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Tuesday July 9, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

The Thompson Speedway Thursday Night Thunder Series resumes this week.

At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night Ryan Preece, for the second consecutive week and fifth overall of the 2013 season, took the win in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Mark St. Hilaire won the 30-lap Late Model feature, Chase Dowling racked up his division leading third win in the Xtra Mart Xtra D 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, Albert Saunders was a first time winner in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and his twin brother Cliff Saunders was the big winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the SK Modified 40 lapper it appeared that Keith Rocco would unseat Ryan Preece as top dog but it wasn't meant to be. Rocco went from third to the lead on the first lap and was holding his own. It all came to an end on lap 13. Ryan Preece had moved by Todd Owen to take over the second spot. Somehow Owen got back by Preece and made contact with Rocco as they exited turn four. Rocco spun out of the lead and Owens car was inflicted with severe damage to the right front of his car. Once the dust settled Preece had inherited the lead.

In the end, Preece picked up his second consecutive victory and his fifth of the 2013 season. Woody Pitkat came home in second, with Eric Berndt, Danny Cates, and Matt Galko rounding out the top-5. Ted Christopher had been running third on lap 24 when he dropped out with mechanical issues. He was credited with an 18th place finish in the 20 car starting field. Rocco rallied from his spin to finish 11th.

From Stafford Preece headed for the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island where he continued his winning ways.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series was at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH with 30 cars strong, a huge crowd and 90 degree plus heat. Dwight Jarvis, a 40 year veteran of the open wheeled Modified wars took the lead from Chris Pasteryak on a lap 87 restart and went to win the 10th annual Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Firecracker 100’. The win was Jarvis first of the season, his fifth series victory at Monadnock, and his seventh career win under the VMRS banner. He also becomes the fifth different winner in five races to date.

Jarvis made a late drive through the pack he beat Pasteryak for the lead when the Connecticut driver spun his tires on a late restart. Pasteryak, who in the end settled for second, had led the race a total of 66-laps. Defending series champion Jon McKennedy finished third in the Art Barry owned car after starting 15th. Rowan Pennink and Richard Savary rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth place finishers were, Norm Wrenn, Dale Holdridge, Max Zachem, Tommy Barrett, and Jim Boniface.

There were nine caution flags, mostly for minor spins.

With temperatures in the high 90's action at the Waterford was a a fever pitch. The popular shoreline oval hosted the Overdrive Radio 300, its mid-season championship event for its six core racing divisions. Winning extra-distance NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races on the night included Tyler Chadwick who scored a memorable victory in the night’s big 100-lap SK Modified® race. Keith Rocco picked up his fifth win of the year in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division while Corey Hutchings and Ken Cassidy Jr. each won for the fourth time of the year in the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks, respectively. Glenn Griswold was a first-ever winner at the Speedbowl in the SK Light Modified division and Dylan Izzo scored his third INEX Legend Cars win of 2013. Chadwick beat back one of the division’s best-ever to claim the NASCARWhelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature. Keith Rocco moved in over the final charge to the checkered flag to stage a great finish with Chadwick that had fans on the edge of their seats. Kyle James hung on to third over Ted Christopher, who was fourth. Rob Janovic rounded out the top-five. The win was Chadwick’s third on the year and second consecutive in the extra-distance SK 100 event. Chadwick also picked up the “Rough & Tumble” driver of the race award for his hard earned victory. Twenty two Modifieds went to post for the event.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 100 this coming Saturday, July 13. The event will be shown live by the Speed Channel beginning at 1:00pm.

Ryan Preece, who has won three of the five events run this season, leads the point standings by 32 points over Rowan Pennink. Three points behind Pennink is Mike Stefanik. Justin Bonsignore and Doug Coby round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Ron Silk, Don Lia, Ted Christopher, Eric Goodale and Bobby Santos.

It's become somewhat of a joke as shortly after the recent Riverhead Raceway event that Ted Christopher has hit just about everything there is to hit except the lottery. Christopher hopes to hit the lottery in New Hampshire this coming Saturday when he gets redemption with a win. Christopher was in contention to take the win at New Hampshire last fall when he was hit and turned into the wall in the closing moments by Don Lia.

Down in the southland at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC the lights were out as the southern Modifieds were at the Caraway Speedway. George Brunnhoelzl III went wire-to-wire on Saturday to score a record 20th career win. Brunnhoelzl's biggest threat came late in the race when Andy Seuss challenged for the lead. He pushed Brunnhoelzl through Turn 4 on Lap 135, but spun while going for the lead a lap later, bringing out the fifth caution of the night. Seuss made a fierce charge back to the front after the restart, taking third at the finish behind Kyle Ebersole. They were followed by Brian Loftin and Gary Putnam, with his first career top-five finish. Sixth through 10th were Burt Myers, Luke Fleming, Danny Bohn, J.R. Bertuccio and Mike Norman.

On the speedway stock market scene last week all three speedway stocks had a week of gains. Leading the way was the International Speedway Corporation which went up 2.64 to 34.11. Speedway Motorsports went up 0.59 to 17.99 and Dover Entertainment went up 0.01 to 2.17. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprintwent up 0.14 to 7.16 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 0.56 to 15.86 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) dropped 0.32 to 50.22. The auto makers had a banner week. Leading the way was Toyota which went up 4.61 to 125.27. General Motors went up 1.36 to 34.67 and Ford went up 1.23 to 16.70. The home improvement sector followed suit. Lowes went up 1.88 to 42.78 and Home Depot went up 0.82 to 78.29. It was also a banner week for the team sponsors. Leading the way were the Target Department Stores which went up 1.39 to 70.25. Dupont went up 0.50 to 53.00 while Coca-Cola went up 0.39 to 61.54, Aarons Rentals went up 0.27 to 28.29 and Fedex went up 0.38 to 98.96.
 

In TV Land this week:
 
7
10
Wed
12:00 PM
3:00 PM
NSCS Replay
Daytona
SPEED
 
7
10
Wed
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
SPEED
 
7
11
Thurs
1:00 AM
1:30 AM
NASCAR Now
 
ESPN2
 
7
11
Thurs
7:00 AM
8:00 AM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
SPEED
 
7
11
Thurs
12:00 PM
2:30 PM
NNS Replay
Daytona
SPEED
 
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11
Thurs
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
The 10
 
SPEED
 
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11
Thurs
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
1:00 AM
1:30 AM
NASCAR Now
 
ESPN2
 
7
12
Fri
7:00 AM
8:00 AM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
NSCS Practice
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
NNS Final Practice
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
NASCAR Live
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
3:30 PM
5:30 PM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
A Racer's Life: Richard Petty
 
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
10:00 PM
11:30 PM
NNS Final Practice
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
12
Fri
11:30 PM
12:00 AM
NASCAR Live
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
12:00 AM
2:00 AM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
1:00 AM
1:30 AM
NASCAR Now
 
ESPN2
 
7
13
Sat
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
NNS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
New Hampshire
ESPN2
 
7
13
Sat
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
NSCS Final Practice
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
1:00
3:00 PM
Whelen Modified Tour Series
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
NNS Countdown
New Hampshire
ABC
 
7
13
Sat
3:30 PM
6:00 PM
NNS: NASCAR Nationwide Series 200
New Hampshire
ABC
3:47 PM
7
13
Sat
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying
Iowa
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
NCWTS SetUp
Iowa
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
8:30 PM
11:00 PM
NCWTS: American Ethanol 200
Iowa
SPEED
8:47 PM
7
13
Sat
11:00 PM
11:30 PM
NCWTS SetUp
Iowa
SPEED
 
7
13
Sat
11:30 PM
2:00 AM
NCWTS: American Ethanol 200
Iowa
SPEED
 
7
14
Sun
1:00 AM
3:00 AM
NNS: NASCAR Nationwide Series 200
New Hampshire
ESPN2
 
7
14
Sun
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
NNS: NASCAR Nationwide Series 200
New Hampshire
ESPN deportes
 
7
14
Sun
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
NASCAR Now
 
ESPN2
 
7
14
Sun
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
SPEED Center NASCAR Edition
 
SPEED
 
7
14
Sun
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
NASCAR RaceDay
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
14
Sun
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
NSCS Countdown to Green
New Hampshire
TNT
 
7
14
Sun
1:00 PM
4:30 PM
NSCS: New Hampshire 300
New Hampshire
TNT
1:15 PM
7
14
Sun
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
NASCAR Victory Lane
New Hampshire
SPEED
 
7
14
Sun
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
NASCAR Victory Lane
New Hampshire
SPEED


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Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene and other publications for over 3 decades.

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