By Phil Smith
Racing in New England got an early start last week as the
Stafford Motor Speedway ran Full Fendered Wednesday highlighted
by the NASCAR Busch North Series. Second generation driver Ryan
Moore gambled with a tire change and walked off a winner. Ted
Christopher gambled that his tires would last. He lost and had
to settle for third place at the finish. Christopher led from
lap 77 to 122 until giving way to Moore. Brian Hoar took over
second spot late in the race. A good representative field of 28
cars was on hand. Andy Santerre and Mike Olsen rounded out the
top five. Craig Collins took the Late Model win.
Savory took the Sunoco SK type Modified win at the Thompson
Speedway last Thursday night. The second generation racer took
advantage of Tom Cravenho’s bad luck to take his second victory
of the year. Jeff Malave extended his point lead with a second
place finish. Todd Ceravolo was also in the mix until developing
suspension problems while running in the lead pack. Kerry Malone
ended up third with Bo Gunning and Bert Marvin rounding out the
top five. Charles Bailey III scored his fourth Late Model
victory of the year. Andy Johnson took top honors in the Pro
Stocks with Keith Desantis victorious in the Limited Sportsman.
Other winners were Mike Veins in the Thompson Modifieds and Todd
Henshaw in the Mini Stocks.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to the
Stafford Motor Speedway last Friday night. A strong field of 37
Modifieds were on hand. Defending tour champion Tony Hirschman
gambled with changing three tires when the rest of the field
went with four on lap 113. Hirschman was fourth when he pitted
and emerged the leader. Hirschman ran the rest of the event in
the lead and went on to record his third tour win of the year.
Ted Christopher ended up second and now leads Hirschman by 14
points going into Thompson. Jerry Marquis finished third with
Mike Stefanik, fifth. High humidity along with extreme
temperatures made for a true test of man and machine.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series returns to the
Thompson Speedway this Thursday, August 18. Retired Modified
great George Summers will be leading the field to the start at
Donnie Lia won the 40 lap SK Modified feature at Stafford on
Friday night. It was his first Stafford win. Lloyd Agor finished
second with Willie Hardie Jr, third. Jeff Baral and Chuck
Docherty rounded out the the top five. Andy Major won the Pro
Four feature. Jeff Zuidema finished second with Dan Meservy,
third. Jason Hereux and Cory Cleary rounded out the top five.
Cleary is the grandson of one of the all-time greatest drivers,
Frank Mucciacciaro didn’t make any friends at the Waterford
Speedbowl last Saturday night when he won his second career SK
Modified feature in near 100 degree temperatures. Between the
heat and Mucciacciaro’s driving, fellow competitors Tom Fox and
Rob Summers were very critical of the winner’s driving tactics.
Mucciaccaro started on the pole and led every lap of the 35 lap
feature. Summers ended up second with Fox third. Ron Yuhas Jr
and Dennis Gada rounded out the top five. Allen Coates won his
fifth Late Model feature of the year while Bill Gertsch Jr went
pole to pole to win the Sportsman feature that had been carried
over from the Bud Nats. John Puglisi won the regularly scheduled
event. Ken Cassidy Jr beat out Richard Brooks to win the Mini
Stock feature and Jeffrey Paul won the Legends feature.
It was good to hear that the annual Racearama will be moving
to Foxboro, Mass. for 2006. Show promoter and Speedway Scene
publisher Val LeSieur feels that the move to Foxboro in the
complex that is home to the New England Patriots Football Team
will bring many new fans to the show. Racearama was located in
the Better Living Center of the Big E in West Springfield. In
recent years the Big E has decided to charge for parking.
Racearama had no control over this situation but felt that it
was in their best interests that the show be moved.
It was one year ago that Tiger Tom Baldwin was taken from us
after a wreck at Thompson. Always outspoken, Baldwin told it
like it was. A charter member of the Long Island gang, Baldwin
was a Modified loyalist. He always had the best interests of the
division at heart. In his late 50’s, Baldwin knew he was in the
twilight of his racing career but still remained competitive. It
is only fitting that we remember this fallen racer on the
anniversary of his passing.
James Civali, tossed out of Stafford Speedway’s SK Modifieds,
on thin ice with the Whelen Modified Tour, is now on thin ice
with officials of the Busch North Series. During last week’s
Busch North Series 150 at Stafford Civali, lost his temper again
and drilled veteran Dave Dion. Dion and Civali had been making
contact prior to the incident which triggered Busch North Series
officials’ action to park Civali for the night. One of Civali’s
friends said he is very upset with himself. He knows he made a
very big mistake, and only blames himself. He is only 21 years
old, and no doubt will make more mistakes in his life. By his
choice the No.29 was not at Stafford on Friday night as he is
taking time to reflect and think. Civali has a lot of raw talent
and has shown flashes of having what it takes to be a top
driver. At this stage of his life the best thing that could
happen to him would be a little Seekonk or Norwood Arena back
lot attitude adjustment before he hurts or kills someone!
It looks like Nevin George is out of the Ralph Solhem No.0.
George has been the victim of bad luck lately and both felt that
it was time to explore other options.
With a little luck it is expected that Mike Ewanitsko will
make his return to the Modified Tour. Since undergoing two
separate operations on his eyes the Long Island racer now has
20-20 vision. The team will definitely appear at Martinsville on
Labor Day weekend.
In TV land, this week’s viewing will consist of an extensive
amount of Speed Channel programming. NASCAR Nation is now on
every day, Monday thru Friday at 7:00pm. This weeks viewing
begins on Tuesday at 4:00pm with last Saturday’s Craftsman Truck
event that was run in Nashville, TN this past Saturday. Last
Saturday’s Busch Series Zippo 200 that was run at Watkins Glen
gets rerun at noon. At 5:00pm NASCAR Fast Forward highlights
last weekend’s Nextel Cup event and Busch Series event at
Watkins Glen plus the truck event from Nashville. At 8:00pm the
action switches to the Outdoor Channel for the World of Outlaws
from Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. The Speed Channel
revisits the 2004 Nextel Cup event run at the Michigan Speedway
last August at noon on Thursday. A replay of last Sunday’s
Nextel Cup event run at Watkins Glen follows at 3:00pm. Friday
at noon will see the August 6 Hooters Cup event that was run in
South Boston, VA. The Speed Channel goes live at 5:00pm from
Michigan. Live coverage on Speed continues at 5:00pm with the
ARCA RE/Max Series 200 from Michigan. At 8:00pm Speed presents
same day-taped delayed coverage of Nextel Cup final practice.
Saturday’s live coverage begins at 10:00am with Busch Series
qualifying from Michigan. Live action switches to TNT at 1:00pm
for Nextel Cup qualifying followed at 3:00pm with the Busch
Series Domino Pizza 250. Live action on TNT carries over to
Sunday for the Nextel Cup GFS Marketplace 400 from Michigan at
2:00pm. Subscriptions for Lou’s Motorsports TV Calendar are now
by e-mail only and can be had for $12.00 per year. The all-new
version features larger type, better accuracy and more detailed.
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On the Speedway Stock market Scene last week two of the three
speedway stocks ended on a positive note. The International
Speedway Corporation went up 0.29 to 58.11 and Dover Downs went
up 0.10 to 6.80. On the negative side was Speedway Motorsports,
which went down 0.54 to 38.41. Nextel dropped 1.14 to 33.32
while Sun Oil went up 1.54 to 65.72. Action Performance and
Featherlite Trailers both had off weeks. Action dropped 0.15 to
10.85 and Featherlite dropped 0.14 to 3.65. Boundledd
Motorsports remained a no-change at 4.65. In the drug sector,
Bristol Meyers-Squib went up 0.15 to 25.00 and Pfizer went down
0,09 to 26.16. Home improvement was all-positive. Lowes went up
2.12 to 65.19 and Home Depot went up 0.33 to 41.28. The parcel
carriers had a mixed week. Fedex went up 0.05 to 84.65 and UPS
dropped 0.38 to 73.06.
Sprint and Nextel Communications Inc. announced that they
closed their proposed merger on Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. The
companies have received all required regulatory approvals for
The proposed merger between Sprint and Nextel was announced
on Dec. 15, 2004 with a commitment to create Sprint Nextel -- a
leading communications provider that will offer a comprehensive
range of innovative wireless and wireline products and services
to consumer, business and government customers. After the
completion of the merger, Sprint Nextel common stock will begin
trading on Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, on the New York Stock Exchange
under the ticker symbol "S."