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Tuesday March 5, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

With Florida Speedweeks now history it's time to look ahead to the openings of the northeast speedways for the 2013 season. In five short weeks the Waterford Speedbowl comes alive with BlastOff 2013 on Sunday, April 7. The Thompson Speedway follows one week later with IceBreaker 2013 which will also include the opener for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open their season with the annual Spring Sizzler on April 28.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series opens for the season a week from this coming Saturday night on March 16 at the Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. Caraway, a .455-13deg oval will open for their 48th season with the Charles Kepley Memorial 150. Among the northern invaders expected is Woody Pitkat who had an impressive week in the Hillbilly Racing No.79 at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. Ted Christopher has been known to test the waters at Caraway in the past.

The big highlight of last weekend was the 54th annual Frank Maratta Auto and Race-A-Rama at the Big E in West Springfield, Ma. Hundreds of custom cars, Motorcycles and Race Cars were on display. Numerous speedways were represented plus many racing related vendors. Among the cars on display was the Valenti Modified Racing Series Championship entry of Art and Kenny Barry of Spearpoint Auto and the beautiful V-One No. 52 of John and Joe Catania. One of the highlights of the weekend was the pit crew competition which was won by the Jeff and Keith Rocco race team.

A hot topic of conversation was the exit of Frank Sgambato Jr from the Race Management team at the Stafford Speedway and the rumor that Tom Fox will be taking his place.

It looks like Ted Christopher will not be a regular competitor at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island this year. Wayne Anderson, a former five-time Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified

champion announced last week that 21-year old Timmy Solomito of Islip would drive his famed Eastport Feeds NASCAR Modified at the ultra-competitive quarter mile oval in 2013. The Anderson/Solomito pairing will start their quest not only for the NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead but also

the New York State title in the Whelen All-American Series on Saturday evening May 4th in Twin 30 main events. Solomito is the defending opening night winner.

Area Auto Racing News scribe Kevin Rice sends word that The Star Speedway in Epping, NH is very excited to announce a sponsorship donation of $4,400 from Long Island race fan Jim Schaefer that will go directly to the drivers who compete in the third annual SBM 125 Open Modified event at the quarter-mile oval on Saturday, June 15.

Each of the 24 drivers who qualify for the race will be handed $100 bills by Schaefer once they are officially in the star-studded field. This means that the race will now pay $600 to start and a minimum of $5,125 to win, even before the thousands of dollars in bonuses are added in.

At the 2012 event, race winner Matt Hirschman pocketed just under $9,000 when including the bonus cash. In fact 22 of the 28 race teams who entered the SBM 125 last June earned additional monies beyond the purse payout for their efforts.

Now that the 2013 season has started there will be racing action on the TV just about every week. This weeks viewing is as follows:
 

3

6

Wed

7:00 AM

NASCAR Race Hub

 

SPEED

3

6

Wed

12:00 PM

NSCS Replay

Phoenix

SPEED

3

6

Wed

6:00 PM

NASCAR Race Hub

 

SPEED

3

7

Thurs

7:00 AM

NASCAR Race Hub

 

SPEED

3

7

Thurs

12:00 PM

NNS Replay

Phoenix

SPEED

3

7

Thurs

2:30 PM

The 10

 

SPEED

3

7

Thurs

6:00 PM

NASCAR Race Hub

 

SPEED

3

8

Fri

7:00 AM

NASCAR Race Hub

 

SPEED

3

8

Fri

12:00 PM

A Racer's Life: Richard Petty

 

SPEED

3

8

Fri

1:00 PM

NNS Practice

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

8

Fri

3:00 PM

NSCS Practice

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

8

Fri

4:30 PM

NNS Final Practice

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

8

Fri

6:30 PM

NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

8

Fri

8:30 PM

NSCS Practice

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

8

Fri

10:00 PM

NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

8

Fri

11:30 PM

Beyond 200: The Hendrick Motorsports Story

 

SPEED

3

9

Sat

12:30 AM

NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

9

Sat

11:00 AM

Trackside

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

9

Sat

12:00 PM

NSCS Practice

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

9

Sat

1:00 PM

NNS Coors Light Pole Qualifying

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

9

Sat

2:30 PM

NSCS Final Practice

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

9

Sat

4:00 PM

NNS Countdown

Las Vegas

ESPN2

3

9

Sat

4:15 PM

NNS: Sam's Town 300

Las Vegas

ESPN2

3

9

Sat

4:00 PM

Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

Austin

SPEED

3

10

Sun

12:00 PM

SPEED Center NASCAR Edition

 

SPEED

3

10

Sun

12:30 PM

NASCAR RaceDay

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

10

Sun

2:30 PM

NSCS Pre-Race Show

Las Vegas

FOX

3

10

Sun

3:00 PM

NSCS: Kobalt Tools 400

Las Vegas

FOX

3

10

Sun

6:00 PM

NASCAR Victory Lane

Las Vegas

SPEED

3

10

Sun

6:30 PM

The 10

 

SPEED

3

10

Sun

8:30 PM

NASCAR Victory Lane

Las Vegas

SPEED


On the Speedway Stock Market scene last week two of the three speedway stocks were down. Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.34 to 16.63 and the International Spedway Corporation dropped 0.03 to 30.14 while Dover Entertainment went up 0.01 to 1.71. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.04 to 5.78 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear dropped 0.51 to 12.94 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 0.19 to 47.38. The car builders were all positive for the week. Ford went up 0.13 to 12.61 while General Motors went up 0.06 to 27.17 and Toyota went up 0.34 to 102.68. In the home improvement sector Home Depot went up 3.37 to 68.95 and Lowes went up 0.69 to 28.33. In the world of team sponsorship, Dupont went up 0.82 to 48.06, Coca-Cola went up 0.16 to 65.33 and Target Department Stores went up 0.50 to 64.13 while Aarons Rentals went down 0.61 to 27.39 and Fedex went down 0.50 to 105.32.

Thatís 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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