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RaceDayCt.com reported last week that
the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series
took a big hit when car owner Ed Whelen
decided to shut down his operation and
sell his equipment and long time car
owner Bob Garbarino indicated that he
was fed up with the way NASCAR treats
the Modifieds and hinted that he may
also be packing it in in the not so
distant future. Whelen owns the cars
driven by Ted Christopher. Whelen
doesn't like the way NASCAR is heading
as far as lack of television support,
sub standard purses and the fact that
the sanctioning body's attempt to "save
the car owners money" is nothing more
than a sham to get competitors to use
the same "spec" engine. The NASCAR rule
makers have all but ruined the Sprint
Cup and Nationwide Series divisions with
their IROC type Cars of Tomorrow. Next
will be the Modifieds or what's left of
them. Long time car owner Bob Garbarino
has also voiced his displeasure with the
way NASCAR has treated the division.
Chad Little, the Whelen Modified Tour
Series director continues to paint a
pretty picture that NASCAR is doing
everything it can to make it better and
more affordable for the car owner.
Former New England Speedway official
Tony Leckey said it best when after
reading Little's statement said the way
it came across was "The door is open and
I’ll listen to their comments all the
time but at the end of the day we’re
going to make a decision and sometimes
they like it and sometimes they don’t.”
That tells you everything you need to
know about how much NASCAR values your
input. All Chad did was validate what
Bob Garbarino said. The promoters and
local officials bear the wrath for this
but at the end of the day, NASCAR could
Now that Whelen and Garbarino have
spoken out against the sanctioning body
they need to watch their backs when ever
they compete in NASCAR events because
its a known fact that those who have
spoken out against the sanctioning body
have been fined and or harassed.
Maybe it is time that the car owners
band together to make a statement by
parking their cars. That would be the
only thing that NASCAR would understand.
Promoters would be forced to cancel
events which would mean that no
sanctioning fees would go south into the
NASCAR bank accounts. When you hit
someone in the wallet they sit up and
take notice. NASCAR will not listen to
car owners. This is the only way to get
their attention. Maybe they will do the
car owners a favor and cancel the
Modified division all together.
Thursday night Thunder at Thompson saw
Keith Rocco earn his second victory of
the season after taking the lead from
Kerry Malone on a restart at lap five.
Malone took the early lead with Rocco
and Dennis Perry on his bumper. Malone
had just pulled away when the first
caution of the night flew for Perry, who
lost the right front on his machine.
Malone and Rocco brought the field back
to green on the restart with Rocco
taking the lead out of turn one. Malone,
Ryan Preece, and Ted Christopher rounded
out the top-four as they all pulled away
from the rest of the field. On lap
eight, Preece dove to the bottom groove
heading into turn one and drove by
Malone, who was left to fend with the
challenges of Christopher. Preece set
his sights on Rocco, who had pulled
ahead to a comfortable five-car length
lead as Christopher drove by Malone for
the third spot. Rocco greeted lapped
traffic at the halfway mark with Preece
closing up some of Rocco’s lead, but it
was still all Rocco up front. The race
went caution-free as Rocco drove to the
checkers unchallenged. Following Rocco
and Preece were Ted Christopher, Kerry
Malone and Richie Gallup.
Other winners in NASCAR Whelen All
American Series action included Jason
Chicolas who added his name to this
season’s win column in the Limited
Sportsman division, Tommy O’Sullivan in
the Late Models, and Mike O’Sullivan in
a special 50-lap Super Late Model race.
Jay Sundeen won an exciting contest with
John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. that resulted in
both drivers coming across the finish
line sideways in the Thompson Modified
feature. Cam McDermott and Dave Trudeau
were winners in their divisions.
There were nine Sunoco (SK) Modifieds on
hand for the event.
At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday
night rain prevailed and wiped out the
SK Modified twin 75's until this Friday
night, July 27.
In Saturday night action at the
Waterford Speedbowl Shawn Monahan picked
up his first win of 2012 by getting the
best of Keith Rocco in a spirited duel
over the final 15 laps. Monahan started
from the pole and led all but one lap.
Tyler Chadwick was able to get by Rocco
to finish second. Rocco came home third
and was followed by Diego Monahan and
Tom Abele. Corey Hutchings won his third
Street Stock feature on the year while
Wayne Burroughs picked up an exciting
first-ever win in the Mini Stock
division. Corey Barry won his second
consecutive SK Light Modified race, Dana
Dimatteo won his second Saturday Series
Legend Cars event of 2012 and Chris
Garside took a hometown win in the
Saturday Series for the X-Car division.
In NASCAR Southern Modified action at
the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem
NC points leader Tim Brown edged Burt
Myers in the first 25-lap Modified race,
and Austin Pack bumped leader Chris
Fleming around Turn 2 of the last lap in
the second race and went on to a
In NASCAR Modified action at the
Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Ryan
Preece won the Tom Baldwin, Richie
Evans, Charlie Jarzombek Memorial 77
lapper. NASCAR's Jerry Cook presented
In action on the tube this week the
Speed Channel will replay last weekends
ARCA event that was held in Joliet, Ill.
The telecast will be on Wednesday at
noon. On Thursday at noon Speed will
replay last weekends Nationwide Series
event that was also held in Joliet. The
World of Outlaws Dirt Late Models take
center stage at noon on Friday, also on
the Speed Channel.
Speed goes live on Saturday morning at
9:30 with Sprint Cup practice from the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.
Sprint Cup practice continues at 10:30
on ESPN2. Nationwide Series qualifying
goes at 12:30 on Speed. Sprint Cup
qualifying follows at 2:00pm on ESPN.
Also at 2:00pm will be the World of
Outlaws on the Speed Channel. At 4:00pm
ESPN has the pre-race show that will
lead in to the 4:00pm start of the
Nationwide Series Indianapolis 250 at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Evidently the Nationwide Series has
become so boring even IMS was unable to
secure a sponsor for the event.
Sunday's programming begins at 10:00am
with a two hour RaceDay on Speed. At
noon its over to ESPN for the Sprint Cup
pre-race show that will lead to the
1:00pm start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400
at the Brickyard in Indianapolis.
On the Speedway Stock Market scene last
week all three speedway stocks were in
the minus column from the previous week.
The International Speedway Corporation
dropped 0.79 to 25.80 while Speedway
Motorsports dropped 0.74 to 16.96 and
Dover Motorsports dropped 0.15 to 1.35.
NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.33
to 3.66 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sun
Oil went up 0.16 to 48.10. NASCAR tire
supplier Goodyear dropped 0.43 to 9.81.
The car makers were down for the week.
Ford dropped 0.06 to 9.21 while General
Motors dropped 0.26 to 19.36 and Toyota
dropped 1.42 to 75.13. In the home
improvement sector Home Depot dropped
1.39 to 50.70 and Lowes dropped 0.93 to
25.79. The big team sponsors were up and
down. Dupont went up 1.24 to 48.87,
Coca-Cola went up 1.17 to 65.84, Aarons
Rentals went up 0.78 to 29.11 while
Target Department Stores dropped 0.58 to
61.37 and Fedex dropped 2.27 to 90.08.
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