51's Grassroots Racing Recap
Who Has Torn Up The Weekly Short Tracks This Week?
Compiled From Various Track PR Reports
Updated - Monday, August 9th,  1:00pm ET

Wednesday Races -

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday was in action at the Speedbowl with both new faces and returning winners reaching Victory Lane.  Dennis Pantani of Branford wound up the victor of a rough and tumble Legends Cars race, scoring his first career win.  Nicholas Sowa of Middletown won a hotly contested Bandolero event.   Patrick Williams, also of Middletown, won his first X-Car race of the year in a highly entertaining feature.  Frank Alessio of Colchester rebounded from a hard wreck one week ago to reach the winner’s circle in the Super X-Car race.  Bubby Brouwer of Waterford and Kathy Civardi of Noank rounded out the night’s winners, scoring the X-Modified and Women on Wheels checkered flags.


Thursday Races:

Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA) - Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder concluded its 10-week season of racing and crowned its summer series champions. Except for veteran Skip Nichols, all other classes featured first time championship winners.

Brian Weimer was the pole sitter for the Masters feature. At the halfway point, Scott Moseley made a pass coming off turn four for the lead. Moseley went on to log his first win of the year. Skip Nichols collected his fifth-career Masters championship and tied Doug Stevens with five Thursday Thunder championship titles.

Justin Thomas took the green flag to set off the Young Lions feature. Points leader Sean Rayhall was out front before the first lap was completed. Rayhall dominated the race and led every lap. Rayhall posted his seventh win of the 10-week series and picked up his first Thursday Thunder championship.

The Marco’s Pizza Bandits kicked off with Clayton Weatherman out front. Weatherman led all circuits to score his fourth win in four starts in the 2010 Thursday Thunder season. Alex Coffey was crowned the Marco’s Pizza Bandits champion.

Luke Behnke paced the field to the start for the Dixie Home Crafters Semi-Pro feature. The race began with Behnke six points behind co-points leaders William Plemmons III and Jake Armstrong. Behnke led all laps and earned his first win of the season. Plemmons secured the championship title by three points with his second-place finish.

The Roadsters feature started with Adam Gay as the leader. But by the second lap, the field was three-wide at the flag with points leader Brian Meredith becoming the point man. Meredith was the victor and claimed his first career Thursday Thunder championship.

Points leader John Holleman paced the filed the start for the Morley Company Outlaws feature.  Holleman shut down the rest of the field by leading all laps, grabbing his seventh win of the summer and captured the championship title.

The OCP Angus Farms Pro feature began with Doug Stevens on the pole. On the fourth lap, points leader Donald McIntosh wrestled his way to the front. Taylor Hull made his move for the top spot on lap 13. Two laps later, it was a three-car battle for the lead between Hull, Stevens and McIntosh. Stevens spun on his own on lap 17 bringing out the caution. Hull was out front for the restart and seized the win two laps later and McIntosh scored his first Thursday Thunder championship.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - The August 5th Thursday Thunder event was rained out. Two Thunder races finish the season the next two Thursday nights -- Aug. 12th & 19th.

Thompson International Speedway (CT) - Severe weather forced Thompson International Speedway officials to postpone the August 5th Tour-Type Modified Shoot Out. The rescheduled date for the event will be Sunday, September 26th. The new date will be the final Thompson points event of the season and will include Thompson’s Super 6 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions along with the Tour-Type Modified 40-lap Shoot Out. Grandstands will open at 1 PM with racing action starting at 2:15 PM.

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Grant Folsom earned his second career Thunder Road Late Model feature win on Safelite Autoglass Night on Thursday, August 5. Folsom led flag to flag from the pole position as the 50 lap feature was completed with just one caution. Reno Gervais came home second while Jamie Fisher edged out John Donahue for third. Phil Scott followed Donahue to the line to complete the top five.

Current Thunder Road Late Model point leader Dave Pembroke took sixth followed by Nick Sweet, Rich Lowrey, Cris Michaud and last week’s winner Joey Becker rounding out the top ten.

In the eleven Thunder Road Late Model feature events to date in the 2010 season there have now been eleven different winners. The only repeat winners in the Late Models this season are Dave Pembroke who won the point counting season opener at Devils Bowl Speedway along with a regular feature event and Nick Sweet who won the ACT Late Model Tour Merchants Bank 150 and the Carquest Governor’s Cup.

Peacham’s Tony Rossi earned his first career Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature win. He worked his way from the 8th starting position and held off 2009 Tiger Champion Jimmy Hebert, Mike Ziter, Derrick O’Donnell and Eric Badore. Bobby Therrien, last week’s feature winner Matt Potter, Tom Therrien, Pete Ainsworth and current point leader David Finck completed the top ten.

Elmore’s Dave Whitcomb earned his second career Allen Lumber Street Stock feature win and his first of 2010. He outran Mike MacAskill who was looking for his third straight win. Gary Bashaw, Scott Weston and point leader Tim Campbell rounded out the top five. Ron Gabaree, Gary Mullen, Thomas Placey, Dave LaFleche and Sid Sweet all earned top tens.

The Junkyard Warriors saw Cabot’s Ken Christman take his eighth win of the 2010 season. He was followed by Kevin Wheatley and Tommy Elwood.


Friday Races:

Bowman Gray Stadium - Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem takes the checkered in a wild 50-lapper at Bowman Gray Stadium.  Click Here For Speed51.com's Trackside Now coverage of the event.

Brewerton Speedway (NY) - Jimmy Phelps won Friday's 35-lap Big-Block Modified feature.

Can-Am Motorsports Park (NY) -  This week's winners were Rob Bellinger (Modified), Matt Hulsizer (Sportsman), Lee Gill (Pro Late Model) and Taylor Caprara (Stock Car).

Dixie Motor Speedway (MI) - The Biggest Single Day Racing Event in the Midwest was at the Dixie Motor Speedway Presented by Draper Auto Group on Friday, August 6th as BIG ONE VIII highlighted the best of both worlds when it comes to Stock Car and Open Wheeled Racing!

The overflow, capacity crowd on hand in Birch Run, Michigan were treated to some memorable racing throughout the night as the Big Winners were; Johnny VanDoorn - Super Late Models, Ryan Litt - Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints, Al Boitel Jr., - RacingPartSales.com Street Stocks, Chris Wilber - Birch Run / Bridgeport Herald Bombers, and Ray DerMiner - Mike's Auto Parts Figure 8s.

Lee USA Speedway (NH) - Wayne Helliwell, Jr. continued his drive to the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model championship at Lee USA Speedway on Friday night, notching his sixth win of the year in the 35-lap main event presented by E Keys 4 Cars.

Veteran Moe Lattime set the early pace when flagman Bryon Callen let the Late Models loose, but Bryan Kruczek made his way past on lap eight to take over the point.  Mile Chipman followed Kruczek to the front, and soon enough, Helliwell joined them to make it a three-way battle for the lead.

Contact between Kruczek and Chipman brought caution on the field and gave Helliwell the lead on lap 21, and it was all over from there.  Helliwell pulled away on the restart, and he cruised unchallenged to the checkers to score the win. 

Pat Floyd backed up his win the week before with a solid runner-up effort, with B.J. Piekarski, Chipman, Tom Fuller, Kruczek, Travis Canney, A.J. Panessiti, Lattime, and Bobby Baillargeon rounding out the top ten finishers.

The PB Chopper Shop and Rods Small Block Supers turned out another first-time winner, as Tony Carroll led flag to flag to score his first career Small Block victory in convincing fashion aboard the Paul Brown-owned Full Throttle Racing entry.

Carroll led the event from the drop of the green, but he faced some tough challenges along the way from Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Mike Netishen, and former champion Eddie Witkum, Jr., who spun out of contention while fighting for the lead on lap 21.

Tombarello picked up the chase once again in the late laps, but he came up short as Carroll checkered first and took the win.  Tombarello had to settle for second, followed by Netishen, Dave Sanborn, George Perreault, Jr., Billy Osborne, Witkum, Steve Dickey, Jr., Matt Riley, and Butch Valley, Jr.

The Prime Storage Late Model Sportsmen main started with several drivers forced to watch from the sidelines, as rookie Josh Ball had problems in practice, and Jesse Bousquet, Chris Sullivan, and John DiBurro were all unable to start after having trouble in qualifying.

Current points leader Grant Aither once again showed the LMS the fast way around, picking up his ninth feature win of the season when the checkers flew, strengthening his points lead even more with the season winding down.

Coming off his big win the week before, Bobby Melvin raced his way up from 12th on the starting grid to a second place finish, with Michele Fushpanski, Tony Kawejsza, Brian Grantz, Bill Ahern, Kayla Cazares, Jimmy Russell, Ryan Green, and Patrick Stewart next across the stripe.

Ron Washburn was the fastest thing on the track in the Picnic Table Factory Hobby Stock main, but he was penalized as a result of post-race inspection, handing the win over to veteran Bobby Glass.  For Glass, it was a nice rebound from the hard crash he suffered the last time out.

Points leader Todd Bregy checkered second, with Brian Thompson, Jim Piaseczny, Kenny "Caveman" Scott, Jr., Patrick Tanguay, Steve Douphinette, Steve Dickey, Jr., Mark Parenteau, and Chris Kingsley finishing up the top ten.

Rookie Dylan Bilodeau scored a crowd-pleasing win in the David's Race Cars and Components Roadrunner main event.  Bilodeau had to work his way from the back of the field after an early-race incident, and he worked the outside to perfection on the back up through.

Torrey Kovalesky led the first two circuits before a tangle sent him spinning, with Dana Faulkner picking up the lead as a result.  Justin King was next to take a turn out front, but Bilodeau grabbed the spot away on lap 16 and held on the rest of the way to win over Lloyd Chapin, Tim Boyle, Faulkner, and Troy Washburn.

American Auto Parts Ironman action saw Glen Billings dominate, leading the way from start to finish to pick up the win.  Matt Lambert was up to challenge in the late laps, but he had to settle for the runner-up finish in
the L & W Racing entry.

Nearly half the field was caught up in trouble of one sort or another, but Kyle Roy avoided it all and picked up another podium finish with a third-place run, followed by Sean Martin, Jack Victoria, Kevin Emery, Matt
Bakutis, Cody Harvey, Dave Brown, and Jacob Rheaume.

Madison International Speedway (WI) - On a picture-perfect night for racing, Scott Broughton picked up the win in the 40 lap feature for the Rockweiler Insulation Late Models for the third time in 2010.  Bobby Wilberg won again in the Ho Chunk Gaming Area Sportsman while Chester Ace (Roto Rooter Bandits), Todd Ambrose (Club LaMark Hobby Stocks), and Max McNamara (Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends) were also winners.

Ocala Speedway (FL) - Mark Whitener (Late Models), Chris Fontaine (Thunder Stocks), Casey Feaster (Gladiator) and Keith Briggs (Mini Stocks) won on Friday night at Ocala.

Orlando Speedworld (FL) - Bobby Good (Super Late Models), Anthony Sergi (Pro Trucks), Matthew Jarrett (Modifieds), Donovan Ponder (Legends), David Russell (Mini Stocks), Wes Railing (Strictly Stocks) and Michael Held (Bandos) were Friday night's winners at Orlando.

Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) - Stafford Speedway hosted the Whelen Modified Tour as well as its usual card of five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing divisions as part of the 20th Annual Town Fair Tire 150 program.  Woody Pitkat won his second race of the 2010 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Michael Bennett romped to his second Late Model feature win of 2010 in the 30-lap feature, Tommy Barrett, Jr. scored his fourth consecutive and sixth overall win of 2010 in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Dan Flannery scored his fifth win of the 2010 season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Cliff Saunders picked up his first victory of the 2010 season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Toledo Speedway (OH) - Kevin Shirey zipped to the win in the 30 lap Buckeye 305 Winged Sprint Car feature at Toledo Speedway Friday evening.  A good-sized crowd was on hand to also see Jim Froling (Sportsmen), Corey McCaughey (Factory Stocks) and Greg Studt (Figure 8s) visit the Sunny D Winner's Circle on a beautiful summer night.


Saturday Races:

Airborne Speedway (NY) -Martin Roy won Saturday's Modified feature.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) - Bill Whorff, Jr. scored his first Pro Series (Super Late Model) victory at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) on Saturday night over Scott Moore, Bradley Babb, Dan McKeage and Trevor Sanborn. Other winners on the night were Corey Bubar (Sports Series), Randy Snow (Wildcats) and Ray Letellier (Roadrunners).

Berlin Raceway (MI) - Brian Tillema won the Pro Stock race that ran in conjunction with the ARCA Racing Series event at Berlin.

Bethel Motor Speedway (NY) - Daniel Hemric won the LegendStock 2010 50-lap INEX Asphalt Nationals qualifier.

East Bay Speedway (FL) - Five divisions presented an exciting program as action in August was ushered in at East Bay Raceway Park.

The night started with sad news of the passing of longtime track announcer Jack Miller. The veteran microphone master, well respected in the Sprint Car community, had thrilled fans for many seasons at the oval and served as an inspiration for those who followed in the chair.

Outlaw 4s hit the track and saw Billy Howard go wire-to-wire to pick up his fifth win of the season. That ties him with point leader Matthew Haynes, who stayed close throughout the race. Howard had his hands full with Shirlene Hammond, who returned to the track after the work on her car has lasted all day and the ride arrived just before the first race. Hammond kept second with Haynes third, followed by Chris Zimmerman and Keith Heard. The heats were won by Brittany Yates and Hammond.

A combination class of Gadgets and Micro Sprints offered a heat and a feature. The heat was won by Cliff Evans while Ivan Page proved to be the class of the field in the main.

Precision Kia Street Stocks brought a field of 18 cars for a 15-lap main. Early leader Collin Kruse kept command for the first four laps before yielding the top spot to James Hook. Kruse tried to regain the lead, leading to a three-car battle between the two and Clarance Pratt through the last three laps. Hook was parked in Victory Lane, but a protest proved beneficial for those who chased him to the line. Hook was whistled for a tech infraction, giving the win to Clarence Pratt. Kruse was awarded second, ahead of Donnie Reed, Thomas Pratt and Buck Woodhouse. Heats were won by Thomas Pratt and Reed.

Limited Late Models saw John Bradley make a strong move on early leader Tim Gay and run strong to the finish in the 15-lapper. Gay claimed second with Roger Crouse, Tim Powers and Scotty Williams posting top five runs. Bradley and point leader Forrest Gough took their heat wins.

A field of 36 motorstats.com 4 Cylinders forced an A main and a B main with the top eight finishers in the heats moving to the A. The A main saw point leader Kever Raulerson notch his first feature win and give him more of a cushion over the rest of the field with his wire-to-wire run. Patrick Fiore rebounded from being shuffled early to claim second. Patrick Tabb Jr., celebrating a birthday, was also able to charge back through the field after being involved in a seven-car accident. Tabb finished third, ahead of Gene Gross and Johnnie Alexander. The B main was won by Robert Kissam, who inherited the lead when runaway leader Michael Eaton pulled off with two laps to go. Heats were won by Raulerson, Matthew Odel and Don T. Quinn.

Flat Rock Speedway (MI) - Defending champion Jeff Maran notched his third consecutive victory in Saturday night's 250 lap Enduro race at Flat Rock Speedway.  Maran will go for the sweep in the championship race, a 300 lap contest, September 18.  Tom O'Leary IV/Charlie Williams took the entertaining Figure 8 train race, while David Price was the top dog in the ARCA 4 Cylinder main event.

Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) - J.R. Heffner (358 Modifieds) and Chad Jeseo (Pro Stocks) won on Saturday night.

Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) - This week's winners were Pure Fours - Josh Estep, Chargers - Brad Housewright, Legends - Dace Johnson and SuperCup - Clint Keenan.

Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - James Flood, Shawn Nations, and Chris Morelock scored feature wins this past Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on "Buffalo Prairie Dental Night at the Races". Flood and Morelock scored their first feature wins of 2010 in the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks and the TNT Quick Shop Late Models respectively while Nations picked up his second Pitt's Homes A-Modified win in a row and third overall.

Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) - Earl Paules picked up another Ace card Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway and now heads into next week’s Hand 3 of the 7 Card Stud Modified 100 Poker Series as the top hand holder with a pair of Aces. Saturday’s race was one of two additional 35-lappers that have been added to this year’s Poker Series.

For Paules, who hails from Palmerton, it marked his second straight Mahoning win in as many starts as he most recently won a 100 lapper on July 24. He drove from 15th starting spot and into the lead with three laps remaining which took an all-out effort to do so too as he had to fight past Lonnie Behler for the win.

Joe Mooney led the 20-car starting field to the green and jumped into the early lead. Second starting Behler then moved to the front on lap three and by lap eight was being confronted by Don Wagner. At times Behler looked to be the car to beat as he pulled ahead with a decent gap over Wagner.

But, after a restart on lap 19, Wagner got busy. He passed Behler on lap 20, however, the favor was returned two laps later. Behler was only ahead by inches as the pair ran two-wide with third running Tyler Haydt right on their heels.

With eight laps to go the caution was out for Lou Strohl. The restart took several tries. On one of the call backs Wagner had caught Behler sleeping and another saw Haydt power down to the inside for a  brief peek at the lead.

When the race finally did resume Behler was on his toes as he kept his car at the front. Wagner got caught in a mesh of on comers and slipped back a few spots. Haydt was now second and Paules had weaved his way to third.

With five to go Paules got past Haydt and then turned up the pressure on Behler. He made his race wining pass by going to the inside off turn four.

Just as the lap was being completed a nasty front stretch crash unfolded. Collected in the melee where Haydt and point leader John Bennett. Both had to be towed from the scene.

Over the final three tours Paules stayed steady.

“That was really rough out there tonight. No one was giving anyone anything that’s for sure. We had to work for everything we got tonight,” said Paules who now has a dozen Mahoning wins. “There was a lot of hard racing out there but it was all clean.

Behler, second on Mahoning’s all-time win list with 40 victories, is still looking for that elusive first win with a Modified. In the last two seasons has come close with five runner-ups and four thirds.

“It wasn’t that bad. The biggest difference is that (Paules) is a $20,000 car and this (his) is a $5000 car,” said Behler.

Bobby Jones came in third while Wagner and Eric Beers rounded out the top five.

With the misfortune of Bennett, Wagner has closed the gap in the standings to just six.

In Late Model action it was a Wallace winning for the second week in a row. This time around Dave Wallace of Lehighton was the victory. Last week his brother Rick was first to the checkers.

Starting second, Dave took over the lead from Ed Bauer on lap three and then held off a relentless effort by Todd Stehle en route to his 11th career class win and first since 2003. 

The Street Stock class remains highly competitive as TJ Gursky of Palmerton added his name to the list of different winners this season, which brings the total to 12.

Gursky started on the outside of row one and managed to get to the lead first over pole sitter Josh Mooney.

Gursky, who is the only driver to campaign with a Monte Carlo body in a predominant field of Camaro’s, then proceeded to lead every lap and he did so in a strong way as no one came to challenge him. His win was the third in a Street Stock  and 16th overall.

Jason Frey, Steve Hoffman, last week’s winner Gene Bowers and Todd Ahner completed the top five.  

Kevin Graver, Jr., of Lehighton was the Pro4 Late Model winner for the fourth time this season.

Graver took the lead from Jake Kibler on lap two and then had to fend off his nephew and point leader Kris Graver.

His win, the 29th with the division, marked the 34th overall and now puts him fourth on the all-time winners list.

Randy Thomas of Palmerton has been on a mission of late. The current Dirt Mod point leader posted his third straight and unprecedented eighth feature win of the season.

On lap 13 restart he took the lead from his brother Dave Thomas and then drove off to a nearly two second margin of victory.

In the 4c Super Mod race, Wes Gilbert of Preston, MD continued his season long dominance with his fourth Mahoning win.

Montana Raceway Park - Gary Lewis picked up the Best of the West Tundra 125 on the Lucas Oil Super Late Model Series in one of two races on the NASCAR Rumble in the Rockies Saturday night presentation at Montana Raceway Park.  Eric Holmes won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race.

New Smyrna Speedway (FL) - Saturday night's races were rained out.

Norway Speedway (MI) - Mike Reichenberger capitalized on Troy Nelson’s equipment failure to end Nelson's drive for five consecutive Pepsi Late Model feature wins.

Orange Show Speedway (CA) - Jeff Peterson continued his late season charge toward what he hopes is a championship by going from next-to-last to first in the JAM Sportswear Late Model main event Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.

The 19-year-old Peterson, of Riverside (Ca.), cut Ron Daniel’s lead to 7 points with his third victory in the past four races. Daniel, who finished fourth, went into the 50-lap event, the 11th of 15 on the season, with a 25-point advantage.

Daniel had started at the rear of the field in every race this season in an effort to increase his chances of earning passing points by moving through the field. But this time he elected to start near the front (fifth) in the 15-car field and it was Peterson, the fast qualifier, who opted for a rear start (14th).

It seemed for a while like Daniel had made the best decision. In a race marred by 10 yellow caution flags, the Mentone (Ca.) resident led early and appeared in position to vie for his first win of the season. The flurry of early cautions – seven in the first 18 laps – allowed Peterson to move through the field easily, however, and once he took the lead for the first time on lap 18 it was obvious it was his race to lose.

Brandon Loverock bid for the top spot several times on restarts, but Peterson easily repelled each challenge and took the checkered flag 1.210 seconds in front of Loverock, with Matt Goodwin third, Daniel fourth and Logan Mainella fifth.

The Daniel-Peterson battle will resume Aug. 21, when the Late Models will run a pair of 50-lap races.

After the Late Models got done, “Barefoot Billy” Ziemann of Bloomington (Ca.) brought the curtain down on the program by winning the 30-lap main event for the Pick-A-Part Outlaw Figure 8s. Rod Proctor and Jay Henson were second and third, respectively.

Cliff Conklin of Big Bear Lake (Ca.), the 2007 class champion, got his second win in a row in the 35-lap Pick-A-Part Street Stock main event. Conklin, who led all but one lap, survived a caution flag that erased his 1-second lead with three laps to go and beat fast qualifier Jesse Lawson by 0.206 seconds.

Shaun Estes of Riverside (Ca.) beat Wicked Racing teammate Kevin Cook of Riverside to win the 35-lap Stock Cars USA main and David Glidewell of Riverside won the 15-lap Pro 4 race.

The Western Racing Association’s vintage open-wheelers opened the show with Riverside resident Donovan Stark driving an Offenhauser to victory in a 12-lap Midget race and 65-year-old Jack Kersell of Santee (Ca.) taking the 12-lap Sprint Car feature.

Owosso Speedway (MI) - The cars and stars of America's Premiere Template Bodied / Crate Motor Series, the Lexington, Michigan based ASA Late Model Northern Series invaded one of their home state tracks, the Owosso Speedway on Saturday, August 7th for their eighth race of the 2010 racing season; the Michigan 100.

A capacity crowd jam packed the historic 69-year-old Ovid, Michigan speed plant and the Big Winners of the night were; Eddie Hoffman - ASA Late Model Northern Series, Tom Hoose - Affordable Tire and Service Center Pro Late Models, Don Riley - Shiawassee Shores Pro Stocks, and Jimmy Stratton - Shattuck Specialty Advertising Pure Stocks.

Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) - Corey Morgan continued his strong late summer streak by winning Saturday night's Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) over Tim Brackett, Jeff Taylor, Shawn Brackett and Glen Luce.

Jim Davis, Jr. won the Strictly Stock race and Jimmy Childs won the Mini Stock feature pending tech.  Other winners were Josh Childs and Mike Haynes (Outlaws) and Deanna Robinson (Ladies).

Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - Double points, $900 to win and a 50-lap feature was the main focus for the Late Model division on Weis Markets Night last Saturday at Sundance Vacations Speedway. When it was all said and done, Zane Zeiner of Bath, PA led flag to flag and took top honors. Ricky Ross, Jr. of Mountaintop, PA endured many cautions to claim his second Sport Modified feature win of the season and Paul Morgan, Jr. of Mountaintop, PA earned his fifth Factory Stock victory of the year.

Seekonk Speedway (MA) - Fred Astle took his second Pro Stock win of the season after chasing down a surging Kevin Casper from Somerset, MA, then holding off division leader Dave Darling of Rehoboth, through the second half of the race.

Ryan Vanasse of Warwick, RI, came home to his second win of the season in the Late Model class.

Somerset driver Ted Berube fought his way through a field of Sport Trucks, before coming home ahead of last week's winner, Mike Cavallaro of Seekonk for his first win.

Defending Street Stock champion Mike Mitchell of Cumberland, RI took his first win of the 2010 season.

Speedway 660 (NB) - Saturday night over 4000 fans were treated to some fantastic racing at Speedway 660.   Some of the best sportsman cars from all over Atlantic Canada make their way to the Geary Woods for the Firecracker 150.  The second big sportsman event of the year saw 30 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 also racing in the Atlantic Open Wheel Modifieds as well as the LeisureFamilyRV.com street stock division.

In the Leisure FamilyRV.com Street Stock division Rick Cashol increased lead with another 1st place finish.  Cashol took the lead halfway through the event when Heidi Cooper who has leading the race got caught up in lapped traffic on the high side of the speedway.  That allowed Cashol to make the pass on the inside and power his #54 to the front of the field.   Peter Gaddess and Matt Matheson had strong cars all night and rounded out the top three respectively.

In the Atlantic Open Wheel Modified tour, 15 cars took the Geary woods with local native Mark Price in his #9 taking home the checkered flag.  Price started deep in the field and took the lead late in the race never to relinquish it.   Rounding out the top three were the #3 of  Ken Deveaux  and the #17 of Joe Hoyt.

In the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division the Firecracker 150 was the main event for the night and it did not disappoint.   George Jamieson took the pole position by winning the first heat and Ken Mackenzie was on the outside pole.  Right out of the gate Mackenzie took the lead and was strong throughout.  On lap 65, Mackenzie got caught up in lapped traffic and fell all the way back to fourth after being caught on the inside lane behind a lapped car.  That allowed the veteran Glyn Nott to take over the lead followed by Matt Maillet and Dave Bigger.   That’s the way they would complete the first seventy five laps.   After the competition yellow at lap75, Nott started where he left off to continue leading the race until lap 123.   Going into to turn three Nott got into the 44 of George Jamieson trying to make a pass and putt Jamieson down an additional lap.    When the collision happened Dave Bigger was unfortunately collected as part of the incident.  That cleared the front row sending Bigger to the pits and Nott to the back of the lead lap cars.    That left young Matt Maillet to inherent first place for the restart.   Maillet made no mistake powering his Chevrolet to the front and holding on to take the Firecracker 150.   That gives Maillet the biggest win of his career.    Ken Mackenzie and Myles Harris rounded out the top three with Nott never recovering from the incident on lap 123.

Virginia Motor Speedway - The beginning of the Victory Lap Late Model feature at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway began with a lot of promise as Stevie Long of Mechanicsville, MD and David Williams of Avenue, MD began a side by side battle for the lead that had the crowd on it’s feet. But good things sometimes come to an end way too soon.

Long and Davis Lipscombe led the stout field to green with Long leading the first circuit with Williams right on his bumper. Williams would jump to the inside of Long in turn 1 as the two raced door to door with Williams nipping Long at the line for the lead on lap 3. Long would battle back on the outside and would take the lead back by inches on the next circuit.

The two raced side by side over the next three laps before the races first and only caution of the night would come out for a two car spin in turn 2. While under caution Long’s car would come to a stop in turn 4 and would need assistance getting to pit road handing the lead to Williams. Long’s promising night would come to an end as he was unable to get back on the track.

On the restart Williams pulled away from Davis Lipscombe and the rest of the field. The closest Limpscombe would get would be on lap 20 as the two worked traffic but it was all Williams as he cruised to the win in convincing style.

Rounding out the top five were Davis Lipscombe, Sommey Lacey, Matt Marshall and Scott Adams.

In other action Tony Wood of New Kent, VA would hold off Roger Jamerson of Mechanicsville, VA on the final lap to pick up his first win of 2010 in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman division. In the Budweiser Modifieds Dan Arnold of Petersburg, VA would hold off Brian Maxey of King George, VA for the win and in the Collision One Limited Stock division James Givens of New Kent, VA picked up the victory.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature saw Shawn Otey and J.R. Guy led the field to green with Guy leading the first lap with Roger Jamerson on his bumper. On the next circuit Jamerson would dive under Guy in turn 2 to take over the lead.

On lap 3 Taylor Doggett went to working the high side and took over the second spot on lap 5 in a three way battle for the position. On lap 10 Jamerson looped his car in turn 4 doing a complete 360 allowing Tony Wood and Taylor Doggett to get by with Wood taking the lead. Jamerson would work his way back to second and on lap 17 made it to the back of Wood as the two headed to turn 3. On the final lap Jamerson would take one more shot at Wood for the lead only to come up short at the line. Wood’s win marks the first time a crate motor has won a feature at VMS. Rounding out the top 5 were Roger Jamerson, Michael Roop, Shawn Otey and Davey Pullen.

In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature it only took Dan Arnold of Petersburg, VA five laps to move from his sixth place starting position to take over the top spot from Dustin Bishop. Once out front Arnold set a blistering pace.

Behind him Brian Maxey of King George, VA began to pick off one position at a time. On lap 14 Maxey got to the inside of John Ferguson on a restart and the two raced door to door for the next two laps before Maxey would secure the position. On lap 17 the races final caution would close Maxey back on the bumper of leader Arnold.

Maxey would only get one shot at Arnold for the lead and it came on the restart of lap 17. Maxey would take a peak inside Arnold heading into turn 1 but Arnold would power off turn 2 to maintain his lead. Over the final laps Arnold would pull away from the field and go on to his second win in a row. Rounding out the top 5 were Brian Maxey, Dustin Bishop, John Ferguson and Josh Harris.

In the Collision One Limited Stock Car 20 lap feature Joe Ender and Ryan Toole led the field to green with Ender leading the first circuit with Toole, Brett Adkins and James Givens all in tow. On lap 3 Adkins would take control of the race when Ender would slide up turn 2 allowing Adkins to pass to the inside. On lap 13 Toole would get inside Adkins off of turn 2 but couldn’t make the pass.

On lap 18 Toole would finally pull off the pass taking the lead. As the two raced down the backstretch Toole and Adkins would make contact sending Toole spinning bringing out the caution. Adkins would come to pit road with a flat left front. With both leaders at the rear of the field the lead was handed to James Givens. On the restart Kevin Fletcher would get inside Givens in turn 1, the two made contact out of turn 2 sending Fletcher spinning.

On the races final restart Givens pulled away and went on for the victory. Rounding out the top five were Wesley Givens, Joe Ender, Marty Coltrain and Brandon Sandridge.

Volunteer Speedway (TN) - Mark Douglas of Knoxville led flag-to-flag en route to capturing his second Super Late Model feature win of the season Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway.

Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - Although everyone connected with Volusia Speedway Park was wishing hard for good weather for Saturday night, nature failed to pay attention and peppered the area with multiple showers and thunderstorms throughout the day.  And after the speedway was hit with the second round of rain at about 3PM in the afternoon, race officials decided that to attempt to race was only asking for trouble.  There were too many storms on radar with high potential of hitting the track, and the surface was already on the verge of being too wet to salvage anyway.

So with the postponement of racing announced, VSP management immediately began working on schedule changes in order to make up at least some of the rained out events.  No decision has been announced for making up the 3rd Annual Wiener Nationals dog races, but the $1000 to win Taylor Racing Products Sportsman race will be made up on September 18th

Wall Stadium (NJ) -  It appears that only an injury can keep Modified stock car driver Tommy Farrell from victory lane at Wall Stadium!

The Neptune resident grabbed a couple of main event wins earlier this season before taking top honors in the mid-July Garden State Classic. After that victory Farrell sat out a couple of races to recuperate from fractured ribs suffered in a non-racing accident.

Farrell not only returned to action on Saturday night but also returned to his winning ways as he swept both 25-lap main events presented for the Touring Modified stock cars.

A young fan made Farrell’s job relatively easy in the first race by picking a front row starting slot for Farrell in a blind draw. Farrell then led Howell’s Jamie Tomaino in the early going before Pete Brittain of Allentown took over second and went after the leader. Still, Farrell had the needed power to hold off Brittain and Tomaino, while Danny Sammons of Trenton and Rich Kuiken, Jr. of Tuckerton completed the top five.

Tomaino won a first lap battle with Sammons to lead early in the second 25-lapper, but Farrell was flying and quickly advanced to the leader’s rear bumper. Soon this duo was racing side-by-side before Farrell dove to the inside lane to take the lead. Farrell then fought off Tomaino the rest of the way while Brittain crossed the finish line third. Sammons and Chatham’s Bill Weichert were fourth and fifth.

Toms River High School student David Calabrese grabbed the lead early and raced on to his career first victory in the companion 25-lap Sportsman feature race. Kevin Davison and Chris Lane, both of Howell, Holmdel’s Andrew Krause and Kyle Reinhardt of Neptune City completed the top five.

Ray Minieri of Bay Shore, N.Y. was the first driver to the finish line in the 25-lapper for the Street Stocks, but when his No. 1 failed a post-race inspection Howie Conk of Jackson was awarded the win. Conk held off Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood, Keansburg’s Jerry Stanzione, Dave Jennings of Toms River and Hazlet’s Gregg Miranda.

Jim Downey of Cliffwood Beach jumped to the lead early and then raced to his first ever Flanagan Retail Development Factory Stock win. Shannon Mongeau of Brick raced through the pack to be on Downey’s bumper in the closing laps, while Tim O’Shea of Neptune, Jamesburg’s Whitey Miller and Wall’s Roy Farfel were third through fifth.

Willingboro’s Zack Alspach won his second Legend Cars 25-lapper for the year, beating his point leading brother Trevor to the finish line. Brian Spencer of Edison, Luke Marzano and Bridgewater’s Mike Fulton completed the top five.

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - An exciting round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing took place Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl, presented by The Rock 106.9 WCCC.  Keith Rocco of Wallingford bested Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry for the second consecutive week to win another exciting SK Modified® feature.  Hope Valley, Rhode Island racer Rich Staskowski recorded his first career win in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race.  Al Stone III of New Haven won his third Street Stock division event of the year to keep pace in the championship standings.  Louis Bellisle doubled up the Norwich Bulletin Mini Stock field, winning his second consecutive race, while teenager Anthony Flannery of East Hampton won his 14th Legends Cars race this season but first since July 3rd.

Yakima Speedway (WA) - With the threat of rain the shortened 50 lap Yakima Speedway Super Late Model Challenge Series Main Event Got underway. Randy Marshall Jr won the B Trophy Dash and  Rookie Tayler Riddle claimed his first A trophy dash and started on the pole for the much anticipated main event. Past Champion and Series point’s leader Owen Riddle started on the outside row and quickly took the lead leaving Erick Hargraves and Mike Longton to battle each other for the remainder of the Race. Owen Riddle continued his domination claiming another win followed by Mike Longton, Erick Hargraves, Tayler Riddle and Randy Marshall Jr rounding off the top 5.


Sunday Races:

Slinger Superspeedway (WI) - Lowell Bennett prevailed in an intense battle with Steve Apel and drove away to his fifth victory of the season in the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Rob Braun held off Wayne Freimund to win the 35-lap late model main event, using the outside lane to complete a late-race pass for the lead.

Jeff Holtz won the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event, holding off his brother Brian Holtz at the finish to score the victory.

Al Stippich edged Ken Scraufnagel to win the 18-lap Thunderstock feature event.

Alex Prunty won the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Wagner.   Jim Lund made his debut at Slinger a good one as he drove to victory in the 16-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Ryan Lovald and Joe Shelby.  Scott Goetzke closed the evening with win in the 10-lap Figure 8 race.       

Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) - Swanton’s Taber Gagne earned the $3,000 pay day in the 26th Annual M&M Beverage 200 at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, August 8. The former Airborne Speedway Tiger Sportsman competitor was the only driver to complete all 200 laps. A total of 104 cars from all over the Northeast were on hand to take their shot at the top prize.

Tim Campbell of West Topsham earned his fifth win of the 2010 Thunder Road Allen Lumber Street Stock season in the 50 lap M&M Beverage special. Campbell worked his way into the lead just before the halfway point from his seventeenth starting position. He would hold off a hard charging Mike MacAskill, who won last season’s Street Stock special, without giving up the lead for the remainder of the event.

Gary Bashaw, Jean Leblanc, and Ron Gabaree rounded out the top five, while Will Hennequin, Greg Adams, Donnie Yates, Dave Whitcomb and Danny Doyle completed the top ten. The race saw just four cautions and took just over 26 minutes.

Cabot’s Ken Christman earned the Junkyard Warriors win followed by Brock Parrott, Josh Erwin, Kevin Dodge and Kevin Wheatley rounded out the top five.

 

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