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Tuesday March 19, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series opened for the season this past Saturday night on March 16 at the Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. Caraway. For most of his racing life Jason Myers had played second fiddle to his flamboyant brother Burt. Fortunes reversed in the series opener as Burt ended the night sitting in the infield with a blown engine and Jason found himself in victory lane.

It was a gift of sort for Jason, who, with five laps to go was running behind former Bowman-Gray Stadium champion Tim Brown. Brown's car slowed with an apparent fuel problem, setting up a free for all restart between Myers and George Brunnhoelzl, III. With the event exted three laps to accomodate a green-white-checkered finish Brunnhoelzl slipped up as they drag raced down the front stretch, which allowed Myers to get away en route to his third career victory in his 97th start. Brunnhoelzl, the defending tour champion, settled for second while Kyle Ebersole rallied from two laps down to finish third. Ted Christopher and Andy Seuss were fourth and fifth, respectively.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action for the KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150 this coming Saturday, March 23 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. Twenty Modifieds took the green.

Interest continues to build in the re-birth of weekly racing at the Thompson Speedway. Because of various reasons the field of Sunoco (SK type) Modifieds had reached all time low car counts the last couple of years. Because of race management and rule changes the Speedway management hopes for a turn around year. Twenty six competitors have indicated that they will compete the Sunoco Modifieds in 2013. Among those returning are defending series champion Ryan Preece along with Todd Ceravolo Ed Puleo, Rick Shawn, Keith Rocco, Dennis Perry, Wayne Arute, Jay Sundeen, John Catania, Dave Salzarullo, Shelly Perry and George Wilkinson. Danny Cates, who left Thompson a couple of years ago to seek his fortune at Stafford has applied for a number which indicates he may return. Among the missing to date but expected to be in the opening day line-up are Woody Pitkat and Ted Christopher.

The Thompson Speedway management has promised equal treatment for all competitors and rules that will be universal and compatible with other tracks.

In the Late Model division at Thompson they too will se a rebirth with 25 competitors that have applied for car numbers to compete. Among those who will be new to the division in 2013 are Ryan Morgan and Joe Curioso along with Glen Boss and John Lowinski-Loh.

Thompson's season opener will be on the weekend of April 13 & 14 with the Icebreaker.

In a joint announcement last week the Stafford Motor Speedway and CARQUEST Auto Parts will sponsor three Whelen Modified Tour events in 2013; “The Greatest Race In The History Of Spring”, The CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, the mid-summer CARQUEST 150, as well as the final race of the season, The CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. The three events will create something that has never been seen on the Whelen Modified Tour, an opportunity to win the CARQUEST Triple Crown and $25,000 in bonus money. The CARQUEST Triple Crown creates a unique opportunity for a Whelen Modified Tour driver to take home some extra cash. Any driver who is able to win all three CARQUEST Whelen Modified Tour events will walk away with a $25,000 bonus.

Former Mystic Missile pilot Chuck Hossfeldt will be returning to the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Series at the Thompson International Speedway "Icebreaker" on the weekend of April 13-14 and then two weeks later at the Stafford Motor Speedway and the 42nd annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler on April 27-28. Hossfeldt won the Icebreaker in 2003 and has won a NASCAR Whelen Modified Series event at Stafford in May of 2008. The Ransomville, New York racing star has also seen a lot of success at both of these tracks, getting several other top five finishes. His last run on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series was at the Thompson International Speedway World Series in October 2011, when he picked up an impressive fourth place finish.

Congratulations to Ron Hedger of Ballston Spa, NY who has recently been named to join the elite panel of judges to tap the nominees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Hedger is a trustee of the Saratoga Auto Museum, where he curated the 2012 NASCAR exhibit, "Moonshine to Millionaires", and the permanent "Racing in New York" exhibit. He also organizes and moderates the popular Lost Speedways program each November. As current president of the Eastern Motorsports Press Association, he's been added to the panel along with representatives of the National Motorsport Press Association and the American Auto Racing Writing and Broadcasters Association. NASCAR's policy is to appoint the head of each group to the panel. The committee will select 25 nominees, with balloting to take place in Charlotte on May 22.

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Beyond 200: The Hendrick Motorsports Story

 

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On the Speedway Stock Market scene last week all three speedway stocks ended the week on a positive note again. Leading the way was Speedway Motorsports which went up 0.54 to 17.80. The International Speedway Corporation went up 0.13 to 32.01 and Dover Entertainment went up 0.07 to 1.85. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.05 to 5.83 while NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 0.65 to 13.73 and NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 0.11 to 47.21. The car makers were again in the green for the week. Ford went up 0.47 to 13.45 while General Motors went up 0.21 to 28.21 and Toyota went up 0.24 to 103.93. In the home improvement sector Home Depot dropped 2.32 to 69.05 and Lowes dropped 0.50 to 38.81. The big sponsors were up with the exception of Aarons Rentals which dropped 0.32 to 28.35. Dupont went up 0.75 to 49.90 while Coca-Cola went up 0.20 to 62.89, Target Department Stores went up 0.45 to 66.80 and Fedex went up 1.27 to 109.07.

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.


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

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