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Tuesday August 6, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

Thursday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway was cancelled due to rain for the second week in a row. Thursday marked the third time this year weather has effected the Valenti Modified Racing Series at Thompson. The division was scheduled to run a feature at the track on May 19, but that was cancelled because of rain. The division is also scheduled to run its season ending event at Thompson on Oct. 19 as part of the trackís World Series weekend.

Sunoco Modified competitor Dennis Perry was at the speedway last Thursday and gave this report. "Went to Thompson today to grab a couple trucks and wow have they torn it up. Will be interesting to see how they run the show next week as there is barely any tar or grass in the pit area. The only tar is in the line where they have the tours pit and the road out back is all dirt now. Guess we will all be going old school and pitting in the dirt again. Just hope the idiots who come off the track ticked off don't tear up the dirt roads so the nose on the mods drag".

At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night the Whelen Modified Tour Series was in town. Doug Coby brought back fond memories of Geoff Bodine and Ray Hendrick who raced at Stafford back then and would lap the field on their way to victory. Coby did just that with a dominating run that put him in victory lane and back in contention to defend his series title. Ryan Preece, who continues to lead the point standings went from the penthouse to the outhouse on the next to last lap as he went from second spot to 16th after incurring a flat tire which resulted in a spin.

Donnie Lia, who has had a so-so season in the Mystic Missile reaped the benefits of Preece's misfortune as he inherited the runner-up spot. Ted Christopher, pole sitter Bobby Santos and Ron Silk rounded out the top five. Coby's performance was so strong he was able to lap all but the top seven. following Silk on the lead lap was Eric Goodale and Woody Pitkat. Rounding out the top ten and down a lap were Mike Stefanik, Cole Powel and Ron Yuhas Jr. There were 26 Modifieds on hand for the event that drew a standing room only crowd.

In other Friday night action at Stafford, Eric Berndt was a first time winner on the season in the 40-lap SK Modifiedģ feature, Adam Gray extended his streak of consecutive podium finishes to 11 with his fourth win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Ronnie Williams took down his second win in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Albert Saunders claimed his second win in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Brandon Michael scored his first win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Like Coby, Berndt reaped the benefits of Ryan Preece's misfortune. Preece was the class of the SK Modified field but was the victim of contact and ultimately a spin by Dan Avery. It was a possible payback as Preece had moved Avery out of his way earlier in the event.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series returned to action Saturday at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me. Steve Masse took the lead with seven laps to go and went on to win the 100 lapper. Anthony Nocella finished second with Chris Pasteryak, third. Richard Savory and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five.

Masse started on the pole and led the first 63 laps before giving way to David Pinkham in a restart on lap 64. Pinkham led through lap 92 and then faded to finish 9th.

Action at the Waterford Speedbowl saw Diego Monahan go pole to pole, but had to survive nine caution flags before winning the 35-lap SK Modified feature. Other winners in the Speedbowl's weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were Keith Rocco in the Late Model feature, Bill Leonard in the Mini Stock race and Corey Barry in the SK Light Modified feature.

Monahan was lucky to be out front of a wild SK Modified race. In addition to the nine caution flags, Monahan had to endure 13 restart attempts. Point leaders Rocco and Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry found themselves among the lead pack only to meet misfortune over the event. Rocco spun off turn four on lap 11, restarted at the rear and worked back up to the front only to get caught up in another incident battling Tyler Chadwick for third on lap 21. After pitting for a flat left rear tire, Rocco got back into contention for the win and had the final shot at Monahan on the final restart with two laps remaining. He lined up outside of Monahan, but couldn't find any traction in the top groove of the track and Monahan went on to record his first win since 2007. Rocco finished in second while Ceravolo rebounded from a spin on lap-17 to come back for third.

Down in the south land at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC twin 50's for the NASCAR Modifieds were run on Friday night and the NASCAR Southern Modified tuour visited on Saturday night.

Tim Brown, who registered his 69th career victory and is two away from matching Junior Millerís record total, held off challenges by Dean Ward, who was the fastest qualifier for the first time this season, and then Burt Myers to win the first 50 lapper. In the second 50 lapper, Jason Myers survived a three-lap drag race with pole-sitter Tommy Neal and then fended off challenges from Danny Bohn through four more restarts on the way to his fourth victory of the season and 14th overall.

Ryan Preece usually competes at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on Saturday nights. This week he turned right instead of turning left at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge exit as he headed to North Carolina. The 700 plus mile drive paid off as he won the pole starting position and after leading all 199 laps at the flat quarter mile speedway, recorded his first win in NASCARís Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Preece survived nine restarts and was able to outdistance Burt Myers who finished second.

Canadian driver Cole Powell finished third for the second straight year in the tour race at Bowman Gray. Danny Bohn was fourth, and Tim Brown fifth. Woody Pitkat, who also made the the 12 hour trip, fell on misfortune and finished 19th.

At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island twin 30's were run for the Modifieds. Timmy Solomito and Howie Brode took the wins.

On the speedway stock market scene last week two of the three speedway stocks had positive endings for the week. Dover Entertainment went up 0.26 to 2.66 and the International Speedway Corporation went up 0.94 to 34.83 while Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.96 to 18.37. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.93 to 6.67 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 2.25 to 19.02 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) dropped 1.69 to 49.74. The car builders had a positive week. Ford went up 0.48 to 17.50 and General Motors went up 0.28 to 36.95 while Toyota leaped 9.88 to 134.33. In the home improvement sector, Home Depot went up 1.49 to 80.23 and Lowes went up 1.02 to 44.99. In the area of race team sponsorship it was mostly all positive except for Coca-Cola which dropped 1.11 to 63.95. Dupont went up 1.29 to 59.92, Target went up 0.03 to 71.50, Aarons Rentals went up 1.76 to 28.94 and Fedex went up 4.58 to 109.15.
 

In TV Land this week:
 
8
7
Wed
12:00 PM
NSCS Replay
Pocono
SPEED
 
8
9
Fri
12:00 PM
NSCS Practice
Watkins Glen
SPEED
 
8
9
Fri
1:30 PM
NNS Practice
Watkins Glen
SPEED
 
8
9
Fri
4:00 PM
NSCS Final Practice
Watkins Glen
SPEED
 
8
10
Sat
9:30 AM
NNS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Watkins Glen
ESPN2
 
8
10
Sat
11:30 AM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Watkins Glen
ESPN2
 
8
10
Sat
2:00 PM
NNS Countdown
Watkins Glen
ABC
 
8
10
Sat
2:15 PM
NNS: Zippo 200 at The Glen
Watkins Glen
ABC
 
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11
Sun
10:00 AM
NASCAR Raceday
Watkins Glen
SPEED
 
8
11
Sun
12:00 PM
NSCS Countdown
Watkins Glen
ESPN
 
8
11
Sun
1:00 PM
NSCS: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Watkins Glen
ESPN
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Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene and other publications for over 3 decades.

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