughton 2) John Mamula 3) Sonny Coito
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway was back in action with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Friday night, July 2nd. Keith Rocco continued his winning ways in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event for his fourth consecutive and seventh overall win of the 2010 season, Ryan Posocco picked up his second win of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Dylan Liseo scored his first career victory by a nose in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Shawn Thibeault won his first race of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Stephen Daddio was a first time career winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Airborne Speedway (NY) - Patrick Dupree won Saturday's 358 Modified feature.
Bear Ridge Speedway (VT) - Fireworks were everywhere Saturday night at the Bear Ridge Speedway for The Home Depot and Noise 'R' Us Fireworks sponsored night.
In the 99ROCK weekly racing series the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets victory lane was filled with old and new faces, as Thomas Placey #22 Bradford VT working from the back took advantage of the couple of cautions that waved and made his way to the front to claim another win. Coming home in second was last week's feature winner Eric Lang #66 Groton VT. Last year's Rookie of the year, has had a rough go of it so far this year, but it appears that for now the monkey may be gone from Don Reynolds #87 Springfield VT as he came home with his best finish yet in the final victory lane spot third.
In the 99ROCK weekly racing series Journal Opinion Fast Fours the man to beat continues to be Josh Sunn #11 White River Jct VT. Sunn once again crossed the line in first claiming yet another win with Mark Harran #57 St Johnsbury VT in second and Andy Johnson #25 Wilder VT in third.
It was Madness night for the 99Rock weekly racing series A Notch Above Limited Late Models and while the fields may be small some weeks, tonight the field and the laps were big. 52 laps were brought in for the twelve machines for their event which turned into three seventeen lap segments. A lost radiator would take Tyler Stygles out of contention for segment one. Leaving Will Hull to claim the first segment. Segment two would see Will Hull leaving on the hook and the door open for Jeremy Hodge to claim the win. All three were back for the third and final segment, which was claimed by Tyler Stygles. The overall top three were Jeremy Hodge #17 Newbury VT, TC Forward #14 Lyme NH and Robbie Williams #7.
For the 99ROCK weekly racing series Wells River Chevrolet B Coupes Gene Pierson #44 E Corinth VT continues to set sail on the rest of the field coming home to claim his second victory in as many weeks. This division is seeing full field car counts, and with it more competition on hand for all who compete. Being able to make it victory lane is the goal of all, and when you make it, it always feels good. While others are finding it frustrating at times. Pierson was happy to be at the front end of Victory lane with Shane Race #22 Strafford VT in second and brother Melvin Pierson #33 E Corinth VT in third.
The 99ROCK weekly racing series the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds Adam Pierson #15 Fairlee VT wasn’t about to let dad and uncle have all the glory for the night and was able to get to the front to claim the win. Coming home in second with his best finish of the year for the youngest driver in this division was #51 Justin Comes Middlebury VT, claiming the final victory lane spot was Brian King #X Corinth VT.
The Weglarz Property Service and Excavation mind race leader award winners for Wells River Savings Bank night were:#5 Chris Carbee in the Wells River Chevrolet B Coupes and #66 Eric Lang in the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets.
The Twin State Ford Lincoln Mercury lap leader award winners for the month of June were #15 Adam Pierson in the Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds and Thomas Placey #22 in the KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets.
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Bradley Babb held off Bill Whorff, Dan McKeage, David Oliver and Bill Rodgers to win this week's Pro Series (SLM) feature at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME). Other Beech Ridge feature winners were Tasha Dyer (Roadrunners), David Vaughn (Wildcat) and Russ Morse (Sports Series).
Berlin Raceway (MI) - The crowds were out in droves at Berlin Raceway for the Fourth of July celebration this past Saturday. With sunny skies insight and a killer deal at the box office, Berlin Raceway packed in one of the largest crowds it has ever seen, a little over 8,000 fans were in attendance. Spectators were treated to a firework show on and off the track. The Vintage Racing Organization, Kerkstra Pro Stocks, USA Modifieds, and 4-Cylinders were all poised for a full night of racing. Winners included Mollahan (VROA), Jewett (Pro Stocks), Bursley (Modifieds), Kyle Hamm (4-Cylinders A), and Nawrocki (4-Cylinders B).
Canandaigua Speedway (NY) - The July 4th Holiday weekend kicked off with a bang at Canandaigua Speedway as the Fingerlakes Radio Group presented the Midseason Championship. Fans were treated to the racing action of the DIRTcar Modifieds, Sportsman, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks, and the Midstate Vintage Club cars. After trackside action concluded, fans looked to the sky to watch a spectacular fireworks show.
Fans that arrived to the track early were given the chance to meet two of their favorite drivers as Sportsman competitors Dan Wiesner and Eric Giguere were on hand to sign autographs. Next weeks autograph session at the DIRTcar Merchandise Trailer will be from 5:30-6:00. The popular event has become a staple and helps race fans prepare for the night's activities.
Steve Paine won for the fourth time in 2010 in the DIRTcar big block Modifieds at Canandaigua Speedway, winning the 50 lap feature. Justin Haers was certainly the biggest mover of the night as he came from dead last when he was involved in a crash on lap one. Haers moved through the pack quickly and crossed the finish line in second place. Rob Bellinger was third and picked up the $500 Dig Safely Bonus Bucks gift certificate. Fourth was Charlie Donk while fifth place was Ron Cartright Jr.
Dan Wiesner led all 25 laps in his first 2010 Canandaigua Speedway DIRTcar Sportsman feature win. Steve Gray was second followed by Randy McCulloch in third. Rounding out the top five was Karl Comfort and Daryl Hilkert.
The 20 lap DIRTcar Stock Car feature was a thriller as Mike Welch took home his second win of the season at the half-mile Land of Legends oval. Welch took the lead on lap 15 and held off the advances of Chris Fisher, who came up beside Welch several times in the final laps. Frank Burnell would pass Fisher on the final lap to finish second. Fourth was Nate Peckham and fifth was Mike Rasbeck. Alex Morris went to Canandaigua Speedway victory lane for the fourth time in 2010, winning the 15 lap Factory Stock/Pure Stock feature. Andrew Smith was second followed by Roger Bush in third. Fourth was Don Drave and fifth was Dale Bush.
The Midstate Vintage Club was on hand and put on a great show. Dave Charczuk was the winner of the Modified division. Paul Applebee took the Sportsman class and Don Larmen won the Limited Sportsman class.
Dells Raceway Park (WI) - A spectacular fireworks display and a 50 lap Late Model Feature headlined Saturday, July 3rds North American Cup 50 at Dells Raceway Park. With point's battles heating up in all divisions, Late Model, Sportsman, Pure Stock, and Bandit racing entertained the huge crowd.
Rich Schumann Jr set fast qualifying time with a time of 14.347 seconds. Then it was time for the Assembly Products Fast Dash. New to the dash this week Mike Ehde gained the coveted pole position. Cardell Potter, who has one win already in the four week series, quickly took over second place but with only 10 laps, Potter couldn't get by, and Ehde won the trophy and a potential spot in the 20 lap shootout taking place on July 17th.
With the invert calculated in the feature event, young guns Jesse Bernhagen and Davey Pennel lead the field to green. Sixteen-year-old Pennel quickly jumped to the front, with veteran drivers Dave Feiler and Rich Schumann Jr right behind him. Pennel held his ground through 50 laps and three cautions that brought the field together, and claimed his first ever feature win in the Late Model Division. Ed Jackson and Bobby Kendall won their heat races.
In the Sportsman division the competition is getting tough, with just one point separating Daron Fish and Rick Coppernoll. Fish qualified at the top with a time of 15.573 seconds. Both Coppernoll and Fish would start the feature from the back of the pack, and work their way towards the front. Fish moved past Ron Grabarski to take over the lead with Coppernoll right behind him. Coppernoll tried to get past Fish but when the checkered flag flew it was Daron Fish that took the win. Rick Coppernoll won the heat race.
Defending Pure Stock Champion, Brad Luck, set fast time with a time of 15.921 seconds. In the feature, Luck started the race deep in the field, but didn't stay there for long. With just seven laps left in the race Luck had moved into second behind Dave Trute. Trute is having a great season and currently is ahead of Luck by two points. Luck attempted to get past Trute for the win, but Trute had Victory Lane in his sights and won his fourth feature of the year. Trute assured the crowd "this car is clean, it has been teched more than any other this year!" Heat race winners were Dan Clemenz and Dave Trute.
Mark Johler returned to the Bandit division and was fastest during qualifying with a time of 17.346 seconds. The Jungets are at the top of the leader board for points with Brandon in first and James in second. In the feature, James Junget took the lead immediately and cruised through the race, despite pressure from Kory Childs and Mark Johler. James Junget claimed his second feature win of the season. Kory Childs and James Junget won their heat races. 12-year-old Haley Kapp got her first ever win during her heat race.
Evergreen Speedway (OR) - ‘Armed Forces Night at the Races’ worked in the favor of three of the divisions point leaders. Day one of the 4th of July Weekend doubleheader at Evergreen Speedway is history. Jeff Knight won his second main in as many races in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model division. Division point leader Lane Sundholm added another win to his total in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Street Stocks. Also adding to his point leading total Scott LaCross won his third in a row in the Foster Press Mini-Stock division. The Stinger 8 point leader Steve Peters also made it to victory stage.
KC Speedway (OH) - A trio of big name racers brought home the big-name bucks ($5000) in the 17th annual "Night The Stars Come Out" at Schrader's K-C Raceway. In the O'Reilly All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint main Dale Blaney, Hartford, Ohio rocketed to the win over Tim Schaffer, while Eddie Carrier, Jr., Salt Rock, WV, made a late-race pass of Matt Miller to pull off the exciting 50-lap AMRA Late Model Main. Racin' Jason Montgomery, Jackson, Ohio suffered Late Model engine woes, but the former champ has found a new home in the "X" Modified, where he led flag-to-flag, then held off Jeremy Rayburn in an exciting finish for the AMRA Modified win.
Lebanon Valley Speedway (PA) - J.R. Heffner won Saturday night's 30-lap Big-Block Modified feature while Jay Casey won in the the Pro Stocks at Lebanon Valley.
Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) - This week's weekly division winners were Wade Day (Chargers), Roger Neece (Street Stocks), Jackie Jackson (Pure 4s), Justin Carroll (Legends - both features) and Josh Turner (Renegades).
Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - When Don Wagner finished a close second to John Bennett in the make-up Modified feature earlier in the program he vowed that he would return later that night in the regularly scheduled race as the winner.
Wagner, of Wharton, NJ, is a man of his words. Coming from seventh on the grid, he passed Bennett with four laps to go and notched his first Mahoning Valley Speedway win of the season.
In the make-up feature from May 29, Lehighton’s Bennett used a lap 23 restart to take away the lead from Wagner and went on to his class leading third win of the season.
Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Brandon Loverock added his name to the list of winners in the JAM Sportswear Late Models class Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.
Loverock, 32, of Highland, started seventh in the 14-car field, got his Tri-City Towing/Race Car Factory Toyota Camry to the lead midway through the 50-lap race and took the checkered flag 0.859 seconds ahead of Jeff Peterson in a caution-free race at the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval.
An estimated 4,000 spectators turned out to watch a program that included the jet-equipped Raging Inferno fire truck setting fire to and melting the body of a Mercedes Benz and another of the wild and wildly-popular Trailer races.
Loverock, who had finished a close second to Jim Conklin on April 24 and fourth in the first of the two races June 26, moved from seventh to fourth in the first five laps, to third after 15 laps and to second after 20. He took the lead away from Ryan Daniel in Turn 1 on lap 25 and quickly opened a comfortable lead over Peterson, who had won the June 12 feature.
Loverock is the sixth different winner in seven races.
Robby Hornsby Jr. stayed undefeated in the Team Too Pony Stock class, taking the lead on lap 10 and withstanding pressure from Kevin Meador to win the 35-lap feature by 1.3 seconds. It was Hornsby’s sixth win of the season and his eighth in nine races going back to 2009.
Cody Gerhardt, of Madera, took the lead just past the halfway point of the 35-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget main and fought off Garrett Peterson, of Sacramento, to get his second win in the Western Championship series and maintain his lead in the Pavement standings.
Brandon White, of Eureka, won the 20-lap race for the Jr. Focus division, leading all the way and holding off Colorado resident Austin Farley.
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Dennis Spencer, Jr. won Saturday night's Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) over Tommy Ricker, Don Wentworth, Shawn Martin and Corey Morgan. Other OPS winners were Jim Davis, Jr. (Strictly Stock), Butch Keene (Mini Stock), Ryan Farrar (Sport Truck) and Ryan Hewins (Runnin' Rebels).
Owosso Speedway (MI) - The Fourth of July Holiday Weekend was celebrated in style at the Owosso Speedway as Fireworks on and off the race track headlined our great nation's 234th birthday on Saturday, July 3rd with the traditional yearly appearance of the Fire Breathing, Winged Warriors of the Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints Series.
After a successful Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Celebration Day I at Owosso's sister track to the Northeast, the Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan, on Friday, July 2nd, the Winners for Day II at the Big "O" were; Jeff Bloom - Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints, Tony Basalone - Shiawassee Shores Pro Stocks, Bob Robinson - Shattuck Specialty Advertising, and 14-year-old Kyle Crump - Okemos Auto Service.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - Here comes ‘Driver X’. A year removed from leading the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models in wins, Jon Reynolds Jr. notched his second consecutive trophy tonight, fending off a late race challenge from Jerry Gille and finding victory lane in the ‘Star Spangled 76’ at the Rockford Speedway. Mike Lloyd led the opening 52 laps before his motor let go allowing Reynolds Jr. to inherit the lead and he never looked back. Even with a late race caution, Gille’s efforts fell a little bit short as ‘Driver X’ looked to cut into points leader Tim Sargent’s margin. In the Bargain Hunter Sportsman main event, Matt Berger found his way to the front of the field and ended up in victory lane and atop the points standings after Doug Bennett’s late race troubles. Vinny Mangiaracina and Allen Gillis also collected feature wins on the evening.
Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Frank Duquette hung tough against multi-feature winner Ryan Vanasse through the final two laps to forge a come-from-behind win in a 50-lap special Late Model feature memorializing Seekonk legend Everett “Dusty” Young. Vanasse, who had held the lead through much of the race, quickly pulled to the start finish line, and stepped from his car to shake hands with and congratulate the winner. Last week's divisional winner, Matt Breault, surged home for a third place finish, just ahead of three-time champion Gerry DeGasparre, Jr. Kyle Casper, another multi-race winner, finished out the top five.
Shady Hill Speedway (IN) - When the big UMP Modified stock car money is out usually Chad Kinder is not too far away. The $3,000 Shadyhill Speedway puts up for the annual Firecracker 50 has not enticed Kinder before, but it did this year along with 51 others - and he took advantage.
The Newton, Ill. hotshoe started 8th in the 50-lap feature, patiently worked the top groove of the narrow quarter-mile clay oval and led the final 11 laps to take the top prize.
Polesitter Steve Lance, Jr., Peoria, Ill., paced the first 7 laps before Plymouth's Bitterling and several others got around. Bloomington's John DeMoss moved to 2nd and gave chase. Lance's car continued to fade and he left the race halfway through.
The first of two cautions came out on Lap 26 just as Bitterling was hitting lapped traffic. Kevin DeYoung and Toby Howard spun right in front of the leader. The June 26 Shadyhill winner scraped the Turn 1 wall as he avoided and continued.
On the restart it was Bitterling, DeMoss, Miles, Allen, Losh and Kinder. The final caution on Lap 30 was for DeMoss who stopped with mechanical problems. Miles dove to the inside on the restart and took the lead from Bitterling. Losh, Kinder and Allen were right behind. That is when Kinder went to work using mostly the top side.
Shangri-La 2 Speedway (NY) - Jimmy Zacharias won Sunday's Sportsman Modified feature at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway to complete an open-wheel sweep of the Concrete Castle's Great American Classic weekend. On Saturday the third generation racer from Candor, N.Y. won the tour-type Modified main event.
Starting sixth, J. Zacharias needed only one lap to take the lead. He held off J.R. Kent for the remainder of the 25 laps to win his second Sportsman main event of the season. Behind Zacharias and Kent, Russ Brown, Tom Shiner, and T.J. Zacharias completed the top five. It was the best career finish at Shangri-La II for T.J. Zacharias, who also scored his first heat win.
Scott Nurmi came out on top in another tight battle with Travis Fisher to claim the ASA Late Model 30-lap headline. A last lap melee scrambled the order, both on the track and on the scoresheet after Jim Lamoreaux was handed a penalty for rough driving. Austin Kochenash, a 14-year-old invader from the Pennsylvania coal country, was credited with third in his Shangri-II debut. Dr. Dave Rigan was fourth and last week's winner Jerry Dineen fifth.
Derrick Tarbox, a Street Stock campaigner in 2009 who has sat out most of the 2010 season, came back to win the first Super Stock event at Shangri-La II over a slim field. Chip Wannamaker and Ron Babula trailed. Mike Alcaro made it two wins in 2010 and 4-for-5 in the INEX Legends over a two-year period, topping Long Islander Chris Young and Richie Vanderpool.
Speedway 660 (NB) - Saturday night was saw some of the best sportsman cars from all over Atlantic Canada make their way to the Geary Woods for the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman 100. The first big sportsman event of the year saw 26 cars try to qualify for 24 spots in the main event. Fans of the speedway were treated to some amazing weather to go along with the great on track racing. There was racing in four divisions on this night starting with the young guns in the Bandelero division.
Going into the night D.J. Casey had a 13 point lead in the division and he was looking to expand on that but this night belonged to last weeks winner Cole Boudreau out of Chipman with his second consecutive win in as many weeks. The win brings Boudreau within 1 point of Casey for the points championship. Finishing in 2nd place on this night was Alicia Mowat in her #3 ride with her best finish of the 2010 season. Rounding out the top three was Ryan Messer.
In the Leisure FamilyRV.com Street Stock division Smokin’ Joe Albert was strong all night winning his heat and the dash to set him up for a chance to win the Robin’s Inn Hat trick award. But it wasn’t to be because in the feature, it was Jason Shannon who had the upper hand. Shannon took his number 28 ride three wide on two different occasions to make his way to the front. Albert was right there in 2nd place and would challenge for the lead off a restart on lap 12 but it was Shannon who had the car to beat on this night. Shannon took home his second win of the season while Joe Albert finished 2nd and Kevin McKeen rounded out the top three with his first podium finish of the year.
In the Coastal Packaging and Blending Pro Stock division long time racer Robert Tomlinson was sporting a new ride on this night. After a bad wreck last week Tomlinson returned with a vengeance winning his heat and if it weren’t for some bad luck Tomlinson was looking like he would contend for first place in the Dash as well. In the 40 lap main event, Mike Kyle jumped out to an early lead for the first 10 laps when the first caution of the event came out. Off the restart, Fredericton Junction native Matt Harris took the lead and wouldn’t relinquish that lead taking home the checkered flag. The story on this night would be the best run of the year for the Nackawic Night Train, Brian Gillespie. Gillespie came from deep in the field to bring home a second place finish passing several cars. Rounding out the top three was points leader, Greg Fahey of St Stephen.
In the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division, points were not a premium on this night, with the 100 lap affair, the big attraction on this night was cash and bragging rights. Martin’s Home Heating added an additional $ 1000 to the purse just prior to the event giving everyone a little extra incentive on the night. Ken MacKenzie from Moncton drew the pole position and followed it up with a win in the first heat to put him on the pole for Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman 100. Mackenzie would take the lead off the green flag and would lead until lap 19 when the yellow flag came out. That put Mackenzie head to head with the legend Fearless Frank Fraser off the restart. Mackenzie held off Fraser but with just one lap in the books the caution came out and the 77 was collected within it. That sent Fraser to the back of the 24 car field. To most guys that would be the end but Fraser in one his typical gritty performances took his #77 from last to 4th finishing just off the podium but thrilling the crowd of over 3000. Mackenzie would lead until lap 39 when Michael Banks off the third and final caution of the night took the lead off the restart. The two drivers went back and forth jockeying for position with both leading laps until Banks led the halfway mark and took home the Lonnie Sommerville racing half way award. From there it was all Banks taking home his first big win of the year while Mackenzie stayed right on his tail with a strong 2nd place finish. Glynn Nott finished up the top three with a 3rd place finish, an event he won last year. The race finished with an amazing 61 laps of green flag racing.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - After winning the Modified main event two weeks early and following it up a week later with two-straight Sport Modified features, it appears that Earl Paules of Palmerton is on a mission. Paules took the lead in the Modified feature on lap eight and cruised to his fourth victory of the season in the division Saturday at Sundance Vacations Speedway. Lehighton’s Scott Meckes extended his points lead by notching his first Street Stock victory of the year and Mike Kline of Lancaster scored his third FWD win of the season in the 30-lap, double-points event. Scott Hubler of Coplay notched his sixth-straight victory of the season in the Pennsylvania Asphalt Legends event.
Volunteer Speedway (TN) - When you think of the Fourth of July (Independence Day) you think of patriotic displays, gathering for outdoors summertime activities with family and friends, and fireworks. Racers Jensen Ford and Roger Hunter proudly carried the red, white and blue colors of the American flag around Volunteer Speedway Saturday night to kick the holiday weekend racing program off as the national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) was being sung, and the night ended with exploding fireworks illuminating the skies high over “The Gap.”
Mark Douglas of Knoxville captured the Super Late Model feature win, while Jensen Ford of Piney Flats recorded the Fastrak Racing Series-sanctioned Pro (Crate) Late Model victory, with Morristown’s Dustin Shaver winning the Hobby Stock feature.
Douglas, the 2002 and ’03 Volunteer Speedway Super Late Model champion toured the high banks at 12.498-seconds (115.220 mph) during qualifying to earn the pole position for the 30 lap main event. Douglas jumped out into the lead over Jeff Maupin on the opening lap, and the duo began to set sail as they held a half-straightaway advantage over Mike Smith and Kerry Jones by lap 10.
With the race running clean-and-green … caution-free, Douglas and Maupin continued putting distance between themselves and Smith and Jones. Douglas, who last visited victory lane at Volunteer Speedway back on April 26, 2008, began experiencing engine issues with the laps winding down.
Maupin closed to the rear bumper of Douglas with five laps remaining, but Douglas, driving the C. Laney & Sons Construction/For The Serious Racer (FSR) Performance Parts & Fabrication/Byrd’s Radiator/All-American Paving/McClain Speed Shop/Envy Suspensions – Kirk Loudy/Allstar Performance/Ohlins/Brake Man/Performance Friction Brakes/PRC Radiators/Bert Transmission/CVR Race Bodies/Team DBM – David Bryant Motorsports/Fastlane Signs & Graphics/Allen & Cathy Bryant Enterprises/Vic Hill Race Engines/Rocket Chassis/No. 52D Chevrolet Camaro SS, had enough (motor) under the hood to hold Maupin off for the victory. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Smith, Jones and John Tweed.
“Kid Dynamite” Ford, coming off a win on Friday night just up Interstate 81 in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Wythe Raceway, had one thing on his mind – and that was winning the Pro Late Model event at Volunteer Speedway to make it a clean-sweep for the weekend. He began the night by turning a fast-lap of 13.300-seconds (108.274 mph) in time trials to nail down the pole starting position.
Ford grabbed the lead over Dale Ball at the drop of the green, as he was trying to win his second consecutive Pro Late Model feature at “The Gap.” In the early going Ball stayed within a couple of car lengths of Ford, but as the race progressed Ford, driving the Williams II Racing (Eddie Williams)/Metcalf Tree Service/B. Terry Vintage Automobile Restorations/AFCO Silver Advantage/Envy Suspensions – Kirk Loudy/Sweet Mfg./Hy-Tec Specialty Coatings/Wilwood Disc Brakes/PST Driveshafts/QuickCar Racing Products/VP Racing Fuels/Stealth Racing Carburetors/PRC Radiators/Twisted Roofs/Simpson/Monster Energy Drink/Primetime Designs - Get Wrapped! Race Car Body Wraps/Hoosier Racing Tires by Pup/83 Team Mafia/TNT Race Cars & Parts/No. 83 Ford Fusion, began to pull away from Ball to easily capture his third victory on the season, leading all 25 laps. Vic Chandler, Todd Brooks and Tim Byrd rounded out the top-five finishers.
Jamie Whitt set fast-time in Hobby Stock qualifying at 15.937-seconds (90.368 mph) to narrowly edge out Shaver (15.940) for the pole. But Shaver out-dueled Whitt for the lead on the first lap, and proceeded to lead flag-to-flag in winning the 20 lap feature for his second victory of 2010.
The road to victory was hard-earned for Shaver, a two-time (2006 and ’08) track champion, as he had to fend off several advances from Whitt for the lead. Also in the picture was Dale Reed, who was closely riding in third hoping the front-running duo might tangle while battling for the point and he would capitalize. Though that never occurred, as both Shaver and Whitt ran each other clean and never touched.
Shaver, driving the Tuff-Enuff 4-Wheel Drive Center/Krystal Mills Bros./Lane Sales Power Equipment/Audio Concepts/Morristown Towing & Automotive/Billy Daniel Re-Max Realtors/Phillip Carlyle Construction/Mike Bunch Investments/Westmorland Graphics/No. 7 Monte Carlo, won over Whitt, Reed, Robbie Woods and Blake Kelley.
Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Volusia Speedway Park took the Fourth of July weekend off.
Wall Stadium (NJ) - Shaun Carrig of Little Falls in the Modifieds and Rick Kopf of Keyport in the “Bobby Thomas Memorial” Street Stock 50-lapper became first time stock car racing winners for the 2010 season at Wall Stadium Saturday night. Kevin Eyres of Colts Neck in the Sportsman division, Willingboro’s Trevor Alspach in the Legend Cars and Wall’s Rob Longo in the Factory Stocks also celebrated the Independence Day weekend with stock car racing wins.
In the Supreme Manufacturing Modified 40-lapper, Farmingdale’s Billy Cole jumped out to the early lead with Carrig soon advancing to his bumper. Contender Tommy Farrell of Neptune, who was riding in the top five, spun on lap 13 to trigger a pile-up and force the race’s only caution flag.
Once back to action Carrig was able to power past Cole and into the lead, but soon Steven Reed of Freehold and Howell’s Chas Okerson were close behind in second and third. Although Reed pressured the leader all the way, Carrig was able to hold on to the win over Reed and Okerson. Farrell recovered from his early trouble for fourth and Cole was fifth.
In the Street Stock 50-lapper, Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y. and Carl Thomas of Tinton Falls wrestled for the lead until they tangled in traffic in the first turn on lap 22. When they both went to the rear of the field, Rick Kopf moved to the front and never looked back. As the event reached the final laps Beachwood’s Bill Vanderveen closed in to challenge, but Kopf held on for the biggest win of his career. Vanderveen, Middletown’s Rob Hyer, Gregg Miranda of Hazlet and Thomas were second through fifth.
Kevin Eyres jumped to the lead early and then raced to victory in the Sportsman division 25-lapper. Finishing second behind the four-time winner was Kyle Reinhardt of Neptune City who recovered from an early race tangle to race through the field and claim the runner-up spot. Brick’s Robert Sutphin was third, with Eric Mauriello of Howell and Brick’s Tim Stephan rounding out the top five.
Alspach raced from a seventh starting spot to win his sixth 25-lapper for the Legend Cars this season. Howell’s Robert French, Edison’s Brian Spencer, Luke Marzano and Ron Poley of Egg Harbor Township were second through fifth.
It took Longo 12 laps to race from a sixth starting spot and into the lead in the 20-lap nightcap for the Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stocks. Longo then raced on to his third win of the year while extending his point lead. Shannon Mongeau of Brick started dead last in the field and crossed the finish line second, while early leader John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant was third. Neptune’s Mike Bilello was fourth and Whitey Miller of Jamesburg was fifth.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl hosted the mid-season Speedbowl.com 300 on Saturday, an extra-distance extravaganza for its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. In total, fans were treated to six divisions and 300 laps of feature racing. Keith Rocco of Wallingford nailed his seventh track win of the year in the SK Modifieds®, Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton returned to the winner’s circle in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while it was Ed Puleo of Branford and Sean Caron of East Hampton each scoring their third win of the year in the Street Stock and Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock races. Allen Coates of Ledyard continued his mastery of the A.B. CDL Driver Training Center Truck division and Anthony Flannery topped the Legends Cars field once again.
Rockford Speedway (IL) - A night of tradition and fireworks found three newcomers to victory lane tonight at the Rockford Speedway, as Ricky Nielsen, Kyle Lapier, and Ron Morris all collected their first feature victories of 2010. Lapier held off a hard-charging Jason Bragg to find victory lane in the Budweiser American Short Trackers main event, and in the process, the young gun inherited the points lead from Nick Cina Jr, leading by two markers over the veteran. Ron Morris drove his way into the winner’s circle for the Bargain Hunter Sportsman with a late race pass to collect his first feature win in over a year. In the famed ‘Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’, ran in total darkness, Ricky Nielsen brokethrough to take over the lead in the points and the checkered flag on the track, making a late race move on Jason Brockway to find himself on top of everything.
Slinger Super Speedway (WI) - Race fans in attendance at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night were treated to an All-American type finish as underdog Jeff Holtz drove to his first career super late model feature victory in the Keith’s Marina Firecracker 85 Independence Day Special.
Defending track champion Chris Blawat scored his first feature win of the season by taking top honors in the 35-lap late model main event.
James Swan raced to his third feature win of the season in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event, holding off Gregg Pawelski for the win.
The Thunderstock 18-lap feature ended with a spectacular finish in which Eric Lingford took the apparent win over Al Stippich and Ryan Farrell. All three drivers charged three-wide for the lead on the final lap with Stippich sandwiched between Lingford on the inside and Farrell on the outside. The three-wide formation was maintained through turn two and as they approached turn three, Farrell was forced to back off slightly on the outside as Stippich and Lingford split a lapped car while charging for the win. Upon the exit of turn four, Lingford edged Stippich for the win with Farrell directly behind them. However, following the event, the cars of both Lingford and Farrell failed post-race technical inspection and were disqualified, leaving the event without a winner. Stippich was credited with second place while Andy Welter and John Daley were fourth and fifth respectively.
Erik Long was the winner of the Slinger Bees feature over Brandon Tackes and Alex Prunty. Nick Wagner was fourth and Braison Bennett finished fifth. Tyler Schley won the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Erica Knutson, Brandon Gumm, Joe Shelby, and Josh Fehrman. Jason Hennes won the Speedway Guest Car event and Luke Hilgendorf won the Spectator Eliminator race. Mike Meyerhofer was the winner of the Figure 8 event.
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - East Montpelier’s Cris Michaud earned his first win of the 2010 season on Sunday, July 4th’s Pepsi Holiday Fireworks event. Michaud, who has had some bad luck so far this season took his Ford powered Fusion from the fifth starting position and took the lead with less than fifteen laps to go. Michaud’s win will help him in not only the Thunder Road point standings but the Ford Blue Oval Cup standings. It was also Michaud’s 16th career Thunder Road Late Model win.
Northfield’s Matt White followed up his win this past Thursday with a second followed by Randolph’s Dylan Smith who finished a career high third after leading the first half of the 50 lap event. Rich Lowrey took fourth with Senator Phil Scott rounding out the top five. Reno Gervais, Nick Sweet, Thunder Road Late Model point leader Dave Pembroke, Grant Folsom and Joey Becker completed the top ten.
Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien held off his brother Tom for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature win. The two battled for the lead after Bobby started third and Tom started sixth. They also had to hold off Tony Rossi who took third. Eric Badore earned fourth followed by John Lambert. Shawn Fleury finished sixth, Matt Potter seventh, Pete Ainsworth eighth, David Finck ninth, and Lance Allen tenth.
The Allen Lumber Street Stocks feature saw West Topsham’s Tim Campbell earn his fourth win of the 2010 season. He was chased to the line by Dave Whitcomb. Marvin Johnson inherited third place after apparent third place finisher Danny Doyle was disqualified following an extension tear down of his motor in post race tech. Will Hennequin took fourth, and Travis Hull fifth. Amanda Habel earned sixth after leading the majority of the race. Gary Bashaw, Jayme Lee, Bunker Hodgdon and David LaFleche rounded out the top ten.
Barre’s Kevin Dodge earned the Junkyard Warriors portion of the feature. He was followed by Fred Schroeder, Josh Erwin, Mark LaFleche and Tommy Elwood.
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