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Tuesday June 11, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

The Stafford Motor Speedway fell victim to rain again last week. A forecast of heavy rain and wind forced NASCAR and the Stafford management to postpone the TSI Whelen Modified Tour Series for the second time. Here we are, now past mid June and only two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series events have been run, the Thompson Speedway Ice Breaker, run on April 14 and won by Mike Stefanik and the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 28 won by Bobby Santos III.

The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil has been pushed back another week and is now slated to be contested at the historic half mile on Friday, June 14.

In a bold move, the Thompson Speedway went against the odds of being rained out and ran last Thursday night and got most of their program in before the rains came. Rain put a damper on the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder program when track conditions forced the postponement of the Lite Modified and Limited Sportsman features until a later date. Keith Rocco, Rick Gentes, and Joe Baxter picked up feature wins in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action while Darryl Dutch was the victor in a special 15-lap Outlaw Antique Racer’s feature.

Rocco didn't let a wrist injury stop him from visiting victory lane at the northeast Connecticut oval. Rocco took the lead on lap nine of the Sunoco Modified feature and held off Woody Pitkat and Ryan Preece in an exciting finish to the 30-lap feature that was slowed for rain three times.

Woody Pitkat dove to the bottom on lap 24 and got side-by-side with Rocco before pulling ahead by a nose length out of turn two. Ryan Preece kept on the battling duo’s bumpers just waiting for a mistake. Rocco wasn’t about to settle in, however, and continued to fight on the outside groove before diving to the bottom of Pitkat on lap 26. The two fought door to door with Preece dropping to the bottom to go three-wide coming out of turn four of lap 27. Rocco reclaimed the lead coming out of turn two with Pitkat taking the white flag in second. Preece continued to keep the pressure on, but it was all Rocco at the checkered flag.

Paul Newcomb and Dennis Perry continue to impress as they rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth included Tom Abele Jr who has settled in as a Thursday night regular, Kerry Malone, John Catania, Jay Sundeen and Todd Ceravolo.

Thompson will have a full plate of competition this Thursday, June 13, as double features for the Lite Modifieds and Ltd. Sportsman will be run along with twin 30 Lap Sunoco Modified features.

The rain dumped between 5-6 inches on the Waterford Speedbowl on Friday but by Saturday afternoon it cleared and the water level dropped, allowing the Saturday night program to go on. Keith Rocco won his fourth SK Modified feature of the season, capturing the 35-lap event.

Other feature winners in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were Bruce Thomas Jr in the Late Model race, Corey Hutchings in the Street Stock race, Ian Brew in the Mini Stocks, Randy Church Jr. in the SK Light division and Nick Ladyga in the Legend Cars.

Rocco, who earned his first win since May 4, worked his way through the top ten to win this race. After Justin Gaydosh used a three-wide maneuver to take the lead, he held it until Kyle James moved in front on lap 14. Rocco, however, used the outside lane to challenge for the lead. He passed Gaydosh for second on lap 17 and used the outside again to get around James on lap 21.

Rocco then held off Todd Ceravolo over the remainder of the race to take the win. Kyle James, Justin Gaydosh, and Diego Monahan rounded out the top five.

In victory lane Rocco announced that he and his wife, Cassie, would have their first child in January. Cassie Rocco is the daughter of Todd and Terri Ceravolo and the granddaughter of Dickie Doo and Joyce Ceravolo.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series visited the Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night for a 100 lap event. Louie Mechalides picked up his third career Valenti Modified Racing Series win holding off some late race charges from Tommy Barrett and Dwight Jarvis.

Todd Annarummo jumped out to the lead from his pole position start, and set the pace for the first half of the race. Todd had his hands full, as Stephen Masse made his way through the field from his 11th starting position. By the time the race reached the one-third mark, Masse had closed in on the second generation racer, and put heavy pressure on Annarummo. Todd was able to hold on through a pair of restarts, but it would be lapped traffic that would be their undoing, as just past the half-way point, a car about to go a lap down struggled to find the right groove, causing Annarummo and Masse to get together.

Mechalides took over at the top of the leader board with Jarvis next to him on the restart. The pair raced wheel to wheel for several laps before Jarvis settled in behind. Chris Pasteryak joined the fight for second, taking over the spot for a couple of laps in the latter stages before falling back. With a restart in the final 25 laps, Barret started making a move to the front, and settled into third. At this point, Jarvis was back to trying to find a way by the leader, but Lightning Lou was keeping his hands busy keeping his ground pounder at the front of the pack.

Barret tried a couple of times to squeeze by on the outside, making a strong bid for the lead over the final laps, but Mechalides kept pace at the front, and held on for his first win of the season. Jarvis slid underneath for second by several inches over Barrett. Todd Patnode and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series is off now until Friday, June 21, when the 10th Anniversary season continues at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway for an 80-lap event. There were 27 Modifieds in competition at Seekonk.

At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, Ryan Preece won the Richie Evans Hall of Fame 100. Justin Bonsignore finished second with Ron Silk, third. Tom Rogers Jr and Howie Brode rounded out the top five.

Down in the southland at the Bowman Gray Stadium Jason Myers and Michael Clifton were the winners of the night's scheduled twin 25 lap NASCAR Modified events.

All roads lead to the Star Speedway this coming Saturday, June 15. The estimated SBM 125 purse is $44,888. It's the ONLY Modified race pitting the best from all walks of Modified life. Among those expected are Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher, Jon McKennedy, Chris Pasteryak, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeldt and Andy Seuss to name a few.

Tons of bonus money will be up for grabs including:

1. $2,400- “$100 Mod Maniac Bonus” to each driver who qualifies for the SBM 125.

2.. $2,000- B-Main purse contribution, also donated by Mod Maniac race fan Jim Schaefer.

3. UNSPONSORED- $500- To be awarded to the first non-qualified team after B-Main

4. $200- “Exeter Decorating Tough Luck Award"

5. $200- "Tisdell Transmission Repair Heat Race Winner's Bonus" ($50 each heat)

6. $250- "Bruce Batcha Longest Tow Award"

7. $100 + Plaque- "Danger Designs Best Appearing Car Award"

8. $100- "Mountainside Graphix Fast Time Award" (fastest final lap in heat)

9. $500- "Fast Track Concessions of Star and Thompson Star Weekly Driver Bonus"

($250-$150-$100 to top three)

10. $100- gift certificate to the highest finishing Star car from “The Race Depot”

11. $200 in fuel- “Sunoco Hard Charger Award" - For most positions gained during the race.

12. $220- “In Memory of Ann Pullen First Car One Lap Down Award"- Sponsored by

Mainely Motorsports.

13. $250- “Messina’s Flooring First Timer Award" -To the highest finisher racing at Star for the

first time

14. $200- “Steve Mendoza Single Car Hauler Bonus”

To the highest finishing car/driver that arrived in a single car, one level hauler.

15. $$$- Halfway lap 63 Bonuses: $300 minimum to the race leader

$150 Northeast Race Cars and Parts $150 Swanson Pontiac, Buick, GMC

---Additional Halfway Bonuses:

15a. $150- to a top 10 car by draw from SPAFCO in Memory of Denise Barry

15b. $1,500 to $2,500 (est. based on shirt sales)- T-Shirt Sales Bonus- Paid to the other eight top

10 drivers at halfway split evenly. Based on t-shirt sales- $10 from each shirt sale goes to the

purse.

16. $100 and a plaque- “1st Annual Shirley Z Award” to honor the mother, wife or girlfriend of

the race winner. This in memory of Shirley Zacharias, who helped keep her family together

while as many as six family members were competing in the same race.

17. $200- “Fred Wilcox III Highest finishing RoC Regular Award”. Must run every 2013 RoC

race prior to June 15.

18. $100 and a “30-pack”- “Highest Finishing VMRS Regular courtesy of Lu-Mac’s Package

Store Plus. Recipient must attempt to race in all 2013 VMRS events prior to June 15.

19. $200- “Rockingham Boat Highest Finishing WMT/WSMT Regular Award”. Must run all

WMT or WSMT 2013 events prior to June 15.

20. $2,000 plus (based on 50-50 raffle sales) 50-50 B-Main Purse Raffle-$3 each or 2 for $5, 5 for $10

each- Many winners, including FOUR $500 maximum cash winners, Red Sox Tickets, a $400 Water

Tubing Package, Seekonk Open Tickets, Dinners, shirts, NASCAR Memorabilia and much, much more.

Half of the money goes into the B-Main Purse.

21. $350 and a plaque- “Chuck Montville Car Owner of the Race” award. To the car owner who most

exemplifies Chuck’s ‘Get along with everyone’ attitude. (Donations by six friends of Chuck)

22. $100 “A-1 Automotive- Ashland, Mass.-Best B-Main Qualifier Feature Finisher”

23. $100 and a plaque- “Waddell Communications Fast Time Award

On the speedway stock market scene last week, two of the three speedway stocks ended the week on the positive side. Leading the way was the International Speedway Corporation which went up 0.28 to 34.94. Also up was Dover Entertainment which rose 0.03 to 2.14. On the negative side was Speedway Motorsports which dropped 0.02 to 18.15. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.06 to 7.24 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear dropped 0.82 to 14.82 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) rose 1.26 to 49.87. With the exception of Toyota which dropped 0.49 to 117.06 the car makers remained positive as Ford went up 0.04 to 15.72 and General Motors went up 1.14 to 35.03. In the home improvement sector Home Depot went up 0.07 to 78.73 while Lowes dropped 0.51 to 41.60. In the area of team sponsorship Dupont dropped 0.39 to 55.40 and Aarons Rentals dropped 0.26 to 27.83 while Coca-Cola went up 1.21 to 61.00, Target went up 0.83 to 70.33 and Fedex went up 3.45 to 99.79.
 

In TV Land this week:

           

6

12

Wed

12:00noon

3:00pm

NSCS Replay Pocono

Pocono

Speed

 

6

13

Thurs

12:00noon

2:30pm

NNS Replay Iowa

Iowa

Speed

 

6

14

Fri

11:30am

3:30pm

NSCS/NNS Practice

Michigan

Speed

 

6

14

Fri

3:30pm

5:00pm

NSCS Qualifying

Michigan

Speed

 

6

14

Fri

5:00pm

7:00pm

ARCA Series

Michigan

Speed

 

6

15

Sat

10:30 AM

12:00 PM

NNS Coors Light Pole Qualifying

Michigan

ESPN2

 

6

15

Sat

2:00 PM

2:15 PM

NNS Countdown

Michigan

ABC

 

6

15

Sat

2:15 PM

4:30 PM

NNS: Alliance Truck Parts 250

Michigan

ABC

2:32 PM

6

16

Sun

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

NASCAR Raceday

 

SPEED

 

6

16

Sun

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

NSCS Countdown to Green

Michigan

TNT

 

6

16

Sun

1:00 PM

4:30 PM

NSCS: Quicken Loans 400

Michigan

TNT

1:16 PM


That’s it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly RI 02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467. E-Mail is smithpe_97_97@yahoo.com.


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